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Qualcomm refused to sell Apple iPhone modems

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 15 Jan 2019 11:42

Qualcomm refused to sell Apple iPhone modems Ever since iPhone, and perhaps even before, Apple has been fairly disputatious in the court rooms when it comes to patents.

For years we witnessed the fight between Samsung and Apple, and now Cupertino's own tech giant is challenging an American chipmaker Qualcomm to patent disputes.

The disputes have unearthed some new information about their trade relationship, and how toxic it was already last year, reported by CNET.

Apple boss Jeff Williams has testified that Apple tried to buy modems for iPhone XS and XR from both Intel and Qualcomm, but the latter refused to sell them the component.

When one of the options was off the table, Apple had to rely on Intel. Furthermore Apple's VP of Procurement, Tony Blevins, assured that Apple doesn't want to be in a situation where it has to rely on a single component provider.

Williams' testimony revealed that Apple pays Qualcomm $7.50 per device for royalties, which they consider unreasonable.

Up until iPhone 7 Qualcomm was the only provider of modems for Apple's iPhone. With iPhone 7 Apple had both Qualcomm and Intel chips and now Apple is using solely Intel modems.


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HBO reveals the first teaser for final season of Game of Thrones

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 15 Jan 2019 11:16

HBO reveals the first teaser for final season of Game of Thrones We know you've been hooked on Game of Thrones since the beginning nearly eight years ago. And now you are waiting for the ultimate climax both exhilarated and woeful.

The last hurrah will begin on April 14, but HBO has decided that it's the time for the first proper footage of the upcoming season to be shared.

The first trailer for Game of Thrones season eight was shared on YouTube on Sunday, and without further ado, here's the minute and a half teaser called Crypts of Winterfell.


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iPhone Storage Almost Full? Here's how to free up some space

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 14 Jan 2019 8:08

iPhone Storage Almost Full? Here's how to free up some space If you happen to own a 16 GB, or even a 32 GB, version of any iPhone or iPad, you are probably familiar with the Storage Almost Full notification. This might happen even as you are taking an all important photo, and it's something even Google has made fun of in its unlimited cloud storage ads.

So here are some ways you can make some room for new content on your iPhones and iPads.

Messages, media, and messaging apps

Apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, the two most popular ones around the globe, are used to share pictures and videos. This might over time fill your device's storage as they are saved for further use. However, you often don't need these files and there's a way to get rid of them.

You should head to Photos app and delete all unused pictures that are stored by apps. While you are at it, you might want to go through camera roll too, you might have tons of failed photos and dozens of same shot, both of which you probably never will use.

Even after deleting the bad ones storing photos in the cloud is a good way to free up space from your device.

The aforementioned Google Photos cloud service works also on iOS and offers unlimited storage for photos.


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Google backed in 'right to be forgotten' limits

Written by James Delahunty @ 10 Jan 2019 19:00

Google backed in 'right to be forgotten' limits Google has been backed by an adviser to the European Union's top court on where the Search provider would have to remove search results under the 'right to be forgotten.'

The 'right to be forgotten' is the right of Europeans to petition Search engines to remove search results under certain circumstances. For example, if inaccurate information was published about a citizen that was damaging, then that citizen can petition search providers to remove it from its results.

Google has been skeptical of the entire concept from the start and ended up in a dispute with French regulators in 2016. The data regulator CNIL fined Google €100,000 because it did not remove information across national boundaries. Google appealed the fine, initiating an examination.

The Search giant warned that if it were forced to remove results globally, it could help less democratic regimes to enforce censorship.

Advocate General Maciej Szpunar, acting as an adviser to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) backed Google and advised that Google should not have to remove information from search results globally because of the right to be forgotten. Szpunar finds that the right to be forgotten should not affect search results outside of the European Union.


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Tim Cook: Apple Watch and wearables bigger than iPod ever was

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 09 Jan 2019 10:06

Tim Cook: Apple Watch and wearables bigger than iPod ever was Apple CEO Tim Cook has been blamed for not bringing in new hardware innovation that would reinvent Apple, like Steve Jobs did.

Obviously it's hard to follow Steve Jobs as a CEO, and the products he brought us, like the iPhone and the iPod. However, Tim Cook has defended himself and his record with hardware innovation on CNBC.

In an interview with Jim Cramer, Tim Cook pulled revenue data to support his point. According to figures Apple no longer shares, products like Apple Watch and AirPods are huge successes.

In terms of revenue wearables have already surpassed the golden days of iPod. According to Cook, Apple Watch and AirPods generate now 50 percent more revenue than iPod at its peak.

So far wearables has produced revenue which is 4 to 6 times the revenue of iPod after the same amount of time after launch.

He claims to make no future predictions but you can hear a definite tone which points to declining iPod sales and increasing importance of wearables.

One could argue that as iPod gave a boost to the company, like Cook acknowledges it in the interview, so must wearables do for the company now.


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Samsung follows Apple with declining profits of its own

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 08 Jan 2019 12:10

Samsung follows Apple with declining profits of its own Apple had to issue a rare warning about its forthcoming quarterly results due to weak sales of iPhones. It seems like tech giants are in same difficult waters as Samsung reports similar concerns.

