Huawei says it hasn’t talked with Apple about any 5G chip deal — even though CEO Ren is ‘open’ to it

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What AirPods? Leaked Apple Powerbeats Pro Coming In 4 Colors, Will Launch In May

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Last week leaks revealed Apple was releasing Powerbeats Pro truly wireless headphones to rival its AirPods. Today they officially unveiled the forthcoming earbuds that will also come in 4 different colors.

Forget the second generation AirPods, these new headphones look like the real wireless accessory Apple fans should be fawning over. The new Powerbeats Pro, unlike its predecessor, offers much better sound quality in a much smaller packager. Users will see the Powerbeats Pros are 23% smaller and 17% lighter than the previous model, so they are definitely not clunky or heavy.

Another neat feature both the left and right headphones will have identical controls and separate Bluetooth connectivity that will give you the option to use either one earpiece or both without sacrificing connectivity. Music will pause if you take the headphones off and resume one inserted by in your ears. Also, phone call quality will be improved thanks to speech-detecting accelerometer with a combination of microphones working to together to filter out ambient noise.

As far as battery life, both earpieces promise up to 9 hours listening time, 24 hours when you factor in the wireless charging case. Fast Fuel charging provides 1.5 hours of use from a 5-minute charge if you let the headphones charge for 15-minutes you get 4.5 hours. The Powerbeats Pro automatically turn on when removed from the case, but will power down when not in use for an extended period to help conserve juice.

The Powerbeats Pro like the AirPods is powered by the H1 chip which allows you to summon Apple’s virtual assistant Siri and provide more excellent performance. When the headphones launch in May they will come in 4 colorways: black, ivory, moss, and navy and will cost $ 249.95.

You can get a better look at the Powerbeats Pro in the announcement video below.

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A year and a half after its announcement, Apple has officially pulled the plug on its AirPower wireless charger. The company announced in a Friday statement that it was putting the kibosh on the long-awaited power mat, citing difficulties building a product it felt would deserve the Apple name. “After much effort, we’ve concluded AirPower…
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Oprah Announces New Shows to Air on Apple TV Plus

This past week in Cupertino, California, at Apple’s news release, Oprah Winfrey unveiled the content she plans to roll out onto Apple’s new streaming content service, Apple TV Plus.
Although not many details were disclosed, we do know the talk show maven will be bringing her book club to the screen by interviewing renowned authors who will broadcast on all Apple devices.  Additionally, two documentary projects are in the works. The first, “Toxic Labor,” will document the impact of workplace harassment, in a multipart series.

“The Apple platform has allowed me to do what I do in a whole new way,” said Winfrey, “connecting people and taking it to a whole new level because they have a billion pockets, y’all.”

Other prominent figures at the event included Steven Spielberg, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, and J.J. Abrams.

The deal was announced in June of last year; but up until this point, the details have been pretty hush, hush. From a previous announcement, we do know Apple is investing $ 1 billion into original programming and planned on bringing on big-name producers in order to execute the tall order. “Ms. Winfrey will create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world,” stated Apple in the release.

This fall, Apple will release its new TV streaming service, Apple TV Plus, in an effort to support the new content. The service will launch through the Apple Store and will include live streams across all Apple devices. In a statement, Apple says Apple TV Plus will be “the new home for the world’s most creative storytellers featuring exclusive original shows, movies, and documentaries.”

Apple is clearly positioning itself to be a Netflix competitor. It will be interesting to see how all of this pans out.

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There was no actual red carpet, no flashbulb clicking press line. But Hollywood made its style known in Cupertino, Calif., on Monday, when Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and more took the stage to tout Apple’s new content strategy and streaming TV offerings.
Although Apple doesn’t have a specific dress code for its office or events, its late cofounder Steve Jobs is still the archetype of Silicon Valley fashion; his uniform of black turtleneck, jeans and sneakers still permeating the keynote stages of tech power nearly eight years after his death.
What was interesting on Monday was to see how Hollywood challenged that carefully dressed-down image, both on the Apple presentation stage and at the party the night before that had stars capturing candid snapshots and chatty social media posts that invited the public into the notoriously private, Norman Foster-designed Apple campus.
“In association with the misfits, rebels and troublemakers,” the opening film credits teased in the Steve Jobs Theater, setting the stage for the storytellers from down South who Apple is counting on to transform its hardware-based business model and help take it into a content-driven future.
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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been cutting deals in recent months with cryptocurrency projects it has deemed to be in violation of the so-called Howey test, a rule-of-thumb for determining whether an asset qualifies as a security and, therefore, must be registered with the agency. I spoke with some of the entrepreneurs who ran afoul of the commission to learn what they might have done differently and where they believe the industry is headed.

