Today's Tech: Apple to upgrade AirPlay technology, IBM mainframes running world's fastest chip, IFA 2012 kicks off

A California jury handed Apple a legal victory over Samsung in the two tech giants’ patent trial, but the story doesn’t end there. The real repercussions could manifest themselves as the strategic decisions taken by other OEMs in the wake of the trial. More manufacturers may find themselves hiding behind Google’s shadow and opting not to make too many changes to the platform on their handsets, in an effort to avoid Apple’s powerful, attorney-driven wrath, Ryan Whitwam argues.

iPhone 5 rumours are virtually inescapable these days, but the hotly anticipated smartphone might not be the only trick Apple will pull out of its bag on 12 September. A new report from the Telegraph suggests that the company could be preparing to launch a new, updated version of its AirPlay wireless streaming technology - if this latest rumour proves true, the tentatively named ‘AirPlay Direct’ will allow users to stream media wirelessly without needing a Wi-Fi network. Follow the link to find out how.

As smartphone and tablet sales rise, the relatively unglamourous likes of mainframe servers don’t get much press time. But IBM hasn’t given up on the systems of yore - the company has introduced a new line of mainframe computers it’s describing as its "most powerful and technologically advanced ever." The zEnterprise EC12 server is powered by a 5.5GHz microprocessor, which is the fastest chip in the world, IBM has said

The IFA 2012 trade show in Berlin is getting underway and the ITProPortal gang are over there bringing you the latest from some of the world’s biggest tech companies. So far, we’ve heard about sat-nav giant TomTom’s plans for a forthcoming Android app; Panasonic’s newest home cinema projector, the PT-AT6000E; and our very own James Laird spoke to CNBC about the implications of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 launch in light of its courtroom defeat. Keep your eyes on us for more up-to-the-minute news from IFA as it happens.

Today also saw the launch of ITProPortal's brand new security roundup, which brings you the most interesting stories and important issues in the world of security. Featured today is the Senate's calls for Barack Obama to tighten up the United States' critical infrastructure, how the security network of the London Olympics can be replicated by businesses of all sizes, and an analysis of Silicon Valley's escalation of digital mapping services. So follow the link to get your security fix.