Friday marks the start of a case that could affect the future of our smartphones. The US Federal Trade Commission has accused Qualcomm of operating a monopoly in wireless chips, forcing customers like Apple to work with it exclusively and charging excessive licensing fees for its technology. Starting this week, a judge will hear arguments to decide if that's the case. Qualcomm is the world's biggest provider of mobile chips, and it created technology that's essential for connecting phones to cellular networks. The company derives a significant portion of its revenue from licensing those inventions to hundreds of device makers, with the fee based on the value of the phone, not the components. Now playing: Watch this: Are iPhones really banned in China? 1:33 Because Qualcomm owns patents related to the 3G, 4G and 5G networking technology -- as well as other features like software -- all handset makers building a device that connects to cellular networks have to pay it a … [Read more...] about Qualcomm vs. the FTC: Everything you need to know (FAQ)
Who invented cell phones
The shipwreck of the S.S. Central America triggered an economic panic in 1857 due to the amount of gold lost at sea. Slate Magazine/YouTube As a mail steamer called the S.S. Central America chugged along the Atlantic coast In 1857, bound for New York, it was hit by a hurricane off the coast of South Carolina. More than 400 people died, 38,000 pieces of mail were lost, and an estimated 21 tons of gold — a huge portion of the national wealth recently prospected in the California Gold Rush — plunged to the bottom of the Atlantic after a sinking that took upwards of 40 hours. The shipwreck took with it so much commercial gold, and so many newly-rich gold prospectors, that the incident triggered a downturn in the U.S. economy that wasn't righted until after the Civil War. And you'd better believe people tried to find and retrieve the "Ship of Gold," as it became known. For 130 years, treasure hunters scoured shallow waters of the Atlantic off the coast of the Carolinas for … [Read more...] about Treasure Hunter Jailed Until He Reveals Location of 3 Tons of Shipwreck Gold
Welcome to the fourth annual Wypipo Awards. For those in attendance for the first time, all of our winners are of the Caucasian variety, so it’s just like the Grammys or the Oscars except the winner gets a golden jar of mayonnaise. One of the reasons white people pass voter ID laws, disenfranchise voters and hate on the BET Awards is that white people are afraid black people won’t vote for them. So, in our efforts to promote diversity and ensure that everyone knows that white lives matter, our founder, Mr. Y.P. Pull—who made his fortune building desalinization plants that take the salt out of white tears and use it to irrigate kale farms—started this award show to recognize the most influential wypipo. Each year, we impanel a group of experts including: Industry experts: The guy at the barbershop who knows everything about show business because his cousin drove Cardi B in an Uber. Wypipologists: Michael Harriot Neil “The Grass” Tyson: Who claims … [Read more...] about The 2018 Wypipo Awards
Thats not the very first toothbrush, although it was made for one Napoleon Bonaparte (note the initial N inscribed on the bottom) around 1795. SSPL/Getty Images When asked to name the one invention that would be impossible to live without, Americans did not pick their phone. They didn't pick their car. They didn't even pick that one pair of cute little boots that goes with everything. (Actually, the boots weren't among the five choices offered to participants in the annual Lemelson-MIT survey.) They picked their toothbrush. Hold up though. That survey was from 2003. So we conducted an informal survey of HowStuffWorks staffers (n = 23) to find out if the toothbrush would still take the lead 14 years later. It did. The toothbrush got 11 votes, followed by the cell phone (5), computer (3), microwave (2) and car (2). You probably aren't scoffing. The humble toothbrush is a staple for a lot of modern cultures, and it comes by its popularity honestly: Versions of the toothbrush have been … [Read more...] about What Was the Very First Toothbrush?
The first cell phone was larger even than this monster. See more cell phone pictures. © iStockphoto/Thinkstock Do you remember a time when cell phones were rare? Today, it's hard to imagine a world without them. Even if you don't own one yourself, you probably see dozens of people talking on a cell phone every day. The rate at which we adopted the devices is astounding. But who invented them? To get the answer to that question, we need to look back more than a century. Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876. And then in 1900, on December 23 on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., an inventor named Reginald Fessenden accomplished a remarkable feat: He made the first wireless telephone call. He was the first to transmit the human voice via radio waves, sending a signal from one radio tower to another. Fessenden's work paved the way for broadcast radio but it also provided the foundation for cell phones and networks. In 1947, an engineer named William Rae Young … [Read more...] about Who invented the cell phone?