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apple has dropped to fifth place in the chinese smartphone market behind domestic vendors huawei, oppo, vivo, and xiaomi, reports canalys.

for the full year of 2016, china reached 476.5 million smartphone units shipped, an 11.4% increase. shipments in the fourth quarter were 131.6 million, the highest single quarter ever.

canalys research shows that, in 2016, huawei took the top spot in the market with 76.2 million shipments, a small lead ahead of runner-up oppo with 73.2 million units, followed by vivo in third place at 63.2 million units. the smartphone market recovery was driven by several factors. leading domestic manufacturers huawei, oppo and vivo invested heavily in new product and channel developments.





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apple is allegedly working with broadcom on a custom wireless charging system for future generation iphones, according to jpmorgan analyst harlan sur via cnbc.

the two companies have been working on a wireless charging solution for about two years but it may not be ready in time for this year's new device due to caution following the samsung galaxy note 7 disaster.

wireless charging is widely expected to be a key feature of the 10th anniversary iphone; however, it's unclear what technology apple plans to implement. early rumors suggested that apple would finally introduce long range wireless charging; however, it recently joined the qi wireless power consortium hinting that an induction system may be utilized.





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apple has posted four new ads for the ipad pro.

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google has announced that it is discontinuing its 30 second unskippable ad format next year, reports campaign.

the company provided the following official statement.

"as part of that, we’ve decided to stop supporting 30-second unskippable ads as of 2018 and focus instead on formats that work well for both users and advertisers," said a google spokesman.





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samsung chief jay y. lee was arrested over his role in a corruption scandal which has rocked south korea, report reuters.

lee is accused of bribing a friend of president park geun-hye to secure support for a merger of two samsung units and establish his control over the family business. lee will be indicted on charges of bribery, embezzlement, hiding assets overseas, and perjury, according to the special prosecutor's office.

the 48-year-old billionaire was taken into custody at the seoul detention centre early on friday after waiting overnight for a decision.





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at&t has announce that tomorrow it will launch a new unlimited plan that will be available to all consumer and business postpaid wireless customers. this follows verizon's launch of an unlimited plan and t-mobile's improvements to their unlimited plan.

the new at&t unlimited plan will include unlimited talk, text and data on 4 lines for $180 after 2 bills. the first two bills will be $220/month. business customers can also take advantage of their additional corporate discount.

“we’re offering unlimited entertainment on the nation’s best data network where and when you want to enjoy more of what you love,” said david christopher, chief marketing officer of the at&t entertainment group.





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microsoft today released an update that brings touch bar support to office for mac. a beta of the update was previously available to members of the office insider program.

through the touch bar, office intelligently puts the most common commands at your fingertips—all based on what you’re doing in the document.

here's a look at the functionality available in each office program...





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apple has posted two new ads for the iphone 7 plus that highlight its portrait camera mode.

take a look below!

boyfriend:
when you shoot in portrait mode on iphone 7 plus, your subject stands out from the background. and just like that, your boyfriend becomes your boyfriend.





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apple may be planning to replace the fingerprint scanner with a face scanner on the iphone 8, according to jpmorgan analyst rod hall via cnet.

a front-facing 3-d scanner could replace the home button, which could be phased out if apple goes with a full-glass front this year, hall wrote in a research note this week. biometric facial scanning would be more secure for apple pay and could work better in "wet conditions" if the iphones are more water resistant, jpmorgan wrote.

notably, this coincides with another report from the reliable ming-chi kuo of kgi securities. kuo also predicted that apple would replace the touch id fingerprint scanner with new biometric technologies that offer similar functionality.





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mcdonald's has parodied apple with a product video to unveil its new straw.

mcdonald’s has been raising the bar. all day breakfast, updated mcnuggets recipe, new big mac sandwiches, the chocolate shamrock shake and now ... the straw - (suction tube for reverse axial withdrawal). go behind-the-scenes with us to learn more about how the straw was created. we can’t wait to show you what’s next!

the ad is shot in typical apple fashion with a 'person with a british accent' (ie jonathan ive) describing how great the straw is against a white background.





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apple is testing a new fifth generation apple tv that features 4k support and more vivid colors, according to a bloomberg report.

the new apple tv is internally codenamed "j105" and could be released as soon as this year. with sales of the apple tv decreasing year over year due to strong competition from amazon and roku, apple may be renewing its focus on the device. recently, it hired timothy d. twerdahl, former head of amazon's fire tv, to head up its television operations.

apple has long been trying to revolutionize how we watch television; however, failed negotiations with media companies resulted in the apple tv functioning a lot like a big iphone. "that's not what i signed up for," says a bloomberg source. "i signed up for revolutionary. we got evolutionary."





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apple has announced that wwdc, its worldwide developers conference, will take place in san jose june 5-9, 2017.

the conference will be held at the mcenery convention center just minutes away from the company's new headquarters in cupertino.






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a new report from kgi securities analyst ming-chi kuo says apple's next generation iphone 8 will have a 5.8-inch screen but only 5.15-inches of that will be an actual display area. the remaining space is reserved for a 'function area'.

the most apparent change of the oled iphone will be a full-screen design, along with the elimination of the home button and current fingerprint recognition technology. of particular note is that we expect the oled iphone will adopt a 5.8” physical oled panel. but the actual display area will be around 5.15”, and the rest will be an area for functions (e.g. allocation of virtual buttons).

the 5.8-inch iphone is expected to be similar in size to the current 4.7-inch iphone and will feature a bezel-less design to make the larger 5.8-inch display possible. the function area will replace the home button and touch id. kuo says apple is planning to replace touch id with new biometric technologies that offer similar functionality. a recent report suggested that apple could equip the device with an iris scanner.





