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White House calls on Apple, other tech giants to help restructure government IT

08/03/2017, 08:08 pm

Continuing efforts to transform and modernize government IT systems, White House advisor Jared Kushner on Thursday laid out plans for the ambitious project in a conference call with representatives from tech giants Apple, Amazon, Oracle, Qualcomm and others.

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Google extended $30B takeover offer to Snap in 2016, may still be open to deal - report

08/03/2017, 03:08 pm

At one point in 2016 Google floated the idea of buying Snap -- the parent company of popular messaging app Snapchat -- for at least $30 billion, and a similar offer may remain open, according to a report.

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Tech group representing Apple rebukes proposed GOP immigration bill

08/03/2017, 12:08 am

Senate Republicans, with the backing of President Donald Trump, on Wednesday introduced a bill designed to drastically reduce legal immigration levels in the U.S., but the proposed act is already under fire from a technology industry lobbying group.

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Apple TV Remote app target of latest Uniloc patent lawsuit

08/02/2017, 08:08 pm

Continuing its withering legal barrage against Apple, so-called "patent troll" Uniloc on Wednesday filed a patent lawsuit claiming the Cupertino tech giant's Apple TV Remote app for iOS infringes on IP dating back to 1999.

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Amazon Echo vulnerability allows hackers to eavesdrop with always-on microphone

08/02/2017, 08:08 pm

A security researcher has shown off the potential danger of internet connected speakers being used to listen in on private conversations by publishing details of how to hack earlier models of the Amazon Echo via a hardware-based vulnerability that cannot be fixed with a software patch.

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Apple shares three new iPhone 7 ads featuring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson

08/02/2017, 05:08 pm

Apple on Wednesday posted to YouTube a trio of ads starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, with the short spots featuring extended scenes taken from the "Rock X Siri: Dominate the Day" mini movie.

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Red's $1200 Hydrogen One smartphone detailed in new video showing trio of prototypes

08/02/2017, 03:08 pm

Red's $1200 Hydrogen One smartphone with 3D display is more than vapor, with three prototypes being demonstrated -- with one having a fully functional display.

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Review: Vinpok Bolt-S cable returns MagSafe-like technology to the USB-C MacBook Pro

08/02/2017, 11:08 am

MagSafe was removed from the 2016 MacBook Pro, and its not likely coming back. Does the Vinpok Bolt-S cable fill the gap, or is the attraction of the old technology best left in the past?

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Facebook developing separate video chat and smartspeaker devices, custom voice assistant - report

08/02/2017, 09:08 am

Facebook is reportedly working on not one but two smartspeaker-style devices, and building its own Siri-like voice assistant with the help of former Apple employees.

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Feral porting BioShock Remastered to macOS to commemorate 10th anniversary of title

08/02/2017, 08:08 am

Mac game porting house Feral is releasing BioShock Remastered for macOS, with the new title bringing 1080p graphics to the heralded decade-old title.

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Apple R&D nears $3B per quarter in Q3 as work on AR, autonomous systems continue

08/02/2017, 12:08 am

Apple spent nearly $3 billion on research and development in the third quarter of 2017, a $377 million year-over-year increase that brings the company's six-month outlay on future projects to more than $5.7 billion.

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Apple to be exclusive retailer of 'Red Raven' camera kit

08/01/2017, 11:08 pm

Professional digital cinema camera company Red Digital Cinema on Tuesday announced Apple will be the exclusive retailer of its $15,000 Red Raven kit, which includes the Raven camera body, Sigma lens, carrying case and more.

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Avid makes limited version of movie editing tool Media Composer free for macOS

08/01/2017, 02:08 pm

Video editing company Avid has released a cut-down version of its composition software for free, in the form of "Avid Media Composer | First" for both Apple's macOS and Microsoft's Windows.

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Microsoft launches 'Surface Plus,' adapting iPhone Upgrade Program concept to PCs

08/01/2017, 01:08 pm

Microsoft on Tuesday introduced "Surface Plus" and "Surface Plus for Business," two ownership plans that appear to mimic Apple's strategy with the iPhone Upgrade Program.

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Apple cuts Beats headphone and speaker prices, but better deals can be had elsewhere

07/31/2017, 08:07 pm

Apple on Monday updated its online storefront to reflect minor discounts on certain Beats products, including both in-ear and over-ear headphones, as well as the Beats Pill+ portable speaker.

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Apple's sustainable forests now offset paper used in product packaging

07/31/2017, 08:07 pm

Apple's efforts to achieve a net-zero impact on the world's virgin fiber are paying off, as the company is now protecting or has created enough sustainable forestland to cover all paper packaging products.

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Further Apple HomePod firmware spelunking shows 1GB of RAM, 272x340 screen

07/31/2017, 04:07 pm

A deeper dive into the HomePod firmware that was briefly available over the weekend shows the A8-powered device will boast 1GB of RAM available and a 272-by-340 pixel screen, suggesting that rudimentary app support will be possible for the hardware in the future.

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Evolving tactics, rule changes make it harder to uncover future Apple product names

07/31/2017, 09:07 am

While Apple is finding it increasingly hard to stop feature leaks, this year, the company has had some success preventing people from learning exact product names -- owing to the countries it's now choosing for trademarks.

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Discovery Communications merges with Scripps in $14.6B deal, will make streaming juggernaut

07/31/2017, 08:07 am

The combination of Scripps and Discovery will generate over seven billion monthly streams of programming, making it the largest TV show network in the world

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This week on AI: iPods fade away, 'iPhone 8' & Apple TV rumors, Trump promises US plants

07/29/2017, 04:07 am

The end of an era came this week as Apple discontinued its last remaining "old-school" iPods, the Nano and the Shuffle. "iPhone 8" and Apple TV rumors continued to steam ahead, while U.S. President Donald Trump claimed Apple will set up multiple factories in the country.

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