Joseph Polk

Joseph Polk

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After two years, Apple’s legal spats with Qualcomm have come to an anticlimactic end.There’s a lot to parse from the settlement itself, but one main takeaway is that Apple now has a faster path toward building a 5G-compatible iPhone.Neither company officially specified exactly why two years of sniping came to an end, but there are good reasons to believe that access to Qualcomm’s 5G modems was at the heart of it.Previously, the bad blood between the two companies meant Apple would have to rely on Intel to deliver 5G modems and recent reports hinted that it looked increasingly likely the Cupertino-based tech giant would have to wait until 2021 for Intel’s chip to be ready.And almost as soon as that news arrived, Intel announced that it’s dropping out of the 5G modem game.This, combined with news that a six-year licensing deal is part of the Apple-Qualcomm settlement, it seems safe to assume Apple will be using the San Diego chipmaker’s 5G modem.
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Huawei’s business grew strong in the first-quarter with revenues rising 39% year on year to 179.7 billion Chinese yuan ($26.76 billion), mainly fueled by focus on ICT infrastructure and smart devices as well as boosting the efficiency and quality of its operations.The firm shipped 59 million smartphones in the quarter and added revenue of 179.7 billion yuan ($26.8 billion).Based on these results, not being able to sell devices in the US hasn't really affected the company.Last year, the third largest smartphone manufacturer after Samsung and Apple, shipped 206 million units, inching closer to Apple’s 208.8 million units, according to research firm Gartner’s data.Huawei’s smartphone shipments rose 33.6 per cent year on year in 2018, the fastest growth rate in the industry while Samsung’s shipments declined eight per cent and Apple’s shipments by 3.2 per cent.Huawei has high hopes of becoming the number one smartphone manufacturer in the next two years.
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OnePlus is set to unveil its flagship killer of 2019 soon with the company CEO Pete Lau, even going on to reveal that one of the variants will feature a "super-smooth" display.Just hours ago, a Twitter post allegedly revealed some of the key features of the upcoming OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7 Pro 5G.OnePlus will announce the launch date of their upcoming products later today.Read More: OnePlus 7 Pro confirmed to have a 'super-smooth' display and 5G, but cost moreOnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7 Pro 5G leaked specificationsWhile we already know that the OnePlus 7 Pro and its 5G model are set to feature a "new" display, there hasn't been any information around the size of the display until now.
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A drone has helped botanists in Hawaii to find a flower that they thought was extinct.Hibiscadelphus woodii, to give it its official name, was recently rediscovered growing on a vertical cliff face in a remote part of Kalalau Valley on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.Inaccessible on foot because of its challenging topography, researchers from the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) turned to drone technology to explore the biodiversity hotspot.In video footage (above) captured by the remotely controlled copter, the plant is pointed out at the 1-minute mark.Ben Nyberg, the NTBG drone specialist who made the discovery, said, “Drones are unlocking a treasure trove of unexplored cliff habitat, and while this may be the first discovery of its kind, I am sure it won’t be the last.”H. woodii is described as a rare plant that “grows as a shrub or small tree and produces bright yellow flowers that turn purplish-maroon as they age.
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Video game live-streaming platform Douyu on Monday filed its initial public offering (IPO) in the US, with plans to raise up to $500 million.The Wuhan based company will list on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “DOYU.” It plans to use proceeds of the offering to provide premium e-sports content and a wider array of other content, research and development, and marketing.Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan and BofA Merrill Lynch are the underwriters on the deal.Douyu’s filing follows the steps of its largest Chinese competitor Huya, which listed in May last year.Both companies are backed by Tencent.According to the filing, Douyu is the largest video game live-streaming platform in China in terms of average total monthly active users (MAUs) and average total daily time spent by active users as of the fourth quarter of 2018.
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The depths of the ocean have an otherworldly, alien quality to them, showcasing remarkable beauty like that seen in upside-down mirror pools and the terrifying visions of transparent Eldritch horrors.The latest discovery, by a team of scientists and explorers currently charting the ocean's five deepest points, falls somewhere in between.Exploring the 4.5-mile-deep Java Trench in the Indian Ocean for the first time, Alan Jamieson, chief scientist of the Five Deeps Expedition, ran into this never-before-seen species of sea squirt, casually floating along the ocean floor.The jelly-like creature sailed along in front of the Five Deeps team's deep-sea submarine, in perfect view of the camera, displaying a blue and white balloon-like floater.Jamieson describes it as a "stalked Ascidean," a type of sea squirt, albeit one we have never laid eyes on before."It is not often we see something that is so extraordinary that it leaves us speechless," Jamieson said in a statement.
