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Recently Samsung and Intel both filed claims against Qualcomm, stating they have been “harmed” by its misconduct. Although Samsung produces its own chips that compete with Qualcomm’s, it uses its competitor’s chips in its smartphones — such as the Snapdragon 835 processor in the Galaxy S8. Qualcomm’s “exclusionary” actions are that Qualcomm has refused to license Samsung to make and sell licensed chipsets wherefore Samsung now cannot sell licensed Exynos chipsets to non-Samsung companies.

by ALI
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If you thought that desktop computers had fallen by the wayside at Apple, then think again, because Tim Cook has spoken out regarding his firm’s plans to do more with PCs in the ‘pro’ market.

In a Q&A at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, the CEO said the company hasn’t forgotten about its professional customers (as opposed to consumers), and as MacRumors reports, Cook stated: “You will see us do more in the pro area. The pro area is very important to us. The creative area is very important to us in particular.”

Not only iPads and iPhones have appended accessories, sometimes such accessories have their own ones, too. For example, the Apple Pencil has recently got a special leather grip made by Pad & Quill. Even though the Apple Pencil itself is a great piece of technology, its design leaves much to be desired — it’s made of cold and harsh plastic and the cap for the Lightning port is easy to lose. Pad & Quill is going to make your Apple Pencil easier to hold and harder to lose.

There has been no scarcity on iPhone leaks, and the latest points out that Apple may ditch Touch ID to replace it with a 3D facial recognition feature. Another report separately hints that Apple may give wireless charging a miss this year, and the iPhone models in 2018 may come with wireless charging support.

by AnandaAnatoly
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As Apple is yet again named the world's most admired company, I wonder just how much a lack of great competition has contributed to Cupertino's dominance.

Once, it was fanciful to think that Microsoft would be the company that would beat Apple. It had might. It had dominant, if ugly, software.

by Paulite
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For many years, there have been several debates about which smartphone OS is better — Android, or iOS. Even among the writers of Gadgets 360, there are strong opinions about why some choose one over the other. But, fact of the matter is that the two have been closing the gaps in the past few years, with Android becoming more fluid and beautiful, and iOS becoming more flexible and customisable.

An upcoming version of the Apple Watch operating system will include a Theater Mode for use inside cinemas and other places where you don't want your wearable to garner dirty looks from fellow patrons. 

Developer notes for watchOS 3.2 published today detail Apple Watch Theater Mode, which, it turns out, was actually introduced in the watchOS 3.1.3 update released on Monday. 

by AnandaAnatoly
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Want to do something different with your pictures? Bored of the same old look and want to make your photos really stand out? Well, you could learn better photography, but if you aren't interested in making so much effort, apps that apply filters to your images are a quick way of getting eye-catching photos. The most famous app amongst these is of course Facebook-owned social network Instagram, but there have been plenty of others along the way as well.

Today, we're taking a look at eight apps that the Gadgets 360 team really loves - here are our five favourite free image filter apps, with Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch from the BBC's Sherlock) as the model.

by Ahmed Dubai
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One of the most frequent complaints levelled at the new MacBook Pro is battery life.

Many users find the time it can go between charges lacklustre, if not atrocious — and product review organisation Consumer Reports even refused to recommend the laptop over the issues.

As it turns out, a nasty bug in web browser Safari was causing the issues that Consumer Reports encountered, and after Apple fixed it, the organisation gave the device its coveted "recommended" recommendation.

by Tom-Link
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It’s almost a year since the iPad Pro 9.7 launched, so it’s about time we got a new one. The latest rumors suggest we’re going to get not one, but three and they’ll land between April and June.

In a note obtained by Apple Insider, respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims Apple is building an upgraded 12.9-inch iPad Pro and a brand new 10 to 10.5-inch model with a narrow bezel, both of which will have an A10X chipset, which should make them more powerful than the iPhone 7.