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Google offers new findings on Russian disinformation across its products – TechCrunch

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Just a day before tech’s big Russia-focused Congressional hearings begin, Google is out with a new report on the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the U.S. presidential election across its platforms. “While we have found only limited activity on our services, we will continue to work to prevent all of it, because there is no amount of interference that is acceptable,” Google wrote in its latest blog post on…

Apple has been categorizing all your ‘brassiere’ photos for over a year now – The Verge

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A tweet by user ellieeewbu today revealed that searching “brassiere” in the Photos app on iPhones categorizes photos featuring bras automatically into a group. Women have been responding to the tweet posting screenshots with similar results. Most searches show photos of lingerie, bikinis, bare skin, or in some cases, memes. Should the fact that “brassiere” is a category at all be concerning? Or is it more alarming that most people…

Apple Reveals Massive iPhone X Price Increases – Forbes

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Apple ’s iPhone X is the most expensive iPhone ever made, but excitement over its radical redesign and extreme supply shortages have combined to push anticipation to fever pitch. But that anticipation may be tested after Apple confirmed it’s newest iPhone will be even more expensive than buyers expected…  Apple made the announcement after iPhone X pre-orders had already sold out worldwide (which took only minutes). Quietly updating its iPhone…

Apple shares rise to all-time high on booming iPhone X demand reports – CNBC

Monday, October 30, 2017

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Amazon has slashed seller fees to try to improve its grocery selection online – Recode

Monday, October 30, 2017

Amazon cemented its long-term interest in the grocery industry when it spent nearly $14 billion to acquire Whole Foods earlier this year. Now it’s making a subtler move aimed at improving its own grocery selection online. Amazon recently told businesses that sell non-perishable grocery items on Amazon.com that it was lowering the fee it charges them on items priced at $15 or less. Amazon previously charged 15 percent on all…

Amazon Pharmacy Threat – Forbes

Monday, October 30, 2017

Quarterly earnings reports came fast and furious last week. Results generally were terrific, with data provider Bloomberg calculating that an impressive 76.4% of the 229 members of the S&P 500 that have announced thus far have exceeded consensus analyst expectations. Of course, as is usually the case, forward guidance was critical in determining which direction stock prices would gyrate and many a company saw its shares move sharply up or…

Apple is finally seeing iPhone growth in China, though it may not last – CNBC

Monday, October 30, 2017

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Amazon and Google are still fighting, so YouTube’s TV service won’t be on Amazon devices – Recode

Monday, October 30, 2017

Turns out that people like watching TV on TV. So YouTube is going to make that easier: The video service is launching apps for its YouTube TV pay TV service that will work on connected TVs and devices, including Xbox and Apple TV. One big exception to YouTube’s rollout plans: It won’t have an app on Amazon’s Fire TV devices. YouTube execs won’t discuss why they aren’t making an app…

Google CEO makes fixing hamburger emoji his top priority – The Verge

Monday, October 30, 2017

Do you have strong feelings about cheeseburgers? I didn’t realize I did until I saw the following tweet over the weekend: Take a good hard look at the position of the ingredients in the emoji above. Apple’s ordering of the lettuce, presumably a variant of iceberg sourced from an Italian quarry, is understandable as a mechanism for preventing the lower bun from getting soggy. It’s the same approach taken by…

iPhone 8 launch propels Apple to growth in China after 18 months of sales dips – TechCrunch

Monday, October 30, 2017

Apple is finally back to growth in China. The company has broken a run of sales decreases that stretches back six quarters thanks to promising early signs for the newly released iPhone 8, according to a new report from Canalys. The analyst firm recorded 40 percent annual growth for Apple in Q3 2017 with 11 million shipments during the three-month period. It noted also that the iPhone 8 accounted for a…

Amazon and Alphabet crushed earnings. What will be the next breakout tech company? – CNBC

Monday, October 30, 2017

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Amazon is adding Audible support to its entry-level Kindle – Engadget – Engadget

Monday, October 30, 2017

You can’t use ordinary wired headphones to listen to Morgan Freeman narrate poetry, though — you’ll have to use Bluetooth-connected speakers or headphones. In addition, Amazon didn’t give a more specific release date other than saying that it’s coming in the next few months. If you’re up for a vacation and would like a Kindle with Audible support, you can get Amazon’s new Kindle Oasis. That one, however, will set…

Apple iOS 11.0.3 Angers Users Two Weeks Later – Forbes

Monday, October 30, 2017

While we wait for the exciting potential of iOS 11.1, the sad fact remains Apple iOS 11.0.3 is causing users a lot of problems. And now even the most ardent of Apple supporters are recognising this…  Writing about the topic famed ally AppleInsider wrote “Problems with battery life and instability proliferate on social media and Apple support forums” many of which “don’t seem to have a common cause, or are…

Amazon Isn’t the Only Big Winner This Earnings Cycle – Bloomberg

Monday, October 30, 2017

For all the hand-wringing about how Amazon.com Inc.’s growth aspirations may hurt other companies, there’s plenty of evidence in third-quarter earnings results that the online retailer isn’t alone in benefiting from robust economic growth. Amazon blew through forecasts Thursday, triggering a stock surge that made founder Jeff Bezos the world’s richest person. But the week held other winners too: Results from Microsoft Corp., General Motors Co. and United Parcel Service Inc. all…

An Apple engineer showed his daughter the new iPhone X. Now, she says, he’s fired. – Recode

Monday, October 30, 2017

The famously secretive iPhone maker has zero — and we mean zero — patience with product leaks. Take it from Brooke Amelia Peterson. “At the end of the day, when you work for Apple it doesn’t matter how good of a person you are,” the teenager said in a YouTube video Saturday. “If you break a rule, they just have no tolerance. They had to do what they had to…

Apple iOS 11.0.3 Continues To Anger Users – Forbes

Monday, October 30, 2017

While we wait for the exciting potential of iOS 11.1, the sad fact remains Apple iOS 11.0.3 is causing users a lot of problems. And now even the most ardent of Apple supporters are recognising this…  Writing about the topic famed ally AppleInsider wrote “Problems with battery life and instability proliferate on social media and Apple support forums” many of which “don’t seem to have a common cause, or are…

Amazon Isn’t the Only Big Winner This Earnings Cycle – Bloomberg

Monday, October 30, 2017

For all the hand-wringing about how Amazon.com Inc.’s growth aspirations may hurt other companies, there’s plenty of evidence in third-quarter earnings results that the online retailer isn’t alone in benefiting from robust economic growth. Amazon blew through forecasts Thursday, triggering a stock surge that made founder Jeff Bezos the world’s richest person. But the week held other winners too: Results from Microsoft Corp., General Motors Co. and United Parcel Service Inc. all…

Amazon is adding Audible support to its entry-level Kindle – Engadget

Monday, October 30, 2017

You can’t use ordinary wired headphones to listen to Morgan Freeman narrate poetry, though — you’ll have to use Bluetooth-connected speakers or headphones. In addition, Amazon didn’t give a more specific release date other than saying that it’s coming in the next few months. If you’re up for a vacation and would like a Kindle with Audible support, you can get Amazon’s new Kindle Oasis. That one, however, will set…

Google CEO Promises to Fix Cheeseburger Emoji | Time.com – TIME

Monday, October 30, 2017

Google takes its emojis very seriously. Responding to criticism about the placement of cheese on Google’s version of the cheeseburger emoji, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that he would take a look at the issue immediately. “Will drop everything else we are doing and address on Monday 🙂 if folks can agree on the correct way to do this!” Pichai tweeted. Pichai was responding to author Thomas Baekdal, who pointed…