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Apple and Qualcomm Settle; Facebook's Not Your Friend; PlayStation 5 Preview; Rebuilding Notre Dame
 

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April 17 · Issue #173 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

Apple and Qualcomm Settle; Facebook’s Not Your Friend; PlayStation 5 Preview; Rebuilding Notre Dame

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Making up. After years of legal court battles and a lot of public sniping, Apple and longtime frenemy Qualcomm has kissed and made up. The two companies settled their patent infringement cases out of court, Apple paid an undisclosed sum to Qualcomm and now the landscape of future 5G phones has shifted. Apple’s apparent decision to skip the 5G revolution in 2019 for a slower path to the 5G iPhone in, perhaps, 2020, was a direct result of its battle with Qualcomm. The chip company is providing 5G modems to much of the rest of the smartphone industry. Numerous 5G-ready handsets have already been announced by Android handset manufacturers, including Samsung and Motorola. Apple was betting on Intel, which is now out of the 5G race. Long story short. Apple will use Qualcomm 5G modems and, depending on who you talk to, we’ll see a 5G iPhone this year or next.
Apple-Qualcomm legal settlement paves the way for a 5G iPhone - Business Insider
Bad Facebook. Internal documents leaked to the press have laid bare Facebook’s desperate attempts to right a listing social media ship in the early months and years after its IPO. One lever it seriously considered was selling user data to developer partners. Ultimately, Facebook didn’t go in that direction and found other ways to monetize its user base: advertising based on user activity and using access to data as a bargaining chip. Still the internal emails make it clear that Facebook’s first concern was not the privacy of its users, it was (and likely is) the health of its business. While Facebook isn’t denying the veracity of the documents, it claims they’re cherry-picked and do not provide a complete picture. Read the story and decide for yourself.
Thousands of leaked Facebook documents show Mark Zuckerberg as ‘master of leverage’ in plan to trade user data
Next Gen consoles. The game console wars are heating up again. Microsoft dropped a disc-less Xbox One on Tuesday and Sony outlined exciting plans for what may be called the PlayStation 5. This backwards-compatible console will be significantly more powerful than what’s come before it with support for Ray Tracing and a super-fast SSD (solid state drive).
Exclusive: What to Expect From Sony's Next-Gen PlayStation | WIRED
Rebuild. The devastating fire that ravaged the iconic Notre Dame cathedral in Paris left the nearly 1,000-year-old iconic church in shambles. France has promised to rebuild. It’s a daunting task, but one that may be assisted by science. In 2015, a scientist used lasers to build a highly detailed scan of the landmark, one that revealed the how medieval builders constructed it. That precise architectural data may be the key to recreating the Notre Dame we all know and love.
Historian uses lasers to unlock mysteries of Notre Dame Cathedral
Coming soon: A hands on with Samsung’s new Galaxy Fold.
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