Apple and Qualcomm Agree on One Thing: China

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Apple and Qualcomm’s epic legal battle appears to be reaching the end. Amongst all their disagreements, they see eye-to-eye on the importance of 5G in the U.S. With a key ruling from the U.S. International Trade Commission expected tomorrow, Bloomberg News reported on the very high-stakes for both firms.

A ruling from the trade commission favoring Apple could undermine Qualcomm’s attempts to defend its business model and keep on charging billions of dollars in technology licensing fees. If Qualcomm prevails, Apple may face restrictions on its ability to import and sell some versions of the iPhone, the main source of its revenue…. The fear in Washington that China will get a global lead in 5G is being stoked by both Apple and Qualcomm to try to win the epic legal battle over technology that currently underpins all smartphones.


Darkroom 4.1 Adds Photos Extension, Editing in Files

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Darkroom 4.1 adds more ways for users to edit images, including a new photos extension and the ability to open photos directly in Files. What’s new: Photos Extension: Edit your photos with Darkroom right within the Photos app; Import to Darkroom: As an alternative to the Photos Extension, hand over your photos from apps using the new Share Extension; Copy to Darkroom: Easily copy your photos from external storage services like Dropbox or the Files apps to the camera roll and edit in Darkroom; Drag and drop to Import: Photos now can be dragged and dropped, on iPad only, to Darkroom to be copied and edited; Imported Smart Album: One convenient place to track all the photos you imported and/or copied to Darkroom; Open: Right from the album picker you can tap on the “Open” to access any photos accessible through the Files app, and 3d-party services that integrate with it. App Store: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)

Darkroom 4.1 Adds Photos Extension, Editing in Files

A 'No Deal' Brexit Will See EU Mobile Roaming Charges Return

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LONDON – Britain’s departure from the EU has been delayed. Brexit was supposed to happen this Friday, but, depending on what happens in Parliament this week, will take place on either April 12th or May 22nd. An April 12th departure would mean Parliament had not agreed on a deal and a ‘No Deal’ Brexit was happening. That would see the return of roaming charges for Brits in Europe Wired reported. It will mean using your iPhone in Europe will become much more expensive.

The plan to reinstate roaming charges has been confirmed by the European Commission as part of documents outlining its preparations for the UK crashing out of the EU. “As it is increasingly likely that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union without a deal on 12 April, the European Commission has today completed its ‘no-deal’ preparations,” the Commission said in a statement…The Commission’s documents outline 19 legislative proposals covering everything from financial services to climate policy.



Learn About Typefaces With Typography Insight

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Typography Insight is a toolkit for learning & teaching typography, designed for those who love type. You can learn about historically important typefaces, observe and compare them. Now you can access system fonts and thousands of fonts from Adobe Typekit with Adobe ID. Features; Juxtaposing comparison: Understand the detail differences between the typefaces with side by side comparison; Overlaying comparison: Compare two typefaces by overlaying on top of each other; Type inspector: Observe the detail shapes of typefaces such as serif, counter, and ear in very large scale, with pinch and pan gesture; Basics: Learn about the basics of typography and simple tips for making a readable page; Typeface anatomy: Learn about the elements and terminologies of typefaces; Historical typefaces: Understand different characteristics of historically important typefaces; and more. App Store: US$2.99

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It's Now Easier to Delete Telegram Messages

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With a new “delete everywhere” feature it’s now easier than ever to delete Telegram messages and erase your chat history.

The new ‘nuclear option’ delete feature allows a user to selectively delete their own messages and/or messages sent by any/all others in the chat. They don’t even have to have composed the original message or begun the thread to do so. They can just decide it’s time.

Smartphones Are No Longer a Status Symbol

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Smartphones used to be a status symbol. But that has changed now that everyone has one. Now, the status symbol is in avoiding smartphones.

Not only are screens themselves cheap to make, but they also make things cheaper. Any place that can fit a screen in (classrooms, hospitals, airports, restaurants) can cut costs. And any activity that can happen on a screen becomes cheaper.

