The second biggest seller of smartphone devices in the world is filing a $1 billion lawsuit against Qualcomm over patent royalties. And it is not just Apple going after the chip maker giant -- a few days ago, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has also sued Qualcomm, accusing the company of anticompetitive practices.
In the lawsuit it filed, the iPhone maker claims that Qualcomm is unfairly demanding overwhelming royalties for technologies, some of which the processor manufacturer did not even develop in the first place, like Apple’s Touch ID. According to Apple, Qualcomm has overcharged it billions of dollars through an illegal scheme, and Apple is now seeking damages of nearly $1 billion.
In certain iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units, the touch screens are found to have a defect, specifically becoming unresponsive, essentially rendering them inoperable. As a result, owners of these affected iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices are suing Apple, as reported by Reuters. As indicated in a proposed countrywide class action suit filed over the weekend, Apple has allegedly known of the touch screen issue, but has since done nothing to properly address the problem.
United States District Court Judge Edward Chen of the Northern California District Court has issued a ruling that AT&T will not be facing a class action lawsuit for allegedly misleading its subscribers regarding its promised unlimited data that turned out to be throttled when users go over 3 gigabytes of data in a given month. According to the judge, all subscribers that were affected had signed agreements that allowed the second biggest wireless carrier in the United States to send disputes (like this one) to individual arbitration.
A bill is being introduced this week that would not allow any state in America to ban the sale of mobile devices that are encrypted, or to mandate that phone makers put a built in feature in their handsets that would provide back door access to the user’s private data. This bill is called the ENCRYPT (Ensuring National Constitutional Rights of Your Private Telecommunications) Act of 2016, and is being championed by a couple of members of the US Congress, namely Rep. Ted Lieu, a Democrat from California, and Rep. Blake Farenthold, a Republican from Texas.
iPhone owners, beware -- if you noticed that the home button on your smartphone is not working properly and you are thinking of heading to a third party for repairs, you might want to hold off on that idea. It appears that a recent update to Apple’s iOS 9 mobile operating system renders iPhone devices virtually useless if some party other than an official technican from Apple tinkers with the home button. If that happens, an Error 53 code is then displayed after the device is wiped and shut down.
So now we go to chapter two of Powermat Technologies’ ongoing legal drama. A judge from the Israeli court has decided to dismiss the motion that was filed by three of the wireless charging company’s board members, including Ran Poliakine, co-founder and former chief executive officer of the firm. The aim of that motion was to block Powermat Technologies from continuing its operations, but evidently, the court thinks the case does not hold any water at all, and instead has told the disputing parties to settle it out of court.
Apple is being sued over a new feature in its iOS 9 mobile operating system that allows iPhone devices to automatically switch to a cellular connection when the Wi-Fi signal is spotty or nonexistent. That feature is Wi-Fi Assist, which was introduced alongside the rollout of iOS 9, the latest version of the iPhone maker’s mobile OS, in mid-September of this year.
AT&T is suing three of its former cell phone sales representatives in the state of Washington for allegedly contributing to the unlocking of thousands of cell phones so that the devices could work on any wireless carrier’s network. This trio of sales reps previously employed by the second biggest wireless carrier in the United States all hail from cities outside of the general Seattle metropolitan area. They allegedly installed malicious software into computers that made automated requests to unlock the mobile devices so they could be used by people without having to enter into a contract with AT&T. Such a practice would have made these devices easier to sell in the resale market.
Apple better not count its eggs just yet. It appears that the iPhone maker may not be able to get the full $930 million in damages awarded to it back in 2013 after a legal battle with rival Samsung over patents.
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