Apple Survives Call for Boycott in China amid International Spat

Apple

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) became the latest target of boycott in a short-lived protest against the United States in China after an international dispute involving the West Philippine Sea or the South China Sea. According to Reuters, approximately 100 Chinese consumers staged a protest at four unofficial Apple stores in Suining in the eastern province of Jiangsu for about three hours on Tuesday. The protesters encouraged their fellow citizens not to buy genuine Apple devices on sale. The protesters chanted, “Boycott American products and kick iPhones out of China, according one…

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Facebook Completes First Full-Scale Test Flight of Aquila

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) announced that Aquila, its solar-powered drone designed to beam internet access to millions of people in far-flung areas, completed its first full-scale test flight. In a blogpost, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Aquila completed its first successful flight in Yuma, Arizona on June 28.  He anticipated that Aquila would “eventually break the record for longest unmanned aircraft flight.” According to Zuckerberg, Aquila’s first flight lasted 96 minutes, longer than their initial plan of 30 minutes. He described the flight a “big milestone” as they were able to gather…

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BlackBerry Boosts Security Credentials with New Approval from U.S. Dept. of Defense

BlackBerry CEO John Chen on Security

BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) boosted its credentials as a global leader in secure mobile communications after obtaining a new Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIG) approval from the United States Department of Defense (DoD). The Canadian technology company has more than 80 government certifications and approvals, more than any other mobile vendor. BlackBerry meets the highest standards in the industry The STIG approval shows that BlackBerry’s security platform meets the highest standards and certifications in the industry to prevent cyberattacks on the systems of the federal government, agencies under the DoD,…

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Pokémon Go will be Available in 200 Countries Soon: Niantic CEO

Pokémon Go mobile game

Pokémon Go will be available in nearly 200 countries and regions “relatively soon, according to John Hanke, the CEO of Niantic Labs, the developer of the popular augmented-reality mobile game, along with The Pokémon Company. In an interview with Reuters on Friday, Mr. Hanke said, “Why limit it?”  He also confirmed that the mobile games will be available soon in Japan and South Korea, where there is a restriction on Google’s mapping functions due to the securities problems with North Korea. He said they are working on the mapping issue…

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Pokémon Go Claims Title as Biggest Mobile Game in U.S. History

Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go already gained the title as the most popular and the biggest mobile game in the history of the United States in terms of daily active users (DAUs), according to data from SurveyMonkey. Just a few days since its launching, many people already suggested that Pokémon Go is America’s latest mobile game obsession since its players are seen everywhere from neighborhoods, gyms, parks, schools, hospitals, and even in churches, and museums. Pokémon Go’s server has been crashing due to the higher-than anticipated influx of players during its release day…

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Google Acquires Kifi to Improve its Social Apps

Google Acquires Kifi

Google acquired another startup as part of its effort to continue building and improving its social apps. The search engine giant’s latest acquisition is Kifi, which is focused on connecting people with and through knowledge. In other words, the startup collect and search links shared on social apps by building extensions, and also gives recommendations for further links—an example of its tool is the Kifi for Twitter, a deep search engine for tweets and content shared in links. Dan Blumenfeld and Eishay Smith co-founded Kifi in 2015. Kifi users can still…

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Pokémon Go is America’s Latest Mobile Game Obsession

Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go, the augmented-reality mobile game developed by Niantic Labs and The Pokémon Company is the latest obsession in America. Users can download the mobile game for free on their Android and iOS devices. Technology observers noted a very high interest among users to try to play Pokémon Go, which became available in the United on Wednesday, July 6.  In fact, just two days after its release the mobile game became the number one free app on Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL)’s App Store. Since its availability in the United States, Pokémon Go…

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Facebook Adds End-to-End Encryption on Messenger with Secret Conversations

Facebook Messenger Secret Conversations

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) announced that it is releasing a new option within Messenger called Secret Conversations, which would make users feel more comfortable discussing sensitive topics in the app. Messenger is already using secure communication channels similar to the one being used by banks and online stores, and powerful tools that block spam and malware.  The social network giant decided to strengthen further the security features of its app in response to the feedback of users. In a blog post, Facebook said, “We’ve heard from you that there are times when…

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HTC Desire 530 with Unique Micro Splash Design Coming to U.S. Carriers Soon

HTC Desire 530

HTC Corporation (TPE: 2498) announced that its low-end smartphone called HTC Desire 530 will be available soon in the United States through T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS) and Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ). “At HTC we want to bring people the most progressive devices with features customers love.  The new HTC Desire 530 is the most unique Desire available – combining our micro splash finish with impressive audio and high quality cameras, all at an incredible price,” ” said Nigel Newby-House, the company’s AVP of Product Planning. HTC Desire 530 features and specifications According to…

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