Tim Cook pays tribute to MLK 50 years after his death

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Tim Cook visited his home state of Alabama this week, and paid homage to American Baptist minister and activist Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Cook also met with a group of Birmingham, AL high school and college students, and talked about the importance of the civil rights struggle, the […]

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This 24k gold custom iPhone X pays homage to Putin

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Want to show your support for Vladimir Putin at the start of his latest tenure President of the Russian Federation, comrade? No problem: there’s a app custom-made iPhone for that. Created by luxury phone customizer Caviar, the Putin-promoting iPhone X (nicknamed the “Golden Age”) is embellished with 24 karat gold and boasts the visage of Putin himself. […]

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Apple Pay’s New Promo Offers Up to Three Free Deliveries From Grubhub, Seamless, and Eat24

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The latest Apple Pay promo has launched today, offering users the chance to get up to three free restaurant deliveries in select apps.

To take advantage of the March Madness-themed promotion, customers can enter the code “HOOPS” at checkout in Grubhub, Seamless, and Eat24 (in apps or on websites), and pay for their orders via Apple Pay to get a free delivery.

The offer is limited to three redemptions per diner and three per device during the promo period, and does not cover the cost of the meal in the order. The new promo will end on April 2, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. CT.

Apple is also encouraging customers to checkout faster using Apple Pay within food apps like Pizza Hut, Subway, and BevMo!, as well as clothing and ticketing apps including Nike, SeatGeek, and GOAT.

The last Apple Pay promo was for TouchTunes and gave anyone on Spring Break the chance to add three free song credits to their account in the jukebox-like iOS app. Prior to that, promos have launched for Fandango and Instacart multiple times, Postmates, and more.

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Stephen Hawking dies at age 76, Apple’s Tim Cook pays tribute

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The author and physicist, one of the most important thinkers of the last century, was praised by Apple CEO Tim Cook, Steve Wozniak and others following his passing on Monday.
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Kerching! Amazon pays $1 billion for a doorbell. Smart idea?

ring doorbell startup is acquired by amazon in smart home security play

Amazon has bolstered its smart home offering with the acquisition of Ring, a California-based maker of video doorbells and security cameras, in a deal thought to be in worth in excess of $ 1 billion.

Ring’s WiFi-enabled doorbells come with motion detection and night vision as standard. They stream a live video feed to users’ tablets or smartphones. Two-way audio allows users to see and speak with whoever is there. Ring also has a range of connected home security cameras.

As recently as last year, Ring had an estimated 97% share of US video doorbell sales, according to ForbesBut competition is looming: several established smart home operators have plans to launch rival products this year.

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If Amazon’s deals for Zappos, Twitch, and Audible are anything to go by, Ring will continue to operate independently of its new owner – unlike Google’s strategic plans for Nest. That said, Amazon will want to integrate Ring’s services and customer base with Prime where possible.

“Ring is committed to our mission to reduce crime in neighbourhoods by providing effective yet affordable home security tools that make a positive impact on our homes, our communities, and the world,” a Ring spokesperson said in a statement.

“We’ll be able to achieve even more by partnering with an inventive, customer-centric company like Amazon. We look forward to being a part of the Amazon team as we work toward our vision for safer neighborhoods.”

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Anyone looking for evidence of the technology-led disruption in retail and other sectors need look no further than the fact that Amazon has paid $ 1 billion for a doorbell on the day it was announced that Toys R Us and Maplin face collapse, putting thousands of jobs at risk.

Now, slowly but surely, Amazon is building up its smart home offering. It acquired home security startup, Blink, toward the end of 2017. Meanwhile, Amazon’s indoor Cloud Cam is already being integrated with the Key program – the controversisal service that gives couriers permission to drop off shopping when customers aren’t at home.

As well as tapping into Ring’s existing customers, adding more camera technology to Amazon Key could be what’s needed to ease the reasonable anxiety that people have over letting strangers into their homes while they’re out. Yet it doesn’t alter the fact that Key is an ambitious – if potentially doomed – venture. 

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Google’s Tez app for India now pays your utility bills with one tap

Google has updated its Tez payments app for users in India with the ability to pull up your bills from a number of local service providers and settle them with just a tap. The company announced that the new functionality was in the works back in December 2017, when it announced that Tez was set to cross 12 million users in the country. When it launched in September last year, it only supported peer-to-peer payments via the national Unified Payments Interface (UPI) system, which allows for transactions directly between bank accounts, at no cost. The update now lets you view…

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Vine’s creators built a live trivia app that actually pays you

HQ Trivia, a new app from the creators of Vine, is recreating the appeal of game shows for iPhone users. The app debuted a few months ago, but has been gaining in popularity since then. The show goes live at 3pm and 9pm ET on weekdays. Host Scott Rogowsky asks a series of trivia questions, and players choose their answer, while chatting live. Players who get answers right can win cash prizes, and collect via PayPal. Apparently you have to start the app on time to be able to see the show — no showing up late. This might be the…

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Mobile phone companies appear to be providing your number and location to anyone who pays

 You may remember that last year, Verizon was punished by the FCC for injecting information into its subscribers’ traffic that allowed them to be tracked without their consent. That practice appears to be alive and well despite being disallowed in a ruling last March: companies appear to be able to request your number, location, and other details from your mobile provider quite easily. Read More
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