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10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. . The fine relates to Google's abuse of its dominance in search advertising, with the firm pressuring third-party publishers to use its AdSense tool. Huawei's CTO for Germany has dismissed spying claims as absurd and "technically impossible." The entire debate, he said, was being conducted by non-technical experts and related to politicians' wider concerns about China.  Apple finally launched its second-generation AirPods...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Verizon, Europe, New York, Australia, Germany, Trends, Siri, Aol, Bill Gates, New Zealand, Jeff Bezos, Huawei, Alexa

The Three Things Google Stadia Needs to Conquer the Gaming Industry

Google Yesterday Google announced its long-anticipated streaming game platform, Stadia. In the news post we called it an “invasion” of gaming: this combination platform and delivery service has the potential to compete with consoles, PCs, and mobile games, all at once. Google’s ambition is huge, but it’s appropriate to the task. The game industry as we know it is stagnating in terms of innovation, but its biggest corporate players are well-entrenched and experienced. If Stadia is to compet...
Tags: Chrome, Google, Amazon, Crafts, Verizon, Microsoft, EA, Sony, Nvidia, Nintendo, Ubisoft, GDC, Havok, Raymond, Sony Microsoft, Jade Raymond

Former Oath CEO Tim Armstrong is exiting Verizon with a payout worth more than $60 million

Tim Armstrong will leave Verizon Communications with an awards and benefits package worth more than $60 million. The Wall Street Journal calculated the total amount based on a securities filing from last Monday by combining Armstrong’s compensation in 2018, severance and a special incentive package he was given by Verizon when it acquired AOL in 2015. Armstrong was head of Oath (now called Verizon Media), which took a write down of $4.5 billion last year and laid off seven percent of its ...
Tags: TC, Verizon, Yahoo, Tech, Aol, Wall Street Journal, Verizon Communications, Tim Armstrong, Armstrong, OATH, Verizon Media, Gowrappan, Verizon Communications Disclosure, Verizon Media Verizon Communications

Guy Who Ran Verizon's Failing AOL-Yahoo Hybrid Leaving With $60 Million Golden Parachute

Tim Armstrong, onetime Google executive and former CEO of AOL and its successor, Verizon’s troubled, digital media-focused Oath group, departed Verizon in 2018 just months before the corporation took a $4.5 billion accounting charge on Oath. According to a Tuesday report in the Wall Street Journal, he’s walking away…Read more...
Tags: Google, Verizon, Science, Technology, Media, Yahoo, Digital Media, Aol, Wall Street Journal, Tim Armstrong, OATH, Late Capitalism, Verizon Media Group

Apple News jitters, Instagram goes shopping, and chatbots rise again

Hello! Thanks for subscribing. If you got this newsletter forwarded, sign up for your own here. In less than a week, Apple is set to announce a range of services including an all-you-can-read subscription news bundle, and it’s causing a lot of angst for publishers already worried about big tech eating media. I talked to publishers who were pitched by Apple, and they say the phone maker is basing the business model on a flawed comparison between news and music. To date, The New York Times and Th...
Tags: Apple, Google, Verizon, Facebook, Instagram, Washington Post, North Korea, Trends, Comcast, New York Times, Alex Gibney, Wall Street Journal, Xfinity, Lance Armstrong, Elizabeth Holmes, Alaska Airlines

Apple’s new iPad Air and iPad mini just released, but you can already find great deals

Apple on Monday announced a couple of new iPad models -- the 2019 iPad Air and iPad mini -- with prices starting at $499 and $399, respectively.Both devices share the same set of specs, and both of them are almost as powerful as the 2018 iPad Pro -- the new tablets have the iPhone XS's A12 Bionic chip inside, rather than the A12X flavor that goes into the Pros. That makes them great alternatives to the iPad Pro, which is more expensive, or the regular iPad, which isn't as powerful. If yo...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, News, Air

How to unlock a phone on every carrier

Do you want to know how to unlock a phone through your carrier or a third-party service like DoctorSIM? Regardless of which way you want to go, we've compiled a list of requirements and methods for doing so. The post How to unlock a phone on every carrier appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Android, Mobile, Verizon, Trends, How-to, Unlocking, Unlock Phones

Android Weekly: What’s Coming in Android Q (and Some Other Stuff)

There was a lot of movement in the Android world the week of March 8th thru 15th. The Q beta landed with all sorts of new features, Vivo showed off a portless phone, and Google killed a bunch of services. Android Q Feature Roundup Let’s start with the biggest Android news for the week, shall we? The Q beta landed for all Pixel devices, and it’s jam-packed with all sorts of new features. Android Police and 9to5Google both did an incredible job of covering all the new stuff as it showed up—here...
Tags: Google, Crafts, Verizon, Motorola, Facebook, Hong Kong, Microsoft, Samsung, Reddit, Nvidia, Pushbullet, Nice, Waze, Amazon Fire TV, GDC, Vivo

