European Commission Fines Google $5.1B for Favoring and Pre-Installing Own Services on Android

The European Commission hit Google with a $5.1 billion fine today, stating that the tech company broke EU antitrust laws by striking deals with Android phone manufacturers to favor Google’s services over rival services (via The New York Times). Android P is the newest version of the software, set to launch this fall Specifically, the …

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Apple Revises Vintage-Obsolete Date of 2012 15-Inch MacBook Pro With Retina Display to End of 2018

A few months ago, in an internal document obtained by MacRumors, Apple indicated the Mid 2012 model 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display would be classified as vintage or obsolete as of June 30, 2018, marking the notebook’s end of hardware service eligibility at Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers. In a notice distributed …

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How to Use Instant Tuning in iOS 12 and Change Notification Behavior on the Fly

As part of its digital health initiative in iOS 12, Apple has introduced some improvements to the way app notifications can be managed, enabling users to more easily reduce the number of daily distractions their iPhone or iPad throws their way. One of these new features is called Instant Tuning, which allows you to quickly …

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Apple's Chinese iCloud Data Moved to Servers Managed by State-Owned Mobile Operator

Apple’s Chinese iCloud operator has agreed a deal with state-owned China Telecom to transfer local customer data to the company’s Tianyi cloud storage business, according to TechCrunch. China Telecom reportedly announced the agreement in a WeChat post, saying that local Apple partner Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD) had migrated all Chinese iCloud customer data to Tianyi …

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Samsung Ad Pokes Fun at Apple Genius Bar and Touts Faster Galaxy S9 LTE Speeds

Samsung’s back to a familiar advertising tactic in its latest Galaxy S9 video – making fun of Apple. The new “Ingenius: Speed” ad shared this afternoon by Samsung pokes fun at the Genius Bar while touting Samsung’s faster download speeds. In the video, a customer at the “Ingenius” bar that resembles an Apple Store asks …

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Samsung leak shows a silver Galaxy Tab S4 and new S Pen design

Here's a glimpse of what Samsung could reveal during its Unpacked event on August 9th. Notable gadget leaker Evan Blass (evleaks) has tweeted photos of a white (or silver) Galaxy Tab S4, the next iteration of the Korean conglomerate's S Pen-equipped… Source: Engadget | Samsung leak shows a silver Galaxy Tab S4 and new S …

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Japan Watchdog Says Apple May Have Violated Antitrust Rules With iPhone Deals

Japan’s antitrust watchdog on Wednesday said Apple may have breached antitrust regulations by forcing three major domestic network carriers to sell its iPhones cheaply and charge higher monthly fees (via Reuters). The Fair Trade Commission (FTC) said that Apple had forced NTT Docomo, KDDI, and SoftBank to offer subsidies and sell iPhones at a discount. …

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Apple signs Jason Momoa to star in original sci-fi series 'See'

Apple is taking on Netflix with an ambitious original series of its own. The upcoming show is called See, and it will star someone you're most likely familiar with: Jason Momoa aka Khal Drogo aka Aquaman. Spearheaded by Peaky Blinders creator Steven… Source: Engadget | Apple signs Jason Momoa to star in original sci-fi series …

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Engineer stashed Navy drone trade secrets in his personal Dropbox

Trade secret theft allegations are serious enough in the corporate world, but they're particularly grave when they involve military projects. And one contractor is learning that the hard way. A Connecticut federal court has found electrical enginee… Source: Engadget | Engineer stashed Navy drone trade secrets in his personal Dropbox

Apple bug crashed iPhones when you wrote 'Taiwan'

Many tech companies have to write code to adapt to China's strict rules, including its denial of Taiwan's independent status. However, Apple's approach to it may have been… slightly buggy. Security researcher Patrick Wardle has reported that iOS… Source: Engadget | Apple bug crashed iPhones when you wrote 'Taiwan'

California mall owner's license plate readers send info to ICE

Some shopping malls in California are scanning license plates and sending that data to a surveillance vendor that works with — and sells information to — Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. That's according to a report by tech watchdog group Elec… Source: Engadget | California mall owner's license plate readers send info to ICE

Tesla Model 3 orders are available to everyone in North America

At last, you no longer need a reservation to order a Model 3 — if you meet the right conditions. Tesla has opened its ordering system for the 'starter' EV to everyone in North America, letting anyone walk through the process whether they're ready to… Source: Engadget | Tesla Model 3 orders are available to …

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It's now easier to change Google Assistant's voice

Now that Google Assistant has a slew of voices to choose from, shouldn't you have an easy interface for picking one of those voices? You do now. Google is rolling out an update that gives US users a new, simple interface for changing Assistant's voic… Source: Engadget | It's now easier to change Google Assistant's …

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