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Jennifer Garner will star in new J.J. Abrams series for Apple

Jennifer Garner and J.J. Abrams are finally getting back together to create an all-new TV show. The duo rose to stardom in the early 2000s with Abram’s TV show Alias that starred Garner as a double agent for the Central Intelligence Agency. Now they’re set to make a TV show for Apple, only it won’t […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Asus CEO Departs Amid Internal Reorganization

Asus today said its CEO, Jerry Shen, plans to vacate his leadership role after a tenure of 11 years. Shen has been in various roles with Asus for more than 25 years, and oversaw the company's PC and phone businesses. Asus is adjusting its strategy moving forward and will target gamers and power users. The company's latest, the ROG Phone, is a high-end offering for the gaming market. Shen is…

Google Brings Australian and British Accents to Assistant

Google today said people in the U.S. can opt for either an Australian accent or a British accent when using Google Assistant. The voices were built using DeepMind's speech synthesis model WaveNet, according to Google. WaveNet "uses deep neural networks to generate raw audio waveforms -- resulting in more realistic and natural-sounding voices," explained Google. People wishing to change the voice of their Assistant can do so via the Settings…

Opera Browser for Android Adds Crypto Wallet and Web 3

Opera Software today launched a new version of its Opera browser for Android devices that takes a step toward the internet's future. The latest build of Opera, based on blockchain, now includes an integrated crypto wallet and Web 3 support. By adding blockchain to the browser, Opera works with Ethereum, a blockchain-based coin for Web 3 transactions. Android device owners can get started by downloading Opera, then purchasing some Ethereum…

Qualcomm Targets Newest Apple iPhones In China

Qualcomm is seeking to add the iPhone XR and iPhone XS to the list of devices banned from import into China. Qualcomm won a patent-related victory earlier this week when a Chinese court agreed that Apple violated a Qualcomm patent. The Chinese court banned infringing devices (iPhone 6s/Plus, iPhone 7/Plus, iPhone 8/Plus, and iPhone X) from entering the country. Though that ban has yet to go into effect, Qualcomm wants…

Google Makes It Easy to Give Charitably Via the Play Store

Google today said the Google Play Store can now accept charitable donations. Residents of the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, Great Britain, France, Spain, Italy, Taiwan, and Indonesia will see the opportunity to give pop up in the Play Store over the next few days. Google says the full donated amount goes directly to the nonprofit of your choice. Some of the organizations include the American Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders,…

California Proposes to Tax Text Messages to Fund Service for Low-Income Residents

California state legislators have suggested the state implement a tax on text messages in order to help fund the Public Purpose Program. The PPP is similar to the Mobility Fund operated by the federal government. It levies a tax on wireless services and uses those funds to offer low-cost or free wireless service to low-income residents. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), which is the entity behind the proposal, says…

Easily add mobile credits to phones in more than 140 countries

This post is presented by MobileRecharge. If you travel frequently or you’ve got family abroad, there’s a good chance you use pay-as-you-go mobile accounts to stay in touch. As if regular phone bills weren’t enough of a hassle, international charges can be a real headache. Not with MobileRecharge, a company that offers an easy way […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Thinner, lighter 2019 iPhone will be made possible by Samsung

A 2019 iPhone model reportedly will sport a display made by Samsung that has the touch panel integrated into the OLED, rather than layered on top.  If true, the technology will make one of next year’s iOS handsets thinner and lighter, but not all of them. Current iPhones have thin touch panels overlayed on their […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac