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Apple and Qualcomm End Their Legal Beef and Drop Lawsuits

The convoluted legal battle between Apple and chipmaker Qualcomm may be coming to an end. The companies Tuesday said they're dismissing all litigation against each other. Apple will pay Qualcomm an undisclosed sum as part of the settlement, which includes a six-year licensing agreement between the companies. The settlement also covers suits brought by Apple's manufacturing partners, who wanted Qualcomm to repay $9 billion—a number that reportedly could have been tripled under antitrust law—they say the chipmaker overcharged them for patent royalties. The announcement came while Qualcomm's lawyer was delivering…

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‘Exodus’ Spyware Posed as a Legit iOS App

Private companies around the world have evolved a gray industry supplying digital surveillance and hacking tools to governments and local law enforcement. As the once little-known practice has grown, so too has the resulting malware. Researchers have now found that one of these spyware products, which had previously been found on the Google Play Store, also targeted iOS. At the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit in Singapore this week, researchers from the mobile security firm Lookout will present findings on the iOS version of the spyware known as Exodus. The nonprofit…

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Oprah offers more details about her partnership with Apple

Apple’s event today, where it announced its streaming plans and more, ended with a whole bunch of celebrities taking the stage to talk about the shows they’re making for the new Apple TV+ service. The boldface names included Steven Spielberg, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston — but for the big finish, Apple brought out Oprah Winfrey. Apple said last year that it had signed “a unique, multi-year content partnership” with Winfrey. That announcement, however, didn’t include any details about the programs she’d be making. Winfrey described two documentaries today. First,…

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Apple addresses Spotifys claims, but not its demands

Two days after Spotify announced that it had filed a suit against Apple with the European Commission over anticompetitive practices, Apple today issued its own response of sorts. In a lengthy statement on its site called “Addressing Spotify’s Claims”, Apple walks through and dismantles some of the key parts of Spotify’s accusations about how the App Store works, covering app store approval times, Spotify’s actual cut on subscription revenues, and Spotify’s rise as a result of its presence on iOS. At the same time, Apple carefully sidesteps addressing any of Spotify’s demands:…

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Apple ad focuses on iPhones most marketable feature privacy

Apple is airing a new ad spot in primetime today. Focused on privacy, the spot is visually cued, with no dialog and a simple tagline: Privacy. That’s iPhone. In a series of humorous vignettes, the message is driven home that sometimes you just want a little privacy. The spot has only one line of text otherwise, and it’s in keeping with Apple’s messaging on privacy over the long and short term. “If privacy matters in your life, it should matter to the phone your life is on.” The spot will…

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Let’s face it, AirPower didn’t seem that cool anyway

Just look at this stupid thing.Image: AFP Contributor / getty One. Less. Thing.  Apple has officially canceled its long-promised wireless charging pad dubbed AirPower —vaporware that always looked lame as hell. The company copped to the half-expected news on March 29, surely devastating the few people that pre-ordered the $79 wireless-charging AirPods case.  SEE ALSO: Oh look, the Apple Watch might actually be good for something The rest of us, however, can rest easy in the knowledge that we never would have purchased one of those mousepad-looking things anyway. Sure,…

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Apple Enters the Credit Card Market WithYepApple Card

Apple’s event Monday ended up featuring one piece of hardware after all: a new credit card, which it plans to launch this summer in the US. The aptly named Apple Card, created in partnership with Mastercard and Goldman Sachs, will live within the existing Wallet app on iPhones and as a traditional physical card. During a keynote speech, Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Apple Pay, described the card as “bold and innovative,” even though it doesn’t offer many unique rewards or perks. But it does feature several security upgrades…

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19 Fresh Weekly Deals on Gaming PCs, Camping Gear, and More

This week was a great week in Gadget Land. Not only did Apple release a new desktop and new AirPods, it released the latest version of its beloved iPad Mini and iPad Air. Amazon also issued its latest Kindle ebook reader, and it costs less than $100. But while we wait for our credit cards to clear and our shipping boxes to arrive, we found 19 of our favorite deals on a great drone, a very affordable backpacking bundle, and much more. If you're gearing up for your spring adventures,…

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Facebook admits 18% of Research spyware users were teens, not <5%

Facebook has changed its story after initially trying to downplay how it targeted teens with its Research program that a TechCrunch investigation revealed was paying them gift cards to monitor all their mobile app usage and browser traffic. “Less than 5 percent of the people who chose to participate in this market research program were teens” a Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch and many other news outlets in a damage control effort 7 hours after we published our report on January 29th. At the time,  Facebook claimed that it had removed…

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App Store developers have earned $120 billion since 2008

Apple is kicking off the Entrepreneur Camp in Cupertino. Eleven female-founded app development companies have been invited to Cupertino for multiple workshops and meetings with Apple employees, and Apple used that opportunity to share a new number when it comes to App Store revenue. Since the creation of the App Store, Apple has given back $120 billion in revenue to App Store developers. It means that the App Store has generated more revenue than that in total. But if you remove Apple’s cut, $120 billion have been wired to developers.…

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Intel report indicates that a 5G iPhone won’t happen until 2020

Wherefore art thou, 5G?Image: vicky leta/mashable The 5G future might be on its way. But for iPhone owners, it’ll be delayed. An Intel executive told members of the press that its 5G modems likely wouldn’t appear in “products in market” until 2020, according to Reuters. Apple is Intel’s primary mobile phone customer. So Intel’s update certainly sounds like it’s talking about iPhones. SEE ALSO: Faster 5G phones are coming even though nobody has a 5G phone yet The news from Intel follows two 2018 reports that made similar claims. Sources…

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LinkedIn now requires phone number verification for all users in China

LinkedIn’s China site looks and functions just like LinkedIn everywhere else, except now it asks users in the country to verify their identities through phone numbers. The American company is requiring both new and existing users with a Chinese IP address to link mobile phone numbers to their accounts, TechCrunch noticed this week. LinkedIn had for months told its China-based users to provide mobile number details before sending them to the main page, but it had mercifully kept a little “Skip” button that let users avoid the fuss — until at least…

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Apple News has the largest news app audience, says Apple

Dog bites man, tonight at 11.Image: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez / getty It turns out Apple products are good for more than just spying on people.  In an otherwise dreary Jan. 29 earnings call, Apple executives had one standout bit of cheery news for wary investors: Apple News supposedly has the largest audience of any news app. Specifically, according to Apple, the service has 85 million monthly active users.  That number, up from 70 million unique users in 2016, paints a picture of a growing service that is slowly rising to…

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The OG Macintosh computer just turned 35

The screws for Apple's Mac Pro had to be ordered from China, new report claims.Image: CHRISTINA ASCANI/MASHABLE In 2012, Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly announced that one line of Apple’s Mac products will be made in the United States. Well, it never happened for precisely the reasons you’d think of: Supply chain issues. More precisely, according to a New York Times report Monday, Apple couldn’t find enough screws to build the Mac Pro in the United States.  SEE ALSO: Rumors are swirling about Apple’s AirPower wireless charging again The report…

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