The JungleJune 17, 2019
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RAWABI, West Bank/TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Palestinian engineers working for Israeli chip designer Mellanox Technologies are poised to share a $3.5 million payout when the company’s takeover by U.S. chip supplier Nvidia Corp is completed.

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Mellanox is one of a handful of Israeli firms that have begun to collaborate with the emerging Palestinian tech scene, bypassing the political conflict to tap a growing pool of engineers at costs they say are comparable to hiring from engineering expertise in India or Ukraine.

The chip maker offered stock options to more than 100 Palestinian engineers in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip when it hired them as contractors, even though they are not permanent staff, as a shortage of engineers in Israel makes their skills highly sought after by multinationals.

Mellanox says its Palestinian designers and coders, outsourced through software firm ASAL Technologies, will now be able to exercise those options after Nvidia’s $6.8 billion takeover closes at the end of 2019, and stand to collectively earn as much as $3.5 million.

“We’re very proud they have equity, the same as all other employees in the company,” Mellanox Chief Executive Eyal Waldman told Reuters in an interview.

“Thirty, forty thousand dollars for an employee in the West Bank or in Gaza is a lot of money,” Waldman added, noting that unemployment there hovers at around 40 percent.

The median daily wage in the West Bank is $28 and just $11 in Gaza, according to the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute.

ASAL CEO Murad Tahboub said 125 of his 350 employees work exclusively for Mellanox, which makes products that connect databases, servers and computers, and they were given options in a bid to reduce job hopping among workers.

“(Mellanox) saw value, they saw loyalty in the relationship,” Tahboub said in his office in a bustling high-tech centre in Rawabi, the first Palestinian planned city in the West Bank. “The Israeli market provides an opportunity for the whole Palestinian high-tech sector.”

ASAL’s other clients include Microsoft, Intel and Cisco. Tahboub said his engineers designed 70 percent of Cortana, the virtual assistant created by Microsoft.

High-tech provides a unique opportunity for Palestinians, whose universities produced around 3,000 engineers in 2018, Tahboub said.

Still, Tahboub said Israeli restrictions – particularly curbs on the movement of goods and people in and out of the West Bank and Gaza – deter multinationals from investing in or outsourcing from the Palestinian territories.

“(Investors) avoid risk. Why should I invest in a startup in Palestine if I’m not sure if the owner of that startup can travel to the U.S.?”, Tahboub asked.

Those challenges are intimately felt in Gaza, whose economy has suffered from years of Israeli and Egyptian blockades. Economic cooperation between Israel and Gaza is mostly limited to merchants importing goods, including cement and petrol.

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Both Mellanox and ASAL agree tech can be a major boost for Gaza, and they plan to increase their joint remote workforce in Gaza from 25 engineers currently.

Waldman hopes the two companies’ collaboration will help improve relations and reduce tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.

“The more positive friction there is between the two people the better it is for us, for the environment, for the Israelis, for the Palestinians,” Waldman said. “I think we can have an impact.”

Reporting by Tova Cohen in Tel Aviv and Rami Ayyub in Rawabi; Editing by Susan Fenton

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While coverage surrounding the US government’s Huawei ban has focused primarily on how the Chinese tech giant will be affected, it’s worth remembering that the company’s US suppliers also stand to lose a great deal of money in the fallout of President Trump’s executive order. 

Now, it appears that US chipmakers, including Intel, Qualcomm and Xilinx Inc, have been quietly lobbying the US government in an effort to ease the Huawei ban, as reported by Reuters.

Citing sources close to the situation, executives from Intel and Xilinx Inc reportedly met with the US Commerce Department in late May to discuss a response to the Trump Administration’s decision to place Huawei on the ‘entity list’, effectively barring US companies from trading with the Chinese brand. 

According to four other sources, Qualcomm has also reportedly met with the Commerce Department to discuss the issue. The Semiconductor Industry Association trade group has confirmed that it arranged meetings with US government on behalf of the chipmakers.

While the American chip suppliers don’t deny the potential threat to national security that Huawei’s 5G networking technology could present, the US companies also argue that the Chinese firm’s servers and smartphones use commonly available components and are far less likely to pose a risk, sources also suggest.

Of course, the discussions are just that – a representative for the Commerce Department told Reuters that the governmental body “routinely responds to inquiries from companies regarding the scope of regulatory requirements,” but that the discussions do not “influence law enforcement actions.”

Looking out for number one

One thing that shouldn’t be confused is the real reason for the US chipmakers’ interest in the matter, which is to prevent the potential loss of billions in revenue. 

“This isn’t about helping Huawei. It’s about preventing harm to American companies,” said one of Reuters’ sources. 

The report also states that of the “$70 billion that Huawei spent buying components in 2018, some $11 billion went to U.S. firms including Qualcomm, Intel and Micron Technology Inc.”

