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Disney+ streaming service debuts on Nov. 12 for $6.99 a month

04/11/2019, 10:04 pm

Disney at an investor event held at the company's California headquarters on Thursday revealed detailed plans for Disney+, a new video streaming service scheduled to go live in November with media giant's diverse catalog of movies, television shows and original content.

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Ikea's Tradfri smart plugs are now HomeKit compatible

04/11/2019, 03:04 pm

Ikea has issued an update for its Tradfri smart plugs in the United States, with new firmware released on Thursday enabling the power accessories to be controlled by other devices using Apple's HomeKit smart home platform, as well as via the Home app.

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Foxconn's Wisconsin presence 'a bunch of empty buildings,' far behind targets

04/11/2019, 12:04 pm

Foxconn's vaunted Wisconsin facilities, backed by U.S. President Donald Trump, have so far amounted to "a bunch of empty buildings and a lot of questions," an investigation indicates.

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Multinational tech giants like Apple often 'pay taxes nowhere,' says German minister

04/11/2019, 09:04 am

The world's biggest multinational tech companies, Apple among them, are escaping much of their fair tax burden, German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said in an interview this week.

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WPA3 Wi-Fi still saddled with security flaws, researchers claim [u]

04/11/2019, 09:04 am

WPA3 -- a Wi-Fi security protocol launched by the Wi-Fi Alliance in 2018 -- is, in practice, better than WPA2, but still fraught with security flaws, according to a recent research paper.

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Apple slapped with massive 16-patent lawsuit from wireless tech firm Seven Networks

04/11/2019, 12:04 am

Seven Networks, an active mobile technology company based out of Texas and Finland, on Wednesday leveled a lawsuit against Apple claiming infringement of 16 owned patents asserted against a range of critical software and hardware features.

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Apple's Mac spotted in viral image with black hole researcher

04/10/2019, 10:04 pm

On Wednesday, the world got its first glimpse at a black hole, or more accurately its shadow, in what is being hailed as a monumental scientific achievement that was once thought impossible. And Mac was there.

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Thousands of Amazon workers are listening in on Echo audio, report says [u]

04/10/2019, 08:04 pm

In a bid to enhance its in-house Alexa voice recognition technology, Amazon reportedly employs thousands of people around the world to listen, transcribe and annotate audio clips recorded by Echo devices.

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Apple Podcasts Preview redesigned with support for web playback, episode details, more

04/10/2019, 06:04 pm

Apple this week pushed out a major revamp to the Apple Podcasts Preview webpage, providing users a refreshed design, the ability to play episodes directly in a web browser, granular episode details and more.

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Apple agrees to open iPhone NFC for UK's Brexit app by end of 2019

04/09/2019, 10:04 pm

After months of talks and behind-the-scenes negotiation, Apple has agreed to make iPhone's NFC stack available to a UK government app designed to confirm the status of citizens following a planned departure from the European Union.

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Apple reportedly removes pro-democracy music from Apple Music in China

04/09/2019, 09:04 pm

Apple recently pulled songs by pro-democracy artists from its Apple Music service in China, according to a report on Tuesday, suggesting the company has again caved to content gatekeeping requests lodged by the Chinese government.

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Functional Apple W.A.L.T. prototype from 1993 shown off in new video

04/09/2019, 02:04 pm

A functional version of the Apple W.A.L.T., a concept "telephone Mac" from 1993 that did not enter mass production, has surfaced in a video, with the distant ancestor to the iPhone shown to have features including online banking access, a touchscreen, and other advanced features.

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Qualcomm loses fight against handing data over to EU antitrust officials

04/09/2019, 12:04 pm

Qualcomm on Tuesday lost a court challenge against a European Commission request, which sought more data in its antitrust investigation of chip deals with companies like Apple.

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Yahoo reaches $117.5M settlement for data breaches affecting 3 billion accounts

04/09/2019, 09:04 am

Yahoo has reportedly reached a $117.5 million settlement with the victims of multiple data breaches earlier this decade, which ultimately impacted some 3 billion accounts.

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Healthcare an opportunity for Apple to 'lead digital disruption' versus rivals

04/08/2019, 12:04 pm

Whereas Apple's other recent service announcements are in well-trodden ground, the company "has the potential to lead digital disruption" with healthcare, Morgan Stanley analysts claimed on Monday.

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UK proposes creating regulator to fine tech firms slow to take down harmful online content

04/08/2019, 10:04 am

Apple and other tech companies may face fines and have their services blocked if they are not able to handle harmful online contact in an effective manner, the United Kingdom government has suggested, proposing the creation of a regulator that could create new rules social networks and other online entities should follow concerning terrorist messages and abuse images.

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Key EU countries block draft of digital tax on tech corporations like Apple

04/08/2019, 09:04 am

This weekend, Sweden, Finland, Ireland and Denmark blocked a draft proposal of tax that would affect major tech corporations operating in the European Union.

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Apple executive Andreas Gal suggests he was detained at border for voicing political views

04/06/2019, 12:04 am

Apple employee and former Mozilla CTO Andreas Gal recounted a November run-in with U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in an interview published Friday, saying he might have been singled out because of his political leanings.

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Netflix drops AirPlay support citing unnamed 'technical limitations'

04/05/2019, 07:04 pm

For reasons unknown, Netflix recently disabled the ability to stream content from an iOS device to Apple TV using Apple's AirPlay protocol, a move that limits customer options.

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Apple scraps plans for first Australian 'global flagship' store

04/05/2019, 01:04 am

Apple has shelved plans to build its first global flagship retail store in Australia, as heritage authority officials effectively blocked development of the proposed Federation Square site by declining a demolition permit application.

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