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Apple to acquire voice app firm PullString in deal worth below $100M, report says

02/15/2019, 05:02 pm

As part of a larger push into voice recognition and artificial intelligence technology, Apple has reportedly agreed to purchase PullString, a San Francisco startup focused on the development and publication of voice apps for Amazon's Alexa, Google Assistant and "internet of things" hardware.

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Healthcare tech firm Epic Systems says it won't consider any Apple buyout offer

02/15/2019, 03:02 pm

Despite its potentially lucrative nature, the CEO of healthcare IT firm Epic Systems says she won't consider any possible takeover offer by Apple.

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FTC & Facebook negotiating record-breaking billion-dollar privacy violation fine

02/15/2019, 12:02 pm

Facebook and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission are in talks over a privacy violations fine that could cost the former billions of dollars.

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Apple's latest conflict minerals report says five smelters & refiners removed during 2018

02/15/2019, 09:02 am

Apple on Friday submitted its latest annual conflict minerals report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, revealing that it asked suppliers to kick out five smelters and refiners during 2018.

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Samsung poised to challenge Apple at retail in US with first full-scale stores

02/15/2019, 08:02 am

Looking to push beyond its modest retail efforts so far, Apple rival Samsung is planning to open three full-scale U.S. stores on Feb. 20, the same day it announces the Galaxy S10 and its first foldable phone.

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Allstate acquires iPhone repair outfit iCracked, joins 'right to repair' fight against Apple

02/15/2019, 07:02 am

Insurance firm Allstate is expanding its offerings in the field of consumer protection plans by acquiring repair outfit iCracked, a purchase that could allow customers of its plans to more easily repair their iPhones and iPads, and could also give the company more sway in pushing for right-to-repair legislation in the United States.

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Samsung app leaks new Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Buds earphones, fitness bands

02/15/2019, 01:02 am

Samsung inadvertently unveiled a slate of new wearable products in an app update on Thursday, revealing images of unannounced devices like a new Galaxy Watch and a set of wireless earphones dubbed Galaxy Buds that will likely debut at a special media event slated for Feb. 20.

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Apple's Beats releases 'NBA Collection' Studio3 Wireless headphones in six team colors

02/14/2019, 08:02 pm

Some five months after Apple inked a deal to make Beats the official supplier of audio products for the National Basketball Association, the company on Thursday announced availability of "NBA Collection" Studio3 Wireless models that sport colors and livery from six teams.

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Apple reportedly acquires digital marketing firm DataTiger

02/14/2019, 05:02 pm

According to recent regulatory filings, Apple has acquired U.K.-based digital marketing firm DataTiger in a move that could bolster the tech giant's already prodigious marketing apparatus.

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Amazon bailing on $2.5 billion NYC headquarters after coming under fire from lawmakers

02/14/2019, 12:02 pm

Under pressure from citizens and lawmakers, Amazon has pulled the plug on a large facility in New York City and is walking away from billions in incentives.

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Disney boots Apple off top US spot in 2019 'Brand Intimacy' study

02/14/2019, 12:02 pm

Entertainment megacorporation Disney has, for the first time, replaced Apple at the top of MBLM's annual "Brand Intimacy" study in the U.S., gauging the emotional attachments manufactured by brands.

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Director of Apple's '1984' & 'Think Different' campaigns retires from Apple's ad partner

02/14/2019, 09:02 am

Lee Clow, the founder of Apple's main ad partner TBWA\Media Arts Lab, is retiring after spending a large part of his career working on Apple's most iconic campaigns including Think Different, Mac vs PC, and the 1984 Super Bowl commercial.

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US Army wants Steve Jobs-like iPhone-style design process for next-generation rifles

02/14/2019, 07:02 am

The U.S. Army has compared the production of future weaponry to Apple's creation of the iPhone as it searches for a contractor to design and produce next-generation rifles, with the hope the next gun created for the military will produce a similar level of revolution to "small arms."

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Grocer Kroger launches QR code-based payment service, snubs Apple Pay

02/13/2019, 09:02 pm

Grocery chain Kroger Co. rolled out a first-party mobile payments solution on Wednesday as it continues to rebuff third-party solutions like Apple's Apple Pay.

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Apple signed 'many' publishers for subscription service at 50 percent revenue split, report says

02/13/2019, 07:02 pm

According to a report on Wednesday, Apple has signed a number of publications to an upcoming subscription news service despite what at first blush appears to be an exorbitant 50 percent revenue split.

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Apple to require two-factor authentication for developer accounts

02/13/2019, 06:02 pm

In a bid to secure developer accounts from nefarious actors, Apple on Wednesday said all app makers will be required to use the company's two-factor authentication protocol to protect their Apple IDs.

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Apple's self-driving vehicles disengage for safety more frequently by design

02/13/2019, 03:02 pm

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has released a letter it received from Apple concerning the "Project Titan" self-driving vehicle project's disengagement rates, with the letter advising how Apple is collecting data on incidents where a driver takes over for the automated driving system, and why the number is so high.

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Tim Cook named as member of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board

02/13/2019, 12:02 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been named as one of the 25 members of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, a group that aims to create a strategy to make workers in the United States cope better with the current and impending challenges of 21st century employment.

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Apple changes British & Australian Siri voices on HomePod

02/13/2019, 11:02 am

Apple has stealthily updated Siri's British and Australian voices on the HomePod, apparently seeking to make them clearer and more natural-sounding.

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Humanity is killing itself with fat, and we're going to show you how the Apple Watch can save you

02/13/2019, 07:02 am

Apple's attempts to make its users more aware of their health over the years has introduced many new products and services, all with the goal of getting users in shape, but considering the sedentary way many people live their lives, especially those who work from home, maybe the heavy-handed push to get fitter is warranted.

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