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Azio’s Retro Classic typewriter-inspired Bluetooth keyboard is a luxurious treat

Maybe you’re sitting at a MacBook or other modern PC right now, typing away in near silence on a keyboard that provides no real satisfying response to your human fingers. Maybe, once in the distant past, you remember when keyboards offered something in return: A “click clack” that stood as …

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Apple’s Shazam takeover triggers competition review in Europe

The European Commission has announced a review of Apple’s acquisition of music discovery service Shazam — agreeing to a request made by several countries to weigh competition concerns. Apple officially announced it was buying UK tech veteran Shazam back in December. It did not disclose the price-tag for the deal but …

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Foxconn to plug at least $340M into AI R&D over five years

Manufacturing giant Foxconn has said it will make a major investment in artificial intelligence-based R&D as it looks for new business growth opportunities in a cooling global smartphone market, Nikkei reports. “We will at least invest some 10 billion New Taiwan dollars ($342M) over five years to recruit top talent and …

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Apple’s augmented reality tool kit can now detect walls and 2D images in beta

Apple is rolling out an upgrade to its augmented reality toolbox, ARKit, to developers in a beta version today. ARKit 1.5 adds a few marquee features including one big one: wall detection. Up until this point, ARKit has been focused on offering horizontal plane detection, allowing developers to know where …

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South Korea, Italy also calling out Apple for slowing iPhones

Apple continues to get into hot water over a power management feature that throttles performance on older iPhones to avoid unexpected battery shutdowns. A South Korean consumer group has now filed a complaint, though it’s not clear whether the complaint will trigger a formal investigation (via Reuters). The group, Citizens United …

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France probes Apple over iPhone obsolescence complaint

French authorities are investigating whether Apple deliberately slows down older iPhones in order to increase sales, AFP reports. The move follows a complaint by a French consumer group, HOP, that campaigns against planned obsolescence and which filed a complaint against Apple in December. Programmed obsolescence is illegal in France under …

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Apple addresses why people are saying their iPhones with older batteries are running “slower”

Due to a Reddit post and the loose interpretation of subsequent benchmark tests posted by Primate Labs’ John Poole, the ‘Apple throttles old iPhones’ meme has reared its head again. The gist, as it always is, is that Apple is being super petty and trying to force customers to upgrade …

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Apple will reportedly unify iOS and Mac apps in 2018

Apple is said to be working on a way to allow developers to build apps that work with touchscreen input on iPhone and iPad, and with mouse and trackpad on Mac devices, to be implemented next year, according to Bloomberg. The system would unify development environments for both of Apple’s …

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