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Apple sues partner for reselling gadgets that were supposed to be recycled

The partner did technically “re-use” them…

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Apple is suing former partner GEEP Canada for reselling 103,845 iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches, instead of recycling them. Yup, they were supposed to destroy those devices but ended up reselling them. This means the company not only violated its partner agreement with Apple but also stole from it.

GEEP Canada is now a part of Quantum Lifecycle Partners and admitted that 11,766 lbs (5336 kg) of devices left its facility without being destroyed. According to The Logic’s report, the recycling company denies any wrongdoing but accepted that there was a case of theft. It has filed a separate suit claiming three employees stole the devices on the company’s behalf.

Apple seeks a full recovery of the profits earned via the theft, along with an additional CD$ 31 million (US$ 22.7 million). The Cupertino giant also doesn’t believe GEEP Canada’s claim about the stolen phones because it says the three employees were part of the senior management.

It has been mentioned that Apple sent GEEP Canada some half a million 500,000 iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches between January 2015 and December 2017. And, around 18 percent or 103,845 of all those devices were discovered by Apple to be active with functional wireless coverage.

This proved that the phones hadn’t been destroyed and were being used actively. The only way these phones, that were destined for recycling, ended up in a consumer’s hands is via internal theft.

Apple has always been very serious about its carbon footprint, in-line with many other tech companies like Google. The smartphone maker encourages users to submit their phones for recycling and not dump them in a waste bin. Phones contain a lot of precious metals and semiconductors that are potentially harmful to the environment and can be reused in a newer phone.

Read Also: Introducing: Daisy, Apple’s newest recycling robot

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Samsung is increasing the prices of its chipsets

Others have already accepted

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Shortages are still plaguing the tech industry. Because of various lockdowns throughout the past few years, new devices haven’t met the surge of demand from consumers. Besides not delivering devices, companies also deal with a loss in profit. Inevitably, that lost profit would rear its head in another way. Samsung, a major player in the chipmaking industry, has decided to up its chipset prices.

First reported by Bloomberg, Samsung is renegotiating the prices of its chipsets. If successful, the company’s clients will reportedly pay between 15 to 20 percent more to get their components. Additionally, chips made on legacy nodes will likely pay more in the end.

According to the report, some clients, currently unnamed, have already agreed to the price increase. Others are still in the process of negotiations. Though it’s certainly more expensive, the current forecast speculates that most clients will likely take the new deal. For one, other companies have already upped their prices as well. Samsung isn’t alone. However, the South Korean company has an advantage: more high-tech machines resulting in better chips and faster production.

Of course, the story doesn’t end there. While some clients have already accepted, there is no indication as to who will ultimately shoulder the brunt of the price increase. Will this mean more expensive devices in the future, or will companies graciously take a lesser margin of profit?

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S22+ review: Love at first touch

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Qualcomm unveils its plans for Wi-Fi 7

Can reach up to 33Gbps speeds

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The transition from 5G to 6G shouldn’t be the only thing we’re excited for. Companies are also working on huge improvements for Wi-Fi. Because of the ongoing popularity of 5G, not a lot of the spotlight was shone on the current Wi-Fi 6 and 6E standards. However, home internet is just as important. Now, the future wants to make things even faster. Qualcomm has announced the next chips to introduce Wi-Fi 7.

Recently, the company officially revealed the Wi-Fi 7 Networking Pro Series. The lineup will eventually don the future of routers for a variety of environments including home and enterprise use. According to Qualcomm, the chips will reach speeds of up to 33Gbps with stabler connections and lesser interference. They will support 2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 6GHz channels.

For reference, Wi-Fi 6 and 6E can reach only up to 9.6Gbps speeds. Though the jump is certainly dramatic, reaching higher speeds is crucial in today’s time when 4K streaming is quickly becoming a norm.

Of course, patience is key. Amid Qualcomm’s announcement, Wi-Fi 7 isn’t exactly here yet. Both networks and router makers haven’t released any products for the standard. However, some sources, like MediaTek, are currently predicting 2023 as a target date for the new standard’s launch in some capacity.

SEE ALSO: MediaTek hosts world’s first demo of Wi-Fi 7

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Samsung announces UFS 4.0

Coming to smartphones and smart cars

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While most consumers focus on the number of gigabytes a smartphone has, a lesser known specification is quietly improving a user’s experience. If you’ve owned any recent Samsung phone, you might have noticed “UFS 3.1” in the specs. Universal Flash Storage helps the smartphone process data faster. Now, Samsung has launched an improved version of the standard: UFS 4.0.

Announced recently, the new standard promises an impressive improvement from the current one. UFS 4.0 reportedly reaches up to 23.2Gbps per lane, double the speeds of UFS 3.1. While the latter finds its home in the Galaxy S22 series, the former will try to find its way into automotive and VR applications.

Using Samsung’s 7th-generation V-NAND technology, the standard can deliver sequential read speed of up to 4200MB/s and write speeds of up to 2800MB/s. Storages with the standard will also come in various capacities up to 1TB.

Samsung will produce the storage starting the third quarter of this year. With the timing down right, the standard will likely make its debut in upcoming smartphones from the company. Besides that, the company is also linking up with other companies around the globe for future partnerships with the standard. It aims to create a global ecosystem helped by the new standard.

SEE ALSO: Samsung is building phone batteries inspired by cars

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