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apple finished 4q16 with slightly more smartphone sales than samsung, capturing 17.9% of the market compared to samsung's 17.8%, reports gartner.

it's been two years since apple topped the global smartphone vendor ranking but its lead is small with only 256,000 units difference.

"the last time apple was in the leading position was in the fourth quarter of 2014, when its sales were driven by its first ever large-screen iphone 6 and 6 plus," said anshul gupta, research director at gartner. "this time it achieved it thanks to strong sales of its flagship phones — the iphone 7 and iphone 7 plus; it also benefited from the weakened demand for samsung's smartphones in mature markets such as north america and western europe, and in some mature markets in asia such as australia and south korea."





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niantic has announced that an update coming to pokemon go later this week will bring 80 new pokemon.

chikorita, cyndaquil, totodile, and many more pokémon are nearly here! starting later this week, you’ll have the opportunity to catch more than 80 pokémon originally discovered in the johto region in the pokémon gold and pokémon silver video games.

changelog:
- additional pokémon
- new evolutions
- new encounter gameplay
- new berries





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the elgato eve app has been updated with support for homekit enabled cameras, new lighting controls that allow for fine-tuning of colors, and other improvements.

use the free eve app to view all data collected by eve and control all accessories featuring homekit technology. gain insights that help you improve your comfort, and make your home a smarter place.

what's new in this version:
• all-new lighting control: fine-tune colors with precision and save your favorites for every mood
• new support for homekit-enabled cameras: see a snapshot right in the at a glance view, and access your live video with optional two-way audio
• improved support for other homekit-enabled accessories, including schlage sense and nanoleaf aurora
• improved support for eve thermo
• overall improvements





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jaguar and shell have teamed up on a new in-car payment system that lets you use your car's touchscreen to pay for fuel at a gas station.

rather than using a card at the pump, or queuing in the forecourt shop, owners who install the shell app can simply drive up to any pump at a shell service station (initially in the uk and then globally) and use the vehicle’s touchscreen to select how much fuel they require and pay using paypal or apple pay. android pay will be added later in 2017.

the system will display an electronic receipt on the screen and email a copy of the receipt to the driver's email address.





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following a recent update that brings hands-free mode to the amazon tap, alexa has been updated with support for outlook.com calendars, reports the verge.

previously, alexa only supported google calendars but amazon silently added outlook.com calendar support this week. you can use alexa to add or review events by saying 'what's on my calendar?' or 'add an event to my calendar'.

notably, the amazon tap was recently updated with support for hands-free mode. this makes the device function more similarly to its big brother, the amazon echo. the portable bluetooth and wi-fi enabled speaker originally required the press of a microphone button to access alexa. hands-free mode can be enabled through the alexa mobile app. the device must be connected to wifi.





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pioneer has announced new rayz and rayz plus earphones equipped with a lightning connector for your iphone, ipad, and ipod touch. use of the lightning connector allows pioneer to deliver some features not available with a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack.

rayz earphones maximize all of the benefits offered by the lightning connector. they are powered by iphone, ipad or ipod touch, meaning no additional batteries are required. the rayz plus model is also the first and only lightning headset with a sleek in-line charging node to simultaneously charge iphone, ipad or ipod touch while the earphones are connected and in use.






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d-link today announced that its new omna 180 cam hd (dsh-c310) is now available for purchase online at apple.com and in apple stores around the world later this month. the camera features a 180-degree wide angle lens, full hd 1080p resolution, two-way audio, night vision, and a microsd card slot.

omna's homekit integration allows users to be "always home" and includes advanced security features with end-to-end encryption and authentication between the camera and an iphone or ipad. when activity is detected, users will receive a rich notification on their lock screen, delivered via the apple home app, showing a live feed from the camera.






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apple is in talks with china's boe technology group to supply oled displays for future generation iphones, according to a bloomberg report.

apple’s been testing boe’s active-matrix organic light-emitting diode screens for months but hasn’t decided if it’ll add the chinese company to its roster of suppliers, one of the people said, asking not to be named talking about private negotiations.

anticipating future business, boe is spending $14.5 billion usd on building two amoled plants in the southwestern province of sinchuan. it's unlikely that the company will supply displays for the 2017 iphone but sources say it is banking on being a supplier for the 2018 model.





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facebook has officially announced an upcoming video app for the apple tv alongside several other improvements to facebook video.

the new facebook video app for tv will offer up videos shared by friends or pages you follow, top live videos from around the world, and recommended videos based on your interests.

other video improvements include: turning on sound for news feed videos by default, larger preview for vertical videos, and the ability to scroll while watching video in a picture-in-picture view.





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fox has released its 'movie of the day!' app for the apple tv.

movie of the day! offers you a new movie download at a special promotional price on itunes everyday. movie deals range from blockbusters to acclaimed indies, and everything in between. all transactions are done safely through itunes and saved to your itunes library. all deals will be available for 24 hours.

you can download movie of the day! from the app store for free.





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apple has posted a new carnival themed ad highlighting the portrait camera mode on the iphone 7 plus.

the beauty and joy of the carnival gets even more prominent with the new portrait mode of the iphone 7 plus.

the new ad follows another two portrait mode ads posted yesterday. check those out here.