According to Apple, the problems were originating from China where economic growth had softened which in turn affected iPhone's sales figures. The culprit might loosely be the same, ie. China, although Samsung's problem wasn't smartphone sales.

However, the Korean conglomerate expects a dramatic decline from previous year in both revenue and operating profit, Bloomberg reports.

Samsung expects late 2018 quarter to produce a revenue of 59 trillion won, down 11% from previous year. Even worse, operating income declined nearly 30 percent year-over-year to 10.8 trillion.

One major reason for Samsung's slowdown is reduced demand for memory chips. This is likely to some extent due to the troublesome trade relations between China and the United States.

Even though smartphone sales isn't the reason for such a dramatic decline for the company's bottom line, Samsung is losing ground to Chinese competitors, who are managing to produce competitive products at lower price points.


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These keyboard shortcuts every Windows 10 user should know

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 07 Jan 2019 16:25

These keyboard shortcuts every Windows 10 user should know Most Windows users know at least a few common keyboard shortcuts that save some time and effort when opening up apps or performing tasks.

However, there are dozens of such shortcuts that can aid Windows 10 users and improve the efficiency, especially when you have to work on said platform.

We've gathered some of the more important shortcuts here that have helped us be more productive but you might not be aware of. Without further ado.

Windows + A: Open/close Notification Center

Windows + I: Open Windows Settings

Windows + D: Reveal/unreveal desktop

Windows + X: Open context menu (right mouse button) of Start Menu

Windows + R: Open Run dialog

Windows + L: Lock device

Windows + P: Choose screen projection (for external displays)

Windows + Pause: Open System information

Windows + number: Open application from the task bar (number from the left)

Windows + arrow: Snap windows to left or right edge, or minimize/maximize it

Windows + Tab: Open Task View (includes all windows and desktops)

Windows + Ctrl + D: Create a new virtual desktop

Windows + Ctrl + F4: Close active virtual desktop


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Japanese billionaire shatters retweet record

Written by James Delahunty @ 07 Jan 2019 12:35

Japanese billionaire shatters retweet record A Japanese billionaire has broken the retweet record on Twitter after pledging to give away money.

Yusaku Maezawa - who has an estimated net worth of $3.6 billion - tweeted on January 5th a pledge to share 100 million yen ($925,000) between 100 randomly selected people. In order to be in with a chance of getting a share of the cash, Twitter users have to follow his account and retweet.

The tweet was made in celebration of his website, Zozotown, reaching 10 billion yen in sales over the holiday period.

At the time of writing, the tweet has been retweeted more than 5.5 million times. The previous record was held by a teenager who asked for retweets to win a year of free chicken nuggets from Wendy's. The number of retweets reached over 3.5 million. Prior to that, Ellen Degeneres had held the record with a selfie she took with Hollywood actors while hosting the Oscars.

Maezawa has made his fortune in the fashion world and is known for his taste in art. He could become one of the first commercial astronauts in a few years time as he has booked a ride atop SpaceX' Super Heavy rocket & Starship. The plan is to fly Maezawa and several others that he will hand pick around the Moon.


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Sprint to offer 5G service with Samsung phones in the summer

Written by James Delahunty @ 07 Jan 2019 12:21

Sprint to offer 5G service with Samsung phones in the summer Sprint will roll out 5G service with Samsung smartphones in the United States starting in the summer.

The carrier is teaming up with the South Korean CE firm in plans to offer 5G smartphones and services starting in the summer in nine cities. At the time of rollout, the pair hopes to offer the service in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington D.C.

Rival wireless carrier Verizon announced very similar 5G rollout plans for mid-2019 just last month.

Depending on circumstances, 4G speeds can be up to 100 times father than current 4G technology in wide usage. Samsung will undoubtedly benefit from getting into 5G ahead of Apple Inc., which reportedly is planning to release its first 5G iPhones in 2020.

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Samsung shows off 75-inch 4K MicroLED display

Written by James Delahunty @ 07 Jan 2019 12:14

Samsung shows off 75-inch 4K MicroLED display Samsung is showing off its modular Micro LED technology at CES in Las Vegas, with a 75-inch display and a giant 219-inch 'Wall' display.

The displays are made up of individual modules of self-emissive Micro LEDs, featuring millions of inorganic red, green and blue microscopic LED chips that emit their own light. Samsung first showed off the technology at last year's CES with a giant 146-inch Micro LED display.

This year the South Korean firm is back with an enormous 219-inch display. However, it has also brought along a home-friendly 75-inch 4K display.

The promise of the technology is down to its modular nature. Users can actually expand their display to any size they desire. The displays can be customized to fit any room or space, even at irregular 9×3, 1×7 or 5×1 screen sizes that suit their spatial, aesthetic and functional needs. MicroLED displays are bezel-free, meaning there are no borders between additional modules.

"For decades, Samsung has lead the way in next-generation display innovation," said Jonghee Han, President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics.

