Technology

Apple’s World AIDS Day campaign brings exclusive app content for charity, retail sales donations

Apple on Sunday announced its 2014 World AIDS Day campaign that will see the company donate a portion of its holiday retail sales, as well as proceeds from a special section of the App Store called “Apps for (RED),” to the (RED) foundation’s Global Fund to fight AIDS. It appears today’s (GarageBand)RED update was the first of many, as Apple later unveiled …

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Apple keeping Mesa, Arizona plant despite GT Advanced bankruptcy

Apple plans to keep the sapphire production factory it built with GT Advanced in Mesa, Arizona, according to a report from Bloomberg. The outlet says the company has told officials that it’s committed to bringing jobs and manufacturing to the area, despite GT’s bankruptcy. “They’ve indicated their commitment to us: They want to repurpose that building and use it again,” …

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‘Say Thanks’ with Facebook’s personalized video cards

  Facebook on Wednesday introduced ‘Say Thanks’, a new service allowing its members to create and send personalized video cards to their friends and family on the service. To make a video for a friend, just visit facebook.com/thanks. Upon choosing a friend, the service will generate a preview of your personalized video card. Limited customization features are available, allowing you to …

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YouTube unveils ad-free subscription service

Google-owned YouTube on Wednesday announced a long-rumored service which lets you stream ad-free music, play tracks in the background through mobile apps for iOS/Android and on YouTube.com, mark individual music videos and other clips for offline playback and much more, in exchange for a flat monthly fee of ten bucks per month. Dubbed YouTube Music Key, it’s releasing in beta …

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Obama asks FCC for stronger net neutrality rules

U.S. President Barack Obama took a strong stance on Monday on new ‘net neutrality’ regulations being drafted by the Federal Communications Commission, saying the agency should reclassify broadband to regulate it more like a public utility. The FCC has received nearly 4 million comments after Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed new rules that prohibited Internet service providers from blocking any content, …

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U.S. Court Says Phone Passcodes are Protected Under the Law

Criminals should protect their iPhones with a passcode, not Touch ID, as a Virginia District Court has determined that passcodes are protected under the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution while fingerprints are not, according to a report Friday by Hampton Roads. The Fifth Amendment protects citizens from self-incrimination so a phone is protected under the law because otherwise it …

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The FTC Sues AT&T Over “Misleading” Unlimited Data Throttling

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) of the United States today filed a federal court complaint against AT&T, accusing the carrier of misleading its smartphone customers by charging them for unlimited data while reducing their data speeds by up to 90 percent. According to the FTC, AT&T did not adequately explain to customers with unlimited data plans that they would be …

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Facebook Announces ‘Safety Check’ tool for disasters

Facebook Inc. is launching a tool that lets users notify friends and family that they are safe during or after natural disasters. The tool, called “Safety Check,” will be available worldwide to the social network’s 1.32 billion users on computers and mobile devices. This includes the basic “feature” phones many people still use to access Facebook, especially in developing countries. …

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