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Qualcomm demands blueprints to Intel chips used in Apple iPhones

Qualcomm, as part of its patent battle against Apple, claims Intel went back on its word by failing to produce technical documents and code covering how its latest radio frequency components are being used in Apple's 2018 iPhones. And so, the San Diego, California-based chip designer has filed a motion in its home state to …
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Facebook's React Native web tech not loved by native mobile devs

Updated Facebook's cross-platform open-source mobile framework React Native lived up to its marketing hype for Walmart Labs as the US shopping giant deployed the software last year. However, the retail goliath hit a wall when it came to people. "The marketing spiels of React Native turned out to be true," said Alexander Grigoryan, …
Thomas Claburn, 26 Jul 2018

What could Facebook possibly do next to reassure privacy fears? Yup – make a dating app

F8 Facebook on Tuesday kicked off its F8 developer conference in San Jose, California, only one month after dialing back the data available to developers and after nixing rumored plans to debut a smart speaker housing an AI assistant. The platform clampdown followed revelations earlier this year about Cambridge Analytica, a data …
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No way, RSA! Security conference's mobile app embarrassingly insecure

RSA has copped to a security vulnerability in the backend systems powering the smartphone app for its annual security conference, held this week in San Francisco, USA. Infosec expert "svbl" discovered and reported a privacy cockup in an API, which could be accessed by anyone with an RSA Conference account, to fetch the names …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Apr 2018

UK mobile customers face inflation-busting price hike

Mobile customers face a mid-contract price rise, with all four operators confirming they will hike fees by 4 per cent, 1 per cent above inflation. That is in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI) figure for January 2018. Operators will begin introducing the increase from March. Rob Hilborn, head of strategy at price …
Kat Hall, 16 Feb 2018
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Google's cell network Project Fi charged me for using Wi-Fi – lawsuit

Google's mobile telecom service Project Fi is billing customers for internet data delivered over home and public Wi-Fi networks, according to a lawsuit filed in the US on Monday. The claim, submitted to a San Jose district court in northern California, alleged that Google is charging Project Fi subscribers for data it doesn't …
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Qualglumm: Still no royalties from Apple, tax hits, EU fine, flat sales

US chip designer Qualcomm on Wednesday reported $6.1bn flat-growth revenues for its first fiscal quarter of 2018, which ended on December 24, 2017. The stronger-than-expected results come a week after the wireless networking, processor crafting, and patent-wielding biz was hit with a $1.2bn fine by EU regulators over payments …
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We have standards, says 3GPP as group starts to lay groundwork for 5G

The first standards for 5G have been agreed, meaning industry can press ahead with next-gen speeds. The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), the body responsible for setting the standard, unveiled the 5G New Radio Non-Standalone at a meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. The introduction of an intermediate standard on the way to …
Kat Hall, 21 Dec 2017
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Android flaw lets attack code slip into signed apps

Researchers say a recently patched vulnerability in Android could leave users vulnerable to attack from signed apps. The vulnerability, dubbed Janus, would allow a malicious application to add bytes of code to the APK or DEX formats used by Android applications without affecting the application's signature. In other words, a …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Dec 2017
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Phone fatigue takes hold: SIM-onlys now top UK market

SIM-only contracts are now the most popular kind of mobile deal in the UK, as punters step off the tedious upgrade treadmill. Retail watcher GfK estimates that SIM-only contracts now account for 29 per cent of the UK phone market. Almost half, or 44 per cent, stayed with their network, but moved from another deal to SIM Only ( …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Nov 2017

Boffins: We can identify you by your typing, and we're gonna sell the tech to biz, govt – yay!

Concerned that browser cookies fall short when it comes to tracking mobile devices and their owners on the internet, computer-science boffins believe they can recognize phone-toters using only their keystrokes and accelerometer data. In a paper presented this week through ArXiv, "Sequential Keystroke Behavioral Biometrics for …
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Funnily enough, when Qualcomm's licensees stop sending in their royalty checks, profits start going south

Qualcomm beat Wall Street's expectations on Wednesday, reporting $5.9bn in revenues for its fiscal Q4, down five per cent year-on-year, and $22.4bn for the full year, also down five per cent. The chip designer's diluted earnings per share came to $0.92 for the quarter, higher than the $0.81 analysts had anticipated, according …

Virtually everyone in Malaysia pwned in telco, govt data hack spree

The personal data of millions of Malaysians has been swiped by hackers who raided government servers and databases at a dozen telcos in the southeast Asia nation. Information on 46.2 million cellphone accounts was slurped from Malaysians telecoms providers. To put that in context, the population of Malaysia is 31.2 million; …
John Leyden, 1 Nov 2017

Sky mobe ad featuring beefcake Tom Hardy banned for being 'misleading'

A Sky ad featuring beefcake Tom Hardy has been banned by the UK Advertising Standards Authority for misleadingly suggesting punters could swap their old phone for the latest one every 12 months "free of charge". The voice-over of the ad, aired in April, stated: "Things can look tired a year on from when you bought them. Like …
Kat Hall, 25 Oct 2017
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Fancy fone folks filched fast file flinging, filing fumes: Now Essential accused of slurping wireless chip secrets

Android phone maker Essential, which needs stronger sales, also needs a legal defense. Keyssa, having developed a short-range high-speed wireless communication chip, on Monday sued the handset biz in US federal court in San Francisco, California, claiming theft of trade secrets after being snubbed as a vendor. The lawsuit …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Oct 2017

Google backs up Firebase with a second realtime NoSQL silo

Google's twin fetish manifested itself in its Firebase platform-as-a-service offering on Tuesday through the introduction of a second realtime NoSQL database. Firebase has been growing in popularity among mobile and web developers thanks in part to the Firebase Realtime Database, which provides a way to synchronize data across …

Mobile stock trading apps riddled with security holes

Mobile stock trading apps are riddled with security bugs. Stock trading apps have millions of users worldwide and process billions of pounds in traded shares but the security of the apps compares poorly with comparable mobile banking applications, security firm IOActive warns. Alejandro Hernandez, senior security consultant …
John Leyden, 26 Sep 2017

Crap cracked fat-attack Pact app chaps slapped in pact backtrack infract

Defunct mobile app company Pact broke its pact with customers to pay them promised cash incentives, US trade watchdog the FTC said on Thursday. Pact, which shut down in July, described itself as a 15-person San Francisco startup on its website. Few if any people remain. According to the FTC, the Khosla Ventures-funded startup …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Sep 2017

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