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2018

Facebook waffles on Portal video chat device privacy, can be used for ad data

Wednesday October 17, 2018

Facebook's recently launched Portal video calling devices could help the social network target advertising towards its users, it has been revealed, with data collected by the hardware potentially combined with other information for marketing purposes.

Hulu looks to possible new skinny bundles as it reprioritizes on-demand content

Wednesday October 17, 2018

Hulu has started to work towards creating new skinnier bundles of live TV channels in an effort to reprioritize sales on bread-and-butter on-demand content.

Apple, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla announce plans to deprecate TLS 1.0 and 1.1 in 2020

Tuesday October 16, 2018

Four tech industry titans, Apple, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla, this week announced plans to move from Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 and 1.1 to modern, more secure versions of protocol.

Apple seemingly cracking down on 'scammy' subscription apps

Tuesday October 16, 2018

Apple appears to be ridding the App Store of so-called "scammy" apps after multiple media outlets exposed questionable pricing tactics that dupe users into expensive subscriptions.

Beats marks Mickey Mouse's 90th anniversary with special-edition Solo3 headphones

Tuesday October 16, 2018

Apple on Tuesday launched a special Mickey Mouse edition of its Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones, timed with the character's 90th anniversary.

App bundles expand to Mac apps and free apps with subscriptions

Tuesday October 16, 2018

Apple on Tuesday announced an expansion to its app bundles sales options, allowing Mac developers and those marketing free apps with subscriptions to group up to ten apps together into a single purchase.

Beats Studio 3 Skyline Wireless headphones debut in new colors with gold trimmings

Tuesday October 16, 2018

Apple has revealed that the Beats Studio 3 Wireless headphones are getting a minor update, with three new colors available, all accented with gold trim and branding.

Google complying with EC ruling by charging Android vendors for Play Store, Google apps

Tuesday October 16, 2018

Google will start to charge Android smartphone and tablet producers a licensing fee to include the Google Play Store and other essential apps on devices sold in Europe, as a way to comply with the European Commission's antitrust decision.

Hands on: Ultimate Ears' mainline Bluetooth speaker, the Boom 3

Tuesday October 16, 2018

Ultimate Ears recently refreshed its popular Boom line of Bluetooth speakers, led by the Boom 3, arguably the line's all-purpose "everyman" model.

CodeWeavers ships CrossOver 18 with full macOS Mojave support

Tuesday October 16, 2018

CodeWeavers has updated CrossOver, the application for running Windows applications on macOS desktops without using Windows itself, with version 18.0.0 introducing full support for macOS Mojave and numerous minor improvements.

One month later: iPhone XS versus the iPhone XS Max

Tuesday October 16, 2018

When upgrading to Apple's new iPhone XS, you have to choose between the 5.8-inch XS or the 6.5-inch XS Max. After spending a month with both phones, there's a few real-world differences between the two models that may be worth knowing about before reaching a decision.

Amazon introduces waterproof Kindle Paperwhite with better display, audiobook support

Tuesday October 16, 2018

One of Amazon's dedicated e-readers, the Kindle Paperwhite, received a major upgrade on Tuesday, gaining features like waterproofing, an enhanced display, and audiobook support.

Apple may not have bought music analytics firm Asaii, might be 'acquihire'

Tuesday October 16, 2018

Music analytics startup Asaii was not acquired by Apple, a report claims, with the iPhone producer said to have performed an "acquihire" for the three founders rather than buying the entire company's assets as previously reported.

Qualcomm & FTC ask for more time to reach settlement in Apple-connected antitrust case

Tuesday October 16, 2018

Qualcomm and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission have asked a federal judge to postpone a preliminary ruling in the latter's antitrust case, as the two sides are hoping to pursue a settlement.

Siri could recognize user's voice patterns for identification in future iPhone or iPad

Tuesday October 16, 2018

Apple is continuing to come up with ways to secure its devices while still making it as easy as possible to use, with one concept involving unlocking an iPhone or iPad and performing a Siri request, but only if the voice it hears matches that of its owner.

Apple 'fixes' bagel emoji to look tastier in upcoming iOS 12.1 update

Tuesday October 16, 2018

Apparently bowing to an undercurrent of criticism, the latest beta of iOS 12.1 now features an updated bagel emoji intended to look more appealing.

Apple apologizes to Chinese users after iCloud phishing spree

Tuesday October 16, 2018

Apple is "deeply apologetic" that some users in China had been pilfered by assailants -- but at the same time noted that the attacks would have been prevented had the victims been using security measures that Apple enables to protect accounts from such thefts.

Apple supply chain wary of reduced iPhone orders for Q4

Tuesday October 16, 2018

Parts of the supply chain are tempering their expectations on iPhone sales for the remainder of 2018, a report claims, with weak sales said to be feared by suppliers based in Taiwan, despite the impending launch of the iPhone XR.

Flash deals: 2018 iPads from $285; up to $130 off 2017 iPads w/ cellular; $150 off upgraded Mac mini

Tuesday October 16, 2018

For one day only, Woot is knocking up to $130 off 2017 iPads (Wi-Fi + Cellular) or up to $54 off 2018 models (Wi-Fi Only) with Apple Pencil support. The Amazon company also has an upgraded Mac mini on sale for $549.99 ($150 off) while supplies last.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65

Monday October 15, 2018

Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, entrepreneur and philanthropist, died on Monday after a long bout with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He was 65.