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nest has announced a new version of the nest app that brings better nest cam notifications and has introduced door detection for nest cam indoor and nest cam outdoor as part of nest aware.

nest aware will now recognize the doors in your home and automatically create activity zones around them, sending you a notification when there is motion there.

nest aware subscribers have always been able to manually draw activity zones around areas they want to keep an eye on. by recognizing patterns over time, our sensors and deep learning algorithms let us make door detection an automated feature.





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amazon has announced chime, a new video conferencing service that works on ios, android, mac, and windows.

with amazon chime, customers can start high-quality video and audio meetings with one-click, allowing customers to host or join a meeting, chat, and share content and screens with a seamless, synchronized experience across desktops, ios, and android devices.






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apple will adopt a chassis made of reinforced glass with a stainless steel metal frame for its rumored 5.8-inch iphone model, according to a new digitimes report. the updated 4.7-inch model will continue using an aluminum-alloy chassis, say sources.

the reinforced glass chassis' stainless steel metal frame will be supplied by foxconn technology and us-based jabil circuit, while the aluminum-alloy chassis will be supplied by catcher technology.

digitimes says casetek, a metal chassis subsidiary of pegatron, has been aggressively sending samples to apple and establishing new production bases; however, it has yet to obtain significant orders.





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apple has posted an official trailer for its upcoming 'carpool karaoke' series which will soon be available on apple music.

based on the segment that has become a global, viral video sensation on the late late show with james corden, the new carpool karaoke series features 16 celebrity pairings riding along in a car together as they sing tunes from their personal playlists and surprise fans who don’t expect to see big stars belting out tunes one lane over.

the series features james corden, will smith, billy eichner, metallica, alicia keys, john legend, ariana grande, seth macfarlane, chelsea handler, blake shelton, michael strahan, john cena, shaquille o’neal, and others.





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apple has posted a trailer for its upcoming series 'planet of the apps'.

planet of the apps celebrates the world of apps and the talented people who create them. hosted by zane lowe and featuring advisers jessica alba, gwyneth paltrow, gary vaynerchuk and will.i.am, the series highlights developers who have the vision to shape the future, solve real problems, and inspire change within our daily lives.






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t-mobile has responded to verizon's new unlimited data plan by adding hd video and 10gb high-speed mobile hotspot to its t-mobile one plan at no extra charge. additionally, the carrier introduced a new offer of two lines for $100/month.

the upgrades will be available starting friday, february 17th. customers can activate the new features in the t-mobile app or at my.t-mobile.com.






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apple has dropped to fifth place in the chinese smartphone market behind domestic vendors huawei, oppo, vivo, and xiaomi, reports canalys.

for the full year of 2016, china reached 476.5 million smartphone units shipped, an 11.4% increase. shipments in the fourth quarter were 131.6 million, the highest single quarter ever.

canalys research shows that, in 2016, huawei took the top spot in the market with 76.2 million shipments, a small lead ahead of runner-up oppo with 73.2 million units, followed by vivo in third place at 63.2 million units. the smartphone market recovery was driven by several factors. leading domestic manufacturers huawei, oppo and vivo invested heavily in new product and channel developments.





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apple is allegedly working with broadcom on a custom wireless charging system for future generation iphones, according to jpmorgan analyst harlan sur via cnbc.

the two companies have been working on a wireless charging solution for about two years but it may not be ready in time for this year's new device due to caution following the samsung galaxy note 7 disaster.

wireless charging is widely expected to be a key feature of the 10th anniversary iphone; however, it's unclear what technology apple plans to implement. early rumors suggested that apple would finally introduce long range wireless charging; however, it recently joined the qi wireless power consortium hinting that an induction system may be utilized.





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apple has posted four new ads for the ipad pro.

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google has announced that it is discontinuing its 30 second unskippable ad format next year, reports campaign.

the company provided the following official statement.

"as part of that, we’ve decided to stop supporting 30-second unskippable ads as of 2018 and focus instead on formats that work well for both users and advertisers," said a google spokesman.





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samsung chief jay y. lee was arrested over his role in a corruption scandal which has rocked south korea, report reuters.

lee is accused of bribing a friend of president park geun-hye to secure support for a merger of two samsung units and establish his control over the family business. lee will be indicted on charges of bribery, embezzlement, hiding assets overseas, and perjury, according to the special prosecutor's office.

the 48-year-old billionaire was taken into custody at the seoul detention centre early on friday after waiting overnight for a decision.





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at&t has announce that tomorrow it will launch a new unlimited plan that will be available to all consumer and business postpaid wireless customers. this follows verizon's launch of an unlimited plan and t-mobile's improvements to their unlimited plan.

the new at&t unlimited plan will include unlimited talk, text and data on 4 lines for $180 after 2 bills. the first two bills will be $220/month. business customers can also take advantage of their additional corporate discount.

“we’re offering unlimited entertainment on the nation’s best data network where and when you want to enjoy more of what you love,” said david christopher, chief marketing officer of the at&t entertainment group.





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microsoft today released an update that brings touch bar support to office for mac. a beta of the update was previously available to members of the office insider program.

through the touch bar, office intelligently puts the most common commands at your fingertips—all based on what you’re doing in the document.

here's a look at the functionality available in each office program...





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apple has posted two new ads for the iphone 7 plus that highlight its portrait camera mode.

take a look below!

boyfriend:
when you shoot in portrait mode on iphone 7 plus, your subject stands out from the background. and just like that, your boyfriend becomes your boyfriend.





