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Apple will partially refund some iPhone users who paid for battery replacements last year

Apple said today it’ll refund customers who paid for out-of-warranty battery replacements on their iPhone 6 or later devices between January 1st, 2017 and December 28th, 2017. They’ll receive a $50 credit so long as the battery swap was done at an Apple-authorized service location. It’s not a total …

Mobile Technology

Coca-Cola's new soda machine lets you mix your own flavors via Bluetooth

Look out world, Coca-Cola is introducing beverages to Bluetooth.<p>On Friday, the company announced its brand new soda machine, the Coca-Cola Freestyle …

Flavors

HTC is launching a blockchain-powered phone

HTC is developing a new Android phone that will be powered by blockchain technology.<p>The phone, named Exodus, will feature a universal wallet and a built-in secure hardware enclave to support cryptocurrencies and decentralized applications.<p>HTC has roped back the creator of its virtual reality …

Blockchain

PayPal confirms that it is buying payments startup iZettle for $2.2B in an all-cash deal

PayPal is taking its biggest bet yet on point-of-sale transactions, small businesses and markets outside of the U.S. as it looks to raise its game against Square, Stripe and others in the world of payments: The company has confirmed that it is buying iZettle — the Stockholm-based payments provider …

FinTech

Apple Considers North Carolina for Second Campus Location

Apple is said to be in talks with North Carolina state government officials over the prospect of establishing its rumored second campus in the …

North Carolina

Is Apple getting ready to reveal its secret car?

Traditionally secretive Apple has been dropping tantalizing hints that that it may be ready to challenge tech rivals like Google, as well as automotive giants General Motors, Toyota and Ford, by developing its own autonomous vehicles. Now, Apple is quietly preparing to launch a small fleet of …

Prototypes

Sprint: 5G will be 15 times faster than 4G, and T-Mobile merger will slash prices

Prior to the announcement of Sprint’s merger with T-Mobile, now-outgoing CEO Marcelo Claure told customers to expect higher 5G prices, and T-Mobile downplayed expectations for its initial 5G speeds. But Sprint’s new president and incoming CEO Michel Combes had some good news to share this week: …

T-Mobile

30+ Real Examples Of Blockchain Technology In Practice

While Bitcoin and cryptocurrency may have been the first widely known uses of blockchain technology, today, it’s far from the only one. In fact, blockchain is revolutionizing most every industry. Here are just a few of the practical examples of blockchain technology.<p><b>Entertainment</b><p>‌KickCity—Platform …

Blockchain

Google’s Duplex Hints at a Dark Future for AI

Meet your new augmented reality guide (via Google)<p>Earlier this week Google showed off the new Duplex feature of the Google Assistant. It was a …

Artificial Intelligence

3 Branding Secrets for Ecommerce Success on Amazon

Going the extra mile is essential when building your ecommerce brand.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When was the last time you purchased something from Amazon? If you are anything like me and most Americans, it probably wasn’t very long ago. In fact, in certain cities, …

eCommerce

Munchery shuts down operations in LA, New York and Seattle

Munchery, the on-demand food delivery startup, has shut down its operations in Los Angeles, New York and Seattle, the company announced on its blog today. That means the teams from those cities are also being let go. In total, 257 people (about 30 percent of workforce) were let go, according to a …

Startups

Google Tour Creator brings VR content creation to the masses

Earlier today Google announced perhaps the easiest way for “anyone with a story to tell” to do so in a rich, visual interface behind the lenses of their favorite VR viewer. Called ‘Tour Creator,’ Google’s newest virtual reality tool lets anyone produce professional-looking VR content without the …

Virtual Reality

Apple CEO Tim Cook remembers Steve Jobs in heartfelt commencement speech

Apple CEO Tim Cook turned to a familiar source when it came to offering advice to the class of 2018.<p>Speaking at the commencement ceremony at Duke …

