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Qualcomm goes after Apple, seeks iPhone import ban

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San Francisco, July 7: Global chip maker Qualcomm has filed a new patent infringement lawsuit against Apple, asking the US authorities to ban imports of some iPhone and iPad models.

According to a Fortune report late Thursday, Qualcomm filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission, accusing Apple’s iPhones and iPads of infringing six of its mobile patents.

Qualcomm said all iPhones and iPads that contain competing mobile communications chips should be barred from the country.

But any decision on the ban which could cover iPhone 7, 7 Plus and some future iPhones would at least take up to 18 months to come into practice, hence the upcoming iPhone 8 is not under any immediate threat.

Apple responded to this, saying that the companz had tried to negotiate before suing and that Qualcomm is abusing its position.

“They supply us with a single connectivity component, but for years have been demanding a percentage of the total cost of our products – effectively taxing Apple’s innovation,” Forture reported, citing an Apple statement.

“We believe deeply in the value of intellectual property but we shouldn’t have to pay them for technology breakthroughs they have nothing to do with,” the statement added.

In April, Apple stopped paying royalties to contract manufacturers for phone patents owned by Qualcomm over an “unresolved issue”.

Apple reportedly stopped paying royalties starting with devices sold during the March quarter.

Qualcomm is one of the world’s biggest provider of mobile chips and derives revenue majorly from licensing that technology to hundreds of handset manufacturers and others.

The US chip manufacturer had lambasted Apple for breaching deals between the two companies and urged that the lawsuit filed in January against them by the iPhone maker should be rejected.

Qualcomm also accused Apple of harming its business and sought unspecified damages.

Apple sued Qualcomm in January for nearly one billion dollars over royalties, with the Cupertino-based tech giant alleging the wireless chipmaker did not give fair licensing terms for its processor technology.

But Qualcomm refuted the allegations, saying that Apple had intentionally mischaracterised the agreements and negotiations, as well as the enormity and value of the technology they had invented, contributed and shared with all mobile device makers “through our licensing programme”.

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Google reveals security flaw in Microsoft Edge

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San Francisco, Feb 20: Google has made public the details of a medium-level security flaw in Microsoft Edge browser whose patch is still not produced.

The vulnerability was first discovered in November 2017, by the search giant’s Project Zero.

According to Engadget, taking advantage of the flaw, hackers could bypass Microsoft Edge’s existing security measures to inject malicious code into a victim’s computer.

Google, through its Project Zero, notified Microsoft about a bug in November, giving the company the usual 90-day disclosure deadline.

With the three-month deadline over, the team of security analysts employed by Google tasked with finding zero-day vulnerabilities — Project Zero –went public with the details of the security flaw.

The search giant granted a 14-day extension to Microsoft after it said that the problem was complex and it needed more time to fix it.

But, Microsoft even missed the second deadline to produce the patch of the vulnerability. However, given Edge’s small market share, the security issue was unlikely to affect too many people though it is still embarrassing for the company.

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M-tech launches 4G smartphone at Rs 4,499

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New Delhi, Feb 19: Domestic mobile manufacturer M-tech on Monday launched a new 4G VoLTE smartphone “Foto 3” at Rs 4,499.

The device comes with 5-inch FVWGA LCD display and is powered by 1.3 GHz quad core processor paired with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage, which is expandable upto 32 GB.

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“With ‘Foto 3’, Internet-savvy users can now avail super-fast data connectivity and superior voice call quality. We are positive that the ‘Foto 3’ will certainly appeal to our customers,” Goutam Kumar Jain, Co-Founder, M-tech Informatics Ltd, said in a statement.

The device runs Android 7.0 Nougat operating system (OS) and houses 2400 mAh Li-Ion battery. It also sports 2+ VGA dual rear camera and a VGA front camera.

The product is available on both online and offline platforms.

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Pay utility bills now with Google ‘Tez’

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New Delhi, Feb 19: Google India on Monday announced that people can now pay water, electricity, DTH and mobile bills with its “Tez” digital payment app without any transaction charges.

Built on the Unified Payments Interface (UPI), the “Tez” app will bring bill payments for over 80 billers for private and public utility service providers across the country.

“We are adding a specially-designed bill pay experience in ‘Tez’ which will enable users to make a wide range of bill payments, including electricity, water, gas, DTH and insurance from the app,” said Diana Layfield, Vice President, Payments and Commerce, Next Billion Users at Google.

The new bill pay feature would include major utilities like Reliance Energy, BSES and Dish TV and would cover all states and major metros.

Built to support “Bharat BillPay” system, “Tez” would send users a notification when their bill arrives and users would be able to check whether they have paid a bill by simply tapping the biller’s name on their “Tez” home screen.

Users would also be able to view all past payments grouped by bill, as well as manage bills from multiple accounts.

Once users have located their biller, they need to enter the number associated with their account to link it to Tez and give it an easy name to remember.

After users have linked their account, for most utility bills Tez would automatically fetch any available bills. Users need to just tap on “New Payment” and then “Pay your bills”.

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