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Apple vs. Qualcomm: Round 7

I've lost track of what round we are on in the Apple vs. Qualcomm lawsuit saga, but things just got even more interesting this week.

Here's what we know:

- Many Apple devices use Qualcomm processors, as do most other mobile devices.

- Apple doesn't like how much Qualcomm can charge, sues them because they think they're owed $1 billion in overpayments.

- Qualcomm says Apple is infringing on some of their patents, asks the Federal Trade Commission to ban iPhone imports.

- Apple starts working on iPhones and iPads reportedly with Intel, is looking to cut out Qualcomm completely in future devices.

- Qualcomm alleges Apple has shared their source code with Intel as they work to stop using Qualcomm processors.

The financial details on the new "you shared our source code with our biggest competitor Intel" lawsuit from Qualcomm aren't disclosed yet, however, it'll be big. If they can prove it, Apple could end up writing a big cheque.

ZDNet has more on this story.

Trump got booted from Twitter temporarily

Apparently this is a big news story, Donald Trump got booted from Twitter and some people got really worked up, some got happier, most didn't notice. The only reason I'm posting this is because it's kinda funny and it's a really slow news day. 

Don't worry though, he's back after an 11 minute absence. The Verge has more on this "story".

President Donald Trump’s Twitter account, @realdonaldtrump, disappeared from the site for around 11 beautiful minutes shortly before 7PM ET. It was not initially clear what happened to the account, and Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In a series of tweets issued by Twitter’s Government and Elections team, the company first blamed “human error,” then attributed the move on a rogue employee who used their last day on the job to boot the president off the service.

Twitter is your best source for disinformation

Fake News!

If you are big into fake news, or just being generally misinformed, apparently Twitter is your best source to get all worked up about nothing. It's probably not too much of a surprise that Twitter has its issues with spam bots and extremists, but I could have sworn that Facebook might have even been worse (just because of the much larger audience). 

In the end most social media networks are hugely susceptible to people putting up fake or untrue content to either drive more clicks or to push forward their views. 

What's the solution? It's obviously not so simple, but Motherboard takes a closer look at the world of misinformation on Twitter.

Twitter is the most open social media platform, which is partly why it's used by so many politicians, celebrities, journalists, tech types, conference goers, and experts working on fast-moving topics. As we learned over the past year, Twitter's openness was exploited by adversarial governments trying to influence elections. Twitter is marketing itself as a news platform, the go-to place to find out, in the words of its slogan, "What's happening?"

So what's happening with disinformation on Twitter? That is very hard to tell, because Twitter is actively making it easier to hide evidence of wrongdoing and making it harder to investigate abuse by limiting and monitoring third party research, and by forcing data companies to delete evidence as requested by users. The San Francisco-based firm has long been the platform of choice for adversarial intelligence agencies, malicious automated accounts (so-called bots), and extremists at the fringes. Driven by ideology and the market, the most open and liberal social media platform has become a threat to open and liberal democracy.

Tesla posts big loss in Q3

As Tesla tries to keep up with demand on their Model 3 vehicles, it appears it has been a little more expensive than investors were hoping as they posted a $1.4 billion dollar loss in Q3. Everyone was expecting Q3 to not be a great quarter but it was worse than expected and it sent Tesla's stocks downwards. At this point I don't think everyone is jumping ship yet, but but another quarter or two and investors might start looking for the exit door. Yahoo Finance has more details.

The company said it planned to produce "about 10% fewer" units of its Model S and Model X models in the fourth quarter and reallocate resources to the Model 3, its newest. Tesla expects to hit a Model 3 production rate of 5,000 vehicles a week by late in the first quarter of 2018.

"While we continue to make significant progress each week in fixing Model 3 bottlenecks, the nature of manufacturing challenges during a ramp such as this makes it difficult to predict exactly how long it will take for all bottlenecks to be cleared or when new ones will appear," Tesla said in its statement.

Tesla said in October that it produced only 260 vehicles, well below its target of 1,500. CEO Elon Musk said the Model 3 was "deep in production hell."

