AT&T, Apple, Alphabet, Other Tech Firms Join FCC to Stop Robocalls

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG), the parent holding company of Google, AT&T (NYSE: T) and many other technology companies joined the effort of the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) to crack down robocalls, the automated and prerecorded telephone calls that irritate consumers. The technology companies are part of the Commission’s Robocall Strike Force, an industry-led group committed to developing comprehensive solutions to detect, filter, and prevent unwanted telemarketing and robocalls. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson serves as Chairman of the Robocall Strike Force. Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Comcast…

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Facebook to Bypass Ad-Blocking Software on Desktop Computers

Facebook Ad Preferences

Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) will bypass ad-blocking software to show ads desktop computers. It will also give users option to control their advertising experience on its platform. The changes are part of its strategy to address bad ads that prompted many users to install ad-blockers on their devices. Currently, 26% of internet users in the United States have ad-blocking software on their desktop computers based on data from the Interactive Advertising Bureau. Facebook noted that bad ads obscure the content users are trying to read or watch and slow the download…

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Apple Inc. (AAPL) Offers Big Cash Rewards to Bug Finders

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) plans to offer big cash rewards to security researchers who can help find critical vulnerabilities in its products. Some technology companies such as Facebook (NASDAQ: FB), Google, and Microsoft have vulnerability reward programs for years, which encourage the security research community to report any vulnerability they can find. Apple is offering a reward of as much as $200,000 Ivan Krstic, the head of engineering and architecture at Apple announced the company’s bug bounty program during the Black Hat Conference in Las Vegas on Thursday. The Cupertino-based…

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Samsung Unveils Galaxy Note 7 with Iris-Scanning Technology

Samsung Electronics (KRX: 005930) unveiled the Galaxy Note 7 with innovative features such as the iris-scanning camera. With its new large-screen smartphone, the South Korean electronics giant showed it is working hard to maintain its dominance in the global smartphone market. During the first quarter of 2016, Samsung extended its lead over Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) with 23.2% market share in the global smartphone market. The iPhone maker’s market share was 14.8%, according to data from Gartner. In a statement, DJ Koh, president of Mobile Communications Business at Samsung, said, “The…

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Court Cancels Verdict Requiring Apple to Pay $625.6M to VirnetX in Patent Case

Apple

A federal judge cancelled a jury verdict requiring Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) to pay $625.6 million VirnetX Holding Corporation (NYSEMKT: VHC) in a patent lawsuit. In February, a jury in the U.S. Court for the Easter District of Texas, Tyler Division found that Apple’s VPN On-Demand (VOD), iMessage, and FaceTime services violated the four patents of VirnetX in February. The stock price of VirnetX plummeted more than 43% to $2.43 per share while Apple’s shares gained 1.77% to $106.05 each today. Court orders separate retrial of two patent cases against…

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Apple Asks Supreme Court to Rule against Samsung over Damages for Infringing Design Patents

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) filed a legal brief asking the United States Supreme Court to rule against the argument of Samsung Electronics (KRX:005930) related to its damages for infringing the iPhone design patents. The two leading competitors in the smartphone industry have been engaged in legal battle over patents for years. The legal dispute started in 2011 when Apple accused Samsung of violating its iPhone’s design and patents. The Cupertino-based proved that Samsung deliberately copied the iPhone’s looks and many of its user interface features to revive its. Apple says no…

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BlackBerry Unwraps Second Android Smartphone DTEK50; Stock Rises

BlackBerry DTEK50

BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) unwrapped DTEK50, its second Android smartphone that is cheaper aimed for mid-market consumers. The stock price of BlackBerry climbed 2.47% to $7.26 per share around 2:55 p.m. in New York. According to the Canadian company DTEK50 costs $299.  Consumers in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States will now be available to preorder the device through ShopBlackBerry.com. BlackBerry said customers who pre-order a DTEK50 on ShopBlackBerry.com will receive a complimentary BlackBerry Mobile Power Pack, a high-capacity portable charger worth $59.99…

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Amazon Partners with U.K. Government to Test Drone Deliveries

Amazon Drone Delivery

Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) partnered with the government of the United Kingdom (U.K.) to explore the necessary steps to accelerate the process to allowing small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones to deliver parcels in the country. The e-commerce giant obtained a permit from a cross-government team supported by the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to test three key innovations including beyond line of sight operations in rural and suburban areas; sensor performance to ensure the drones can identify and about obstacles, and flights where one person operates multiple highly-automated drones.…

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SoftBank’s Humanoid Robot “Pepper” is Now Available in Taiwan

SoftBank Group Corp (TYO: 9984) announced that Pepper, its humanoid robot with emotion, is now available for enterprise customers in Taiwan. Pepper is equipped with capabilities and an interface that allows communication with people. The humanoid robot can recognize voice, emotion, analyze expressions, and voice tones. Enterprise customers will be able to purchase Pepper through Perobot, a subsidiary of Foxxconn Technology (TPE: 2354). The sales launch marks the first time for Pepper to be available outside Japan.  SoftBank rolled out its humanoid robot in Japan in June last year. According…

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