Tech News from the United States
Microsoft acquired LinkedIn over in 2016, paying $26.2 billion in cash for the world's largest professional social network and the company has now started beta testing a new video streaming service called LinkedIn Live.
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In the United States, AT&T has been creating a lot of controversy for its 5G Evolution (5G E) naming, which is the company’s consumer-facing name for LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology. 5G E in essence is an extension of existing 4G LTE technology and is not in fact true 5G.
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The US justice department has filed charges against Chinese company Huawei. A 13-count indictment was unsealed in New York charging Huawei, two of its affiliates and a senior executive at the company. The charges include bank fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.
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HMD Global has announced collaborations with three leading wireless providers in North America – Cricket Wireless and Verizon in the United States and Rogers in Canada. HMD Global is also expanding its selection of Nokia smartphones on Android with the launch of two wireless provider-specific devices coming to the United States this month and another coming to Rogers subsidiary brand, chatr, in Canada very soon.
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Google shareholders are suing the company board and senior management for covering up executives' sexual harassment and rewarding them with large payouts for leaving quietly.
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Samsung has announced that it will be holding its Samsung Galaxy 2019 Unpacked event on February 20. In an invitation sent out to the press, a vertically-oriented "10" is displayed, which leaves no doubt about what will be announced. The 10 also refers to the fact that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the Galaxy S family.
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TCL today announced that the BlackBerry KEY2 LE will be coming soon to Verizon Enterprise and Small Business customers. The Slate variant of KEY2 LE will offer Dual-SIM support, 4GB of memory, and 64GB of internal storage.
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Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) released the results of its analysis of the first 30 days of iPhone XR sales in the U.S. In short, not only is the iPhone XR one of Apple's best-selling iPhones, but it's also one of the most appealing iOS-based phones for Android users.
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Verizon and Samsung plan to bring one of the first commercial 5G smartphones to market in the first half of 2019. The companies will unveil a proof of concept, powered by the upcoming flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platform with the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements, at the annual Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui this week.
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An antitrust lawsuit against Apple will reach the U.S. Supreme Court today, determining whether the company has created a monopoly by only allowing apps to be sold through its first-party App Store and that Apple's 30% commissions for the App Store are excessive.
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Mazda is now offering owners of older vehicles the ability to upgrade their infotainment systems to ones that are compatible with both Apple's CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto. Vehicles equipped with Mazda Connect from the 2014 model year and newer are eligible for a dealer-installed upgrade with smartphone integration capabilities. But it's not a free update.
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BlackBerry and Nokia have agreed to stop a patent-infringement suit over royalties on Nokia's mobile network products. BlackBerry had claimed in February 2017 that Nokia was “willfully blind” to BlackBerry’s patents and egregiously used BlackBerry’s patented technology in Nokia’s wireless computer network Flexi line products and an accompanying software suite.
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Amazon Business today launched new Business Prime benefits for businesses of all sizes in the United States, Germany and Japan. Business Prime now helps members visualize spend data and identify money-saving opportunities with Spend Visibility, as well as set policies to improve compliance and maximize their budget with Guided Buying.
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Apple has issued media invitations for an event on October 30, taking place in New York City at 10am on October 30, The event is being held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Howard Gilman Opera House and is expected to involve the launch of new iPad Pro models and potentially refreshed Mac models.
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SiriusXM is to acquire Pandora in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $3.5 billion, the companies announced Monday. According to the announcement, the deal will create the world’s largest audio-entertainment company, with more than $7 billion in projected revenue in 2018.
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If you are impatient, or fed up waiting, for a way to wirelessly charge multiple Apple devices simultaneously, such as your new iPhone X, Apple Watch and Apple AirPods, you may be interested in the Plux wireless charger dock which allows you to charge all your devices at once, at a fraction of the price Apple is expected to charge.
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Sony today announced the AV Center XAV-AX210 at the Mobile Electronics Association's KnowledgeFest 2018. The XAV-AX210 adds iDatalink Maestro support to the 6.4-inch display, which allows you a new way to connect the car's audio without losing the original functionality of the infotainment system
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Square today launched the Square Reader SDK, giving Android and iOS developers the ability to use Square hardware to accept in-person payments directly from within their own application, with no app-switch required. With only a few lines of code, developers can quickly add EMV- and PCI-compliant in-person payments to any Android or iOS app.
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Back in June BlackBerry opened up registration for this years 2018 Annual BlackBerry Security Summit event in London, but at that time, no registration was available for the New York event. We are pleased to say that registration is now open for the New York event.
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Samsung has sent out invitations to a Galaxy Unpacked event on August 9 in New York City, when the Galaxy Note 9 will be officially unveiled. The event will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, at 11 a.m. ET.