Apple continues to tout Apple Pay in latest iPhone X + Face ID ad [Video]

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Apple’s barrage of iPhone X ads continues today with yet another focused on Apple Pay on the iPhone X with Face ID. This ad focuses on using Apple’s mobile payment platform to pay for a grocery trip…

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Samsung Drops Support For 2015 Galaxy S6, S6 Edge While Apple’s 2013 iPhone 5s Continues To Get Updates & Support

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Samsung has officially dropped support for the 2015 Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones while Apple’s 2013 iPhone 5s continues to get updates and support even today. Here are the details.

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Contacts v2.6 redesigns labels and continues building toward a new Cleanup Wizard [APK Teardown]

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Welcome to a brand new update to Google Contacts. It’s actually not all that different, but there are a couple of tweaks to contact pages, particularly to labels. They look a bit better and take less space. A teardown also turns up more progress for an upcoming Cleanup wizard feature. We’re still looking for more changes, and as always, you can join in by grabbing the latest update from the download link at the bottom.

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Facebook said to postpone smart speaker reveal as data scandal continues

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As public outrage over Facebook’s data collection policies continues to swirl, the company has decided to delay the announcement of its upcoming smart speakers, according to a Bloomberg report. The devices were said to have been set for an unveiling at Facebook’s F8 developer conference in May, but as Bloomberg puts it, “now may be the wrong time” to ask people to trust the company with even more personal information by placing always-listening microphones in their homes.

Bloomberg reported details of the products last August. They’re said to include a video-focused device codenamed Aloha (and possibly called Portal) with a laptop-sized touchscreen, along with a standalone speaker that would sell for a lower price. Both reportedly use a…

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The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica apology tour continues, with full-page ads in major newspapers

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“I promise to do better for you,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg says in the ads.

On Wednesday night, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ended days of silence on the social networking giant’s latest controversy: Revelations that a political data firm called Cambridge Analytica absconded with the data of 50 million unsuspecting Facebook users, which Facebook knew about but kept secret.

Zuckerberg gave apologetic interviews that night to CNN, Wired and the New York Times — as well as Recode’s Kara Swisher and Kurt Wagner, to whom he said he’d be “open” to testifying in front of Congress. Which is fortuitous, because Congress is very open to that idea, too.

Today, the apology tour extended into print media: Facebook purchased full-page ads in several newspapers with apology letters attributed to Zuckerberg. The papers reached include the NYT, the Washington Post and the Observer, a British newspaper published by the Guardian that Facebook allegedly threatened with a lawsuit when its reporters were about to publish a story about Cambridge Analytica.

In the full-page ads, the company reiterates its messages of “we should have done more then” and “we’ll do better,” specifically pledging to “tell everyone affected” if and when it finds more examples of apps connected to its platform that made off with non-consenting users’ data.

The full text of the ad is below. For more, check out the latest episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, in which Swisher and Wagner talk with Lauren Goode about what and why Facebook has been saying what it is.


We have a responsibility to protect your information. If we can’t, we don’t deserve it.

You may have heard about a quiz app built by a university researcher that leaked Facebook data of millions of people in 2014. This was a breach of trust, and I’m sorry we didn’t do more at the time. We’re now taking steps to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

We’ve already stopped apps like this from getting so much information. Now we’re limiting the data apps get when you sign in using Facebook.

We’re also investigating every single app that had access to large amounts of data before we fixed this. We expect there are others. And when we find them, we will ban them and tell everyone affected.

Finally, we’ll remind you which apps you’ve given access to your information — so you can shut off the ones you don’t want anymore.

Thank you for believing in this community. I promise to do better for you.

Mark Zuckerberg

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GDC 2018: Highly-Anticipated ‘Exiles of Embermark’ Continues to Look Fantastic

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Since its original announcement in early 2016, we’ve been following along with the development of PvP battling game Exiles of Embermark from developer Gunslinger Studios with great interest. Whenever a game’s development runs multiple years it’s pretty inevitable that we see it at multiple GDCs, and Exiles of Embermark is no exception. This is now our third GDC in a row meeting up with Gunslinger to check out the progress on the game, and each year it continues to look even more polished and more promising. Would I like the dang game to release already? Heck yes! But I also can see their vision for Exiles and would never want them to rush the process. So, without further ado check out our latest lengthy look at Exiles of Embermark and look for a closed testing phase to start up sometime later this year with a tentative release window of early 2019.

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Toyota Continues CarPlay Rollout With 2019 Corolla Hatchback

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Toyota today announced that CarPlay will be a standard feature in the all-new 2019 Corolla Hatchback in the United States.


CarPlay and Amazon Alexa, but not Android Auto, are built into the vehicle’s Entune 3.0 system with an eight-inch touchscreen, Siri Eyes Free, AUX, a USB 2.0 port, and hands-free phone calls and music playback via Bluetooth. A tray with optional Qi-based wireless charging is built in to hold the iPhone.

Toyota is debuting the 2019 Corolla Hatchback at the New York International Auto Show next week. The vehicle will be available at dealerships across the United States in summer 2018. Pricing and exact availability has not been disclosed.


Toyota was one of the last major automakers that didn’t support CarPlay. That changed in January, when the company introduced the 2019 Avalon as its first vehicle compatible with Apple’s in-car software platform, which provides convenient access to Phone, Maps, Messages, Music, Podcasts, and select third-party apps.

Toyota has yet to reveal any other CarPlay vehicles, but if the 2019 Corolla Hatchback is compatible, then the 2019 Corolla sedan likely will be too. The 2019 Camry and 2019 Sienna will also likely feature CarPlay given the 2018 models of those vehicles are already equipped with the Entune 3.0 system.

Lexus vehicles with the Enform 2.0 system will also support CarPlay. Unfortunately, a spokesperson for Toyota told MacRumors that it doesn’t have any plans to support CarPlay in pre-2019 vehicles or other countries at this time.

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Motorola continues retail expansion in India with 100 new Moto Hubs

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Motorola is continuing to strengthen its offline retail presence in India with the launch of 100 new Moto Hub outlets in the state of Karnataka. 50 of these will be in the capital city of Bengaluru and the rest spread across 7 other major cities. This comes shortly after the company announced that it has opened 50 new Moto Hubs in the city of Mumbai. Motorola plans to open 1000 Moto Hubs across 100 Indian cities by the end of 2018. Moto Hubs are small retail outlets, usually found in malls. Apart from having multiple stores now in New Delhi and Kolkata along with the…

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Facebook data-mining fallout continues with lawsuit and privacy petition

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The fallout from the Facebook privacy controversy continues. After it was revealed that a firm of political consultants carried out a data-harvesting exercise disguised as a personality quiz, the latest developments include a lawsuit and a Mozilla-led petition for privacy changes to the app …

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GymKit continues global expansion with new announcement from Life Fitness

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Earlier today, Technogym announced that it has deployed some 5,000 GymKit-enabled cardio machines since November. Following that announcement, Life Fitness announced this evening that it is expanding its rollout of GymKit equipment around the world…

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