Samsung Galaxy Tablet Launch Delayed In Australia Due To Apple Suit

Samsung has delayed the launch of its ambitious Galaxy Tablet in Australia as the ongoing lawsuit with Apple Inc. gathers pace. Samsung spokesman said that they are only delaying the launch till some “favorable conditions” are met.

Samsung Electronics is the biggest competitor of Apple in smartphone and tablet markets because of its cost effective products and its ability to provide better services at the minimal cost.

Apple sued Samsung Electronics in April this year over patent infringement issues. The Cupertino, California based company claims that Samsung has copied the iPhone and the iPad’s design in its Galaxy range of products.

A Sydney court has provided an injunction which prohibits Samsung to release its Galaxy Tab. Samsung has confirmed that Apple filed for an injunction but at the same time, it declared that this will not affect sales of its Galaxy tab.

This injunction cannot be lifted without agreement with Apple which means that the future of the Galaxy Tab depends completely on this lawsuit and even more on the future relations between both these tech giants.

Will Samsung reach an agreement with Apple or will the Australians be deprived of the Galaxy Tab?

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iPhone 5 To Be Launched In October ?

The world wide web is currently flooded with rumors about the launch date of Apple’s marvel but still no one has been able to give satisfactory reason for their views. But the news that Apple is going to launch the iPhone 5 in October this year certainly has got a solid base.

According to some insiders, who are watching this matter closely, AT&T which is the major carrier of the iPhone has ordered its employees to work each and every day in the last 2 weeks of September. Furthermore, AT&T has canceled every holiday in that period.

This kind of move by AT&T suggests that it is planning a “big thing” during that period. And we already know that Apple will launch its latest iPhone during that period.

So logically, it can be said that the iPhone 5 will be launched in October rather than September which many tech blogs have predicted.

There is no official specifications of the iPhone 5 provided by the American giant but it is expected that the iPhone 5 will use A5 chips which is currently deployed in the iPad 2.

Is this reason enough to predict the iPhone 5 launch date or is it just another rumor which is loosely based on some insider news?

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Apple Inc. Richer Than The United States Government ?

It is a well known fact that Apple Inc. has cash reserves more than any other company but the fact that it is even richer than the United States Government is absolutely fantastic.

Recently Apple announced that its earnings have reached $76 billion due to large sale of its iDevices. The iPhone and the iPad are the most popular products of the Cupertino, California based company.

On the other side, as the deadline to the US debt approaches close, the Treasury Department of United States Government has reported that its bank account has even less than $74 billion and could become zero by early August.

This only shows that the American government and the Corporate America are two worlds apart. While the corporations continue to grow and their combined profits accumulate around $1.2 trillion, the government consistently has lost its cash reserves and its debts are increasing day by day.

According to Apple, these cash reserves will help the company to secure its future as it will ensure that they do not run into any financial trouble like the company had to face during the launch phase of the iPhone 4.

So, should American government start selling the iPhone and the iPad or should Apple take over the running of Washington DC?

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Fake Apple Stores Raided By Chinese Authorities

Fake Apple stores were raided by Chinese authorities following a cry out in news forums about fake Apple stores being operated in China. These stores resemble real ones so much that a large number of customers were purchasing their items.

Some of these stores claim that though they are not real outlets of Apple Inc., their products are real and are bought from genuine Apple dealers.

Officials found that there were 5 fake Apple stores being operated in a city called Kunming. Authorities banned two of them to operate and the remaining were allowed to sell their products as no fake Apple products were found in their stores.

These fake stores were being reported since the last week in various news forums. Officials claim that they have inspected around 500 stores in the district and only 5 were found to violate the Apple norms.

Chinese retailers have often been alleged with piracy issues. China is the world’s largest electronic goods manufacturer as well as consumer. Each and every single electronic item has a cheap replica available in China.

Now, Apple has not commented on any of these news. But seeing Apple’s past experience with piracy issues, it is almost certain that it will take a strict action against such stores.

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HTC To Appeal Apple Patent Ruling

HTC is going to appeal a ruling by a United States trade body which accuses it for the infringement of two patents held by Apple Inc. Last year, Apple filed a complaint against HTC with the US International Trade Commission accusing it of violating ten patents related to the iPhone.

HTC said that it will “vigorously fight” these two remaining patents through an appeal before the ITC commissioners who make the final decision. According to HTC, it will use “all means possible” to defend itself.

HTC general counsel Grace Lei said in a statement that, “We strongly believe we have alternate solutions in place for the issues raised by Apple. We look forward to resolving this case.”

The patents which, according to Apple, were violated by HTC deal with how the phone handles data sent to it from other devices over a network and how a device opens an e-mail.

HTC continues to deny all allegations of Apple over its patents and is seriously planning to protect its intellectual property which has been targeted by the American giant since last year.

As the competition in the smartphone market is on increase, more patent related disputes in near future won’t come off as a surprise.

What do you guys think?

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