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apple may be planning to replace the fingerprint scanner with a face scanner on the iphone 8, according to jpmorgan analyst rod hall via cnet.

a front-facing 3-d scanner could replace the home button, which could be phased out if apple goes with a full-glass front this year, hall wrote in a research note this week. biometric facial scanning would be more secure for apple pay and could work better in "wet conditions" if the iphones are more water resistant, jpmorgan wrote.

notably, this coincides with another report from the reliable ming-chi kuo of kgi securities. kuo also predicted that apple would replace the touch id fingerprint scanner with new biometric technologies that offer similar functionality.





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mcdonald's has parodied apple with a product video to unveil its new straw.

mcdonald’s has been raising the bar. all day breakfast, updated mcnuggets recipe, new big mac sandwiches, the chocolate shamrock shake and now ... the straw - (suction tube for reverse axial withdrawal). go behind-the-scenes with us to learn more about how the straw was created. we can’t wait to show you what’s next!

the ad is shot in typical apple fashion with a 'person with a british accent' (ie jonathan ive) describing how great the straw is against a white background.





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apple is testing a new fifth generation apple tv that features 4k support and more vivid colors, according to a bloomberg report.

the new apple tv is internally codenamed "j105" and could be released as soon as this year. with sales of the apple tv decreasing year over year due to strong competition from amazon and roku, apple may be renewing its focus on the device. recently, it hired timothy d. twerdahl, former head of amazon's fire tv, to head up its television operations.

apple has long been trying to revolutionize how we watch television; however, failed negotiations with media companies resulted in the apple tv functioning a lot like a big iphone. "that's not what i signed up for," says a bloomberg source. "i signed up for revolutionary. we got evolutionary."





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apple has announced that wwdc, its worldwide developers conference, will take place in san jose june 5-9, 2017.

the conference will be held at the mcenery convention center just minutes away from the company's new headquarters in cupertino.






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a new report from kgi securities analyst ming-chi kuo says apple's next generation iphone 8 will have a 5.8-inch screen but only 5.15-inches of that will be an actual display area. the remaining space is reserved for a 'function area'.

the most apparent change of the oled iphone will be a full-screen design, along with the elimination of the home button and current fingerprint recognition technology. of particular note is that we expect the oled iphone will adopt a 5.8” physical oled panel. but the actual display area will be around 5.15”, and the rest will be an area for functions (e.g. allocation of virtual buttons).

the 5.8-inch iphone is expected to be similar in size to the current 4.7-inch iphone and will feature a bezel-less design to make the larger 5.8-inch display possible. the function area will replace the home button and touch id. kuo says apple is planning to replace touch id with new biometric technologies that offer similar functionality. a recent report suggested that apple could equip the device with an iris scanner.





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apple finished 4q16 with slightly more smartphone sales than samsung, capturing 17.9% of the market compared to samsung's 17.8%, reports gartner.

it's been two years since apple topped the global smartphone vendor ranking but its lead is small with only 256,000 units difference.

"the last time apple was in the leading position was in the fourth quarter of 2014, when its sales were driven by its first ever large-screen iphone 6 and 6 plus," said anshul gupta, research director at gartner. "this time it achieved it thanks to strong sales of its flagship phones — the iphone 7 and iphone 7 plus; it also benefited from the weakened demand for samsung's smartphones in mature markets such as north america and western europe, and in some mature markets in asia such as australia and south korea."





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niantic has announced that an update coming to pokemon go later this week will bring 80 new pokemon.

chikorita, cyndaquil, totodile, and many more pokémon are nearly here! starting later this week, you’ll have the opportunity to catch more than 80 pokémon originally discovered in the johto region in the pokémon gold and pokémon silver video games.

changelog:
- additional pokémon
- new evolutions
- new encounter gameplay
- new berries





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the elgato eve app has been updated with support for homekit enabled cameras, new lighting controls that allow for fine-tuning of colors, and other improvements.

use the free eve app to view all data collected by eve and control all accessories featuring homekit technology. gain insights that help you improve your comfort, and make your home a smarter place.

what's new in this version:
• all-new lighting control: fine-tune colors with precision and save your favorites for every mood
• new support for homekit-enabled cameras: see a snapshot right in the at a glance view, and access your live video with optional two-way audio
• improved support for other homekit-enabled accessories, including schlage sense and nanoleaf aurora
• improved support for eve thermo
• overall improvements





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jaguar and shell have teamed up on a new in-car payment system that lets you use your car's touchscreen to pay for fuel at a gas station.

rather than using a card at the pump, or queuing in the forecourt shop, owners who install the shell app can simply drive up to any pump at a shell service station (initially in the uk and then globally) and use the vehicle’s touchscreen to select how much fuel they require and pay using paypal or apple pay. android pay will be added later in 2017.

the system will display an electronic receipt on the screen and email a copy of the receipt to the driver's email address.





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following a recent update that brings hands-free mode to the amazon tap, alexa has been updated with support for outlook.com calendars, reports the verge.

previously, alexa only supported google calendars but amazon silently added outlook.com calendar support this week. you can use alexa to add or review events by saying 'what's on my calendar?' or 'add an event to my calendar'.

notably, the amazon tap was recently updated with support for hands-free mode. this makes the device function more similarly to its big brother, the amazon echo. the portable bluetooth and wi-fi enabled speaker originally required the press of a microphone button to access alexa. hands-free mode can be enabled through the alexa mobile app. the device must be connected to wifi.





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pioneer has announced new rayz and rayz plus earphones equipped with a lightning connector for your iphone, ipad, and ipod touch. use of the lightning connector allows pioneer to deliver some features not available with a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack.

rayz earphones maximize all of the benefits offered by the lightning connector. they are powered by iphone, ipad or ipod touch, meaning no additional batteries are required. the rayz plus model is also the first and only lightning headset with a sleek in-line charging node to simultaneously charge iphone, ipad or ipod touch while the earphones are connected and in use.






