Qualcomm seeks ban on sales of Intel-based iPhone X in US

From CNET: If Qualcomm has its way, it could get even tougher to buy certain iPhone X models.

The chipmaker on Thursday filed a request with the US International Trade Commission to ban the import and sale of certain iPhones that use Intel's modem. Those would include the iPhone X, 8, 8 Plus, 7 and 7 Plus that run on AT&T and T-Mobile. The phones that run on networks from Verizon and Sprint use Qualcomm's modem and wouldn't be included in the ban.

UK Lawsuit Wants Google to Pay Up for iPhone Snooping

From PC Mag: Google is facing a class-action lawsuit in the UK that claims the search giant illegally snooped on 5.4 million iPhone users between 2011 and 2012.

The company collected users' data by bypassing the default privacy settings on the iPhone's Safari browser, according to Richard Lloyd, a UK consumer advocate who is filing the legal action. The data, taken without users' consent, was then used to create targeted ads over Google's advertising services—in violation of UK data protection laws, Lloyd says.

Google Home can now handle two commands at once

From The Verge: Google Home devices can now process and complete two commands at once. As first reported by CNET and independently confirmed by The Verge, Google Home users can ask their device to do multiple things. So, for example, you could say, "Hey, Google, turn on the TV, and what's the weather?" Your TV would turn on, and Google will tell you the weather, too.

Windows 10 Now Used on 600M Active Devices

From PC Mag: Microsoft's annual shareholders meeting was held on Wednesday, and CEO Satya Nadella took the opportunity to confirm that Windows 10 is now in use on 600 million active devices every month.

To give you some idea of the growth rate, back in May at Build 2017 Microsoft stated Windows 10 had reached 500 million active devices. So that's an additional 100 million devices in six months. As GeekWire reports, Microsoft's original goal back at the launch of Windows 10 in 2015 was to hit one billion devices within three years. That now seems unlikely.

HDMI 2.1 released: 10K resolution, dynamic HDR, and FreeSync-like game smoothing

From PC World: The next generation of HDMI is here, and it holds some major benefits for PC gamers and media buffs alike. The HDMI 2.1 standard, released Tuesday by the HDMI Forum after being announced at CES, supports higher resolutions, new HDR features, and game-smoothing variable refresh rates, among other features.

HDMI 2.1 delivers massively more bandwidth than HDMI 2.0—a whopping 48Gb/s compared to the 18Gb/s achieved by today’s technology. That allows HDMI 2.1 to hit much higher resolutions and refresh rates.

Verizon to launch residential 5G service next year

From CNET: Verizon said Wednesday that it plans to launch wireless 5G service in up to five US cities by the end of next year.

Sacramento, California, is likely to be the first city to get access to the 5G network, which promises to be 10 to 100 times faster than the company's speediest existing cellular connections. That service should begin in the second half of the year, Verizon said in a statement, adding that it will reveal the other markets at a later date.

Snapchat introduces a redesigned app that separates your friends from brands

From The Verge: Snap today introduced a redesign of its flagship app intended to promote more intimate sharing among friend groups while pushing professionally produced content into a separate feed. The redesigned Snapchat includes a new dynamic friends page that incorporates both chat messages and ephemeral stories, and pushes items from your close friends to the top of the feed for the first time. It will begin appearing later this week for a small test group, and is expected to roll out more broadly in coming weeks.

YouTube Pulls Exploitative Child Videos as Advertisers Flee

From PC Mag: YouTube is doing damage control as advertisers flee the platform over revelations that their ads have appeared alongside pedophilic and exploitative child content.

"In the past week, we've tightened up and strengthened the enforcement of our policies to terminate the accounts of users making inappropriate comments on videos featuring minors," the Google-owned video-sharing said in a statement to PCMag.

Microsoft sets a cutoff date for free Office app viewers

From ComputerWorld: Microsoft is warning customers that it will retire several Office application viewers in little more than four months, shutting off the spigot to the free document readers used by those without the productivity suite.

"The Excel Viewer, PowerPoint Viewer, PowerPoint 2007 Viewer and the Office Compatibility Pack, will be retired in April 2018," said a post to a company blog. "At that time, they will no longer be available for download and will no longer receive security updates."

Bitcoin blasts past $10,000 mark amid bubble concerns

From CNET: Bitcoin's value has been skyrocketing of late, and on Tuesday it broke the $10,000-per-coin mark for the first time, just two days after passing $9,000. The cryptocurrency was trading at $10,034 as of this writing, an increase of more than 900 percent since the beginning of the year.

Tuesday's trading price gives bitcoin a market capitalization of $168 billion, greater than the vast majority of S&P 500 companies, including Dow 30 components Boeing, Disney and GE.

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