Apple's email services push up to German border, but no further

Users of iCloud and MobileMe in Germany will find that push email no longer works -- although they can still pull email to their devices

By , IDG News Service |  IT Management

However, the patent at issue in this case is unrelated to modern mobile phone standards: It dates back to the era of pagers, according to patent watcher Florian Mueller. "This is the first time that Apple's customers (in one particular country) start to see and feel the effects of the ongoing patent disputes in the smartphone and tablet computer industry in the form of a (temporary) removal of certain functionality," he wrote in a blog post.

Peter Sayer covers open source software, European intellectual property legislation and general technology breaking news for IDG News Service. Send comments and news tips to Peter at peter_sayer@idg.com.

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