Trump halts Broadcoms' bid for Qualcomm claiming national security is at risk

Claiming that an acquisition of San Diego based Qualcomm by Broadcom is a national security risk, President Donald J. Trump has blocked the transaction from taking place. Earlier this month, the U.S. Treasury’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) issued an extraordinary letter complaining that if a foreign company took over Qualcomm, it would damage U.S. participation in the production of components for the next-generation 5G wireless networks. Qualcomm, well known for its mobile chips, already has a number of phone manufacturers lined up to use its Snapdragon X50 5G NR …

Chinese national living in U.S. pleads guilty to selling $1.1 million of fake iPhone and iPad units

Jianhua “Jeff” Li, a 43-year old Chinese national who was living in the U.S. on a student visa, pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court in New Jersey over charges related to a criminal operation. The illegal scheme sold $1.1 million of fake Apple iPhone and iPad devices in the states. Li admitted to one count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and labels, and to smuggle goods into the United States, and to one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods. He will be sentenced on May 30th.

Li and his associates smuggled 40,000 electronic devices and accessories into the U.S. …

SwiftKey announces new Photo Themes feature and partnership with National Geographic

SwiftKey has just announced a new feature is now available for its Android and iOS keyboard – Photo Themes. Photo Themes enables users to upload their own images for the purpose of creating personalized themes on SwiftKey Keyboard.

To highlight the importance of the new feature SwiftKey has teamed up with National Geographic, more specifically with a contributing photographer, to inspire users with a gallery of 12 curated images exclusive to its keyboard.

For this purpose, SwiftKey has worked with Keith Ladzinski, a well-known professional adventure photographer …

Leaked NBA memo instructs that players, coaches must stand during the national anthem


For our latest edition of “professional sports organizations really don’t get it” we highlight the National Basketball League.

A Friday memo sent by the league to all players and coaches made a point of reinforcing an existing rule that everyone is required to stand for the national anthem. It then goes on to suggest other options for engaging with a protest that’s gripped the NFL and spilled into the wider world.

These details come from ESPN, which obtained a copy of the memo sent by deputy commissioner Mark Tatum. He stopped short of making any specific threats, noting only that “the league office will determine how to deal with” anyone that doesn’t comply. Read more…

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Insane Clown Posse's Juggalo March takes to the D.C. National Mall, and the photos are epic


When the FBI published its 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment, the report drew ire for an unusual new addition: Juggalos, the fanbase of Detroit hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse.

Now, 6 years later and still classified by the FBI as a gang, ICP fans descended on Washington D.C. for the Juggalo March, a coming-together of music fans looking to peacefully protest a classification they feel is unjust.

The march took place on Saturday at D.C.’s National Mall, and according to The Hill, hundreds gathered to take a stand.

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National Geographic photographer Cory Richards and Fossil announce limited edition Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch

Cory Richards, the famed National Geographic wildlife photographer, and Fossil have just announced the upcoming availability of a new limited edition Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch.

Dubbed Fossil Q x Cory Richards, the new smartwatch will be launched on March 27, although details about the price haven’t been disclosed yet. Design-wise, the smartwatch draws inspiration from the Fossil Blue, the first watch Richards received in his early twenties.

The Fossil Blue soon became “a piece of art” as Richards wore it everywhere, even while climbing in Yosemite and on …