Fortnite-maker Epic Games is taking legal action against Google after being banned from the Google Play app store, hours after doing the same with Apple.
Apple and Google both removed the hit game from their app stores after Epic Games bypassed their payment systems, to avoid giving them a cut of sales, reports BBC.
Both platforms take a standard 30% of purchases on their app stores.
Google said it runs an "open" system and would work to bring Fortnite back to its official app store.
On Android phones, app stores other than Google Play are available, so it it still possible to install Fortnite from Epic Games' own launcher app and the Samsung Galaxy app store, making it less restrictive than Apple's system.
Fortnite's latest update offered all players a 20% discount on its in-game currency V-bucks - but only if they paid Epic Games directly rather than using Apple or Google's payment systems.
This broke rules applied by both stores. On Thursday, Apple removed Fortnite from its App Store, leaving new players with no way to install the game.
Epic Games had clearly expected that to happen, quickly publishing a video mocking Apple's famous 1984-themed television advert about fighting a police state. It published court documents almost immediately.
Hours later, the app also vanished from the Google Play store.
Compared with the high-profile publicity blitz it had prepared to ridicule Apple and mobilise support, Epic has been quiet about Google.
Officially, Fortnite has only tweeted that the app is unavailable on Google Play and "more information will be forthcoming soon".
What is in the court case?
Documents available through the US court records system show that Epic Games has filed a complaint against Google in a California court, just as it did against Apple.
Much of the complaint is about the compulsory 30% cut Google takes from sales in the Play store, similar to Apple.
The document highlights that Google's motto was once "don't be evil".
"Google has relegated its motto to nearly an afterthought, and is using its size to do evil upon competitors, innovators, customers, and users in a slew of markets it has grown to monopolise," it says.
It describes a deal that Epic Games had reached with phone-maker OnePlus to make its games available "seamlessly" on their devices.
"But Google forced OnePlus to renege on the deal, citing Google's 'particular concern' about Epic having the ability to install and update mobile games while 'bypassing the Google Play Store'," it said.
It said LG had also revealed its contracts with Google prevented it from adding Epic Games software to its devices.
What does Epic want?
Epic Games says it wants to change the mobile app stores to be fairer for all developers.
In both the Apple and Google court documents, it says it is not seeking a compensation payout or more favourable deal for itself.
In a press briefing, the company said it had processed direct payments totalling more than $1.6bn (£1.2bn) - excluding iOS and Google Play purchases.
Games analyst Piers Harding-Rolls from Ampere told the BBC the company generated tens of millions of dollars every month on mobile platforms such as Apple's iOS.
What does Google say?
In a statement, Google pointed to the fact that users can technically install apps from other locations, and said using the Google Play store was a "choice".
It added: "The open Android ecosystem lets developers distribute apps through multiple app stores," it said.
"For game developers who choose to use the Play Store, we have consistent policies that are fair to developers and keep the store safe for users.
"While Fortnite remains available on Android, we can no longer make it available on Play because it violates our policies."
What does Apple say?
In a statement, Apple said: "Epic has had apps on the App Store for a decade, and have benefited from the App Store ecosystem - including it's tools, testing, and distribution that Apple provides to all developers.
"Epic agreed to the App Store terms and guidelines freely and we're glad they've built such a successful business on the App Store. The fact that their business interests now lead them to push for a special arrangement does not change the fact that these guidelines create a level playing field for all developers and make the store safe for all users.
"We will make every effort to work with Epic to resolve these violations so they can return Fortnite to the App Store."
Huawei has ranked 49th on the Fortune Global 500 list in 2020.
This is the first time that the telecommunications giant breaks into the top 50, continuing a multi-year track record of acceleration, said a release on Saturday.
“Huawei’s net profit rose 5.6 percent in 2019, and revenue grew a further 13.1 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2020, despite the company’s persistent geopolitical entanglements,” said the Fortune report.
The Fortune 500 list ranks companies according to their revenue and profit, focusing on the size
of the companies compared with other lists.
The Fortune 500 rankings have become an important indicator that renowned companies use to measure their own strengths, size, and international competitiveness, a parameter of the global economy that transcends beyond borders, nationality, and cultural differences.
Earlier this year, Huawei has ranked No. 6 in Boston Consulting Group’s list of the 50 Most Innovative Companies in 2020, moved up by 42 places than last year, which was the highest-ranking for the tech giant since it made the list first in 2012.
In the global fight against COVID-19, Huawei doubled down its innovation efforts and launched the anti-COVID-19 Partner Program that focuses on AI, remote office, smart healthcare, and online education, to support the battle against the pandemic.
