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Size matters? Facebook plans to combat Apple's HomePod with smart speaker featuring 15" display

07/25/2017, 11:07 am

Reports suggest Facebook is working on its own smart speaker to battle the HomePod and similar products, with features similar to that of the Amazon Show -- but packing a 15-inch screen.

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Qualcomm says tech group 'misdirecting' ITC, maintains complaint against Apple is over IP

07/24/2017, 09:07 pm

Qualcomm on Monday responded to a letter filed in opposition to a bid to bar import of Apple iPhone models not using its modem chips, accusing a tech lobbying group of conducting a "coordinated effort aimed at misdirecting" trade regulators.

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Roomba developer iRobot looking to sell owner's room data to Apple to bolster HomeKit

07/24/2017, 03:07 pm

Home automation company iRobot is looking at mapping user's houses with permission using newer version of the Roomba, and selling that data to Apple, Amazon, and Google.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Active lacks edge-to-edge Infinity Display, implements fixed Bixby button

07/24/2017, 12:07 pm

Details have emerged early about the new Galaxy S8 Active from a user purporting to have the device in hand, with pictures surfacing showing that the edge-to-edge Infinity Display featured heavily in advertising is absent from the ruggedized phone.

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Apple partner Foxconn may announce 'Made in America' plans this week

07/24/2017, 10:07 am

Foxconn may announce as soon as this week in Washington D.C. its plans for producing electronics in the U.S. -- specifically in Detroit and Wisconsin -- though it is unknown whether Apple will play a part.

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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson promotes Apple team-up on 'Rock X Siri: Dominate the Day' YouTube flick [u: now available]

07/23/2017, 04:07 pm

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has declared that he has partnered with Apple to develope The "Rock X Siri: Dominate the Day" -- a film that will debut on YouTube on July 24.

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Latest Apple Park flyover highlights landscaping push, campus-wide construction

07/23/2017, 04:07 pm

New drone footage of Apple Park reveals that major landscaping work is underway within the main courtyard, and that while diminished in places, campus building construction is still very much active.

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This week on AI: 'Apple Car' & 'iPhone 9' batteries, 'iPhone 8' leaks, Apple software updates & more

07/22/2017, 12:07 am

Batteries, oddly, ended up being a theme of Apple product rumors this week -- including ones for the company's possible electric car. The "iPhone 8" otherwise dominated headlines, with less than two months to go before an expected announcement.

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Apple set open applications for new 'Lead' and 'Schedule Planner' retail positions, report says

07/21/2017, 08:07 pm

Apple is reportedly adding two new jobs to its retail roster in the "Lead," an assistant manager type role, and "Schedule Planner" positions.

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Verizon Wireless confirms it throttled Netflix streams as part of traffic optimization trial

07/21/2017, 04:07 pm

Verizon Wireless has been throttling video feeds from Netflix over the course of this week, with the carrier claiming it is part of a temporary trial of system to optimize traffic from video streaming services without impacting quality, though customer reports seem to suggest it is a bandwidth cap on Netflix content.

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Attorney Rachel Krevans instrumental in Apple vs. Samsung iPhone patent battle dies at 60

07/21/2017, 02:07 pm

Rachel Krevans, former head of intellectual property for Morrison & Foerster and part of Apple's legal team during its infamous IP courtroom fight against Samsung, died on Wednesday at the age of 60 after losing a battle with cancer.

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Deirdre O'Brien named as Apple's new 'Vice President of People' overseeing HR

07/21/2017, 01:07 pm

Apple today announced that Deirdre O'Brien, vice president of Worldwide Sales and Operations, has been named the head of human resources -- a title the company is calling the "Vice President of People."

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Apple lobbyist budget hits $2.2 million, beats record for second quarter in a row

07/21/2017, 12:07 pm

Apple's lobbyist budget in Washington D.C. has exploded during the Trump admininstration, with the company paying a record $2.2 million in the last quarter.

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FTC examines claims of Amazon using inflated list prices before signing off on Whole Foods takeover

07/21/2017, 10:07 am

In reviewing Amazon's proposed $13.7 billion takeover of Whole Foods, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is reportedly exploring a complaint that the company posts false list prices on its website, making its discounts seem better than they really are.

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Microsoft revenues up on cloud & Office 365, slowed by phones & Surface

07/21/2017, 09:07 am

Apple rival Microsoft's revenues were up 13 percent year-over-year to $23.3 billion in the June quarter, with profits of $6.5 billion -- driven largely by its cloud and Office businesses however, as some hardware efforts struggled.

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Tech group backs Apple in Qualcomm's ITC complaint

07/20/2017, 07:07 pm

A lobbying group representing big tech industry players like Google and Intel sided with Apple in a filing delivered to the U.S. International Trade Commission, saying Qualcomm's bid to ban iPhone imports would hurt consumers.

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State Farm sues Apple over house fire allegedly caused by 'defective' iPhone

07/20/2017, 05:07 pm

U.S. insurance giant State Farm on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Apple alleging a "defective and unreasonably dangerous" iPhone 4S caused a house fire in Wisconsin in 2016.

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Florida man to pay over $278K for insider trading connected to Apple's AuthenTec takeover

07/20/2017, 03:07 pm

A former AuthenTec worker has reached a $278,773 settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, resolving insider trading charges following Apple's buyout of his employer.

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Blackberry joins Apple in gaining NSA approval for secure communications

07/20/2017, 11:07 am

BlackBerry has received approval from the National Security Agency (NSA) to sell tools for securing phone calls and text messages to the United States government, with the former smartphone producer joining Apple on the list of companies endorsed for federal government use.

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Future AirPods might feature automated audio passthrough feature

07/20/2017, 06:07 am

An Apple patent application published on Thursday describes an advanced in-ear headphone device that uses sensors and valves to seal out ambient noise in certain situations, while letting in and augmenting external sound in others.

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