Sprint Free Year of Unlimited Data Promo: Get Free Service Through April 30th, 2020

Now free unlimited data all the way through April 30th, 2020. Sprint has an unadvertised “secret” promotion (no TV, radio, newspaper ads, not even mentioned on front page of website) that is only available online to new customers who use the right link. If you sign up at the special link HERE, bring over your own eligible smartphone, and port-in your phone number, Sprint will give you a free year of unlimited talk, text, and data. There is no requirement to continue service past that. I ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Verizon, Marketing, Sprint, Htc, Google Nexus, T Mobile, Google Pixel, Deals & Offers, Verizon AT T and T Mobile, VIVO S Essential Phone Google Nexus, Verizon AT T and T Mobile Prepaid, Sprint Global Roaming

Apple’s iCloud is the latest service to suffer an outage this week

Following the Verizon outage on Tuesday morning, the Gmail and YouTube issue on Tuesday night, and the "server configuration change" that took down Facebook and Instagram for hours on Wednesday, Apple has decided to join in on the fun with an outage of its own. According to the System Status dashboard on Apple's site, virtually every iCloud service is currently experiencing issues, including Contacts, Drive and Mail.By my count, there are twenty problematic services at the time of writing, w...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Facebook, News, Youtube

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp Go Down

Facebook was down for 22 hours yesterday, and its sister apps Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger also saw extensive outages. It was unusual in the sense that the four applications are each distinct codebases, but perhaps not suprising as all four share the same massive infrastructure. The joke is that global worker productivity shoots up whenever Facebook goes down, and you would think that Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp and Messenger are nothing more than distractions in our increasingly digi...
Tags: Travel, Google, Verizon, Facebook, Messenger, New York, Technology, Instagram, Social Media, Whatsapp, Facebook Instagram, Downtime, Facebook Amazon Apple, Facebook Instagram WhatsApp, India Brazil Mexico

Daily Crunch: Spotify files complaint against Apple

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Spotify files a complaint against Apple with the European Commission over ‘Apple tax’ and restrictive rules Spotify is taking off its gloves in what has up to now been a behind-the-scenes tug-of-war with Apple — it competes against Apple Music but also relies heavily on the company for distribution of its...
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Verizon, Motorola, Twitter, Europe, Media, Microsoft, Minneapolis, Tech, Chicago, Paris, European Commission, Boeing, Daniel Ek, Jakarta

Verizon says 5G network will cost extra $10 a month

A handful of Verizon customers will soon have faster wireless service — but they’ll have to pay $10 a month more. Verizon says it’ll flip the switch next month on a much-hyped, next-generation “5G” phone network . Service will start in parts of Chicago and Minneapolis. The offer is available only on unlimited plans, which […]
Tags: Verizon, Technology, News, Minneapolis, Service, Chicago

Microsoft is creating the 'Netflix for games': Here’s everything we know so far (MSFT)

Microsoft is making a big push to develop a streaming service for gaming. The service, which is planned for a public trial this year, aims to deliver high-end, blockbuster gaming experiences on whatever device you're using. Microsoft calls the service "Netflix for games" internally, as a shorthand for what the service intends to do. Microsoft's ambitious vision for the future of gaming doesn't involve a high-powered, expensive box sitting underneath your TV. Instead, it's as simple as Netflix...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Verizon, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, San Francisco, Trends, Netflix, Sony, Hulu, Phil Spencer, Creed Odyssey

Daily News Roundup: DirectX for Win7, Android Q Beta, and More

In today’s headlines, we saw Microsoft bring DirectX 12 to Windows 7, Google potentially can some of its hardware business, and LG show off a Keurig for ice cream. Not gonna lie, that last thing sounds pretty amazing. Note: We’ll keep updating this post throughout the day as more news hits the wire! Microsoft and Windows News A little bit of this, and a little bit of that. You know, just Microsoft things. You can now check your Xbox controller’s battery from the Game Bar. That’s cool, I thin...
Tags: Google, Crafts, Verizon, Hbo, Microsoft, Minneapolis, Chicago, Nintendo, Lg, Waze, Gizmodo, Garmin, Engadget, Carmen Sandiego, Android News Google, Apple Music on Amazon

2019 Toyota Camry Receives Updates Across The Board

The Camry, one of Toyota’s best-selling cars, soldiers on with new updates for 2019. Toyota’s Safety Sense P suite provides a number of advanced driver-assistance systems.  Three powertrain choices are available, including a hybrid with an updated Power Control Unit. If you’re looking for a car that is the automotive equivalent of a manila envelope stapled to a beige wall, then the new 2019 Toyota Camry is for you. Oh sure, Toyota seems to be serious when they say the Camry has an “Exciting St...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Japan, Steve Jobs, Porsche, Autos, Hud, Toyota, Epa, Toyota Camry, Toyota Motor Sales U S A Inc, Amazon Alexa, Car News, Tony Borroz, Entune, Clari Fi

