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Tech Goliaths taking a lashing

We have all become painfully aware of the involvement of technology to our daily lives and how it has been keeping keep eyes on us for more information about our lives.

This has been particularly noticeable with Facebook, the social media giant through the use of Ads. If you decide one day your interested in getting a DVD player and you decide to search for some on the internet, the next time you go to Facebook the Ad’s you’ll see are for DVD players. At first this was creepy and unsettling, but then the mechanics behind it came to light and you couldn’t help but be impressed with their advertisement team.

As time has passed however, there have been stories of companies like Facebook and Twitter that had information floating around from news articles and fake news that caused an uproar. Social media giants have been taking a lash for their uncontrolled content and the effects it has played in society. Now we are seeing a more strict and invested reaction by these social media giants to prevent the same issues from occurring and to help keep their business model on track.

Social media giants aren’t the only companies being scrutinized for their actions or inaction’s. Companies like Google and Apple are also under fire for their role in the technological web of rule breaking. For example, apparently Apple had released an update that slowed the older models of their phones in hopes that customers would upgrade and generate income for the company. There has been a lot of slack by the government when it comes to keeping these rising tech giants within the confines of the law, but now it seems legislation has their eyes set on these tech corporations.

The biggest concern right now in terms of the technology we use today, is the health effects it has on our children. Companies have made it their goal for many years to increase the amount of time people use their products, and that goes for children’s applications as well. There is worry that children are too susceptible to the technology available to them and that may lead to development issues, and because of this, there is some questioning of the ethical development of such technology.

Technology is coming under wraps by the government more and more as time passes, and this could have some positive and poor effects depending on where your interests lay.

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Qualcomm VS Apple

Apple is being sued by Qualcomm for a breach in software license contract.

As of yesterday, it was made public that Qualcomm is suing Apple, saying Apple violated a license contract to benefit a rival chipmaker known as Intel Corp for making broadband modems. Apparently, this isn’t the first time Apple and Qualcomm have butted heads.

Qualcomm stated in a California court Wednesday, that Apple used it’s commercial leverage to demand unprecedented access to the chipmaker’s highly confidential software, including the almighty source code.

Thus far, Apple has declined to comment on the suit, however it should be noted that Apple has started using Intels broadband modem chips in their iPhone 7’s.

Apparently Qualcomm claims that under the contract, Apple was required to ensure that Apple engineers working with Qualcomm did not communicate details about Qualcomm chips to Apple engineers working on competing chips from Intel.

Supposedly Apple asked Qualcomm for “highly confidential” information about their chips and how it works on an unidentified wireless carrier’s network. Furthermore, Apple supposedly copied an Intel engineer in the email for information.

There have also been reports that an Apple engineer that was working on a competing  chip asked an Apple engineer that was working with Qualcomm chips, to get technical information form Qualcomm.

Rumors say that Apple will be dropping Qualcomm’s chips entirely from its iPhones and iPads beginning next year.

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