Tim Cook

5 Brilliant Non-Business Books That Will Make You Better at Thinking Outside the Box

Sometimes the best way to learn innovative approaches to innovation is to read something completely different.<p>If you want to be a better innovator, there are hundreds (maybe thousands) of great books on the topic.<p>But as I mentioned in an earlier article, expertise can be the enemy of innovation. …

Books

Google Maps goes beyond directions

Google today announced a new version of Google Maps that will launch later this summer. All of the core Google Maps features for getting directions aren’t going away, of course, but on top of that, the team has now built a new set of features that are all about exploration.<p>“About a year ago, when …

Maps

Google's giving Android the iPhone X treatment

Get ready to re-learn how to use Android.<p>That's because, after two years of very boring updates, Google's making major changes to its Android …

Android News

Uber teams up with U.S. Army, NASA to develop flying taxis

Uber is flying high above its street-level ride-hailing business.<p>At its annual Elevate summit in Los Angeles Tuesday, the rideshare company detailed …

U.S. Army

Strength is the missing Activity Ring. Here’s how you can close it.

The Activity Rings on your Apple Watch don’t provide a complete picture of your fitness. There is one important ring missing: Strength. The Rock didn’t get ripped just by standing up once an hour. And both the Exercise and Move rings essentially measure the same thing: cardio.<p>As any fitness expert …

Apple Watch

Here's what the apartments from 'Friends' might look like today

The apartments from <i>Friends</i> — especially Monica's purple habitat — are among the most iconic in television history. This is partially because everyone …

Apartments

Ticketmaster hopes to speed up event access by scanning your face

Ticketmaster envisions a future wherein you no longer need either a physical or a digital ticket to get into a venue. Its parent company Live Nation, has announced that the ticket sales giant has teamed up with and invested in a face recognition company called Blink Identity. In its first quarter …

Machine Perception

Apple offers to fix iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus microphones broken by iOS 11.3

iOS 11 has already had more than its share of show-stopping bugs, and now there’s another: iOS 11.3 is apparently disabling some iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus microphones, triggering software failures that require a hardware repair. According to MacRumors and forum commenters, Apple is beginning to …

Mobile Technology

French village becomes home to the world's first solar panel road

The village of Tourouvre-au-Perche in Normandy, France, is taking solar panelling from the roof to the street. The town says it's just unveiled the …

Facebook's not alone: Twitter admits to overcharging advertisers

On the heels of several embarrassing metric error disclosures from Facebook, Twitter is taking its own shot at the advertiser apology routine.<p>The …

The 24 best movies you probably didn’t see this year

At the end of every year, critics and award groups highlight their picks for the best movies of the year, and movie studios tout their biggest blockbusters in box-office memos.<p>Those movies are usually pretty great, but there's more out there that's worth watching.<p>Some of the features on this list …

Stranger Things

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Earlier today, Yahoo belatedly admitted that a billion user accounts were hacked in 2013. Users, of course, should be filing lawsuits because by not warning everyone back then, Yahoo (and CEO Marissa Meyer) put their users at risk of future hacking.<p>But Yahoo's inability to keep its user accounts …

Information Systems

Pros

It was only a matter of time before Google came out with something to compete with the Amazon Echo: After all, Google too has deep experience with both voice commands and search. Indeed, one of the things we like best about the new Google Home hub is how it responds to conversational inquiries -- …

Japan is about to build the world’s fastest computer, ever

When it comes to the most powerful computers in the world, the game is dominated by two players: the United States and China. In fact, of the top of …

Japan

The Microsoft Surface Book is still the best Windows laptop you can buy

It isn’t easy to review Microsoft’s least interesting product release of the fall.<p>A few weeks ago, Microsoft pulled another October surprise, …

Malaysian man arrested for Facebook post insulting Johor royal family

Malaysian authorities have arrested a man they said posted several insults on Facebook directed at the royal family of Malaysia's Johor state.<p>Johor's …