The following are some of the enterprise tech stories we want to bring to your attention:
U.S. top court mulls Apple’s App Store commissions in antitrust case
Every one using iPhone knows that iOS App market is a virtual Apple monopoly unless you jailbreak your iPhone and void the Tech Titan’s warranty. Now the US Supreme Court has taken cognizance of this fact and will hear the matter of Apple monopolizing the iOS App market. The US supreme court will be hearing Apple’s appeal against an earlier lower court order which said that that iPhone maker can be sued for monopolizing iOS app market, allegedly leading to inflated prices. Source: Reuters. This deals with perhaps the most important platform in both commercial and enterprise IT is is something we will keep tracking.
Microsoft extends education push with the acquisition of Flipgrid, a student video discussion platform
After GitHub, the global software giant, Microsoft has turned its attention to student video platform Flipgrid. According to Verge, Microsoft has acquired Flipgrid, a video discussion platform used by 20 million students and teachers in 180 countries. Flipgrid is a platform that allows students to discuss and reply to topics with video clips at home or in the classroom. Flipgrid is similar to the popular process of creating a YouTube reaction video to a particular subject or news and is free for schools to use. Read more about Microsoft’s acquisition of Flipgrid on The Verge.
Foxconn announces North American headquarters in Wisconsin
After a decade of supplying iPhone parts to Apple, Foxconn has finally come to America. Foxconn said in a press briefing that it will be establishing its North American headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This follows Foxconn’s earlier announcement of building a $10 billion LCD plant in the state last year. This should bring some cheer to President Trump who has been quite vocal about the ballooning trade deficit with China. Source: Reuters.
Samsung Told to Pay $400 Million in FinFet Patent Dispute
The Samsung patent infringement woes continue. A US federal jury has ordered the global electronics giant to pay $400 million for willful infringement on a patent for FinFET chip manufacturing technology owned by a South Korean university. The jury held that the South Korean company infringed a patent owned by the licensing arm of a South Korean university. Other two respondents in the case were let off without any penalty. Qualcomm Inc. and GlobalFoundries Inc. also were found to have infringed the patent but weren’t told to pay any damages to the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, one of South Korea’s top research universities. Read more about the patent infringement case on Bloomberg.
Mobile industry completes 5G standard by approving the standalone 5G spec
Now cellular companies can deploy 5G without worrying about cross-compatibility with the current 4G standard. Cellular standards organization 3GPP has approved 5G standalone specifications, allowing for the development of 5G products that don’t depend on 4G. This move will kickstart the commercialization of 5G standard for mobile telephony. The 5G standard is expected to be deployed in the United States this year, and elsewhere next year. Source: Venture Beat.