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Apple chomping away at Android in Europe and China

Apple chomping away at Android in Europe and China

Over the past three months of 2015, ending in March, iOS has reached a 20.3% share amongst users in Europe's five largest countries. This includes Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. This information comes from a Q1 report from Kantar Worldpanel's ComTech, who suggest Android still commands a 68.4% share in this collection of countries, it's fallen 3.1 percentage points year-over-year. Meanwhile Apple's iOS has risen 1.8 points - as has Windows Phone. The rest of the smartphone market (other than these three operating systems on phones), has fallen by a half a percentage point. Again, this is compared to last year during these same three months, in the first quarter of the year.

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Apple’s unsigned music deals could hinder Beats global launch

Apple’s unsigned music deals could hinder Beats global launch

Apple is due to unveil its revamped Beats Music platform at WWDC which runs Jun 8th - 12th, but the global release date for the service is likely to be later, at the end of the June. Apple still has some kinks to work out behind the scenes before it can re-launch the service. The biggest hurdle before release is finalizing media licensing deals. Apple is still trying to secure favorable licensing deals with music labels.

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Uber drops service in Kansas, says bill makes operation “impossible”

Uber drops service in Kansas, says bill makes operation “impossible”

Uber pushes and pushes and pushes and sometimes, when all that pushing fails to go the way it wants, it gives in to legal pressure. Such has ended up being the case in Kansas, where the ridesharing service has pointed toward a recent bill as the reason it will be leaving the state, saying it is the only state in the US where Uber has been forced to leave because of “unbalanced, backward regulations.” It suggests, though, that it might be back in the future.

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Comcast introduces voice-controlled remote for subscribers

Comcast introduces voice-controlled remote for subscribers

Long gone are the days when you had to get up out of the chair to manually change the volume or the television channel, and if Comcast has its way, we’ll one day consider having to manually press buttons on the television remote as equally archaic. The company has introduced a new voice-enabled remote that leverages Texas Instruments’ RF technology to, according to Comcast, usher in what could end up being “the tipping point in a major revolution” for its subscribers.

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Facebook and Nokia tie up in Here maps deal

Facebook and Nokia tie up in Here maps deal

Facebook and Nokia have tied up in a new deal that has quietly slipped onto the market. Facebook will be using Nokia Here maps on the mobile version of the website and is testing Here maps to power location sensitive apps like Instagram and Messenger. The deal between Nokia and Facebook comes on the heels of word circulating that Nokia is wanting to sell its Here division.

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Facebook gets serious about open internet for all

Facebook gets serious about open internet for all

Those of you in the world wide web and abroad aiming to bring the internet to the whole world can now team up with Facebook if you do so wish. Internet.org, the Facebook-made internets services portal, is now a platform for developer to help in the aim to spread internet access across the entire planet. Three guidelines for participation have been outlined for developers. With these three guidelines in mind, the internet can spread far and wide with developers and apps of all kinds.

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Uber’s China office raided by government authorities

Uber’s China office raided by government authorities

Police and other government officials in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou conducted a raid on the offices of Uber Technologies last week. The incident was initially reported by local newspaper Guangzhou Daily, who added that cellphones and other equipment were seized, and that transportation and business-licensing departments were taking part in the ongoing investigation. The office raid took place on Thursday, while on Friday the Xinhua News Agency, the Chinese government's official broadcaster, reported that the operation was not targeting Uber specifically, but part of a general crackdown on illegal taxi services.

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JBL taps NBA’s Stephen Curry as brand ambassador

JBL taps NBA’s Stephen Curry as brand ambassador

JBL, the company you probably best know for its headphones (they’ve got some auto and marine hardware too) has brought aboard the NBA’s Stephen Curry as its “Brand Ambassador”, following in line with a long-running tradition of tacking famous faces to brands in an effort to boost the customer base. JBL made the announcement this afternoon, saying that Curry is now the company’s newest brand ambassador and that the NBA all-star has penned a multi-year partnership deal that’ll have him collaborating with the audio company.

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Carrier Billing coming to Windows devices

Carrier Billing coming to Windows devices

Windows Phone, Windows 10 for tablets, and basically whatever other kind of carrier-driven version of Windows you might have will be working with Carrier Billing soon. This means that whatever carrier your device is connected through will allow you to charge money through your account rather than through a separate credit card. This comes in most handy when you're shopping in an app store and want to purchase an app, music, or a movie, for example - charging it to your carrier account lumps more costs into one bill.

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