Apple and Qualcomm met in a brutal trial this week in court. It turned out that this was not the case, as the two companies yesterday surprisingly agreed to an agreement. This means three things.
First, the settlement ends all ongoing legal action across the board ̵
Third, Intel completes the 5G game. There was a lot of balancing about Apple's lack of confidence in Intel to provide the company with the 5G modems required for a 5G iPhone. This is probably another reason why the company decided to settle down. With Apple and Qualcomm under good conditions and the conclusion of a multi-year agreement for chipsets (Read: Modems), Apple no longer has to rely on Intel. As a direct result of the comparison, Intel has announced it will leave the 5G smartphone modem market. Ouch.
What does that really mean for you? This means that a 5G iPhone will be launched sooner rather than later. There is a possibility that this year a model will be hit with the new iPhones (19459006) (although this is still unlikely). Apple could not have delivered a 5G iPhone in time if it relied on Intel's 5G modems still under development while Qualcomms are already available. Well, this rule regulates the problem.
In other news, Verizon will start loading more to activate phones in stores. The Xbox One without a disc is official. Adblock can cause malicious code to be executed and much more. Here are the biggest stories for this morning:
- Verizon Wants More Money: Verizon wants people to buy phones online. Therefore, charging will continue to activate your device in stores. That is absurd. [The Verge]
- The Xbox One goes without discs: The long-praised Xbox One S without physical media drive is official. As of May 7, it will be available for $ 250. Which does not make much sense. [Engadget]
- AdBlock Exploits: A new exploit in AdBlock, AdBlock Plus, and uBlock can allow malicious code to execute. Fortunately, the AdBlock developers will fix the problem "as quickly as technically possible". [Bleeping Computer]
- Twitter gets better: Twitter announced new tools to clean up online harassment on its platform, claiming it would reach up to 38 percent of abusive tweets. [Engadget]
- Google fixes AMP: Well, somehow. When you visit an AMP page, the exact URL of the page you are visiting is not displayed because it is first executed by Google. A new change will fix that.
- One person wrote Beowulf: The origins of Beowulf were long debated: when was it written? Who wrote it? However, research at Harvard has concluded that an author most likely authored the piece. Neat. [Ars Technica]
After yesterday's lecture on Notre Dame, Digital Trends had a fascinating story about how the fire, while still terribly destructive, would have been far worse without the use of DJI drones and a robotic robot called Colossus. The drones were used to see the fire and its spread from the air. Colossus has a powered water cannon, a 360-degree HD camera with 25x zoom and thermal imaging, and the ability to handle almost any terrain. So cool.