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Escobar Fold 1 snort all it’s cracked up to be: Readers finger similarity to slated Chinese mobe

So, as reported yesterday, the younger brother of Colombia’s favourite son Pablo Escobar plans to launch a foldable phone, the Escobar Fold 1. Alarm bells started ringing, not least because the entry-level model has an MSRP of $349 – about $1,000 less than what you’d expect. Here’s another reason to be cautious, as spotted by our dear readers: the Escobar Fold 1 looks very much like a rebranded version…

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Former Oracle product manager says he was forced out for refusing to deceive customers. Now he’s suing the biz

A former Oracle employee filed a lawsuit against the database giant on Tuesday claiming that he was forced out for refusing to lie about the functionality of the company’s software. The civil complaint , filed on behalf of plaintiff Tayo Daramola in US District Court in San Francisco, contends that Oracle violated whistleblower protections under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act, the RICO Act, and the California Labor…

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Since the FCC won’t act, Congress finally moves on robocalls by passing half-decent TRACED Act

US Congress has finally acted on the scourge of robocalls, with the House of Representative passing the TRACED Act on Wednesday morning by 417 votes to 3 (with 11 not voting). Senators earlier passed the linked Senate Bill 151, meaning both halves of Congress have approved the anti-robocall law. The legislation will now head to the president’s desk for signing. The new law is likely to prove effective: it…

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In a touching tribute to its $800m-ish antitrust fine, Qualcomm tears wraps off Snapdragon 865 chip for 5G phones

Why is it that Qualcomm is never far from drama? On the eve of it officially unveiling its Snapdragon 765 and 865 system-on-chips, at its Snapdragon Tech Summit in Hawaii on Wednesday, the US semiconductor giant was fined a record-breaking $873m in South Korea for unfair business practices relating to its, er, unique approach to chip sales and patents. Qualcomm said it would appeal the decision. Previously, the corporation…

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Never break the (supply) chain: Intel pitches ‘full lifecycle’ chip-tracking programme to partners

Intel has said it wants to make its punters more confident about what happens to its chips on the journey from fab to rack to recycler. Chipzilla has kicked off a new campaign dubbed “Compute Lifecycle Assurance” that it says will aim to provide a clearer picture into its supply chain and improve the security of chips both as they are manufactured and sent off to OEM, government and…

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Bandwidth weirdness at TalkTalk has customers fuming at being denied on-demand I’m A Celeb

TalkTalk-using readers have contacted The Reg to say they are suffering decidedly odd bandwidth issues shutting off, or severely slowing, access to certain sites while leaving others working as normal. A thread started yesterday on TalkTalk’s support forum showed users unable to access iPlayer, ITV Player, All4, My5 and Alexa services. BBC and ITV are both AWS customers, blamed for the problems by some posters, but TalkTalk denied any…

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Battery-guzzling 4K hardware clad in an alloy battle jacket: Lenovo’s 4th-gen ThinkPad Yoga X1 is its most metal yet

The fourth-generation ThinkPad Yoga X1 has swapped the finish of yesteryear for something a little more metallic. Lenovo’s new flagship 2-in-1 came as a bit of a shock after the sleek Carbon X1. Starting at 1.35kg, it’s a heftier beast (something I certainly noticed in a shoulder bag) and the metal finish seemed a tad less luxurious than its sibling. However, the “Iron Gray” aluminium chassis was a good…

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Amazon drops battery-powered Echo speaker so you can play Despacito on the go

Amazon today announced a new battery-powered version of its ubiquitous Echo speakers. The snappily named Echo Input Portable Smart Speaker Edition (which we’ll henceforth referring to as EIPSSE because that’s a mouthful) costs ₹5,999 (about £65/$85) and is an Indian exclusive. EIPSSE packs a 4,800mAh battery, which Amazon reckons will last for 10 hours of continuous music playback, or 11 hours on standby. Adorning the side of the device…

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Qualcomm to appeal against another antitrust whopper: This time it’s $873m courtesy of South Korea

Qualcomm is to appeal against the decision of a South Korean court to fine the US chip giant $873m for unfairly using patent licensing to stymie rivals’ sales. The news put something of a cloud over the company’s ongoing beanfeast in Hawaii, where it unveiled its next lineup of Snapdragon processors. The case dates back to 2016, when the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) hit Qualcomm with a ₩1.03…

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Customers in ‘standoff’ with SAP over 2025 end of support for Business Suite: Who’ll blink first?

German enterprise software giant SAP is in a “standoff” with customers over the 2025 deadline for withdrawing support for its SAP Business Suite range. SAP is hoping to shift users onto its cloud-based S/4HANA enterprise software, which includes ERP, financial management and HR, in-memory databases and real-time analytics. It says staying with old products will be more expensive in the long term. Customers aren’t so sure. The annual UK…

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