Apple takes Qualcomm to court over unpaid royalties

Apple takes Qualcomm to court over unpaid royalties

Just a few days ago, we told you that the FTC has sued Qualcomm for an anti-competitive deal that supposedly was made with Apple. The contract reportedly covered iPhone production from 2011 to last year. According to the suit, Qualcomm agreed to be the exclusive baseband chip provider for the Apple iPhone during that time period. In exchange, the chip maker charged Apple a lower royalty fee. This year, Apple is using baseband chips from both Qualcomm and Intel. Continue reading Apple takes Qualcomm to court over unpaid royalties

Tim Cook sells $3.6 million worth of Apple stock

Tim Cook sells $3.6 million worth of Apple stock

As part of a pre-arranged financial planning maneuver, Apple CEO Tim Cook sold 30,000 shares of Apple this week netting the executive more than $3.6 million. SEC filings show that Cook made the sales on January 17th through the 19 with 10,000 shares sold each day. The average price of the transactions came to $120 a share. Last year, Cook received 1.26 million Restrictive Stock Units (RSU) consisting of 980,000 shares based on his longevity at Apple and 280,000 shares based on the company’s performance. Continue reading Tim Cook sells $3.6 million worth of Apple stock

The BlackBerry name and its first device were introduced 18-years ago today

The BlackBerry name and its first device were introduced 18-years ago today

As long as we celebrated the tenth anniversary of the unveiling of the Apple iPhone on January 9th, we should celebrate today the 18th anniversary of the first BlackBerry device. It was on January 19th, 1999 when a relatively unknown company called Research In Motion introduced the BlackBerry name for a line of devices that included a “breakthrough wireless email solution for mobile professionals.” Continue reading The BlackBerry name and its first device were introduced 18-years ago today

Former Apple engineer blames Tim Cook for making the company “boring”

Former Apple engineer blames Tim Cook for making the company

Tim Cook might have turned Apple into the richest company on the planet, but that doesn’t mean that all is well and good in Cupertino. Apple has become increasingly reliant on the iPhone as a source for revenue, and although sales of the iconic handset were booming in 2015, last year turned out to be a “combo-breaker”, asannual profits fell for the first time in 14 years.

Currently, there are concerns that there is not that much room left for innovation with the smartphone. There is also the discontent that stems from Apple’s neglect of previously vital product lines such as the Mac, so it’s hardly surprising that Cook’s policies are being questioned. Continue reading Former Apple engineer blames Tim Cook for making the company “boring”

Unicode to meet with Apple next week to discuss adding emoji with red hair

Unicode to meet with Apple next week to discuss adding emoji with red hair

Unicode is the keeper of the emoji standards. The group is scheduled to meet with Apple in Cupertino next week to discuss the possibility of adding red headed emoji to a future emoji release. According to Emojipedia, there have been quite a number of complaints by red heads who would love to see more representation in an upcoming emoji version. Emojipedia says that over the last three months, the number one complaint it has received is the lack of emoji with red hair. Continue reading Unicode to meet with Apple next week to discuss adding emoji with red hair