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Spotify says Apple is forcing it to use in-app billing again

Spotify is accusing Apple of some pretty sketchy business practices. In a letter to Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell, Spotify claims Apple is blocking updates to its app to get it’s 30 percent cut and help Apple Music shine.<p>Specifically, Spotify says Apple is refusing updates citing “business …

The iPhone 7 Launch Is Apple's Dangerous Gamble

Everyone wants to know what Apple is doing next, and the voracious online appetite for news around the iPhone has created an issue for Apple. The geekerati have been talking about vivid OLED screens, curved screens, a new design and style, and are eager to see what Apple has to celebrate the tenth …

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Android N's name is officially Nougat

Google has finally revealed the name for its next version of Android: Nougat. Sighs.<p>“75% of European digital ecosystem is present at #TNW2018”Are you doing business in Amsterdam in May?Join us<p>That’s certainly less exciting than Nutella, which pretty much <i>everyone</i> wanted. Heck, I would’ve even taken …

World’s cheapest smartphone, costing under £3, begins shipping next week

The first batch of the world’s cheapest smart phone, costing less than £3 begins shipping next week, the manufacturers said on Thursday.<p>Ringing Bells Freedom 251 smartphone, which is based on the Android system, is aimed to bring mobile phone ownership to the Indian mass market.<p>Costing 251 Rupees …

Everyone thinks Android 'Nougat' should be 'Nutella'

Excited about Android Nougat? You’re not the only one! While many are just happy there’s a name, a good chunk of the early reactions to Google’s new mobile OS name is — well, less than sweet.<p>“It's both terrifyingly interesting and interestingly terrifying”According to VICE, TNW Conference is quite …

With iOS 10, ‘Hey Siri’ intelligently activates on just one nearby device at a time [Video]

Apple is bringing some clever intelligence for Siri with iOS 10, in addition to the publicly-announced features like third-party app integration. Thanks to a reader tip, we’ve discovered a clever enhancement for Siri on iPhones and iPads running iOS 10. When using ‘Hey Siri’ voice activation in a …

Three BlackBerry Android devices likely in the works, one possibly made by TCL/Alcatel

At the beginning of the month, reports described slow BlackBerry PRIV sales and high return rates. Despite this and a potential exit from the hardware business, <i>VentureBeat</i> has details on three new Android-powered devices in the works. These rumors are similar to ones from last year and involve a …

HTC launches closed beta for Sense 8 Home on non-HTC devices

HTC’s Sense is a fairly well-loved skin for the Android operating system. The only downside is that it has previously only been available on HTC devices. However, last week saw HTC rolling out email invitations to give Sense Home 8 a spin on their non-HTC smartphones. As of today, the beta is …

Tim Cook just got a big promotion at Nike

Apple CEO Tim Cook is moving up in the world of Nike, where he’s been serving as a member of the board of directors.<p>Nike revealed that starting today, Cook will be the lead independent board member at the athletic apparel company, which is undergoing some big leadership changes.<p>Cook’s promotion on …

3D renders imagine Space Black iPhone 7 w/ Force Touch Home button & black Lightning EarPods

It was reported earlier this week that Apple is planning to release a Space Black model of the upcoming iPhone 7. Some mockups emerged of what such a device could look like following that report, and now designer Martin Hajek has shared a gallery of beautiful 3D renders.<p>The renders show an iPhone 7 …

Zoox raises $200 million at $1 billion valuation for its self-driving cars

TechCrunch has confirmed reports that auto startup Zoox is raising about $200 million at a $1 billion valuation. We’ve also learned that investors Lux Capital and DFJ are involved in the round.<p>The Palo Alto-based startup founded by Tim Kentley-Klay and Jesse Levinson, has been deliberately quiet …

Oracle owes HP $3 billion in damages for breach of contract, jury says

Oracle must pay HP $3 billion in damages, a California jury has ordered, for breaching a contract relating to HP's servers. HP says Oracle broke an agreement to keep developing software for servers based on Intel's Itanium chips, while Oracle had argued that Intel made it clear in 2011 that the …

FreedomPop SIM serves up 10GB of data for £10 per month

Mobile provider FreedomPop is best known for its Basic 200 tariff, which gives users 200 minutes, 200 texts and 200MB of 4G data each month absolutely free. The company balances the books by way of overage charges and various paid, bolt-on features, as well as offering premium plans on 30-day …

Das Keyboard is crowdfunding a cloud-connected mechanical keyboard

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LG fires executives, creates new sub-department to try and salvage its collapsing mobile division

