All posts on July, 2017


Why Apple should develop its own 5G iPhone tech

Apple’s fight with Qualcomm seems likely to force a search for alternative iPhone modems suppliers. However, with carriers expected to launch 5G networks from around 2020, might Cupertino plan to develop its own 5G technologies for use in future iOS devices?

Some evidence

In the short term, Apple appears to be tightening its relationship with Intel. This could extend to capping the technologies used in iPhones, one Bloomberg report claimed. Apple’s accusation that Qualcomm’s royalty schemes place a “burden” on innovation suggests other challenges on the road ahead. That Apple has won wide industry support in its case will be an interesting twist for courts to decide.

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Why Apple should develop its own 5G iPhone tech

Apple’s fight with Qualcomm seems likely to force a search for alternative iPhone modems suppliers. However, with carriers expected to launch 5G networks from around 2020, might Cupertino plan to develop its own 5G technologies for use in future iOS devices?

Some evidence

In the short term, Apple appears to be tightening its relationship with Intel. This could extend to capping the technologies used in iPhones, one Bloomberg report claimed. Apple’s accusation that Qualcomm’s royalty schemes place a “burden” on innovation suggests other challenges on the road ahead. That Apple has won wide industry support in its case will be an interesting twist for courts to decide.

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Can Microsoft lawyers defeat Putin’s most notorious spy-hackers?

Russian’s spy-hackers have taken on almost a mythical status as more details have emerged about how they hacked the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign and influenced the last presidential election. The National Security Agency and the entire U.S. intelligence community seem to be a step behind them, and the worst may be yet to come.

And now comes an unlikely potential savior: Microsoft’s lawyers. They’re using a combination of cyber-sleuthing and innovative legal filings to strike at one of Russia’s most dangerous cyber-espionage groups, Fancy Bear. So far, the tactic is paying off. But it’s not clear that Microsoft can defeat the hackers in the long run.

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Win10 machines with ‘Defer feature updates’ now getting Creators Update

Over the weekend I heard howls from folks who are being pushed onto the latest version of Windows 10 — the Creators Update, version 1703 — when they had specifically told Win10 Anniversary Update — version 1607 — to “Defer feature updates.” If you thought the “Defer feature updates” setting would permanently protect you from pushed version changes, you’re mistaken. Here’s what happened, and what you can do about it.

Those of you experiencing forced updates even on machines attached to a WSUS server, read on…

As I explained back in April, folks with Windows 10 Anniversary Update Pro or Enterprise can click Settings > Update & security > Advanced options, then check the box marked “Defer feature updates” (see screenshot).

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