Victor Santos, CEO of Airfox, a peer-to-peer lender that raised $ 15 million in a 2017 “initial coin offering,” or ICO, expressed regrets about his company’s fundraising on a call with Fortune. As part of an agreement reached with the SEC in the fall, Airfox agreed to pay the agency a penalty of $ 250,000, to offer investors a refund of their money plus interest, and to file regular, audited financial statements moving forward, turning the startup into something of a quasi-public company. “What we’re hoping for is by us being compliant,” Santos says, “we’ll be ready when new regulation comes out.”

Santos is hoping his interaction with regulators will “open up the mind of the SEC to create new types of frameworks, like Switzerland has done,” he tells me. Particularly, he would like U.S. regulators to recognize different classes of crypto assets, such as “payment,” “utility,” and “asset” tokens, that fall under different legal regimes, some outside the traditional classification of securities. (For comparison, see this legal brief on the Swiss state of affairs out of PricewaterhouseCooper.) Whichever way the chips fall, Santos says he felt that working with the SEC would be a better bet for his company in the long term than fighting it.

“The golden days of crypto, with free-flowing capital everywhere, without know-your-customer and anti-money-laundering [compliance] anywhere–that’s not gonna last,” Santos says. His advice to peers: “Outside of moving to Switzerland,” he says, “you have to register with the SEC.”

Another cryptocurrency project, Gladius, which raised just under $ 13 million in a 2017 ICO to build a decentralized content distribution network, also recently settled with the SEC. The outcome was similar to Airfox’s, except Gladius dodged having to pay a financial penalty to the commission. The SEC let the company off the hook with a lesser punishment because Gladius was the first cryptocurrency business to self-report its violation to the agency in the fall–a move that 20-year-old CEO Max Niebylski described on a call with Fortune as “jumping into the jaws of the beast and making it to other side.”

Now Niebylski says he is offering input to the SEC on ways the commission might update its regulations. One area Niebylski deems to be “grossly outdated,” he says, is a stipulation requiring companies to be able to reissue securities. This condition is, typically, not a problem in a world that transacts in classic equity shares. But as any cryptocurrency enthusiast will tell you, blockchain-land is incompatibly quirky. Investors who lose the private keys to their digital wallets have little recourse to recover their precious cryptocurrency. Once tokens are gone, they’re gone.

It remains to be seen how U.S. regulators will ultimately come to grips with the cryptocurrency question. The Brookings Institute’s Timothy Massad, former chair of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, is calling on the SEC to take the lead as the industry’s main watchdog. Meanwhile, Ted Livingston, CEO of the Tencent-backed chat app Kik, has pledged to fight an expected SEC enforcement action relating to his startup’s 2017 token sales. The courts may have the final say.

Amid all the uncertainty, at least one thing remains clear: the SEC is willing to forgive the sins of transgressors, at least in part, as the Gladius case shows, as long as they come clean. Regulators have kicked the log, in the other words, and now we must to see what creepy-crawlers slither out from underneath.

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To the Moon… Apple debuts credit card in partnership with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard. Square wants to pay Bitcoin developers in Bitcoin. Banks should warm up to fintech startups. ICE’s Bakkt, which has yet to launch, is valued at more than $ 700 million.

…Rekt. Bitcoin is in the dumps. Most of the trading is fake, anyway. U.S. budget deficit is out of control. Ex-Enron CEO is exploring blockchain. Mexico considers banning crypto exchanges. Facebook failed to protect people’s passwords. Recession watch: the yield curve inverted.

BALANCING THE LEDGER

Bermudian Premier David Burt dropped by Fortune’s offices to share his plans for stimulating the island’s economy on the latest episode of Balancing The Ledger. He discussed cryptocurrency regulations, taxi-hailing apps, and Canada’s disastrous QuadrigaCX cryptocurrency exchange.

BUBBLE-O-METER

Fake it till you make it. The overwhelming majority of spot Bitcoin trading on unregulated cryptocurrency exchanges is fake, claims a lengthy report out of Bitwise, an asset manager vying to list the world’s first Bitcoin exchange-traded fund, or ETF. Out of aggregated $ 6 billion in average daily Bitcoin trading volume reported by the top 81 exchanges on CoinMarketCap.com, a popular industry tracker, only about 5% is real, says Bitwise. That’s a mere $ 273 million.

