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    That Apple-Disney Acquisition Rumor is Probably Nonsense

    Here we go again. Every once in a while, some analyst gets bored I guess and decides to entertain themselves by tossing an Apple-Disney buyout rumor into the water and seeing how many bites they get. This week saw the latest fishing trip, and considering the numbers involved, it’s almost certainly just as off-base as […]

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    Windows Vista Has Finally Been Laid to Rest

    They say Microsoft always follows a good operating system with a bad one. Well, Windows XP was one of the best operating systems ever for its time, so it’s only fitting that its successor was an epic dud. Windows Vista was one of Microsoft’s many infamous operating system disasters, and while it lasted only a […]

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    Verizon is Merging Yahoo and AOL into One Company Called Oath

    After all these years, could Yahoo Mail finally be a thing of the past? Could the same be said for AOL mail, which we keep forgetting still exists? Maybe! Verizon has decided to get hands-on with their newly acquired media companies, fusing them into one new company called…Oath? It’s a strange name (maybe it’s the […]

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    Microsoft 5th Ave Store Now Has a Massive Digital Art Display

    Tech companies do love their artist collaborations, and the latest one might be the biggest yet. Like, just in terms of size — the flagship Fifth Avenue Microsoft retail store in New York just got a fresh new facade thanks to Brooklyn-based artist Tabor Robak. How big are we talking? Robak’s new digital piece, “Sundial,” covers […]

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    Apple is About to Make Their iPhone Chips in-House

    While Apple outsources the manufacturing of all of its hardware, they still design everything (from sensors to processors) for their mobile devices. Well, almost everything — the GPU cores on their A-series chips are still designed by PowerVR, which is part of UK firm Imagination Technologies. However, reports today indicate that Imagination Technologies might have to […]

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    U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Pull Back Consumer Privacy Rules

    Privacy rules that would’ve forced telecommunications companies like AT&T and Verizon to notify customers and ask for permission before selling personal information, including browsing history and app usage, are in danger of being scrapped. A bill to block the rules before they can take effect has passed the Senate 50-48 along party lines. The rules […]

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    San Diego is Investing $30 Million to Become a Smart City

    We’ve been talking a bit about 5G networks lately, especially about how 5G isn’t just about increased network speeds. The new bands being put in use will support the billions of new devices that need to be connected to data networks, particularly cars, drones, and smart home devices. But, to get things like self-driving cars […]

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    Google Boss Tables Seven-Year-Old’s Application With a Smiley Face

    Call it a dream deferred. Seven-year-old Chloe Bridgewater of Hereford, England sent off a handwritten letter straight to Google HQ (addressed to “Google Boss”) inquiring about job opportunities (and praising office amenities), and hey, she got a response! In other words, she’s probably already doing better than most applicants to Google. To be fair to […]

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    Snap Files for IPO With a Valuation Possibly as High as $25 Billion

    Sometimes, companies regret rejecting splashy acquisition offers (see: Pebble). This isn’t one of those times. Snap, maker of Snapchat and Spectacles, is said to have rejected a $3 billion buyout offer from Facebook, and it looks like that decision is about to pay dividends. Snap filed for its IPO this week, and while valuation hasn’t […]

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    Qualcomm Under Legal Siege Over Alleged Anti-competitive Practices

    All of a sudden, things have turned ugly for the foremost producer of chipsets for Android smartphones. While Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipsets are their most visible products, the company makes chips and modems enabling network connectivity, too, and it’s that part of their business under attack. Who’s leading the charge? Apple. Qualcomm has supplied modems to Apple […]

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    Here’s How Intel Plans to Make Retail Stores Smarter

    Contrary to popular belief, retail stores aren’t dead. While online shopping has cut into stores’ bottom lines over the decades, there’s still value in making the trip — whether you want to try clothes on for fit or learn more about an item before purchasing it, there are still some things that can’t be done as […]

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    Amazon Go Will Be A Grocery Store That Eliminates Checkout Lines

    Back when self-checkout first arrived at retail and grocery stores nationwide, fears of millions of job losses for cashiers were stoked. That hasn’t happened, in large part because self-checkout is awful — too many terminals are out of order, the scales don’t always work properly, and some of them try to tell you to use a […]

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    Satellite Imagery Shows the Leaning Millennium Tower in San Francisco is Worse Than Previously Thought

    If San Francisco is trying to top Pisa, satellite imagery suggests they’re having success. Located downtown in the Financial District, the Millennium Tower has become a towering debacle this year, with revelations that the 58-story luxury condo skyscraper, which opened in 2009, has sunk into landfill far more and far faster than expected — enough to […]