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Waymo & Uber in settlement talks over stolen self-driving technology

07/13/2017, 04:07 pm

Alphabet's self-driving car subsidiary, Waymo, is in court-ordered settlement talks with Uber -- though the former maintains that its lawsuit can prove Uber used trade secrets taken by one-time employee Anthony Levandowski.

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Facebook's Oculus to fight Apple's AR and VR push with new $200 standalone headset in 2018

07/13/2017, 02:07 pm

Facebook's Oculus is apparently in the early stages of developing a standalone mobile headset, with use cases like watching a movie on a plane, without needing a connected computer or smartphone.

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'Baby Driver' cut in real time with Avid on Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro

07/13/2017, 01:07 pm

Hit film Baby Driver was cut essentially in real time on set on a MacBook Pro, cutting way back on the need for expensive post-primary photography re-shoots.

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Amazon working on new Echo with better speakers in response to Apple HomePod

07/13/2017, 12:07 pm

Apparently in response to Apple's HomePod announcement, Amazon is reportedly working on a new flagship Echo speaker that will improve on the original in virtually every respect.

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Apple Park drone footage may be ending, with security forces seeking to cease flights

07/13/2017, 09:07 am

The latest drone footage from Apple park shows the march of progress towards completion, but it is not clear how many more videos there will be of the campus. with Apple reportedly cracking down on drone pilots in the area.

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Apple has been working on rumored 'iPhone 8' facial recognition solution for at least 3 years

07/13/2017, 05:07 am

An Apple patent application published Thursday details a method of unlocking a mobile device using facial image and depth data gleaned from specialized sensors and cameras, lending credence to rumors that the company is developing facial recognition systems to augment, or replace, Touch ID fingerprint scanning.

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Uniloc continues legal assault against Apple with two new patent suits

07/12/2017, 08:07 pm

So-called "patent troll" Uniloc added to its quickly growing list of patent infringement lawsuits against Apple on Wednesday, filing two separate actions targeting AirPlay and Continuity features.

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Apple rival Huawei debuts KFC-branded Android phone in China

07/12/2017, 05:07 pm

Apple's main competition in China -- Huawei -- has taken the unusual step of releasing a Kentucky Fried Chicken edition of the Enjoy 7 Plus to mark the 30th anniversary of the restaurant chain arriving in the country.

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iPhone-connected accessories rank among top Amazon Prime Day sellers

07/12/2017, 02:07 pm

A few iPhone- and iPad-compatible accessories were among the bestsellers on Prime Day, Amazon's one-day sales event held on July 11 -- though one of Amazon's own products topped global charts.

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Amazon, Google, Microsoft & Spotify among companies pushing Day of Action for net neutrality

07/12/2017, 10:07 am

A group of 40 technology companies on Wednesday launched a "Day of Action," designed to encourage feedback to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in support of net neutrality regulations -- which are opposed by Trump-appointed chairman Ajit Pai, as well as internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon.

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Apple opens first China data center to comply with country's cybersecurity rules

07/12/2017, 01:07 am

Apple on Wednesday announced the activation of its first data center in China, which is being operated in cooperation with a local internet firm to ensure compliance with the country's strict cybersecurity laws.

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1Password irks security experts in push toward cloud-based vaults

07/11/2017, 06:07 pm

Over the weekend, a number of security researchers recently took to Twitter to voice their displeasure at AgileBits' decision to push its popular password management service 1Password away from local credential storage to a cloud-based option.

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Microsoft ends support for its ill-fated iPhone competitor, Windows Phone

07/11/2017, 04:07 pm

Microsoft on Tuesday terminated support for Windows Phone 8.1, marking the end of an era in which the company tried to directly compete against Android devices and Apple's iPhone.

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Toshiba in talks with Western Digital, Apple-backed Foxconn consortium about chip unit sale

07/11/2017, 10:07 am

Despite having picked another group as the preferred bidder for its memory business, Toshiba is reportedly talking to two other interested parties as well -- Western Digital, and a Foxconn consortium including Apple, Dell, and Kingston.

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As Apple preps VR support in High Sierra, Facebook slashes Oculus Rift price to $400 in summer sale

07/10/2017, 11:07 am

Facebook has launched a six-week summer sale on the Oculus Rift headset -- and while there is no official support for it from the company, it can be used in conjunction with High Sierra and the SteamVR beta.

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Eddy Cue offers new Apple Park lunch auction after June one raises over $200K

07/10/2017, 10:07 am

Apple's head of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, is participating in a new charity auction for a lunch meeting at Apple Park -- less than a month after another fetched over $200,000.

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Apple announces location of new $921 million iCloud data center in Denmark

07/10/2017, 08:07 am

Apple has announced plans to build a new $921 million data center in Denmark near the German border, its second in the country.

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This week on AI: Qualcomm legal battle heats up, Imagination row continues, 'iPhone 8' rumors abound and more

07/08/2017, 12:07 am

This week was relatively slow in terms of major Apple developments, allowing a few minor "iPhone 8" rumors to bubble to the surface. The biggest developments related to Apple's ongoing legal battles with Imagination and Qualcomm, the latter of which filed a U.S. ITC request to block imports of iPhones not using its technology.

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Apple Maps vans adds Spain, three U.S. states to list of survey locations

07/07/2017, 05:07 pm

In an update to the Apple Maps webpage on Friday, Apple announced its camera- and sensor-laden mapping vans will hit the streets of Spain and a trio of U.S. states this month.

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Apple challenges Imagination's timeline, declares it stopped taking new IP in 2015

07/07/2017, 09:07 am

Apple has apparently taken issue with Imagination Technologies statements against it, and now says that the GPU maker knew that Apple was cutting back on its technologies since 2015, well before the public declaration in the spring.

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