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Motorola Mobility wins injunction against Apple in Germany

On Friday morning, FOSS Patents reported that the Mannheim Regional Court in Germany ruled in favor of Motorola Mobility in one of the patent infringement cases brought by the company against Apple. It’s a significant ruling that represents a major victory for the company Google is in the process of buying.

The ruling includes an injunction that is “preliminarily enforceable” against Apple Sales International, Apple’s Ireland-based EU wholesale subsidiary. The injunction covers a wide range of products, including all iPhones as well as 3G-enabled iPads, since it deals with European patent 1010336 (B1), which describes a “method for performing countdown function during a mobile-originated transfer for a packet radio system.”

It’s a significant ruling, because although Motorola previously secured a similar injunction against Apple in Germany, that one was based on a default judgment, meaning that Apple never presented a defense in the case. For Friday’s ruling, the court ruled after both sides had the opportunity to present their full arguments.

Apple will no doubt appeal this ruling to the Karlsruhe Higher Regional Court, seeking a stay of the injunction. If it fails in that effort, the Mannheim Regional Court has attached a €100 million ($134 million) bond (much lower than the $2.7 billion Apple was seeking) to the decision, which Motorola would be liable to pay in the event the injunction against Apple is enforced and a later appeal overturns the injunction awarded on Friday.

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Google Currents Flipboard killer launches today on iOS and Android

As we reported over on the sister blog, Google just launched Currents, their Flipboard/Pulse style reader for iPhone and iPad (and I guess Android too).  Head over for the details.  (Yes, 9to5Mac is a launch partner so look for us on the App!)

Google Currents is now available for download in Android Market and the Apple App Store for US users.



Shunned by Apple, T-Mobile turns to Nokia and Windows

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With Apple deciding not to include support for T-Mobile’s bands in the US, T-Mobile has turned into an Android wasteland with over 90% of the smartphones sold on the network running on Google’s OS. Looking for some diversification (besides the over million legacy iPhones), T-Mobile looks to be one of the first in the US to roll out one of the new Nokia Windows Phone 7 devices which they plan to announce on Dec 14th, a little late for the holidays.



At around 5MW, Apple’s new solar roof could make it among the biggest in the US, power a million AppleTVs

Today’s updated Apple Headquarters Spaceship campus plans include a roof made almost entirely out of solar cells, according to details released today. With a building as large as Apple’s, that puts it in the top corporate solar installations in the world and the biggest in the US.  The current title holder is the 4.26 MW system in Edison New Jersey and another being built by ToysRus in sunny NJ is rated 5.38MW


From today’s plans

From today’s plans, we can estimate the roof surface area to be over 750,000 square feet.  Assuming (conservatively) 2/3rds of that, or 500,000 square feet of that is utilized for solar, that gives Apple close to a 5MW installation on the amin building alone. On average or as a general “rule of thumb” modern photovoltaics (PV) solar panels will produce up to 10 watts per square foot of solar panel area.  Since Cupertino is generally favorable in terms of weather and Apple will obviously use the latest Solar technology developed in the coming years, that could give Apple over 5,000,000 Watts of power to play with.  Additionally, Apple has a few other buildings on campus that could be outfitted with solar roofs. The plans list a photovoltaic roof canopy of 320,000 sq.ft. just on the parking building.

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To put that into perspective, that can power almost a million 6W AppleTVs.  As a comparison, Google’s current solar allocation is about 1.6MW.

Since 2007 the GooglePlex has featured a series of solar panels, covering the rooftops of eight buildings and two solar carports capable of producing 1.6 megawatts of electricity. At the time of installation Google believed it to be the largest in the United States among corporations. The panels provide the power needed for 30% of the peak electricity demand in their solar-powered buildings

Clearly, this won’t be enough power to power all of Apple’s HQ operations, but as Steve Jobs mentioned in his case to the Cupertino City council, Apple will be able to generate a lot of its own power and will run from an on-site power facility with the normal grid used as a backup.

“I think what we’re going to end up doing is making the energy center our primary source of power, because we can generate power with natural gas and other ways that can be cleaner and cheaper, and use the grid as our backup,” Jobs said. “We think that makes more sense.”

Apple also is building a 174 acre Solar plant at its Maiden NC data center facility.

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Use Your iPhone To Be A Super Santa This Christmas [2011 Holiday App Guide]

With access to over half a million apps in the App Store, getting things done on our iPhones has never been easier. So instead of running around like a headless chicken this Christmas Eve in a desperate bid to buy gifts for all your friends and family, why not sit back, stick your feet up, and do you Christmas shopping on your iPhone?

