iPhone Trademark China

iPhone sales halted after Chinese firm accuses Apple of copying its design [updated]

iPhone sales halted after Chinese firm accuses Apple of copying its design [updated]

By on June 17, 2016 at 9:21 AM.

Whether it’s suing Samsung over rounded corners, or being accused of plagiarism by the Android crowd, Apple and plagiarism seem to go hand-in-hand. Its latest copyright law is something a little different though.

According to Engadget, a “random Chinese company” has accused Apple of aping the design of its 100C smartphone. At first glance, you can kind of see where it’s coming from: the 100C looks vaguely like an iPhone 6, if you close your eyes, take a couple shots and squint real hard.

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Microsoft Marijuana Software

Microsoft’s Next Big Thing is going to be…tracking weed?

By on June 16, 2016 at 5:06 PM.

Microsoft’s Next Big Thing is going to be…tracking weed?

Microsoft is trying really very hard to not be the next Yahoo. It’s ticked most of the boxes of a corporate mid-life crisis: buying a social network, failing to make smartphones, and shouting about the cloud a lot.

But after much introspection, Microsoft’s execs have settled on its new moneymaker: making software for the legal weed industry.

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Hit List

Snapchat Ads

Here come Snapchat’s most annoying ads yet

By on June 14, 2016 at 7:45 AM.

Here come Snapchat’s most annoying ads yet

Now that Snapchat has become one of the hottest messaging apps in the world, it’s time to do what every messaging app has done before it: figure out how to make money. Some apps have been more successful than others, but there are a few things they’ve all had in common as they look to better monetize their massive users bases. Among those common threads, a flood of new advertising is always in there somewhere, and Snapchat has apparently now reached that stage in its life cycle.

Snapchat users, get ready to be annoyed. More →

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Microsoft LinkedIn Acquisition

This is why Microsoft is buying LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

By on June 13, 2016 at 8:53 AM.

This is why Microsoft is buying LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

You know all that annoying spam you get in your inbox about people you don’t really know moving to new positions at companies you’ve never heard of? Well, those emails come from Microsoft now. The company announced on Monday morning that it is acquiring LinkedIn for a whopping $26.2 billion, or $196 per share. That’s a healthy premium over Friday’s $131.08 close, and there will be plenty of analysis in the media over the coming days tossing around theories about this monster deal. But if you want to know why Microsoft just spent a fortune to acquire the world’s premiere professional networking site, you can find out straight from the horse’s mouth.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s letter to employees following the deal can be read below in its entirety. More →

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Game Changers

Apple Energy

Apple is going to start selling… electricity?

By on June 9, 2016 at 11:00 PM.

Apple is going to start selling… electricity?

Apple became the world’s most valuable company by selling a lot of stuff. But one thing it’s never sold is power.

That looks like it’s about to change, as Apple has created Apple Energy, a Cupertino-owned subsidiary that has the ability to sell power to end users at market rates.

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All-Electric Mercedes SUV

Mercedes will show off a Model X killer in September

By on June 8, 2016 at 11:10 PM.

Mercedes will show off a Model X killer in September

Tesla has captured our imagination (if not our practicality) with the world’s first all-electric SUV, the Model X. But it looks like Mercedes, king of glitzy SUVs for people who like to stay on-road, isn’t going to take it lying down.

According to a report from Autocar, Mercedes will be showing off an all-electric SUV at the Paris Motor Show in September.

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Uber Arrive By Guarantee

Uber will now pay you if your driver gets you to your destination late

By on June 8, 2016 at 10:56 AM.

Uber will now pay you if your driver gets you to your destination late

Although uberPOOL might be the most affordable way to reach your destination with Uber, it’s rarely the most expedient. That’s why Uber introduced the “Arrive By” feature for its carpooling service this week, which guarantees that riders will arrive at their destination by the quoted time or receive $2 off their next ride.

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T-Mobile Tuesdays Rewards

T-Mobile is giving away tons of free stuff, here’s how to get it

By on June 6, 2016 at 1:40 PM.

T-Mobile is giving away tons of free stuff, here’s how to get it

T-Mobile is known for doing things a little differently to other carriers, and its rewards program is much the same. T-Mobile CEO John Legere just announced that the company will give all customers a weekly gift, one share of stock, and free in-flight Wi-Fi.

Life looks pretty good on the Uncarrier train right now.

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Xiaomi US Launch

A hot new smartphone brand might finally be coming to America

A hot new smartphone brand might finally be coming to America

By on June 1, 2016 at 3:15 PM.

Xiaomi certainly wasn’t the first smartphone company to unashamedly copy Apple, but it likely did the most thorough job of it following the company’s launch back in 2010. At one point, the Chinese smartphone startup even had a man in a black mock turtleneck and jeans unveil a new smartphone on stage as a press conference. The tech media pointed and laughed, but Xiaomi laughed all the way to the bank — the company’s valuation climbed to as high as $46 billion in late 2015, and it has enjoyed faster growth than any other smartphone maker in recent years.

Like Samsung before it, Xiaomi dialed down its blatant copying of Apple’s iPhone line once it began to see commercial success, and its phones now barely resemble the iPhone. Now, it looks like the company is preparing to sell its smartphones in the United States for the first time. More →

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Budget Airlines Pricing

This is how budget airlines are so cheap

By on June 1, 2016 at 2:05 PM.

This is how budget airlines are so cheap

Given that all airlines are in the business of strapping people into seats and transporting them from A to B, I’ve always found it surprising that budget airlines can do the same thing for a third of the price of big carriers, and still make a profit.

How do they make it work? As Wendoverproductions explains in this video, it involves a lot of intelligent (but counter-intuitive) business moves, and only a little screwing over the average passenger.

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iPhone 7 Rumors

The worst-case scenario for Apple’s iPhone 7

The worst-case scenario for Apple’s iPhone 7

By on June 1, 2016 at 10:56 AM.

What if the iPhone 7 is boring? What if everything we’ve heard and seen so far paints a near-complete picture of everything Apple has planned for its next-generation iPhone lineup? This is probably our first look at a real iPhone 7, and what if it turns out to be right on the money? Everything we wanted to know about the iPhone 7 might have just leaked, and what if it all ends up being true?

Let’s all step back for a moment and take a look at this horrific, catastrophic, disastrous worst-case scenario. More →

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Volkswagen Dieselgate

VW hopes a Tesla-style ‘Gigafactory’ will help us forget about the lying and cheating

By on May 31, 2016 at 3:45 PM.

VW hopes a Tesla-style ‘Gigafactory’ will help us forget about the lying and cheating

VW is having some “public relations issues,” a delicate way of saying that the automaker lied to the federal government and thousands of customers about emissions. But don’t worry, because VW’s R&D department is all over fixing those pesky emissions.

According to German publication Handelsblatt, VW will be building a “multi-billion euro” factory dedicated to electric vehicles, a rival facility to Tesla’s vaunted Gigafactory. The idea, presumably, is to pivot smoothly from being a company known for its low-emissions diesel vehicles, to one known for its zero-emission EVs. Unfortunately, I suspect consumers’ memories last just a little longer than VW thinks.

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