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Apple's Latest iOS Update Fixes a Scary FaceTime Bug

If you use an iPhone or iPad, you’ll definitely want to grab Apple’s latest software update as soon as possible, if you haven’t already. Released Tuesday, iOS 12.1.3 doesn’t deliver any new features, but fixes a number of bugs and security vulnerabilities, including a scary FaceTime flaw. According to Apple’s release notes about the security […]

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Google and Facebook spend more than ever on U.S. lobbying efforts

(Reuters) – Alphabet’s Google disclosed in a quarterly filing on Tuesday that it spent a company-record $ 21.2 million on lobbying the U.S. government in 2018, topping its previous high of $ 18.22 million in 2012, as the search engine operator fights wide-ranging scrutiny into its practices. In its filing to Congress on Tuesday, Facebook […]

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Google will retire classic Hangouts for G Suite customers in October

Google announced in March 2017 that it would split Hangouts, its cross-platform messaging service, into two core apps — Hangouts Chat, a Slack-like tool for teams, and Hangouts Meet, a Skype-like videoconferencing application — and that both enterprise G Suite users and consumers would be migrated from classic Hangouts sometime this year. Today, it revealed a […]

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Google fined $57 million by French data privacy body

Google has been hit by a €50 million ($ 57 million) fine by French data privacy body CNIL (National Data Protection Commission) for failure to comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regulations. The CNIL said that it was fining Google for “lack of transparency, inadequate information and lack of valid consent regarding the […]

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Report: Spotify preparing to launch $100 in-car streaming device

Though it could still be total vaporware, we have a new report that Spotify is inching closer to releasing an in-car music streamer, which would sell for $ 100, according to the Financial Times. Basing its story on information provided by “people familiar with [Spotify’s] plans,” FT claims the device will use Bluetooth to connect […]

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Facebook gets new VP of AR/VR hardware and Portal boss

There’s a new face heading up Facebook’s AR/VR hardware division. Rafa Camargo has jumped from his previous role as VP of Facebook’s Portal team to VP, AR/VR Hardware. Camargo confirmed the news on Twitter. He added that he’ll be helping to launch the new Oculus Quest standalone headset. VP AR/VR at Facebook, Andrew ‘Boz’ Bosworth and VP […]

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Google Maps will now help drivers stay within speed limits, avoid speed traps

Google has rolled out speed limits to Google Maps, two years after the long-awaited feature started testing in San Francisco and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The speed limit feature will show the maximum speed for the road that drivers are traversing in the lower left side of the app. Google Maps will also now display […]

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PitchBook: European VC investment rose 4.2% in 2018, but number of deals dropped 25.9%

Europe recorded a bumper year for venture capital (VC) investment in 2018, even though the overall number of deals fell by more than a quarter. The findings were published as part of data and research company PitchBook’s annual European Venture Report, which revealed that a total of €20.5 billion ($ 23.3 billion) was invested across 3,384 […]

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The best podcasts of 2019

Podcasts are awesome (even if they may finally kill radio). You can stream them or download and listen to them at home on your computer, or through your favorite headphones on an iPhone while you’re headed to work. Plus, they cover just about every topic you can think of. The only thing not to love? There are […]

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Punkt MP02

It shouldn’t be this hard to build a good, simple voice phone. The $ 349 MP02 is Punkt’s second phone; the earlier MP01 was a 2G-only device. This one, ostensibly, adds 4G calling and the ability to act as an internet hotspot. The MP02 may work well on European networks, but sadly in my testing […]

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Apple slashes Q1 2019 forecast, blaming China and low iPhone upgrades

(Reuters) — Apple on Wednesday cut its current quarter revenue forecast, citing fewer iPhone upgrades and weak sales in China. The company forecast $ 84 billion in revenue for the first quarter, which is below analysts’ estimate of $ 91.5 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. Apple originally forecast a revenue of between $ 89 […]

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10 Must-Have Android Apps for 2019

There are more than 3.5 million entries in the Google Play Store, but these 10 essential Android apps deserve a spot on your home screen. Whether you are a recent convert to Android or a longtime enthusiast, the Google Play Store’s catalog of 3.5 million apps can be intimidating. Our list is a great place […]