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d-link today announced that its new omna 180 cam hd (dsh-c310) is now available for purchase online at apple.com and in apple stores around the world later this month. the camera features a 180-degree wide angle lens, full hd 1080p resolution, two-way audio, night vision, and a microsd card slot.

omna's homekit integration allows users to be "always home" and includes advanced security features with end-to-end encryption and authentication between the camera and an iphone or ipad. when activity is detected, users will receive a rich notification on their lock screen, delivered via the apple home app, showing a live feed from the camera.






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apple is in talks with china's boe technology group to supply oled displays for future generation iphones, according to a bloomberg report.

apple’s been testing boe’s active-matrix organic light-emitting diode screens for months but hasn’t decided if it’ll add the chinese company to its roster of suppliers, one of the people said, asking not to be named talking about private negotiations.

anticipating future business, boe is spending $14.5 billion usd on building two amoled plants in the southwestern province of sinchuan. it's unlikely that the company will supply displays for the 2017 iphone but sources say it is banking on being a supplier for the 2018 model.





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facebook has officially announced an upcoming video app for the apple tv alongside several other improvements to facebook video.

the new facebook video app for tv will offer up videos shared by friends or pages you follow, top live videos from around the world, and recommended videos based on your interests.

other video improvements include: turning on sound for news feed videos by default, larger preview for vertical videos, and the ability to scroll while watching video in a picture-in-picture view.





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fox has released its 'movie of the day!' app for the apple tv.

movie of the day! offers you a new movie download at a special promotional price on itunes everyday. movie deals range from blockbusters to acclaimed indies, and everything in between. all transactions are done safely through itunes and saved to your itunes library. all deals will be available for 24 hours.

you can download movie of the day! from the app store for free.





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apple has posted a new carnival themed ad highlighting the portrait camera mode on the iphone 7 plus.

the beauty and joy of the carnival gets even more prominent with the new portrait mode of the iphone 7 plus.

the new ad follows another two portrait mode ads posted yesterday. check those out here.





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nest has announced a new version of the nest app that brings better nest cam notifications and has introduced door detection for nest cam indoor and nest cam outdoor as part of nest aware.

nest aware will now recognize the doors in your home and automatically create activity zones around them, sending you a notification when there is motion there.

nest aware subscribers have always been able to manually draw activity zones around areas they want to keep an eye on. by recognizing patterns over time, our sensors and deep learning algorithms let us make door detection an automated feature.





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amazon has announced chime, a new video conferencing service that works on ios, android, mac, and windows.

with amazon chime, customers can start high-quality video and audio meetings with one-click, allowing customers to host or join a meeting, chat, and share content and screens with a seamless, synchronized experience across desktops, ios, and android devices.






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apple will adopt a chassis made of reinforced glass with a stainless steel metal frame for its rumored 5.8-inch iphone model, according to a new digitimes report. the updated 4.7-inch model will continue using an aluminum-alloy chassis, say sources.

the reinforced glass chassis' stainless steel metal frame will be supplied by foxconn technology and us-based jabil circuit, while the aluminum-alloy chassis will be supplied by catcher technology.

digitimes says casetek, a metal chassis subsidiary of pegatron, has been aggressively sending samples to apple and establishing new production bases; however, it has yet to obtain significant orders.





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apple has posted an official trailer for its upcoming 'carpool karaoke' series which will soon be available on apple music.

based on the segment that has become a global, viral video sensation on the late late show with james corden, the new carpool karaoke series features 16 celebrity pairings riding along in a car together as they sing tunes from their personal playlists and surprise fans who don’t expect to see big stars belting out tunes one lane over.

the series features james corden, will smith, billy eichner, metallica, alicia keys, john legend, ariana grande, seth macfarlane, chelsea handler, blake shelton, michael strahan, john cena, shaquille o’neal, and others.





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apple has posted a trailer for its upcoming series 'planet of the apps'.

planet of the apps celebrates the world of apps and the talented people who create them. hosted by zane lowe and featuring advisers jessica alba, gwyneth paltrow, gary vaynerchuk and will.i.am, the series highlights developers who have the vision to shape the future, solve real problems, and inspire change within our daily lives.






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t-mobile has responded to verizon's new unlimited data plan by adding hd video and 10gb high-speed mobile hotspot to its t-mobile one plan at no extra charge. additionally, the carrier introduced a new offer of two lines for $100/month.

the upgrades will be available starting friday, february 17th. customers can activate the new features in the t-mobile app or at my.t-mobile.com.






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apple has dropped to fifth place in the chinese smartphone market behind domestic vendors huawei, oppo, vivo, and xiaomi, reports canalys.

for the full year of 2016, china reached 476.5 million smartphone units shipped, an 11.4% increase. shipments in the fourth quarter were 131.6 million, the highest single quarter ever.

canalys research shows that, in 2016, huawei took the top spot in the market with 76.2 million shipments, a small lead ahead of runner-up oppo with 73.2 million units, followed by vivo in third place at 63.2 million units. the smartphone market recovery was driven by several factors. leading domestic manufacturers huawei, oppo and vivo invested heavily in new product and channel developments.





