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Apple’s New MacBook’s Trackpad Does Not Move

If you’ve been scouring the coverage of Apple’s new MacBook, you’ll probably already know this. But I did an informal poll and a lot of folks did not, so I thought I’d mention it.<p>The new trackpad does not move, at all.<p>When you ‘click’ it, it ‘clicks’, but it doesn’t actually click. There is an …

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Apple's shareholders really want Tim Cook to buy Tesla

Investors at Apple's shareholders meeting skip questions about dividends for ones about sedans<p>With the Apple Watch now out in the open, shareholders have already begun to press Apple CEO Tim Cook for the next big thing. At the company's annual shareholders meeting today, investors had one …

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Steve Jobs Turned Down a Partial Liver Donation From Apple CEO Tim Cook

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Get a 3-month Google Play Music subscription for $3

Remember back in December when Spotify offered that three-month subscription for 99 cents? Mine ran out just a few days ago, so this is some seriously serendipitous timing.<p>For a limited time, you can get a three-month Google Play Music subscription for $3. That works out to just a buck per month …

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6 things to expect from Apple’s Watch event today

Here's the big question: we know that the Apple Watch will be available starting at $349, but how much higher will it go?<p><b>Update:</b> Read our review of Apple Watch.<p>It seems like a very safe assumption that $349 will get you the Apple Watch Sport. With its aluminum body and synthetic rubber strap, it's …

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Apple, Google, Microsoft & others urge Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage across the USA

Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook have joined with 370 other companies to urge the US Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage across the country.<p>The companies have filed what’s known as an amicus brief, a way for parties not directly involved in a case to make an argument for or against a …

Why Silicon Valley has a chance to dominate the auto industry

A 1985 article in the New York Times wondered what had happened to the fad of laptop computers, which had (the article claimed) been relatively common in the early 1980s but had since dropped in popularity. "People don't want to lug a computer with them to the beach or on a train to while away …

Autonomous Cars

Mobile game Crossy Road has made $10m in three months since launch

Developer Hipster Whale’s co-founder tells GDC conference that he’s ‘happily surprised’ at return from 50m downloads of freemium game<p>Mobile game Crossy Road has made $10m in just over three months since its launch in November 2014, including $3m from in-game video advertisements.<p>Developer Hipster …

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Dangers Of Apple Pay Fraud Are Overhyped

Over the past two days I’ve received four or five different emails advising me that “Fraud is Running Rampant on Apple Pay.” This is a pretty provocative statement and I felt obligated to research the particulars.<p>It’s important to say right up front that this is a tempest in a teapot, especially …

Oracle begins bundling Ask adware with Java for Mac installations by default

Windows users are likely already familiar with the adware that’s usually bundled with Oracle’s Java software, but for Mac users that annoyance has been mostly avoided. Unfortunately, ZDNet reports that today Oracle has updated its Java installer to include the Ask toolbar on OS X.<p>The installation …

Google Wireless Plan Has One Catch

New Service Will Only Work on Latest Nexus 6 Smartphone<p>Google Inc.’s planned wireless service may launch by the end of March, but it will work only on the company’s latest Nexus brand smartphone and not on other phones using Google’s Android operating system, people familiar with the matter …

Mobile

Apple’s Streaming Music Service Will Debut In June

Apple’s streaming music service, which will be a totally overhauled version of Beats but with iTunes branding and tighter integration with Apple’s own devices and software, will make its official debut in June, likely at WWDC. A source with knowledge of the company’s current plans tells TechCrunch …

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Screen sharing could be a future Apple FaceTime feature

Apple’s FaceTime service is currently just a method of two-way personal communication, but it could become much more. A patent granted to Apple shows …

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Apple iPhones outsell Samsung smartphones in last quarter of 2014

We had an inkling that the fourth quarter smartphone sales crown was close: Last month, Strategy Analytics suggested it was a dead heat between Apple …

Mobile

Final Cut Pro X finally gets some love from Hollywood

If you plan on seeing <i>Focus</i> starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie this weekend, you will be watching the first major studio film edited entirely with Final Cut Pro X.<p>Originally criticized as “iMovie Pro” for its incredibly simplistic interface and feature set, Final Cut Pro X has managed to start …

Beats Studio Wireless Headphones review: A pricey Bluetooth headphone with premium sound - Page 2 - CNET

