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Report: Microsoft considered seeking $8bn Slack acquisition

Report: Microsoft considered seeking $8bn Slack acquisition

Microsoft considered shelling out $8 billion for the messaging service Slack, according to a new report. Not everyone in charge as Microsoft liked the idea, though, and Bill Gates himself reportedly urged for the company to instead focus on Skype and ways to make it more competitive. The news follows the recent addition of voice calls to Slack, positioning it to better battle against Skype.

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Meerkat accepts fate, ditches livestreaming model

Meerkat accepts fate, ditches livestreaming model

Meerkat has bowed under the weight of Periscope and, more recently, Facebook Live Video. In a statement, company CEO Ben Rubin confirmed the company will be shifting its focus and resources away from livestreaming and toward a new business model: it is transforming into a video social network where ‘everybody is always live.’ Investors were advised of the changes a couple weeks ago.

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iPhone SE release will answer Apple’s big iPhone problem

iPhone SE release will answer Apple’s big iPhone problem

Not everybody wants a phablet, and while the growth in smartphone screens may have opened the door to more immersive experiences, its left Apple and others with a bigger size problem than Donald Trump. Certainly, the sales success of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus suggests that there are many who will gladly accommodate a 4.7- or even 5.5-inch display, but glance around while you're out in public and it's clear that there are plenty of 4-inch or even 3.5-inch iPhones still in circulation.

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Apple said to make iPhone switch to OLED in 2017

Apple said to make iPhone switch to OLED in 2017

One of the longest running questions about the iPhone in recent years has been when Apple will make the switch from LCD displays to OLED. The most recent reports from last fall had pegged Apple as working with parts manufacturers for a change in display in either 2018 or 2019, but a recent report from Japanese business publication Nikkei says Cupertino has moved up their plans, and is now aiming for a OLED iPhone debut in 2017.

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Amazon tipped in talks to offer live TV streaming service

Amazon tipped in talks to offer live TV streaming service

Amazon is in talks with networks over a live TV streaming service, according to a new report. If true, Amazon could be the next company to take on traditional cable by offering live content over the Internet, something Dish Network has wholly embraced via its Sling TV subscription service. References to such a service have recently been made by both ESPN and AMC Networks’ respective bosses.

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Leaked ‘iPhone SE’ images confirm no 3D Touch, announcement delayed to March 21

Leaked ‘iPhone SE’ images confirm no 3D Touch, announcement delayed to March 21

Apple's much-rumored 4-inch iPhone has been a hot topic lately, what with the expected March announcement drawing close, with some of the latest news being a name change to "iPhone SE." But now we have images of the first purported parts leak for the device, which includes a look at the display assembly. The parts confirm the belief that Apple's new iPhone model will not have 3D Touch, the feature introduced on the latest iPhone 6s.

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Waiting for ‘Apple Car’ will be like a long Christmas Eve, teases Tim Cook

Waiting for ‘Apple Car’ will be like a long Christmas Eve, teases Tim Cook

It's true that we still know next to nothing about Apple's plans for its car-related project, whether it's a full-on vehicle decked out with iPads and built-in Apple Music streaming, or just an infotainment system beyond our imagination. But with the company's hiring for automotive-related positions and its research vehicles seen periodically, we do know they're working on something. Well, CEO Tim Cook made a comment to whet our appetite, teasing that the wait is similar to Christmas Eve.

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‘iPhone SE’ to be Apple’s new 4-inch model, camera & price details tipped

‘iPhone SE’ to be Apple’s new 4-inch model, camera & price details tipped

By now we've all heard plenty about the rumors of Apple introducing a new 4-inch iPhone model this year, allowing the company to appeal not only to users who prefer a smaller smartphone size, but to those with smaller budgets as well. For the past several weeks, it's been expected that the device will be dubbed the "iPhone 5se," but a new report suggests Apple will drop the number from the name, and just with "iPhone SE." Meanwhile, highly regarded Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has new predictions on the device's price and camera details.

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Xbox’s Alan Wake may be getting a sequel after all

Xbox’s Alan Wake may be getting a sequel after all

Game developer Remedy's newest title, Quantum Break, isn't out for another month, but evidence has already been discovered that a long-awaited sequel to their previous series, the Xbox 360's Alan Wake, may be in the works. A user on the gaming forum NeoGAF found that Remedy has recently filed a trademark application for the title "Alan Wake's Return." What's more, the purchase of the domain name AlanWakeReturns.com was also tied to Remedy, although the website hasn't been used for anything yet.

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9.7-inch iPad Pro tipped for March 15th launch

9.7-inch iPad Pro tipped for March 15th launch

We are drawing close to the date of Apple's event where new products will be launched. That event is set to happen on March 15 and rumors are swirling that suggest the new iPad Apple will unveil at the event won't be an iPad Air 3 as previously rumored, but will be a new smaller screen iPad Pro tablet. This new tablet is tipped to be a 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

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Apple Photos app to see editing tools return in next iOS, OS X versions

Apple Photos app to see editing tools return in next iOS, OS X versions

Apple's annual WWDC event in June is expected to see the announcement of both iOS 10 and OS X 10.12 this year, and just like with the last few versions of the operating systems, new software and features are a sure thing. One app that is reported to be getting a modest refresh is the mobile and desktop versions of Photos, which made its debut last year as the replacement for the long-standing iPhoto software.

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In defiance, Apple works on making iPhone harder to hack

In defiance, Apple works on making iPhone harder to hack

Following the hoopla concerning Apple’s battle with the FBI over unlocking the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone comes a new report claiming the company is working on the development of new security measures that’ll prevent it — and the government — from breaching the phones. This will be a big blow for law enforcement and various government agencies, which have sought backdoors to the encryption.

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