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US tech giant signs content agreement with Samsung

Written on Tuesday, 08 January 2019 09:22

US technology behemoth Apple has signed a new agreement with Samsung in relation to its streaming and content services in an effort to offset a decline in iPhone sales. The deal brokered between Apple and the South Korean conglomerate will enable the use of iTunes streaming services on Samsung smart TVs.

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Germany bans the sale of iPhones

Written on Friday, 21 December 2018 07:20

A German court ruled in favor of US chipmaker Qualcomm in a patent dispute case against Apple, which could lead to a ban on sales of iPhones in Germany. This marks a second major win for Qualcomm in a month after a court in China on December 10 ordered a prohibition on iPhone sales over a separate patent dispute there.

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Qualcomm wins court injunction against Apple in China

Written on Wednesday, 12 December 2018 10:18

The chipmaker has won a preliminary injunction that would ban the sale and import of Apple’s recent iPhone models in China, including the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X.

The court ruled that Apple is violating software patents held by Qualcomm that are specifically related to resizing pictures and managing applications.

Qualcomm has accused  Apple of ‘stealing’ Qualcomm’s source code to share with rival modem supplier Intel, and that the American phone giant continues to benefit from their intellectual property while refusing to compensate them. It has spent the past year trying to ban iPhone sales in China.

Apple accuses Qualcomm of using its market dominance to unreasonably raise prices, commenting:

“Qualcomm’s effort to ban our products is another desperate move by a company whose illegal practices are under investigation by regulators around the world.”

Apple continues to sell the devices in China.

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Google Fi finally available to other devices

Written on Thursday, 29 November 2018 12:29

Google is set to expand its virtual telecommunication service “Google Fi” to a wider range of devices, including Samsung and iPhones. The service had been previously limited to select Android-powered smartphones, and to newer Pixel handsets made by Google.

"Our plan now works with the majority of Android devices and iPhones," Fi director Simon Arscott said in a blog post, who promises a simple pricing scheme that makes the Fi wireless experience “fast, easy and fair”.

Fi - previously known as Project Fi - works by hopping between carriers; shifting smartphone service between Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Wi-Fi hotspots to provide optimal signals, says Google. Launched in 2015, Fi offers its US users unlimited domestic call and texts, plus texting internationally, for $20.

The service will let users pay based on how much data they use and allow for international roaming in up to 170 countries and territories.

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Japanese firm suing Apple over ‘animoji’ feature

Written on Monday, 23 October 2017 10:09

iPhone-maker Apple is being sued by a Japanese software company over its ‘animoji’ feature in its latest iPhone X smartphone. The Tokyo-based company Emonster took Apple to a federal court in San Francisco, saying it holds the US trademark on the term ‘animoji’ and that Apple’s use of the word is a blatant infringement.

The iPhone X, scheduled for release in November, features the ability for users to animate facial expressions of ‘emojis’ by utilizing facial recognition technology. The feature was touted as a “great experience” by Apple’s chief marketing officer, Phil Schiller, during the launch of the iPhone X on Sept. 12.

According to the lawsuit made by Emonster, chief executive Enrique Bonasea said the company launched an animated texting app in 2014 called Animoji and registered a trademark on the product, Reuters reported. The lawsuit added that Apple would have been fully aware of the Animoji app because it’s available for download on Apple’s App Store.

Emonster said: “Apple decided to take the name and pretend to the world that ‘Animoji’ was original.” The Japanese firm is seeking damages (unknown amount) and a court order to block Apple from using the term ‘animoji’.

Apple is also locked in a legal battle with chipset maker Qualcomm, with the iPhone maker objecting to Qualcomm’s business model of requiring partners to sign patent license agreements before purchasing chipsets. 

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) commenced an investigation into Apple, Qualcomm recently announced, to examine whether Apple engaged in unfair trade practices by importing and selling certain mobile electronic devices, including iPhones and iPads that infringe one or more claims of six Qualcomm patents. 

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Chinese buyers opt for Huawei over Apple, survey claims

Written on Sunday, 15 October 2017 08:24

Apple appears to be facing a setback in China after a Financial Times survey revealed that smartphone buyers in the country are choosing domestic brands over California-based Apple iPhone products, with Huawei being their first choice. Huawei has the top spot, according to the survey, with 31.4 percent of respondents opting for the brand.

The report said, “The proportion of people saying they would buy an iPhone as their next phone dropped to 24.2 percent in September, compared with 25.8 percent at the time of the iPhone 7 launch in 2016 and 31.4 percent in 2015.”

Huawei surpassed Apple in global smartphone sales consistently for June and July this year, according to research from Counterpoint’s Market Pulse. But with the release of Apple’s latest iPhone X, there’s a chance Huawei could be pushed back into third place. Samsung holds the number one spot globally.

“This is a significant milestone for Huawei, the largest Chinese smartphone brand with a growing global presence,” said Counterpoint’s Research Director, Peter Richardson. “It speaks volumes for this primarily network infrastructure vendor on how far it has grown in the consumer mobile handset space in the last three to four years.” 

Huawei’s global growth, Richardson says, can be attributed to its consistent investment in R&D and manufacturing, coupled with aggressive marketing and sales channel expansion. While this success streak could be temporary considering Apple’s annual iPhone refresh, Richardson adds, it nevertheless underscores the rate at which Huawei has been growing. 

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South Korean smartphone colossus Samsung has announced that its pre-orders for its Galaxy Note 8 have surpassed the highest-ever for the Note Series. Samsung believes its latest premium smartphone which exceeded the pre-orders enjoyed by the Note 7 – will protect the market dominance it currently assumes as it faces a stiff battle with Apple to remain on the top spot.

Apple has aggressively marketed its latest iPhone - as it focuses on the tenth anniversary of the inception of the inaugural iPhone, which was first launched in 2007. Apple’s newest iPhone will be formally unveiled to much media hype later this week.

Samsung have announced that sales of its Note 8 devices will hit markets in the US and South Korea on Friday – and management within the South Korean conglomerate buoyed by impressive pre-order numbers have expressed their confidence that the Note 8 will be a bug hit amongst consumers.

The smartphone incumbent claimed that it had 650,00 pre-order for the Note 8 handsets over a five day period, with orders coming from over 40 countries. President of Samsung Electronics mobile communications business DJ Koh said the initial response to the new smartphone was ‘very encouraging’.

Samsung suffered a mitigated and well-documented disaster with its Note 7. Reports of the devices catching fires and in some cases self-combusting due to faulty batteries forced the company to recall all of its Note 7 units from the market just a short few months into its life-cycle. Samsung lost billions of dollars due to the Note 7 fiasco, but it also more significantly tarnished its reputation amongst many of its customers.

However, the world’s biggest smartphone manufacturer by market share took the decision to retain the Note brand after Samsung conducted a survey of 5,000 Galaxy Note users. 85% of respondents expressed brand loyalty, so executives decided to continue the Note brand. Samsung launched a lengthy investigation into the Note 7 scandal and discovered the root cause of the issues before embarking on the development of Note 8 handsets.

The Note 8 will retail at between $930-960 in the US, and that will include a number of attractive call and data packages incorporated in that deal. When US smartphone giant Apple introduce its new iPhone to the market it will squeeze the Note 8. However, many analysts have claimed that the excessive cost of the iPhone which will reportedly retail at around $1,000 has drained the enthusiasm amongst a lot of consumers worldwide.

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Huawei overtakes Apple as second largest smartphone brand

Written on Monday, 18 September 2017 12:40

Huawei has surpassed Apple in global smartphone sales consistently for June and July, according to research from Counterpoint’s Market Pulse for July 2017. But with the release of Apple’s latest iPhone coming up this September, Huawei could be pushed back into third place. Samsung holds the number one spot.

“This is a significant milestone for Huawei, the largest Chinese smartphone brand with a growing global presence,” said Counterpoint’s Research Director, Peter Richardson. “It speaks volumes for this primarily network infrastructure vendor on how far it has grown in the consumer mobile handset space in the last three to four years.”

Huawei’s global growth, Richardson says, can be attributed to its consistent investment in R&D and manufacturing, coupled with aggressive marketing and sales channel expansion. While this success streak could be temporary considering Apple’s annual iPhone refresh, Richardson adds, it nevertheless underscores the rate at which Huawei has been growing.

However, a weak presence in the South Asian, Indian and North American markets has limited Huawei’s potential growth in the near-to mid-term to take a sustainable second place position behind Samsung. The company is “over-dependent on its home market China where it enjoys the leadership position and operator-centric markets in Europe, Latin American and Middle East,” Richardson said.

Discussing future prospects and other findings, Counterpoint’s Associate Director, Tarun Pathak, said the growth of Chinese smartphone brands is an “important trend which no player in the mobile ecosystem can ignore.” The dominance of Chinese brands in key markets such as China, Europe and Latin America has restricted the growth prospects of global brands such as Apple and Samsung.

“Chinese brands are growing swiftly thanks not only to smartphone design, manufacturing capability and rich feature sets, but also by out-smarting and out-spending rivals in sales channels, go-to-market and marketing promotion strategies,” Pathak said.

Other growing Chinese smartphone brands, such as Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi, have “successfully gained access to key supply chain partners, which has allowed them to launch with bezel-free, full displays, augmented reality, in-house chipsets, and advanced features, that have kept them toe-to-toe with rivals,” Pathak added.

Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were the world’s best-selling models for the month of July, however, noted Senior Analyst, Pavel Naiya. Meanwhile, Oppo has been one of the fastest growing brands globally thanks to the popularity of models including the flagship OPPO R11 and the mid-tier OPPO A57 that captured third and fourth spots respectively. These were followed by Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S8, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X and Samsung Galaxy S8+.

While Huawei climbed to be the world’s second largest brand overall, it’s surprising to see none of its models breaking into the top ten rankings, Naiya observed. This is due to a multiple SKU portfolio that “currently lacks a true hero device”.

“While having a diverse portfolio allows Huawei to fight on multiple fronts, it does little to build overall brand recognition; something Huawei badly needs if it continues to gain share,” Naiya said. “While Huawei has trimmed its portfolio, it likely needs to further streamline its product range like Oppo and Xiaomi have done – putting more muscle behind fewer products.”

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iPhone X: Is it worth the $1000 price tag?

Written on Thursday, 14 September 2017 10:34

Ten years ago Apple revolutionized communication when it unveiled the first iPhone in 2007. Since then, Apple has set the standard for premium smartphones. To celebrate the anniversary, Apple launched its new iPhone X at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park on September 12. While the device is packed with features including a Super Retina Display, wireless charging, and facial recognition, its $1000 price tag could dampen enthusiasm.

Setting affordability aside, Apple has delivered a stunning new addition to the iPhone family. It features all-glass design with a 5.8-inch Super Retina Display, A11 Bionic chip, wireless charging, and an improved rear camera with dual optical image stabilization. The iPhone X also delivers a new way for customers to unlock, authenticate and pay using Face ID, enabled by the new TrueDepth camera.

The smartphone will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, October 27, in more than 55 countries and territories, and in stores beginning Friday, November 3. It will be available in silver and space gray in 64GB and 256GGB starting at US$999 from apple.com and Apple Stores and also through Apple Authorized Resellers and carriers.

“For more than a decade, our intention has been to create an iPhone that is all display. The iPhone X is the realization of that vision,” said Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer. “With the introduction of iPhone ten years ago, we revolutionized the mobile phone with Multi-Touch. iPhone X marks a new era for iPhone — one in which the device disappears into the experience.”

“Most durable glass ever”

Apple is currently the second largest smartphone seller in the world behind South Korea’s Samsung. Apple’s iPhone X is impressive, but there are details where it falls behind its rival’s flagship Galaxy S8, like the fact that it’s not waterproof. The iPhone X is splash, water and dust resistant, while the Galaxy S8 is waterproof. Apple even warns that the iPhone X’s splash, water and dust resistance “are not permanent conditions.”

Nevertheless, the iPhone X delivers a revolutionary design with a stunning all-screen display that precisely follows the curve of the device, clear to the elegantly rounded corners. Apple claims the all-glass front and back features the “most durable glass ever in a smartphone”, while a highly polished surgical-grade stainless steel band seamlessly wraps around and reinforces the device.

The 5.8-inch Super Retina Display is the first OLED panel that “rises to the standards of iPhone” Apple says, resulting in rich colors, true blacks, a million-to-one contrast ratio and wide color support with the “best system-wide color management in a smartphone”. The HDR display supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 to make photos and videos clearer.

Apple’s updated operating system, iOS 11, is redesigned to take full advantage of the Super Retina display in the iPhone X, and replaces the Home button with quick gestures. You can simply swipe up from the bottom of the phone to go ‘home’ from anywhere.

Face ID security

Face ID is one of iPhone X’s most innovative features. While Samsung already introduced facial recognition in the Galaxy S8, there were claims that the function wasn’t entirely secure, since you could use an image of someone to unlock their phone. Apple claims that its Face ID function is a security feature, but we’ll only know for sure once the device has been tested by analysts.

Apple’s Face ID uses a TrueDepth camera system made up of a dot projector, infrared camera and flood illuminator, and is powered by A11 Bionic to map and recognize a face. These technologies work together to securely unlock the phone, enable Apple Pay, gain access to secure apps and other features. Apple claims Face ID only unlocks iPhone X when customers look at it and is designed to prevent spoofing by photos or masks.

Face ID projects more than 30,000 invisible IR dots. The IR image and dot pattern are pushed through neural networks to create a mathematical model of your face and send the data to the secure enclave to confirm a match, while adapting to physical changes in appearance over time. All saved facial information is protected by the secure enclave to “keep data extremely secure,” Apple says, while all of the processing is done on-device and not in the cloud to protect user privacy. 

Wireless charging

The iPhone X’s glass back design enables wireless charging – a first for the iPhone family. Wireless charging, according to Apple, works with the established Qi ecosystem, including two new wireless charging mats from Belkin and mophie, available from apple.com and Apple Stores.

Apple gave a sneak peek of AirPower, an Apple-designed wireless charging accessory coming in 2018, which offers a generous active charging area that will allow iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X customers to simultaneously charge up to three devices, including Apple Watch Series 3 and a new optional wireless charging case for AirPods.

Camera & emoji upgrade

The iPhone X’s 7-megapixel TrueDepth camera that enables Face ID features wide color capture, auto image stabilization and precise exposure control, and brings Portrait mode to the front camera for selfies with a depth-of-field effect. It also features a redesigned dual 12-megapixel rear camera system with dual optical image stabilization.

The cameras are also custom turned for augmented reality (AR) experiences. Each camera is individually calibrated, with new gyroscopes and accelerometers for accurate motion tracking. The A11 Bionic CPU handles world tracking, scene recognition and the GPU enables clear graphics at 60fps, while the image signal processor does real-time lighting estimation.

The new camera also delivers the highest quality video capture ever in a smartphone, Apple claims, with better video stabilization, 4K video up to 60fps and 1080p slo-mo up to 240fps. The Apple-designed video encoder provides real-time image and motion analysis for optimal quality video.

Catering to its youth segment, the iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera even brings emojis “to life”. Working with A11 Bionic, the camera captures and analyzes over 50 different facial muscle movements, then animates those expressions in a dozen different Animoji, including a panda, unicorn and robot. Available as an iMessage app pre-installed on iPhone X, you can record and send Animoji messages with your voice that can smile, frown and more.

What’s A11 Bionic?

A11 Bionic is Apple’s new chip that features a six-core CPU design with two performance cores that are 25 percent faster and four efficiency cores that are 70 percent faster than Apple’s previous A10 Fusion chip. A new, second-generation performance controller can harness all six cores simultaneously, delivering up to 70 percent greater performance for multi-threaded workloads, providing more power while lasting two hours longer than iPhone 7.

The new A11 Bionic neural engine is a dual-core design and performs up to 600 billion operations per second for real-time processing, Apple claims. A11 Bionic neural engine is designed for specific machine learning algorithms and enables Face ID, Animoji and other features.

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US cities Seattle and Portland are set to get ‘smarter’ following the launch of a free app which allows users to search for on-demand rides. It will be formally introduced after the completion of a successful three-month test period.

The application which is entitled Migo, is basically a search engine that allows users to search, compare and hail multiple type of ride-hailing transportation like Uber, Lyft, Car2Go and Seattle Yellow Cab, without engaging in the time consuming process of jumping from one application to the other.

The Migo ‘free app’ display real-time data to users and estimates their wait and walk time, whilst in addition to this the applications enables you to search, hail and book a ride service all from within the application.

The new service which is being launched in Seattle and Portland first will be initially only available on the iPhone, but a spokesman for Migo has confirmed that it will be quickly expanding to additional markets such as Android. Seattle and Portland have been identified as ‘key’ cities for the launch of Migo because of their role in the White House Smart Cities Initiative, which was launched in 2015. The program was specifically designed to accelerate the delivery of smart city solutions which includes eco-friendly transportation options that best leverage the cities resources and infrastructure.

The CEO and founder of Migo, Jeff Warren claimed that both cities were the ideal locations to engage in testing on innovative transportation services such as its free application.

Warren said: "Seattle and Portland are hotbeds for testing new transportation services and models, like car-share, ride-share, carpooling, bikes and taxi services. Migo was designed to help residents first discover and then easily choose their best ride option – whether that means closest, cheapest, most environmentally friendly or simply the coolest option to get from place to place. And with the rapidly expanding populations of both Seattle and Portland, we see Migo as a key partner to help keep the cities moving."

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