Singaporean-owned (but US-based) chipmaker Broadcom has already reported a decline in Q2 revenues and has lowered its expectations for the rest of the year, citing the US Huawei ban as the chief cause.

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The JungleJune 16, 2019
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The new iPod Touch is a great gateway into the upcoming iOS 13.


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Apple released a new iPod Touch for 2019 just a few weeks back. It costs $200 and has a small, low-resolution screen. If you already own an iPhone past the iPhone 5, there’s no reason to even consider buying the iPod Touch. Probably the same deal if you own a recent iPad. If, however, you’ve never owned an iOS device or have in the past and want back in, at $200 the iPod Touch is now the cheapest entry point.

In his review of the iPod Touch 2019, my colleague Patrick Holland very clearly lays out why, despite its appeal to certain consumers, most will want to skip the iPod Touch. And while I can totally understand and agree with many of his points, ultimately I see it differently.

I’ve been a stubborn supporter of iOS, and more specifically the Apple App Store, for nearly 11 years, since I bought the iPhone 3G in 2008. There are two simple reasons for that: I like the interface and its evolution, and the game and app selection in the App Store has never disappointed me.

That’s really it. I have an iPhone XS Max and absolutely have no need for the iPod Touch, but I’m excited for those of you who do. And here are three reasons I think the iPod Touch is a near steal at $200.

Apple Arcade

Later this year Apple will launch Apple Arcade, a subscription-based games service where you pay a monthly fee to play iOS games made by some of the world’s top game developers. The most exciting for me include Annapurna Interactive, makers of Donut County, and Mistwalker, headed by Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi.

Apple expects to have 100 exclusive and nonexclusive games lined up for the service at launch, with more coming later. You’ll sign up for the service and then download any Apple Arcade game you wish at no additional cost.

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The best thing about this service for owners of the iPod Touch, which has no cellular connection, only Wi-Fi, is that every game will be playable offline. That means you can play your games to your heart’s content even if you’re on the train or in the back seat of a carpool vehicle.

A subscription will cost the same for individuals or a family of six and will be compatible across iPad, iPhone and Apple TV.

iOS 13

I haven’t been this excited about an iOS update since iOS 7. That’s when Apple implemented the “flat” look of app icons. With iOS 13 it’s dark mode that has me the most giddy.

Honestly, what grabbed my attention was simply the fact that dark mode will be a purposefully designed feature — not just an inverting of the colors — that just looks cool in screenshots.

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Also, iOS 13 will also bring a newly designed camera interface and editing options, as well as Sign In with Apple. Sign In lets users log in to apps and sites on their iPod Touch using their AppleID instead of their email address, which Apple says will prevent them from being tracked online and relentlessly targeted with ads.

AR gets more real

The iPod Touch will work with AR apps in the App Store. That includes the iOS app Measure, which lets you virtually measure things in the real world by giving you a really flexible digital ruler. With Pokemon Go or the upcoming and highly anticipated Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, AR is kind of becoming a thing. And though I wasn’t excited about it initially, the more useful apps I find, like Measure, the more I’m becoming a believer.

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Practical AR is the best AR.


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To be sure, you’ll need a more powerful device to take advantage of some of the high-end AR apps, but for simple measuring, and for finding Pokemon, the new iPod Touch can handle it.

Bonus: It has a headphone jack

Yep, you can use Bluetooth headphones, or plug your wired ‘phones into that 3.5mm jack on the bottom edge, just like we used to do back in the day.

That either appeals to you or not, so I’ll say no more about it.

Do it!

Or don’t. I mean, the Touch isn’t for everyone. But it’s cheap enough and offers enough current features, as well as some smart strategic future-proofing, to be worth your money if you decide to take the plunge. 

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The JungleJune 16, 2019
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TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Intel Corp launched a project on Sunday to help start-ups in Israel develop technologies in artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous systems, and said it planned to bring the scheme to other countries as well.

The 20-week program, called Ignite, will offer business and technical support to up to 15 start-ups, the California-based company said, adding it would not take equity stakes in the start-ups now, but might do so eventually.

Intel is one of the biggest employers and exporters in Israel, where many of its new technologies are developed, and this year said it was investing 40 billion shekels ($11 billion) to expand its manufacturing operations there.

“Israel has the deep skill base in AI, autonomous systems and the underlying technologies critical to these inflections that make it a natural choice to launch our Ignite program,” said CEO Bob Swan.

Intel paid $15.3 billion to buy Israeli autonomous-vehicle technology company Mobileye two years ago.

“I have absolutely no regrets with the acquisition of Mobileye,” Swan told reporters in Tel Aviv, adding that since its purchase Mobileye had doubled its penetration into the high-growth industry of autonomous driving vehicles.

Last month, the U.S. Commerce Department added Huawei Technologies Co to its so-called “Entity List” – a move that bans the telecom giant from buying parts and components from U.S. companies without U.S. government approval.

China is an important market for Intel and Huawei is a large customer.

