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Apple teams up with Best Buy for expanded repair service

Apple today announced the completion of a major expansion of its Apple authorised service network. With nearly 1,000 Best Buy stores across the US now providing expert service and repairs for Apple products, customers have even easier and more convenient access to safe and reliable repairs.

Google Assistant rolling out to Waze Android app

Rolling out to Android phones in the United States, beginning today, Google Assistant will be fully integrated into Waze so users won’t have to tap on their screens to get things done. Many of Waze’s most popular features will be supported, such as reporting traffic jams, calling out potholes, and checking for alternate routes.

Huawei granted three month reprieve from ban

The US Department of Commerce has issued a licence allowing US companies to keep doing business with Huawei for the next three months. The company now has a Temporary General License to engage with U.S. vendors on a limited basis.

Trump bans Huawei in United States

President Trump has issued an executive order giving his administration sweeping powers to block Huawei and other foreign communications firms from doing business in the United States.

Smartphone Shipments hit 5 year low in North America

Smartphone shipments in North America dropped 18 percent in Q1 2019 to a five-year low of 36.4 million units.While the region’s biggest ever recorded fall in smartphone sales is being credited primarily to Apple’s lacklustre performance, the iPhone maker remained the clear leader despite suffering a regional decline of 19%.

Samsung to cancel unconfirmed Galaxy Fold Orders in US

Samsung is contacting customers who had pre-ordered the Galaxy Fold device in the US, and is asking them to confirm that they wish to proceed with their pre-order. The South Korean company’s move is inspired by the fact that it cannot confirm the shipping date for its foldable device yet.

Data Breach Exposes 80 Million US Household Details

A hack discovered by us-based firm vpnMentor that has exposed a database of 80 million (nearly 65 percent) American households. The unprotected 24GB database, hosted on Microsoft Cloud servers, includes the number of people living in each household with their full names, their marital status, income bracket, age, and more. While some information is available freely, other data like title, gender, etc are coded.

Apple and Qualcomm Huge Legal Battle Kicks Off in San Diego

Apple and Qualcomm head to court in San Diego Monday, in what could be one of the biggest US corporate lawsuits Apple Chief Executivr Tim Cook is expected to give testimony in a four-week trial in a federal court in which the iPhone maker and four companies in its supply chain are suing Qualcomm for up to $27bn in damages for overcharged chip royalties.

Apple Card is Apple’s new Credit Card

Apple launched a credit card at the “Show Time” event called Apple Card. It’s an actual titanium-based MasterCard credit card made in partnership with Goldman Sachs. The card has no late fees, annual fees, over limit fees, and international fees. The card will have your name etched with laser on the card.

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