Apple announced yesterday that it buys most of the Intel business with smartphones and modems. Intel will continue to make modems for other devices while saving money by outsourcing unprofitable aspects of the business. Everyone wins! Well, except for Qualcomm.
Intel will sell its smartphone modem business to Apple for $ 1
With this purchase, Apple does not have to put at least that much on the Qualcomm technology and ultimately can control more of the hardware that flows into the iPhone. Apple has always preferred that, and the tight integration of software and hardware has made the company so successful. [Apple]
In other news:
- Google indicates that 100,000 Google Home Minis paralyzed people will be provided: Language assistants are not just for ease of use. If you are using a wheelchair, you may not be able to reach light switches. The voice control can work around this problem. In a blog post, Google highlighted this fact and said it would give 100,000 Home Minis to people with paralysis. Very cool. [Engadget]
- Ransomware killed some residents of Johannesburg: Ransomware hit an electricity supplier in Johannesburg City, leaving up to a quarter of a million people out of power. Johannesburg is the largest city and financial capital of South Africa. The electricity company has not yet said whether it will pay the ransom to regain control of its systems. [BBC]
- The Governor of Louisiana Declares Ransomware State of Emergency: The three school districts in Louisiana have found that ransomware infections have no rest. IT networks have failed and files are encrypted. Governor John Bel Edwards states the state of emergency and releases additional resources to solve the problem. Other cities and counties have paid up to $ 500,000 for document decryption. [ZDNet]
- Facebook shifts instant games from Messenger: Instant Games, the fast multiplayer games that Facebook has been pushing for years, moves to a new home. Instead of accessing the games through Messenger, you can now find them in the main Facebook application under a gaming tab. The move should make Messenger less bloated, leaving everyone behind. [VentureBeat]
- Discord Adds Server Folders: If you're a strong user of Discord and a member of many chat servers, you'll love the latest news from the company. Discord adds a folder grouping. The change should mean that you can avoid scrolling for eons to find the particular Rocket League chat you joined last week. [The Verge]
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The US military has a message for you: Please do not try to raid Area 51. Someone has created an event on Facebook titled "Storm Area 51, you can not stop us all" and nearly two million people have signed up to leave. In the description of the event it says: "If we run naruto (sic), we can move faster than their balls. Let her see aliens. "
The creators of the event are not serious, but the military is taking no chances and does not want the joke to go too far." A US Air Force spokesman said quite succinctly, "The US Air Force is always ready to Protect America and its assets. "[New Scientist]