Today's Tech: Samsung faces up to patent trial fallout, more iPhone 5 images emerge, Saudi Aramco recovers from hack

While we all revelled in Bank Holiday fun over the weekend, Samsung was dealing with the hammer blow of shelling out $1.05 billion (£663 million) to its bitter rival Apple, as the landmark patent trial in California reached its conclusion on Friday night. As the tech world picks up the pieces from the ruling, experts are predicting damage to Samsung that will run deeper than the pay-out alone. Apple wants to press home its court victory by imposing a series of bans on Samsung products and this, combined with the careful patent-dodging Samsung designers will now have to bear in mind, could delay a whole host of its future product launches.

No doubt buoyed by the San Jose jury’s verdict, Apple can press on with the launch of its next-generation iPhone. The latest reports surrounding the new model indicate that it will indeed come with NFC technology integrated, and photos of the device’s interior seem to depict the NFC chip itself. With news also emerging that the iPhone launch will not be accompanied by the iPad Mini, as many had expected, we’ve rounded up all the (credible) recent stories about Apple’s new phone so you can keep on top of what everyone’s been predicting.

In the arena of security news, the world’s largest oil firm has recovered from a cyber-attack that left its systems reeling for 10 days. Saudi Aramco will be glad its oil production was sparred interruption, but has nevertheless been forced to apologise for having to take down its website, among a host of other precautions, as the malicious virus spread.

Twitter has also found itself in a legal dispute. Back in June, a New York judge ruled that the social network had to hand over three months’ worth of tweets belonging to user Malcolm Harris – which authorities believe will prove his guilt in failing to comply with police orders during Occupy protests on Brooklyn Bridge last year. But Twitter has now appealed this ruling, in a move that has drawn praise from the American Civil Liberties Union. Follow the link for the full story.

In local news, Amazon has finally brought its Google Drive and Microsoft Skydrive competitor to the UK. Some 18 months after the US launch of Cloud Drive, consumers in all 27 EU member states can now use the cloud storage and management service, too. It comes with a standard 5GB of data, but UK users with greater storage needs can upgrade to 20GB for 50p a month or to 1TB for £26.67 a month.

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