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Samsung extends its patent agreement with Nokia

Samsung has extended an existing patent licence agreement between itself and Nokia for five years, according to a statement from Nokia today.

The deal had been due to end on 31st December.

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Games generate over two-thirds of mobile app revenue, says MEF/Distimo survey

Over 71% of app revenue generated by the Apple App Store and Google Play comes from games, according to a new survey from MEF and Distimo.

Apple leads in terms of revenue: 65% of global app revenue comes from its App Store.

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Huawei unveils an international version of its Ascend W2 Windows Phone 8 smartphone

Huawei has revealed its second Windows Phone device. The Ascend W2 follows the W1 smartphone, which was announced earlier this year.

This new handset is described as being aimed at “value-savvy people”, although pricing hasn’t yet been confirmed.

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Patent wars: Apple, Microsoft and BlackBerry target mobile companies including Samsung, LG and HTC

The consortium that acquired Nortel’s portfolio of around 4,000 tech patents is now putting those patents into battle.

Those patents were bought in March 2012 for $4.5 billion by the Rockstar Consortium, which included Apple, Microsoft, RIM (BlackBerry), Ericsson and Sony.

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FAA to allow electronic devices including smartphones to be used in 'airplane mode' during flights

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) - part of the the US Department of Transportation - has told airlines they can allow passengers to use portable electronic devices during flights.

Individual airlines can choose how to implement the rules but it’s expected than many will allow devices to be used ‘gate to gate’ by the end of this year. Each airline needs to complete a safety assessment and obtain FAA approval before changing its policy for electronic devices.

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