We’ve compiled a list of the App Store’s best apps for Christmas shopping that will help you plan, save, shop and send cards directly right from the palm of your hand.

Planning

Gift Plan — $2.99

Before you start spending your money, you’re going to want to prepare yourself so that you don’t exceed your budget halfway through, and to ensure that no one’s forgotten about. Gift Plan will help you do just that. First it imports your selected friends and family from either your contacts list, or from Facebook. It then allows you to note a ton of useful information for each individual; such as their likes and dislikes, their sizes, gift ideas, and the things you’ve already bought for them.

The earlier you start using this app and making notes, the easier your Christmas shopping will be. And the great thing about Gift Plan is, it isn’t just for Christmas — it’ll also import birthdays and means you’ll never miss a special day again!

No More Socks — $1.99

No More Socks: The Christmas List Genius is another terrific app for creating Christmas wish-lists. Add all the people you want to buy for this year, then start collecting ideas with notes and photographs. What’s great about No More Socks is that you can do shopping from directly within the app if you wish, and you can find inspiration from other No More Socks users via the online community.

Just like Gift Plan you can import contacts from your address book, and use the app for birthdays and other special occasions. You can also export your shopping lists, bookmarks, and ideas to your computer via email.

Saving

Groupon — Free

Christmas almost always has a huge impact on your wallet, but there are some things you can do to ease the pain, such as using apps like Groupon. Groupon not only finds great deals in your hometown, but it also finds great deals and discounts online. You can buy products directly within the app, typically with 50% to 90% off each item, which means you could save yourself a small fortune.

ShopSavvy — Free

When you do find yourself out and about, having ShopSavvy on your iPhone can be a huge help, and it can save you a ton. Let’s say you’re in Best Buy and you find a gift that’s just perfect for your partner, but it’s a little pricey. Scan its barcode with ShopSavvy and it will quickly find you the best price online, and the best price in stores.

Once you’ve found the item at a price you’re happy with, you can choose to buy it instantly online, or save it for purchasing later. ShopSavvy also features free shipping promotions, coupon codes, rebates, weekend sales and more.

Shopping

Apple Store — Free

Now that you’ve compiled your lists and established who you’re buying for, there’s no better place to start your shopping than with the official Apple Store app. You can find gifts for the whole family in the Apple Store (providing you have the budget, of course), and with Apple’s latest update, it’s never been easier to shop. The app provides access to all the products you’ll find in Apple’s online store, including Macs, iPhones, iPods, iPads, and a ton of third-party accessories.

Once you’ve selected the items you’d like to purchase, you can have them delivered to your home, you can collect the from your nearest Apple store, or you can have them delivered directly to their recipient in time for Christmas Day. What’s more, Apple will gift wrap and engrave selected items absolutely free.

Amazon Mobile — Free

For those who aren’t into the latest Apple gadgets, Amazon is the perfect place to make your purchases. As the world’s largest online retailer, you’re almost guaranteed to find gifts for all the family on Amazon. And if it’s on Amazon, it’s on the Amazon Mobile app for iPhone.

This free app allows you to browse products by category, which makes it easier to pick gifts for those with specific interests. You can then compare prices, read reviews, and make quick and easy purchases that are delivered right to your door. Like Gift Plan, the Amazon app also allows you to create wish-lists for all the people you have to buy for. But what’s really great about this app is that it has an awesome feature called “Snap It,” which allows you to take a picture of an item from virtually anywhere and have Amazon find it for you.

Google Shopper — Free

Google Shopper is very much like Amazon Mobile, however, unlike Amazon it allows you to search for products in local retail stores. Simply search for the products you wish to purchase — either using keywords, photos, barcodes, or your voice — and Google will search millions of products to find you the best deal online and in stores.

You can browse product specifications, user reviews, and watch promotional videos for certain items. The app also has Google Offers built-in, which provides you with daily deals for all kinds of awesome gifts.

Etsy — Free

If you’re looking for gifts that are really unique, Etsy may have the answer. It features over 11 million wonderfully creative items from small businesses all over the world. You can search for handmade products, vintage items, and browse popular “Treasury Lists.”

Etsy features some really terrific gifts that you’re unlikely to find anywhere else, and you can make all your purchases directly on your iPhone. That means you only have to leave your chair when the postman arrives.

eBay — Free

Sometimes, possibly just to be difficult, your loved ones will request a gift that’s no longer available in stores, and you’ll have no choice but to buy secondhand. That’s when the eBay app for iPhone becomes a godsend. With this app, you can search every eBay listing from the palm of your hand, and make bids and purchases.