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apple is allegedly working with broadcom on a custom wireless charging system for future generation iphones, according to jpmorgan analyst harlan sur via cnbc.

the two companies have been working on a wireless charging solution for about two years but it may not be ready in time for this year's new device due to caution following the samsung galaxy note 7 disaster.

wireless charging is widely expected to be a key feature of the 10th anniversary iphone; however, it's unclear what technology apple plans to implement. early rumors suggested that apple would finally introduce long range wireless charging; however, it recently joined the qi wireless power consortium hinting that an induction system may be utilized.





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apple has posted four new ads for the ipad pro.

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google has announced that it is discontinuing its 30 second unskippable ad format next year, reports campaign.

the company provided the following official statement.

"as part of that, we’ve decided to stop supporting 30-second unskippable ads as of 2018 and focus instead on formats that work well for both users and advertisers," said a google spokesman.





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samsung chief jay y. lee was arrested over his role in a corruption scandal which has rocked south korea, report reuters.

lee is accused of bribing a friend of president park geun-hye to secure support for a merger of two samsung units and establish his control over the family business. lee will be indicted on charges of bribery, embezzlement, hiding assets overseas, and perjury, according to the special prosecutor's office.

the 48-year-old billionaire was taken into custody at the seoul detention centre early on friday after waiting overnight for a decision.





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at&t has announce that tomorrow it will launch a new unlimited plan that will be available to all consumer and business postpaid wireless customers. this follows verizon's launch of an unlimited plan and t-mobile's improvements to their unlimited plan.

the new at&t unlimited plan will include unlimited talk, text and data on 4 lines for $180 after 2 bills. the first two bills will be $220/month. business customers can also take advantage of their additional corporate discount.

“we’re offering unlimited entertainment on the nation’s best data network where and when you want to enjoy more of what you love,” said david christopher, chief marketing officer of the at&t entertainment group.





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microsoft today released an update that brings touch bar support to office for mac. a beta of the update was previously available to members of the office insider program.

through the touch bar, office intelligently puts the most common commands at your fingertips—all based on what you’re doing in the document.

here's a look at the functionality available in each office program...





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apple has posted two new ads for the iphone 7 plus that highlight its portrait camera mode.

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boyfriend:
when you shoot in portrait mode on iphone 7 plus, your subject stands out from the background. and just like that, your boyfriend becomes your boyfriend.





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apple may be planning to replace the fingerprint scanner with a face scanner on the iphone 8, according to jpmorgan analyst rod hall via cnet.

a front-facing 3-d scanner could replace the home button, which could be phased out if apple goes with a full-glass front this year, hall wrote in a research note this week. biometric facial scanning would be more secure for apple pay and could work better in "wet conditions" if the iphones are more water resistant, jpmorgan wrote.

notably, this coincides with another report from the reliable ming-chi kuo of kgi securities. kuo also predicted that apple would replace the touch id fingerprint scanner with new biometric technologies that offer similar functionality.





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mcdonald's has parodied apple with a product video to unveil its new straw.

mcdonald’s has been raising the bar. all day breakfast, updated mcnuggets recipe, new big mac sandwiches, the chocolate shamrock shake and now ... the straw - (suction tube for reverse axial withdrawal). go behind-the-scenes with us to learn more about how the straw was created. we can’t wait to show you what’s next!

the ad is shot in typical apple fashion with a 'person with a british accent' (ie jonathan ive) describing how great the straw is against a white background.





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apple is testing a new fifth generation apple tv that features 4k support and more vivid colors, according to a bloomberg report.

the new apple tv is internally codenamed "j105" and could be released as soon as this year. with sales of the apple tv decreasing year over year due to strong competition from amazon and roku, apple may be renewing its focus on the device. recently, it hired timothy d. twerdahl, former head of amazon's fire tv, to head up its television operations.

apple has long been trying to revolutionize how we watch television; however, failed negotiations with media companies resulted in the apple tv functioning a lot like a big iphone. "that's not what i signed up for," says a bloomberg source. "i signed up for revolutionary. we got evolutionary."





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apple has announced that wwdc, its worldwide developers conference, will take place in san jose june 5-9, 2017.

the conference will be held at the mcenery convention center just minutes away from the company's new headquarters in cupertino.






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a new report from kgi securities analyst ming-chi kuo says apple's next generation iphone 8 will have a 5.8-inch screen but only 5.15-inches of that will be an actual display area. the remaining space is reserved for a 'function area'.

the most apparent change of the oled iphone will be a full-screen design, along with the elimination of the home button and current fingerprint recognition technology. of particular note is that we expect the oled iphone will adopt a 5.8” physical oled panel. but the actual display area will be around 5.15”, and the rest will be an area for functions (e.g. allocation of virtual buttons).

the 5.8-inch iphone is expected to be similar in size to the current 4.7-inch iphone and will feature a bezel-less design to make the larger 5.8-inch display possible. the function area will replace the home button and touch id. kuo says apple is planning to replace touch id with new biometric technologies that offer similar functionality. a recent report suggested that apple could equip the device with an iris scanner.





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apple finished 4q16 with slightly more smartphone sales than samsung, capturing 17.9% of the market compared to samsung's 17.8%, reports gartner.

it's been two years since apple topped the global smartphone vendor ranking but its lead is small with only 256,000 units difference.

"the last time apple was in the leading position was in the fourth quarter of 2014, when its sales were driven by its first ever large-screen iphone 6 and 6 plus," said anshul gupta, research director at gartner. "this time it achieved it thanks to strong sales of its flagship phones — the iphone 7 and iphone 7 plus; it also benefited from the weakened demand for samsung's smartphones in mature markets such as north america and western europe, and in some mature markets in asia such as australia and south korea."





