Leaked memo from Snap warns employees not to leak confidential company information

If you are an employee of Snapchat parent Snap, it behooves you to keep your mouth in the upright and locked position. A memo meant for the eyes of Snap employees only has leaked and in it, the company lays down the law on employee leaks. Enforcing a zero-tolerance policy, Snap says that any employee found to be divulging information that is supposed to remain secret will be fired, and could be fined and jailed. It is ironic that a memo about punishing employees who leak company information is, well, leaked.

In the memo, Snap general counsel Michael O’Sullivan wrote that, “If you leak Snap …


If Apple were to spin-off the App Store, it would be a Fortune 100 company by itself

Here are some amazing statistics recently released by Asymco analyst Horace Dediu. Using his slide rule, the analyst calculated that App Store developers made $26.5 billion in 2017. That is more than McDonald’s gross revenues for 2016. In 2018, Apple could take in $100 million a day from iOS users purchasing paid apps or subscriptions. That adds up to $36.5 billion, and if the App Store does achieve that much revenue this year, it would continue to rate as a Fortune 100 company.

With those numbers, Dediu sees the company ringing up iOS related sales of $500 billion by 2019. But the App Store …

OnePlus CEO says the company is looking to talk to U.S. carriers; next model to be released Q2 2018

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau said today that the next new OnePlus handset, possibly named the OnePlus 6, will be released late in the second quarter of this year and will be powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset. OnePlus set sales records late last year with the launch of the OnePlus 5T, which is now the company’s fastest and best-selling phone. Those records previously belonged to the OnePlus 5, which was launched late last June.

In addition, Lau said that OnePlus would start talking with U.S. carriers this year about selling its devices through one or more stateside wireless operators. The company …

Google buys company that uses vibrations to make sounds come from a smartphone display

Last year, on the sly, Google purchased U.K. startup Redux. This is a company that has technology that allows the display on your mobile phone to act like a speaker. With this technology in place, manufacturers can produce phones without a speaker, and use the extra internal space for larger batteries and extra components. By vibrating the screen using tiny actuators, sound is created from the display.

In addition to producing the same type of sound you would expect to hear from your phone’s speakers, the Redux technology also produces haptic feedback when the user taps on the display. The …

Chinese company will operate local Apple iCloud accounts, starting February

In a bid to comply with the China’s cloud computing regulations, Apple has granted permission to local company Guizhou on the Cloud Big Data (GCBD) to operate Apple iCloud services on the territory of mainland China. The contract between the two companies comes into force next month, iCloud accounts outside of China won’t be affected by the change.

Apple has confirmed that both companies will have access to the data stored on the cloud servers. GCBD is owned by the Guizhou provincial government in southern China, where Apple last year invested $1bn …

Meet "Steve Jobs", the Italian clothing company

“Steve Jobs” is now a… legally-owned trademark of an Italian fashion business, which intends to use the iconic name of Apple’s late co-founder and CEO as a front for its clothing and fashion products. Established by brothers Vincenzo and Giacomo Barbato in 2012, the Steve Jobs company has recently been awarded the trademark by an Italian court of law after Apple lost the legal battle due to a poor choice of defense. 
Apple chose to base its case not on the Steve Jobs trademark itself, but on the company’s logo, which is a stylized J with …

Microsoft patent application explains why the company wants to produce a folding phone

Over the last week or so, we’ve passed along some of the latest information regarding a folding device that could be released as soon as next year by Microsoft’s Surface division. With telephonic capabilities, and the phone-like size that the product transforms into, there is no telling exactly what Microsoft will call it. However, we might get some sense of what the thinking is in Redmond by reading part of a recent patent application that was filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

The patent application includes plenty of drawings showing a free-stop 360 degree …

New company called eelo will give you de-Google-ized Android so that you can keep your privacy

A new start-up company called eelo wants to provide you with an alternative version of Android. What makes this different than the version of the mobile OS that you are familiar with is that this version is de-Google-ized. The goal is to allow users to have more privacy than they currently do with the Google Play Services version of the open source OS. Services like email, online office applications, apps and cloud storage will be offered in Google-free flavors with users’ personal information strongly protected. These services will be based on software offered by LineageOS, which grew …

One Plus 5T sets new company record for launch day sales in only six hours

The OnePlus 5T set a company sales record last Tuesday when the latest OnePlus model was launched. According to the manufacturer, it took only six hours for the old sales record to have been shattered. And that obviously made the OnePlus 5T the fastest selling handset in company history. The device features a Gorilla Glass 5 protected 6-inch AMOLED display with a 1080 x 2160 resolution, and an 18:9 aspect ratio. Powering the device is the Snapdragon 835 chipset with an octa-core 2.45GHz CPU, and the Adreno 540 GPU.

The two cameras on back weigh in at 16MP and 20MP, both with an aperture …