“The complex external environment makes open collaboration and trust in global value chains more important than ever. Huawei has promised to continue fulfilling its obligations to customers and suppliers, and to survive, forge ahead, and contribute to the global digital economy and technological development,” said Huawei when announcing its 2020 H1 business results in July.
Established in May 2018, Realme is continuing their journey of innovation in the realm of the Smartphone industry. Realme has launched a bunch of phones with great specifications harnessing the price within the affordability level of people. Realme has launched their new products Realme X3 and X3 Superzoom on June 30 in India. Read this article to know whether Realme X3 can hold the legacy of its ancestors.
Realme X3 has two variants: Regular X3 and X3 Superzoom. The design and hardware features of the regular X3 are almost identical to its ‘SuperZoom’ counterpart, except RAM capacity and telephoto lens. Stay with us to know the features of both variants.
Realme X3’s rear-side inherits the dual-toned gradient design from its ancestors. Though built with a plastic frame, its backside features glass construction. Its front side and camera bump are protected by Gorilla glass. To prevent scratches, you need to use the back cover. Realme boasts that X3 is coming with a trend-setting design, but in reality, its glass-plastic sandwich body with repetitive design tells a different story!
On the left-side, X3 has a power button combined with the fingerprint sensor. The easily reachable volume rocker button sits on the right side. Although X3 does not have any stereo speaker, the distortion-free performance of its bottom-firing 1216 super linear loudspeaker is mind-blowing. Lack of 3.5mm earphone jack is shocking!
The bottom edge accommodates dual SIM tray, USB Type-C port, and speaker. On the rear side, Realme X3 presents a vertical camera bump with the logo placed on the left corner. The front screen carries punch-hole dual cameras. Weighing 202g, Realme X3 might require some extra effort to hold by one hand. Its weight-structure balance does not seem quite impressive.
Though X3’s design looks ordinary, its curved edges and smart look cannot be ignored. Considering design and construction, we found no difference between the regular X3 and Superzoom. You can choose between two amazing color options: Glacier Blue and Arctic White.
Realme X3 features a 6.6-inch IPS LCD display. However, the users might feel discouraging to use the IPS screen, as predecessor phones of Realme X series came with AMOLED display. Protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 5, its front screen features slim bezels with a 90.5% screen-to-body ratio. The latest X3 offers an FHD+ display featuring 2400x1080 resolutions at 20:9 ratios with 399 PPI. Decent viewing angles have made X3 a smooth performer.
Though the color quality might appear a bit oversaturated, the vibrancy is stunning. Its outdoor visibility could have been better. By virtue of its 120Hz display Realme X3 can make the fans cheerful! But it falls behind Realme X2 pro’s AMOLED display with a 90HZ refresh rate. However, as a mid-budget Smartphone, overall the display quality of Realme X3 is satisfactory. The Superzoom counterpart offers the same specs and performance.
The camera specification of Realme X3 will make you forget all of its limitations. As we have mentioned before you will find a slight difference in the rear camera set up of its regular X3 and high-end Superzoom variant. The regular X3 offers 64 MP Quad camera set up enriched with 20X Hybrid Zoom; whereas the X3 Superzoom is blessed with 60X Hybrid Zoom.
On the rear-side of X3 (Regular), it has a 64MP Wide-angle sensor (main), 12MP telephoto sensor, 8MP ultra-wide sensor, and 2MP macro sensor. Furthermore, you will get a 105MP selfie camera (dual sensors: 16MP, and 8MP) on its front side. This variant can support a range of image modifying features like Beauty filters, Super Nightscape, AI, Portrait mode, Starry mode, UIS, HDR, 4K videos, etc.
The X3 Superzoom counterpart shares similar specifications except for the telephoto lens. In this high-end version, you will get an 8MP Periscope lens supported by OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) technology. It is certainly a great edition in a mid-budget Smartphone.
Built with Samsung GW1 sensors, the main rear cameras (Regular and Superzoom) offer magnificent image quality. The dynamic range and sharpness will please you. However, in low-light conditions, the images may show some noises. Though not the flagship level, the quality of image processing looks natural. What is more? With Realme X3 and Superzoom, you can shoot 1080p/720p@30fps videos applying the UIS video stabilization mechanism.