“What we intend to do is be very focused on serving customers around the world but at the same time abide by the rules. We aren’t shipping anything that’s specified on the entity list,” Swan said.

Reporting by Tova Cohen, Editing by Ari Rabinovitch and Mark Potter

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The JungleJune 16, 2019
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Only 18 holes to go at the 2019 US Open and it feels like we’re no closer to knowing who will take victory. Gary Woodland tops the leaderboard going in to Round 4, but there are some of golf’s biggest names just behind. We’ll tell you how to watch a US Open live stream from anywhere in the world – there’s even a FREE option to enjoy the Pebble Beach golf, too.

119th US Open Championship – where and when

The world famous Pebble Beach Golf Links near San Francisco in California is the idyllic setting for the 2019 US Open. It’s the sixth time that the US Open will be held there.

It’s finishes today (Sunday, June 16) with the first players teeing off at 7.21am local time. The leading pair, Woodland and Rose, go at 2.30pm – so that’s 5.30pm ET and 10.30pm BST.

Gary Woodland has the clear outright lead after Round 3, but second-place 2013 champ Justin Rose is favorite at the bookies at the time of writing. The big question of the week remains whether Brooks Koepka can be stopped after winning the last two editions of the US Open and coming off the back of an impressive PGA Championship victory – he’s only a few shots behind.

But what of the resurgent Tiger Woods? He’s surely too far away at this stage to make an impact. Tiger still has the record for the biggest ever winning margin in a major tournament at this very course at the 2000 US Open. But he’s a few shots back at the time of writing.

And then there’s previous major winners Rory McIlroy, Louis Oosthuizen, Henrik Stenson, Danny Willett and Adam Scott all in contention as well. Anybody could take top honours at Pebble Beach come Sunday evening.

The great news is that you can see exactly how it will all play out – the birdies, the bogeys and everything in-between. We can tell you how to watch all the Round 4 action, even if you’re outside the United States. Keep reading to see how to get a 2019 US Open live stream from any corner of the Earth.

Live stream golf for free at USOpen.com

Well here’s a stroke of good news (pun very much intended) if you’re looking to casually follow the golf online. The official tournament website, USOpen.com, will be live streaming some of the best action

But, it’s very limited in what it can offer this week. The schedule currently says that it will be showing a US Open live stream of featured groups every single day, as well as shots at holes, 7, 8 and 17. That’s great if you’re only interested in following the players it selects for you, but not so good if you want full and proper coverage.

Aside from the USOpen.com live stream, we have more US watching options below.

How to get a US Open live stream from outside your country

We’re going to guess that if you’ve landed on this page, you’re going to want something more extensive than that free stream described above. For you, we have full details on which networks are showing the golf in the US, UK, Canada and Australia.

Try to watch your domestic US Open coverage while out of the country however, and you’ll soon be faced with a block. That’s because broadcasters implement a geo-restriction to stop non-nationals from watching their coverage. Fair enough, but annoying if you’ve paid for a pricey subscription and still want to watch.

If that sounds like your situation, then we’d recommend grabbing a VPN (assuming it complies with the broadcasters Ts&Cs, of course). This software lets you change the IP address of your laptop or mobile to one in a different country, and therefore appear like you’re back at home.

They’re really easy to use, too – especially ExpressVPN, which is the best provider of the 100+ we’ve tested. It also benefits from having speedy connections to faraway servers, watertight security and is compatible with Android, Apple, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, PS4 and loads more. It’s currently leading the way in our best VPN countdown:

1. Express VPN (comes with a 30 day money back guarantee)
This is the #1 rated best VPN in the world right now. You can watch on many devices at once including Smart TVs, PC, Mac, iPhone, Android phone, iPads, tablets etc. Check out Express VPN and you can also get 3 months FREE with an annual plan. Or, if you’d prefer, take advantage of its 30-day money back guarantee.

2. NordVPN: SmartPlay tech makes NordVPN a great choice for streaming, and really well priced, too.

 3. IPVanish supports up to 10 devices, so great on the go.

It’s worth bearing in mind that Virtual Private Networks are much more than just a way to watch sport while overseas. Loads of people now download them as a first line of internet security, thanks to their encrypted tunnels and anonymity online. VPNs are also popular for watching foreign Netflix catalogues and getting around blocked websites.

How to watch the US Open golf in the US

Fox is the official broadcaster in the US, which is ideal if you’re at home and have cable. The coverage is being shared between the main Fox channel and FS1.

Fox is apparently trying to up the quality of golf coverage with more than 50 HDR cameras on the Pebble Beach course, new shot-tracing technology and an aerial drone. You can get the Fox Sports Go app on your mobile or tablet if you’re going to be out and about while the golf is being played.

