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Topic: General

FTC chief open to tech company breakups over antitrust concerns

08/14/2019, 08:08 am

Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joe Simons is open to the idea of breaking apart giant tech firms like Apple by undoing mergers, if it is determined large entities like Facebook are harming competition across the tech industry as a whole by being too dominant.

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FAA prohibits recalled MacBook Pros on flights due to fire risk

08/13/2019, 07:08 pm

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration recently notified major airlines of Apple's recall of certain MacBook Pro models, effectively banning the impacted laptops from passenger and cargo planes as they pose a potential fire hazard.

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Facebook paid contractors to transcribe Messenger app audio

08/13/2019, 06:08 pm

Not one to be left out of a potential privacy scandal, a report on Tuesday reveals Facebook hired outside contractors to listen to and transcribe recorded Messenger voice chats, though the company said it recently put a halt to the program.

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OWC updates USB-C Travel Dock with 100W power delivery

08/13/2019, 02:08 pm

OWC has launched a new version of the USB-C Travel Dock, a compact accessory for the iPad Pro, Mac, and MacBooks that provides five essential ports to expand the host device's connectivity options, one that is also capable of being used to recharge a 15-inch MacBook Pro through the same connection.

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Apple & Tiffany partnering with Alaskan gold environmental stewards

08/13/2019, 08:08 am

Apple is partnering with environmental group RESOLVE to find new ways to responsibly source gold in Alaska for electronics manufacture.

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Parallels Desktop 15 for macOS Catalina makes the move to Metal

08/13/2019, 03:08 am

PC virtualization software maker Parallels on Tuesday released the newest version of its eponymous software, adding faster performance through Metal support for the first time, as well as Keychain integration.

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Apple sued for storing iCloud data on third-party servers

08/12/2019, 11:08 pm

A class-action lawsuit lodged with a California court on Monday accuses Apple of false advertising, claiming the company banked on its name by telling consumers iCloud data is "stored by Apple" when, in fact, the information is in some cases siloed on servers run by Amazon, Google and Microsoft.

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Losing your iPhone makes paying off Apple Card a hassle

08/12/2019, 09:08 pm

Apple Card, like any service that lives solely on iPhone, becomes a major inconvenience when a device is lost or stolen, with users in some cases forced to contact customer service to perform essential tasks like paying off their balance.

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WordPress owner Automattic to purchase Tumblr from Verizon

08/12/2019, 06:08 pm

Automattic, parent company of popular online publishing platform WordPress, has agreed to purchase microblogging service Tumblr from current owner Verizon for an undisclosed sum, it was reported on Monday.

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Review: The BenQ EL2870U monitor is an inexpensive gateway into 4K & desktop HDR

08/11/2019, 06:08 pm

Thunderbolt displays are great and incredibly flexible, but are generally overkill for users just looking for 4K. Ostensibly aimed at gamers, the BenQ EL2870U 4K display is an affordable 4K display with good video connectivity options.

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Goldman Sachs may accept 'subprime' Apple Card applications

08/09/2019, 09:08 am

Apple Card is apparently being offered to more than just people with great credit scores, with Goldman Sachs allegedly approving applicants for the co-branded credit card with poor credit scores, in what could be a move to acquire as many customers as quickly as possible.

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Apple updates USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter with HDMI 2.0 support

08/09/2019, 12:08 am

Apple this week started sales of an updated version of its USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter, delivering HDMI 2.0 support for 60Hz refresh rates at high resolutions, HDR output and more.

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Facebook dangles big money to lure news outlets into new service

08/08/2019, 08:08 pm

Social media giant Facebook is reportedly offering major publications millions of dollars to secure content for a news section it aims to debut later this year, a move that could put pressure on subscription services like Apple News+.

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Apple adds more drivers to autonomous car project

08/08/2019, 07:08 pm

Apple is expanding efforts to forward its self-driving car project, and according to government documents has added 33 drivers to test its fleet of 69 autonomous vehicles over the past three months.

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Tim Cook invites Coast Guard Admiral Karl Shultz to Apple Park

08/08/2019, 06:08 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook met with U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz at Apple Park on Thursday, where the two discussed a range of topics including similarities in their seemingly disparate jobs.

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Apple's expanded bug bounty program covers all operating systems, payouts up to $1M, special iPhones, more

08/08/2019, 04:08 pm

Apple is opening its bug bounty program to cover all of its operating systems, with the company expanding and improving the scheme to pay researchers for finding bugs in macOS, watchOS, tvOS, iPadOS, and iCloud, along with the current payouts for iOS issues. Also new are special iPhones that will help select researchers surface vulnerabilities.

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Smart speaker market growing steadily but dominated by sub-$50 models

08/08/2019, 12:08 pm

A new report by CIRP shows that price seems to be the driving factor behind smart speaker adoption and market growth, with over 50 percent of the market belonging to entry-level Amazon Echo and Google Dot and Mini devices.

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Apple Card opened up to more users ahead of official launch

08/08/2019, 08:08 am

Apple has increased the number of people who can sign up for Apple Card ahead of its official launch, with more iPhone users now able to apply for the credit card from their devices.

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Editorial: Why does Apple have a monopoly on responsive corporate values?

08/08/2019, 07:08 am

Apple pioneered the concept of making its products accessible to users with disabilities back in the 1980s. It has made environmentally sound manufacturing and supplier responsibility a key aspect of its global operations. It has taken a public stand for inclusion and diversity and has made privacy and security primary features of its products. Why haven't other tech giants offered more than a meek "me too" in these areas?

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Samsung's ARM-based Galaxy Book S lasts 23 hours, features touchscreen and LTE connectivity

08/07/2019, 09:08 pm

Samsung at its Unpacked event on Wednesday unveiled the Galaxy Book S, an addition to the company's Galaxy Book line that features an ARM-based Qualcomm Snapdragon processor for longer battery life.

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