"Our Micro LED technology is at the forefront of the next screen revolution with intelligent, customizable displays that excel in every performance category. Samsung Micro LED has no boundaries, only endless possibilities."

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Tesla Model 3 configurator is now open to left-hand drive countries in Europe with pricing, delivery estimates

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 04 Jan 2019 17:52

Tesla Model 3 configurator is now open to left-hand drive countries in Europe with pricing, delivery estimates Tesla has launched its Model 3 configurator page to those living in left-hand driving European countries. The configurator page allows potential buyer to tweak the Model 3 options and see how the changes effect the price in his/her country. Page has been open in selected European countries since December, but now it seems that almost all European countries where Tesla operates, are included.

As the value-added tax (VAT), various subsidizes and possible car taxes vary from country to country, the pricing varies quite wildly across Europe. In Finland, for example, the cheapest Model 3 configuration will cost €63,070 (appx. $71,800) while the same car costs only $49,000 in some parts of the United States. In France, the prices start from €53,000 and in Germany, from €57,900.

European Model 3 will have a different charging port in Europe, opting to use European CCS Combo charging port instead of its own proprietary port. Tesla will be retrofitting its existing Supercharger stations in Europe to accept both connectors.

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Apple told to remove iPhones from stores in Germany

Written by James Delahunty @ 04 Jan 2019 2:57

Apple told to remove iPhones from stores in Germany Apple has been ordered to remove from iPhone models from retail stores in Germany in an ongoing patent dispute with Qualcomm.

The chipmaker has accused Apple of patent infringement related to power-saving technology present in certain iPhone models. In December, a court in Munich sided with Qualcomm in finding that Apple had infringed the patents in question.

In Germany, the winner of a patent dispute must post a bond to protect against damages incurred by the losing side if it were to later have the decision overturned in court. Only once this bond is posted will the judgment become enforcement. Qualcomm complied with the law by paying a €1.3 billion bond.

"Qualcomm insists on charging exorbitant fees based on work they didn't do and they are being investigated by governments all around the world for their behaviour," an Apple spokesman said back in December.

It is appealing against the court's decision.

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How to change your ringtones on Android

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 29 Dec 2018 9:07

How to change your ringtones on Android One of the first things you could customize on a mobile phone was ringtones. Now that customizability includes wallpapers, apps, and widgets, and voice calls are a little rarer, the ringtone might have lost some of its flair.

However, you might still want to listen to something better than different types of beeps.

Unfortunately there's no single way to explain how changing a ringtone works on Android phones, because manufacturers might have implemented the feature in different ways and thus different smartphone models behave differently.

Most, if not all, Android phones allow the usage of external ringtones. We'll try to go through a couple common ways to change your ringtone on an Android phone to either a pre-installed one or one of your choice.

Selecting your default ringtone

1) Open Settings from your app drawer or from the sliding notification bar

2) Head down to Sounds (might also be called for example Sounds and notifications, or Sound & vibration)

3) Select Phone ringtone (or Ringtone)

4) Choose your preferred ringtone from the list (note: selecting ringtone will also play it)

Selecting an external ringtone


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Apple assures: A bent iPad Pro is just fine

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 24 Dec 2018 9:15

Apple assures: A bent iPad Pro is just fine Apple's latest and greatest iPad, the 2018 edition of iPad Pro, is a marvel of a tablet. While it doesn't have many of the proper computer features, it is a mighty powerful device.

One might claim that what makes it marvelous isn't so much the power, but how it's built. The build is indeed extraordinary in its thinness.

Unfortunately there seems to be a problem with the thinness.

Customers have been complaining that they've received bent iPads straight out the packaging. Reports about the bendgate quickly reached Apple, who just claimed it was normal and thus not covered by warranty.

Now couple days after, even the Apple VP of Hardware Dan Riccio has commented saying that it is indeed a minimal variation in the production, not so much an error of any kind.

According to Riccio there might be 400 micron variations which translates to less than half a millimeter. Thats just ten times the thickness of human hair.

Pictures surely have showed more variation than that, but that's Apple's official stance. According to Apple the quality meets the company's quality standards of design and precision manufacturing.


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Here's how to record phone calls on Android and iPhone

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 23 Dec 2018 8:00

Here's how to record phone calls on Android and iPhone In both your professinal as well as personal life you might come up with situations where recording a phone call is worth a fortune. Perhaps you want the details as fresh as possible, and there's really no better way to get every nuance right.

Fortunately smartphones allow recording calls, although the ease of it definitely depends on the phone, which we will go here through for both Android phone as well as iPhones.

Is recording calls legal?

The feature is not found in most smartphones by default because in some states and countries recording calls might be illegal.

In the U.S. recording calls is legal, although consent law depends on your state. Federal law as well as most states have adopted one-party consent which means that at least one of the parties (which could be just you) in the conversation needs to know of and accept the recording.

Two-party consent laws are in effect in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Washington.

Recording calls in Android

You can find an endless sea of both free and paid apps for Android that promise some type of recording function. So the problem becomes: which of these dozens of apps should you pick?


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