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UberCENTRAL lets companies book and pay for customer rides

UberCENTRAL lets companies book and pay for customer rides

Uber makes it possible for individuals to get to wherever they’re going whenever they want rather than on a specific shuttle or bus schedule. Still, there are those who can’t easily use the service for one reason or another, such as an elderly individual who may not own a smartphone or be comfortable using the mobile app. To help fill that void is UberCENTRAL, a central hub for companies to order rides for their customers and clients.

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Sony is ditching part of its battery business

Sony is ditching part of its battery business

Sony is planning to ditch its battery business, the company announced today. According to Sony Corporation, it has entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Murata Manufacturing that it (Sony Group) will transfer its battery business to the latter company. The two companies hope to have binding agreements in place by mid-October, says Sony, and if all goes as planned the transfer will be finalized by the end of March 2017.

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Dropbox AdminX tools make life easier for IT

Dropbox AdminX tools make life easier for IT

Dropbox wants to make things easier for business users, and so it is rolling out new "AdminX" tools. These tools aim to make things easier for administrators controlling the Dropbox accounts, including providing a central place for them to control which users have access to specific files and folders. The overall admin experience has been ‘reimagined,’ as well, so that it is more intuitive than in the past. Dropbox says it has made the changes in part based on feedback about what account admins want.

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Amazon Launchpad adds dedicated Kickstarter category

Amazon Launchpad adds dedicated Kickstarter category

Amazon Launchpad has added a new category specifically for successful Kickstarter products, making it easier to find crowdfunded gizmos and gadgets that were successfully brought to market. The products themselves aren't necessarily new to Amazon -- launchpad is the destination where you find such items -- but this tweak makes it easier to find Kickstarter-funded items specifically.

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Apple’s Q3 2016 saw highest App Store revenue ever

Apple’s Q3 2016 saw highest App Store revenue ever

Apple has taken the wraps off its third quarter 2016 financial numbers, with CEO Tim Cook saying its latest quarterly figures “reflect stronger customer demand and business performance than we anticipated at the start of the quarter.” Among other things, the company saw its services business grow by a major 19-percent year-on-year while its App Store revenue reached its highest point ever.

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VIZIO acquired by LeEco for $2 billion

VIZIO acquired by LeEco for $2 billion

VIZIO is being acquired by LeEco, the companies have announced, a deal that costs $2 billion and will involve VIZIO, for the most part, operating as a LeEco subsidiary. Both VIZIO's hardware and software businesses are being acquired; while they’ll operate as a subsidiary, the company’s data business will be spun out into a separate private company, says LeEco. Both companies are benefiting from the acquisition, with VIZIO giving LeEco its massive user base in North America and LeEco, for its part, being poised to expand VIZIO across the globe.

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Nintendo shares plummet on reports of limited financial gains on Pokemon Go

Nintendo shares plummet on reports of limited financial gains on Pokemon Go

Nintendo has soared on the popularity of the Pokemon Go game thanks to its shares in the developer Niantic Inc. and Pokemon Co. Its market capitalization soared to $42 billion with the popularity of the game. Things are starting to go downhill for Nintendo though with shares in the company on the decline with a revelation that the popularity of the game doesn't translate to big profits for Nintendo.

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Amazon is planning midnight deliveries for a ‘secret product’

Amazon is planning midnight deliveries for a ‘secret product’

Amazon has a planned not-so-secret midnight delivery event set for July 31, but it’s not saying what product is so important that it’ll get special delivery hours. News surfaced via the company’s Flex drivers who were notified in an email about the upcoming change in drivers’ schedules. Whatever the product is, Flex drivers will be delivering it in supported regions starting at midnight and operating through 2AM. Amazon is referring to the item as a ‘secret product.'

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Samsung hits Huawei with patent infringement lawsuits

Samsung hits Huawei with patent infringement lawsuits

Samsung has filed patent infringement lawsuits against Huawei in China, claiming the latter company has violated half a dozen of its patents. The exact patents allegedly infringement upon haven’t been revealed at this time, nor it is clear how many courts received documents from Samsung, though it reportedly sued the company in multiple Chinese courts. The lawsuits were filed a couple weeks ago.

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos becomes third-richest person in the world

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos becomes third-richest person in the world

It's a good day to be Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, as he's climbing through the ranks of the world's wealthiest people. According to Forbes, Jeff Bezos has moved into the third-place spot on the list of the world's richest people, unseating Berkshire Hathaway President and CEO Warren Buffet. At this moment, the internet entrepreneur's net worth comes in at a whopping $65 billion.

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BlackBerry will still make smartphones against all odds

BlackBerry will still make smartphones against all odds

The past years haven't exactly been kind to BlackBerry, once the king of enterprise smartphones. Although every new device it puts out is naturally touted as a hit, targeting very specific demographics, none have been able to pull the company out of its slump. That, however, isn't stopping CEO John Chen from putting out more smartphones, one of which is already expected this year. That despite the growing opinion that BlackBerry should step out of the smartphone hardware business entirely.

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Amazon Daily Dish delivers lunch to Prime members in Seattle

Amazon Daily Dish delivers lunch to Prime members in Seattle

Amazon has a new lunch delivery service in Seattle called Daily Dish. The service is being tested for now, and is limited to certain companies with a Prime subscription requirement. Customers are texted a menu in the morning; it consists of a few different dishes from local restaurants, and changes at times. Orders have to be placed before 11AM, after which they’re cooked and delivered to the customer’s workplace between noon and 12:30PM.

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