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Apple is suing Qualcomm for roughly $1 billion, saying Qualcomm has been charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with.The suit follows the US Federal Trade Commission s lawsuit against Qualcomm earlier this week over allegedly unfair patent licensing practises.The complaint, filed in US District Court in San Diego on Friday, alleges that Qualcomm has withheld $1 billion in rebate payments owed to Apple under an agreement between the two companies because Apple cooperated with an anti-trust investigation by the Korea Fair Trade Commission, or KFTC.Qualcomm is a major supplier to both Apple and Samsung for modem chips that help phones connect to wireless networks.The South Korean anti-trust regulator in December fined Qualcomm a record US$865 million for anti-competitive patent licensing practicss.Qualcomm has withheld the required contractual payments from Apple even though the agreement clearly permits Apple to respond to the KFTC s lawful investigation and requests for information, according to the lawsuit.
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Online stores need descriptions that properly explain the product so shoppers can make good, informed buying decisions.The stores also want unique descriptions so that product detail pages rank relatively high on search engine results.One possible solution for the ecommerce-product-description problem is to use natural language text or, as some refer to it, templating.A part of speech, like a noun or adjective, is assigned to each blank.As mentioned above, in Mad Libs one fills in the blanks with parts of speech.Imagine you run an online electronics store, wherein you drop ship thousands of products, including about 2,500 makes and models of televisions.
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By Robert Pease, Pipeline Performance Practice Lead for Heinz MarketingWe spend quite a bit of time here at Heinz Marketing helping companies sort out ways to improve their marketing effectiveness and increase sales pipeline growth.We are big believers in building the marketing plan to support the revenue plan and doing the funnel math that tells you how many leads you need to generate and explicitly states assumptions around conversion rates.The next level down of detail is deploying budget to specific programs and activities to execute the marketing plan and we have just released an Excel template that you can download no form to complete that does just that.Download the marketing plan and budget template!It is based on a spreadsheet I have used over many years that not only assigns dollars to activities but helps you think through when certain expenditures need to be made and how the overall budget will be deployed in a 12 month window.
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The day before Donald Trump won the election over Hillary Clinton, the Swedish ad agency Round & Round put out an invitation to all Americans: Escape Trump.Two months later, the nearly 900 applications the agency has"A lot has happened since November," Round & Round's head of content, Nahir Aslan, told the Swedish edition of the Local news site on Friday, the day Trump became the 45th US president.
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NetApp s growing focus on as-a-service platforms continues with BaaS UK rolloutStorage and data management provider NetApp has launched it s Backup-as-a-Service BaaS in the UK, in partnership with Node4 and Daisy Group, following previous rollouts in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Spain.The cloud-based service enables UK organisations to securely store their data without any additional hardware investment, ensuring business-critical data is not lost in the event of a power outage or cyber attack.The launch marks the next step in NetApp s continuing strategy to focus more on as-a-service platforms and less on traditional hardware in line with a changing industry.Speaking in London, Matt Watts, NetApp s director of technology and strategy for EMEA, explained the reasoning behind the BaaS offering: We rely more on data, but our data is more at risk than it has ever been before.Therefore we have to have better processes, procedures and technologies in place to protect it to a level that we have never had to do before.
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Some of you might already known about the upcoming Elephone P25 which is said to be launched with a healthy 6GB of RAM.Today, Elephone released an image of the camera that will be equipped on the P25.Let s have a look!Honestly, I m not 100% sure if that s a photo or a render skewed towards the latter for sure but it looks alright, who knows it might even take nice photos, but as of now we ve no idea what the sensor will be or any other info.All we can say is the camera lens looks quite big, so hopefully that will give better results, we ll have to wait and see.What else do we know about the Elephone P25?Well, we already know it ll sport a 5.5-inch Full HD display and it ll have a metal unibody design available in differente colors, Mocha Gold is one of them, as we ve already seen before, as well as a black version photo above Other specs will include 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage and, given the phone s moniker, we may assume it ll pack a MediaTek Helio P25 CPU, but that s all it is, an assumption.That s everything we know as of now, we ll inform you when more info come out.In the meanwhile, you can check out Elephone s official website or Facebook page for the latest details.