Verizon’s 5G to launch first in Chicago and Minneapolis on April 11

Verizon today announced the launch details of its first standards-based 5G wireless service. Starting on April 11 5G will be available throughout areas of Chicago and Minneapolis. Current subscribers can expect to pay an additional $10 a month for access, and at launch, the only supported device is the Motorola Z3 with the 5G Moto Mod. Later in the year, once they become available, Verizon will support the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and LG’s V50 ThinQ. Prices start at $85 a month for the base Go Unli...
Tags: TC, Verizon, Motorola, South Korea, Minneapolis, US, Tech, Chicago, Sprint, Korea, Lg, Qualcomm, 5g, Samsung Galaxy, Old Town, AT T

Benefits of Buying Refurbished Devices for your Small Business Revealed

Can your small business justify buying new devices? Consider new smartphones nowadays perform only slightly better than recently-released ones. You might sometimes buy refurbished devices for personal use. But can you afford such a risk for your business. Buying poorly performing devices for your team could quickly become an expensive mistake. Do you shy away from “refurbished” tech for your company? Well, other entrepreneurs do too. It’s true you can’t fully erase that risk. But new options no...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Verizon, Ebay, France, US, Samsung, Sales, Un, ZTE, Thibaud, Technology Trends, PARIS Bordeaux, Vianney Vaute, Europe Today Back Market, New York Small Business Trends

A Harvard professor warns that the US is falling behind in deploying fiber-optic networks, and it could make inequality here even worse (VZ, T, CMCSA)

The biggest tech problem facing the US is that it doesn't have universal access to super-fast fiber-optic internet connections, according to Susan Crawford, a telecommunication expert and professor at Harvard Law School. Crawford details the promise of such a network — and the dangers the US faces if it doesn't deploy one — in a new book. Fiber connections could be used to deliver better health care to more Americans, improve access to education, and encourage economic development, particularl...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Facebook, Sweden, China, US, America, Trends, Harvard, Road, Zuckerberg, Samsung Galaxy, University Of Southern California, Harvard Law School, CHATTANOOGA Tennessee, South Korea Japan

Flickr says all Creative Commons photos are protected from deletion, not just past uploads

Flickr announced today that all Creative Commons images will remain protected on its site – including those uploaded in the past and those that will be added in the future. The news follows Flickr’s November 2018 announcement where it had stated it wouldn’t delete Creative Commons photos already on its service, after switching over to a new business model which put an end to the free terabyte of storage in favor of a new subscription-based service. There had been concern prior to Flickr’s statem...
Tags: Photos, Verizon, Photography, Yahoo, Cc, Tech, Community, Creative-Commons, Flickr, Photo Sharing, Merkley, Ryan Merkley, Smugmug

FCC ‘looking into’ reported error throwing broadband deployment numbers off by millions

It’s the FCC’s official duty to promote connectivity throughout the U.S., and as part of that it issues a yearly report on improvements to broadband deployment. The latest report, however, seems to contain an error large enough to throw its numbers completely off what Chairman Ajit Pai has already claimed. His office says that they are “looking into the matter.” The information comes from advocacy organization Free Press, already a thorn in this administration’s side for having pointed out th...
Tags: Verizon, Fcc, Government, Senate, Tech, Ars Technica, Broadband, Policy, Commission, Isps, Pai, Starks, Free Press, Ajit Pai, Jessica Rosenworcel, Geoffrey Starks

5G phones are here but there’s no rush to upgrade

This year’s Mobile World Congress — the CES for Android device makers — was awash with 5G handsets. The world’s No.1 smartphone seller by marketshare, Samsung, got out ahead with a standalone launch event in San Francisco, showing off two 5G devices, just before fast-following Android rivals popped out their own 5G phones at launch events across Barcelona this week. We’ve rounded up all these 5G handset launches here. Prices range from an eye-popping $2,600 for Huawei’s foldable phabet-to-tablet...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Android, TC, Mobile, Verizon, Asia, Internet Of Things, South Korea, Europe, China, Samsung, San Francisco, Tech, Eu, Barcelona

5G phones are here but don’t rush to upgrade

This year’s Mobile World Congress — the CES for Android device makers — was awash with 5G handsets. The world’s No.1 smartphone seller by marketshare, Samsung, got out ahead with a standalone launch event in San Francisco, showing off two 5G devices, just before fast-following Android rivals popped out their own 5G phones at launch events across Barcelona this week. We’ve rounded up all these 5G handset launches here. Prices range from an eye-popping $2,600 for Huawei’s foldable phabet-to-tablet...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Android, TC, Mobile, Verizon, Asia, Internet Of Things, South Korea, Europe, China, Samsung, San Francisco, Tech, Eu, Barcelona

What are naming criteria, anyway?

