Apple, Shazam deal inspection by EU antitrust regulators could happen soon

Reports have emerged that EU antitrust authorities will decide on the Apple, Shazam deal by April 23. The regulators will be deciding whether to clear iPhone maker Apple’s buy of British music discovery app Shazam, the European Commission said on Thursday. The Commission, which has previously expressed concerns about big companies acquiring small but data-rich rivals, can clear the deal with or without conditions or open a four-month-long investigation. Apple sought EU approval for the deal on Wednesday, according to a filing on the EU competition agency’s website. The move had been expected after seven European countries including France, Italy and …

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Microsoft Photos companion app for Android, iOS released

Microsoft Photos companion app for iOS and Android devices has finally been released by the Windows 10 maker. The Microsoft Photos companion app has been in testing for months. The app is a bridge of sorts between Windows 10 systems and iOS and Android devices enabling users to transfer their photos and videos from mobile devices to the Microsoft Photos app available on their Windows 10 desktop, notebooks, and tablets. The Microsoft Photos companion app has been developed as a Microsoft Garage project. It uses Wi-Fi connectivity on your phone and PC to establish a connection to transfer photos and …

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Apple Music

Apple Music student membership coming to 80+ new markets

Apple Music student membership is being launched in 80+ new markets by the end of the month, the iPhone maker has announced. According to Apple the Apple Music student membership is being made available in 82 additional markets by February 26 of which 79 are already live now. The expansion brings student memberships to nearly all the markets Apple Music is available in. The student memberships are verified by UNiDAYS, a student verification technology provider. Students will have to be enrolled in an eligible college or university. The plan will be valid for up to four years, with the option …

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Legendary Pokémon Rayquaza lands in Pokémon GO

The Legendary Pokémon Rayquaza which first appeared in Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire has landed in Pokémon GO. The introduction of Rayquaza in Pokémon GO was announced through a press release. Niantic, Inc. and The Pokémon Company say that from February 9 until March 16, Trainers will be able to discover and catch the Sky High Pokémon in Raid Battles around the world. The Pokémon brand is celebrating the year of Legendary Pokémon in 2018 and the introduction of Rayquaza to Pokémon GO is a new addition to the many ways fans can engage with these powerful Pokémon. Rayquaza will be joined by several Dragon- …

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OWL camera

Ex-Apple, Microsoft engineers launch ‘Owl’ to sell car security cameras

Owl – a company started by ex-Apple and Microsoft engineers – has announced launch of their dashboard-mounted video camera that can see the inside and outside of the car with the idea of car security. The gadget has its own Internet connection and sensors that let it capture video if the car suffers a break-in or fender bender while unoccupied. Owl has raised $18 million in venture capital from Khosla Ventures, Menlo Ventures and others. In an interview with Reuters, CEO Andy Hodge, part of the original team behind the Apple iPod, said that Internet-connected security cameras for the home, such as …

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KGI: iPhone X shipments in Q1 2018 to reach 18 million units only

Apple will likely be able to ship as many as 18 million units of iPhone X, a new report by KGI Securities suggests. According to the report, Apple will be able to ship around 18 million iPhone X units in the current quarter, strikingly lower than the ongoing estimates of 20-30 million units. There are indications that the original iPhone X could reach its end of life around mid-2018 and this effective means that new iPhones could be in pipeline. The report says that the major drop in iPhone X shipments is because of the longer replacement cycles in China. …

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wynk music app

Wynk Music app installed more than 75 million times

Airtel’s Wynk Music app has been surpassed the 75 million app installations mark – a huge achievement in a short time. The over-the-top (OTT) music app from Airtel was launched in 2014 and according to latest numbers revealed by Airtel, it has a collection of over three million songs, including music in 12 Indian regional language. Wynk also revealed that music in languages such as Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi, and Kannada accounted for a majority of the growth in the regional content.Contributing over 3 percent of the overall music streaming, the remixed versions of Bollywood classics continued to grow popular on the streaming …

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Samsung and Apple top semiconductor buyers charts 2017

A report from Gartner has revealed that Apple and Samsung continue to rule the semiconductors buyers list with the two accounting for a 19.5 per cent of the total worldwide market. According to the market research firm Samsung and Apple together consumed semiconductors worth $81.8 billion in 2017, showing an increase of more than $20 billion from 2016. Samsung semiconductor spending grew by a whopping 37.2 per cent over last year while Apple’s semiconductor spending increased by 27.5 per cent. In addition to the continuous growth of Samsung and Apple, the preliminary rankings revealed by Gartner highlights eight of top 10 …

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Apple HomePod

Apple HomePod to launch on February 9, features revealed

Apple HomePod is going to launch on February 9 after a couple of months delay and just before the launch we have a set of features that HomePod brings with it. The Siri-powered speaker will be available in the US, the UK, and Australia starting February 9. Reports indicate that HomePod will not require an Apple Music subscription to stream music from the service and that it can stream purchased iTunes music, podcasts, and Beats 1 tracks. On the official product listing page for HomePod, Apple mentions that AirPlay 2 support, which lets two compatible speakers play the same audio, …

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Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus rule global smartphone sales chart

Apple is again ruling the global smartphone sales chart with new reports indicating that contrary to what many believed, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus sales have been over the top by dominating the global top-selling smartphone board in November 2017. Reports by Counterpoint Research and Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) show the initial success of the latest iPhone range that includes the iPhone X as well as the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. While Counterpoint reports reveals that the latest iPhone trio dominated the global top-selling smartphone board in November 2017, CIRP report claims that the three smartphones …

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