When it comes to Apple vs. Qualcomm, it's a battle of the frenemies. The two companies had a close relationship for at least half a decade, with Qualcomm supplying network connectivity chips for Apple's iPhones. But they're now battling in courts around the world over licensing and patents. The result could put your iPhone at risk. Qualcomm is the world's biggest provider of mobile chips, and it created technology that's essential for connecting phones to cellular networks. The company derives a significant portion of its revenue from licensing those inventions to hundreds of device makers, with the fee based on the value of the phone, not the components. Because Qualcomm owns patents related to 3G, 4G and 5G phones -- as well as other features like software -- any handset makers building a device that connects to the networks has to pay it a licensing fee, even if they don't use Qualcomm's chips. That includes Apple. The Cupertino, California, giant makes its own … [Read more...] about What the Apple-Qualcomm battle means for your next iPhone
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Two of the most popular smartwatches on the market are the Apple Watch and Fitbit Versa. While Apple has been making smartwatches for years, Fitbit is still relatively new to the space. Even so, the Fitbit Versa was one of the sleeper hits of 2018. Can Fitbit really compete with the new Series 4 Apple Watch? Which is best for you? Find out in our Fitbit Versa vs Apple Watch comparison. About this comparison: I’ve been using the Fitbit Versa on and off since it launched in 2018, and it’s recently been paired with my Google Pixel 3. It’s also running the latest Fitbit OS 3.0 (version 22.214.171.124) software. I’ve been using the Apple Watch Series 4, paired with an iPhone X, for roughly two weeks. My Apple Watch has been running watchOS version 5.1.3 (16S535).Show More Fitbit Versa vs Apple Watch: Design and hardware Both the Apple Watch and Fitbit Versa have very approachable designs that will appeal to a lot of people. The Apple Watch features a more … [Read more...] about Fitbit Versa vs Apple Watch Series 4: Which smartwatch is right for you?
Editorial By Daniel Eran Dilger Saturday, January 05, 2019, 10:11 am PT (01:11 pm ET) After Apple restated its December quarter revenue guidance to account for weaker than expected iPhone demand in China, media across the spectrum has cranked their clickbait content generators up to 11 to take full advantage of AAPL panic season. Unfortunately, what almost all of them are writing is ignorant gibberish that has nothing to do with actual events. One year after iPhone X was "too expensive and not innovative enough" yet became the wildly successful, top selling iPhone, Apple again faces the problem of media that refuses to believe in facts and accept any reality that diverges from its faulty, perpetually wrong assumptions The broken record of clickbait content mills Like recent batches of Romaine lettuce, the stomach-churning word-salad served up about Apple over the past couple days doesn't appear to have anything to do with the issues the company actually, and specifically, detailed … [Read more...] about Editorial: Apple note sends media pundits into a fit of histrionic gibberish
Friday marks the start of a case that could affect the future of our smartphones. The US Federal Trade Commission has accused Qualcomm of operating a monopoly in wireless chips, forcing customers like Apple to work with it exclusively and charging excessive licensing fees for its technology. Starting this week, a judge will hear arguments to decide if that's the case. Qualcomm is the world's biggest provider of mobile chips, and it created technology that's essential for connecting phones to cellular networks. The company derives a significant portion of its revenue from licensing those inventions to hundreds of device makers, with the fee based on the value of the phone, not the components. Now playing: Watch this: Are iPhones really banned in China? 1:33 Because Qualcomm owns patents related to the 3G, 4G and 5G networking technology -- as well as other features like software -- all handset makers building a device that connects to cellular networks have to pay it a … [Read more...] about Qualcomm vs. the FTC: Everything you need to know (FAQ)
image: iPhone XS Max vs Note 9 Katana scratch testTL;DR Accidental damage: for first incidents, phone insurance is worth it only for the most expensive repairs, i.e. iPhone XS/Max with AppleCare;Theft or loss: phone insurance is worth it.If you break the screen of the new iPhone XS Max or Galaxy Note 9, it will cost you the whopping $329 and $239 without insurance, respectively. Crack their backs, and the bill you are confronted with on the XS Max jumps to $599 and goes down to $99 for the Note's back panel. That's on top of about a week of turnaround time to get those replaced if you don't go to an Apple Store, and the only display provider is Samsung. If that is not a rallying cry to summon your inner grace each time you handle this phone or keep it in bubble wrap, we don't know what would be. Granted, you can always put an armored case around these glass puppies, plus a layer of screen protection, but, let's face it, it won't look as good. What if you are a phone nudist, and … [Read more...] about AppleCare vs Samsung Premium vs SquareTrade vs carrier prices, or is phone insurance worth it