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Spotify might sue Apple for US$ 26.6 billion in fines

EU is investigating antitrust claims

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Recently, Qualcomm finally relinquished Apple from an eternity of torment. Throughout the past few months, the American chipmaker chased the iPhone maker through legal loopholes. Qualcomm accused Apple of breaching copyright laws. Last month, both companies settled the dispute out of court, creating a new mutual deal.

As the seas finally settle down, another challenger approaches. In the EU, Spotify is taking Apple to court over a supposedly unfair advantage. Specifically, Apple’s payment system is unjustly cutting off other streaming services.

Behind the scenes, Apple charges a staggering 30 percent of every transaction through the App Store. As such, app developers are either settling with reduced revenues or bigger price tags. Spotify has much more to lose. Given Apple’s wonky pricing schemes, Apple Music is benefitting more from the system.

Case in point, Spotify charges more on Apple’s store compared to its standard offerings. Outside Apple, Spotify offers their premium service for only US$ 9.99. In contrast, Spotify asks for US$ 12.99 on the App Store. The streaming service is calling it the “Apple tax.”

Spotify’s lawyer, Thomas Vinje is making a case against Apple. Additionally, Vinje argues that other streaming services are also feeling the pressure. However, they are “too afraid to take on Apple,” according to Vinje.

Currently, the case is just starting. The EU competition commission has agreed to investigate. If found guilty, Apple might cough up ten percent of its global revenue. With the company’s worldwide success, the fee might total up to US$ 26.6 billion. Even for Apple, this fee is more than just a drop in the bucket. Expect a lot more drama as the situation escalates.

SEE ALSO: Spotify introduces its app for Apple Watch

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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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