Blackberry Scores $814M Win for Qualcomm Overcharging Patent Royalties

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Qualcomm paying Blackberry $814.9 million for overcharging patent royalties

Qualcomm has agreed to pay Blackberry US$814.9 million for overcharging patent royalties. Blackberry entered into arbitration with Qualcomm over claims it was being forced to pay too much to use the company’s patent protected technologies in its smartphones, which sounds exactly like Apple’s current lawsuit against Qualcomm.

8 Ways to See the Charge Level of Your AirPods

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If you’ve got a pair of Apple’s bluetooth headphones, dubbed “AirPods,” then it’s good to know that there are tons of ways to check their battery levels. Considering that the AirPods don’t have a physical indicator of how much charge they’ve got, that’s a good thing! In today’s Quick Tip, Melissa Holt’s gonna go over a number of methods for finding out how much more listenin’ you can do.

NY Grad Student Goes Undercover at Pegatron iPhone Factory

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Every wonder what it’s really like to make iPhones in a Chinese factory? New York University student Dejian Zeng found out by working in one for 6 weeks for a summer project. BusinessInsider interviewed him about the experience, where he discussed the daily life of a worker. He shared a dorm with 7 people, worked 12 hour shifts, did repetitive tasks, and got paid more than the minimum wage. “I mean, it’s simple,” he said, “but that’s the work that you do. Over, over, over again. For whole days.” He also described being on an assembly line ramping up a new product, an experience that was punctuated by hours of boredom waiting for the next unit to work on. It’s an excellent read—I’m writing it up as a Cool Stuff Found, rather than a full article, because I want to encourage everyone to read it. Plus, these kinds of manufacturing jobs are not going to come back to the U.S., at least not for humans to do.

NY Grad Student Goes Undercover at Pegatron iPhone Factory

Air Vinyl Lets You Decorate Your AirPod Case

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Check out Air Vinyl Design‘s self titled product, Air Vinyl. They’re simple vinyl decorations for your plain white AirPods case. Sure, a lot of people would never sully their pristine Apple design, but a lot of people love to decorate their Apple devices. Since the AirPods case is something you need to use all the time, I can definitely see folks wanting to personalize them. Especially if you want a way to quickly identify your case from everyone else’s. Air Vinyls are made of vinyl, and they’re designed to be removable. There are currently eight designs, as shown, but the designer told me he has ones coming for San Francisco, New York City, and Chicago, and when I suggested Cupertino, he thought it a splendid idea. They’re being sold in sets: Los Angeles, CA; Music Mixer; and Rorschach Drops, as grouped below. Each set is $5.99.

Air Vinyl Lets You Decorate Your AirPod Case

Ten Year Illustrated History of iOS

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German software company fournova has put together a delightful illustrated history of iOS to mark its ten hear history. It starts with the Steve Jobs introducing a device that runs on special version of what was then called OS X. Each iteration of iOS through iOS 10 then gets its own panel highlighting what was new and some of the people involved with presenting it. It’s a fun look through the years, and I saw a couple of things I hadn’t thought about in a long time. Check it out!

Ten Year Illustrated History of iOS

NVIDIA's Pascal Drivers for macOS Available, but Still Beta

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beta macOS drivers for NVIDIA's Pascal GPU line now available

NVIDIA made Mac users happy on Tuesday when it released a macOS-compatible version of its Pascal graphics processors. The company promised they were coming, and while still in beta, they let Mac owners get a taste of the company’s more powerful GPU offering.

Mark Hamill Finally gets Some Lines in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Thanks to Bad Lip Reading

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens was great, but not everyone is happy with Luke Skywalker’s lines in the movie. The team at Bad Lip Reading fixed that in an epic way with their new video where Mark Hamill, who plays Skywalker, voices Han Solo. And if this is your first time experiencing Bad Lip Reading, I apologize for killing your entire afternoon.

The Swift 3 Master Coder Bundle

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Swift 3 Master Coder Bundle

Check out the The Swift 3 Master Coder Bundle, a collection of four training courses for iOS developers. This includes: Hacking With Swift 3 – Beginner to Pro: Build 17 Apps, Swift 3: Exploiting the Latest iOS 10 Features, iOS 10 and Xcode 8: Complete Swift 3 & Objective-C Guide, and Learn iOS 10 Development with Swift 3 & Xcode 8: Build 14 Apps. That’s more than 94 hours of video training content for $36.

Apple Music Execution Has Been Near Flawless

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Apple’s streaming music execution has been nearly flawless. From all but abandoning the world’s largest and most profitable online music store, to launching a “radio station,” to attracting tens of millions of monthly subscribers, Apple Music has been a huge hit. And two bits of news hit Bryan Chaffin that emphasizes just how good Apple’s execution has been.