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Apple Shutting Down Acquired Texture Magazine App Next Month

Apple to kill 'Texture' Windows app

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The Windows “Texture” application — a digital magazine service — that Apple purchased in March, in an attempt to get in on an uncluttered media provider niche, is being killed by the iPhone maker.

“‘Texture’ is an all-access pass to the world’s best magazines. To keep things working smoothly, older versions of the app sometimes need to be retired. After June 30, 2018, the ‘Texture’ Windows app will no longer be available,” the company posted on its website.

The digital magazines’s Android, Amazon Fire, and iOS apps will continue to be supported.

“Your Texture subscription will continue to be available on compatible phones or tablets running iOS or Android and on Fire HD tablets along with ongoing access to all the magazines you have selected as your favourites,” the company added.

Users were informed of the discontinuation this week through emails and a note inside the app, according to The Verge.

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“Texture” is not available on the web, so subscribers on Windows OS will have to pick up another device running either Android or iOS platforms to continue using the services.

The iPhone maker acquired “Texture”, also known as the “Netflix of magazines”, for an undisclosed amount.

The digital magazine subscription service lets readers access over 200 magazines for a monthly fee. (IANS)

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China Bans iPhone Sales Due to Patent Dispute

China's court decision is the latest legal action in a long-running dispute between the California tech giants.

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A Chinese court has ordered a ban in the country on most iPhone sales because of a patent dispute between iPhone maker Apple and U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm.

The Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court granted Qualcomm’s request for preliminary injunctions against four subsidiaries of Apple, ordering them to immediately stop selling the iPhone 6S through the iPhone X that use older versions of Apple’s iOS operating system, according to a statement from Qualcomm Monday.

Apple said in a statement Monday its iPhones using newer operating systems remain on sale in China.

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This Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, photo shows from left the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone XR in New York. The new XR phone has a larger display and loses the home button to make room for more screen. VOA

The Chinese court found Apple violated two of Qualcomm’s software patents involving resizing photographs and managing applications on a touch screen.
Apple shares fell Monday on the news.

“Qualcomm’s effort to ban our products is another desperate move by a company whose illegal practices are under investigation by regulators around the world,” Apple said in its statement.

Qualcomm’s general counsel, Don Rosenberg, said in a statement Monday “Apple continues to benefit from our intellectual property while refusing to compensate us. These court orders are further confirmation of the strength of Qualcomm’s vast patent portfolio.”

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– The logo for Qualcomm appears on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York. VOA

China’s court decision is the latest legal action in a long-running dispute between the California tech giants.

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Qualcomm has also asked regulators in the United States to ban several iPhone models over patent disputes, however U.S. officials have so far declined to do so. (VOA)