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“China’s ZTE Corp, the world’s fourth-biggest mobile phone vendor, is unfazed by the possibility of being sued by Apple Inc over patent violations, and is looking to boost its own patents and find unique designs and features for its range of handsets,” Lee Chyen Yee reports for Reuters.

“In the wake of Apple’s patent victory over South Korea’s Samsung Electronics in the United States last week, ZTE and other phone makers that use Google’s Android operating system were cited as being at risk if Apple opted to extend the lawsuit beyond Samsung,” Yee reports. “‘We’re not worried about it. As a listed company we’re very careful when it comes to our phone designs to make sure we don’t violate any patents,’ Luo Zhongsheng, vice president of ZTE’s handset division, told Reuters on Tuesday.”

Yee reports, “The Shenzhen-based firm has been making its phones slimmer and sleeker, while packing in more power and features. ‘We’ve been trying to improve the exterior design from this year. A few years ago, some people may think ZTE phones are ugly, but now, the feel is different,’ Luo said. In terms of software, ZTE executives said they hoped the Mifavor user interface would help the company set its phones apart from rival brands… The company is also being investigated by the FBI over allegations it illegally sold U.S. computer products to Iran. Separately, the European Union is investigating whether ZTE benefited unfairly from Chinese government subsidies.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: That crap-peddler sounds as if they understand patents about as thoroughly as did Samsung.

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LG coincidentally announces production of new screens ahead of iPhone 5

LG Display has started to ramp up production of new displays, using in-cell technology that, coincidentally I’m sure, sound like perfect fits the rumored iPhone 5 that just might be announced at the rumored September 12 Apple event. Reuters scored comments from Han Sang-beom, chief executive of LG Display, which he gave reporters on Wednesday but which were embargoed until Thursday morning (?!).

“We just began mass production and we don’t expect any disruption in supplies.”

Reuters also, again, backs up the September 12 event date iMore first reported back in July, and reaffirms a 4-inch screen for the next iPhone with in-cell technology.

The iPhone screens will also be thinner than previous versions with the use of so-called in-cell panels. The new technology embeds touch sensors into the liquid crystal display, eliminating the touch-screen layer found in current iPhones.

So count LG and Sharp in the good to go category, which should help make sure Apple has plenty of screens to go around for what should be their biggest iPhone launch ever. While in previous year, including 2010, supply constraints on screen components were reportedly the reason for slower rollouts and lower iPhone and iPad availability, last year’s iPhone 4S and this year’s iPad 3 were among Apple’s most aggressive rollouts ever. Given the massive Retina display in the new iPad, that’s saying a lot.

iMore previously learned the new iPhone will become available for pre-order sometime following the event on September 12, go on sale in the US and other first-wave countries on September 21, and go on sale in second-wave countries on October 5.

In addition to a 4-inch, reportedly 16:9 display, the next iPhone is also rumored to have LTE 4G networking, a smaller Dock connector, a headphone jack at the bottom, and perhaps NFC capabilities as well.

We’ll find out for sure in just under 3 weeks.

iPad Cellular Data Account login

iPad cellular data plans – whether they’re 3G or the latest 4G and LTE – are set to auto-renew once you have set them up. You should receive regular email notices reminding you that your plan has been renewed each month.

One question I’ve seen a number of iPad users ask recently is how to stop the data plan from auto-renewing. It’s easy to do and can be done on the iPad with no need to call your cellular carrier. Here’s how:

– Open the Settings app and tap on Cellular Data in the left sidebar

– Tap on View Account on the Cellular Data screen

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Doctor Who themed cakes aren’t too uncommon as I have posted a number of awesome TARDIS cakes (like this one) and I have even posted a blue Dalek cake in the past, but this is the first time I have ever seen a Cyberman cake and it looks awesome!

This Cyberman cake was made by the awesome people at Aurora Cakes in Burghead, Scotland. I don’t know what kind of cake this Cyberman cake was made out of, but my stomach wishes to DELETE it! The only thing that would made this cake more awesome is if it lit up and actually talked! Nothing beats a talking cake!

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Cyberman Cake

Doctor Who Cyberman Cake

[via Between the Pages]

“Newly appointed Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is giving her entire staff new iPhones, which has to burn her former Google colleagues a little,” Rebecca Greenfield reports for The Atlantic Wire.

“She could have picked an Android device for the ten thousand-plus people who work at the company. But she didn’t, instead suggesting spending a couple million on the Apple product, according to Business Insider’s Nicholas Carlson,” Greenfield reports. “Mayer herself had an iPhone when she worked at Google, notes Carlson, so maybe it’s not that surprising. “

Greenfield reports, “By forgoing Android devices, though, Mayer is showing that her loyalties are no longer with Google.”

MacDailyNews Take: Perhaps she just wants the best possible smartphones for her employees.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer<br>(photo by Brigitte Lacombe)

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer
(photo by Brigitte Lacombe)

Greenfield reports, “Mayer doesn’t work at Google anymore, so she’s released from any allegiance she once had to Google’s products.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Hans Maristela” for the heads up.]

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