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EU to investigate Apple’s Shazam purchase for antitrust issues

The European Commission has agreed to investigate antitrust claims lodged against Apple for its proposed acquisition of music recognition app Shazam. The EC said it received requests from Austria, France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden to assess whether Apple’s purchase of Shazam would have an “adverse effect on competition in the European Economic Area.” techrepublic Here’s what developers really… Read more →

Amazon removes lockscreen offers and ads from Prime Exclusive phones

Video: LG G6 — key specs and features The 10 best smartphones of 2017 Apple and Google recently announced new 2017 phones, but even these phones can’t surpass Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note 8. Read More Nearly two years ago, Amazon launched its Prime Exlusive program with discounted prices on smartphones for those who accepted lockscreen ads and offers. These were… Read more →

Microsoft tees up Windows 10 support of Progressive Web Apps

We’ve known for a while that Microsoft intended to bring support for Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) to Windows 10 as of Redstone 4 this coming Spring. On February 6, Microsoft officials provided more details about its planned next steps in this space. Google has been the main champion of PWAs, which are basically Web sites and/or apps that behave like… Read more →

Microsoft takes aim at Google, Box, Dropbox with OneDrive switch offer

Microsoft is taking aim at several of its cloud-storage competitors with a new OneDrive compete offer. Starting today, February 6, Microsoft is enabling businesses with 500 users or more to get OneDrive for Business for free for the duration of their contracts with Google, Box, or Dropbox. Qualified users — who must be new and not existing OneDrive for Business/Office… Read more →

AMD EPYC powers new Dell EMC PowerEdge servers

AMD EPYC Dell EMC is adding three single- and dual-core AMD EPYC servers to its PowerEdge line up. Must read: Apple products you shouldn’t buy in 2018 techrepublic NFL’s new secret weapon for training world-class athletes: Smart beds The National Football League is teaming up with Sleep Number to help its players use big data and machine learning to improve… Read more →

In spite of military assurances, autonomous weapon research speeds ahead

Autonomous vehicles are coming to roads near you. If the U.S. Army has its way, battlefields will be next. Under a program nicknamed “Wingman,” the Army just announced it is range testing autonomous vehicles equipped with robotic weapons systems. So far, engineers have managed to successfully destroy targets with a self-driving Humvee equipped with an onboard autonomous 7.62 mm weapon… Read more →

ADB.Miner worm is rapidly spreading across Android devices

A fresh threat to Android devices has managed to infect thousands of devices in days, researchers warn. In a blog post published Sunday, cybersecurity researcher Wang Hui from 360Netlab said a strain of cryptocurrency mining malware called ADB.Miner has begun spreading rapidly. The malware has similar capabilities to worms and uses the ADB debug interface, on port 5555, to spread…. Read more →

Singapore Airlines to launch frequent flyer wallet on the Blockchain

Singapore Airlines Singapore Airlines (SIA) plans to launch a blockchain-based loyalty scheme for frequent fliers in a bid to deepen retail relationships. On Monday, the airline announced the changes to the KrisFlyer frequent flyer programme, which will bring blockchain technologies to the digital wallet, already established on mobile devices. The new scheme, due be rolled out within the next six… Read more →

HP unveils Core X options for Z4 workstation, ‘pro’ MR headset

HP HP on Monday unveiled an update to its HP Z4 Workstation to now support Intel Core X and Xeon processors, alongside a professional version of its HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset. At Solidworks World, HP touted its Z4 Workstation for engineering, simulation, rendering and virtual reality. HP’s best-selling workstation can be now configured with Intel’s Core X processors (Core… Read more →

HP unveils Core X options for Z4 workstation, ‘pro’ MR headset

HP HP on Monday unveiled an update to its HP Z4 Workstation to now support Intel Core X and Xeon processors, alongside a professional version of its HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset. At Solidworks World, HP touted its Z4 Workstation for engineering, simulation, rendering and virtual reality. HP’s best-selling workstation can be now configured with Intel’s Core X processors (Core… Read more →