Industry News - Week of Mar. 26, 2018

THIS WEEK: Apple-IBM partner on app dev; Essential camera-notch patent; Intel Vault smart specs (video); 'Right-to-repair' bill tips device makers' apple cart; Android P preview;

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Apple, IBM Use Artificial Intelligence to Make Apps

Two of the world's largest tech companies have put their heads together to help make apps easier to make.

Front-Camera Notch Could Become Essential

When Essential Products​ designers unveiled their first smartphone display notched out for a camera, they could not have seen this coming.

Intel's Vaunt Might Be the Smart Specs that Stic

'Right to Repair' Bill Introduced in California

Left-coast lawmakers want to force device makers to build phones that are easier to fix; Apple and others aren't happy about it.

Preview of Android P is Available

The next version of Android will improve job scheduler for network-related jobs, enhance ART performance, include optimizations for Kotlin, employ an all-new image decoder, support dual cameras front and back, and deliver an API for Wi-Fi 802.11mc "round-trip time" for indoor positioning.

Take a Hands-on Look at Android P

Ars Technica reviews editor Ron Amadeo takes an exhaustive walk through some of the many changes in Google's next dessert flavor.


Trump Quashes Qualcomm-Broadcom Takeover

Citing national security concerns, President Donald J. Trump has issued an executive order blocking Broadcom's bid to acquire Qualcomm.

Satellite Company Defies FCC Order

Denied permission to launch its IoT satellites because they're too small to track, Silicon-Valley startup Swarm Technology​​ did it anyway.