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Apple said poaching HTC engineers for China tech push

Apple said poaching HTC engineers for China tech push

Apple is reportedly on an engineer hiring spree, poaching staff from HTC and other firms in Taiwan, to speed up how quickly it can develop and launch products and new technologies, it's reported. The Cupertino firm's Chinese engineer and operations staff roster is said to have swollen by several hundred over just the past two years, and is now believed to amount to more than 600.

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Google “Projected Mode” Android tipped to take on Apple in cars

Google “Projected Mode” Android tipped to take on Apple in cars

Google may not be letting Apple get all the in-car action, with a job listing tipping new Android dashboard tech in development at one of the brands already signed up for iOS in the Car. Google Projected Mode will be, according to a Mercedes-Benz engineer advert by parent company Daimler, a way to pipe Android functionality from a nearby phone or tablet to the car's own infotainment system of displays, buttons, speakers, and touchscreens, much in the manner of Apple's system.

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Apple “iOS in the Car” Ferrari, Mercedes and Volvo deal tipped imminent

Apple “iOS in the Car” Ferrari, Mercedes and Volvo deal tipped imminent

Apple will announce the first iOS in the Car vehicles with Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Audi next week, insiders claim, as the company makes a push to spread the iPhone and iPad software to car dashboards. The deal, which is expected to be officially announced at the Geneva Motor Show, will mark the first time the iOS 7 feature linking an iPhone or other device with a car's own infotainment system will be fully demonstrated.

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Windows 8.1 with Bing rumored to ditch licensing fees

Windows 8.1 with Bing rumored to ditch licensing fees

Microsoft is reportedly preparing a "Windows 8.1 with Bing" version of its desktop OS that would supposedly be offered free of licensing fees, as the company experiments with different monetization options and weighs the value of dropping Windows and Windows Phone licensing or purchase costs altogether. The project, said to be not yet finalized with Microsoft execs still unclear on whether it will see the light of day, comes as Microsoft targets sub-$250 PCs to better challenge Google Chromebooks and other low-cost options.

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Amazon music streaming talks teased for Prime

Amazon music streaming talks teased for Prime

Amazon is in talks with major record labels around bundling music alongside movies and TV shows to Amazon Prime subscribers, it's reported, though aggressive negotiations are said to be stymieing the likelihood of any immediate deal. The online retail behemoth already bundles Amazon Prime Instant Video access for those paying $79 per year for unlimited two-day shipping on their orders, but has supposedly been in talks for several months about including Spotify and iTunes Radio style streaming too.

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Apple said putting OS X Snow Leopard out in the cold

Apple said putting OS X Snow Leopard out in the cold

Apple is rumored to have quietly ceased support for OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, having once again left the aging OS out of its latest batch of security upgrades. Speculation that Snow Leopard was being put out to pasture began again on Tuesday, after Apple failed to patch the platform while rolling out updates for Mavericks, the latest version of OS X, along with Mountain Lion (10.8) and Lion (10.7).

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Huge Windows Phone license fee cut tipped as Nokia X nears

Huge Windows Phone license fee cut tipped as Nokia X nears

Microsoft could slash the Windows Phone licensing fee it charges manufacturers to use the OS by nearly three-quarters, reports from handset makers indicate, as the company tries to drive adoption in developing markets on more affordable devices. Exactly what tithe Microsoft demands for each OS install has never been officially confirmed, but according to one manufacturer yet to jump on the Windows Phone train, the rumored $23-30 per device figure widely circulated might be cut by as much as 70-percent. Ironically, the cut comes just as Microsoft gets close to acquiring a project intended to bridge Windows Phone and developing markets.

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The new HTC One is how the ‘M8′ will launch

The new HTC One is how the ‘M8′ will launch

HTC may not be showing us its new flagship Android smartphone until March 25th, but it has seemingly confirmed the name of the handset codenamed "HTC M8", with a video billing it as the "new HTC One". The name, which fits in with indications back at the original HTC One launch in 2013 that the nomenclature would be for an ongoing family of devices - rather than, say, "HTC One 2" or "HTC Two" as some had speculated - follows similar strategies by Apple around earlier iPad launches.

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