Decided to cut the cable? Well several top TV streaming services are all providing an alternative. Each one offers a free trial to get you started and has masses of other content and channels for you to enjoy if you subscribe: 

  • Hulu with Live TV $40 per month – Hulu with Live TV includes CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN.
  • FuboTV $35 for the first month – FuboTV gives you the first month at a discounted rate but after that the price increases to $45 a month. The service includes CBS, Fox, NBC and the NFL Network but does not come with ESPN.
  • PlayStation Vue From $45 per month and the ideal choice for PS4 owners thanks to its access to the likes of ESPN, NBC, Fox, Disney and other essential networks. Crank up the price and you can add the likes of Showtime and HBO, too.
  • DirecTV Now $50 per month – DirecTV Now includes CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and for $5 extra you can add the NFL Network.
  • YouTubeTV $40 per month – YouTubeTV gives you access to CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN.

If you’re outside the US this week but want to access one of the above options, then you can use a US VPN to effectively transport your computer, phone or tablet’s IP back to a stateside location. 

How to watch the US Open live: UK stream

If you’re a UK-based golf fan, you’ll be well used to this by now. Sky Sports has all the US Open coverage on your side of the Atlantic. Head straight to the Sky Sports Golf channel from 3pm BST to watch featured groups, with full coverage commencing at 8pm.

If you’re not going to be at home much this weekend, you can download the Sky Go app on your tablet or smartphone. And Now TV is another good fit for daily or weekly passes if you don’t want to subscribe to a full Sky package.

Out of the UK this week? Then follow our instructions above to get a VPN and watch as if you were back in Blighty.

Live stream the 2019 US Open golf action in Canada

Cable channel TSN has the rights to show the US Open north of the border in Canada, with coverage starting as early as 11am on Thursday and Friday (ET). Like most other broadcasters these days, there’s a TSN app for watching on your mobile or tablet as well.

How to get a US Open live stream in Australia

Fox Sports has bagged the US open live stream coverage Down Under. The first players tee off at 11.45pm however, so it will be on over the course of the night.

But Australians can also live stream golf action via the Kayo Sports streaming service, which features no lock-in contracts and also includes access to over 50 sports, both live and on demand.

Kayo Sports Basic Package costs $25 per month and allows users to stream across two devices simultaneously. Alternatively, the service also offers a Kayo Sports Premium Package, which provides three concurrent streams for $35 per month.

The Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports apps means you can access this from your chosen device wherever you are (although you’ll need a VPN if you’re taking that abroad).

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The JungleJune 16, 2019
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The iOS 13 developer’s beta may have revealed a major clue about a new feature coming to the 2019 iPhones, and another long-time iPhone feature could be on the chopping block. In this week’s Apple Core roundup, we’re looking at what the latest rumors are speculating about the next iPhone and Apple’s slip-up with the MacPro release date on its website.


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WWDC 2019 may be over, but it’s left behind a trail of clues that hint at what Apple is planning for its next batch of product announcements. The latest clue could suggest a USB-C on the 2019 iPhones. This week Apple user Raphaël Mouton published a picture on his Twitter account of the recovery screen on an iPhone running the developer’s beta of iOS 13. At first glance it just looks like an image of a Mac and the top end of a cable — but that’s no Lightning cable.

The existing iPhone recovery mode image clearly shows a Lightning cable tip, while the one in the beta looks more like a USB-C tip as pointed out by Forbes. This could be a sign that Apple is planning to swap out the Lightning port for the more widely used USB-C port in its 2019 iPhone lineup, a rumor that’s been making the rounds since before the 2018 iPhone launch cycle. Also, it wouldn’t come as too much of a shock considering Apple has already made the change from Lightning to USB-C on its 2018 iPad Pros and MacBooks.  

The more likely possibility is that the image refers to the USB-C end of a USB-C-to-Llightning cable going in to the Mac. Which hopefully means Apple is planning to include this type of cable as well as a 18W fast-charging USB‑C Power Adapter in the box with its new phones.

3D Touch may get the axe

The new features on the next batch of iPhones could come at a price though, as rumors about Apple eliminating 3D Touch continue to gain steam. After a visit with Apple suppliers in Asia, Barclay analysts, cited in MacRumors, seemed certain that Apple will eliminate this feature in the 2019 iPhone lineup.

This pressure-sensitive technology allows users to access more control options by pressing harder on the phone’s screen. Apple first debuted 3D Touch in its iPhone 6S. It was meant to help with navigation once Apple decided to get rid of the home button with the iPhone X, but it hasn’t proven to be critical. Apple replaced 3D Touch in last year’s iPhone XR with Haptic Touch (its fancy term for a long-press with a slight vibration) to make room for a larger, nearly bezel-less LCD display. And though it doesn’t have as much functionality as 3D Touch, it’s proved to be a good compromise for users.  


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We won’t know for certain whether or not Apple will eliminate 3D Touch until the iPhone 11 launch in September, but we can rest assured that the functionality will remain, at least to some degree (whether via Haptic Touch or otherwise). The developer’s beta of iOS 13 includes even more use-cases for it, and it’s unlikely Apple would add more ways to use a defunct feature in iOS.

