News Scan: Apple, Samsung call partial patent war truce; Timex enters smartwatch market; more


>> Apple, Samsung call partial truce in patent wars

Apple and Samsung have agreed to settle their patent litigation in legal venues outside the United States, IDG News Service reports. Currently, the two firms have legal action going in ten countries, including the U.S. "This agreement does not involve any licensing arrangements, and the companies are continuing to pursue the existing cases in U.S. courts," Samsung says in a statement emailed to IDG. Read more.

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>> Report: T-Mobile US considers Iliad's offer 'DOA'

T-Mobile US has refused to allow Iliad access to its books and considers the French telecom firm's bid to buy a majority stake in the U.S. mobile carrier "dead-on-arrival," The Wall Street Journal reports. Iliad wants access to T-Mobile's books to conduct due diligence toward a formal offer, the newspaper says, citing sources familiar with the situation. Read more.

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>> Timex enters smartwatch market with Ironman One GPS+

John Cameron Swayze would be proud. Timex has decided to enter the 21st century and offer a smartwatch. The wearable is called Ironman One GPS+ and is designed for runners and fitness buffs, reports VentureBeat. The smartwatch goes for a pricey $400, but it offers 3G cellular connectivity, so runners won't have to take their smartphones with them to access the internet. Read more.

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>> Apple to launch iPhone 6 on Sept. 9, predicts Re/code

Apple is holding a big media event on Sept. 9, and Re/code predicts that it will involve the release of the much anticipated iPhone 6. The new iPhone is expected to come in two varieties--a 4.7-inch phone and a 5.5-inch phablet. The devices are also expected to run powerful A8 processors. Read more.

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>> DOT weighs in on cellphone use on planes

The Department of Transportation is the latest federal agency to examine the issue of mobile device use on airplanes, according to a report by eWeek. The Federal Communications Commission is considering whether to lift its restrictions on in-flight cellular calls. However, the DoT is mulling a ban on cellphone use on planes altogether. The DoT is expected to seek public comment on the ban this fall, the report says. Read more.

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