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An Amazon spokesperson told Recode that the company wanted to build on the success of its physical Dash Buttons, so it developed these virtual ones that are free to use.Physical Dash Buttons still cost $4.99/£4.99 each.The development of the digital buttons is reportedly not connected to the fact that Amazon's patent on 1-Click purchases is set to soon.Digital Dash Buttons provide a very similar experience to 1-Click purchasing, the difference being that they give customers more control over which products they deem important enough to have on their homepage.With their ease of use, these buttons could make it even more tempting for Prime shoppers to buy essentials like batteries or pet food from Amazon on a regular basis.
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Don t know if there s anyone out there with this beauty in his hands, but if there is, then you re in for a treat!Sony announced that Xperia Z4 tablet joins the Z5 series and Xperia Z3 on the list of Sony devices receiving Android Nougat this week.ICYMI Android 7.0 now rolling out for Xperia Z5 series, Z4 Tablet & Z3 & Dual variants https://t.co/0o0f3KbhJH— Sony Xperia News @SonyMobileNews January 19, 2017The confirmation of the rollout was made with a tweet yesterday alongside a trailer for the new software.According to the video, the Z4 Tablet update was the fastest ever given to a tablet, since it only came 3 months after the official announcement.Have a look at the trailer for the new software and check what you will find once you hit the update button.Let us know in the comments what you think of Sony s take on Android Nougat.
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All the latest in the world of the channel from our sister site ChannelBizWelcome to Cross Channel, a weekly round up of the most pertinent stories from our sister site ChannelBiz, where you can find out all the latest developments, views and strategies from the world of the channel.Box ignites channel activity with new partner portalBox has launched a new partner portal to support partners internationally, claiming it is committed to building its channel programme in EMEA.The cloud collaboration software vendor describes the portal as a one-stop shop for Box partners channel-related needs.Working effectively with channel partners is important for our growth, and adding support with our new partner portal is a key step to strengthening our relationships and building a robust partner network, said David Benjamin, SVP and GM of EMEA, at Box.
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The chief executive of Italy's Mediaset said the door was still open to a deal with Vivendi, the French media group that has antagonised the Berlusconi family by building a stake in the Italian broadcaster to rival its own.Mediaset and Vivendi have been at loggerheads since July, when the French giant ditched an agreement to take full control of
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It seems that battery heat problems are now really significant to Samsung and for a good reason, don t you agree?According to information, the Korean company plans to use the same heat pipe design that Galaxy S7 has and incorporate it into the Galaxy S8 s design.In case you missed it, the Galaxy S7 was Samsung s first phone to feature a heat pipe – one of the thinnest in the world at the time, with only 0,4 mm thickness.Using this heat pipe, Samsung managed to take the heat from the chipset and bring it to a graphite sheet on the back where it could be dispersed.The use of heat pipes is not something extraordinary today, since they can be found in high-end computer coolers both desktop and laptop and have gained popularity in phones recently.So expect to find one in the upcoming Galaxy S8 model, that will make an appearance in the coming weeks.
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While emojis look odd in formal writing - think important emails, and online articles like this one - they are used by almost everyone in text messages and on social media.However despite their widespread use, the study of emoji use is in its infancy.So, in an article recently published on Trends in Cognitive Sciences, a group of international researchers from Australia and the UK are calling on other researchers to study our use of emojis.Emojis provide us with an insight into human behaviour in the digital age, Australian Catholic University researcher Dr Stephanie Malone said.Dr Malone, who has already done some research into emojis with counterparts in the UK, said their research has turned up interesting findings - including the fact that people are discerning in their emoji use.Our research shows that despite people being aware of how useful emojis can be, they are aware that using emojis in some contexts - for example, email - may be less appropriate, she said.
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Last weekend, I spent some time with a couple of friends who both have Windows laptops and I found myself experiencing a hitherto unfamiliar feeling while watching them use their computers: envy.Let s be clear: I m not talking envy for Windows.No, what drew my eye was one specific hardware feature that their laptops—a Microsoft Surface Book and a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga—shared: a touchscreen.But as I watched them swiping away at the screen, I couldn t help but think that perhaps there s a missed opportunity for Apple here.The conventional thinking is that you don t want a touchscreen on a vertical surface, because your arms get tired if you hold them out for any length of time.Which I can say with some confidence as, like many other folks—and like Apple itself advertises—I often use my iPad with a physical keyboard.