The great thing about the eBay app is that it will alert you when you’re outbid on your items, or when items you are watching are close to ending. It’ll also allow you to scan barcodes using your camera. This app’s so useful that many users, including myself, prefer to use this that eBay’s website. And don’t forget that eBay doesn’t just do secondhand goods — they are also plenty of new bargains from all kinds of retailers.

Your Favorite Retailers…

There are also a ton of free apps from countless retailers (too many to list here!) that will help you get your shopping done on your iPhone. All you need to do is search for your favorite retailers in the App Store to find official apps from the likes of Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Toys “R” Us, Macy’s, The Home Depot, H&M, JCPenney, Sears, and lots, lots more.

Cards

Holiday Cards by Sincerely Ink — Free

What about those friends who you don’t want to buy gifts for, but you would like to send a nice card. Well, with apps like Holiday Cards by Sincerely Ink, you can pick and send awesome cards directly from your iPhone. Choose from over 30 photo cards and illustrated designs, with various different themes. Personalize them with photos, names, and a personal message for as little as $1.69 each; then have them delivered to the U.S., U.K., Europe and Canada in under 7 days, or to other territories within 1-2 weeks.

Cards — Free

Apple’s own Cards app is also a wonderful way to send greetings cards from your iPhone, and its centuries-old letterpress techniques make for cards that are really unique. You can choose from over 21 designs which can be customized with personal messages and photos, then have them delivered for as little as $2.99. The great thing about Cards is it can use the information stores in your address book so you don’t have to input it all yourself.

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Shopper update illustrates Google’s priorities on iOS

Google just updated its Google Shopper app for the iPhone with the addition of Google Offers purchasing and subscriptions, which allows users in some specific U.S. cities to browse for local deals a la Groupon, then also buy them directly from the app, something that wasn’t possible in the previous version. The free app is just the latest recipient of a string of updates from Google aimed at bringing feature parity (or more) to iOS versions of many of its mobile products.

In the old version, users had to purchase their offers via other means, then could redeem and track them via the Google Shopper app. Now you can buy the offers directly, and also subscribe to offers for specific locations right from an iPhone. The purchases you make bypass Apple’s in-app purchase system entirely, and instead use Google Checkout to complete the transaction via an in-app browser interface.

But the Shopper update is just one of three major recent Google software changes that bring features previously only available on Android devices to the iPhone and iPad. Just Monday, for instance, Google+ got an update that brought improved notifications, full resolution photo uploading, and search function. And late last month, the Google Search iPad app got a considerable overhaul, which introduced slick built-in quick-access interfaces for Google Apps, making it almost like a limited version of Chrome OS within an app.

Google’s doing a good job right now of making sure its experiences reach as broad an audience as possible, but which experiences, specifically? Google+, its fledgling social network, is a major play to win back some of the ground it has already given up to Facebook in terms of being a destination on the web. In order to succeed at its goal of amassing as many users as possible, Google is aware that it has to reach mobile users on the platform where they live, even if that’s not its own.

Google Shopper, especially now with its local offers, is likewise a product that benefits Google most by being in front of as many eyes as possible. It’s purely about advertising reach and selling to groups, so it makes sense that Google would want to count iOS users among potential customers.

With the Google Search app for iPad update, the goal is once again to make sure as many people as possible are using its search products and apps like Docs, all of which help drive traffic to its primary properties and therefore, encourage ad revenue, too.

In short, Google’s improvements to its iOS business are strictly self-interested, which means users hoping to gain some of the more useful elements of Google services on Android devices will likely ultimately be disappointed. Don’t expect turn-by-turn navigation in Maps, for instance, or an official Google Music native player; these are things that remain valuable as competitive advantages for Android devices, rather than as standalone efforts to be promoted in and of themselves.

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Apple Store vs. Android Store [Photo]

On Friday, Google opened a new Android store with Androidland in Melbourne, a place to hawk Android tablets and phones made by various manufacturers. So how’s it stand up against the Apple Store? Let’s see! (click to enlarge)

Apple Store (left) — Brightly lit, thronged with customers, tastefully designed with the finest materials and well-staffed with bright, enthusiastic employees at the top of their field who are constantly moving to help people with questions.

Androidland (right) — Dark and dimly lit, with a design more evocative of an early 90s Chuck E. Cheese arcade pit than a high-end retail store. Staffed by two disengaged lunkheads, who expertly manage not only to ignore the only customer on the floor, but to be at least fifty feet away from him.

Amazing.

Don’t miss Apple Store vs. Microsoft Store. It’s just as funny.

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