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Today's Tech: Samsung confirms Galaxy Note 2 launch, Wi-Fi police hit the Olympics, & Galaxy S3 gets wireless charging plate.

Samsung did its best to make headlines for the right reasons today, in spite of being embroiled in a bitter court battle with rival manufacturer Apple over in the US. First, it was announced that the Korean tech giant would release a successor to its popular Galaxy Note smartphone/tablet hybrid device at IFA later in the month, just weeks before Apple is expected to debut the iPhone 5. Of course, ITProPortal will be in attendance, bringing you the best coverage of all the product launches emanating from Berlin this August - in fact, we've already got a date with Samsung in our diaries.

The Seoul-based company also announced that two of its Galaxy tablet devices, the Tab 2 7.0 and Tab 10.1, are finally headed to the Google gelaterie and will receive an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, nearly a full year after the search giant launch the OS. Rounding out the day in Samsung-related news, Dutch wireless charging specialist Zens announced that it is set to offer the first known cable-free power-up solution for the Galaxy S3 in the world. It all makes for good headlines, of course, but will it be enough for Samsung to maintain its position atop the smartphone market once Apple drops its latest?

Over at the Olympics, things just keep getting better for Team GB's athletes, with more medals piling in today on the back of yesterday's gold glut. But it's looking slightly less rosy for the average Joe 3G, with 'Wi-Fi Police' alleged to be patrolling London's Olympic venues to stop unauthorised Internet use. The deployment of a crack team of web blockers follows the earlier prohibition on "personal/private wireless access points and 3G hubs" at the Games.

It's not just tech hungry Olympic spectators who are under the gun: Microsoft has been forced to axe Metro branding from its ongoing OS rollout, after a trademark infringement complaint was quietly levelled. Apparently, a German company objected to the naming, which has been linked to the Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8 user interfaces. The US computing giant is currently brainstorming a less offensive moniker.

Finally, Today's Tech would like to offer you something a bit meatier to end with - a review of one of Dell's latest notebooks, the XPS 15, featured on the site today. At £1,299, it's definitely at the premium end of the pricing spectrum, but is it good enough to justify its price tag? It certainly has the high-end spec to back up the demand, featuring a quad-core Intel Ivy Bridge processor in the engine room. But does its design resemble Apple's MacBook Pro too closely? Please, not another patent trial...