Apple says Qualcomm's patent claim can be undone with a software patch, and it is planning to do just that next week. Recently, a Chinese court ruled in favour of Qualcomm, which claimed Apple infringed on a couple of its patents. The media claim the ruling will block the sales of a number of iPhone models (from iPhone 6S all the way up to iPhone X). Apple is still selling these phones in China, even though the court’s preliminary injunction orders an immediate block.However, the company isn’t leaving anything to chance, and claims there's just one model running pre-iOS 12 that was in violation."Early next week we will deliver a software update for iPhone users in China addressing the minor functionality of the two patents at issue in the case,“ it told Reuters.Qualcomm had sued Apple over two patents, one about photo editing and the other one about touchscreen gestures. “Qualcomm’s effort to ban our products is another desperate move by a company … [Read more...] about Apple will update iPhones to end Qualcomm legal battle
The Galaxy Note 9 comes in several different color options, with varying availability depending on where you're buying the phone. The hardware is beautiful no matter the color, but with a nice variety of choices it can be a good reflection of your personality and style. Here are all the colors the Note 9 is available in, and what you need to keep in mind when picking the right one for you. The ocean blue Galaxy Note 9 seems to be Samsung's favorite, given that it's the one being displayed in all of the company's ads, and who can blame them? It's a deep blue finish with a contrasting yellow S Pen that gives the whole phone a unique, eye-catching look. But if you're looking to stand out, you'll want to get something else — this is probably the best-selling color. $900 at Amazon Lavender is a lighter shade of purple than the lilac purple used on the Galaxy S9 and S9+, though it's just as gorgeous as ever. It can get a bit lighter or darker depending on the way the light hits … [Read more...] about Which Galaxy Note 9 color should you buy?
While you're washing the glitter out of your hair and trying to ward off that post-New Year's Eve headache, NASA's New Horizons mission will spend the first day of the year exploring farther out in the solar system than we've ever explored before. New Horizons is NASA's mission to explore the outer reaches of the solar system and learn about the origins of its formation. Launched in January 2006, the spacecraft has travelled billions of miles, past Pluto and into the ring of icy bodies called the Kuiper Belt that's roughly a billion miles beyond the orbit of Neptune. (The Kuiper Belt extends between 30 and 55 astronomical units from the sun. An AU is the distance between Earth and the sun.)In this week's episode of Watch This Space, we take a look at New Horizons' mission goals, and what scientists hope to learn from one particular icy, space rock: the Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) known as 2014 MU69, or "Ultima Thule". New Horizons isn't exactly newThe space probe has travelled roughly 4 … [Read more...] about NASA is spending New Year’s exploring a frozen and hostile space rock
I absolutely love the blocky, petite iPhone 5S. Second to the discontinued 4-inch iPhone SE, the 5S is one of the last truly small smartphones. But Apple giveth, and Apple taketh away. Despite discontinuing the iPhone 5S/SE form factor, the company gave iPhone 5S users a glorious gift: iOS 12.In the past, if you had an old iPhone, updating to the latest operating system was a bit of a gamble. Software bugs might pop up or performance might slow down. But iOS 12 does the opposite. It's not a glitzy feature-packed update. Instead, it does a lot of behind-the-scene housekeeping that actually makes the iPhone 5S faster. It's a welcomed update and I definitely recommend downloading it. Now playing: Watch this: iOS 12 beta speed test: How fast is it on older phones? 2:16 iPhone 5S with iOS 12 is fastIn 2013, the iPhone 5S launched with the A7 chip, the first 64-bit processor in any smartphone. Though it's 5 years old, that same processor allows the phone to run Apple's newest … [Read more...] about iOS 12 surprisingly breathes new life into my iPhone 5S
From the moment the Nintendo Switch was first announced, fans knew it was coming: a new version of Super Smash Bros. It took about a year after the console's launch for Nintendo to catch up to that expectation, and a few months more until it promised to the next game in the franchise would be the most complete iteration of the fighting game ever made. To drive the point home, Nintendo baked it into the game's title: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.This was supposed to be the best version of Smash Bros, the game that had everything fans wanted -- every character who had ever appeared in the game, all of the most iconic stages and items, faster gameplay, better online support and more.If you glance at the game's metacritic score, it even seems like it have met those expectations: fans and critics alike love Super Smash Bros. Ultimate -- but the honeymoon is starting to wind down. We're starting to see flaws.That isn't to say SSBU is bad, or even a bad Smash Bros. game. In fact, it might … [Read more...] about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: 5 things Nintendo needs to fix