By the way, here are five more iOS 13 features that Apple could be holding back for the iPhone 11.

Did Apple leak the Mac Pro launch date?

Apple isn’t just leaving clues in its software betas — this week it published what seemed to be a pretty big slip up about the Mac Pro launch date on its website.

At WWDC, the company said the new MacPro and 6K display would be available this fall, but didn’t specify when. Then for a brief moment, if you clicked on the “Notify me” link above the Mac Pro on the Apple.com homepage, the pop-up read “Coming in September.” But then if you clicked on the product page and did the same, it read “Coming this fall”.

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By the time Apple noticed and corrected the slip, it has already been published on 9to5Mac and MacRumors, and made its way around the internet. It has since been corrected to match the other notifications, and Apple has not responded to a query about when the new products will ship.

That said, I’d definitely put my money on a September release date for the Mac Pro, maybe even the day of the iPhone reveal.

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The JungleJune 16, 2019
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Huawei is demanding Verizon Communications Inc pay $1 billion to license the rights to patented technology, signaling a potential shift in the embattled Chinese company’s strategy for the U.S. market.

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A Huawei executive made the demand in a February letter, a person briefed on the matter told Reuters. The Wall Street Journal first reported on the letter on Wednesday. The fee would cover licensing of more than 230 patents.

Verizon spokesman Rich Young declined to comment “regarding this specific issue because it’s a potential legal matter.”

However, Young said, “These issues are larger than just Verizon. Given the broader geopolitical context, any issue involving Huawei has implications for our entire industry and also raise national and international concerns.”

Huawei did not respond to a request for comment.

The following explains why the patent dispute is not unusual and how it could be resolved.

How common is patent licensing?

Patent licensing is very common, particularly in complex industries like telecommunications. As technology has advanced, it has become harder to avoid violating — or “infringing” — patent rights. There are millions of U.S. patents in force, and a typical smartphone implicates hundreds of thousands of them.

Companies like Apple Inc, Nokia Inc and Qualcomm Inc own many thousands of patents issued by governments around the world.

It is not unusual for these firms to try to make money from their massive patent portfolios. Nokia, for example, routinely brings in more than $1 billion a year from licensing its patents to others.

Large companies like Verizon will try to identify patents they might be violating, said Gaston Kroub, a patent lawyer in New York. But that can be a challenge because so many patents are granted every year, Kroub said.

“Sophisticated companies like Verizon understand that they could be approached by licensors of any stripe at any time,” Kroub said. The philosophy of wireless carriers and smartphone companies, Kroub said, can be “let’s deal with these claims as they arrive, because we don’t know who will knock on our door next.”

Tom Cotter, a professor of patent law at the University of Minnesota, said it was possible Huawei executives believe Verizon has been infringing their U.S. patents for some time but for business reasons waited until now to seek compensation.

Patent owners “may not enforce their patents for a period of time, but they can choose do to so whenever they want to,” Cotter said. “It happens all the time.”

What happens if Verizon does not pay?

Huawei may end up going to a U.S. court and suing Verizon for alleged patent infringement.

While some licensing disputes are resolved without lawsuits, litigation is fairly common. Huawei and Samsung Electronics Co recently settled a global legal battle on confidential terms.

A defendant in a patent case typically argues that it does not actually infringe the asserted patents, or that they were mistakenly issued and should be revoked.

In a lawsuit, a patent owner can ask a judge to block sales of infringing products. While such injunctions are rarely granted in the United States, the threat of one can motivate a defendant to settle with the patent owner.

Legal experts said Huawei is likely prepared to go to court.

“I don’t know how you can make a demand of $1 billion and not be prepared for the answer to be no, at least at first, and for the need to litigate,” Kroub said.

Has Huawei been an aggressive enforcer of its patents?

Huawei has long been known for defending itself against U.S. patent infringement claims, rather than bringing them. But that could be changing.

George Koomullil, a patent analyst at Pleasanton, California-based technology company Relecura, said that 10 or 15 years ago Huawei applied for a relatively modest number of patents. But the company has been more aggressive about applying for patents since around 2007, and particularly in recent years, Koomullil said.

Huawei may be more inclined to monetize its U.S. patents now that the U.S. government has limited its ability to sell products in the country, Kroub said.

The National Defense Authorization Act last year placed a broad ban on the use of federal money to purchase products from Huawei, citing national security concerns.

Last month, the Trump administration banned Huawei from buying vital U.S. technology without special approval and effectively barring its equipment from U.S. telecom networks.

Kroub said Huawei’s licensing demand could reflect a “desperation to come up with ways of generating revenue in the U.S. market, especially considering the traditional ways of offering products and selling things to business is closed to them.”

Franklin Turner, a government contracts lawyer at McCarter & English in Washington, said the patent licensing demand may also be a way for Huawei to “retaliate” against the United States.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio said on Twitter on Thursday that the demand against Verizon was an “attempt by (Huawei) to retaliate against the U.S. by setting the stage for baseless, but costly, patent claims.”

