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Tim Cook joins Trump’s workforce advisory panel

Apple’s CEO is one of 25 members of the new American Workforce Policy Advisory Board which will advise President Trump on issues affecting workers. Tim Cook and the president have a surprisingly congenial relationship considering they differ on some fundamental issues. Comittee focused on worker education Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said “The Advisory Board […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Google Limits Android Things to Smart Speakers and Smart Displays

Originally an Android-based OS for any smart-home or IoT device, Google has now decided that Android Things will be limited to smart speakers and smart displays with Google Assistant built in. As a result, Google is withdrawing support for several hardware platforms. The company just finalized Android Things 1.0 last May and promised three years of OS updates for some of the platforms it is now dropping. Source: phonescoop

Apple’s TV streaming service may launch in April

The long wait for Apple’s TV streaming service might finally be coming to an end. With a rumored March 25 event on the horizon, Apple is reportedly planning to launch its TV streaming service in April or early May, but some of the biggest names in the streaming won’t be part of the platform. Netflix […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Apple may show off its new subscription services March 25

  The first big Apple media event of 2019 has supposedly gotten an official date. Apple has reportedly scheduled a keynote to be held at the Steve Jobs Theater at the end of March, but don’t expect to see any major hardware announcements. BuzzFeed reports that Apple plans to unveil new services at a March […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Apple soaks Google to sit in Safari’s sweet spot

With sales of iPhones plateauing, money from its Services sector is playing an increasing role in Apple’s bottom line. There’s a significant source of this type of revenue many might not expect: arch-rival Google. As part of its advertising business, Google pays Apple a huge sum every year to stay the default search engine in the […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

This cheap Lightning-to-USB-C cable is better than Apple’s [Review]

Anker is taking pre-orders for a Lightning-to-USB-C cable that costs much less than Apple’s version. We tested this new accessory to see how quickly it can charge an iPhone to be sure it’s a reasonable copy and not just a cheap knockoff. Read on to see how well the Anker Powerline II USB-C cable stood […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Apple’s greedy terms for new service reportedly spook publishers

Apple is reportedly taking a hard line with publishers during its negotiations for a proposed news subscription service. Aiming to become the “Netflix of news,” Apple’s as-yet-unannounced service would give customers unlimited access to articles from popular publishers for just $10 per month. However, news organizations are reportedly balking at Apple’s proposed revenue split, which […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

AT&T Promises 5G for Chicago, Minneapolis in 2019

AT&T today added Chicago and Minneapolis to its list of cities that will get a true 5G network by the end of this year. That list already includes Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose. The company already has 5G available to a limited group of customers in "parts of" Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Louisville, Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Raleigh, San Antonio,…

Multi-Lens Nokia Clears FCC

A Nokia phone with a large array of cameras on the back was just approved by the FCC. The unusual design with up to six discrete cameras on the back is clearly visible in a drawing of the back of the phone. FCC documents also reveal the phone's radio functions, which include NFC and all of the LTE bands used by Verizon, as well as basic LTE functionality for AT&T…