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niantic has announced that an update coming to pokemon go later this week will bring 80 new pokemon.

chikorita, cyndaquil, totodile, and many more pokémon are nearly here! starting later this week, you’ll have the opportunity to catch more than 80 pokémon originally discovered in the johto region in the pokémon gold and pokémon silver video games.

changelog:
- additional pokémon
- new evolutions
- new encounter gameplay
- new berries





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the elgato eve app has been updated with support for homekit enabled cameras, new lighting controls that allow for fine-tuning of colors, and other improvements.

use the free eve app to view all data collected by eve and control all accessories featuring homekit technology. gain insights that help you improve your comfort, and make your home a smarter place.

what's new in this version:
• all-new lighting control: fine-tune colors with precision and save your favorites for every mood
• new support for homekit-enabled cameras: see a snapshot right in the at a glance view, and access your live video with optional two-way audio
• improved support for other homekit-enabled accessories, including schlage sense and nanoleaf aurora
• improved support for eve thermo
• overall improvements





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jaguar and shell have teamed up on a new in-car payment system that lets you use your car's touchscreen to pay for fuel at a gas station.

rather than using a card at the pump, or queuing in the forecourt shop, owners who install the shell app can simply drive up to any pump at a shell service station (initially in the uk and then globally) and use the vehicle’s touchscreen to select how much fuel they require and pay using paypal or apple pay. android pay will be added later in 2017.

the system will display an electronic receipt on the screen and email a copy of the receipt to the driver's email address.





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following a recent update that brings hands-free mode to the amazon tap, alexa has been updated with support for outlook.com calendars, reports the verge.

previously, alexa only supported google calendars but amazon silently added outlook.com calendar support this week. you can use alexa to add or review events by saying 'what's on my calendar?' or 'add an event to my calendar'.

notably, the amazon tap was recently updated with support for hands-free mode. this makes the device function more similarly to its big brother, the amazon echo. the portable bluetooth and wi-fi enabled speaker originally required the press of a microphone button to access alexa. hands-free mode can be enabled through the alexa mobile app. the device must be connected to wifi.





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pioneer has announced new rayz and rayz plus earphones equipped with a lightning connector for your iphone, ipad, and ipod touch. use of the lightning connector allows pioneer to deliver some features not available with a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack.

rayz earphones maximize all of the benefits offered by the lightning connector. they are powered by iphone, ipad or ipod touch, meaning no additional batteries are required. the rayz plus model is also the first and only lightning headset with a sleek in-line charging node to simultaneously charge iphone, ipad or ipod touch while the earphones are connected and in use.






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d-link today announced that its new omna 180 cam hd (dsh-c310) is now available for purchase online at apple.com and in apple stores around the world later this month. the camera features a 180-degree wide angle lens, full hd 1080p resolution, two-way audio, night vision, and a microsd card slot.

omna's homekit integration allows users to be "always home" and includes advanced security features with end-to-end encryption and authentication between the camera and an iphone or ipad. when activity is detected, users will receive a rich notification on their lock screen, delivered via the apple home app, showing a live feed from the camera.






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apple is in talks with china's boe technology group to supply oled displays for future generation iphones, according to a bloomberg report.

apple’s been testing boe’s active-matrix organic light-emitting diode screens for months but hasn’t decided if it’ll add the chinese company to its roster of suppliers, one of the people said, asking not to be named talking about private negotiations.

anticipating future business, boe is spending $14.5 billion usd on building two amoled plants in the southwestern province of sinchuan. it's unlikely that the company will supply displays for the 2017 iphone but sources say it is banking on being a supplier for the 2018 model.





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facebook has officially announced an upcoming video app for the apple tv alongside several other improvements to facebook video.

the new facebook video app for tv will offer up videos shared by friends or pages you follow, top live videos from around the world, and recommended videos based on your interests.

other video improvements include: turning on sound for news feed videos by default, larger preview for vertical videos, and the ability to scroll while watching video in a picture-in-picture view.





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fox has released its 'movie of the day!' app for the apple tv.

movie of the day! offers you a new movie download at a special promotional price on itunes everyday. movie deals range from blockbusters to acclaimed indies, and everything in between. all transactions are done safely through itunes and saved to your itunes library. all deals will be available for 24 hours.

you can download movie of the day! from the app store for free.





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apple has posted a new carnival themed ad highlighting the portrait camera mode on the iphone 7 plus.

the beauty and joy of the carnival gets even more prominent with the new portrait mode of the iphone 7 plus.

the new ad follows another two portrait mode ads posted yesterday. check those out here.





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nest has announced a new version of the nest app that brings better nest cam notifications and has introduced door detection for nest cam indoor and nest cam outdoor as part of nest aware.

nest aware will now recognize the doors in your home and automatically create activity zones around them, sending you a notification when there is motion there.

nest aware subscribers have always been able to manually draw activity zones around areas they want to keep an eye on. by recognizing patterns over time, our sensors and deep learning algorithms let us make door detection an automated feature.





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amazon has announced chime, a new video conferencing service that works on ios, android, mac, and windows.

with amazon chime, customers can start high-quality video and audio meetings with one-click, allowing customers to host or join a meeting, chat, and share content and screens with a seamless, synchronized experience across desktops, ios, and android devices.






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apple will adopt a chassis made of reinforced glass with a stainless steel metal frame for its rumored 5.8-inch iphone model, according to a new digitimes report. the updated 4.7-inch model will continue using an aluminum-alloy chassis, say sources.

the reinforced glass chassis' stainless steel metal frame will be supplied by foxconn technology and us-based jabil circuit, while the aluminum-alloy chassis will be supplied by catcher technology.

digitimes says casetek, a metal chassis subsidiary of pegatron, has been aggressively sending samples to apple and establishing new production bases; however, it has yet to obtain significant orders.





