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Facebook overhauls the News Feed to prioritise real people

Facebook's announced a series of major changes coming to its News Feed that will prioritise posts from your real friends and family. Articles and videos published by Pages will be demoted. Facebook said it wants to improve "personal well-being."

Senator asks Apple for more explanation of old iPhone slowdowns

A U.S. senator has sent an open letter to Apple asking for information about the company's use of processor throttling on older iPhones. Senator John Thune questioned Apple's decisions and the company's new discounted battery replacement program.

Apple investors call for company to help child device 'addiction'

Two major Apple investors have publicly pressured the company to investigate the impact of its devices on the health of children. Jana Partners and the California State Teachers' Retirement System collectively control $2 billion of Apple shares.

Samsung's new flagship processor is optimised for AI

Samsung announced its new Exynos 9810 mobile processor, the chip set to power the company's upcoming Galaxy S9 flagship. The chip has been optimised for AI applications and enhanced media, hinting at mobile features similar to those on Apple's iPhone X.

AT&T commits to launching 5G mobile network during 2018

AT&T has announced it will launch its first 5G mobile network in the U.S. before the end of the year. The company said it has set itself an "ambitious milestone" to offer standards-compliant 5G and will usher in a new era of mobile connectivity.

Your phone's gyroscope could let hackers guess your PIN

Security researchers have documented a way to unlock a target's phone using readings from "zero-permission" sensors. Apps can access sensors such as the accelerometer and gyroscope without special permissions. The readings can be used to deduce your PIN.

Apple admits to slowing down old iPhones to improve battery life

Apple's admitted it deliberately slows down aging iPhones to extend their battery life. Over the past week, social media users have uncovered evidence to suggest iOS throttles performance as the battery ages. Apple's now explained the behaviour.

Google to replace Project Tango augmented reality with ARCore

Google's announced the second preview of ARCore, its new Android SDK for mobile AR apps. The company's also revealed it's to shutter its earlier Project Tango initiative. Tango was one of the first mobile AR systems but only two devices are compatible.

Google to expand Assistant to more Android devices

Google's announced a significant availability expansion for Assistant. The company's launching the voice-activated AI on a wider selection of Android devices, including tablets and older phones. It comes as the company faces increased competition.

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 845 chip for next year's phones

Qualcomm's officially unveiled its upcoming Snapdragon 845 processor, the chip set to power many of next year's top-tier Android devices. As expected, the company has moved to add new AI capabilities, increase power efficiency and improve raw performance.

Microsoft, Qualcomm launch ARM-based 'Always Connected' PCs

Microsoft's launched Windows 10 on ARM, a project that brings its desktop operating system to a new category of hardware. The company has partnered with Qualcomm to build Windows devices with smartphone processors, offering month-long battery life.

Google launches lightweight Android OS for entry-level phones

Google's launched a new lightweight Android version which offers a pared-back operating system and smaller apps for entry-level phones. It's designed to make low-end devices more usable by ensuring smooth performance, helping bring more people online.

Google steps up Android privacy protections with new warnings

Google's announced it will step up its Safe Browsing protections on Android devices to provide more warning when apps steal your personal information. The alerts will include potentially risky apps that weren't installed through the Play Store.

Verizon announces 5G connectivity is coming to California in 2018

Verizon has announced it will rollout 5G broadband to select areas in 2018. The company is determined to lead the charge towards 5G connectivity amid competition from industry rivals. Verizon's first service will be a 5G-powered home broadband connection.

Samsung starts mass-production of new 10nm smartphone processors

Samsung's announced that mass production of 10nm chips based on its second-generation FinFET technology has begun. The processors should start showing up in smartphones next year and will offer considerable performance and battery life improvements.

Microsoft Edge launches on iPhone and Android

Microsoft has announced its Edge browser is now publicly available on iOS and Android. It's the first time Edge has ventured away from Windows since its launch two years ago. It's meant to let Edge users on Windows 10 sync their browsing to their phone.

Samsung 'graphene ball' could let phones charge five times faster

Samsung's found a way of making lithium-ion smartphone batteries charge faster and last longer. The company's synthesized and patented a "graphene ball" that considerably improves the performance of lithium-ion cells, offering 45% higher charge capacity.

Samsung to build new lab for machine learning research

Samsung's announced a new research centre to focus on developing artificial intelligence and machine learning. The company's current AI capabilities are perceived to be behind its rivals, a weakness Samsung is working hard to address.

Google admits to tracking Android users with location turned off

Google has admitted to silently tracking the locations of Android smartphone owners even when location services has been explicitly turned off. The company has been secretly uploaded details of nearby cell towers to its servers since the start of 2017.

OnePlus 5T launch overshadowed by allegations of 'faking it'

OnePlus launched its latest flagship yesterday, the 6-inch 5T equipped with high-end specs for only $499. The release has proved more controversial than previous OnePlus devices as fans are increasingly discontented with the firm's lack of innovation.

Intel unveils new commercial 5G modems as it 'engages' with Apple

Intel's unveiled a new range of commercial 5G modems to encourage the adoption of next-gen wireless technologies. Intel's also said to be collaborating with Apple on chips that could be installed in the next iPhone as its 5G strategy gets underway.

Google's TensorFlow Lite brings AI to every mobile device

Google's launched the preview of a new machine learning toolkit designed specifically for mobile devices. AI models created using TensorFlow Lite will run inside iOS and Android apps. The platform helps developers run neural networks on low-power devices.

Google's Pixel 2 has a dedicated security chip to keep data safe

Google's detailed how the "tamper-resistant" security chip inside the Pixel 2 helps keep enterprise users secure. The chip is a first for Android and helps the device verify it's being used by its real owner. Google said it puts security "at the core."

Bill Gates buys $80m of land to build 'smart city' in Arizona

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has bought 25,000 acres of land in Arizona to create a new smart city called Belmont. Located a short distance from Phoenix, the site has cost Gates' investment firm Cascade Investment LLC $80m to acquire.

Qualcomm rejects Broadcom's 'dramatically undervalued' takeover

Broadcom has announced it has rejected the $105 billion takeover bid proposed by rival Broadcom earlier this month. What would have been the biggest tech deal in history was described by Qualcomm as a "dramatic" undervaluation of its business.

Apple to launch new iPad without a home button in 2018

Apple's working on a new iPad for 2018 that will leave out the home button in favour of Face ID. The device will better complement the iPhone X and offer substantially upgraded hardware. A redesigned Apple Pencil and new processor are among the changes.

Broadcom and Qualcomm could merge in biggest tech deal in history

Chipmaker Broadcom has announced a proposal to purchase rival Qualcomm for approximately $130bn. Qualcomm is considering the offer but believes the sum undervalues the company. If it goes ahead, the deal would be the biggest ever in the tech industry.

Android cyberattack combines phishing and data theft

Cybercriminals have combined three techniques into a single campaign, creating an attack that can steal credentials, phish credit cards and install bank Trojans. Based on an "increasingly sophisticated" form of malware, it targeted Austrian bank users.

HTC launches its first Android One device

HTC has launched its first Android One product, a version of its new U11 Life. The device is designed around a clean software experience ideal for users looking for a first smartphone. It's part of Google's efforts to ramp up the Android One program.

Razer unveils its debut smartphone for 'ultimate entertainment'

Razer has unveiled its first smartphone, a device geared specifically towards on-the-go entertainment. The company, better known for its gaming products, said the handset has "ground-breaking" audio-visual hardware for improved mobile gaming and videos.
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