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Starbucks’s mobile payment service is slightly outpacing Apple’s

People really love getting their coffee more quickly. Starbucks, which has operated its own mobile payments service since 2011, is the market leader in terms of mobile payments users, beating out Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay, according to a new reporter from eMarketer out this morning. However, Starbucks’ lead over Apple Pay is only a small one – ... Read More »

Microsoft to launch smaller, low-cost Surface devices

Video: What makes Microsoft’s Surface devices special? Microsoft looks poised to launch a new line of Surface devices with smaller screens and lower price tags. On May 16, Bloomberg reported that Microsoft is aiming to release Surface tablets priced at $400 in the second half of 2018. I’m hearing similar reports from a few different sources. One of my contacts ... Read More »

Apple started paying $15 billion European tax fine

It took a couple of years, but Apple has started to pay back illegal tax benefits to the Irish government. The company has paid $1.77 billion (€1.5 billion) into an escrow account designed to hold the fine. Apple has to pay $15 billion in total (€13 billion). In August 2016, the European Commission said that Apple benefited from illegal tax ... Read More »

Apple planning new campus for North Carolina: Report

Apple is considering North Carolina for a second campus. (Image: File photo) Apple is set to build its next corporate campus in Cary, North Carolina, according to local news source WRAL. The report follows Apple confirming earlier this year it plans to build a new campus in the United States. The new Apple campus could bring a $1.5 billion investment ... Read More »

It turns out Apple could build its new campus in North Carolina

The Washington Post reported just yesterday that Apple was talking with Virginia officials for a new campus in Northern Virginia. But WRAL is now reporting that Apple is about to announce a new campus in North Carolina. According to WRAL’s sources, it’s “a done deal.” The company and legislators plan to talk about a tax break to seal the deal. ... Read More »

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Apple to Samsung: Cough up $1bn for using our iPhone designs

Video: Apple facing lawsuit in South Korea over battery scandal. Apple is after $1bn from Samsung following the finding years ago that the South Korean company’s phones did infringe three iPhone patents. The eight-year-old suit has reached the damages phase and representatives from the two tech giants have been in court this week making their case to jurors over the ... Read More »

Apple reportedly looks to Virginia for another US campus

It seems Virginia is for tech lovers. According to a report in The Washington Post, Apple has been searching for places to put hubs as it contemplates how to spend the $30 billion it has committed for new facilities and 20,000 new employees in the U.S. over the next five years — and it looks like Virginia is on the list. ... Read More »

iOS 11.4 looks set to be Apple’s most boring iOS release to date

iOS 11.4 Public Beta 5 Apple has just pushed out iOS 11.4 Public Beta 5, and there’s not an awful lot to get excited about in this release. See also: Don’t buy these Apple products (May 2018 edition) This latest public beta feels familiar, and that’s because some of the features were present in iOS 11.3 betas, but ended up ... Read More »

Didi Chuxing can now test self-driving cars in California

Quite a number of companies — 53, to be exact — have received permits to test self-driving cars with a safety driver in California. One of the more notable companies that has received such a permit is China-based Didi Chuxing, which officially opened its U.S.-based research lab last March. Also on the list of permit holders is Udacity, which partnered ... Read More »

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