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2016

House Judiciary Committee votes unanimously to back law demanding warrants for old emails

Wednesday April 13, 2016

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted 28 to 0 to approve the Email Privacy Act, a long-delayed bill that would make it tougher for law enforcement agencies to ask tech companies for older communications data.

Sling TV launches beta 'multi-stream' plan with simultaneous streaming on three devices

Wednesday April 13, 2016

Sling TV on Wednesday launched a beta "multi-stream" plan, allowing subscribers to stream channels on up to three devices simultaneously, instead of the normal single-device scheme.

Apple loses influential industrial designer Danny Coster to GoPro

Wednesday April 13, 2016

Industrial designer Danny Coster -- one of the Apple design team's longest serving members -- has left the company and will join action camera maker GoPro as Vice President of Design.

Meizu's new Pro 6 smartphone mimics Apple's iPhone 6s design & 3D Touch

Wednesday April 13, 2016

Chinese smartphone maker Meizu -- well-known for copying Apple's iPhone designs in its products -- on Wednesday announced the Pro 6, a phone which not only imitates design elements from the iPhone 6s but one of its signature features, 3D Touch.

New York City's MTA plans to debut smartphone-based transit payments by mid-2018

Wednesday April 13, 2016

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York issued a public bid on Wednesday, asking for proposals for a new contactless ticketing system to replace the MetroCard, and potentially allow iPhone users to pay for public transit on their smartphone.

USB-C devices can now have safety, authenticity verified with new certification program

Wednesday April 13, 2016

It will soon be much easier for consumers and businesses to determine whether a USB-C device is genuine and can be trusted, thanks to the newly introduced USB Type-C Authentication specification.

Amazon launches $290 Kindle Oasis, its thinnest e-reader ever

Wednesday April 13, 2016

Amazon's latest black-and-white e-reader is its thinnest and lightest design ever, but the Kindle Oasis also comes with a hefty $290 price tag, making it more expensive than Apple's iPad mini 2.

Adobe to update Premiere Pro, other CC video apps with VR/360-degree tools & more

Wednesday April 13, 2016

Adobe on Wednesday announced a slate of impending updates to its core video editing software, Premiere Pro CC, with support for 360-degree and virtual reality videos. In addition, related apps like After Effects CC and Audition CC will also see new improvements.

Apple rolls out 24-month corporate iPhone & iPad lease plans in India [u]

Wednesday April 13, 2016

In an apparent bid to boost sales in India and gain a foothold in the developing market, Apple on Tuesday began offering corporate customers in the region attractive two-year lease plans for iPhone and iPad starting at 999 rupees (about $15) per month [updated].

FBI reportedly paid 'gray-hat' hackers, not Cellebrite, for zero day exploit in San Bernardino iPhone case

Tuesday April 12, 2016

In the latest development of what appears to be a never-ending guessing game, a report on Tuesday claims FBI officials purchased a zero day exploit from a group of professional security researchers as part of its successful effort in breaking into an iPhone 5c linked to last year's San Bernardino terror attack.

Logitech expands audio portfolio with $50M Jaybird acquisition

Tuesday April 12, 2016

Accessories manufacturer Logitech on Tuesday announced an agreement to purchase Utah-based earbud maker Jaybird, known for its "active" style wireless headphone designs, in a deal worth some $50 million in cash.

FBI Director Comey calls 'emotion' surrounding Apple case unproductive, says encryption needs legislative resolution

Tuesday April 12, 2016

Two weeks after the Federal Bureau of Investigation withdrew its legal action against Apple, agency director James Comey on Tuesday said the difficulty of squaring national security policies with consumer privacy rights was the most onerous of his government career.

Apple Watch takes 71 percent share of teen market, iPhone remains strong, study says

Tuesday April 12, 2016

Apple's mobile product lines continue to perform well with the all important U.S. teen demographic, as a new spring 2016 survey put Apple Watch far ahead in the nascent smartwatch game, while iPhone exhibited expectedly consistent growth.

Facebook debuts Messenger bots, Live API & more at F8 Developer Conference

Tuesday April 12, 2016

Facebook opened the F8 Developer Conference on Tuesday by announcing a number of developments, including Messenger bots and a Live API that will bring video streaming to a wider range of devices.

Adobe updates Post with Live Photos support, Airmail comes to iPad with Split View

Tuesday April 12, 2016

Adobe on Tuesday updated its Post graphics design tool for iOS with several new features, including Live Photos support. Bloop meanwhile updated the iOS version of its Airmail email client, bringing it to the iPad for the first time along with other major improvements.

Apple's AirPlay comes to Android in new flagship HTC 10

Tuesday April 12, 2016

HTC on Tuesday unveiled the HTC 10, its latest flagship smartphone, with an unusual feature in the form of native support for Apple's AirPlay wireless streaming protocol.

London Met Police says it has deployed just 641 iPads out of planned 15,000-20,000

Tuesday April 12, 2016

In spite of one-time plans to adopt between 15,000 and 20,000 iPads, London's Metropolitan Police have so far deployed just 641 units, and don't have any immediate plans to deploy more, a report revealed on Tuesday.

New York law could allow roadside 'textalyzer' checks for distracted driving

Tuesday April 12, 2016

Drivers in New York might soon be subject to on-the-spot analysis of their mobile phones to determine whether they were distracted by their devices in the run-up to accidents, if a proposed law passes the state legislature.

Analysis ranks 9.7" iPad Pro screen as best performing mobile LCD ever made

Tuesday April 12, 2016

With two color gamuts, increased brightness, lower reflectance, and the new True Tone color shifting technology, the Retina display in Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad Pro is not only the best in its class --a new analysis has found it's the best performing mobile LCD on the market, period.

To make crashes 'friendlier,' Microsoft adds QR codes to Windows 10 BSOD

Tuesday April 12, 2016

Windows users will no longer be forced to manually Google error messages to figure out why their computer crashed, as development builds of Windows 10 now include a QR code on the Blue Screen of Death.