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Spotting comic book legend Stan Lee in Marvel movies, TV series and video games has always been fun for fans.Since Lee's death in 2018, he's had posthumous cameos in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and Captain Marvel.Avengers: Endgame director Joe Russo recently revealed that Lee's cameo in Avengers: Endgame will be his last.To commemorate all of Lee's past cameos -- including playing everything from a bus driver to a librarian -- Marvel Studios is making a behind-the-scenes video of Lee's cameos."We've put a video together," Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige told Entertainment Weekly on Monday."We've never done this before, a behind-the-scenes of every cameo.
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The world’s most popular video game is teaming up, once again, with one of cinema’s biggest franchises.In celebration of Avengers: Endgame, Epic Games is bringing some more Marvel comic content to Fortnite and we at least know that Captain America’s shield will be involved.— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) April 22, 2019The news was revealed via the tweet above, but additional information is unknown at this time.As you can see, the tweet reads “Whatever it takes,” which is a phrase that some of the original Avengers have used in the Endgame trailers.It’s a reference to attempting to reverse the “decimation” of half the population (including many superheroes) caused by the snap of Thanos’ fingers in Avengers: Infinity War.
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Netherrealm’s Mortal Kombat 11 is finally here — a bit sooner than anyone expected.Thanks to dataminers and a premature retail release, we have some idea of what kinds of fighters will be added to the roster of the game in the future — and whoo boy, if this isn’t a 90s fanservice parade, I don’t know what is.Several of the fighters are Mortal Kombat regulars, so it’s no surprise to see them.The more interesting additions are the guest fighters.The list could still be a phony, though we’ve heard rumors about Spawn’s inclusion before now.The addition of God of War’s Kratos to that game was interesting enough, but not that unusual given his… proclivities.
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Plastic pollution in the oceans is a huge, disgusting problem.Which is why it’s pretty fitting that Greenpeace decided to raise awareness of one company’s contributions with huge, disgusting trash monsters.On Tuesday, Greenpeace activists hauled a 15-foot-tall heap of garbage, artfully crafted to resemble one of those deep sea fish that’s about 90 per cent jowl, out in front of Nestlé’s US headquarters in the US state of Virginia.An even bigger trash monster was delivered earlier in the day to the company’s global headquarters in Switzerland, while similar leviathans cropped up in Italy, Kenya, and the Philippines, Greenpeace oceans campaigner Kate Melges said in a phone interview.It was all part of a global day of action to raise awareness of Nestlé’s contributions to the estimated 8 million tonnes of plastic entering our oceans each year.In recent months, Nestlé has come under fire what advocates say is an outsized contribution to the plastic crisis.
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Harry Potter fans are probably shouting "Revelio!"at shoemaker Vans right about now.The company dropped a big fat tease about a new Harry Potter footwear and clothing collection, but it's keeping the details as wrapped up as the Chamber of Secrets.Vans shared an eye-straining video on Twitter saying, "Something magical coming soon."The Vans website has a placeholder page listing the four Hogwarts houses of Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin and Hufflepuff, so we can probably expect some sneakers and gear done up in themed color schemes."Vans and Harry Potter collaborated to conjure up a magical collection of footwear, apparel, and accessories for witches, wizards, and muggles alike," the company said.
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After the events of last week, Samsung decided to push back the release of the Galaxy Fold for at least a month.While this delay is due to both user and mechanical issues, I’d suggest Samsung hold off on selling the device until it’s running Android Q.But those are controlled situations where the company has worked to make sure everything is nearly perfect.Now that we’ve been able to go hands-on with the foldable — hardware issues aside — it’s pretty clear that the software needs some more work.Before the phone was even in reviewer’s hands, we knew that apps not built with the new form factor in mind would launch with black bars on either side of the interface.What’s worse than that is the fact that most apps haven’t been updated to work with what Samsung is calling App Continuity.
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Best Buy took a hefty cut from a Nest smart home security bundle and added a free Google Home Mini smart speaker as a bonus.You can save $100 on the Nest Secure alarm system with Nest Cam Outdoor bundle plus another $49 for the free Google Home Min.Both Nest Secure and the Nest Cam Outdoor will send alerts to our smartphone or tablet when their respective sensors detect motion.When Digital Trends tested the Nest Secure home alarm system, we praised the system’s beautifully designed, high-quality hardware and the simple, step-by-step installation.We also gave the nod to the system’s range of power and the network backup feature which uses an internal battery rated to keep the system active for at least 12 hours if the power goes out.The Nest Tag keyfobs are used to toggle the arm system on and off.