Reporting by Jan Wolfe; Additional reporting by David Sherpardson and Karen Freifeld; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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The JungleJune 15, 2019
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The use of mobile devices within a corporation has become an ordinary part of modern business, but having so many devices operating both within and outside the company offices can be a real headache to manage.

This is especially because of the security risk they pose, as one lost cell phone with access to the company records could have serious consequences. Additionally, cell phones, tablets, and laptops all need to undergo routine software upgrades to keep them secure.

The issue is made even more complicated with BYOD-Bring Your Own Device-policies, which allow employees to bring in and use their own personal mobile devices for work to help improve efficiency, while creating yet another potential security situation.

This is where MDM-mobile Device Management-comes in, which are usually single platforms where all mobile devices in use can be monitored and managed. This means having a dashboard where IT professionals can see which version of an operating system is being used and whether any upgrades are required for those devices.

Additionally, MDM services can ensure that any company data used on a mobile device, whether provided by the business or brought in by staff, can be fenced off to protect and secure the data.

And in the event that a mobile device is lost, MDM services can help locate the device-or, alternatively, if it cannot be recovered, ensure that any company data is erased and the device locked against further use.

Overall, the increasing use of mobile devices and cloud platforms can contribute significantly to business efficiency and profitability. However, without the correct MDM solution for your business, these benefits may be outweighed by the costs. All the more reason to ensure proper Mobile Device Management is in place, to protect your business, employees, and customers.

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1. Jamf Pro

Manage Apple devices in the enterprise

Wide range of tools 

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Jamf Pro offers comprehensive management of Apple mobile devices in the enterprise, describing itself as the “The Swiss Army knife to handle your users’ needs.” 

System administrators can troubleshoot iOS devices, keep them up to date, manage their security, and ensure all users have the apps and services they need. All of these tasks can be automated, offering a welcome convenience factor for IT professionals at the helm.

Additionally, the user interface is clear and simple to use, so unless you’re a total beginner in the world of device management, it shouldn’t take too long to get used to operating the Jamf Pro platform.   

The software can be run via the cloud or as an on-premise service, and also works with asset management tools, network access controllers and other IT services thanks to built-in integrations. Should problems arise, a helpful customer service team is on hand via phone, email and live chat in business hours – with a Premium Support service also available for added technical and strategic expertise.   

Jamf pricing begins at $2 per device per month for the Now Standard plan, or $4 per device for the Now Plus Plan. In both instances, the first 3 Mac or iOS devices are free.  For the more inclusive Jamf Pro Plan pricing begins at $3.33 per month per iOS or tvOS device, or $7.17 for the top tier.

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2. Okta

Premium device management with integration for lots of apps

Multiple products for different needs 

Integration with over 5,500 apps 

Not cheap 

Okta gives IT managers the tools to manage all the web applications entering the work environment, with on-demand identity and access management operational in the cloud and behind the firewall.

Its MDM products are plentiful, including single sign-on for speedy application access, multi-factor authentication for added security, lifecycle management for controlling the movement of people in and out of the organization, and universal directory, allowing you to manage every user, app, device, and API in your organization from one place. 

Given the endless stream of applications and technologies entering the typical company network, potential suitors of Okta will be glad to hear it boasts integration for over 5,500 apps, including Office 365, G Suite, AWS, Slack, Salesforce, Zendesk and Splunk. Okta’s security analytics and automated provisioning tools offer peace of mind when it comes to managing employee devices.  

A $1,500 annual contract is the minimum requirement for Okta’s products, which are generally considered on the pricier side, though volume discounts are available for enterprise customers with over 5,000 users.   

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3. Scalefusion

Affordable device management for Android hardware

Wide range of controls and settings 

Nicely priced 

Android only 

There was much concern and consternation when Android devices first penetrated ‘the enterprise’, with many regarding the OS as somewhat insecure compared to business favorites BlackBerry and iPhone. But with device management solutions like Scalefusion (formerly MobileLock Pro) now in the market, IT managers are increasingly relaxed about an Android presence in their organization. 

Scalefusion is a cloud-based platform enabling users to control all their company’s Android devices. At the heart of the management controls is the system’s ability to lock devices into kiosk mode, replacing the standard device home screen with a customizable display that limits which apps and websites can be accessed by users.   

Control is further enhanced by making certain OS functions inaccessible – preventing employees from adapting device settings or installing unapproved apps – while websites can be blocked and whitelisted.

Administrators can also push files to devices from their dashboard, remotely send alarms to make devices ring, send out one-way message broadcasts to any number of registered devices, and remotely wipe all images, videos, and audio files from device galleries. 

But it’s not all bad news for the device carrier, as they can create device profiles with customized branding and use the pre-selected list of apps and websites at their leisure.

