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      I live in Austria. For some unknown reason we have really good rates on mobile phones. The phone is paid up front at ~€80.- and then he has got a cheap plan with €-cent 4.9/min. In Austria you just pay when you call someone. I have a two year contract with my iPhone with 2,100 free minutes 1,000 free texts and 3GB free data incl. tethering for € 30.- a month (pre tax).
I believe that many Android user are similar to my dad. He is using his phone more as a dumb phone than anything else. He wants to make calls, type some texts and take some snapshots of his grand children when no camera is near. Absolutely no need for any data. No ads to be displayed on his phone. That's why he has an Android: cheap phone with touch screen and acceptable camera and absolutely no need for data!
I know amorphous metals from academic studies but I am not sure if it is really ready for mass production. The process of producing amorphous metals is pretty expensive as it involves the special recipes and a super fast cooling to prevent the metal from crystalizing. This means the original junk of metal is small because of the need of super fast cooling. You then have to merge these really small junks of metal to a bigger one during the process. When I looked at...
I think that is a pretty ingenious move by apple to force Nokia to license it's 50 patent families essential to the SIM technology for free. Just from the age of the SIM technology I assume that Apple holds no patents in that technology.By building on that technology and offering it to ETSI under the mentioned terms they can further on use the technology for free (as long as ETSI chooses Apple's design). Even if Apple doesn't succeed with it's move the licenses for the SIM...
When talking to the Austrian patent office I learned that if a patent has very broad claims you can issue an application for more or less the same thing as long as you are more specific. If the other one is unlucky and his product falls into your specific claims you can enforce your patent on him because those parts that are covered by your specific claims will cut a hole into his claims. Of course you have to add some new BlaBla functionality to claim it being inventive.
As far as I know in the US Patents are based on the invention date. If you can prove that you invented it first it doesn't matter that you filed it later. But I think that the US is in the process to change that to the regulation you mentioned.
Seems like a desperate "All in" kind of move!
I don't think that sales will go down that far as (stated in the article) additional 22 countries are going to driver further growth.
I would believe the hinges are made by MIM (Metal Injection Molding).
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