Realme X3 is equipped with Octa-core Kryo 485 processor featuring up to 2.96 GHz clock speed. Providing Qualcomm® SM 8150 Snapdragon™ 855+ (7nm) chipset, Realme aims to offer flagship performance. What is more? Its processor is integrated with Adreno 640 (700 MHz) GPU. Thanks to Realme, for offering such a terrific configuration in Realme X3 – both regular and Superzoom.
But can this Smartphone really please the gamers? Its superb refresh rate (120Hz) would facilitate swapping and pressing different controls. Choosing the ‘Smart Battery’ mode, you can play PUBG smoothly at 60 fps. When this phone’s charge drops below 40%, this gadget may show heating problems leading to stuttering in the game.
However, in ‘Performance’ mode you can play more smoothly with fewer lags, but the battery may drown quickly. It is expected that Realme would optimize their UI in upcoming updates to minimize these issues. But still, you do not need to worry! Thanks to Realme for adding an exclusive liquid cooling mechanism in X3 variants. These phones get cool from time to time.
Both Realme X3 and Superzoom run on Realme UI on top of Android 10. Although Realme UI may not perform like MIUI, its fast processor assures swift navigating without stutters. With 128GB internal storage, the regular X3 has two options of Ram capacity: 6GB and 8GB. Whereas, the Superzoom has two options for both RAM and storage capacity: 8GB/12GB and 128GB/256GB. Both the regular X3 and Superzoom feature LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 3.0 data transfer technology. Whether you browse the internet, stream videos, or watch music, you will enjoy the mind-blowing performance.
Realme X3 (Regular and Superzoom) is powered by a 4,200mAh battery. The battery capacity seems low when 5000mAh battery is usually available in Budget phones. The box comes with a 30-watt Dart charger. When the typical chargers deal with higher voltage and lower electricity, the dart chargers dare to charge with high Ampere electricity keeping the voltage at standard level. You can fully recharge Realme X3 within one hour. Its 120Hz refresh rate may create pressure upon the battery, but still, it can support you for more than 24 hours on moderate use.
The Realme X3 (6GB/128GB) costs Rs. 24,999 (apx. BDT 28268). And the price tag of Realme X3 Superzoom (8GB/128GB) is Rs. 27999 (apx. BDT 31660). Price is converted at Rs. 1 = BDT 1.13.
Researchers from Australia's nuclear science agency have suggested that the unique immune system of alpacas could help in curing coronavirus.
The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO) and Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) said on Tuesday that they are studying alpaca antibodies in the search for therapies for COVID-19, reports Xinhua.
By immunising alpacas with the spike protein from SARS-CoV-2, researchers have been able to isolate nanobodies and screen them for the ability to inhibit the virus.
They have then been able to use the Microfocus Crystallography (MX2) Beamline at ANSTO's Australian Synchrotron to study how an alpaca's immune system can fight infection by COVID-19.
Michael James, ANSTO's Australian Synchrotron senior principal research scientist, said the Synchrotron - a type of particle accelerator - has also been used to study human proteins responsible for the replication of the virus within cells and the structure of the virus that causes COVID-19.
"Since March, we've been operating a COVID-19 Rapid Access program to enable Australian and international researchers to solve the atomic structure of SARS-CoV-2 viral proteins," he said in a statement.
"We're looking at proteins either by themselves or bound to other biological molecules or anti-viral drugs that can help fight the virus or prevent its spread. In this instance, MX2 is being used to determine the structure of these inhibitory nanobodies in complex with the key region of the spike protein to understand the structural mechanism of inhibition," James said.
"These structures will provide invaluable information that will allow further development of antibody therapies against COVID-19."
Japanese giant Toshiba will not make PCs or laptops as it has sold its final stake in the personal computer maker Dynabook.
Sharp bought 80% of Toshiba's personal computing arm in 2018 for $36m (£27m), and has now bought the remaining shares, Toshiba said in a statement.
Toshiba's first laptop, the T1100, was launched in 1985 only in Europe with an annual sales target of 10,000 units, according to website of Toshiba Science Museum, reports BBC.
In 2011 Toshiba sold more than 17m PCs but by 2017 this had fallen to 1.9m, reported Reuters.
In 2016, it had ceased making consumer laptops for the European market, focusing only on hardware for businesses.
Recent years have been difficult for the conglomerate as in 2015, it posted a full year loss of $318m, later in 2019, it wrapped up its nuclear business NuGen in UK after failing to find a buyer for it.
Consumer demand for laptops has soared in the last few months because of the Coronavirus pandemic and global lockdowns, but overall, the market for personal computers has been tough for quite a while, said analyst Marina Koytcheva from the firm CCS Insight.