Apple signs $600 million deal with European chipmaker Dialog

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Apple is buying part of Dialog Semiconductor, a chipmaker based in Germany. The iPhone manufacturer is interested in Dialog’s power-management technology and has put forward $300 million for it. On top of this, Apple has committed an additional $300 million to make purchases from other parts of Dialog’s business, making this the largest deal the company has undertaken. As part of the arrangement Apple will acquire patents from the chipmaker as well as 300 staff. See also: Apple’s proprietary software is blocking third parties from repairing Macs Apple’s Device Enrollment Program can leak sensitive information about devices and their owners… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft joins Open Invention Network and open sources its patent portfolio

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Microsoft has joined the “largest patent non-aggression community in history”, the Open Invention Network (OIN), effectively open-sourcing almost its entire patent portfolio. The company has shown increasing warmth to the open source community in recent years, and this latest move means that other OIN members will have access to its patents — with the exception of those relating to Windows and desktop applications. The OIN embraces — as Microsoft has done of late — Linux “as a key element of open source software”. See also: Microsoft has bumped up the price of Windows 10 Home by nearly $20 Microsoft fixes… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Snap launches Snap Originals — original, bite-sized, interactive shows for Snapchat

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Snap has announced the launch of a new range of original, scripted shows for Snapchat. Snap Originals are penned by Hollywood writers that Snap describes as the “world’s greatest storytellers”. The shows are not going to compete with offerings from the likes of Netflix. These are not shows of typical episode lengths, but a mere five minutes long. Snap will be hoping that the length, in conjunction with the interactivity and social elements of the shows, will increase their appeal to teenage Snapchat users. Snapchat Originals can be found in the Discover section of Snapchat, and new episodes are promised… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft has bumped up the price of Windows 10 Home by nearly $20

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You’d be forgiven for not having noticed, but Microsoft has quietly — virtually silently, in fact — increased the price of Windows 10 Home. Previously available for $119.99, the operating system will now set you back $139 — a $19.01 increase. While it’s fair to say that the price increase of close to $20 won’t affect too many people — there are just a handful who don’t either opt for an upgrade, or buy it pre-installed — Microsoft did a great job of introducing the new price by stealth. See also: Microsoft fixes Windows 10 October 2018 Update data deletion… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google Home Hub is smart display that lacks a camera

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Yesterday’s Google event was primarily about the launch of the new Pixel phones and Slate tablet, but there was much more announced. One of the more interesting products to be revealed was the Google Home Hub. Ostensibly a smart display, Home Hub lacks something found on Facebook’s Portal — a camera; considering the leakiness of Google, this is probably no bad thing. But what does Google’s latest addition to the growing selection of smart devices have to offer? See also: Google Chromecast gets better, but it cannot compete with Roku and Amazon 4K devices Google reveals the Pixel 3 and… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Twitter is killing off Moments on iOS and Android

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In less than two weeks, Twitter’s Moments will no longer be available to mobile users. Seemingly in recognition of the fact that hardly anyone used the feature, Twitter is killing off the ability to create Moments in its iOS and Android apps. But the company is not completely shutting down Moments — the feature will still be available to those who really want to continue using it. See also: Twitter considers new Dehumanization Policy — but wants your feedback first Hooray! The option to view your Twitter timeline chronologically is coming! How to hide the Twitter bug reporter icon in… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Dropbox makes PDFs and images searchable with automatic OCR feature

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Dropbox is in the process of launching a new feature that will make life easier for people using the cloud storage service to house PDFs and image files: automatic OCR. The optical character recognition is rolling out to paying subscribers, and is an acknowledgement of the fact that a large proportion of files uploaded to Dropbox are photographs of documents. By adding machine learning-powered OCR, Dropbox is making these files searchable. See also: Google pulls out of $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract over AI concerns Plex adds subtitle downloads, kills plugins, Watch Later and Cloud Sync Microsoft launches Azure-based Windows… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google reveals the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

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There have been so many leaks surrounding Google’s latest Pixel phones that today’s announcements felt like little more than a formality. Nevertheless, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are now official. Taking design inspiration from numerous other handset manufacturers, the new Pixels move away from previous models and have a glass construction. The 5.5-inch Pixel 3 does not feature a notch, but the 6.3-inch XL model does; both handsets feature a Snapdragon 845 SoC, 4GB of RAM, and 64 or 128GB of storage — and, of course, Android Pie. See also: Google pulls out of $10 billion Pentagon cloud… …Continue reading on BetaNews

How to delete your Google account

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Google has given people plenty of reasons to hate it over the years, primarily because of concerns over privacy. But with the revelation that the company knew about a bug in Google+ API that exposed the private details of tens of thousands of users, many people are ready to walk away. Completely purging Google from your life may seem tricky if you have invested time in any of its services, but if you’re thinking that now is the time to part ways, here’s what you need to do. See also: Google pulls out of $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract over… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google pulls out of $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract over AI concerns

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Google has announced that it will not be placing a bid for a cloud-computing contract with the Pentagon. The Department of Defense’s JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure) project could have worth up to $10 billion. The bidding process is due to end this week, but Google will now not be taking part. The company says that this particular project is not in line with its AI policies, but it will continue to work with the US government in other ways. See also: Google implements new Play Store policies for apps that request SMS and Call Log permissions After failing to… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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