Huawei Makes the Unlocked Honor 6X Available At Target Stores

Huawei’s Honor brand today expanded the availability of the unlocked Honor 6X to some 460 Target retail stores across the country. Now, U.S. consumers can pick up the unlocked Android handset for $250 at their local store. The 6X has been available online since early this year. The phone was recently updated to Android 7 Nougat and Huawei’s EMUI 5.0 user interface skin. The phone includes a 5.5-inch full HD screen, fingerprint reader, Kirin 655 processor, 12-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel selfie camera, and 3,340mAh battery. It supports U.S. LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 12, 20, and 38, which makes it compatible with AT&T/Cricket, T-Mobile/MetroPCS, and Consumer Cellular. Some advanced carrier-based features may not be available.

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These are the Best James Bond Gadgets from the Roger Moore Era

Sir Roger Moore has passed away last week at the grand old age of 89, and everyone knows that he had the longest stint in playing the British secret agent James Bond 007 in 7 movies from 1973 to 1985. Officially, Sean Connery officially had 6 films, the 7th being an unofficial Bond movie. With […]
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Qualcomm Snapdragon Chips To Power New Windows 10 PCs

Asus, HP, and Lenovo are all coming out with Windows 10 PCs that will be powered by Qualcomm Technologies’ Snapdragon 835 processors, although no release dates have been given yet. Qualcomm made the announcement today at Computex 2017, one of the largest IT trade shows in Asia.

The new Snapdragon-powered devices will support a “hypermobile” experience with long battery life and fast LTE connectivity, Qualcomm said. The Snapdragon 835 is built using 10-nanometer FinFET (fin field effect transistor) technology, a relatively new process designed to minimize performance versus power tradeoffs in chip manufacturing.

New-Gen, ‘Always-Connected’ PCs

The new Qualcomm-powered devices from Asus, HP, and Lenovo represent a new category of “always connected PCs” using the Windows 10 operating system, Peter Han, Microsoft’s vice president of partner devices and solutions, said in a Windows blog post today.

“There is a new generation of users that need to be connected to the cloud at all times,” Han said. “They are students, creators, freelancers, small businesses, and enterprises. This means sharing experiences across screens and leveraging the latest network technology like gigabit LTE and eSIM. We are collaborating with our ecosystem on a shared vision. This starts with a close partnership at the silicon layer, with Intel and Qualcomm and with our mobile operator partners to provide seamless eSIM connectivity.”

In a statement, Cristiano Amon, Qualcomm’s executive vice president, said, “The Snapdragon Mobile PC Platform will enable Windows 10 hardware makers to develop next-generation modern device form factors and deliver unparalleled anything, anywhere creation experiences with up to Gigabit Class LTE connectivity.”

Download Speeds of ‘Up to 1 Gbps’

Microsoft and Qualcomm first announced their plans for Windows 10 devices powered by Snapdragon ARM processors late last year. However, that doesn’t mean that Microsoft is moving away from devices powered by Intel’s x86-based chips.

In fact, there…
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Autonomous Car Researcher Fired by Uber

Uber has followed through on threats to fire star autonomous-car researcher Anthony Levandowski, whose hiring touched off a bitter trade-secrets fight with Waymo, the former self-driving car arm of Google.

Waymo has alleged that Levandowski downloaded 14,000 documents containing its trade secrets before he left the company to found a startup that was later purchased by Uber. Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge William Alsup ordered Uber to return the documents and referred the case to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco for possible criminal investigation.

Uber General Counsel Salle Yoo told Levandowski in a letter filed in court by Levandowski’s lawyers that he hasn’t complied with Uber’s requests to cooperate in obeying the judge’s order to return the documents.

“Your failure impeded Uber’s internal investigation and defense of the lawsuit,” the letter, dated Friday, stated. It said that Levandowski was fired for cause and that he has a contractual right to correct “deficiencies” within 20 days.

A telephone message was left Tuesday afternoon for Levandowski. His lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

San Francisco-based Uber appears to be blaming the stolen documents solely on Levandowski in an effort to defend itself against Waymo’s lawsuit.

The company’s letter to Levandowski states that he “represented and warranted” in his employment agreement that he has returned or destroyed all property and confidential information from any previous employer.

On May 19, Uber threatened to fire Levandowski unless he waived his constitutional right against self-incrimination so the ride-hailing service could comply with the court order. Levandowski has asserted his rights under the Fifth Amendment since Waymo filed its lawsuit in February.