Bitcoin hits new highs

The Bitcoin rollercoaster continues with a surge to $7,350 which was easily a new all-time high this week. The surge up was followed by a drop down to $6,850 shortly after and now we've seen it go back up to ~$7,100 this morning. If nothing else, investing in Bitcoin is a thrill ride.

CNBC has the story.

Bitcoin hit another all-time high Thursday morning, surpassing $7,000 for the first time.


The cryptocurrency has had a bullish streak throughout the week following the CME's announcement that it will introduce bitcoin futures contracts.

According to data from CoinDesk, the virtual currency reached an all-time high of $7,355.35 at about 7:16 a.m. ET. The jump in price saw the virtual coin rise by more than 7 percent on the day.

TP-Link RE650 AC2600 Range Extender

We have just posted our review of the TP-Link RE650 AC2600 range extender. Unlike many range extenders that build their own separate network, the RE650 seamlessly integrates with your existing network and creates a one-node "mesh" that works very well. Take a look at our full review to see why this should be on your short list when it comes to extending your network.

Installing the RE650 is as simple as plugging it in. Setting it up is almost as easy. For basic setup, press the WPS button on your router and then on the RE650. Once it connects to the 2.4GHz band, press the WPS on your router again, and then once more on the RE650. This time it will connect to your 5GHz band and you're done. If that doesn't work for you, you can head over to either the Google Play Store or the App Store and download the Tether App.


Dual-Screen Axom M Available Now

The ZTE Axon M dual-screen foldable phone was only announced a few short weeks ago. ZTE does things properly though. Once they announce a product, they make sure it's in the hands of the consumer very soon. In fact, you can now order it from AT&T in the USA and it will ship in about a week from this posting. That's pretty awesome. If you want some hands-on in store, you'll have to wait until mid-November to see one, but if it's like any other Axon product from ZTE, it will be solid.

To recap, the ZTE Axon M features two 5.2-inch 1080p displays, a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM, dual speakers with Dolby Audio, and a single 20 MP camera. The device has a full screen on the front and back, but can be folded out to extend or mirror your screen to the second display. You can purchase a device for $725 all at once, or use AT&T’s payment plan to pay $24.17 a month over 30 months.

Source: AndroidAuthority

Fun Fact: 40% of Microsoft Azure VMs Run on Linux

Microsoft is a weird company. They bail out Apple during tough times and they run the competition's OS on their machines instead of their own. That is partly what makes them awesome as well. They support other initiatives if it helps the overall customer experience. Microsoft has said they want to increase their support and use of Open Source projects - such as Linux - so this is just them keeping their word. Nicely done.

In addition to the Linux share among VMs, there is also the sixty percent share of Linux-based services on Azure and the availability of many open-source technologies for developers to use on the cloud platform. These numbers are definitely encouraging to see for open-source developers and enthusiasts, and it will be interesting to see what else the company has in store for the community in the future.

Source: Neowin

PUBG Coming to Xbox One December 12

If you're strictly a console gamer and you've been reading about the madness that is PUBG on PC (2 Million Players and growing), you may want to make sure your Xbox Live Gold subscription is paid up by December. That is when the game expands to console and at this time, it looks like it won't be available on PS4 - at all. 

What separates the pair is the development cycle. PUBG has been playable on PC since March, and as such it has a nine month (at least) lead time in terms of features. "We want the same game on both platforms, but the Xbox version is obviously lagging a little bit behind when it comes to the PC version," Greene said.

Source: Engadget

Lots of New Streaming Media Coming

November is here and if you've been binge-watching on your favorite streaming media outlet and are bemoaning "nothing to watch", there is more stuff coming this November. There is some great content coming to Amazon Prime, Netflix and HBO Now. Take a look and start planning for those cold days and wet, windy and snowy weekends.

Amazon Prime Video will add critical favorite The Big Sick to its lineup on November 24th. But the service will continue to improve its legacy movie library selection as well. Nearly all the (pre-Daniel Craig) James Bond franchise is coming to the service, and if you’re interested in holding onto that gothy, Halloween spirit just a little longer, the service will also have Bram Stoker’s Dracula available starting November 1st.

Source: TheVerge

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