<b>Performance</b><p>The original Studio model led to the rise of headphones that overemphasize the bass and wasn't really true to its name ("studio" headphones are supposed to be accurate). As with the updated 2013 wired Studio model , Beats has gone to a better balanced sound profile that doesn't overwhelm …

Microsoft leaked the Xbox One, HoloLens and more way back in 2012

Covering Microsoft can be comical. The enormous, multinational company is notoriously prone to leaks. Here's a short highlight list from our <i>vast library</i> of leak posts about Microsoft:<p>Microsoft's fitness wearable, Band<br>• The Xbox One game console, in development kit form, <i>on eBay</i> of all places<br>• Cortana …

Play iTunes music with iPhone Notification Center widget

When listening to music in iTunes on your iPhone, you can swipe up to access playback controls from the Control Center panel to skip to the next song, for example. To choose a new album or playlist, however, you must wade into the iTunes app. With the 99-cent WidgeTunes app, you can bypass iTunes …

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Tumblr Now Lets You Filter Post Archives by Content Type

Finding that old post you once saw on Tumblr can be difficult if you don’t remember when it was published. You’ll have a bit of an easier time now – the platform has been updated with a search filter to show you only certain types of entries.<p>Whereas you used to only be able to find posts on a …

Exclusive: Apple's health tech takes early lead among top hospitals

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) healthcare technology is spreading quickly among major U.S. hospitals, showing early promise as a way for doctors to monitor patients remotely and lower costs.<p>A general view of an Apple store in the Manhattan borough of New York September 7, 2014, …

Microsoft reportedly buys social calendar app Sunrise

If you're an Android, iOS or Mac user who doesn't like the stock calendar app on your platform, you've probably tried (or at least heard of) Sunrise, whose socially-savvy software often fills in the feature gaps. And apparently, Microsoft has tried it too -- both <i>TechCrunch</i> and <i>Recode</i> claim that the …

Twitter CEO: 'We suck at dealing with abuse'

Dick Costolo says trolls are costing Twitter users<p>Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is taking personal responsibility for his platform's chronic problems with harassment and abuse, telling employees that he is embarrassed for the company's failures and would soon be taking stronger action to eliminate …

Rivals launch “Don’t Comcast the Internet” to oppose TWC merger

In the current debate over how the U.S. should oversee the internet, the worst case scenario for many is the web reinvented as cable TV: a service …

Net Neutrality

Amazon Is Making It Easier to Publish Your Own Kindle Textbooks

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Microsoft's Surface RT tablets won't get Windows 10

Windows RT is finally dead<p>Microsoft unveiled its plans for a free copy of Windows 10 for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users yesterday, but it looks like Windows RT is being left out in the cold. In a statement provided to <i>The Verge</i>, Microsoft confirms the Surface Pro 3 and "entire Surface Pro lineup" …

Another year of falling profits expected at Samsung

2014 was not a great year for Samsung. Despite still leading the smartphone market with huge sales, the company saw quarter after quarter of declining revenues and falling profits, reversing consecutive years of financial growth. While still far from struggling, 2015 looks to be another year of …

50% of U.S. smartphones activated last quarter were iPhones

Apple enjoyed historic sales this holiday season, and while the company won’t reveal its official earnings until January 27th, based on the latest smartphone activation report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, Apple dominated the holiday shopping season and accounted for 50% of all …

Sweet Dreams: Luna Smart Mattress Cover Tracks Your Sleep

The Internet of Things has made its way into a lot of homes already, but the Luna smart mattress cover is one of the first devices to get all the way into the bed. Yes, it's a smart mattress cover — but it's not as crazy as it sounds. The Luna works as a sleep-tracking device, monitoring your …

Snapchat Lets You Add People Via QR Snaptags Thanks To Secret Scan.me Acquisition

Leaked emails from the Sony hack revealed Snapchat quietly acquired a QR code startup called Scan.me late last year, and now we know why. Yesterday alongside Discover, Snapchat launched a new feature called Snaptags that creates a unique QR code for every Snapchat user. When someone points their …

Social Media

Samsung Reports Lowest Annual Profit In Three Years Due To Lagging Smartphone Sales

Samsung Electronics reported its lowest annual profit since 2011 during its earnings call today as its smartphone sales continue to suffer from increasing competition. In 2014, the company’s profit was 25 trillion won, a 32 percent drop from a high of 36.8 trillion won in 2013.<p>Its 4Q2014 net profit …

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