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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.
  • Apple overtakes Fitbit to become world's largest wearables vendor, study says [u]

    I'm really enjoying my Apple Watch.
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  • DOJ charges Huawei with stealing trade secrets, financial fraud, violating sanctions, more...

    It's amazing how people allow their feelings to get in the way of facts. From what I have heard, TMobile provided the US Government unequivocal proof (surveillance video showing the theft) which is what triggered these events. Crazy how people have a higher regard for a Communist country over the US, but that's just people's bias. Thank goodness facts don't care about anyone's feelings.
  • Microsoft unveils Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2 & Surface Studio 2 thanks.
  • ARM severs ties with Huawei, creating crisis for future phone designs

    avon b7 said:
    dewme said:
    I really wish there was some objective, scientific, and non-politicized coverage of the actual issues the US has with Huawei. A lot of the concerns seem to be pure conjecture or hypotheticals and ignore the fact that all countries, US and EU ones included, have both the ability and incentives to place surveillance inside any hardware or software communication platforms and equipment, whether at the manufacturing point of origin or through interception anywhere in the supply, distribution, or service channels and pretty much regardless of where the equipment is deployed. It's not like Huawei is building a giant ship with a massive crane to mine manganese nodules from the bottom of the ocean off the east coast of the US, or anything like that...
    There is absolutely nothing more than you point out.

    The Trump administration simply didn't want to see the Chinese take a tech lead (5G for example) over the US.

    Trump tried to get other countries to do the dirty work by banning Huawei. Most of those countries refused (after requesting evidence and not getting any) and as a US ban wasn't going to be enough, he simply declared a 'national emergency' to justify an executive order. This in spite of court cases (by both sides) already being underway.

    Why wait for the legalities to be cleared up when you can skip that part altogether?

    We are now in Wild West Politics and the sheriff is acting like one of those dodgy sheriffs in some crazy western.

    Blatant protectionism and nothing else save for the conjecture and hypotheticals.

    This is not the precedent the US should be setting on a world stage. 

    Not sure what world you've been living in the last 100 or so years, but this is what politics is. This is what countries do. They manage deals, relationships, that protect their country and their interests. People are so upset that the US is finally doing the same thing. China has been doing this since the 1980s. What rock has everyone been living under? Now the outrage comes out? Disingenuous af. 
  • App Store continues to vastly outpace Google Play in consumer spending

    One of the reasons the iOS App store continues to generate more revenue over Google's Play store is because of value. iOS users, although with a significantly lower market-share worldwide (82% Android to 12% iOS), user their devices more. iOS apps are much more polished, complete, and offer users a far greater UX. Also, the hardware on iOS devices far surpass anything Android has to offer, even today, when it comes to consistent, 60FPS gaming. I have $50 in Google Play store credit and I have only purchased one app, while on iOS I have spent over $50 because the apps continue to be supported by developers for years on end and the apps themselves are much more polished and less buggy. Also, Apple has made iOS the defacto mobile gaming platform. I have gamed on OnePlus, Samsung, Google, LG, and HTC devices and they pale in comparison to my iPhone and iPad devices. I've compared apps and games from iOS and Google Play and the iOS versions are superior in almost 100% of the cases. People don't spend money just because they have it, they spend it where they find value, and it's clear users find greater value in iOS apps than Android users (tbh, a good handful of Android users pirate apps and sideload APK versions, bypassing the paywall). 
  • Chinese diplomat attacks Apple & Trump over Huawei - using an iPhone

    First off, Huawei is a not a private company. China is communist, they do not believe in private companies. Huawei is a state-owned company, just like this stooge and the newspaper/organization he works for. Second, just another example why this entire thing is kabuki theater.