FOMO NO MO'

Golden goose. Facebook is reportedly planning to launch a price-fixed “stablecoin” backed by a basket of global currencies. Ted Livingston, CEO and cofounder of the Tencent-backed chat app Kik, believes that the company’s ultimate ambition is to dethrone the U.S. dollar as the world’s global reserve currency. While that might sound extreme–especially given that Facebook hasn’t even debuted its product yet–Livingston details the path by which this might be achieved in a post on Medium.

Not that long ago the world’s reserve currency was gold, where the value of a dollar was pegged to the value of gold. But then one day the US decided to unpeg the dollar from gold, paving the way for the dollar to replace gold as the world’s reserve currency. So here is my question: what will stop Facebook from doing the same?

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Last-minute WSJ report details pricing for Apple news and video bundles

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Apple is so serious about the original TV package it’s rolling out tomorrow, which the iPhone maker has been referring to internally as a “Netflix-killer,” that the company at one point gave serious consideration to acquiring either Netflix or the Walt Disney Co. and building a studio for its own TV projects.

That’s according to an exhaustive new report from The Wall Street Journal Sunday, which gives us a detailed look ahead at what the company will reveal at its big media event set for Monday. During that event, Apple will reportedly unveil its new Apple News subscription bundle that will cost $ 9.99 a month, as well as pricing for its new video service — originally thought to be free to Apple device owners.

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Apple hires an ex-Microsoft exec to revamp its smart home business, and catch up to Google, Amazon

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Apple finally releases update to prevent FaceTime eavesdropping

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple has released an iPhone update to fix a software flaw that allowed people to eavesdrop on others while using FaceTime. The bug enabled interlopers to turn an iPhone into a live microphone while using Group FaceTime. Callers were able to activate another person’s microphone remotely even before the person has accepted…
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Facebook’s latest privacy scandal sparks feud with Apple

The Apple-Facebook standoff over consumer privacy is heating up amid news the social media colossus had been tracking the iPhone habits of customers as young as 13. Apple, run by Chief Executive Tim Cook, stripped its nemesis, helmed by Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, of key developer privileges it needs to test its products on the…
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Apple iPhone outlook has nowhere to go but up: analyst

Apple’s iPhone problem is bad — but it’s also as bad as it’s going to get. That’s according to an influential tech analyst, who says Wall Street’s current forecasts for iPhone sales are overly pessimistic, despite a warning from the company earlier this month that cited sluggish demand in China. “The current market consensus on…
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Apple is in talks with private Medicare plans about bringing its watch to at-risk seniors

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Apple warning shakes European shares as tech stocks tumble

Apple’s first sales warning in nearly 12 years sent European shares sliding on Thursday, with the tech sector particularly badly bruised as chipmakers that supply the iPhone maker fell sharply.


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Amazon is blowing out Apple Watches at deep discounts, today only

Apple Watch Sale On Amazon

If you’re been dying to get your hands on a new Apple Watch but you’re reluctant to part with all that cash, today is most definitely your lucky day. Amazon is blowing out refurbished Apple Watches at deep discounts, and three different generations of Apple Watch are covered in the big sale. You can snag an Apple Watch Series 1 for just $ 185, the Apple Watch Series 2 starts at just $ 212, and Apple Watch Series 3 models can be had for as little as $ 296! These prices are only good for one day though, and these are refurbs so supply of the more popular models will probably sell out.

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Apple warning shakes European shares as iPhone suppliers, luxury stocks tumble

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Tim Cook blamed China for Apple weakness: Here’s what he said about the country in 2018

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook blamed an economic slowdown in China, and the Sino-U.S. trade war, for the downgrade of its revenue forecast, but he was positive about the region throughout 2018.
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Companies from Apple to Ford are flashing warning signs about the Chinese economy

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‘Bad Lip Reading’ folks hilariously spoof an Apple keynote

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It’s hard to believe, but the folks over at Bad Lip Reading have been at it for 7 years now. To give you a sense of how long they’ve been around, their first video was a parody of Rebecca Black’s Friday. Since then, the BLR YouTube channel has pumped out a steady stream of funny videos that dub comical soundbites over otherwise serious or mundane clips.

