Ahead of its iPhone 2018 release, Apple is facing some issues. A Singapore based company sued Apple for allegedly using the company’s patented ‘Lead-free Solders’ technology in all major products manufactured by Apple.
Aashi Chemical & Solder Industries Pte Ltd. Filed a patent violation suit against Apple in Cleveland, Ohio. According to Aashi Chemical & Solder, Apple has breached its patent #6,176,947 ‘Lead-free Solders’.
Aashi Chemical & Solder Sues Apple for Using Patented ‘Lead-free Solders’
Singapore firm believes that Apple is using its technology in all major products range from iMac to iPhones.
Originally, this patent was granted to H-Technologies Group, Inc., a firm providing business and technology solutions to the companies manufacturing electronic products.
Asahi Chemical & Solder mentions that they are the assignee of this patent and still their name is not there in the patent.
From the complaint filed by Singapore Aashi Chemical, it is revealed that the plaintiff should be recognized as the assignee and the paperwork to this effect is still proceeding.
The purpose of filing this complaint is that Aashi Chemical & Solder Industries should get a ‘reasonable royalty’ from Apple.
This patent violation case was filed in the Ohio Northern District Court, Cleveland Office yesterday. The judge, who presides the case, is James S. Gwin.
Apple seems to be passing through a critical phase, as the technology giant receiving bad press from all corners.
Apple’s Siri team has constantly been reshuffled as people are leaving the company. Recently, Tom Gruber, the last remaining co-founder of Siri left Apple.
India and China are the two biggest markets for Apple. And the recent reports portray a dismal picture for the company as weak sales force executives to leave Apple India operations.
Privacy has always been a key strength of Apple’s ecosystem, and therefore, users have always trusted products like iPhones, iPads, and Mac. However, Apple had to make a compromise in China as the company had to comply with new cybersecurity laws. The result is that iCloud data of Chinese customers will be controlled by local servers.
This patent infringement case brings fresh troubles to Apple. Let’s see how Apple tackles the issue and comes out as victorious.
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Quick access to a respring shortcut is beneficial for most jailbreakers, and there are several jailbreak tweaks to be found in Cydia’s plethora of repositories that can provide you with this kind of functionality.
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Going hands on with the 15-inch MacBook Pro, Apple rolling out a fourth beta release set, and loads more, this week on AppleInsider.
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A comment left by a Google engineer suggests the company is preparing a switch to the Vulkan graphics API for its UI rendering.
The engineer’s comment was posted on the Chromium gerrit instance with regards to a bug report for the upcoming support of Vulkan in the Chrome browser for Android.
Currently, Google still partly uses Skia for its graphics rendering – a 2D engine used for Chrome, Chrome OS, Android, and more.
As of Android 3.0, the company introduced the HWUI library which replaced Skia for the most part. However, Skia is still used for some things such as path rasterisation.
With the introduction of Vulkan, it’s likely that Google is looking to further modernise its UI rendering and shift away from an OpenGL hardware-accelerated backend. In fact, it’s something Apple is doing on its platforms and facing some backlash for.
The engineer wrote in his/her comment:
“Over time it will be relevant for all Android users as Vulkan availability will become ubiquitous though, happy to talk about it in a non-public forum. Also at some point there will be a requirement that we have Vulkan support for WebView when the framework is going to start using Vulkan for HWUI. So at some point we'll want to bite that bullet, it doesn't strictly have to be now, but we're only kicking the can down the road and as Chris points out we get engineering benefits from doing so (avoid bitrot).
I expect most of the effect of this CL is on Skia, but I don't know that it would be easy to extract the Vulkan functionality into a .so”
Vulkan provides some impressive performance gains – we’ve already seen what it can do for gaming on various platforms, and Samsung found a version of its TouchWiz launcher with basic Vulkan support increased battery life by 40 minutes.
On Android Q, we can expect Vulkan to drastically reduce frame render times.
What are your thoughts on the use of Vulkan for UI rendering? Let us know in the comments.
Another setback for Apple and this time it’s the Brazilian market that gives Samsung’s smartphones a tighter hug than Apple’s iPhones. In a fresh report released by Counterpoint, Apple’s iPhone sales declined in the last quarter of 2018.
The overall Brazilian smartphone market shows signs of recovery, but Apple failed to bite a chunk from this burgeoning market.Image Credit: Counterpoint Research Apple Stands at Fourth Position in Smartphone Market in Brazil
In the first quarter of 2017, Apple clocked 5.8% smartphone shipment market share, and in 2018, this figure came down to 5.7. For Samsung, the brand enjoys a purple patch as the company registered a 1.4% increase from 44.2% in Q1 2017.Source: Counterpoint Research
The primary reason cited for Apple’s dwindling sales is the company’s decision to stop assembling devices in Brazil. However, one should not forget that Samsung has covered nearly half the share of smartphone market in Brazil.
Robust local manufacturing and high levels of marketing & promotion activities are believed as reasons why Samsung has edged out other companies.
Motorola is another mobile company that rules the roost in Brazil with 19.8% share in the smartphone market and a robust 20% year on year growth in the first quarter of 2018.
LG, like Apple, is facing fierce competition from Samsung and Motorola. LG witnessed decline annually but has managed to get the third position in the smartphone market with an 11.4% share.
Brazil is now recovering from the 2014 economic crisis, which ended in 2016. Probably, this is the reason why Samsung “kept the older generation series in the market, as they were still contributing to the majority of Samsung’s sales.”
Analyst Parv Sharma summarizes, “Samsung clearly dominates almost all the price bands except the USD > 500 price band. Samsung’s success is dependent on its J series, as the top four bestselling smartphones were from Samsung and had a share of about 22% of the smartphone market.”