The rich do not live like this. The rich have grown afraid of screens. They want their children to play with blocks, and tech-free private schools are booming. Humans are more expensive, and rich people are willing and able to pay for them…All of this has led to a curious new reality: Human contact is becoming a luxury good.

Chemical Firms Order 'Hundreds of New Computers' After Ransomware Attack

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Chemical firms Hexion and Momentive have been hit by a huge Ransomware attack and forced to order hundreds of new computers. Motherboard saw an email from Momentive CEO Jack Boss that referred to a “global IT outage” and the need to deploy “swat teams.” As well as ordering new devices, Momentive has given some employees new email addresses, as theirs remain inaccessible. The attackers left a message demanding payment in Bitcoin.

Based on the ransom message, the ransomware that hit Hexion and Momentive appears to be LockerGoga, the same ransomware that forced an aluminum manufacturing giant Norsk Hydro to shut down its worldwide network this week…On the day of the attack, some of the companies’ Windows computers were hit with a blue screen error and their files encrypted, said the current employee, who asked to remain anonymous as they were not authorized to speak to the press. “Everything [went down]. Still no network connection, email, nothing.”

Mind Chaser's Collection of Big Tech Spying Articles

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The folks at Mind Chasers put together a constantly-updating list of Big Tech companies that spy on you, with examples.

Below is a listing of articles documenting various spying incidents, capabilities, and vulnerabilities that you may not already know. Maybe it will help drive home that our society has a big problem and make you think twice before you order your next connected device that’s built to spy on you.

This is a great resource to bookmark.

We Finally Have a Super Mario Party Update

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Nintendo finally released a Super Mario Party update. It’s not a major update but it fixes an annoyance some players had with Online Mariothon.

Fixed an issue with Online Mariothon in which ranking data was not displaying properly.

  1. Connect the Nintendo Switch console to the Internet.
  2. Return to the HOME Menu and launch the game.
  3. The update will be downloaded and installed automatically.
  4. Once the update is installed, the newest version number will be displayed on the title screen.

PDF Converter OCR 6 for Mac Lifetime License: $15

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We have a deal on  PDF Converter OCR 6 for Mac. This software allows you to make PDFs editable and searchable, while retaining the original layout, graphics, and hyperlinks. You can also scan 27 languages, merge multiple documents, and more. Our friends at Stack Commerce brought the price down on this app, too, and it’s now $15 for a lifetime license.

Kickstarter Claps Back Against Unionization Attempts

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On Tuesday, a bunch of Kickstarter employees went public with their efforts to unionize under the name Kickstarter United. But senior employees are fighting.

We believe this effort to unionize is the result of consistent issues with internal communications. We hope well-intentioned, good faith dialogue with executives and a specific list of issues from unsatisfied coworkers can get us to a better place. We want to give this a try before resorting to something as extreme as a union.

The statement is from an internal memo circulated among the company, and lists various reasons against the union.

Air Power Could be Here by the End of March

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Air Power, Apple’s much speculated upon charging mat, could be with us by the end of March 2019. That is according to a report in DigitTimes. As MacRumors pointed out, the publication has a mixed record on predicting Apple releases. However, it does feel like a launch is getting nearer. There was even an updated picture of the product hidden in the new Air Pods page.

The report cites unnamed “industry sources” within Apple’s supply chain: ‘Lite-On Semiconductor, a maker of discrete and analog IC components, is expected to see its second-quarter revenues register a double-digit sequential growth as it will soon kick off volume shipments of GPP (glass passivated package) bridge rectifiers needed for Apple’s wireless charger AirPower, according to industry sources. The sources said that Apple’s AirPower wireless charger for iPhones, Apple Watch and AirPods is set to be officially launched in late March, which will significantly drive up Lite-On’s revenues for the second quarter of 2019.’ There are 10 days remaining in March including today.