News Posts by Seth Fitzgerald
Apple is going to let developers on the App Store offer their users discounts on in-app subscriptions so long as those subscriptions are created with auto-pay enabled. This new discount option was discussed in iOS 11.2's beta release notes. iOS 11.2 doesn't have a release date.
Alphabet's Project Loon recently began providing cell service to AT&T customers in Puerto Rico in order to reconnect those who lost service because of Hurricane Maria. Now, the carrier itself is using an LTE-equipped drone to assist with connectivity in the region.
Final Fantasy XV's multiplayer DLC, Comrades, was supposed to come out on October 31 but Square Enix ended up delaying its release. It has now confirmed the expansion will become available on November 15 instead. The original release was announced in September.
The high-end iPhone X should do well in the Chinese smartphone market, predicts IDC. Apple has recently seen an increase in revenue and phone sales in the region, attributable to the iPhone 8 series. In its report, IDC notes this suggests there's clear demand for iPhones.
Samsung's appeal of a $120 million patent ruling in Apple's favor has been rejected by the US Supreme Court. The Court decided to retain a 2016 US Court of Appeals decision upholding the position that Samsung infringed on Apple's patents and should pay the full amount.
Apple plans to come out with two OLED iPhone models that include updated stainless steel frames in 2018, says KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In an investment report, Kuo predicts Apple will change the metal frame on the handset to improve data transmission.
Intel and AMD are joining forces for the first time since the 1980s to produce a chip that'll combine an Intel processor with an AMD graphics unit. They're aiming to offer a product that's a better competitor to those delivered by Nvidia. The chip will be targeted at gamers.
Uber is donating $5 million to a group of organizations working to reduce sexual assault and domestic violence. Along with giving money to those groups, it's implementing a training program for employees and is using in-app messaging to educate drivers and riders.
Much as we saw after the Las Vegas shooting in October, Google's algorithm doesn't do a great job of minimizing the reach of conspiracy theories and false news. After a shooting in Texas, fake news about the shooter received a lot of attention due to its prominent placement.
Following a government meeting on Monday, Afghanistan decided to reverse course and avoid blocking WhatsApp and Telegram. The country's Ministry of Communications and Information sent letters to internet service providers last week telling them to block those services.
Motorola will begin accepting preorders for the Alexa Moto Mod on November 7 and the product will ship out on November 13. The new $150 accessory for its Moto Z smartphones is first going to be sold by Motorola and BestBuy.com, shortly after which Verizon will start selling it.
Microsoft intends to grow the Xbox video game market by coming out with more of its own software. Xbox chief Phil Spencer says the company will open more of its own studios or it'll acquire them. It had previously moved towards closing studios and cancelling games.
Altice, a French company that became the fourth largest cable provider in the US by acquiring CableVision, is going to be a wireless provider. It's working with Sprint to become a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). Altice will have "full" use of Sprint's network.
Facebook and Twitter are trying to distance themselves from Russia, yet they'll have a harder time doing so now that it's been revealed Russia invested in both. Two state-owned companies, Gazprom and VTB Bank, poured millions into the social media platforms through DST Global.
After failing to work out a merger deal with T-Mobile owner Deutsche Telekom, Softbank is increasing its stake in Sprint. The Japanese company has confirmed it's going to increase its share through stock deals or another method. It hasn't said how much its share will increase.
If you're buying the iPhone X it'd be a good idea to put it in a case as fast as you can. Because of its heavily glass-based design, Squaretrade is calling it the "most breakable iPhone ever." Rather than just having the display be easily crackable, much of the device is.
Broadcom, a wireless chip maker, is officially offering $130 billion for Qualcomm. The deal would be the largest tech acquisition in history, but Broadcom is going to face a difficult negotiation period and likely fights with regulators. Its offer is a 30% premium.
Third-party sellers on Amazon's platform could see their items discounted by a new initiative that involves the ecommerce company reducing list prices at its own expense. A new "Discount provided by Amazon" tag has appeared that'll reduce prices as much as 9%.
Call of Duty: WW2 appears to be off to a good start in the UK, with Chart-Track reporting the game has seen 57% more launch sales than 2016's Infinite Warfare. The space-based Infinite Warfare wasn't received particularly well, even by long-standing fans of the franchise.
Softbank's multi-billion dollar investment in Uber is already being negotiated, but CEO Masayoshi Son is still floating the possibility that his company will invest in Lyft instead. During an earnings briefing on Monday, Son said the company has "not decided yet" on Uber.