News Posts by Seth Fitzgerald

China Blocks Apple Watch Series 3's LTE Access

New Apple Watch Series 3 units no longer offer LTE access in China likely due to the government having concerns about its inability to track users. All three major wireless carriers in the country, which are state-owned, have cut off LTE access. No warning was given.

Google X Has Its Own Lobbyists

Google X, a division within Alphabet focused on more experimental projects, now has its own lobbyists who'll presumably fight for the company's interests in Washington DC. Three external lobbyists were brought in last month, reveals a federal ethics disclosure.

Google Drops Play Store Subscription Fee

Google has reduced its fee for app subscriptions on the Play Store, bringing its policy in line with Apple's. Apple updated its policy on mobile subscriptions more than a year ago, dropping the fee from 30% to 15% in September 2016. Now, Google has made the same move to 15%.

Apple CEO Says The Mac Mini Isn't Dead

Apple isn't done with the Mac Mini yet, despite how it may seem. The system has received relatively few updates over the years, but CEO Tim Cook disclosed the Mac Mini is here to stay in an email. The customer contacted Cook about the fact that it hasn't been updated.

Largest Amazon Wind Farm Opens In Texas

The largest wind farm from online retailer and cloud provider Amazon has turned on in Texas. "Amazon Wind Farm Texas" features more than 100 turbines and it'll produce enough energy to power upwards of 330,000 homes. It's located in Scurry County, Texas.

Samsung Reveals VR Camera With 17 Lenses

Samsung has introduced a new virtual reality camera model known as the 360 Round. It uses 17 lenses to capture 360-degree VR content and it's capable of 4K livestreaming. Also included with the 360 Round are six onboard mics for spatial audio and 50 GB of internal memory.