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Verizon courts Apple and Google for 5G TV streaming

Verizon courts Apple and Google for 5G TV streaming

It would seem that Verizon's preparing to partner up with one of two tech titans to deliver 5G television service to the masses later this year. Initial services could launch in approximately 4 large cities before the end of the year, but only if Verizon is able to partner with a big name in television programming. Apparently the ability to "provide television" is the forte of either Google or Apple - strange as that may seem.

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Motiv Ring now works with Android

Motiv Ring now works with Android

There's a smart ring (for your finger) called Motiv Ring that now works with Android devices. Before now, the Motiv Ring only worked with iOS - now it's been updated to work with all manner* of Android devices. For those that've never heard of Motiv Ring until today: It also works with iOS 9 and later for iPhone or iPad if you're really feeling weird - and it works with Apple Health.

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eBay Apple Pay support arrives later this year

eBay Apple Pay support arrives later this year

Earlier this year, eBay announced plans to begin changing the way it handles payments on its marketplace. As part of this plan, it dropped PayPal as the primary payment processor for purchases and announced its intention to begin managing end-to-end payments itself. While it won't be ready to flip the switch on that initiative until later this year, we now know that eBay will begin supporting Apple Pay when it does.

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Google’s strategy to take on iPads needs these to succeed

Google’s strategy to take on iPads needs these to succeed

Once belittled as a glorified browser masquerading as a desktop, Google’s Chrome OS is arguably more exciting now than Android. Save for a phone, it now runs on different form factors, including detachable 2-in-1s and standalone tablets. It can run Android apps and, soon, Linux apps as well, both command line and graphical. Chrome OS is definitely now in a better position to take on even the likes of Apple’s iPads, but it will not be enough to simply have Chrome OS tablets or convertibles. Fortunately, Google might already have all that it needs to take it to the next level.

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Apple iPhone repair videos leaked, specialized tools revealed

Apple iPhone repair videos leaked, specialized tools revealed

It’s really no secret by now that Apple has some of the most restrictive repair policies in the consumer electronics market. It even sometimes runs afoul of government regulations regarding warranties and third-party repairs. It has some pretty secretive procedures and proprietary tools for the job, which has left many in the third-party repair service industry coming up with their own solutions. That might have just become easier now that someone has leaked Apple’s internal videos showing its own official procedures for opening up iPhones and even MacBooks.

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“Lucky” Pokemon GO might bring you back to the game

“Lucky” Pokemon GO might bring you back to the game

The next update to Pokemon GO was revealed to contain a new feature which favors those players who've played the longest. It probably wasn't meant to help with player retention - or to bring back elder players that've left the game long ago - but that might be just what happens when said update goes live. This update includes LUCKY Pokemon, or Pokemon who cost less to level up and grow powerful - but not every Pokemon is Lucky.

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Keep your old phone and buy a new tablet

Keep your old phone and buy a new tablet

I need to get this message out to the world because it's apparent there's a bit of a break between sense and common sense going on right this minute. Over the past few weeks, I've witnessed a trend. People keep buying new smartphones when what they really want, what they don't realize they'd be better off with, is a brand new tablet - or even a used tablet, for crying out loud. Let's talk about why.

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2018 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar might have a data recovery problem

2018 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar might have a data recovery problem

It seems that the uncertainty over Apple’s newest MacBook Pro generation. The problematic keyboard has been “fixed” by what is practically a cover-up. The most powerful Core i9 model might be throttling too much to take advantage of all that power. But now there might be an even bigger threat to the 2018 MacBook Pro’s longevity. Based on teardowns, sources, and lack of documentation, the latest gen notebooks might be unable to save the data on your SSD if its logic board becomes irreparable.

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HomePod iOS 12 beta finally brings more sensible call support

HomePod iOS 12 beta finally brings more sensible call support

In just two months, Apple will finally be unveiling its three new iPhones for the year. For those not interested in upgrading phones, the launch does bring something more interesting as well: iOS 12. But wait, there’s more! While iOS 12’s upcoming features have mostly been covered by now, one thing that seems to have slipped past is how it will affect the HomePod speakers. Finally, we’re hearing about that and, suffice it to say, owners will finally be getting the smart speaker they deserved.

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India threatens iPhone ban if Apple doesn’t accept regulator’s anti-spam app

India threatens iPhone ban if Apple doesn’t accept regulator’s anti-spam app

The last few years have seen Apple expanding into India with the iPhone, but now the company is facing a serious problem if it doesn't cater to the demands of the country's telecom regulator. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has put new rules in place in an effort to protect mobile users' privacy and block spam calls and messages. Part of this policy involves making an app available to every subscriber, but Apple refuses to allow it on the App Store, ironically, due to privacy concerns.

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Apple, Sonos and Fitbit could feel the pain with Trump’s new China tariffs

Apple, Sonos and Fitbit could feel the pain with Trump’s new China tariffs

Popular electronics from Apple, Sonos, Fitbit, and others could be inadvertent victims in the newest batch of US tariffs on Chinese goods, highlighting the potential hit on shoppers' wallets by Trump's trade war. The US government has proposed $200 billion worth of new tariffs that could be applied as soon as this fall.

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DISH lights up iMessage support chat to save you from calling

DISH lights up iMessage support chat to save you from calling

If you're a DISh customer who happens to own an iPhone, your days of calling into customer service might be over. Today, Apple and DISH announced that DISH customer service can be reached using Messages on iOS through Apple Business Chat. CISH is the first pay-TV company to join Apple Business Chat, so it's getting in on the action early.

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