(Part of my Naming 101 series.) A couple of years ago I published a post about naming objectives: what a name should or must communicate. Naming objectives are a key element of your written naming brief, and one of the foundations on which names are developed. There’s another important foundation: naming criteria.* If objectives are about meaning, criteria are about everything else that goes into a name: spelling, sound, legal requirements, web addresses. Here’s a checklist for your own ...
Tags: Google, Verizon, Kodak, Domains, Linguistics, Trademark, Start, Urdu, Nolo, Naming, Nancy Friedman, Naming 101, Sound Symbolism, Nan Budinger

8 Amazing Things to Do in Saguaro National Park Tucson, Arizona

The Saguaro cactus are captivating. Their presence commands your attention and musings. It’s almost as if they are watching you, standing guard protecting you and ensuring that you are behaving and taking care of Saguaro National Park and the natural beauty surrounding you. Like a scene from the Wizard of Oz, I half expected them to start moving and talking to me. It took all of my will power not to go up and hug one. They seem like they’d be so cuddly. I won’t dare you to try it though. Once y...
Tags: Travel, Google, Verizon, Usa, California, West, National Parks, Ford, Arizona, Mica, North America, National Park, Destinations, Baja California, Savannah, East

Ubiquitilink advance means every phone is now a satellite phone

Last month I wrote about Ubiquitilink, which promised, through undisclosed means, it was on the verge of providing a sort of global satellite-based roaming service. But how, I asked? (Wait, they told me.) Turns out our phones are capable of a lot more than we think: they can reach satellites acting as cell towers in orbit just fine, and the company just proved it. Utilizing a constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit, Ubiquitilink claimed during a briefing at Mobile World Congress in Barcel...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Mobile, Verizon, Space, Spacex, Science, Hardware, Barcelona, Nasa, Earth, Mobile World Congress, Death Valley, Miller, Jpl

Sprint to launch 5G service in 4 cities in May

Telecom company Sprint has shared some of its plans when it comes to 5G service in the U.S. The company announced at MWC in Barcelona that mobile customers in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Kansas City can expect 5G service as soon as May 2019. If you don’t live in one of those cities, maybe you live in Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix or Washington D.C. Sprint also promises 5G coverage in those cities soon after the initial launch, at some point before the end of June 2019. Overall...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Verizon, Tech, Barcelona, Sprint, Lg, Kansas City, MWC, Samsung Galaxy, Mwc 2019, Atlanta Chicago Dallas, Houston Los Angeles New York City Phoenix, Washington D C Sprint

Verizon Asks FCC To Let It Lock New Smartphones For 60 Days

Verizon is asking the FCC to let it keep new smartphones locked to its network for 60 days, as part of an initiative to prevent identify theft and fraud. "After the 60-day period, the phones would unlock automatically, the telecom says in a note published to its website and authored by Ronan Dunne, Verizon's executive vice president," reports The Verge. "Verizon says it should have the authority to do this under the so-called 'C-block rules' put in place following the FCC's 2008 wireless spectru...
Tags: Verizon, Fcc, Tech, Sprint, Dunne, Verge Verizon, Ronan Dunne Verizon

LG gets a 5G flagship, making the world’s longest phone name even longer

For a company with a two letter name, LG loves nothing so much as an unwieldy title. A form of overcompensation, perhaps? Whatever the case, the lengthening of LG phone names is one of this world’s few constants, and as such, it ought to be no surprise that the company’s first 5G handset happily continues the trend as the LG V50 ThinQ 5G. The phone will be available for Verizon and Sprint customers “this summer”. As for price, I’d put that somewhere in the admittedly vague ballpark of “more e...
Tags: TC, Verizon, Tech, Sprint, Lg, 5g, Mwc 2019

New flaws in 4G, 5G allow attackers to intercept calls and track phone locations

A group of academics have found three new security flaws in 4G and 5G, which they say can be used to intercept phone calls and track the locations of cell phone users. The findings are said to be the first time vulnerabilities have affected both 4G and the incoming 5G standard, which promises faster speeds and better security, particularly against law enforcement use of cell site simulators, known as “stingrays.” But the researchers say that their new attacks can defeat newer protections that we...
Tags: Security, Verizon, Asia, Europe, Technology, Privacy, Mobile Security, Tech, Spokesperson, Surveillance, United States, Telecommunications, San Diego, Stingray, GSMA, 5g

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