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Apple pulls older iPhone models from stores in Germany

Apple pulls older iPhone models from stores in Germany

Technology
Apple is to stop selling older iPhone models at its stores in Germany after losing two patent cases brought by a chip manufacturer, the company has announced. A Munich court ruled that the smartphone maker and its subsidiaries breached a European patent held by Qualcomm.In a statement, Apple said: "Qualcomm's campaign is a desperate attempt to distract from the real issues between our companies."Their tactics, in the courts and in their everyday business, are harming innovation and harming consumers."Qualcomm insists on charging exorbitant fees based on work they didn't do and they are being investigated by governments all around the world for their behaviour." The San Diego-based chipmaker has pursued similar cases in other jurisdictions in the past.Pending an appeal, ...
Math models could help police thwart city burglars

Math models could help police thwart city burglars

Science
Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Mathematicians in Spain have developed a new model they think more accurately predicts burglary patterns in urban environs. Previous models, mostly focused on burglaries in suburban environs, have emphasized location and spatial patterns. The linear model developed by researchers Joan Saldaña, Maria Aguareles, Albert Avinyó, Marta Pellicer and Jordi Ripoll places a greater emphasis on timing. The group of mathematicians and their new model was inspired by age-dependent population models. "Our model puts the emphasis on when -- rather than where -- the burglaries will take place and on the type of victimized houses, represented by their age," Avinyó said in a news release. The researchers defined age -- of both burglar and home -- as the amount of time...
Poppy Delevingne: Models face 'stigma' with acting

Poppy Delevingne: Models face 'stigma' with acting

Entertainment
A new TV series based on Picasso's life begins on Monday, starring Antonio Banderas as the artist and Poppy Delevingne as Marie-Therese Walter. But, the actress says, the woman she plays was more than just a muse."There's no-one in the world that doesn't know that name, Picasso," Delevingne tells BBC News."He is, without a doubt, one of the most influential artists of the 20th Century. There's something about him, something electric, he was passionate, relentless... he's just such a universal figure."Audience appetite for all things Picasso seems to know no bounds - with a recent exhibition of his work opening at the Tate Modern and now this new TV adaptation of the artist's life.Delevingne's role in the National Geographic series sees her playing perhaps Picasso's most famous muse - Marie...
Temperatures to keep rising in Pacific Northwest, new climate models confirm

Temperatures to keep rising in Pacific Northwest, new climate models confirm

Science
Feb. 23 (UPI) -- No region will be immune to climate change, and new research suggests the Pacific Northwest is no exception.To better predict how climate change will impact the northwest corner of the United States, scientists at Oregon State University and the U.S. Forest Service localized the predictions of 30 "general circulation" climate models.General circulation models produce outputs at scales too large to be applied to small-scale systems, like a regional watershed. But scientists were able to localize the large-scale predictions using a process called "downscaling."During the downscaling process, researchers populated the combined models with weather and atmospheric data collected at research stations throughout the Northwest.Though the predictions feature variability depending o...