Qualcomm May Relax Phone Price-Based Licensing Model

Qualcomm is weighing a major change in strategy to ensure that its patent-licensing business continues to earn money. As it functions now, Qualcomm charges device makers a percentage of the total sale price to cover patented technology within. The more the phone costs, the more Qualcomm earns per device. Some believe this practice is unfair, including Apple and the governments of the U.S., China, and Korea. Apple has withheld more than $1 billion in royalty payments from Qualcomm as the two argue over the licensing model. In order to avoid such conflicts in the future, Qualcomm said it may cap the phone price at $400. With this calculation, Qualcomm would take a cut of the sale price up to $400, even for devices that cost far more. iPhones, which sell for close to $1000, would effectively be treated like a $400 device when Qualcomm calculates how much it is owed for licensing. This would lower the amount of money Qualcomm earns in these licensing deals, but could allow it to sidestep disagreements with customers. The information was shared by Qualcomm executives during the company’s recent quarterly earnings call. Qualcomm didn’t say if or when it might actually move forward with this strategy shift.

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YouTube Kids to Give Parents More Control

YouTube has updates in store for its YouTube Kids service that will provide parents with more granular control over what their children can find and watch. Beginning immediately, Google’s partners will cull together “collections of trusted channels” that range across topics such as music, sports, and arts and crafts so parents can pick and choose which their children are allowed to watch. This tool is located in the Profile Settings, where parents can toggle access to collections from Sesame Workshop, PBS Kids, and more. Also starting this week, YouTube will give parents more power over the search function. Turning off the search function will limit the YouTube Kids app to only those channels and programs that have been verified by the YouTube Kids team. When search is set to off, it will not include recommendations from the broader selection of the YouTube Kids app. Later this year, parents will be able to take even more direct control over content. A new feature called parent-approved content will let parents “specifically handpick every video and channel” their kids are allowed to watch. This feature will be added in the months ahead. YouTube said the current version of YouTube Kids will remain available to those parents who are comfortable with its design and feature set. YouTube Kids is free to download from the Google Play Store.

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Snappables Are Gamified Lenses from Snapchat

Snapchat today rolled out Snappables, which it says are new Lenses meant for playing augmented reality games with other Snapchat users. Snappables are controlled via touch, movement, and facial expressions. Snappables are available from the main Lenses section of the app. Some of the games let people play basketball, fight aliens, or start a rock band. Users can put on a set of Snappables and then invite friends, challenge them, and create multiplayer games. Snapchat says Snappables will be updated with new games and challenges every week. Snapchat is free to download from the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store.

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Opera Brings Out New One-Handed Browser Called Touch

Opera Software today announced Touch, a mobile browser that prioritizes one-handed use thanks to dedicated buttons and actions. When launched, Touch offers a search bar, QR code scanner, and voice search tool. People can put any of these to find information quickly. A “fast action” button is always available on the browser screen to provide access to these instant search tools as well as navigate through web pages. Opera says Touch syncs seamlessly with its desktop browser and supports its Flow tool, which lets people access saved images, links, videos, and notes between devices. Opera Touch is available for Android devices beginning today and will reach the iPhone soon. The new mobile browser is free to download from the Google Play Store.

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Review: Jabra Elite 65t Bluetooth Earbuds

The Elite 65t are Jabra’s third-generation fully wireless Bluetooth headphones. The company is taking a slightly new path with this addition to the Elite family. The 65t focuses on improving music and call performance, while bolstering the basics. Do these efforts pay off? Find out in Phone Scoop’s review.

