Amazon says it has ‘tens of millions’ of paying Music Unlimited users

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As Spotify goes pubic, it's only natural that competing services might want to tout their own success stories in the streaming business. According to Billboard, Amazon Music reports "tens of millions" of paid customers and that Amazon Music Unlimited…
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Opinion: Apple’s privacy-first approach has downsides but is really paying dividends now

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HomePod reviews almost universally agreed on two things: the speaker sounds incredibly impressive for the size and price, and Apple’s smart speaker is the least-smart one on the market. Both Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home speakers were found to be significantly more capable when it comes to answering questions and carrying out tasks.

This is not, of course, coincidence. Amazon opens its Alexa ‘recipes’ up to any third-party developer, and Google has long snaffled-up as much data as it can to make its smart assistants as capable as possible. Apple, in contrast, carefully controls the personal data available to both itself and to third-party developers …

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Apple’s New iPhone X Ad Shows Off Benefits of Paying a Friend With Apple Pay Cash

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Last Thursday Apple shared an Apple Pay ad called “Fly Market,” where a man danced through an open air market making purchases using Face ID and Apple Pay on his iPhone X. Apple this weekend posted a short continuation of that longer ad, featuring the same characters but this time focusing on Apple Pay’s peer-to-peer payment feature Apple Pay Cash.

In the brief 15-second clip, called “Pay with a message,” the main character from Fly Market takes a glance at his friend’s pocket square and appears to like it. Using the Apple Pay Cash app within iMessage on iPhone X, he texts his friend $17 and then the pocket square disappears from his friend’s jacket and transfers into his own.


Similar to a regular Apple Pay purchase on iPhone X, Apple Pay Cash uses Face ID to confirm the user’s identity before sending the money to a friend or family member. Apple Pay Cash wasn’t ready at the launch of the iPhone X in early November, but instead began rolling out to users in iOS 11.2 around the beginning of December.

Prior to “Fly Market,” Apple’s last Face ID-focused video was called “Unlock.” In it, a woman discovered that unlocking her iPhone caused everything in the surrounding area to unlock, including lockers, cabinets, doors, and more.

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Spotify reveals that 2 million users are listening to ad-free music without paying

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Apple’s stance on streaming music is that there’s no such thing as free music. The company offers a three-month free trial, and charges $ 9.99 a month onwards if the user decides to continue using the service. Apple Music’s biggest rival, Spotify, however offers a freemium tier, which allows users to play music for free but will serve up ads every couple of songs and restricts the order of songs played.

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Faraday Future starts construction at its California factory while paying back some debts

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Struggling EV startup Faraday Future has started demolition and construction at its Hanford, California factory and is gearing up to start production of its luxury electric SUV, according to a new video being published today.

It’s one of the clearest (and only) public signs the company has given in recent months about where it stands as it continues to head toward its goal of rolling the first production versions of its car, the FF91, off the line by the end of this year.

The startup carmaker narrowly escaped financial death at the end of 2017, receiving an 11th-hour investment from an unnamed group in Hong Kong. Flush with about $ 550 million of what could eventually be around $ 1.5 billion, the company has been paying back some of its…

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Leaked documents reveal how video is paying off big for Amazon

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In 2016 Jeff Bezos said of Amazon’s streaming video offerings, “When we win a Golden Globe, it helps us sell more shoes.” This was his way of explaining how the enormous amount of money and resources Amazon was pouring into its original prestige programming could lure customers into the warm embrace of its retail business. But until now, we had to take Bezos’s assertion on faith. I mean, he is the richest man in the world, after all.

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Apple’s HomePod: Paying $350 for a speaker that says “no” this much is tough

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What is this thing?

That, in essence, is the question most onlookers have asked about Apple’s HomePod speaker since its unveiling last summer. The natural inclination is to compare it to smart speakers like the Amazon Echo or Google Home. It’s a speaker with a talking assistant in it, the thinking goes. Apple just wants a piece of that growing pie.

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Qualcomm fined €1 billion by the EU for paying off Apple

Qualcomm was slapped with a €997 million ($ 1.2 billion) fine by the EU. The chipset company paid Apple to shun competitors between 2011 and 2016. According to the European Court, “billions of dollars” were involved in the deal for the 4G chips in iPhones and iPads. Margrethe Vestager, EU Competition Commissioner, said the deal meant that “no rival could effectively challenge Qualcomm in this market, no matter how good their products were”. The agreement between Qualcomm and Apple shut out mostly Intel, who supply iDevices since the launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Vestager…

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EU fines Qualcomm $1.2 billion for paying Apple to not use rival manufacturers’ LTE chips

As rumored earlier today, the EU announced a 997 million euro fine to be imposed on Qualcomm, approximately $ 1.2 billion dollars, which makes cellular baseband chips inside most iPhones. The EU says Qualcomm bribed Apple with billions of dollars in rebate payments to make Apple not use chips from competing manufacturers, reducing competition from other manufacturers in the LTE baseband chip industry.

The fine is a hefty levy against Qualcomm’s bottom line, which recorded $ 20 billion in total revenue last year, although it is subject to appeal so the final number might be less.

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Airbnb will now let you book by paying 50 percent in advance

Airbnb is introducing a new way for users to pay for rentals, letting them reserve accommodation by paying 50 percent upfront and 50 percent before they arrive. The feature, called Pay Less Up Front, effectively lets customers stagger the cost of accommodation — perfect if you’re managing a budget but want to make sure you don’t lose the rental for your upcoming holiday.

Before this feature was introduced, rentals had to be paid for 100 percent upfront. Airbnb says it hopes the feature will encourage customers to pick pricier accommodation.

There are some requirements though: the rental has to be booked 14 days before check-in, and must cost at least $ 250. Airbnb also notes that the split between paying now and paying later is usually…

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