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Tech4Reporters pitches a new hub for journalists to connect with tech experts

February 6, 2018 Alex 0

Technology reporting has become a function of every single major news beat these days. From politics to crime, business and finance to entertainment, it’s increasingly important that reporters get a good grounding in the technology that’s transforming their beats to avoid basic errors. For John Biggs, an editor-at-large here at TechCrunch, the problem became so acute in the… Read More

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ProcessOut chooses the best online payment service for each transaction

February 6, 2018 Alex 0

Meet ProcessOut, a French startup that automatically routes transaction to the best payment provider. This way, big online services can start using multiple payment providers, pay less fees and reduce the number of declined transactions. The startup has just raised $1 million from various business angels, such as BlaBlaCar CTO Francis Nappez, former PayPal Director of Global Business… Read More

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Apple says iPhone 8 and X have ‘hardware updates’ that address battery issues

February 6, 2018 Alex 0

The iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X might not need to significantly slow down their processors as their batteries age to avoid random shutdowns — at least not in the noticeable way that the iPhone 6, 6S, 7, and SE did.

In a letter responding to questions from Senator John Thune (R-SD) that was released today, Apple suggests that the throttling features it added to those phones might not be necessary on its newest models due to “hardware updates” that allow for better performance management in the first place.

Asked whether it would release a “similar software update … for newer phone models,” Apple said this:

“iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X models include hardware updates that allow a more advanced performance management system that…

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Apple’s Shazam acquisition to be examined by the European Commission

February 6, 2018 Alex 0

The European Commission, a group that promotes the interests of the European Union, says it’s going to examine Apple’s Shazam acquisition with the deal’s effects on competition in mind. Multiple countries, including Austria, France, Iceland, and Spain requested that the Commission assess the acquisition to determine whether it’s allowed under a European Union merger law.

Basically, these countries want to know how big of a threat Apple owning Shazam could be to local competition. Apple will now have to ask the Commission to approve the deal, which the EU regulator could sign off on with or without extra conditions. It could also open an investigation if it has bigger concerns.

Apple acquired Shazam in December for an undisclosed sum,…

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Huawei brings its Honor Lite series to Europe with the quad-camera Honor 9 Lite

February 6, 2018 Alex 0

Huawei has announced the Honor 9 Lite, a watered-down version of the Honor 9 from 2017, although it strangely has one or two extra features that the more premium model does not. While the company has released other Lite series phones in the past, they’ve mostly been limited to India and the Middle East. But the Lite 9 will be heading west, with a European release for £199.99 today.

If the price didn’t already tip you off, the Honor 9 Lite is a decidedly midrange phone, with a weaker processor, less RAM (3GB versus 4GB), less internal storage (32GB versus 64GB), and worse connectivity options (Micro USB instead of USB-C) than the Honor 9. Like the Honor 9, the Honor 9 Lite features two rear cameras, but where the 9 had two 20-megapixel…

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Houzz acquires IvyMark to expand into services for designers

February 6, 2018 Alex 0

Houzz, the platform now valued at $4 billion where people plan and help find people to complete home design projects, has made an acquisition to expand how it works with one of its most important groups of customers, interior designers. The company is acquiring IvyMark, which offers a set of business management tools and a community platform for interior designers and home design firms.
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Microsoft will buy out existing cloud storage contracts for customers switching to OneDrive for Business

February 6, 2018 Alex 0

Microsoft is targeting its cloud storage rivals including Dropbox, Box, and Google today by offering to essentially buy out customers’ existing contracts if they make the switch to OneDrive for Business. The company says that customers currently paying for one of these competitive solutions, can instead opt to use OneDrive for free for the remainder of their contract’s term. The… Read More