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The pieces to the puzzle are starting to come together. Earlier this week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hit Qualcomm with a lawsuit concerning anticompetitive practices with its licensing. The FTC specifically called out Qualcomm’s actions towards Apple, writing, “Qualcomm recognized that any competitor that won Apple’s business would become stronger, and used exclusivity to prevent Apple from working with and improving the effectiveness of Qualcomm’s competitors.” The lawsuit from the FTC followed similar actions taken by governments in Asia and Europe. On Friday, Apple launched the latest... Read more...
Certainly it is not easy running Apple, one of the biggest companies in the world (it cracked the top 10 of the Fortune 500 list with a No. 9 ranking in 2016, and with a market capitalization of more than $629 billion, it is the most valuable firm on the planet), but easy or not, that is the job of Tim Cook. How he is doing is up for debate, and according to at least one former Apple employee, Cook has sucked the excitement out of Apple. Bill Burrough, a former Apple engineer, described Apple to CNBC as being like the "wild west" in 2007. Burrough said that during his first two years of employment... Read more...
Texting and driving is illegal in forty-six states and territories. While most people would argue that the person texting and driving is ultimately responsible for their dangerous actions, one court case argues that cellphone companies are also at fault. California resident Julio Ceja has filed a class action lawsuit against Apple, claiming that corporation values profit over safety. Why would anyone blame Apple for a car accident? Julio Ceja was rear-ended by another vehicle in Costa Mesa, California while stopped at a stoplight. The distracted driver was using her iPhone during the accident.... Read more...
There seems to be no limit to the number of ways that exist to trip up an iPhone or other iOS device. The latest method involves a rather simple text message consisting of just three characters, and unfortunately for the recipient, just receiving the text message is enough to freeze an iPhone running iOS 10 or later. The good news is that it will only cause the phone to crash rather than brick it or otherwise result in more permanent damage. What's scary about this particular exploit is that it works instantly and does not require any interaction by the recipient. All it involves is sending an... Read more...
Qualcomm has faced legal hurdles in recent years for its licensing practices in both Europe and in Asia. Now, the company is coming under fire right here in the United States, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is leading the charge. The FTC alleges that Qualcomm used its dominant position as the world’s premier supplier of mobile baseband chips to force “onerous and anticompetitive supply and licensing terms” upon smartphone manufacturers. These actions were also reportedly meant to stifle Qualcomm’s competitors in the baseband field in order to maintain its position as the top supplier. Qualcomm... Read more...
Though Apple is making a killing on mobile app sales, that is not stopping the company from raising prices in several regions overseas. In the United Kingdom, one of Apple's biggest and most lucrative markets, app prices and in-app purchases are jumping up more than 25 percent. So for an app that might have sold for $0.99 in the United States, it will now sell for £0.99 in the U.K. instead of £0.79.The price hike is a result of a weak pound exchange rate following the Brexit vote. It's not just £0.79 apps that are going up by 25 percent or more, either. Similar price hikes will hit every price... Read more...
Andy Rubin has without question made incredible contributions to the smartphone realm during his tenure at Google, but despite having departed the big G two years ago, he's never stopped talking about making an impact - and in more than just one area. Last summer, we learned that Rubin wanted to give away dashcams (albeit with a big caveat), and not long after, his plans to strike again in the smartphone market became clear. Complementing the news from last summer, we now learn that Rubin is very close to releasing a new high-end smartphone infused to the core with artificial intelligence. Soon,... Read more...
One of the biggest fears of companies that say they can hack virtually anything is to be found out that they've been hacked themselves. Case-in-point: Israeli firm Cellebrite. We've reported on the company multiple times in the past, notably after it aided the FBI in cracking open a terrorist's iPhone 5c. Since then, the company has boasted lots, even going as far to say that it can crack "nearly any smartphone". Fast-forward to the present time, and we learn that Cellebrite itself wasn't just hacked; it had a staggering 900GB worth of data stolen. The firm says in a statement: Cellebrite recently... Read more...
After plenty of back and forth between Apple and Consumer Reports, the latter party is now willing to recommend the 2016 MacBook Pro family of notebooks. The whole mess started in December, when the publication made headlines by failing to recommend the new MacBook Pros for the first time in the product’s history. It attributed the decision to inconsistent battery life across all three MacBook Pro models. Apple and Consumer Reports decided to put their heads together to find the source of the battery life inconsistencies, and it was determined that a bug in the developer setting that the publication... Read more...
If you were expecting to see a miraculous turnaround for the PC market in 2016, it didn’t happen according to Gartner. The research firm says that Q4 sales fell 3.7 percent compared to the same period in 2015 to 72.6 million. Worldwide PC sales fell to 269.7 million for the full calendar year, which marked a 6.2 percent decline compared to 2015. So, what’s behind this continued softness in PC sales, which has entered a fifth straight year of declines? "Stagnation in the PC market continued into the fourth quarter of 2016 as holiday sales were generally weak due to the fundamental change in PC buying... Read more...
Apple recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of when it introduced its first iPhone model, which took place at Macworld 2007 in San Francisco. It was an ambitious product that ultimately shaped the smartphone sector into what it is today, and part of the reason is because Steve Jobs gambled on a design that was very different from the iPod touch. It was a design featured on one of two early prototype iPhone handsets, the P1 and P2, from two competing teams—one led by Tony Fadell, the Godfather of the iPod, and the other by Scott Forsall, a software engineer who had been working with Jobs since... Read more...
Tesla is one of the hottest companies around these days, and it is continually adding new talent to help bolster its self-driving operations. And increasingly, Tesla has been picking its top prospects from Apple’s deep bench. Early last year, Tesla secured Jim Keller, an engineer that spearheaded both AMD K8 and Apple A-Series chip efforts, in order to lead in-house development of Autopilot hardware. This week, Tesla managed to steal the head of Apple’s Swift programming language: Chris Lattner. Lattner is settling in with his new role as Vice President of Autopilot Software at Tesla. He takes... Read more...
Well well well; it looks as though Apple and Consumer Reports have come to at least some kind of agreement as to what went wrong with the former’s testing of the 2016 family of MacBook Pro notebooks. It all started in late December when the testing lab said it could no longer recommend the MacBook Pro due to extreme fluctuations in the battery life of the notebooks. “For instance, in a series of three consecutive tests, the 13-inch model with the Touch Bar ran for 16 hours in the first trial, 12.75 hours in the second, and just 3.75 hours in the third,” wrote Consumer Reports at the time. “The... Read more...
Say what you will about the management style of Steve Jobs and the many accounts of his character, behind all the personality quirks was a marketing genius, one that truly understood what would excite the consumer. That was more evident than ever when Apple unveiled its first iPhone model 10 years ago to the day. There was Jobs, on stage at Macworld 2007 in San Francisco excitedly introducing the world to a game changing product. The iPhone was not the first smartphone on the market, though Jobs used that to his advantage. Using a quadrant separated by two lines, a horizontal one going from "hard... Read more...
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