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Sprint, T-Mobile extend merger deadline to July 29

04/29/2019, 10:04 pm

T-Mobile and Sprint on Monday extended the deadline to complete a proposed $26 billion deal that would merge the two wireless market competitors into a single entity, allowing the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission more time to approve the agreement.

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Apple's millennial leap from fading Golden Age icon to flexible, flashy plastic fashion

04/29/2019, 06:04 pm

Apple's deft transition in the late 90s from an aging icon into a fresh, modern brand with the ability to capture the attention of buyers is now virtually ancient history. But it provides some perspective on Apple's current position, which is frequently characterized as being one mistake away from doom. There are also lessons for Apple's competitors.

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Apple-marketed robotics firm Anki goes into shutdown mode

04/29/2019, 05:04 pm

Anki -- a robotics company once heavily promoted by Apple -- is shutting down on Wednesday, forcing nearly 200 people out of work.

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An unsecured database on Microsoft servers holds information on over 80 million households

04/29/2019, 11:04 am

Security researchers have reportedly uncovered an unsecured database containing the details of over 80 million U.S. households, including names and addresses.

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Apple's Siri ties with Google Assistant for most-used voice assistant

04/29/2019, 10:04 am

A Microsoft study suggests that Apple's Siri is on par with Google Assistant for worldwide usage, despite the latter being available on a wider range of devices.

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Beats Powerbeats Pro preorders commence May 3 ahead of May 10 release

04/29/2019, 08:04 am

Apple will be opening up pre-orders for the Powerbeats Pro from May 3, allowing consumers the first opportunity to purchase Beats' take on the AirPods wireless earphones concept ahead of its shipping date on May 10.

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Apple says it removed parental control apps because they posed privacy risk

04/29/2019, 01:04 am

Apple on Sunday issued a formal response to a New York Times report that implied the company removed a number of parental control apps from the App Store to quash competition, saying the titles in question posed a threat to user security.

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Purged screen time monitoring apps misused enterprise tools, Schiller says

04/28/2019, 12:04 am

A critical New York Times report on Saturday suggested Apple culls screen time monitoring apps that compete similar first-party features built into iOS. In response, SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller said the titles in question abuse a device management technology designed for enterprise users.

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AC3: Apple's insatiable appetite for office space devours Wolfe Campus, hungry for more

04/26/2019, 07:04 am

Apple Park's sprawling "Campus 2" remained a center of media attention ever since plans for the "Spaceship" Ring nestled in acres of trees first gained approval back in 2013. However, a parallel third campus site just up Wolfe Road has more quietly progressed with less notoriety, despite being a remarkable project of its own.

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Amazon rumored to launch high definition music service by end of 2019

04/25/2019, 10:04 pm

Amazon is reportedly in discussions to license high definition content for a new premium subscription music service rumored to launch by the end of 2019, a move that could give the online retailer a leg-up over industry competitors Spotify and Apple Music.

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Apple loses three core members of small industrial design team

04/25/2019, 06:04 pm

Three members of Apple's vaunted industrial design team have departed or are planning to depart the company, taking with them decades of combined experience in creating some of the world's most iconic products.

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New report claims Apple spending less on Amazon Web Services, not more

04/25/2019, 11:04 am

Despite hints to the contrary earlier this week, Apple's spending on Amazon Web Services for cloud infrastructure is actually on a long-term decline, a report said on Thursday.

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Apple recalling some AC wall plug adapters and Apple World Travel Adapter Kits

04/25/2019, 08:04 am

Apple has launched a voluntary recall of some AC wall plug adapters shipped between 2003 and 2010, designed for use primarily in Hong Kong, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

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HomePod's multi-user support could use iPhones to secure Siri queries using personal data

04/25/2019, 08:04 am

The HomePod could offer support for Siri with multiple users in the future without worrying about a user's personal data being accessed, with Apple coming up with a method to authenticate the speaker is authorized to make potentially sensitive queries using the presence of a nearby iPhone.

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Mac malware jumps more than 60% in three months, massive uptick in adware

04/25/2019, 03:04 am

The threat of malware has increased for Mac users in a short space of time, a report from Malwarebytes claims, with detected threats up by more than 60% from the fourth quarter of 2018 to the first quarter of 2019, and adware becoming more prevalent with an increase of over 200% for the same period.

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Intel lays off dozens from autonomous vehicle program, acquires LiDAR startup

04/24/2019, 11:04 pm

In a claimed effort to streamline operations, Intel recently shaved "several dozen" people from its roster of employees working on autonomous vehicles at the company's Silicon Valley Innovation Center in Palo Alto.

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Expecting to pay up to $5B for Cambridge Analytica, Facebook sets aside $3B for FTC fines

04/24/2019, 05:04 pm

Facebook is preparing to pay a record-setting fine to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations following the Cambridge Analytica fiasco, as the social network is earmarking $3 billion to go towards its expenses and a potential $5 billion fine, depending on how it negotiates with the regulator.

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AT&T CEO says faster 5G networks will cost more and be capped

04/24/2019, 03:04 pm

The CEO of AT&T has proposed higher pricing for 5G connectivity, suggesting data plans for the next-generation mobile networks could be closer to that of broadband packages, including both allowances of data and tiered maximum speeds.

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Alexa voice recognition audit teams had access to customers' location data

04/24/2019, 01:04 pm

More allegations about how owners of the Amazon Echo smart speaker range are having their privacy infringed by the retailer have surfaced, with the latest claim involving an internal team of Alexa auditors having access to customer data that can reveal their home address.

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Samsung to spend $116B in next decade to overtake chipmakers TSMC, Intel, Qualcomm

04/24/2019, 12:04 pm

Samsung this week said it intends to spend $116 billion by 2030 in order to beat the likes of Intel, Qualcomm, and TSMC for a lead role in logic chip manufacturing.

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