In documents posted Tuesday, Levandowski’s lawyers said Alsup’s order “has thus placed Mr. Levandowski on the horns of an unconstitutional dilemma: either he must waive his Fifth Amendment rights and provide the information and materials specified…
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Qualcomm's Refund to BlackBerry Swells to $940 Million

The final check that San Diego’s Qualcomm must write to smartphone maker BlackBerry for overpayment of patent royalties is $940 million.

BlackBerry released the total settlement amount Friday. Qualcomm will make the payment by May 31.

In April, a three-judge arbitration panel ruled that BlackBerry overpaid for patent royalties between 2010 and 2015 after its smartphone sales collapsed.

The refund itself totals $815 million. The arbitration panel also ordered Qualcomm to pay attorney’s fees, plus 10 percent interest dating back to 2015.

Qualcomm reduced patent licensing revenue for the March quarter by $974 million as an accrual for the BlackBerry award.

Qualcomm not only makes chips that power smartphones, but also licenses its portfolio of thousands of cellular patents to smartphone makers.

These patent license agreements vary with each smartphone maker. A few handset firms, such as BlackBerry, agree to pay a set amount in advance of device sales — betting that they’ll sell enough smartphones to lower their overall per-device royalty costs.

Wall Street analysts estimate that BlackBerry agreed to prepay Qualcomm between $2 billion to $2.3 billion in patent royalties on smartphone sales from 2010 to 2015.

But when BlackBerry’s smartphone sales tumbled amid competition from Apple and Android devices — dropping from 53 million phones in 2012 to just 7 million in 2015 — it ended up overpaying.

While prepayments are supposedly nonrefundable, BlackBerry argued that Qualcomm has per-device royalty caps that should apply — even when a phone maker pays in advance.

The arbitration panel agreed. Its decision is binding and can’t be appealed. Qualcomm said the ruling has no impact on agreements with other device makers.

The BlackBerry setback comes as Qualcomm’s patent licensing business is increasingly under attack from government regulators and smartphone makers.

Qualcomm has been fined more than $900 million by South Korea’s anti-monopoly regulator, which is demanding changes in the way the company…
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Essential Phone to Ship In About 30 Days with Stock Android

The Essential Products PH-1 smartphone will be shipped to those who reserve it online in about 30 days, according to Andy Rubin, Essential Products’ CEO. Speaking at the Code Conference, Rubin said the brand new phone will reach consumers as soon as the end of June, though he didn’t commit to a specific date. The PH-1 has a unique, magnet-based system for accepting modular attachments, such as a 360-degree camera, on the back panel. The phone includes a 5.7-inch quad HD screen with curved corners, Snapdragon 835 processor, and dual rear cameras. Rubin also noted the device will run a near-stock version of Android 7 Nougat when it ships. Rubin feels strongly about not putting extraneous and unwanted applications on users’ phones, so it will be free of bloatware. Though Essential Products is selling the phone unlocked via the web, Rubin indicated the company is working with U.S. carriers and it hopes to sell the phone in carrier stores “soon.” The unlocked handset will be able to a connect to U.S. carriers’ networks, though advanced carrier-specific functions (such as HD Voice) may not be available. The PH-1 costs $699 and can be reserved online.

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Sony's High-End Xperia XZ Premium Reaches the US June 19

Sony today said it will make its flagship Xperia XZ Premium smartphone available unlocked to U.S. buyers in June. Pre-orders kick off June 12 and the device is expected to ship starting June 19. The Xperia XZ Premium costs $800. It will be sold online by Amazon, BestBuy and Fry’s. The XZ Premium has a 5.5-inch 4K HDR display with Sony’s TriLuminos and X-Reality technologies to improve video performance. Other specs include a Snapdragon 835 processor with Adreno GPU, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. It boasts a 19-megapixel main camera with predictive focus, a 13-megapixel selfie camera, and a 3,230mAh battery with rapid charging. It’s waterproof and ships with Android 7.1 Nougat. Sony also today said its mid-range Xperia XA1 Ultra handset, with a 6-inch screen, will be available for preorder June 12 with a June 21 ship date. Last, the Xperia Touch display, which is a short-throw projector, goes on sale June 16 for $1700.

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BlackBerry KEYone Goes On Sale Today for $549

TCL today announced that the BlackBerry KEYone, a smartphone it developed with BlackBerry Mobile, is now available for purchase online. The handset includes a 4.5-inch touch display, full QWERTY keyboard, Snapdragon 625 processor, 12-megpixel camera, LTE, and Android 7.1 Nougat with BlackBerry Hub and BlackBerry Messenger. Both the unlocked GSM and CDMA variants of the phone are available online from BestBuy and Amazon. TCL says a limited number of KEYone’s will be at select Best Buy retail stores around the country. Sprint plans to sell its own branded variant of the BlackBerry KEYone later this summer.

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