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Apple’s increasingly tricky international trade-offs

Apple’s increasingly tricky international trade-offs

Far from Apple’s troubles in emerging markets and China, the company is attracting the ire of what should really be a core supporter demographic naturally aligned with the pro-privacy stance CEO Tim Cook has made into his public soapbox in recent years — but which is instead crying foul over perceived hypocrisy.These users want more choice over key elements such as the search engine that can be set as the default in Safari on iOS (Apple currently offers four choices: Google,  Yahoo, Bing and DuckDuckGo, all U.S. search engines; and with ad tech giant Google set as the default).
Apple Cuts Revenue Forecast Because of Slow iPhone Sales in China

Apple Cuts Revenue Forecast Because of Slow iPhone Sales in China

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple reduced its revenue expectations for the first time in 16 years on Wednesday because of poor iPhone sales in China, an unexpected development that underscored the slowing of China’s economy and raised fears of further turmoil in global markets. Apple’s surprise announcement was the clearest confirmation yet that the Chinese economy is in serious trouble. Beijing’s effort last spring to clamp down on credit, which sparked a slowdown, and an intensifying trade war with the United States have unnerved consumers and business-people alike.
'David Bowie Is' App Delivers a Mesmerizing AR Tour of the Artist's Career with Gary Oldman as Guide

'David Bowie Is' App Delivers a Mesmerizing AR Tour of the Artist's Career with Gary Oldman as Guide

Although next week will mark the late David Bowie's 72nd birthday, his fans and admirers are the ones receiving a gift in the form of an augmented reality app that explores the artist's careerAvailable for $7.99 on the App Store and Google Play on January 8, "David Bowie Is" packs a virtual recreation of the eponymous touring exhibit, which has drawn two million visitors in 12 cities to date.The app is collaboration between the David Bowie Archive and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., and consists of more than 20 virtual galleries exploring the various eras and aspects of Bowie's career, spanning from his childhood influences to his final album, Blackstar, with stops at milestones such as his hit song "Space Oddity" and the "Ziggy Stardust" tour along the way.
As Amazon Echo price slashed there’s bad news for Amazon customers

As Amazon Echo price slashed there’s bad news for Amazon customers

AMAZON’S award-winning Echo smart speaker continues to be offered at a much lower price but customers now face a longer wait to own one.With a low price and an abundance of smart features, it’s no wonder the Amazon Echo remains hugely popular.This intelligent internet-connected speaker comes packed with a swathe of features which allows it to control your home, read you the news and fill your home with music via simple voice commands.Amazon recently refreshed its full lineup of smart speakers with one of the biggest upgrades coming the budget Echo Dot.This popular entry-level device got a refreshed and more curvaceous look plus much-improved sound with this speaker now around 70 percent louder than its predecessor.
Clearing an Old Marijuana Conviction Record Just Got a Lot Easier

Clearing an Old Marijuana Conviction Record Just Got a Lot Easier

When cannabis became legal for adult recreational use at the start of 2018, a provision in the new law opened the door for individuals who were convicted of certain kinds of marijuana-related crimes in the past to petition to have their criminal records cleared. Actually taking the state up on that offer, however, remained expensive and complicated. Now, as of January 1, 2019, a follow-up law has gone into effect, aiming to make the process more accessible to Californians—and advocates say it will go a long way toward helping those individuals live free from the stigma of a drug arrest.
Drone Consortium Safir to Increase Efforts to Facilitate European Drone Law Legislation

Drone Consortium Safir to Increase Efforts to Facilitate European Drone Law Legislation

The Safir project, a consortium of 13 public organizations and private companies partly funded by the European Commission, will begin testing drone applications and unmanned traffic management systems in Belgium in hopes to assist the European Union establish a framework for the commercial drone industry, The New York Times reports. Members of Safir (or Safe and Flexible Integration of Initial U-space Services in a Real Environment) met in Brussels in November to discuss the upcoming test trials, which will take place at the DronePort facility in Limburg. “It is about testing 10 drones with different purposes, applications and IT systems,” explained DronePort CEO Mark Vanlook. 
Today is Judgment Day for last-ditch Sears rescue plan

Today is Judgment Day for last-ditch Sears rescue plan

Edward Lampert has filled in the blanks on his $4.4 billion rescue bid for Sears, but a couple of key numbers were still missing less than a day before a key court deadline: How much did the liquidators offer?Two bids from breakup firms have been submitted, and if either one tops Lampert, Sears Holdings Corp. could turn out to be worth more dead than alive for its creditors. Those numbers hadn't been publicly announced as of late Thursday.Lampert's ESL Investments is offering to keep the bankrupt chain in business and up to 50,000 people employed. But it's possible his plan won't be deemed solid enough to qualify, all but assuring that the company will be shut down and sold off in pieces. The deadline for Sears to tell bidders if they're still in the running is 4 p.m. New York time.
Gatwick drones: 'Military capability' withdrawn from airport

Gatwick drones: 'Military capability' withdrawn from airport

"Military capability" deployed to counter illegal drone flights at Gatwick Airport has been withdrawn, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.The Army was deployed as hundreds of flights were cancelled on 20 December following repeated drone sightings.Gatwick said it had spent £5m to prevent future attacks, but would not comment on the nature of the system.Sussex Police said no arrests have been made since a couple were released without charge on 23 December.More than 140,000 passengers were affected by cancellations and delays during the 36 hours of chaos.Following a further sighting on 21 December, the airport said the "military measures" had provided "the reassurance necessary that it is safe to reopen"
University of Washington Researchers Demo Ability to Generate 3D Augmented Reality Content from 2D Images

University of Washington Researchers Demo Ability to Generate 3D Augmented Reality Content from 2D Images

After joining Google and Huawei in underwriting the UW Reality Lab at the University of Washington in January, it appears Facebook is already seeing a return on its donation.According to results published earlier this month through Cornell University's arXiv service in a paper titled, "Photo Wake-Up: 3D Character Animation from a Single Photo," a team of Facebook and University of Washington researchers have developed a method of generating animated 3D models in augmented reality using only a photograph.
Netflix permanently pulls iTunes billing for new users

Netflix permanently pulls iTunes billing for new users

Netflix is further distancing itself from Apple’s iTunes tax bracket. Earlier this year, the streaming giant enabled iOS users in more than two dozen markets to bypass the iTunes payment method as part of an experiment. The company now tells VentureBeat that it has concluded the experiment and has incorporated the change globally.“We no longer support iTunes as a method of payment for new members,” a Netflix spokesperson told VentureBeat. Existing members, however, can continue to use iTunes as a method of payment, the spokesperson added.


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