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HomePod project cancelled & revived several times; was originally three-feet tall; ‘blindsided’ by Amazon – Bloomberg

A new report claims that the HomePod project had an extremely messy history. It’s said to have had changing objectives, and been cancelled and revived ‘several times’ over a five-year period.
The team was also said to have been &#8216…

Sonos One users can now ask Alexa to play Spotify music

 In October, Sonos launched the Sonos One, raising the bar on what is already the gold standard in wireless whole-home audio. The big new feature? An integrated microphone that added support for Amazon’s Alexa. However, there was one big cav…

Grindr updates its app to be more inclusive of transgender and non-binary users

 Grindr is updating its popular queer dating app to be more inclusive of transgender and non-binary users. In an announcement timed to mark the end of Transgender Awareness Week, Grindr said changes will include new profile fields for gender ident…

Using Apple Pay with iPhone X’s Face ID

Going through the checkout process with Apple Pay using the iPhone X and Face ID…

Android devices seen covertly sending location data to Google

 An investigation by Quartz has revealed that Android devices send cell tower location data to Google even if the user has disabled location services for apps in their device settings.  Read More

Apple’s iPhone X reportedly assembled by illegal student labor to catch up after production delays

Apple’s main supplier in Asia has been employing students illegally working overtime to assemble the iPhone X…

Apple’s billion-dollar video investment seen leading to Netflix competitor

Not content with just Apple Music subscriptions, a new prediction says Apple could be gearing up for an "all in one Apple video and music offering," offering original content for a monthly fee within the next two to three…

With Dabbl, you can earn gift cards for interacting with ads

 Dabbl is giving users a straightforward reason to interact with ads — the ads earn them money in the form of gift cards. For example, when I signed up for Dabbl this morning, I was presented with a menu of several different campaigns. The f…

Foxconn accused of using illegal student labor to build Apple’s iPhone X

Apple’s main assembly partner, Foxconn, has been demanding illegal overtime from high school interns in its production of the iPhone X, a report charged on Tuesday.

Hear about the future of space propulsion at Disrupt Berlin

 If hardware is hard, rockets must be even harder. Natalya Bailey should know. She’s the co-founder and CEO of Accion Systems, a startup spun out of MIT’s Space Propulsion Laboratory that is developing a new type of propulsion for spac…

Sellers can now invoice buyers through PayPal’s new chat extension for Messenger

 PayPal and Facebook are expanding their integrations today with the launch of an extension for Messenger that allows PayPal sellers to invoice buyers directly through private messaging. The feature is ideal for use with Facebook’s numerous …

Skype vanishes from Apple’s App Store, other app stores in China

One of the last foreign-run tools for online communication in China…

Misfit’s new hybrid smartwatch offers a better notification system

 Hybrid smartwatches are a weird category right now. No one’s really mastered the perfect balance between the smart and dumb, though a handful of products have done a decent job, most notably Withings/Nokia’s Steel/Steel HR line. Fossi…

Capital One begins journey as a software vendor with the release of Critical Stack Beta

 If every company is truly a software company, Capital One is out to the prove it. It was one of the early users of Critical Stack, a tool designed to help build security into the container orchestration process. In fact, it liked it so much it bo…

Leica’s CL gives an iconic design the modern tech it deserves

Up until recently, Leica built lovely, expensive cameras that no-one ever called "state-of-the-art." The TL2, however, recently marked a change in direction. Not only was it relatively cheap for a Leica at $1,950, but it was endowed …

Now you can send PayPal invoices over Facebook Messenger

PayPal has spent the last few months adding more integrations to make sending money easier. Sure, some are gimmicky (like ‘friendship gift cards’), but a new feature to keep track of group purchases is nifty. The platform also started allowing folks…

Misfit’s latest hybrid smartwatch focuses on classic style

If it wasn’t already evident that Misfit is on a fashion kick with its smartwatches, it is now. The Fossil-owned badge has unveiled a new hybrid smartwatch, the Command, that promises to track your fitness while looking appropriate for formal wear. I…

Apple Has Removed Skype From App Store in China to Comply With Local Law

Microsoft has confirmed that Skype has been “temporarily removed” from the App Store on iPhone and iPad, according to a statement given to The New York Times.

Apple told The New York Times that it was forced to remove a number of voice and video cal…

Facebook to meet Russian regulators to discuss compliance: TASS

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Facebook plan to meet Russian regulators in late December or early January to discuss compliance, TASS news agency cited the head of Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor as saying on Tuesday.

Apple removes Skype from Chinese app store after request from Ministry of Public Security

Apple has removed Skype from the App Store in China following a request from the Ministry of Public Security …
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You can virtually inhabit Toyota’s new humanoid robot

 Toyota has a new, third-generation humanoid robot bears the charming name “T-HR3” and is designed to be a helpful and safe assistant to humans. It also features a so-called “master maneuvering systems,” which is essentiall…

Auto, industrial chips boost Analog Device’s profit, revenue beat

(Reuters) – Chipmaker Analog Devices Inc on Tuesday reported a quarterly profit that beat analysts’ estimates, led by demand from industrial, autonomous cars and connected devices market.

Skype disappears from app stores in China: New York Times

(Reuters) – Skype, Microsoft Corp’s internet phone call and messaging service, has been unavailable for download from a number of app stores in China, including Apple Inc’s, for almost a month, New York Times reported on Tuesday.

Law likely on AT&T’s side in Time Warner battle: analysts

(Reuters) – AT&T Inc is likely to emerge victorious from a legal fight with the United States Department of Justice over its $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc, analysts said in a series of research notes on Tuesday.

Apple Taking Action After Students Worked Overtime to Assemble iPhone X at Foxconn

Apple and its manufacturing partner Foxconn have confirmed instances of students working overtime to assemble the iPhone X, and both companies are now taking remedial action, as reported by the Financial Times.

A technician inspecting iPhone compone…

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