Moto beats Apple in Germany: Motorola Mobility Inc. has a win under its belt, getting an injunction against Apple in Germany. A court ruled that Apple's iPhone and 3G-enabled iPad infringed on a European patent for a "method for performing countdown function during a mobile-originated transfer for a packet radio system." (See EC Hints at Smartphone Patent Probe .)
OS loyalty doesn't translate to tablets: The term "Apple Fanboy" was coined for the droves of people that bought all Apple Inc. products, but there isn't an equivalent for other OSs. That's because even people who have Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone smartphones want an iPad, according to a study by Maritz Research. When the firm showed 14 different tablets to 2,500 people online, 53 percent of BlackBerry smartphone owners, 41 percent of Android users and 40 percent of Windows Phone owners all said they'd want the iPad. The Amazon.com Inc. Kindle Fire and Samsung Corp. Galaxy Tab were the second and third most chosen tablets, respectively.
Bye, Bye BBX: Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) was forced to abandon the name BBX for its next-generation OS after being sued by Basis International for patent infringement on the name. The new name will be "BlackBerry 10," RIM confirmed in a Tweet this week.
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