Pricing for Scalefusion begins at $30 per device per year for up to 25 devices with the Starter Tier. Pricing is reduced per device for the Pro and Business tiers: the Pro tier costs $24 per device per year for between 25 to 100 devices, and the Business tier is charged at $18 per device per year for over 100 devices. 

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4. ManageEngine Mobile Device Manager Plus

Feature-packed device management for iOS and Android

Works with iOS and Android devices 

Affordable

Packed with features 

ManageEngine Mobile Device Manager allows you to manage your organization’s mobile assets while maintaining strong security. It is available as both a cloud and on-premise service, and works across both Apple and Android devices. 

Mobile Device Manager boasts a wide array of features and tools: device enrolment provides platform-specific bulk enrolment options, and device management enables remote control of devices in real-time with the ability to set up profile policies depending on department or hierarchy.

The there’s app management which can blacklist certain apps in the business side of a user’s device (which is kept separate to their personal profile), along with mobile security that safeguards assets and information through passcodes, geo-fencing and remote locking and wiping.

Remote troubleshooting allows you to remotely view and control devices in real-time, and mobile content management pushes documents and other resources to employee devices. Finally, audit tools can update admins on the device count in the network, see what apps are being used by whom, and spot if any go outside of the set boundaries. 

Pricing is free for the first 25 devices with both the Standard Edition and Professional Edition pricing tiers. After that, for the standard package, prices start from $10 per device per year-which is pretty good-with the professional tier charging just $18 per device per year.

5. Miradore Online

Excellent BYOD management for SMBs

Runs across iOS, Android and Windows 

Good features for lost devices 

BYOD-friendly 

Aimed at small and mid-size businesses, healthcare companies and service providers, Miradore Online is a cloud-based MDM, looking after smartphones and tablets running Android, iOS and even Windows Phone.   

Among the control features are passcodes, device encryption and remote locking – plus the ability to wipe the device of all data should it be lost or stolen. Matters are better still for iOS devices in the network, as these can be put into Lost Mode, locking the phone or tablet and displaying a contact number for those who may find it.   

For bring your own device (BYOD) implementations, the nifty selective wipe feature enables the removal of all company-specific data from a device, while leaving personal data intact. 

Elsewhere in the platform, Miradore Online has tools to track the location of all devices (with information including longitude and latitude, zip code and street address), the ability to configure email, Wi-Fi, and VPN settings, plus restriction options can be set on data roaming, web content, and app availability.  

There’s a free tier offering a free MDM solution for small businesses, with the Business tier with more features charged at $1 per device per month.

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6. SimpleMDM

Fast and simple to deploy

Support for Apple DEP

Clear pricing

SimpleMDM is a solution specifically catered toward Apple device management. Because it uses only Apple protocols, the aim is to provide a service that’s especially easy, fast, and simple to deploy. 

This is especially due to SimpleMDM’s support for the Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP) which means that new devices can be shipped out already pre-configured for use. Apps and settings can be centrally managed to ensure they follow company best use policies for security purposes.

There’s also support for Apple’s Volume Purchase Program (VPP), but SimpleMDM can happily cope with legacy devices that might turn up with any BYOD program.

Features of the SimpleMDM service include two-factor authentication, as well as the ability to share keys and passwords across authenticated macOS devices. Devices can be tracked without an Apple ID, and forcefully locked or unlocked as required.

Pricing is simple and plain: $3 per device when paid for monthly, or $2 per device when paid for annually. Enterprise discounts are available for very large deployments. Additionally, there’s a 30-day free trial with no credit card required.

Other MDM solutions to consider

Another MDM service that covers iPhone, Android and Windows is SureMDM. Producer 42Gears describes the product as a simple and ‘lean’ solution for the enterprise, targeting SMBs and startups. Features include application deployment, security policies, location tracking, screen sharing and remote troubleshooting.

Another notable market player is Hexnode MDM, which also covers iPhone, Android and Windows. Stay on top of devices in your network through individual and group management, a kiosk mode, app management, web filtering, tracking, geofencing and expense management, among other features.   

Cisco’s enterprise ubiquity stretches to mobile device management too, thanks to Cisco Meraki. The cloud-based platform provides centralized management, diagnostics, and monitoring for all the mobile devices managed by your organization, from iPads and Androids to Macs and PCs. 

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Being a professional hacker has never been more straightforward and lucrative than it is today.  According to cyberdefense experts at Microsoft, cybercrime will be a $6 trillion industry by 2022. Hacking tools are available on the dark web for as little as $500 dollars, and some are sold with 24-hour support.

The ubiquity of low-cost hacking tools means that elections in the United States and all over the world are persistently threatened by a large and diverse set of hackers. Spikes in malware and phishing attacks targeting political campaigns have been detected during recent elections in Russia, Turkey, Colombia, Azerbaijan and Mali; keyloggers and Trojans were detected in key battleground states ahead of the 2018 US midterm election; and according to the Department of Homeland Security, during the 2016 election all 50 states saw some type of attempted cyberintrusion.