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Huawei Facing Criminal Investigation for Violating Iran Sanctions

Huawei’s survival in America is facing a new threat: a criminal investigation over whether or not it violated sanctions preventing the sale or export of select goods to Iran. The U.S. Department of Justice is looking into Huawei’s dealings with Iran to see if it broke U.S. law, though it’s unclear how far along the probe is and what specific allegations are being made. The investigation “follows administrative subpoenas on sanctions-related issues from both the Commerce Department and the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control,” reports the Wall Street Journal. If Huawei is found to have violated U.S. law, it could be hit with severe penalties. The U.S government has already targeted the company this year, suggesting it is a security threat. AT&T and Verizon Wireless backed out of distribution deals with Huawei after being pressured by the U.S. government, and lawmakers have proposed to make it illegal for government employees to use Huawei phones. Huawei, the world’s third-largest maker of phones, did not comment on the new assault. Last year, Huawei rival ZTE settled a similar lawsuit over sanction violations.

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Three add Snapchat to GoBinge

In the latest update to GoBinge it looks like Three has added the popular service Snapchat to the range of apps that are “data free”

This means anyone using the service with GoBinge can Snapchat all they like without it using data from your data.

The company have also given us a present in the form of Puggerfly. The first one in the wild! This comes after the Dolphasloth and the Giraggamingo hit our screens last year.

The new advert is the latest in the line from the company as it tries to differentiate from the rest of the industry. Be sure to keep a look out for the cute cuddly Puggerfly soon.

Meanwhile, learn more about GoBinge on the Three website.

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Google's Tasks App Works Directly with Gmail and Calendar

Google believes its Tasks mobile application for Android and iOS devices will help users manage and complete tasks more efficiently. The app lets people create tasks lists; view, edit, and manage tasks from any device; and control tasks created in Gmail, Google Calendar, or on the web from mobile devices. It supports granular details within individual tasks, as well as subtasks and the ability to check off progress as parts of tasks are completed. People can create tasks directly from an email in Gmail, view tasks in the side panel of Gmail, and trace tasks back to their source email. Further, the app lets people set due dates for their tasks, organize them by date or priority, and receive notifications to help stay on track. Google Tasks also integrates with Google’s G Suite business email service. The mobile app is free to download from the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store.

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Google Adds a Dash of AI to Gmail with High-Priority Notifications On Mobile and Smart Replies on the Web

Google today introduced new features to Gmail both on the web and on mobile devices. The web version of Gmail sees the largest number of changes and adds smart features meant to help people move through their email more efficiently. The interface has been refreshed with a new design, new controls, and dedicated access to Calendar, Tasks, and Keep. Gmail users can now click on attachments such as documents and photos without scrolling through entire threads, as well as use a new snooze button to put off emails for later. Gmail’s Smart Reply feature, which has been available in mobile Gmail for some time, now comes to the web. Gmail will suggest quick replies to help people push out responses faster. In the same vein, Google will “nudge” people to respond to emails if they sit unanswered for several days with gentle reminders. New security features are on deck as well, such as the ability to restrict emails and attachments from being copied, printed, or forwarded. Further, Gmail users can make a message expire after a set period of time to help them stay in control of their information. Gmail will be a bit more proactive about notifying people about potential scam messages. On mobile devices, the new Gmail adds high-priority notifications that will notify people of important incoming messages, allowing them to ignore the rest. Last, Gmail on mobile devices will be more proactive about helping people unsubscribe from unwanted newsletters. The new Gmail for the web is rolling out now with some of the new features. The Gmail mobile apps for Android and iOS are available from the Play Store and App Store today.

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ZTE Prepping Action Against Commerce Department Ban

ZTE today said it is preparing to take “certain actions” within the scope of U.S. law to fight the Commerce Department’s ban against the company. Earlier this month, the Commerce Department banned U.S. companies from selling ZTE hardware or software, such as mobile processors and the Android operating system, for a period of seven years. The move puts ZTE’s survival as a phone company at critical risk. Without access to Android, in particular, ZTE will not be able to sell phones in the U.S., where it has found a comfortable niche with prepaid carriers including Cricket Wireless and MetroPCS. The ban was put into effect because ZTE broke a 2017 settlement agreement concerning its sale of forbidden items to Iran. ZTE did not spell out exactly what actions it will take. Late last week a member of the Commerce Department said it will allow ZTE to argue its case via unofficial channels.

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