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  • Qualcomm pushed for iPhone exclusivity in response to $1B incentive payment demand, CEO sa...

    It sounds like Mr. Mollenkopf doesn't know his a$$ from a whole in the ground. Qualcomm has been in the business of gaining exclusivity through rebates. It has been documented several times by different Android manufacturers throughout the years. When I heard Huawei was being interviewed as part of the FTC's investigation, I knew Qualcomm would be in hot water. Huawei has done a great job documenting how Qualcomm attempted to gain exclusivity through these rebates (they called them financial bribes). 

    Huawei and Lenovo are both on record stating Qualcomm has in the past threatened retaliation against them if they attempted to challenge Qualcomm's legal terms by either delaying, or cutting off supply of chips.

    Qulcomm's refusal to license their patents is another dangerous game they are playing since most consider their patent holdings to be standard-essential patents. This is a clear violation of FRAND. 

    It takes a company like Apple to stand up to a company like Qualcomm and personally I am glad to see it happen. I'm sure many of the other OEM's who cannot sustain a fight against Qualcomm (or are unwilling to) are glad to see it as well, which can be confirmed by the support Apple is receiving by many of it's competitors (Samsung, Huawei, Lenovo, ZTE, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Intel, Sprint).

  • Samsung brand ambassador sued for $1.6 million for using iPhone X in public

    Surprise surprise. People won't use Samsung devices over Apple devices, even when they are paid to. Laughable.
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  • Allstate acquires iPhone repair outfit iCracked, joins 'right to repair' fight against App...

    Competition is always good for consumers. Looking forward to when I get to choose who repairs my idevice, including myself should I choose to. Ewaste is a serious issue. Just because Apple is done with my device after 5 years doesn't mean I am. 
  • Video: iPhone X vs S9 Plus - Which should you buy?

    lewchenko said:
    I had to make this choice a couple of weeks ago...

    Had an iPhone 7plus and have had iPhones for the last few years. Several models and have a mac book pro too. 

    I chose the S9Plus after much debate and comparison! 

    Android has come a long way since I last used it and I must say, very happy with the switch so far especially the level of customisation I can do now. 

    I'm still an apple fan but I appreciate the choices we have. 

    The reasons I didn't go for the X were -

    1. Small screen  with less visible space then my old iPhone 7 plus. X Plus will fix that but it's not here yet sadly. 

    2. Bad interface with lots of wasted space top and bottom when using safari on the X. Makes the screen feel even smaller. I also found the gestures for app closing a bit clunky.  

    3. Cost. It was a fair chunk more than the S9Plus. 

    4. No finger print reader .. yes some people still want to use it  rather than face id.

    5. The notch annoyed me.I could probably get used to it quickly but not sure I want to . 

    6. My iPhone 7 battery sucked and it randomly froze. Kinda put me off going down the Apple rabbit hole again. I thought the quality of iOS 11 had been poor since it was released. Throttlegate also put me off Apple for being deceptive. 

    7. The screen on the S9 Plus is beautiful and expansive. X felt cramped in comparison when I used both side by side.

    I was going to wait for the X Plus,  but in the end decided to try something new now (impatient). Both phones are awesome at the end of the day but I think Apple needs to try a bit harder.

    The S9 has been rock solid so far and migrating my apps, settings, media was a breeze.    

    Still love Apple and look forward to see what they do next. In the interim , happy with the decision. 
    It's good to know everyone can have a unique experience. I have used Android since Eclaire (2.1) and switched to Apple this year. Got the 7 Plus and really enjoy how consistent iOS is. For me, software will always trump hardware and Android is tremendously inconsistent with its software experience, and this is coming from a Pixel 2 XL user, the best and cleanest Android experience bar none. The app quality on iOS is 10x better than Android, gaming is unbelievably better (I participate in several eSports tourneys so this is a priority for me), and I don't have to worry about a UX/UI capability/feature being dropped every year because Apple, again, is very consistent. I didn't buy the iPhone X because I knew the 2nd gen version would be cheaper. Tired of being Google's lifetime BETA tester. The issue with Android as a whole and will continually remain an issue for the foreseeable future is OS and Security updates. I'd be curious to see your opinion of Android after using it a year or more (this is typically when the novelty of customizing your home-screen wears off). Either way, I hope you enjoy your device and your Android experience.
  • Developers claim that Apple's privacy-first features are 'atomic bomb' for revenue

    If you require ad revenue and data mining to "compete", you're on the wrong platform and iOS isn't for you. 

    If these companies want to really compete, they should charge upfront and see if there really is value in their apps rather than offering something for free and adding all the revenue via hidden costs to the consumer. Quite a dishonest way of competing. 
  • Apple says user feedback to App Tracking Transparency has been 'tremendous'

    This is one of the best moves Apple has made to defend user privacy. Bravo Apple.
  • Australian retailer pulls AirTag over battery safety concerns

    You can relate individual responsibility, accountability, and now intelligence based on how nanny a government is. Australia isn’t looking so good. 
  • Apple Watch Support for Bike+ cut back due to GymKit implementation issues, says Peloton

    That's a big gaffe on Apple's fitness side. Engineers and designers should understand that circuit training, CrossFit, and other very popular workout programs integrate more than one type of workout within a workout. 

    Is this another example of Apple kicking the can down the road with incremental updates or an honest miss on the part of engineers and designers?
  • Facebook details impact of App Tracking Transparency to advertisers

    After using Android for several years, ATT was finally the breaking point for me to switch to iOS (along with some nice features in iOS14). Although a lot of my information is out there now, I'd rather stop the bleeding at this point in time. 
  • Biden Big Tech anti-competition order imminent, will call for return of net neutrality

    At this point, the internet ought to be treated the same as other required utilities (I didn’t think the same way back in 2008, but the internet is of vital importance now for almost every single thing we do today) so consider me a convert. Antitrust stuff; I’ve experienced both Android and iOS app stores. I’d rather have then operate like a PC. The owner of said device can download/install ANYTHING they damn well please. Less security is no excuse to shelter choice. We don’t learn/improve if we live a sheltered life and have to rely on someone else to keep us safe.