Apple might be kickstarting trial production of its 2018 iPhone lineup soon to avoid bottlenecks

Apple is rumored to be kicking off trial production of its three anticipated 2018 iPhone models in late Q2 2018, a bit earlier than last year. This heavily hints that all three devices that are expected to debut in early September will launch together.
The reason for this “rush” is most certainly Apple’s desire to avoid last year’s supply mishaps that caused the iPhone X to hit the shelves at a later date than the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, which hurt the overall sales of the device. In particular, the low yield of infrared 3D sensors for the iPhone X’s FaceID functionality …

10 absurd Travis Kalanick quotes from the Waymo-Uber trial


Travis Kalanick, the former CEO of ride-hailing app Uber, let out some laughs, reminisced about old colleagues, and shared his awe over flying cars during several hours of questioning in a San Francisco courtroom this week.

Quick overview: Kalanick is one of many witnesses in the trial over autonomous vehicle technology that Waymo, a driverless-car company spun out from Google, accuses Uber of stealing. 

Waymo alleges that a former engineer who worked for the company, Anthony Levandowski, downloaded 14,000 files of proprietary information that he later brought to Uber’s self-driving team. 

Uber is accused of using what Waymo considers secret information, including research about LIDAR, a laser and sensor technology that helps cars navigate on their own. Levandowski’s own self-driving truck company, Otto, was suspiciously acquired by Uber shortly after he left Google’s autonomous vehicle project.  Read more…

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Google Play Music 4-month free trial offer is back, but not for everyone

From time to time, Google lures more customers into using its music streaming service, Google Play Music, by offering free trials. If you’ve missed any of the previous Google Play Music deals, you’re in luck since Google is now running a new promotion aimed to add even more consumers to its music streaming service.

For a limited time, Google offers new customers four months of its music streaming service for free, as part of its “12 Days of Play” promotion. Unfortunately, the deal is not available to everyone and it’s unclear what qualifies people for this promotion.

Some …

Judge Lucy Koh says she's tired of presiding over Apple v. Samsung; new trial begins on May 14th

Just the other day, we told you that after an appeals court ruling, the patent infringement trial between Apple and Samsung was being remanded to the Northern District of California. At issue is the amount of monetary damages that Samsung has to pay Apple. Originally coming in at over $1 billion, Samsung was able to get the award reduced to a more manageable $339 million. Samsung paid Apple that amount last year. But since the Supreme Court ruled that damages should be awarded based on the particular part infringed on, not on total sales of a handset, Samsung wanted a “do-over” to cut the damages …

Sprint gives free six-month trial of Tidal HiFi to all new and existing customers

Back in January, Sprint acquired 33% of Jay Z’s music streaming service, Tidal. When that happened, the two companies announced that they will be working on providing exclusive content to Sprint customers that subscribe to the service, along with other benefits.

Today, the two companies announced what could be the first step of this partnership. All new and existing Sprint customers will be getting free six-month trial to Tidal HiFi, the highest subscription tier the music platform offers, starting June 9.

“We recognize that music streaming is one of the most important services for …

Students can score 6-months of Amazon's video streaming service for free with Prime trial

With graduation season now upon us, Amazon is giving students a deal on an Amazon Prime subscription. Students who have an active college email address (the kind that end in .edu) can sign up to receive six free months of Prime. After the six months is up, the student can renew for a year at a special rate of $49. That is a 50% discount. Being an Amazon Prime member not only gives students free two-day shipping on their Amazon orders, it also allows them to stream television shows and movies for free from Prime Video.

Other features include Prime Photos, which offers free unlimited cloud …

Apple Music starts charging for its three-month trial in select markets

Apple has made a change to Apple Music’s pricing in Australia, Spain, and Switzerland. Those trying to sign up for the three-month trial on iOS or Android in those countries will be charged .99 cents in Australia, .99 € in Spain and .99 Fr. in Switzerland. While that isn’t free, like the trial period used to be in those markets, it still is a minimal amount to pay for three-months of the service. The three-month trial remains free in the U.S. and in other regions. After the free period ends in the U.S., Apple charges $9.99 a month for an individual, $4.99 a month for students, and $14.99 a month …

Samsung's heir Jay Y. Lee indicted for bribery, perjury as trial commences

Today, Samsung’s heir Jay Y. Lee stood trial over charges of committing perjury, embezzling funds, and playing a key part in the colossal influence-peddling scandal involving former South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

Lee arrived handcuffed at the Seoul Central District Court alongside four other high-ranking Samsung executives. He was taken into custody back in February, and since then, a further arrest followed for the ex-President of South Korea.

For those unfamiliar with the story, Lee, who serves as the de facto head of Samsung Group after his father …