While the BLR YouTube channel usually focuses on politics or sports — their NFL videos are some of the funniest and most widely viewed clips they have — they recently decided to focus their comedic talents on Apple. In effect, they took a few regular Apple keynotes, stitched them together, and replaced the audio with all sorts of tomfoolery that’s well worth watching.

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Struggling Apple is slashing the price of the new iPhone XR

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Amazon says it will allow Apple Music on Alexa devices

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Apple Defends iPhone App Fees

Simplicity is supposed to be a selling point for Apple Inc.’s iPhone. It may be a problem at the U.S. Supreme Court.

The court will hear arguments Monday on accusations that Apple is using its market dominance to jack up prices for iPhone apps. A ruling against Apple, letting a lawsuit go forward, could add to pressure the company already faces to cut the 30 percent commission it charges on app sales.

The case turns on what happens when iPhone users buy something at the Apple App Store. In allowing the suit, a federal appeals court said the transaction is a simple one in which consumers buy directly from Apple. Apple says it’s more complicated, with the company serving as a middleman connecting app developers with users.

The distinction is critical because of a 1977 Supreme Court ruling that says only direct purchasers of a product can collect damages for overpricing under federal antitrust law. That decision was designed in part to ensure companies don’t have to pay twice for the same misconduct.

Apple is part of an app economy that will grow from $ 82 billion last year to $ 157 billion in 2022, according to App Annie projections.

Apple and its tech-industry allies say a decision allowing the consumer lawsuit could open other companies that run online marketplaces and platforms to expensive antitrust claims. A broad ruling could affect Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Amazon.com Inc., Facebook Inc., Etsy Inc. and DoorDash Inc., Apple and its supporters say.

‘DoorDash to Etsy’

“Any matchmaking service that operates on the internet from DoorDash to Etsy is going to be subject to duplicative damages,” said Marianela Lopez-Galdos, director of competition and regulatory policy at the Computer & Communications Industry Association, which backs Apple in the case.

But Apple’s critics say its control over the App Store makes it unlike other internet marketplaces. Apple decides what apps can be sold, gives developers a limited number of prices they can charge and tells users the App Store is the only place they can get apps, lawyers pressing the suit say.

When a user buys an app, Apple collects the money, keeps the 30 percent commission and gives the rest to the developer. The company told the high court it passed $ 26.5 billion on to developers last year.

The app store is “really unique,” said Mark Rifkin, one of the lawyers pressing the suit. “Apple has put itself in the distribution chain, and it makes us deal with Apple in a way no one else does.”

Apple says the focus of the lawsuit is the 30 percent commission, something it says is paid by the developers, not the app purchasers. Although the consumers say they pay for the commissions through higher app prices, Apple says those are the type of “pass-through” damages barred under the Supreme Court’s 1977 Illinois Brick v. Illinois ruling.

Hundreds of Millions

“The party first and directly injured by an alleged overcharge has the entire damages claim,” Apple argued in court papers. The company’s lead Supreme Court lawyer, Dan Wall, declined to discuss the case in advance of the argument.

The suit, filed in federal court in Oakland, California, seeks class-action status and potentially hundreds of millions of dollars.

Apple’s supporters include ACT/The App Association, a developer trade group whose sponsors include Apple, Microsoft and eBay. The group says the appeals court ruling threatens to disrupt what has been an innovation-friendly system for developers and platforms.

App Association President Morgan Reed said the appeals court misunderstood the relationship between developers and platforms, improperly looking at platforms as distributors that buy from vendors and resell to customers, rather than as conduits that simply connect the two.

That distinction “sounds small” but is “at the core of a multitrillion-dollar global industry,” Reed said.

‘Intangible Rights’

Thirty-one states support the consumers, urging the Supreme Court to allow the lawsuit and also to eliminate the direct-purchaser requirement altogether by overturning the Illinois Brick decision.

“Illinois Brick’s rule is increasingly difficult to apply in the modern world, with its growing commerce in intangible rights through new platforms,” the states argued. “This case is a prime example.”

Most states already allow downstream purchasers to collect damages, and the group says courts have been able to ensure that companies don’t have to double-pay. The states are led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, and Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, a Democrat.

Antitrust cases sometimes, but not always, divide the Supreme Court along ideological lines. In its most recent term, the court voted 5-4 to throw out a lawsuit that accused American Express Co. of thwarting competition by prohibiting merchants from steering customers to cards with lower fees.

The court will rule by June in the latest case, Apple v. Pepper, 17-204.

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