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Qualcomm unveils first mmWave 5G antennas for smartphones

“It would also be a potentially big leap forward for the goal of actually developing fast, mmWave-capable 5G devices” writes Jul Edt for theverge.com. But presumably we won’t have long to wait to find out: Qualcomm says that the first devices with the QTM052 antennas should be launching as early as the beginning of 2019 — and hopefully, there’ll be some actual 5G networks to use them with by then. Source: theverge.com Share This:

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Google Fined $5 Billion By EU For Illegal Android Practices

“The EU has fined Google a record $5 billion for its illegal Android practices which violated the antitrust laws” reports iphonehacks.com. It says that Google made it mandatory for OEMs to install Google Search and Chrome on their devices as a part of its Google Play licensing agreement.Google also highlights that a typical Android smartphone comes with over 40 apps pre-installed from different developers.It is due to the open nature of Android that there are over 1,300 brands using Android with over 24,000 devices being available at almost every price…

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EU slaps Google with $5 billion fine, says Android violated antitrust laws

“In order to put the Google Play Store on their devices, though, those manufacturers also have to include the Google Search app and Google Chrome, which of course uses Google Search by default” reports slashgear.com. Google, the commission complains, offers its first-party Android apps to device manufacturers in a bundle.In regards to the restrictions Google places on Android manufacturers, Pichai says these are “simple rules that ensure technical compatibility” and, in fact, give all Android devices the ability to run the same applications. Source: slashgear.com Share This:

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Corning unveils Gorilla Glass 6, engineered to survive multiple drops

“According to the company, Gorilla Glass 6 is specifically engineered to withstand multiple accidental drops” writes Jeremy Horwitz for venturebeat.com. Notably, Gorilla Glass 6 is said to offer up to twice the anti-drop performance of Gorilla Glass 5, and is made from “an entirely new material” that can be chemically strengthened to increase its drop resilience.It’s worth mentioning that while Corning regularly spotlights improved anti-drop performance in its new Gorilla Glass generations, that’s not always or singularly the case. Prior versions of Gorilla Glass have been used in over 6…

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Don’t be “tech basic”: What you need to know about electronics and temperature control

“The system combines hardware (fans and temperature sensors) and software (power control of processors and other components) to balance heat and performance” reports mashable.com. Lenovo uses its own system for designing and programming optimal thermal performance.Aesthetics are another consideration when it comes to thermal performance and design.”It’s directly related to processing power,” says Beck, breaking down the technicalities: “The power consumption and heat generation of processors is measured in Watts (W) of Thermal Design Power (TDP). Source: mashable.com Share This:

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Half of Amazon shoppers will have an Alexa device when Prime Day is done

“Still, with more consumers turning to voice-controlled devices, highlighting Alexa devices is a good idea, others say” writes Tonya Garcia for marketwatch.com. See: Amazon takes Prime Day perks beyond e-commerce to drive traffic to Whole Foods stores “In other words, fighting the margin battle is a no-win situation for most mid- to smaller-tier retailers. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Amazon Prime Day: Echo, Fire TV, Kindle, and basically every other Amazon device are already on sale *big time*

“Bookmark this page to see all the best deals for Prime Day, which we’ll be updating constantly” writes Mashable Deals for mashable.com. So yeah, we knew that Echo devices, Fire tablets, etc., would be on sale — what we didn’t know is how insane the sales would be.Deals on all of the Echo devices started early, many hours before the big shebang technically starts. 3 p.m., Prime Day’s official start time, kicks off the rest of the Amazon sale, so check back for more great deals. Source: mashable.com Share This:

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50 percent off all Amazon devices with sneak peek at Prime Day deals starting at 3 p.m.

“Amazon Prime Day officially kicks off at 3 p.m. on Monday, but shoppers can save 50 percent on Amazon devices and other products now” writes Doreen Christensen for sun-sentinel.com. Free Amazon Music Unlimited: First-time customers of the streaming service get six months free with purchase of select Amazon Echo devices during Prime Day. 10 percent back: Members will receive 10 percent back on select Amazon devices, including Echo, Fire TV, and Kindle, when  using the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card or Amazon Prime Store Card during the sale. Source: sun-sentinel.com Share This:

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Can you trust Big Tech to cure you of your smartphone habit?

“And yet, increasingly, digital wellness triggers in me a response reminiscent of those screaming authoritarians you encounter in bad American reality TV shows, about wayward teenagers sent to the Colorado wilderness to learn self-discipline through self-love” writes Oliver Burkeman for theguardian.com. It closes off the idea of a more radical rejection of consumer technology, which may be the answer for some people. The writer and urbanist Adam Greenfield discusses how the smartphone colonised our lives faster than any technology in human history in episode 29 of his Hurry Slowly podcast. Source:…

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Mobile cybersecurity is a hellish nightmare that’s getting worse by the day

“But for both startups and traditional security players like Symantec, mobile security is seen as a big growth opportunity” writes Chris O’brien for venturebeat.com. Over the past two years, the use of mobile devices, particularly in the workplace, has exploded.This assault has inspired a growing wave of startups that target mobile security while rushing to develop a host of innovative solutions and strategies.The WEF wants to convene meetings with security companies, regulators, elected officials, and coders to create a better international framework for security.As such, 57 percent of organizations surveyed…

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