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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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US revoked Huawei’s remaining licenses

Including Intel’s

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Throughout the Trump presidency, Huawei has seesawed between near-extinction and salvation, between bans and temporary pardons. However, in the final days of his reign, Trump is seemingly intent on burning as much bridges as it can. Despite previously granted applications, the U.S. government has revoked Huawei’s remaining licenses, including Intel’s.

Late last year, Intel finally received one of the coveted operating licenses from the government. Amid the expansive ban against Huawei, the chipmaker gained permission to continue doing business with the Chinese company. The company joined a select group which reportedly includes Samsung and Qualcomm. After all, the government promised licenses once companies started applying.

Unfortunately, the government’s sudden turnaround is no surprise. A few days ago, Trump also blacklisted Xiaomi, dumping the company in the same mire as Huawei. Given the events of the past few weeks, the Trump administration is apparently hellbent on causing as much damage as possible.

According to Reuters, eight licenses were revoked from four companies. Besides Intel, memory chip maker Kioxia, formerly known under Toshiba, is reportedly part of the list. Additionally, the government intends to deny several applications in the coming days.

On the bright side, the Trump administration only has a few days left at the time of this writing. Though incoming president Joe Biden’s China-related policies are still an unknown, they will likely be less hostile than Trump’s ongoing policies.

SEE ALSO: Huawei buys 90 patents from BlackBerry

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Qualcomm acquires Nuvia and Apple’s ex-chief architect

A promising future for Qualcomm

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Quite often, it’s a big deal when a big company acquires a smaller company. However, you might not have heard of this new one from Qualcomm. Today, Qualcomm acquires Nuvia, a 2019 startup. If you haven’t heard of it, here’s a short TL;DR on why it’s important: Nuvia’s founder worked on Apple’s A14 processor.

Currently, Nuvia is still in the chipmaking business albeit under its own banner. However, the startup’s credentials are impressive. As mentioned above, Nuvia CEO Gerard Williams III was Apple’s former chief architect for processors between A7 and A14. The company’s senior vice presidents for engineering John Bruno and Manu Gulati were also part of Williams’ team for a while. Before his Apple stint, Williams also worked with ARM for chips in the past.

Now, Nuvia is promising a lot. Last year, the company’s Phoenix chipset boasted superior single-core performance compared to its competitors. According to tests, Phoenix outed almost double the performance of other processors for considerably less power.

With the acquisition, Qualcomm is now on track for a widely successful future. Currently, the company is still the industry’s leader for premium smartphone processors. As for its competitors, Apple launched the M1 processor for laptops and MediaTek recently reached the top spot for overall smartphone sales.

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm has announced a larger and faster fingerprint sensor

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Lenovo unveils the ThinkReality A3, its first smart glasses

That virtual monitor feature is a nice thing to have

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CES 2021 is in full swing with Lenovo joining the party. One of the products the company launched this year is focused solely on the enterprise market — the ThinkReality A3. This is a pair of smart glasses that double as a virtual monitor which could come in handy during these times.

Lenovo is touting the ThinkReality A3 as the most advanced and versatile lightweight smart glass in the enterprise market. With this pair of smart glasses, users can make use of a virtual monitor that extends their workflow. It connects via USB-C for quick and seamless integration with PC or any Motorola smartphone.

The concept of a virtual monitor is particularly useful for people who need extra space to work with. With Lenovo’s smart glasses, users can enjoy a second display that can be customized to their liking.

What’s cool about these smart glasses is that they can follow and adapt to the user’s orientation. This is all thanks to the stereoscopic 1080P display and dual fish-eye cameras for room-scale tracking. Of course, Lenovo is also allowing for further display customization. Users can select the personal office mode or place the virtual monitor anywhere for a much versatile workflow.

Powering the device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1, a chipset designed for wearables. An 8MP RGB camera in the smart glasses inputs 1080P videos for expert use cases. Optional updates include an industrial frame to make the smart glasses more durable and safer to use.

Two editions, two different use cases

The ThinkReality A3 will come in two editions: PC and industrial edition. The former tethers to a laptop or a mobile workstation so users can utilize a virtual monitor and use regular Windows apps. Unlike secondary monitors though, these smart glasses are much more compact and allow for total productivity. Plus, users can also carry a pair like a traditional eyewear.

Meanwhile, the industrial edition hooks to a Motorola smartphone for hands-free AR tasks. Through the ThinkReality software, users can use mixed reality applications and content for their business.

As part of Lenovo’s ThinkReality solutions, the A3 joins other products like the A6 headset in the company’s push towards wearable computing. The ThinkReality A3 will come to select markets worldwide starting mid-2021. Enterprise users may visit Lenovo’s webpage to find out more about it.

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