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“When you think about attacks on electoral systems not just here in the US but globally,” said Ann Johnson, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Cybersecurity Solutions Group, “the scale is almost hard to imagine.”

Globally, Microsoft tracks nearly 6.5 trillion — yes, trillion — cybersecurity events per day. Several million of these are targeted at political campaigns. Many of the signals are benign, says Johnson, and using artificial intelligence in the cloud the tech firm works closely with political campaigns to identify and mitigate specific threats. For example, prior to the 2018 midterm elections, Microsoft uncovered phishing attacks targeting both Democrats and Republicans.

Threat actors targeting elections generally fall into a few specific categories. Johnson said hackers have a variety of reasons for doing what they do: there might be “folks that are purely financially motivated and their cybercrime is related to finances, you have folks that are IP theft-oriented, you have folks that are very into infecting our critical infrastructure, and then you have embarrassment actors” who smear politicians and public figures.

CNET visited the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit in Redmond, Washington, to learn more about how the tech firm coordinates with law enforcement and political campaigns to lessen the impact of cyberattacks targeting democratic institutions.

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LONDON/BENGALURU (Reuters) – Broadcom Inc sent a shockwave through the global chipmaking industry on Friday with its forecast that U.S.-China trade tensions and the ban on doing business with Huawei Technologies would knock $2 billion off the company’s sales this year.

The forecast, included in the company’s second-quarter results late on Thursday, was the hardest evidence yet of the damage President Donald Trump’s trade war with Beijing may do to the global industry.

Shares in Broadcom fell as much as 8.6%, wiping more than $9 billion off the market value of the company, previously based in Asia but now with its headquarters and main listing in the United States.

U.S. chipmakers Qualcomm, Applied Materials Inc, Intel Corp, Advanced Micro Devices Inc and Xilinx Inc were all down between 1.5% and 3%.

The Philadelphia chip index was down nearly 3% with 29 of its 30 components trading lower. Shares of other Huawei suppliers like Analog Devices Inc, Skyworks Solutions and Qorvo Inc also fell.

European peers including STMicroelectronics, Infineon and AMS ended the day lower.

“We’ll see a very sharp impact simply because (there are) no purchases allowed and there’s no obvious substitution in place,” Chief Executive Officer Hock Tan said on a post-earnings call with analysts on the Huawei ban.

Huawei accounted for about $900 million, or 4%, of the company’s overall sales last year. Broadcom, however, also said the forecast cut “extends beyond one particular customer.”

“We’re talking about uncertainty in our marketplace, uncertainty because of the – of demand in the form of order reduction as the supply chain out there constricts – compress, so to speak,” Tan said.

The semiconductor industry has been grappling with slowing demand since the second half of 2018 with bellwether Texas Instruments warning in April that a cyclical downturn could last for another two years.

That has related chiefly to signs that mobile phone markets in some major economies are increasingly saturated while mass demand in new areas like self-driving cars and internet of things devices for homes and offices is still developing.

The geopolitical risks from the trade conflict and Huawei ban are an additional shock.

“It’s not just Huawei, it’s deeper than that. OEMs [carmakers] aren’t ordering. Inventory concerns, which were supposed to ease, have not gone away,” said one European trader. “Goodbye H2 recovery hopes!”

Broadcom, known for communications chips that power Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS connectivity in smartphones, is also a major supplier to Apple Inc and shares of the iPhone maker were down 1%.

“We believe Broadcom’s 2H19 outlook is not only impacted by the direct Huawei export ban, but also includes the indirect impact from the Huawei export ban to other customers as well as the possible industry-wide impact of the possible additional import tariffs,” Summit Insights Group analyst Kinngai Chan said.

Finisar Corp, which makes sensors for facial recognition, transceivers and other components for telecommunication networks, said in a regulatory filing that ban on Huawei could have continuing negative impact on its future revenue. Huawei represented 10% of its total revenue in fiscal 2019.

The CEO of chipmaker Micron Technology also said the ban on Huawei brings uncertainty and disturbance to the semiconductor industry.

FILE PHOTO: Broadcom Limited company logo is pictured on an office building in Rancho Bernardo, California May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Micron will report its third-quarter results on June 25.

“I think you have seen all the companies (Qorvo, Skyworks, Maxlinear, Cree, Inphi, Lumentum, NeoPhotonics) which pre-announced negative for about half their quarter’s impact due to this Huawei export ban,” Chan said.

“The issue now is that there will be a second degree (indirect) impact as well that most companies do not want to talk about. We believe the next wave of companies that should be echoing what Broadcom says are Micron and Western Digital,” Chan added.

Reporting by Helen Reid in London, Arjun Panchadar, Vibhuti Sharma and Sayanti Chakraborty in Bengaluru; Editing by Josephine Mason, Susan Fenton and Patrick Graham

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