TOKYO — A Japanese court on Friday rejected patent claims made by Apple against Samsung, a victory for the company after its crushing defeat in the United States last week and a reminder of the global scope of the patent war between the two technology giants While Apple prevailed over Samsung in the United States, winning an award of $1 billion in damages from a federal jury, the two companies remain neck-and-neck in legal disputes in almost a dozen countries. A judge in South Korea, where Samsung is based, for example, handed down a split decision in a patent case shortly before the jury verdict in the American case. more
With China's rapid development on the internet, experts who participated in this year's China Internet Economic Forum believe China's internet economy is in ascendance and has great prospects.
The 10th China Internet Economic Forum 2012 was held Tuesday in Beijing, with the theme of "Anyone who follows the developing trend of internet will win the market." Participants said China is embracing the mobile internet era and enterprises should take advantage of mobile devices. more
A recent GSMA report stated that Africa is currently the second biggest market for mobile in the world. This means that there is huge innovation potential in terms of mobile technology application development, as well as creating solutions (think access to information, ability to transfer money, creating jobs) for the more than 649 million handset owners on the continent. more
Earlier this week, I participated in Time magazine’s “The Future of Mobility” panel, which focused on the implications of mobile technology for the developing world. As I’ve previously noted, certain advances in mobile technology in places like Kenya could leapfrog those in the United States. Perhaps the best example of this is mobile money, more
In 2009, businessman Femi Akinde needed to travel quickly across Nigeria. Without immediate access to the internet, it took him a day to book a plane ticket. Finding a number to make a phone reservation took time; connecting – on erratic phone lines – even longer; and bank forms had to be filled in to withdraw money for paying. More
In his opening presentation Gustav Praekelt, founder of Praekelt, an incubator for mobile technology designed to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in poverty, spoke of the opportunity that exists within the continent’s mobile market. more
As smartphone use becomes more common, people are increasingly using their phones to take pictures, check their email or do online banking. That’s what a new study reveals, hinting once again that phones have become so much more than just calling and texting devices. more
The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) today announced a cut in mobile termination rates (MTR) following months of uncertainty about the move, flying in the face of protests from market leaders Safaricom and Orange. more
Africa had more than 730m mobile subscriptions, corresponding to a SIM-card penetration rate of more than 65%, and total revenues of $40bn, said AT Kearney, adding that adoption of mobile services had been fuelled by increased network coverage and lower prices for services and handsets.
But since last year, growth in mobile penetration seemed to have "abruptly decelerated", with subscriber growth rates now in single digits in most countries, said Laurent Viviez, partner and head of the African telecoms practice at AT Kearney. More
An SMS-based software developed by four young Ghanaians to serve as a link between artisans and persons who need their services has been nominated as one of the five Demo Lions of Africa to represent the continent at the 2013 Demo in San Francisco.mPawa, developed by 2012 graduates of Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology, has a database where previous works of blue-collar workers such as masons, painters, plumbers, carpenters among others are stored for future reference. more
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