Apple reportedly cuts orders for 2018 iPhone parts by 20%

According to a report published earlier today, Apple has cut orders to its suppliers by 20% for parts needed to build the upcoming crop of 2018 iPhone models to be unveiled later this year. Citing four sources, the reputable Nikkei Asian Review says that it appears that Apple will reduce its production capacity by 20% for the three rumored new models. Last year, Apple informed suppliers that it needed parts to build 100 million iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X units. With the rumored 20% cut in supply chain orders, it would appear that Apple is targeting production of 80 million phones …

Phone and tablet makers reportedly had deep access to your Facebook data too


Back in 2015, Facebook stopped third-party app developers from accessing your friends’ data.

As evidenced from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, that kind of shady behaviour has resulted in quite the privacy nightmare, but according to a new report, phone and tablet manufacturers apparently had access to that data too.

The New York Times reported the social media giant had data sharing partnerships with at least 60 device makers, including Apple, Amazon, Blackberry and Samsung, with many of these agreements still continuing.

These partnerships allowed for Facebook features to be integrated into phones — a.k.a device-integrated APIs — allowing Blackberry users to call their Facebook friends, for instance.  Read more…

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Samsung, Google reportedly bidding for Nokia's digital health business

When Nokia bought Withings, the French company renown for its health-related connected devices such as smart sleep systems, activity trackers, and blood pressure monitors, promised “the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the history of Nokia Technologies.”

Fast forward two years and the Finnish company is looking for buyers for its now rebranded Nokia Health division. French newspaper LeMonde reports many companies are now competing for the health business, including Google, Samsung, as well as French and European companies.

Nokia Technologies bought Withings back in 2016 for …

Amazon reportedly working on a new mobile-focused streaming service

Amazon may be working on a new streaming service with a focus on mobile, a recent trademark application and job ad by the company reveal.

As reported earlier this week by Variety, Amazon has applied for a trademark for Amazon Fuse last month, with the application describing ti as a service “related to the transmission of entertainment services, including audio and video content, over the internet and mobile networks.”
More information about Fuse is revealed in a recent Amazon job ad:
“Amazon Fuse …

No Echo here: Apple reportedly cut orders for its HomePod smart speaker last month

Not every product Apple rolls out is a big winner. Whether it is the price or the fact that Apple came to the category late, the company’s HomePod smart speaker is not selling like Apple thought it would. According to someone familiar with the matter, in late March Apple cut its forecast of HomePod sales for the year, and reduced its orders for the device from contract manufacturer Inventec. Keep in mind that this took place less than two months after Apple finally started shipping the device. Originally expected to launch in December, Apple pushed back the release to February of this year.

During …

Mid-range Pixel phone aimed at emerging markets reportedly in the works

Google has been targeting emerging markets with its Android One and Android Go initiatives, but the company is now reportedly also working on a mid-range Pixel-branded smartphone, aimed at the price-sensitive market segment. According to a report by Economic Times, the new device is expected to launch sometime in July or August of this year.

Google won’t be holding back on large-scale marketing and will expand distribution into general trade in India, senior industry executives claim. After all, India has been one of the most important emerging markets in the smartphone …

New, mysterious Palm phone reportedly headed to Verizon Wireless

After about 8 long years, Palm-branded smartphones might be making a comeback, and in a big way. According to Android Police, Verizon Wireless – currently the largest US mobile carrier – is planning to launch at least one new Palm phone before the end of 2018.
Reportedly, Verizon intends to release its first modern Palm handset sometime in the second half of the year. There are no details on the design, features, and price of this mysterious phone, but we’re pretty sure it will run Android.
The last Palm smartphone released on Verizon (and …

Microsoft reportedly bringing Cortana integration to Outlook for Android and iOS

Shortly after Microsoft’s Outlook for Android and iOS boss Javier Soltero moved to leading the Cortana team, new reports claim the Redmond-based company plans to bring the digital assistant to the email app.

Apparently, sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans told The Verge that Cortana integration on Outlook for Android and iOS is now being tested internally, and if results are positive, then the feature will be part of a beta program before going public.

The report also mentions Cortana integration will allow Outlook users on Android and iOS to take advantage of voice control features …

Amazon to reportedly stop selling Google's smart home products


It’s last call for Google’s Nest users to buy their products on Amazon. 

Amazon reportedly reportedly let Google know in a phone call late last year that it wouldn’t be listing any of the company’s newer Nest smart home products. In response, Nest will stop selling its products through Amazon.

If Amazon’s move sounds like a thinly-veiled plan to give Alexa the smart home edge, it likely is. The online retail giant didn’t come here to make friends.

According to Business Insider, Nest was expecting something to this effect, especially since the company was reabsorbed by Google in February. A “person familiar with Nest’s thinking” effectively told BI that the Amazon product listings had to be all or nothing; if the company wasn’t going to sell the latest products, it wouldn’t be allowed to sell any. Read more…

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Apple Pay Cash reportedly starts rolling out globally

Apple’s peer-to-peer payment service Apple Pay Cash, has started rolling out on a global basis. The feature, which allows users to send money through the Messages app, has reportedly appeared in Spain, Brazil, the U.K. and Ireland. Apple, however, has yet to make an official statement. Any of the cards registered in the Wallet app can be used to send a payment. Using a debit card to send the money is free, but if you use a credit card it will cost you 3% of the transaction value.

One possible feature of Apple Pay Cash that has not been tested (since there was no reason to until now) is the …