The week in gadgets


29 Aug 2011

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A look at the gadget happenings as Facebook cancels its daily deals, the Google+ Android app gets updated and Samsung delays the Galaxy Tab 10.1 launch in Australia over legal disputes with Apple.

Facebook Deals ending

Facebook is stopping its daily deals service after testing it for four months.

Reuters reports that Facebook will end the product in the coming weeks after the service began in five cities across the US. It had originally planned to roll out the service to further regions.

Facebook focused on making the service a social experience by linking with local businesses to help provide top social activities in the user’s area. Users could also share deals that they like with their friends

The closure of Facebook Deals will mean one less competitor for online group coupon service Groupon.

Facebook emphasised that it is still committed to developing other services which will connect local businesses to customers.

Google+ Android app update brings post resharing

The Google+ Android app has received a feature update which includes the ability to reshare posts.

Android and Me reports that, along with this, the 1.0.6 update includes improvements to notification reliability and numerous bug fixes.

This update also means that the app is now available in 38 languages.

Samsung to delay Galaxy Tab 10.1 launch in Australia

Samsung will postpone the launch of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia until the end of September due to a court case against Apple about the tablet.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Samsung will also file a cross claim against Apple in Australia. Apple originally took Samsung to court claiming that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringes on its patents.

Samsung noted that the court did not yet issue an injunction against the device in this area and that the court will make a decision on the week of 26 September.

Apple has already won an injunction against the sale of Samsung Galaxy phones in Europe, which will come into effect in mid October.

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