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China bans Apple from selling iPhones

All thanks to Qualcomm

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Following Huawei’s kerfuffle, all eyes are on China’s tenuous relationship with the United States. However, for all of China’s troubles, the Asian country is making some moves on its own.

In the corporate world, Qualcomm has gone on a warpath against a bunch of other companies — Apple and Huawei. The chipset maker has even hired a smear campaign against Apple supposedly. Now, the company has advanced more chess pieces in the legal department.

Recently, Qualcomm engaged in a legal battle against Apple in China. According to the company, Apple violated some critical software patents. Allegedly, the patents allow photo resizing and app management on a touchscreen.

To Qualcomm’s favor, China issued a guilty verdict against Apple. Additionally, the Chinese court has banned the American company from selling and importing most of its iPhones to the country.

The ban includes all the company’s older models. Surprisingly, it doesn’t include this year’s triage of new iPhones — the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. Apparently, the ban only covers older software versions.

Luckily for Apple, the ban hasn’t been completely enforced yet, allowing the company to remain in business for now. According to Apple, “All iPhone models remain available for our customers in China.”

In response, Apple will work to overturn this verdict in the future. “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… We will pursue all our legal options through the courts,” Apple said.

Besides this battle, Qualcomm claims that Apple owes them US$ 7 billion in damages.

The move opens up another theater in the ongoing trade war between China and America.

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx is first-ever 7nm chip in a PC

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Samsung launches 1000-inch TV display

Three zeroes

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Television sets have gotten a lot crazier over the years. From rollable sets to ones that hide on the wall, the world has a lot more options on how they want to consume their media. One of the more renowned series spearheading this revolution is Samsung’s The Wall, offering sets that meld perfectly with the wall it’s set on. Today, Samsung is going big — really big — with a new 1000-inch display.

That’s not a typo. The Wall’s latest entry indeed has three zeroes. The new display uses microLED, making it lither and more adaptable. Despite being a gigantic screen, it can put out images in stunning 8K resolution and buttery 120Hz framerates. It can also be configured to maximize output to 16K resolution in a 15,360 x 2,160 arrangement.

Speaking of arrangement, interested buyers can choose different configurations for the screen besides a plain horizontal one. It can be installed in any wall type, including concave and convex ones.

However, if you’re wondering how you’re going to fit it in your home, Samsung is positioning the screen more towards business and commercial spaces, rather than consumer-friendly ones. The company has also not revealed how much it will go for.

Of course, if you happen to have the money and the space for it, why not?

SEE ALSO: Samsung Neo QLED TVs: Price and availability in the Philippines

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Xiaomi becomes second-largest smartphone maker

As of Q2 2021

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The smartphone industry has been in a shakeup for quite some time now. Since the rapid fall of Huawei, several smartphone makers have been fighting to fill in the Huawei-sized hole. The rankings have since seesawed between the two usual suspects, Apple and Samsung. Now, Xiaomi is once again climbing the ranks. According to a report, Xiaomi is now the second-largest smartphone maker in the world, as of Q2 2021.

As reported by Canalys, Xiaomi now holds 17 percent of the smartphone market, a huge 83 percent increase from the last rankings. The Chinese company edges out Apple, the third-largest smartphone maker, who just bagged 14 percent of the market. Meanwhile, Samsung is still sitting on top with 19 percent of the market. OPPO and vivo each hold 10 percent of the market.

According to the same report, the entire smartphone industry is recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It grew as a whole by 12 percent.

Besides the pandemic, Xiaomi is also recovering from American bans. Because of its association with China, the company was formerly included as part of the blacklist limiting them from engaging in American business.

Months ago, Xiaomi finally freed itself from the blacklist, making way for its astronomical 83 percent growth this quarter. Huawei, on the other hand, is still in the red, plummeting deeper and deeper down the rankings.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi overtakes Apple as third-best smartphone seller

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Up to 1500 companies hit by REvil ransomware attack, demand $70 million

The same attackers took down the US’ Colonial pipeline

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Russian cybercriminal group REvil demands a US$ 70 million Bitcoin ransom after carrying out a major ransomware attack in the US and Europe. The US was celebrating its independence day as one of the world’s largest cyberattacks wreaked havoc in hundreds of businesses.

The ransom demand comes two days after news broke about the attack. It was initially suspected at least a few hundred small and medium-sized companies to be affected as a result. The primary software provider, Kaseya, and governments in a dozen countries are working since Friday to crack the encrypted lock on thousands of affected computers.

Ransomware is defined as malicious software that tries to extort money from its victims. The demands are straightforward: pay the ransom, or have your operations severely compromised or shut down completely. Due to the ransomware, thousands of computers are no longer functional, rendering entire businesses non-operational.

According to Reuters, up to 1500 businesses may be affected. Initial reports had found demands of $US 5 million from the bigger companies that were hit by the ransomware attack and as low as US$ 45,000 from the smaller ones.

Kaseya’s software is used by Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to perform IT tasks remotely. Kaseya has administrator access across systems by design as a managed service provider to deliver its remote management. Because of this, an auto-update on July 2 delivered REvil ransomware to affected systems.

Global effects

The ripple effects of the attack are visible globally. The disruption took down hundreds of supermarkets in Sweden because their cash registers were inoperative, and schools and kindergartens went gone offline in New Zealand.

In May, REvil attacked Colonial Pipeline and managed to get the company to pay a $5 million ransom after its functionality and services were restricted, sparking a gas crisis in the US. With the ransom demand out in the open, it remains to be seen how the issue progresses at the moment.

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