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apple has posted an official trailer for its upcoming 'carpool karaoke' series which will soon be available on apple music.

based on the segment that has become a global, viral video sensation on the late late show with james corden, the new carpool karaoke series features 16 celebrity pairings riding along in a car together as they sing tunes from their personal playlists and surprise fans who don’t expect to see big stars belting out tunes one lane over.

the series features james corden, will smith, billy eichner, metallica, alicia keys, john legend, ariana grande, seth macfarlane, chelsea handler, blake shelton, michael strahan, john cena, shaquille o’neal, and others.





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apple has posted a trailer for its upcoming series 'planet of the apps'.

planet of the apps celebrates the world of apps and the talented people who create them. hosted by zane lowe and featuring advisers jessica alba, gwyneth paltrow, gary vaynerchuk and will.i.am, the series highlights developers who have the vision to shape the future, solve real problems, and inspire change within our daily lives.






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t-mobile has responded to verizon's new unlimited data plan by adding hd video and 10gb high-speed mobile hotspot to its t-mobile one plan at no extra charge. additionally, the carrier introduced a new offer of two lines for $100/month.

the upgrades will be available starting friday, february 17th. customers can activate the new features in the t-mobile app or at my.t-mobile.com.






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apple has dropped to fifth place in the chinese smartphone market behind domestic vendors huawei, oppo, vivo, and xiaomi, reports canalys.

for the full year of 2016, china reached 476.5 million smartphone units shipped, an 11.4% increase. shipments in the fourth quarter were 131.6 million, the highest single quarter ever.

canalys research shows that, in 2016, huawei took the top spot in the market with 76.2 million shipments, a small lead ahead of runner-up oppo with 73.2 million units, followed by vivo in third place at 63.2 million units. the smartphone market recovery was driven by several factors. leading domestic manufacturers huawei, oppo and vivo invested heavily in new product and channel developments.





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apple is allegedly working with broadcom on a custom wireless charging system for future generation iphones, according to jpmorgan analyst harlan sur via cnbc.

the two companies have been working on a wireless charging solution for about two years but it may not be ready in time for this year's new device due to caution following the samsung galaxy note 7 disaster.

wireless charging is widely expected to be a key feature of the 10th anniversary iphone; however, it's unclear what technology apple plans to implement. early rumors suggested that apple would finally introduce long range wireless charging; however, it recently joined the qi wireless power consortium hinting that an induction system may be utilized.





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apple has posted four new ads for the ipad pro.

check them out below!






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google has announced that it is discontinuing its 30 second unskippable ad format next year, reports campaign.

the company provided the following official statement.

"as part of that, we’ve decided to stop supporting 30-second unskippable ads as of 2018 and focus instead on formats that work well for both users and advertisers," said a google spokesman.





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samsung chief jay y. lee was arrested over his role in a corruption scandal which has rocked south korea, report reuters.

lee is accused of bribing a friend of president park geun-hye to secure support for a merger of two samsung units and establish his control over the family business. lee will be indicted on charges of bribery, embezzlement, hiding assets overseas, and perjury, according to the special prosecutor's office.

the 48-year-old billionaire was taken into custody at the seoul detention centre early on friday after waiting overnight for a decision.





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at&t has announce that tomorrow it will launch a new unlimited plan that will be available to all consumer and business postpaid wireless customers. this follows verizon's launch of an unlimited plan and t-mobile's improvements to their unlimited plan.

the new at&t unlimited plan will include unlimited talk, text and data on 4 lines for $180 after 2 bills. the first two bills will be $220/month. business customers can also take advantage of their additional corporate discount.

“we’re offering unlimited entertainment on the nation’s best data network where and when you want to enjoy more of what you love,” said david christopher, chief marketing officer of the at&t entertainment group.





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microsoft today released an update that brings touch bar support to office for mac. a beta of the update was previously available to members of the office insider program.

through the touch bar, office intelligently puts the most common commands at your fingertips—all based on what you’re doing in the document.

here's a look at the functionality available in each office program...





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apple has posted two new ads for the iphone 7 plus that highlight its portrait camera mode.

take a look below!

boyfriend:
when you shoot in portrait mode on iphone 7 plus, your subject stands out from the background. and just like that, your boyfriend becomes your boyfriend.





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apple may be planning to replace the fingerprint scanner with a face scanner on the iphone 8, according to jpmorgan analyst rod hall via cnet.

a front-facing 3-d scanner could replace the home button, which could be phased out if apple goes with a full-glass front this year, hall wrote in a research note this week. biometric facial scanning would be more secure for apple pay and could work better in "wet conditions" if the iphones are more water resistant, jpmorgan wrote.

notably, this coincides with another report from the reliable ming-chi kuo of kgi securities. kuo also predicted that apple would replace the touch id fingerprint scanner with new biometric technologies that offer similar functionality.





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mcdonald's has parodied apple with a product video to unveil its new straw.

mcdonald’s has been raising the bar. all day breakfast, updated mcnuggets recipe, new big mac sandwiches, the chocolate shamrock shake and now ... the straw - (suction tube for reverse axial withdrawal). go behind-the-scenes with us to learn more about how the straw was created. we can’t wait to show you what’s next!

the ad is shot in typical apple fashion with a 'person with a british accent' (ie jonathan ive) describing how great the straw is against a white background.





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