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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’s phones are sending information to a Chinese company

But it’s not all bad, according to Samsung

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More than a week into 2020, the Chinese cybersecurity issue still proliferates. Today, the target is Samsung. A few days ago, Reddit presented a comprehensive thread on a concerning issue involving all Samsung smartphones.

Apparently, Samsung’s utility app — called Device Care — obtains one of its features from “a super shady Chinese data-mining/antivirus company called Qihoo 360.” As the name suggests, Qihoo 360 provides the app’s storage scanner. Further, as with most utility apps, Device Care is a mandatory, pre-installed app; you couldn’t delete it, even if you wanted to.

Allegedly, the antivirus provider has a less-than-stellar reputation, even in its own home turf. Among other things, it peddles obnoxious adware and actively hunts down other antivirus software in a device. Similarly, it has also been implicated in spyware cases in the past — including a controversy wherein the company sends user data to the Chinese government.

More than just Chinese fear, the Reddit user also tested the app for any communication with outside servers. Surprisingly enough, Device Care does establish communication with several Chinese servers. Unfortunately, the thread does not detail what information was transferred in the process.

Regardless, the information was enough to spark discussion especially among Western users who remain wary about Chinese involvement in their technology.

However, according to a statement from Samsung Members Korea, Device Care sends only information regarding suspected junk files to Qihoo 360. The app merely cross-references its information with Qihoo 360’s databases to confirm whether a file should be deleted or not.

Additionally, in a statement addressed to The Verge, the sent data includes only generic information such as phone model and OS version. “The storage optimization process, including the scanning and removal of junk files, is fully managed by Samsung’s device care solution,” the statement said.

Put simply, there’s nothing to be worried about. Unfortunately, Samsung’s statement will not quell the world’s fears against Chinese technology. Currently, China’s technology sector is still waging a defensive war against all front all over the world.

SEE ALSO: Samsung copies Apple’s logos for CES keynote

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Samsung copies Apple’s logos for CES keynote

Almost identical to FaceID and TouchID logos

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Image source: Samsung

These days, every smartphone maker has a feature that everyone else has. Everyone has bezel-less designs, multi-camera setups, and facial recognition software, for example. However, despite the industry’s tendency to share features with one another, every company has their own take or branding. It’s an unwritten rule that companies can have the same features as another, only if the branding is different.

Oddly enough, Samsung breached this rule recently. At a CES 2020 press conference, the company copied one of Apple’s most prized technologies in recent history. During the company’s talk on cybersecurity, the keynote presented its latest investments in the industry, including facial recognition software. However, in presenting the new information, Samsung used an all-too-familiar image: Apple’s FaceID logo.

More precisely, Samsung’s weird facsimile has thicker lines and tighter spacing. Regardless, the resemblance is damning. Of course, Samsung did not advertise or claim any involvement with Apple’s products. That said, the blunder is a big one, especially considering that both companies have engaged in copyright spats in the past.

Similarly, Samsung’s included graphic for fingerprint recognition is also remarkably similar to Apple’s TouchID.

Samsung has not clarified the blunder. On the other hand, Apple has also remained silent. If anything, Samsung’s mistake is a source of lighthearted amusement in this year’s CES event.

SEE ALSO: Samsung QLED 8K TV: Future-proof your TV viewing

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Vivo, OPPO, Xiaomi are working together for faster data transfers

Transfers can reach up to 20MB/s

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This year, the world is finally getting consumer-friendly 5G internet. After months of stalling, we are ready for the future.

Naturally, higher internet speeds come with larger file sizes. Why should you skimp on file sizes when you have the world’s most cutting-edge technology? Unfortunately, this can mean only one thing. Our devices are burdened with a game of catch-up: larger storages and faster transfer speeds.

Thankfully, storage capacities are already developing larger solutions. Likewise, albeit in a smaller capacity, we are on the cups of faster data transferring.

Particularly, Vivo, Xiaomi, and OPPO have formed an alliance for a higher standard in data transferring. Officially named the “Peer-to-Peer Transmission Alliance,” the deal will deliver seamless transferring without installing third-party software or ruining your monthly data allowance. According to a press release, transfer speeds can reach up to 20MB/s.

Transfers between the three brands will use two different technologies simultaneously: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The devices will use Bluetooth to pair. After pairing, they will use Wi-Fi P2P to transfer the files. Additionally, both users can still use their devices while the transfer completes.

Of the three brands, OPPO and Vivo make the most sense. Both brands are under the same parent company. Xiaomi’s inclusion is surprising but welcome.

The new feature will roll out across Vivo products starting February in select markets. Unfortunately, no word yet on the other two brands and in specific devices or markets.

SEE ALSO: Vivo NEX 3 review: More now than next

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