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Apple’s Latest Products Get Rare Mixed-Bag Reviews

Despite the strength of its brand, Apple Inc. occasionally releases a product to mediocre reviews – remember the original Apple TV or Apple Watch? But reviewers have rarely been as grumpy as this month, when Apple unveiled its collection of new gadgets for the holidays.Each product was docked by reviewers for specific

Bitcoin Is Likely to Split Again in November, Say Major Players

Bitcoin is looking increasingly likely to splinter off again in November, creating a third version of the world’s largest cryptocurrency as miners and developers pursue separate visions to scale its rapidly growing marketplace.Major industry players, including the bitcoin investor Roger Ver known as “Bitcoin Jesus” for proselytizing on behalf of the

Facebook admits industry could do more to combat online extremism

Admission comes as British PM and French president propose fining firms that move too slowly to remove extremist contentFacebook has conceded that technology companies could do more to counter online extremism after Theresa May and the French president, Emmanuel Macron, Kent Walker, Googles general counsel, said the larger problem is

Avril Lavigne most ‘dangerous’ celebrity to search for online

A cybersecurity company has released its annual survey of online celebrity searches associated with malware, with the Canadian singer topping the listCybersecurity firm Instagram that she would be releasing new music soon, which may have contributed to an increase in malicious sites associated with a search for her name. McAfee

How big tech became the new titan of television

Hollywood power is in flux, as traditional broadcast and cable networks, which for decades shaped popular culture, try to keep up with technology companiesIn Hollywood, the screenwriter William Goldman once observed, nobody knows anything. But that was before technology companies rolled in sure of one thing: to conquer television you

The Way We Get Electricity Is About to Change Forever

Batteries are everywhere these days: in our iPhones, toothbrushes, vacuum cleaners, and electric cars. But batteries—really big batteries—are just getting started.The idea is that grid-sized versions might be used to store excess wind and solar power, smoothing out the peaks and valleys of the electricity supply. There’s just one problem:

What to Expect at Apples Biggest Event in Years

On Tuesday, Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook will take the stage for the first time in the Steve Jobs Theater at its new campus. Apple plans to unveil three phones—another first—including a premium model that could cast a halo over the rest of the line, and perhaps even the rest

Apple Bets on Augmented Reality to Sell Its Most Expensive Phone

headquarters in Cupertino, California, on Tuesday. It also rolled out an Apple TV set-top box that supports higher-definition video.The event marked the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone and started with a remembrance of the late co-founder Steve Jobs. The product announcements were greeted with enthusiasm but little surprise by

Scammers Are Constructing Fake People to Get Real Credit Cards

On a warm day in May, agents from the FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service descended on a leafy neighborhood in South Carolina and raided the home of a DJ suspected of using fake identities to obtain 558 credit cards from Capital One Financial Corp.Outside the house in Rock

Your Next Phone Will Probably Cost You $1,000

When U.S. wireless carriers started winding down their heavy smartphone subsidies a few years back, many Americans kicked the new-model-every-two-years habit that had become routine early in the iPhone era. Those who didn’t have had to accept prices ticking slowly higher as Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. try to outdo one another with

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