Back in late 2018, Apple was forced to cease selling the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 in Germany following a patent infringement ruling, which itself was part of a much larger and longer running series of legal spats between the Cupertino giant and Qualcomm. According to the ruling, Apple used chips that infringed on Qualcomm's power savings technology in the iPhone lineup. In order to lift the sales ban, Apple has now dumped Intel modems and switched over entirely to Qualcomm hardware for the German market. Must read: Apple products you shouldn't buy (February 2019 edition) The alleged patent violation didn't involve Intel hardware directly, but instead another Apple supplier – Qorvo Inc – wh supplied a chip that infringed the patent that was used alongside Intel hardware. The ban affected iPhone 7/7 Plus/8/8 Plus smartphones, and did not affect newer iPhones with Intel chips on sale in Germany. Apple began to switch away from Qualcomm modems back in 2016, adding Intel modems to … [Read more...] about Apple upgrades older iPhones to bypass sales ban in Germany
Google is working toward completely designing its very own processors, for both servers that power its services and the mobile devices that it sells to consumers, with the opening of a hardware design hub in Bengaluru, India, Reuters reports.Alphabet Inc, Google’s still-fresh parent company, has reportedly hired more than a dozen silicon engineers in Bengaluru in recent months with plans to quick hire more. Reuters collected its report via LinkedIn profiles, job postings and speaking with two anonymous industry executives.According to Reuters, Google’s new processor design team is known internally as ‘gChips’ and contains expatriates from Broadcom, Intel, Nvidia and Qualcomm.These are the best laptops of 2019 so farGoogle in 2018: a retrospectiveBest Chromebooks: the cream of Google's cropThis team is likely tuning and testing silicon chip designs made by Google’s existing hardware team in its Silicon Valley offices, and is likely to grow to up to 80 staff … [Read more...] about Google ramps up processor design efforts with new India hub
Dell has unveiled its new Latitude 7400 2-in-1 ahead of CES 2019, with the company claiming a battery life of 24 hours and a new proximity sensor to improve security and battery. See it now: Latitude laptops at DellAnnouncing it will be the "first of many" Latitudes to be released in 2019, Dell Client Product Group president Jay Parker said the 7300 2-in-1 "represents the convergence of speed, security, mobility, versatility, and productivity". A new feature announced for the 2-in-1 is ExpressSign-in, which uses the Dell Proximity Sensor powered by Intel's context sensing technology. It detects motion from up to 3 feet or 1 metre away, Dell Mechanical System architect Allen McKittrick told ZDNet. "It's a sensor that emits IR and receives IR," McKittrick told ZDNet. "This is a spectrum that's invisible to the human eye, so it's very low powered. It emits the IR, detects the user, and then it wakes the system. At that point, once that system is woken, it invokes the IR camera, … [Read more...] about Dell announces Latitude 7400 with 24-hour battery
A quantum computer is -- or, perhaps more accurately phrased, would be -- a wholly different order of mechanism than anything the human species has ever constructed. Today, there are working machines that perform some small part of what a full quantum computer may eventually do. Depending upon whom you ask, these are either quantum computing prototypes or "prologues" -- stepping stones toward the real thing.Also: Why Intel's smallest spin qubit chip could be a turning point in quantum computing The goal of quantum computing research is to discover a means of expediting the execution of long waves of instructions. Such a means would exploit an observed phenomenon of quantum mechanics that, when you write it down on paper, doesn't appear to make sense.Why quantum? More on Quantum Computing IBM warns of instant breaking of encryption by quantum computers: 'Move your data today' BlackBerry says it will protect long-lived assets from quantum computing attacks Google's … [Read more...] about What a quantum computer is, and why it needs to be more
Honor, Huawei's affordable handset brand, often gets credit for coming up with phones that pack in the features at a fraction of the cost of flagship phones -- including those from Huawei itself. I liked this year's top-of-the-range Honor 10, for example: at £399 (inc. VAT), it delivers very good value for money.Honor currently offers two ultra low-cost handsets: the £129.99 Honor 7A and the £99.99 Honor 7S. Can Honor really deliver a usable smartphone at these price points, or has it cut costs too far, risking damage to its 'value for money' reputation?Here are the key specifications for the two handsets:Honor 7A Honor 7SDimensions (WxDxH)73mm x 152.4mm x 7.8mm70.9mm x 146.5mm x 8.3mm Weight150g142gDisplay5.7 inches, 1,440 x 720 pixels, 18:9 aspect ratio, 282ppi5.45 inches, 1,440 x 720 pixels, 18:9 aspect ratio, 295ppiOSAndroid 8.1.0Android 8.1.0OS overlayEMUI 8.0EMUI 8.0ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 430MediaTek MT6739RAM2GB2GBInternal storage16GB (8.79GB free)16GB (9.7GB … [Read more...] about Honor 7A and Honor 7S, First Take: False economies?