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Microsoft may have dumped its Cache experimental note-taking app, but Windows users have alternatives to the sometimes overwhelmingly complex Evernote, Google Keep, or Microsoft's own OneNote.These four Windows 10-compatible apps combine the convenience of digitized notes with the old-fashioned simplicity of scribbling on a notepad.Capture your notes in text or images on individual stickies just as you would on their paper counterparts.The app provides three sticky sizes—small, large, and wide—and a variety of colors to help you keep things neat and organized.You can pin your notes to the Windows 10 Start screen and sync them to OneDrive for access on all your devices.Sticky Notes is available in an ad-supported free version, which you can upgrade for $2.
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Amazon is rolling out a new training program this week aimed at helping underperforming employees placed on the company's infamous performance improvement plan, according to an internal email obtained by Business Insider.The new program, called "Pivot," pairs the underperforming employee with a "subject matter expert" called Career Ambassadors who give guidance and support for a fixed period of time, the email says.The program comes as Amazon's hard-charging work culture and its impact on employees faces increasing scrutiny."Pivot is a program for employees who show a sustained period of underperformance, despite coaching and support.The program provides employees with options to 1 improve performance, 2 voluntarily leave Amazon with severance, or 3 appeal their manager s decision to place them in Pivot," writes the email."Throughout an employee s time in the Pivot program, they receive process guidance and support from a dedicated team of Pivot subject matter experts called Career Ambassadors CAs ."The new program is the first step Amazon is taking to improve its notorious performance improvement plan, more commonly known as "PIP," which is designed to put pressure on those deemed to be failing to reach their goals.The Pivot program is available to those placed on PIP.
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took a turn for the more serious today, as the UK-based startup announced compatibility with a number of top music production apps.The functionality comes courtesy of a new Dashboard app for Mac and Windows unveiled at the NAMM conference in Anaheim today, letting Blocks serve as controllers for Logic Pro X, Ableton, Cubase, Omnisphere, and Kontakt.With those programs, users will be able to configure the touch-sensitive LED input devices with editable pre-programmed scripts.Users can also write their own scripts and design specific apps for Blocks.The Blocks were initially designed to be played wth Roli s proprietary social app Noise, though the company has been promising additional compatibility since the product s November release.Earlier this month at CES, the company debuted add-on sound packs for the system produced by RZA of the Wu Tang Clan and DJ Steve Aoki.
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by Daisy Hernandez, Global Vice President of Product Management, Enterprise Collaboration at SAPImproving workplace collaboration often involves connecting the right people at the right times.Fostering cohesive bonds increases the likelihood that employees will accept and adopt the desired change, according to Burris, who studies the relationship between leaders and employees, focusing on the employee voice.Daisy Hernandez DH : You wrote in Harvard Business Review about the concept of a collective voice for employees.Ethan Burris EB : A collective voice is when a group of employees bring issues to their boss/manager.This approach is also helpful for employees that don t have the appropriate relationships, or skills think public speaking, personal connections/relationships, etc.
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It looks like some protective case manufacturers don t keep their non-disclosure agreements with the companies, so after Samsung s Galaxy S8, today it s time to see new leaked images of LG G6, inside a – brand new- protective case!The images below come from the well-known case maker Ghostek and show a – not mentioned- smartphone inside a protective case, that looks a lot like the upcoming G6 flagship model.From the looks of it, the phone must be quite thin, with a fingerprint sensor and a dual camera set up on the back side, but without any annoying camera bumps thank God .The latest rumors insist that LG G6 will be made out of metal and pack a 5.7 inch 2880 1440 pixel touchscreen, with IP68 certification water proof .The Korean flagship is expected to use a powerful Snapdragon 835 SoC along with -at least- 4GB of RAM and 64/128GB of storage.It will be announced during MWC 2017 in Barcelona, but this is more than one month away, so we should just be patient and wait.
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If anything about gets a player to check out early, it will be its length.Like most games, it takes dozens of hours just to get through the main story, most of which is composed of dialogue and cutscenes.I m talking about hours upon hours of seemingly endless character chatter.In fact, if you do play through the central story, you ll probably wind up more than playing it.The vast reams of dialogue are only occasionally broken up by close combat scenarios, running from A to B, and, uh, karaoke mini-games.
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Mark Zuckerberg paid close to $100 million for 700 acres of beachfront property on the island of Kauai in 2014.Now the Facebook billionaire is suing a few hundred Hawaiians who still have legal-ownership claims to parts of his vacation estate through their ancestors, as reported by the Honolulu Star Advertiser.Three holding companies controlled by Zuckerberg filed eight
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