Apple has to take some strong actions to improve its performance worldwide. The company is facing ‘executive exodus‘ in India following declining iPhone sales there.
In China, the world’s biggest smartphone market, Apple had to comply with cybersecurity laws and consequently, the company had to allow iCloud Data of Chinese Customers to be Controlled by Local Servers.
Though Apple has opened a manufacturing unit in India, Samsung has beaten the company by opening the world’s biggest mobile plant in India.
Apple needs to work on its pricing policy worldwide. Higher prices of iPhone X had a negative impact on the sales of the smartphone in the United States. However, there are many users, who think that the iPhone’s price tag is reasonable given its excellent features and security.
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So far, Animoji had been my go-to option for a fun-filled conversation. However, it’s no longer remains my first choice. Memoji has taken the center stage in my roaster of messaging tools. Ever since I upgraded to iOS 12, I’ve been using Memoji and Animoji on my iPhone X to spice up not just the conversation but also the FaceTime calls.
The latest iOS version has added some cool Animojis like Ghost, Tiger, T-Rex, Koala. To get started with Memoji, you first have to make a customized avatar. With several customization options on offer, you have plenty of freedom for experimentation. On top of all, you can create multiple characters that can fit into the mood of different conversations. Let’s get started!
How to Use Memoji and Animoji on iPhone X running iOS 12
Quick links:How to Make and Personalize Memoji on iPhone X How to Record Memoji Videos in iMessage How to Send Memoji or Animoji As Sticker in iOS 12 How to Use Memoji in Messages Camera How to Edit, Duplicate, or Delete Memoji in iMessage How to Use Memoji/Animoji in FaceTime on iPhone X How to Create Memoji on iPhone X
Step #1. Open Messages app on your iPhone X.
Step #2. Next, open a conversation and select the Animoji icon below the iMessage text field.
Step #3. Next up, swipe right from left and tap on the “+” button.
Step #4. Up next, customize your look to your best liking. You have numerous options like skin tones, hairstyles, head shape, and eyes. So, don’t fail to experiment until you have got the right look.
Step #5. In the end, tap on Done at the top right corner to confirm.
After you have perfectly customized your look, you can use it in iMessage to chat with your friends in a fun way. Thanks to the advanced TrueDepth camera, it maps your expressions spotlessly. iOS 12 is equipped with new facial recognition technology that enables it to mimic your winks and tongue sticking.How to Record Memoji or Animoji Videos in iMessage
Step #1. Launch Messages app → open the conversation and then select the Animoji icon.
Step #2. Now, choose the Memoji you have just created. Or pick out your favorite animated emoji.
Step #3. Next, tap on the record button and record the message and then hit the arrow button to send the message.
You can also use your character as a sticker. Save it for the times when you want to use fun faces to express different emotions.How to Send Memoji or Animoji As Sticker in iOS 12
Step #1. Open Messages app → head over to a conversation and tap on Animoji icon.
Step #2. Now, tap on your character. Now, you should see the readymade image of your avatar, tap on the arrow button to send it.
The newest iOS version lets you use Memoji in Messages camera as well. You can use it to design your character and even capture its pic.How to Use Memoji in Messages Camera
Step #1. Open Messages app → go to a conversation → tap on the camera icon.
Step #2. Now, tap on the tiny rectangular inlay at the bottom left corner of the screen.
Step #3. Next, tap on Animoji icon.
Step #4. Next up, select the Memoji that you want to use.
The moment you choose your avatar, it will show up on the camera screen. Then, tap on the “X” to get rid of Animoji bar.
Step #5. Up next, your character will continue to appear on the screen. Now, you can design it using stickers or other funny stuff you have.
Step #6. When you are happy with the result, capture the image by tapping on the shutter button. Now, you can use Markup or other editing tools to fine-tune your shot. In the end, you can send it to your friend like any other image.
If you ever want to make some changes to your character or even delete the one you no longer want to use, you can do so with ease.How to Edit, Duplicate, or Delete Memoji in iMessage
Step #1. Launch Messages app → Conversation → Animoji icon.
Step #2. Next, Select the Memoji you want to edit.
Step #3. Next up, you need to tap on three dots at the bottom left corner.
Step #4. Next up, you have three options:Edit Duplicate Remove
They are self-explanatory. Choose the preferred option as per your need. In the make sure to tap on Done to confirm the changes.
What about using this animated character in FaceTime? It’s pretty exciting.How to Use Memoji in FaceTime on iPhone X
Step #1. Open FaceTime app on your iPhone and start a call.
Step #2. Now, you need to tap on rectangular inlay at the bottom left corner of the screen and select Animoji icon.
Step #3. Next up, select the Memoji you want to use.
Tip: There is also an option to add stickers to the emoji face overlay. To do so, find out the stickers you are willing to use. Then, you need to drag and drop it on the face overlay.
That’s pretty much it!
What’s your thought about this new add-on? Shoot your thoughts about it down below in the comments.
Samsung has also introduced a pretty similar feature called “AR Emoji” on its Samsung Galaxy S9. However, it’s nowhere near Apple’s animated emoji. It’s the advanced face mapping that makes Apple’s emoji standout.
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Google Earth on iOS has been updated with one of the most requested features: a measurement tool.
If you’re using the Electra1131 jailbreak on your iOS 11.2-11.3.1 device, then you may want to consider opening Cydia and installing the newest updates to Substitute and Tweak Injector as soon as you humanly can.
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"Love Notes to Newton," which premieres this week, looks at the rise and quick fall of Apple's John Sculley-era personal digital assistant, and talks to both the original Newton team plus the small fanbase of enthusiasts that still remain.