In this short feature, Mark Bridge takes a personal look at the cost - and the convenience - of using a mobile phone for calls, text messages and data in France.
Earlier this month we reported that Apple had been granted a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, preventing the device from being distributed in most of the European Union.
This was later suspended; possibly because the German court didn't have the authority to affect a South Korean company's actions outside Germany. However, the German injunction remained.
Samsung Electronics has announced the availability of its bada 2.0 Software Development Kit, enabling developers to create apps for the latest version of application Samsung's mobile platform.
bada 2.0 was first revealed at Mobile World Congress in February, with features that include multi-tasking, HTML5 support, Near Field Communication and voice recognition. In-app Ads are also possible with bada 2.0.
Research In Motion has announced a new service called BBM Music.
It's a cloud-based service that lets users share their favourite songs with friends via BlackBerry Messenger. The music library already contains millions of songs from leading music companies, including Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and EMI.
Sony Ericsson will add new functionality and features to its 2011 Xperia smartphone range with a software upgrade from October 2011.
The company says customers with one of this year's Android-powered Xperia smartphones will receive enhanced camera features including '3D sweep panorama technology', enabling 3D images to be captured and then viewed on a 3D TV by using the phone’s HDMI output.