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  Qualcomm Legal Issues Thread
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 05-16-2017, 08:40 AM - Forum: Smart Phones - Replies (1)

LOOK AT THIS: "Recently, Apple also sued Qualcomm arguing that Qualcomm is abusing its market position and charging it five times more than what all the other licensors charge it combined."

Quote:Samsung and Intel recently filed two amicus briefs in the FTC’s antitrust case against Qualcomm, accusing Qualcomm of violating Fair, Reasonable And Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) patent terms and legally excluding competitors from the market through the use of its own baseband processor patents. Samsung also claimed that Qualcomm stopped it from selling its chips to third-party vendors. Qualcomm has previously called this allegation “false.”

Without FRAND patents, certain standards may not exist, simply because the other members of a standards group would not agree to adhere to a given standard without all members sharing the patents with each other in a reasonable way.
According to the FTC, Qualcomm has been imposing a “handset tax” on manufacturers that disincentivizes them from seeking alternative chip suppliers. Even if the manufacturers would use another company’s chip, they’d still have to pay Qualcomm an “onerous” sum based on a percentage of a device’s retail price, according to Samsung’s amicus brief.

Intel also argued in its own brief that it wasn’t technology prowess that helped Qualcomm stay ahead, but these types of contracts it’s been imposing on manufacturers. The contracts allegedly prevented the smartphone makers from being competitive on price when buying chips from Qualcomm’s competitors.

Qualcomm has seemingly argued before that if so many of its customers were harmed by its policies, then why hasn’t anyone sued it yet? Samsung pointed out that Broadcom did sue it over abusing FRAND patents in 2006, but the two companies eventually ended up settling, instead of concluding the trial.

Samsung also noted that Qualcomm’s customers, including itself, are also disincentivized from suing Qualcomm, because they could forever lose access to its chips, too. Samsung admitted that it has been forced to buy Qualcomm’s chips, even if it believed Qualcomm was overcharging for its FRAND patents.

Samsung asserted that Qualcomm’s policies and overcharging for FRAND patents have made it all but impossible for competing modem makers to compete in the premium handset market. This includes Intel which blamed Qualcomm for being unsuccessful in the mobile market, but also Nvidia, which had to shut down its Icera modem business a few years ago because of Qualcomm’s "unlawful abuse of dominance," as the company claimed at the time.

Recently, Apple also sued Qualcomm arguing that Qualcomm is abusing its market position and charging it five times more than what all the other licensors charge it combined. In response, Qualcomm counter-sued Apple over breach of contract and for mischaracterizing the agreements between the two companies to the FTC. Qualcomm also said Apple lowered the performance of its modem in the iPhone 7 to reduce the discrepancy in performance between its chip and Intel's modem, which was available in certain iPhone 7 models.

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  Elmor's Open Letter
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 05-15-2017, 05:25 AM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies

I don't know why he had to suddenly whine about Nvidia. This isn't 2012. If anyone is to blame for power limits on Pascal, it's the AIB partners, not Nvidia.

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  Alan Wake Sunset Sale, 90% Off
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 05-13-2017, 09:35 AM - Forum: Hot Deals & Bargains - No Replies

Starts May 13, ends May 15. They do not anticipate having the game available to buy after this.

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  Linux Distros Are Coming To The Windows Store
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 05-12-2017, 06:56 PM - Forum: Software & Programming - No Replies


Quote:Microsoft is doubling down on offering developers more options on Windows 10, and at Build 2017, it announced that three of the most popular Linux distributions are coming to the Windows Store.

Ubuntu, SUSE Linux, and Fedora will all be available to install directly from the Windows Store, making it easy to run Linux apps on any Windows 10 device. The Linux installations will run in a virtualized environment side by side with Windows, with the same command-line utilities available that you’d normally have with a full installation.

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  Itanium Is Dead
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 05-12-2017, 05:53 AM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies

It's too bad. It was something different.

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  Some HP Laptops Have Keyloggers
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 05-12-2017, 02:08 AM - Forum: General Hardware - Replies (3)


Quote:Dozens of HP laptop models have been found to contain an audio driver that silently logs users keystrokes, according to Swiss security firm ModZero. There does not appear to be malicious intent behind the keylogger, as one might automatically assume, but there is the potential that it could be used for nefarious purposes.

Injecting a keylogger into an audio driver seems like an odd thing, and that's because it is. However, audio chip manufacturer Conexant apparently went that route on several HP laptop models as means of trying to detect when a hotkey is pressed. Shortcuts exist for tasks such as turning a microphone on and off, and that presents a problem.

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  Steam Link On Sale For $20 Through May 15
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 05-12-2017, 12:20 AM - Forum: Hot Deals & Bargains - No Replies

If you want a decent TV streaming box, now is the time to get one.

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  Zen APU Thread
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 05-11-2017, 08:13 PM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies

Zen APU may be using Vega iGPU: https://www.techpowerup.com/233192/amd-r...vega-based

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  Gamers Are Hypocrites Who Love DLC
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 05-11-2017, 01:44 AM - Forum: Gaming - No Replies

A while ago, I wrote about The DLC Double Standard, and mentioned how much gamers whine about DLC. Today comes new proof that for all of their whining, gamers actually love DLC: https://www.techpowerup.com/233184/you-l...in-fy-2017

Quote:EA has reported its FY 2017 results (from April 1st 2016 through March 31st 2017), and the results are astonishing: for all the outcry from the gaming community, it would seem that users really like microtransactions, season passes, and the "games as a service" conundrum. Some might be amazed at how a company makes more money from services, DLC and microtransactions associated with their games than through the sale of games themselves, but alas, that is the world we live in. This year alone the company pulled in $1.297 billion solely via digital content (excluding full game downloads) for their PC and console platforms.

EA has been known for their studios' season passes and DLCs - one of the biggest offenders when it comes to DLC was Dragon Age: Inquisition, as well as most recent Bioware games, while the verdict is still on the table regarding Mass Effect: Andromeda's DLC efforts. These and other microtransactions, such as "packs" and other shenanigans in FIFA and other IPs, have helped bring in the bulk of the money. Truth be told, EA isn't the only publisher that's aggressively pushing for micro-transactions in its games (Microsoft and Ubisoft come to mind), though an argument can be made in how these microtransactions based on packs and other cosmetic elements can be an attractive prospect when coupled with free game updates and additional, free content. Some users will rush in and acquire these, in turn putting the proverbial coal on developer's coffers to pump out additional content which everyone can enjoy. But for all the people saying "No" to DLC and microtransactions, I'd say wallets speak louder than words.

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  Gsync Vs FreeSync Analysis
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 05-09-2017, 07:34 PM - Forum: Video - Replies (1)

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