For a company that seemed to impress so many with its Optimus G and G2 handsets a few years ago, LG’s mobile market plummet is as pronounced as it is precarious. Last year saw an effort that some felt to be half-baked as the G4 was purely plastic despite rival Samsung’s switch to something more …

HP Spectre review: an ultra shiny, ultra portable MacBook competitor

If you’re looking for a premium, ultraportable laptop, there aren’t many options to be found in the Windows world. Apple’s been owning this segment of the laptop market for so long that it almost feels like other companies have given up. But they haven’t, and HP is trying its hardest to change that …

Crystal Pepsi Is Returning to Store Shelves

PepsiCo tries to tap into ’90s nostalgia by bringing back colorless cola<p>By<p>Mike Esterl<p>Mike Esterl<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@mikeesterl<p>mike.esterl@wsj.com<p>PepsiCo Inc. PEP 1.04% is trying to tap 1990s nostalgia to give its sagging soda sales a temporary jolt.<p>The snack-and-beverage giant said …

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Here are the 3 companies that could lose if the Tesla-SolarCity deal goes through

SolarCity would be further integrated with energy storage and electric vehicles, and with its own solar panel manufacturing plant on the way sometime in the next two years, it could make almost everything it needs in-house.<p>There are sure to be winners and losers after such an alliance, and below …

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Americans' taste for Mexican beer sucking up water supply, mayor says

Municipality near the US border says brewery that makes Corona, Modelo and other beers is using so much water from wells that region is becoming bone dry<p>A brewery satisfying Americans’ thirst for Mexican beers such as Corona is sucking so much water from wells in an arid region near the US border …

How NetApp's CEO and his twin brother won the Valley after they switched jobs

For George Kurian, the CEO of NetApp and Thomas Kurian, Oracle's president of product development that myth is practically true.<p>They are literal doppelgangers who rose to the top with so much togetherness, at one point they literally got up and switched jobs, sending each of them on their current …

New Galaxy Note 7 Leaks Challenge iPhone's Meanest Feature

Samsung is going to put pressure on a number of smartphone manufacturers with an expected increase of storage on the upcoming Galaxy Note tablet to 64GB. With many flagship handsets starting at a restrictive 16GB, the Note 7 could reset the baseline expectations of consumers to a much higher and …

Samsung to provide dual camera modules to Chinese OEMs

Dual camera modules seem to be growing in popularity as of late. And thanks to a new report from <i>The Korea Herald</i>, it’s looking like more and more Chinese smartphone makers will begin adopting the tech thanks to Samsung.<p>According to industry sources, Samsung will begin supplying dual camera modules …

9 Things To Know About Xiaomi Before Its IPO

Many investors have wondered when <b>Xiaomi</b> , one of the biggest smartphone makers in China, will ever go public. But back in March, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun told reporters at the opening of the National People's Congress in Beijing that there weren't any plans to file for an IPO "at the moment." Later that …

Apple gives employees rainbow Apple Watch band for Pride

Apple is again celebrating Pride in San Francisco, but this time are gifting employees with a rainbow Apple Watch band for taking part in the festivities.<p>Many Apple employees have taken to Twitter and Instagram to show off the band, which has a card included letting them know that their …

Google CEO Sundar Pichai's Quora account has been hacked

Sundar Pichai isn’t going to have a happy start to his week. The CEO of Google’s Quora account appears to have been hacked by a group called OurMine, which previously broke into Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts earlier this month.<p>The three-man hacker outfit has been …

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Google will launch its own phone this year, report says

Since 2010, Google has showcased the stock Android experience with its line of Nexus phones and tablets, the latest of which are the Nexus 5X and the …

Should we fear AI? Google reveals its top five concerns about the future of robots

Alarmists may foresee a terrifying dystopian future in which robots rule the Earth with a cold, harsh, metallic grip. But a Google research paper …

Machine Learning

Vivo X7 images, specs, and software leak ahead of launch

Vivo, the sister brand of Oppo and OnePlus, is quietly raking in sales. While far from well-known outside of China, Vivo managed to rank fifth in global sales in the first quarter of 2016, outranking Lenovo, LG, Xiaomi and other more established brands.<p>It’s obvious that Vivo’s strategy is working, …

'Minecraft' Movie Gets Release Date From Warner Bros.

“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” star Rob McElhenney to direct<p>Warner Bros. Pictures has dated is feature adaptation of mobile game sensation …

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Samsung's hatch-equipped washers hit US retail

Samsung first announced its AddWash line of washing machines back in September of 2015. Complete with hidden hatches so you can add overlooked items mid-cleaning cycle, AddWash washers want to prevent you from having to stop your laundry completely just to add that favorite blouse or pair of jeans. …

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