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Interview: Meet Yubl, the hot new messaging app you’ve never heard of

Interview: Meet Yubl, the hot new messaging app you’ve never heard of

By on August 31, 2016 at 2:05 PM.

Time was, companies big and small were scrambling to launch new social networks. Back when people still talked with a straight face about dislodging Facebook from its spot atop the social food chain, and as a result we got everything from Ello to Google+ that promised us better experiences — better, of course, in comparison to a certain familiar blue app.

Never mind how that did or didn’t work out. The mad dash, these days, is for a much narrower prize. From Facebook to Snapchat to much smaller and lesser known entrants, the latest social gold rush is the battle to own user messaging. “Messaging apps are now bigger than social networks,” announced a Business Insider headline from earlier this summer. That’s the backdrop against which Apple is reportedly going to give social another go via a social app focused around the camera which it may have in the works.

And it’s why Yubl, a startup from the UK which launched earlier this year, is racing to add new features to its messaging app of the same name — and to bring it to a growing number of countries, including the U.S. in 2017. More →

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Tesla Model S Discount

Tesla is reportedly offering big discounts on some of its fastest cars

By on August 30, 2016 at 3:10 PM.

Tesla is reportedly offering big discounts on some of its fastest cars

Tesla’s dealership model relies heavily on a CarMax-style no-haggling policy: you pay list price, and in return you get 0-60 in two and a half seconds. But according to some reports, Tesla is very quietly offering discounts to get older inventory out the door. If you’ve been waiting to pull the trigger on a Model S P90D, a $30,000 discount could be the difference maker.

Electrek reports that since Tesla unveiled the Model S P100D, taking the crown as the “Quickest Production Car in the World” in the process, there are some P90Ds left in inventory surplus to requirements.

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Hit List

Apple Tax Evasion

Understanding Apple’s tax mess: Why Apple owes $14.5 billion, and why Ireland doesn’t want it

Understanding Apple’s tax mess: Why Apple owes $14.5 billion, and why Ireland doesn’t want it

By on August 30, 2016 at 12:42 PM.

In a ruling handed down this morning, Apple was given a $14.5 billion bill for back taxes by the European Commission, related to its business in Europe and Ireland. Apple’s tax situation, including the hundreds of billions in cash held offshore, has always been a hot topic for the company. But how did it land in this mess, and who does it even owe money to anyway?

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iPhone 6 Plus Touch Disease

Apple is already being sued over iPhone 6 ‘Touch Disease’

By on August 29, 2016 at 4:10 PM.

Apple is already being sued over iPhone 6 ‘Touch Disease’

Well, that didn’t take long. Less than a week after “Touch Disease” became a thing, Apple is already facing a class-action lawsuit over iPhone 6es which have unresponsive touchscreens and Touch ID sensors.

“Touch Disease” is the name coined by iFixit for a recurring problem with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets. Owing to a design defect with the handsets, the touch controller is susceptible to physical damage, which in practice means a whole bunch of iPhones with non-working touchscreens, display problems, and faulty fingerprint readers.

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Game Changers

Uber Flat Rates

Uber’s new flat fare is cheaper than the bus

By on August 25, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

Uber’s new flat fare is cheaper than the bus

New test fares being rolled out by Uber in select markets are making the ride-sharing service all new kinds of cheap. A beta program being tested in a few chosen cities scrap surge pricing and charging per-mile in favor of a flat fare for UberPool that’s the same price as a bus ticket.

According to an email seen by Business Insider UK, pricing in San Francisco is a pack of 20 rides for $20, or 40 rides for $30. On top of that base fee, you then pay $2 per ride. So, on the lower pricing, you’re paying $3 per ride for an UberPool trip.

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Apple Eu Tax Investigation

Apple might owe the EU billions in back taxes

By on August 25, 2016 at 3:20 PM.

Apple might owe the EU billions in back taxes

Apple has been under fire from the EU over its tax system for quite some time, but up until now, we didn’t know how bad things were. JP Morgan, one of Apple’s investment banks overseeing the case, has put the potential tax bill at $19 billion. That’s a ways over the previous estimates, and a healthy chunk of change even for the cash-flush Apple.

The news came at the same time as the US Treasury Department sought to intervene in the case. The government has entered the fight on Apple’s side, accusing the European Commission of being a “supra-national tax authority.”

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Tesla P100D 0-60

Tesla’s crazy new Model S P100D is the fastest production car in the world

By on August 23, 2016 at 3:37 PM.

Tesla’s crazy new Model S P100D is the fastest production car in the world

Teslas have always been fast. But with the addition of a new 100kWh battery option for the Model S, Tesla now builds a car that can do 0-60 in 2.5 seconds. That’s about as fast as it takes you to even say “P100D.”

The bigger battery and faster Ludicrous mode is the biggest part of new updates unveiled today. The new battery option will be available in both the Model S and Model X starting immediately, with those cars running at $134,5000 and $135,500 respectively. Older P90D versions can be upgraded for the low, low price of $20,000.

