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'We hold the high ground' says Qualcomm boss as profits crater

Qualcomm is remaining optimistic despite another miserable financial quarter, worsened by the ongoing legal war with Apple. Speaking to analysts in a quarterly results conference call on Wednesday this week, CEO Steve Mollenkopf said the chip designer still thinks it will beat Apple in court if need be. (He earlier said Qualy …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2017

Apple hurls out patches for dozens of security holes in iOS, macOS

Apple has today released patches addressing roughly four dozen exploitable security vulnerabilities in iOS, macOS, and WatchOS. The iOS 10.3.3 update resolves 47 flaws for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, including multiple remote code execution holes in the WebKit browser engine. Fixes were also posted for the Apple Watch's …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jul 2017

Apple's 'KGB level of secrecy' harms its AI projects – but don't worry, it's started a blog

Analysis Continuing its campaign to court AI boffins, traditionally tight-lipped Apple has tiptoed further toward engagement with the outside world through the publication of its first research blog. "Welcome to the Apple Machine Learning Journal," the initial post says. "Here, you can read posts written by Apple engineers about their …
Thomas Claburn, 19 Jul 2017

Factories counter-punch Qualcomm in the gut as Apple eggs them on

Updated The four electronics factories sued by Qualcomm for not paying licensing fees have lodged their own countersuit with the backing of Apple. In a counter-complaint [PDF] lodged Tuesday in California, Taiwanese manufacturers Pegatron, Compal, Hon Hai, and Wistron allege Qualcomm is trying to force them to pay excessive royalties …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jul 2017

Don't let this snap-drag-on: Qualcomm waves white flag to Apple

The CEO of Qualcomm says he hopes to settle his company's licensing dispute with Apple out of court. Speaking at a conference in Aspen, Colorado, Steve Mollenkopf suggested the SnapDragon chip designer would push for a settlement rather than rely on a jury to determine if Apple was liable for back payment of royalties. "There …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jul 2017

Funnily enough, charging ££££s for trashy bling-phones wasn't a great idea

Vertu, the British smartphone maker known for its obscenely expensive blinged-out handsets, will shut down over an apparent lack of interest in obscenely expensive blinged-out handsets. The bust biz, which did not return a request for comment, was wound up this week in London's High Court. It will liquidate assets and put …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jul 2017
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PC sales still slumping, but more slowly than feared

Analyst firms IDC and Gartner have emitted their quarterly assessments of the personal computer market, with both recording further sales slowdowns but also suggesting things could be worse. Gartner reckons the world consumed 61.1 million machines, down 4.3 per cent from the same quarter in 2016. IDC says combined desktop, …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jul 2017
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Apple building data centre in China to comply with tough cybersecurity laws

Apple has announced plans to set up its first data centre as part of a $1bn investment in the Chinese province of Guizhou. The centre will be built in partnership with local data management firm Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry to comply with new cybersecurity regulations introduced last month. These say that data on Chinese …
Rebecca Hill, 12 Jul 2017
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The life and times of Surface, Microsoft's odds-defying fondleslab

Difficult as it might be to comprehend, Microsoft has been shipping Surface for just under five years. Historically a software company, Microsoft's decision to branch into hardware – or at least designing and selling – was widely dismissed. In 2012, after Microsoft revealed its plans, then Acer chief exec JT Wang advised …
Michael Allison, 12 Jul 2017
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Got a Windows Phone 8 mobe? It's now officially obsolete. Here's why...

Microsoft has formally ended support for its Windows Phone platform. Tuesday's monthly software update release marked the official end of support for Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft's last release under the Windows Phone moniker. This means an end to patches and technical support. "There will be no new security updates, non- …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Jul 2017
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Google patches pwnable 'droids for Wi-Fi vuln

Google's latest Android security update has landed, and at least one of the bugs it patches is a treat: since it's related to Broadcom chipsets, it will reach far beyond the Android ecosystem. “BroadPwn” (because there's no good bug without a brand) was turned up by Nitay Artenstein of Exodus Intelligence. He's saving up the …

Well, that escalated quickly: Qualcomm demands iPhone, iPad sales ban in America

Qualcomm is upping the stakes in its legal war against Apple by accusing the Cupertino idiot-tax operation of infringing six patents. The California chip designer today said iPhones and iPads using Intel's 4G wireless chips are effectively using a half-dozen Qualcomm inventions without permission. Now, Qualcomm is asking the …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Jul 2017
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Samsung stalls Bixby launch because it am English not so good

Samsung is again delayed the Bixby voice assistant in the US because its English not so good with skills. More data is needed on the way Americans talk to there phones to tell it to do stuff which is apparently hard for not-American English speaking people to understand. We literally don't no why its like so hard. Bixby is …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Jul 2017
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Imagination: Apple relations still rotten but, hey, losses have shrunk

Brit chip designer Imagination Technologies has returned to operating profit, in part aided by 350 poor souls – about a fifth of its workforce – that were tossed onto the employment bonfire amid wider cost cutting. The firm had found itself in the middle of a perfect storm what with stalling smartphone and tablet sales, and …
Paul Kunert, 4 Jul 2017
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How to pwn phones with shady replacement parts

A group of researchers has shown how, for instance, a repair shop could siphon data from Android handsets or infect them with malware with nothing more than a screen repair. Omer Shwartz, Amir Cohen, Asaf Shabtai and Yossi Oren, all from Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, this week warn that smartphone makers are not …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jun 2017

Fancy fixing your own mobile devices? Just take the display off carefu...CRUNCH !£$%!

Out of 17 IT brands, Apple, Samsung and Microsoft have taken the crown for devices that are the hardest to repair or upgrade – and their displays are the fiddliest bits of all. It's all about the complex designs, adhesives and proprietary parts such as screws, Greenpeace discovered in a repairability survey (PDF) of 40 popular …
Andrew Silver, 30 Jun 2017

It's the iPhone's 10th b'day or, as El Reg calls it, 'BILL RAY DAY'

A decade ago to the day, the Jesus Mobe went on sale in the US: bereft of 3G connectivity, the iPhone had a relatively crappy two megapixel camera and 4GB of storage, not to mention a hefty price of $499. It was destined to be a failure. Apple was going to combine the functionality of the iPod with a mobile phone, Bill Ray, El …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jun 2017
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Koh-no! Silicon Lucy blocks Qualcomm from wriggling out of FTC's chip monopoly trial

Qualcomm will have to face trial against America's trade watchdog over alleged price gouging on its chip designs. Judge Lucy Koh has shot down the California company's motion to dismiss complaints from the FTC over its licensing policies. The FTC has accused Qualcomm of dirty dealings against Apple when it forced the …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jun 2017

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