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PC Advisor's most commented stories of the week - 19th August 2011

The buring tech issues our readers have been voicing their opinions on

As usual it's been a busy seven days in tech and our readers have been voicing their opinions on related issues. Here's the five most commented stories on PC Advsior this week.

Ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales is lifted

An injunction that prevents Samsung from selling the latest iteration of its tablet PC, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, in Europe has been partially lifted by the court that imposed it. Last week, the Regional Court of Dusseldorf granted the temporary injunction to stop the sales of the device in Europe after Apple claimed the latest iteration of Samsung's tablet PC infringes Apple patents for the iPad and the iPhone. In particular, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a similar size to Apple's iPad 2 and is slightly thinner than Apple's tablet PC. However, this week the court lifted the ban outside Germany as it was unsure whether it could halt the sales of devices outside Germany if the company's HQ is based in South Korea.
Barry James said: "Apple should stop acting like bullies - if they don't it will do them more harm than good".
"They have a very significant lead based on what they're good at - design - and should compete on their merits not these tactics. They should leave them to those who have little else to rely on," he added.
Meanwhile, Mike Perry questioned what manufacturers are expected to do when the components available at a sensible price are already a certain size and so dictate the size of the finished product?.
"There are a limited number of component manufacturers, especially of screens in the 10 inch FTF area, so that determines the screen size and hence has a significant influence on the overall product size," he said.

Government reveals areas of England and Scotland to receive rural broadband funding

This week also saw the government reveal that England and Scotland will receive nearly £363m from a £530m fund to improve broadband in rural areas. Medway in Kent and Thurrock in Essex along with parts of Dorset, East Sussex and Cumbria are among the areas that have been allocated a share of the funding. In total English counties will receive £294m, while Scotland is to be given £68.8m.
However, Stephen Doerr believes it's a waste of money. "People who want superfast broadband should pay for it out of their own pockets, not mine!," he said.

Mozilla releases Firefox 6

Mozilla has made the next versions of its desktop and mobile browser, Firefox, available to web users. The web browser developer said the releases were part of a rapid cycle that will see regular feature improvements and stability updates made available every six weeks across its four development channels.
Peter Wadeson revealed he'd had a "seamless upgrade" to the next version of the browser. "Only issue was Trusteer Rapport and that was updated in two days. Excellent work from both companies," he said.
However Kurt said: "Nobody wants a rapid release schedule"

Apple and Samsung both lose, even if Apple wins

As far as Editor Matt Egan is concerned Apple may well be in the right in its fight with Samsung over the Galaxy Tab, which resulted in an injunction being placed (and then later removed) on the sale of Samsung's tablet PC but no-one will gain from the firm's actions.
He believes that by moving to ban the Galaxy Tab Apple is losing on three counts. On the one hand it's destroying a valuable collaborative relationship. More importantly, it's sending out a message to the world that the Tab is a threat to the iPad. And finally, using the courts to fight off a rival just looks wrong. What happened to Apple's famed belief in the strength of its innovation, design and products?
But Harvey Lubin disagrees. "Apple has been dependant on a competitor (mobile phones, tablets, computers) as a major supplier for its own products. Moving away from Samsung as a supplier is a very smart move business-wise. Apple has recently been making long-term agreements with suppliers that are not in competition with Apple, and have no conflict of interest. Overall, this is a change for the better," he said.
Meanwhile, Condom added: "Apple products sell because of the quality of the casing and the hype surrounding their products. When you get down to the detail many of their products fall short of competitors."

Four year jail term for inciting violence on Facebook

Two Brits have each been sentenced to four years in jail after using social network Facebook to encourage violence during the riots that took place in the UK last week.
Herodes said: "How is this different from when the Prime Minister calls on the parliament to attack an innocent country? Isn't everybody who participates or adheres to such exhortations responsible? This kind of amending and reinterpretation of laws by prosecutors don't belong in a democracy where freedom of speech should prevail."
While Pete added: "There was no justification for the actions of the rioters last week. It was just sheer irresponsibility and criminality. Give them sentences that act as deterrents and stop individuals acting in this way."

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