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Samsung, Intel lend support to FTC’s Qualcomm lawsuit

Samsung, Intel lend support to FTC’s Qualcomm lawsuit

Chip maker Qualcomm has been having a rough couple of months, not only getting sued by Apple — one of its largest customers — for unfair licensing costs, but also being accused of anti-competitive tactics by the Federal Trade Commission. In the case of the latter, now some of Qualcomm's biggest rivals have chimed in, offering statements to the FTC in support of their monopoly accusations.

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Sprint, T-Mobile once again discussing possible merger

Sprint, T-Mobile once again discussing possible merger

It's been a few years now since US mobile carriers Sprint and T-Mobile held negotiations over a merger between the two companies, only to eventually be shut down by government regulators. But now that some time has passed, along with a freeze on such discussions due to the recent spectrum auction, Sprint's parent SoftBank and T-Mobile's parent Deutsche Telekom AG are looking to revive their merger talks.

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Apple’s first Advanced Manufacturing Fund investment goes to Corning

Apple’s first Advanced Manufacturing Fund investment goes to Corning

Back at the beginning of the month, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that his company would set aside $1 billion for a new "Advanced Manufacturing Fund." At the time, Cook didn't say who would ultimately benefit from this fund, but today we're learning that Corning will be the first company to get an investment from it. Corning, as many of you already know, is the company behind Gorilla Glass, which adorns many phones on the market today.

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Google acquires Owlchemy Labs, will continue to focus on VR games

Google acquires Owlchemy Labs, will continue to focus on VR games

Owlchemy Labs has been acquired by Google, the company announced, marking a new big milestone for the six-year-old company. The studio will continue to focus on creating virtual reality content, according to a statement it released today. Owlchemy Labs has already produced several VR games, such as the lesser known skydiving title 'Aaaaaculus!,' as well as some big games like 'Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality.'

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Apple acquires Beddit, a sleep tracking gadget and app

Apple acquires Beddit, a sleep tracking gadget and app

Apple has acquired Beddit, the company behind a sleep tracking gadget and related mobile app. The announcement was made via Beddit's privacy page on its website, which reads, "Beddit has been acquired by Apple." On the consumer end of things, this means users' personal data will be collected and used under the conditions set forth in the Apple Privacy Policy. Apple hasn't commented on the acquisition, however, and how much it paid remains unknown.

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NVIDIA might make bank from Nintendo Switch

NVIDIA might make bank from Nintendo Switch

With the Nintendo Switch's early success, a lot of the focus has been on Nintendo and how it stands to benefit. Obviously, a successful Switch means a successful Nintendo, especially after the Wii U failed to find a significant audience. There's one other company that could benefit from the Switch taking off, though: NVIDIA.

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T-Mobile ‘Free Data for Life’ tablet perk has been shut down

T-Mobile ‘Free Data for Life’ tablet perk has been shut down

Back in October 2013, T-Mobile announced a then-new perk for tablet owners that would give them 200MB of 4G LTE data for free every month. It was a great offer at the time, and though it's still great to get something free today, the 200MB figure doesn't go very far. It's for that reason that T-Mobile has shut the program down; as of yesterday, any new tablet activations won't get the free monthly data, though existing users won't be affected by the change.

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Parrot’s new prosumer drone division will kick off with three new models

Parrot’s new prosumer drone division will kick off with three new models

Back in January, we reported that French drone company Parrot planned to restructure the company and that, as a result, it would be cutting about 290 jobs. Now, nearly half a year later, we're seeing the fruits of that effort: the company is launching a new division that will focus on so-called 'prosumer'-tier drones -- models that appeal to hobbyists and amateurs who want more than a cheap toy but less than a five-figure pro-tier model. The drones produced in this segment will fall into the $1,000 to $5,000 range and will be targeted at various industries.

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T-Mobile Premium Device Protection Plus plan arrives for phones and more

T-Mobile Premium Device Protection Plus plan arrives for phones and more

T-Mobile has announced the launch of a new device plan for smartphones, tablets and hotspots, the Premium Device Protection Plus plan. The Uncarrier, which refers to this as the PDP Plus plan, is a step up from T-Mobile's Premium Device Protection, adding additional things like ID protection, 'VIP-level' help desk access, and data protection for up to 10 devices, on top of the coverage already offered by the regular premium plan.

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Spotify Codes are barcodes shaped like audio waves for sharing music

Spotify Codes are barcodes shaped like audio waves for sharing music

Next Monday, Spotify will offer details on a new tool for sharing music called Spotify Codes. The codes are designed to look like an audio wave, and when scanned they offer the recipient either a music track, a playlist, or an album, depending on what it points to. Though Spotify won't be detailing the codes until next week, images of them, as well as some primary details, have surfaced ahead of the formal debut.

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ExxonMobil’s SpeedPass+ brings mobile payments to Ford SYNC 3 and Apple Watch

ExxonMobil’s SpeedPass+ brings mobile payments to Ford SYNC 3 and Apple Watch

Back in January, ExxonMobil announced that its SpeedPass+ app would soon support mobile payments through Ford's SYNC 3 infotainment system. It looks like that update is going live today, but it's bringing more than SYNC 3 functionality with it. ExxonMobil is also launching an Apple Watch version of SpeedPass+ today, meaning those of you with Apple's smartwatch will be able to take advantage of these new features as well.

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Oculus Story Studio is closing, company will support VR creators instead

Oculus Story Studio is closing, company will support VR creators instead

Oculus has announced plans to shutter Story Studio, the company's division for creating VR-based storytelling content. According to Oculus, Story Studio was initially intended to produce short and creative virtual reality content that would 'inspire traditional filmmakers' to create their own similar VR offerings. We're two years into the future now, and VR video creation is a quickly growing category among digital creatives. In light of that, Oculus has decided to stop producing its own internal content and to instead focus on supporting 'external production.'

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