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Ericsson sues Apple, alleging 5G patent infringement

Ericsson sues Apple in a different U.S. District court over 5G patents. What's at stake is how much Ericsson gets when Apple sells an iPhone.

South Korea ends November with 20.19 million 5G users

SK Telecom has the largest 5G subscriber base in South Korea The total number of 5G subscribers in South Korea reached 20.19 million in November 2021, accounting for around 28% of the total 72.57 million mobile subscriptions in the Asian nation, Korean press reported, citing...

The Sunday Brief: CES preview 2022—TV’s future

Holiday greetings from Colorado, Kansas (via I-70), and Missouri where we celebrated a white Christmas on the slopes (pictured) and also blazed a few new trails on my in-law’s Missouri farm (picture at the end of the Brief).  Lots of windshield and outdoor time...

Apple’s App Store payment rules won’t change for now, says court

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has stayed a lower court order in the Epic v Apple case, keeping Apple in control of App Store in-app purchases.

South Korea ends October with 19.4 million 5G subscribers

South Korea ended October with a total of 19.38 million subscribers in the 5G segment, local news agency Yonhap reported, citing data from the Ministry of Science and ICT. 5G subscribers at the end of September had reached 18.41 million, according to the report. 5G subscribers...

The Sunday Brief: Facebook needs more (not less) algorithm development (Analyst Angle)

October greetings from the Midwest.  Pictured is yours truly outside of the Rich Hill Café last Friday (one of the Missouri American Broadband territories).  Terrific food, excellent service and a great conversation with two of the hardest working techs in telecom (Jason and Chris).   In the spirit...

The Sunday Brief: The iconic device effect

September greetings from the Midwest and Southeast.  Rather than show a picture of rural America (I am building up a considerable collection), this week’s opening picture is a throwback rediscovered during our recent move back to Kansas City - the Georgetown University Sprint Leadership...

iPhone 13 improves 5G support, keeps mmWave US for now

Apple anticipates double 5G global support by year end Apple this week introduced new iPhones, Apple Watch, iPad and iPad mini models. The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro goes on sale in the U.S. and more than 30 other countries beginning September 24. Apple...

TSMC reportedly plans chip price hikes

Taiwan-based TSMC, the world's largest semiconductor manufacturer, reportedly plans to raise prices between 10-20%, impacting devices from smartphones to automobiles. The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter, reported that TSMC expects to raise prices on its most advanced chips by...

The Sunday Brief: Q2 Earnings Wrap – ABC (Apple, Broadband, C-Band)

August greetings from Nebraska, Missouri, Louisiana, Iowa, Illinois, and North Carollina.  Pictured is the Capital One Tower in downtown Lake Charles (pre-hurricane pictures here).  Yes, those are boards, not an artistic glass mosaic.  It’s been nearly a year since Hurricane Laura took dead aim on...

South Korea ends June with almost 16.5 million 5G subscribers: report

South Korea ended June with a total of 16.47 million 5G subscribers, local news agency Yonhap reported, citing data from the Ministry of Science and ICT. 5G subscribers at the end of June represented 23% of the total 71.63 million mobile subscriptions in the country,...

IDC: Smartphone shipments up 13% in Q2

The global smartphone market grew even faster than IDC had expected during the second quarter, beating the analyst firm's predicted growth rate of 12.5% to come in at 13.2%, according to preliminary data from IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. Smartphone OEMs shipped about 313.2...

Facebook cloud gaming comes to Apple, despite lingering iOS restrictions

Apple requires all games for a streaming service to be added to its App Store unless the service exists solely in a web app iPhone and iPad users can now add Facebook’s cloud gaming service to their homescreens. The development will allow users to easily...

Rumors spread that Apple is designing its own 5G smartphone modem

The most recent Apple phones have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 modem Several publications, including Fast Company and Bloomberg, have reported that Apple is working on the development of its own custom 5G modem. The modem, said to have been in the works since 2020, following the...

Kagan: Apple’s Tim Cook and Tesla’s Elon Musk issue warning

The concern many industry watchers have seen coming for years was finally addressed by Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, and Tim Cook, Apple CEO. They say that we have created a dangerous environment. Cook says rampant disinformation and conspiracy theories created by algorithms to increase...

Q4 shows global smartphone shipment rebound and vendor shake-up

Apple was the top smartphone vendor, shipping 90.1 million devices in Q4 While the global smartphone market took a hit overall in 2020 — declining 5.9% compared to 2019 — the final quarter of last year showed significant improvement, with the market returning somewhat to...

The Sunday Brief: A fortnight of news (iPhone 12 Pro shortages; day and date changes; 5G speed impact of DSS)

December greetings from Springfield, MO, and Davidson, NC.  Pictured is yours truly standing in one of the world’s largest coal shovels (used for strip mining in rural Missouri in the 1950s).  This particular shovel is prominently displayed in a small town (Rich Hill) in...

Kagan: Industry analyst on Qualcomm 5G Summit 2020

Last week I virtually attended the Qualcomm 5G Summit 2020, which is their annual conference where they talk about what they have accomplished in the past year, where they are today and what their plans are going forward. Let me share a few key...

How the iPhone 12 will impact mmWave adoption

Consumers and carriers will both benefit from the inclusion of mmWave support in the iPhone 12 From the perspective of NI's Head of Semiconductor Marketing David Hall, the release of the iPhone 12, which supports both sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave (mmWave) 5G, will significantly...

Kagan: The good and bad about Apple iPhone 12 with 5G

Most years the new version of Apple iPhone doesn’t move the needle much. This year is different. With 5G, upgraded camera, MagSafe and more, there is plenty users will be happy about. There are also several areas of concern you should be aware of....

LiDAR in the iPhone 12: What is it and what does it mean for augmented reality?

Head of Verizon's XR Lab: 'Apple's use of LiDAR in the iPhone 12 Pro is a huge step in augmented reality' Apple forever changed the course of 5G last week when it announced the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone Pro Max and iPhone 12...

The much-anticipated 5G iPhone has finally arrived

The latest iPhone supports both millimeter wave and sub-6 5G It’s finally here: Apple announced the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone Pro Max and iPhone 12 mini, the first models in the series to support 5G, during a launch event yesterday. With this news,...

With a 5G iPhone and a nationwide low-band launch, ‘5G just got real’ Verizon says

Will the new, 5G-capable iPhone be a tipping point for adoption of 5G? Carriers seem to be betting on it, particularly Verizon, which used the occasion of the launch of the 5G-capable iPhone 12 models as an opportunity to launch its own its low-band...

The 5G sweet spot is not the iPhone (Reader Forum)

Apple's 5G iPhone is a sure sign that “wireless is the new fiber.” The pace of innovation is simply stunning. But it’s not your phone that will bring you this wireless revolution first. It will be in your network fabric, on your towers, phone...

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