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Italy imposes heavy fine on top two mobile brands for slowing phones

ROME: Italy's competition authority on Wednesday said it was fining Apple and Samsung 10 and five million euros ($11.5 and $5.7 million) respectively for the "planned obsolescence" of their smartphones. The ruling is believed to be the first against the manufacturers following accusations worldwide that they encourage operating system updates for older phones which slow them down, thereby encouraging the purchase of new phones. An investigation by the anti-trust authority revealed that "Apple and Samsung implemented…

Apple gets critical iPhone technology in $600 million deal

SAN FRANCISCO/FRANKFURT: Apple Inc is buying the power-management technology at the heart of its iPhones in a $600 million deal with Dialog Semiconductor that also secures the German-listed company’s role as a supplier to the U.S. tech giant. The agreement to acquire patents and people from the Anglo-German chip designer is not only unusual, but also the largest of its kind by Apple, whose last sizeable acquisition was the $350 million purchase of Face ID creator PrimeSense in 2013. Dialog shares surged as much as 34…

Apple tells Congress it found no signs of hacking attack

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple Inc’s top security officer told Congress on Sunday that it had found no sign of suspicious transmissions or other evidence that it had been penetrated in a sophisticated attack on its supply chain. Apple Vice President for Information Security George Stathakopoulos wrote in a letter to the Senate and House commerce committees that the company had repeatedly investigated and found no evidence for the main points in a Bloomberg Businessweek article published on Thursday, including that chips inside…

Police shooting of Apple manager in India’s Uttar Pradesh sparks call for reform

LUCKNOW/NEW DELHI: The deadly shooting of an Apple manager by police in Uttar Pradesh prompted human rights activists and opposition parties to demand reform, saying it was only the latest in a series of extrajudicial killings by local police. The government of Uttar Pradesh, run by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, attempted to quickly defuse the attacks by offering the dead manager’s widow a state government job and compensation for the death of her husband. Police in…

Apple accused of stealing secrets to help Intel

Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday alleged that Apple Inc stole its trade secrets and gave them to Intel Corp to improve its chips, paving the way for Apple to use them instead of Qualcomm chips, the latest salvo in a drawn-out legal dispute between the companies. Qualcomm made the accusations in a motion to amend a complaint filed in November, when it alleged Apple had broken a software license contract by sharing confidential details about Qualcomm’s chips with Intel engineers. Qualcomm provided modem chips for the iPhone,…

Qualcomm accuses Apple of stealing its secrets to help Intel

Qualcomm on Tuesday alleged that Apple stole its trade secrets and gave them to Intel to improve its chips, paving the way for Apple to use them instead of Qualcomm chips, the latest salvo in a drawn-out legal dispute between the companies. Qualcomm made the accusations in a motion to amend a complaint filed in November, when it alleged Apple had broken a software license contract by sharing confidential details about Qualcomm’s chips with Intel engineers. Qualcomm provided modem chips for the iPhone, which helped the…

Apple’s newest iPhone could have big screen, big price

Apple Inc is expected to blast further past the $1,000 price barrier when it launches new iPhone on Wednesday, but Wall Street is most intrigued by how deep into its larger-than-ever lineup prices hikes may go. Apple’s market capitalization has passed $1 trillion and the company needs to sustain revenue growth from its signature product even as global demand for smart phones plateaus. One way to do that is to get people to buy more expensive phones. “There’s no real game changer on the table,” said Hal Eddins, chief…

Apple to release new ‘low price’ laptop by the year end

CALIFORNIA: Apple Inc. is likely to release  new 'low price' laptop by the year end.  The laptop will showcase lesser features than a macbook pro.It will have a fingerprint sensor but will not feature the touch bar. The decision to launch a relatively inexpensive Mac laptop came after millions of Apple users demanded Apple to launch a low price model that would be accessible to the masses. The new laptop will replace Apple's 12-inch MacBook model and its estimated price is likely to start at $1300. According to…