War of the Worlds Episode 5: Apple's iPhone-inspired toilets, Intel vs. AMD, and more

Just what does the opening of Apple’s new headquarters mean for the company? Are the competitive prices and announced benchmarks for Ryzen enough to keep its hype train chugging along? We’re back for another episode of War of the Worlds, our new weekly video series that’s part talk show, part game show, and part cross-platform debate. For this round, PCWorld’s Alaina Yee and Macworld’s Roman Loyola go head-to-head on the following topics:

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For This Year's iPhone, Apple Is Ditching Lightning Connector and Home Button, But Embracing USB Type-C and Curved Display

Apple has decided to adopt a flexible display for at least one model of the new iPhone, reports WSJ. From the report: People with direct knowledge of Apple’s production plans said the Cupertino, Calif., company has decided to go ahead with the technology, and it will release a phone model using the OLED screens this year (Editor’s note: the link could be paywalled; alternate source). The technology allows manufacturers to bend screens in ways they couldn’t previously — such as by introducing a curve at the edge of the phone as in some Samsung models. However, once the phone is manufactured, the OLED screen can’t be bent or folded by the user, at least with current technology. Using OLED displays would allow Apple to introduce a phone with a new look to fuel sales. They said Apple would introduce other updates including a USB-C port for the power cord and other peripheral devices instead of the company’s original Lightning connector. The models would also do away with a physical home button, they said. Those updates would give the iPhone features already available on other smartphones.

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Famous patent “troll’s” lawsuit against Google booted out of East Texas

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Eolas Technologies, which has been called a “patent troll,” has continued to file against big companies, even after losing a landmark 2012 trial. But following an appeals court order (PDF) last week, Eolas will have to pursue its lawsuits in California—not its preferred patent hotspot of East Texas.

As of Friday, Eolas’ lawsuits against Google, Amazon, and Wal-Mart have been transferred to the Northern District of California. The move could reduce Eolas’ chances of winning a settlement or verdict since East Texas courts have been viewed by some as favoring patent holders.

To understand the context, let’s briefly sum up the history of Eolas. The company was formed out of a patent filed by Michael Doyle, who was the head of IT at the University of California, San Francisco, campus in the 1990s. Doyle says that, while at UCSF, he created the first program that allowed users to interact with images inside of a Web browser. He claimed that patent entitled him to royalties on a vast swath of features related to the “interactive Web,” including online video, user-manipulated images on shopping websites, and suggestions that pop up in search bars.

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Here’s a new way to prevent cyberattacks on home devices

BARCELONA — Homeowners worried about cybersecurity attacks on IP-connected devices like lights, baby monitors, home security systems and cameras, will soon be able to take advantage of a $200 network monitoring device called Dojo.

The device, called a pebble, was shown at Mobile World Congress here this week and will go on sale online in April. While the Dojo device isn’t intended to provide enterprise-level security, it could be used to help, in a small way, in warding off massive attacks like the one that used the Mirai botnet which took advantage of unsecure, consumer-grade cameras and other devices last October.

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Relax: This phone measures your blood pressure

This Swiss electronics company is on a mission: to stop millions of people dying of ignorance each year.

Worldwide, high blood pressure leads to around 9.4 million deaths annually, according to figures from the World Health Organization. And yet, the condition is easily diagnosed and treated. In the Americas, the prevalence of high blood pressure fell from 31 percent in 1980 to 18 percent in 2014, but remains high in developing countries.

Before high blood pressure can be controlled, though, it needs to be detected, and that’s the part that Leman Micro Devices (LMD) wants to make simpler. It is showing off its solution at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.

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