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Following last week's compromise between Motorola, RIM, and Apple resulting in a nano-SIM design submission, Samsung has filed a complaint with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) complaining about the voting process on the final design. After an initial denial of Samsung's appeal, Samsung filed the letter with ETSI stating that Samsung believes the vote was advanced before enough time was allowed for discussion and "consensus building" within the organization. Regardless of Samsung's complaint, voting continues and is expected to conclude sometime this week.
Standards body ETSI has put the controversial nano-SIM vote on hold following a tumultuous build-up ahead of their latest meeting. According to FOSS Patents, the deep divisions between various smartphone makers including Apple, RIM and Nokia made it impossible to move forward with the vote as planned. Matters were further inflamed ahead of the vote with RIM also accusing Apple of vote-stacking by using proxies to conceal the identity of at least three member voters whom RIM has alleged actually work for Apple.
RIM made accusations in a letter (below) late Wednesday that Apple was unfairly trying to stack the upcoming ETSI vote on the new nano-SIM format. The BlackBerry maker alleged that Apple was having staff vote by proxy, presumably to inflate support for Apple's definition of how the card would look. Three employees for Apple had jumped from the UK division to representing international carriers, including Bell, KT, and SK Telecom.
Nokia threatened to violate the principles of standards-based patents on Wednesday in a statement declaring its intentions. The company argued to The Verge that, since Apple's nano-SIM prototype was allegedly not meeting ETSI's guidelines for the next-generation SIM standard, Nokia would refuse to license any patents it might have related to Apple's format. The approach could almost immediately result in lawsuits or high royalty demands against anyone using Apple's nano-SIM format, blockading it from use.
The often-discussed but previously unseen Apple and Nokia nano-SIM proposals, along with RIM's, have been spotted through both the actual proposals to standards body ETSI as well as a live photo of a prototype. What The Verge saw of Apple's proposal, and a prototype developed by Oberthur Technologies, was simply the current micro-SIM pared to its minimum, with virtually no plastic around the main chip. Nokia has complained about this, as it has pointed to an ETSI demand that the new format can't be accidentally stuck inside a micro-SIM slot, which Apple's can if it's turned on its side.
Nokia in a mid-Monday response dismissed Apple's royalty-free offer should it define the upcoming nano-SIM card format. The Finnish company told IDG that it was "not aware" of any Apple patents essential to its nano-SIM card. The seemingly benign gesture was just Apple trying to "devalue the intellectual property of others," a Nokia representative claimed.
Florian Mueller in an uncommon leak Monday morning has understood that Apple is promising to offer its proposed nano-SIM standard royalty-free. In a letter originally sent to ETSI on March 19, a senior attorney at Apple understood that the company had "caused some concern" among competitors over its owning the patents and would give free licenses in return. As expected, the condition was that the nano-SIM become the defining standard and that others agree with a view to doing the same.
Nokia appeared to have confirmed rumors of a battle over nano-SIMs at Europe's ETSI Thursday with a statement criticizing, and partly revealing, Apple's implementation. Apple's design is as long as current micro-SIMs are wide, Nokia told The Verge, which could create the risk of it getting stuck if a user mistakenly puts it in a micro-SIM slot. As it required a tray, Apple's method wasn't as practically small as Nokia's, which could negate the point and simply make it different.
Apple's proposed extra-small SIM card standard has triggered a war it's currently likely to win, sources uncovered Tuesday. The format, nicknamed a "nano-SIM" by the FT in its purported leak, was opposed by proposals from Motorola, Nokia, and RIM. All of them were hoping to get approval from the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and make their individual format the definitive standard.
A District Court in The Hague ruled Wednesday that Samsung could no longer try to sue Apple over 3G. The partial decision reaffirmed a view that Samsung can't sue as long as Apple is willing to reach a licensing deal for 3G. Apple previously said it was willing to take a license but objected to Samsung's offered terms as allegedly unreasonable.
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Apple to open R&D center in India
A new report says that Apple will be opening a new technology center in Hyderabad, India, helping to boost the city's growing reputation as a tech center. The facility would operate within the WaveRock facility, and create 4,500 new jobs at a cost of around $25 million. In 2015, India surpassed the $1 billion in yearly sales milestone, and Apple has recently received permission to open retail stores in the country under its own control, an exception to rules that usually block foreign ownership. http://zd.net/1SMBVu4
Google killing Picasa starting May 1
Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal confirmed in a blog post today that the search engine giant will be shutting down acquisition Picasa. Support and downloads for the desktop application will terminate on March 15 with the application continuing to work for the time being. The transition to Google Photos truly commences on May 1, with deprecation of some Picasa API calls happening shortly thereafter. Users that have Google Photos access will find their photos already migrated. A mass-download tool for users not wishing to use Google Photos will be available sometime after May 1. http://bit.ly/1SmV2KH
Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store
In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB] http://bit.ly/1PIjz7l
FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google
After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate." http://on.recode.net/1oy5LWk
iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k