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Tesla Model S Leasing Plans

Tesla’s new offer will tide you over until your Model 3 arrives

By on August 22, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Tesla’s new offer will tide you over until your Model 3 arrives

Hundreds of thousands of people have pre-ordered a Tesla Model 3, which means hundreds of thousands of people are currently waiting impatiently for their next car. The two-year wait is a long time to be without new wheels, so Tesla has a new offer that should help pass the time.

For a limited time, the company will offer two-year leases on the Model S and Model X. It’s not explicitly angled at people waiting for a Model 3, but it’s a solid way for buyers who can’t wait two years to get in a Tesla for less than $600 a month.

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Samsung Refurbished Smartphone Sales

Samsung will soon sell used flagship phones at deep discounts

By on August 22, 2016 at 8:55 AM.

Samsung will soon sell used flagship phones at deep discounts

For a leading smartphone company like Samsung, the only thing better than getting a customer to purchase a flagship smartphone is getting two different customers to purchase the same flagship smartphone.

As Samsung seeks new ways to boost earnings as the high-end smartphone market becomes a far less reliable source of growth, a new report sheds light on one of the new programs the company plans to implement. Smartphone buyers in the US and other markets continue to flock to newer installment plan options that let them make low monthly payments and trade in their phones each year for new models. Now, it appears as though Samsung is getting ready to launch a new program that will see it refurbish and sell all those used phones. More →

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Hyperloop Speed Experience

The Hyperloop VR app shows how boring the future will be

By on August 20, 2016 at 12:00 PM.

The Hyperloop VR app shows how boring the future will be

I’ve seen Tomorrowland, so I know that the future is supposed to be full of flying cars and jetpacks. Elon Musk’s version of the future is a little less fanciful — it only involves levitating people through a partial vacuum at hundreds of miles an hour. But if this VR app that lets you try the Hyperloop experience is accurate, Musk’s future won’t be particularly exciting.

To support its Hyperloop pod design bid, the Delft University of Technology had an ad agency make an app that explains how Hyperloop and lets users virtually try out a Hyperloop trip. It’s whatever you call the polar opposite of a wild ride.

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Apple Stock Price

Apple is doomed… but don’t tell the massive funds that just dumped billions into Apple shares

By on August 19, 2016 at 4:00 PM.

Apple is doomed… but don’t tell the massive funds that just dumped billions into Apple shares

Apple is doomed! The iPhone is done! The high-end smartphone market is saturated! No one is upgrading to new handsets anymore! Tim Cook is lost and has no idea what he’s doing!

To glance over recent headlines and themes being tossed around by tech bloggers and many analysts, things are looking pretty bleak for the largest company in the world by market cap. Then, matters were made even worse when Apple caught investors off guard and posted a massive drop-off in iPhone sales during the March quarter this year. Apple’s share price plummeted and doomsday preppers crowed that the end was in sight. Then Apple beat estimates and offered impressive September-quarter guidance when it reported its fiscal third-quarter results in July, and the stock is up nearly 12% since then.

Of course, anytime Apple dips big funds seize the opportunity. More →

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Sprint and T-Mobile's Unlimited Data Plan

Watch Sprint’s CEO try to carefully avoid saying ‘we throttle video’

By on August 19, 2016 at 2:50 PM.

Watch Sprint’s CEO try to carefully avoid saying ‘we throttle video’

Yesterday, T-Mobile launched a brand-new set of unlimited* data plans. At right about the same time, Sprint also announced a set of very similar data plans, and claimed that T-Mobile had “basically copied” Sprint’s plans.

Because this is business in the era of Trump, both CEOs then went on a mission to trash-talk each other. This resulted in Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure doing a spot on CNBC where he addressed T-Mobile’s claims. But as part of the segment, Claure also answered questions about the limits on Sprint’s data plans. What you’re about to see is some of the most creative use of technical buzzwords to basically lie that I’ve seen in a while.

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T-Mobile Un-carrier 12

T-Mobile kills data plans and goes all in on unlimited data

By on August 18, 2016 at 9:08 AM.

T-Mobile kills data plans and goes all in on unlimited data

T-Mobile sent notices to the media on Wednesday letting us know that a big announcement was coming on Thursday morning, and the buildup continued all day as T-Mobile executives teased a “big secret” that would be “huge.” T-Mobile and its outspoken CEO John Legere have a tendency to make every upcoming announcement sound as though it’s going to be a game-changer, though to the company’s credit, several of its past “Un-carrier” initiatives have indeed been game-changers.

Thursday’s news comes just one day after AT&T announced a shakeup that would see it do away with service overages on its new plans. Not having to worry about overages will be a weight off of many people’s chests, though there is a downside: Instead of being changed for excess data, AT&T will now throttle subscribers to 2G speeds when they’ve hit their data limit in a billing period.

Can T-Mobile top AT&T’s big news from Wednesday? It’s time to find out. More →

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