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Amazon offers ad-supported music service to Echo owners at no charge

04/18/2019, 03:04 pm

Amazon is attempting to attract customers in the United States yet to sign up for Amazon Prime or Amazon Music Unlimited to use its music streaming service instead of using Apple Music or Spotify, by providing access to a selection of tracks on its Echo range or other Alexa-enabled devices.

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Facebook admits millions of Instagram accounts affected by unencrypted password storage blunder

04/18/2019, 02:04 pm

Facebook has admitted its major security breach from March where the social network stored "hundreds of millions" of plain-text passwords on internal servers was worse than first thought for users of Instagram, advising it may have affected millions of accounts on the image-sharing service and not the "tens of thousands" it initially reported.

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Apple's 2019 Environmental Responsibility Report touts increased focus on recycling and material recovery

04/18/2019, 11:04 am

Apple is committed to building its products while simultaneously trying to "leave our world better than we found it," the company declares in its 2019 Environmental Responsibility Report, underscoring the progress the iPhone producer has made in its long-term renewable energy and recycling efforts.

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Apple opens Texas recycling lab, increases program efforts ahead of Earth Day

04/18/2019, 08:04 am

Apple is expanding its recycling programs in a number of ways, including quadrupling the number of places in the United States an iPhone will be accepted for recycling, and the opening of a Material Recovery Lab in Texas to find ways to improve the environmental effort in the future.

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Force-sensing gloves could control an iPhone by detecting gestures and how objects are gripped

04/18/2019, 08:04 am

Apple wants people to be able to interact with devices using gloves and other items of clothing, by taking advantage of conductive strands in the fabric to give the wearable garments a force-sensing capability that could be used by an iPhone or another connected device.

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Editorial: Why is Samsung's Galaxy Fold graded on a curve?

04/18/2019, 06:04 am

Samsung Electronics is a multibillion corporation that leads the world in producing advanced displays, solid state storage and other components; builds an astounding array of home appliances-- including the majority of the world's high end televisions-- and has built smartphones for many years before iPhone even appeared. So why is the company handled like a small child when it makes sloppy, incompetent mistakes?

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Facebook 'unintentionally' harvested email contacts from 1.5M users

04/17/2019, 11:04 pm

Facebook on Wednesday confirmed that it "unintentionally uploaded" the email contacts of some 1.5 million users without their express consent since May 2016, a mistake for which the company is taking steps to correct.

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Facebook confirms plans for voice assistant to match Siri, Alexa & Google Assistant

04/17/2019, 05:04 pm

Facebook on Wednesday confirmed that it's working on its own voice assistant, carving out a space among competitors like Apple's Siri and Amazon Alexa.

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Wisconsin governor wants to renegotiate Foxconn deal, says promised jobs unlikely

04/17/2019, 04:04 pm

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers is calling for the state to renegotiate its deal with Foxconn, arguing that the Taiwan-based manufacturer has broken its end of the agreement and won't be able to create the 13,000 jobs it once promised.

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Early reviews of Samsung's $2K Galaxy Fold marred by many broken screens [u]

04/17/2019, 03:04 pm

Some of the first reviews of Samsung's $1,980 Galaxy Fold are beginning to hit the internet, but multiple reviewers say they've already managed to break its main 7.3-inch display.

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The pay's the thing -- collapsed Bill Gates & Steve Jobs rivalry musical 'Nerds' producer sued for $6M

04/17/2019, 09:04 am

Carl Levin, the producer of the ill-fated Broadway musical "Nerds" about the rivalry between technology titans Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, has become the target of a $6 million lawsuit alleging he lied to investors about the show's funding in order to secure more backing.

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Foxconn chairman Terry Gou declares run for presidency of Taiwan

04/17/2019, 08:04 am

Foxconn's chairman, Terry Gou, said on Wednesday that he's running to become President of Taiwan, a move that could trigger political and economic waves including at Apple.

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Apple self-driving car project advancing, discussions about sensors being had with suppliers

04/17/2019, 07:04 am

Apple is stepping up its automotive efforts as part of "Project Titan," with the firm reportedly in discussions with a number of component suppliers about LiDAR sensors that could be used in the iPhone maker's next generation of self-driving vehicle systems.

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Apple pulls TikTok from India's App Store in compliance with government ban

04/16/2019, 11:04 pm

Following weeks of legal wrangling, Apple and Google on Wednesday complied with government demands and removed popular video sharing app TikTok from their respective app stores.

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Class action suit alleges 'misleading' Apple financial statements amount to securities fraud

04/16/2019, 09:04 pm

A new class action lawsuit takes Apple to task over an always rosy outlook on future financials, claiming company executives made materially false statements concerning the health of its main business, iPhone, leading up to a revenue guidance correction in January.

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Intel exits 5G smartphone modem business on heels of Apple-Qualcomm settlement

04/16/2019, 07:04 pm

Apple supplier Intel on Tuesday announced plans to exit the 5G smartphone modem business, with the decision arriving on the heels of a settlement reached in the wide sprawling Apple v. Qualcomm legal battle.

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Planned T-Mobile-Sprint merger reportedly unlikely to pass DOJ scrutiny, T-Mobile CEO Legere disagrees

04/16/2019, 06:04 pm

A report on Tuesday claims the U.S. Department of Justice in April told T-Mobile and Sprint that a planned merger will not pass muster as currently structured, putting the massive $26 billion deal in jeopardy.

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Apple to integrate Qualcomm's 5G chips in iPhone by 2020, report says

04/16/2019, 06:04 pm

A surprise settlement in a years-long legal battle over licensing and patents has opened the door for Apple to adopt Qualcomm 5G modems, but the chips are not expected to reach iPhone until 2020.

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Leaked docs show Facebook weaponized user data against competitors, with little regard for privacy

04/16/2019, 01:04 pm

In the past, Facebook executives including CEO Mark Zuckerberg regularly wielded user data as a tool to reward partners and smash rivals, according to some 4,000 pages of leaked emails, messages, and other documents spanning from 2011 to 2015.

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Apple's temporary Fifth Avenue store coping with bed bug infestation

04/16/2019, 11:04 am

Apple's Fifth Avenue temp store -- handling traffic during renovations at its iconic New York City cube -- has reportedly been dealing with a bed bug problem for weeks.

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