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Samsung should be taking a victory lap right now for its innovative Galaxy Fold.Reviewers should be singing the praises of the first major foldable smartphone, which was suppose to launch Friday.Instead, Samsung on Monday delayed the launch of the Fold following reports that some of the small number of devices seeded to reviewers began to malfunction or break.The delay is not just a black eye for Samsung, but for consumer confidence in foldable phones in general.These flexible and bendable devices are supposed to represent a revolution for smartphones, but they can hardly take off if people are worried about their durability.The knee-jerk reaction would be to compare this incident to the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, where Samsung slowly responded to the initial reports of the devices catching fire, only to have it blow up, quite literally, in its face.
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This weekend we bore witness to what’s simultaneously the best and the worst way to keep your AirPods safe from theft.It requires that you have both a good memory and no 3rd-party cleaners.By that, I mean you’re going to need to be completely free of friends and family that’d normally do cleaning missions in your home without your assistance.The solution comes from Reddit user Greg Buckingham, whose sister was the latest to use the ol’ switcheroo solution.It is, however, one of the most shocking instances of coincidence we’ve ever seen.Look how perfect this dental floss sticker fits on this AirPods Case.
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When it comes to wireless home audio, there’s Sonos, and then there’s everyone else.Now, that growing list of competitors includes Bowers & Wilkins, which has just announced its Formation Suite, a group of wireless home audio products that is clearly aimed at buyers who desire a higher level of design, and audiophile-grade performance in a wireless audio system — and who won’t be fazed by the higher prices B is asking for the experience.Running a patented mesh network, B claims the Formation Suite is capable of delivering perfectly synchronized sound, with one microsecond of delay between its flagship Formation Duo speakers, and milliseconds between all Formation components.The system is also capable of handling lossless high-resolution audio formats at up to 96/24 bit resolution.Rounding out its high-end specs, all components have Ethernet, AirPlay 2, and Bluetooth 4.1, with AptX HD support, and a USB port for system updates.Formation Duo ($3,999/pair): Available in matte black or gloss white, these powered speakers are similar to B’s 800 Series Diamond speakers, with a carbon-domed tweeter on top, and the company’s Continuum cone driver.
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Today, Bowers & Wilkins revealed its new Formation Suite of wireless speakers.We don’t often see Bowers & Wilkins go the wireless route, but the company says that with the Formation Suite, the wireless experience should be indistinguishable from using wired speakers.Of course, we’re used to expensive speakers from Bowers & Wilkins, so the fact that these speakers are pricey doesn’t really come as a shock.All of the speakers in the Formation Suite offer in-room synchronization delays of just one microsecond, which the company says should be imperceptible to end users.They boast 96/24 bit audio resolution as well, and use Bowers & Wilkins’ patented mesh networking technology to connect one another without impeding on your home WiFi network.The most expensive product of the bunch is the Formation Duo, a pair of speakers that each use the company’s Continuum cone driver.
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As the series winds down to its conclusion, most of those characters have either died or converged on a single point: Winterfell, the place where it all began and the place where humanity will make its last stand.The skin of their shared histories has become such a welter of overlapping agonies and scars that it is sometimes hard to remember them all, who is connected to whom, by which red thread of trauma, and why.Listen to our Game of Thrones podcast on iTunes and SpotifyWe open on the inevitable reckoning between Jaime Lannister, long reviled as the Kingslayer for stabbing the Aerys II Targaryen, the Mad King, in the back while a sworn member of his Kingsguard.Daenerys has been nurturing revenge fantasies about her father's killer for a long time, and while she's no longer ignorant of the fact that he was a sadistic psychopath, it hasn't dulled her anger.Namely to Bran, whom he pushed out a window and permanently paralyzed in order to cover up his sexcapades with his twin sister Cersei.
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So you’ve heard about the PlayStation 5 features confirmed by Sony this month – but one big piece of the puzzle remains missing.A video game console like a PlayStation is only half of the equation.You also need a television – or at least a monitor – to make use of the power of the console.For that, Sony’s got a WHOLE BUNCH of new pieces of equipment, including one MASSIVE TV – the most beastly television we’ve ever seen put on sale to the public.Introduced this week was a Sony MASTER Series Z9G 8K HDR TV, 98″ Class (97.5″ diagonal), smart TV (Android TV), available in June.This is one of two sets in the category – the other is an 85″ Class (84.6″ diagonal).
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TMZ reports Bill Gates, billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft chairman, had a night on the town at Miami's exclusive LIV Nightclub.Gates was in Miami to watch his daughter compete in an equestrian tournament, according to TMZ.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Billionaires, they're just like us.According to a TMZ report, billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft cofounder and chairman Bill Gates hit the dance floor at Miami's exclusive LIV Nightclub recently.TMZ obtained video of Gates' dance moves, which included dancing along to Waka Flocka Flame's "Grove St. Party" and Nicki Minaj's "No Frauds."
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