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|SL||Last year Verizon launched a startup called Visible in the US that allowed anyone with an unlocked iPhone to get unlimited text, voice, data and hotspot usage at speeds up to 5Mbps for $40 a month. There's no contract, no fees and no stores either. Everything is managed through an iOS app. However, the company is launching Android compatibility in beta as well as selling iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones all with 0% APR financing available.||https://techcrunch.com/2019/01/24/visible-iphone-sales/|
|pb||Apple has added Microsoft Office to the Mac App Store with a package that includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote.|
Apple worked with Microsoft to add the ability to subscribe to a bundled app which needed to happen before Office could come to the store.
A subscription runs $69 for an individual or $99 for a household with up to six members.
Businesses can also order through the app store and distribute to employees through the Apple Business Manager.
|tm||Texas Instruments, Xilinx and Lam Research all posted quarterly results Wednesday that seem to have reassured investors who have been concerned about the impact of China-US trade relations on the chip industry. TI missed on revenue but beat expectations on profit. Xilinx and Lam also beat estimates for the quarter. TI reported weakness in demand in China primarily due to the semiconductor cycle. Intel forecast Q1 revenue and profit below analysts’ estimates on Thursday. Net revenue for last quarter rose from 17.05 billion to 18.66 billion but missed estimates of 19.01 billion.||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-texas-instruments-results/texas-instruments-other-chip-maker-results-spark-rally-idUSKCN1PH2PM|
|sl||Do two announcements make a trend? Vivo announced its own portless phone, the Apex 2019, which it will show off at Mobile World Congress. Charging works through a rear-mounted magnetic connector that can also handle data transfer, so not exactly wireless charging. Like the Meizu Zero, it has an in-display fingerprint sensor and it uses the screen as a speaker. Oh and it's also 5G.||https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2019/1/24/18195191/vivo-apex-2019-announced-specs-features|
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|:35||pb||Sources tell CNBC that Apple has cut more than 200 employees from it autonomous vehicle effort Project Titan, although an Apple spokesperson told cnbc, "some groups are being moved to projects in other parts of the company, where they will support machine learning and other initiatives, across all of Apple."|
Back in August, Apple hired Tesla's engineering vice president and Apple veteran, Doug Field, to head up the Titan team alongside Bob Mansfield.
|:38||sl||Twitter's testing a new feature to make it easier to know who started a thread when mulitple accounts participate in a discussion. The company says the new "original tweeter" tag has been rolled out to a “small percentage” of iOS and Android users. Along with account verification this feature could help cut down on confusion about who's who.||https://techcrunch.com/2019/01/23/twitter-testing-original-tweeter-tag-to-distinguish-who-started-a-thread/|
|:42||tm||Dell announced the Dell 75 4k Interactive Touch Monitor for classrooms. The 75-inch display supports 20-point multitouch and works either with hands or stylus, two of which are included with purchase. It also has something called Screen Drop where users can press a button on the side of the display to switch between three different heights. It's Dell's version of the Microsoft Surface Hub or Google's Jamboard but focused more on education than the workplace. The Dell 75 4K Interactive Touch Monitor is available April 30 for $5,999.99.||https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2019/1/23/18194905/dell-monitor-75-inch-4k-touchscreen-education-replace-blackboard|
|:45||sl||Sources tell Bloomberg that Sonos wants to expand to high-end headphones, and the company's potential wireless, over-the-ear headphones are still in the early development stages and could be launched by next year, priced around $300..||http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-24/sonos-is-said-to-plan-headphones-in-move-outside-the-home|
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|:49||Google has made a proposal called Manifest V3 that changes how Chrome handles extensions in order to prevent malicious extensions from undermining privacy and security. The goal would be to give users more control over what extensions do and which sites they interact with as well as improve extension performance. Apple made similar changes to Safari in 2015.|
Among the proposed changes
1. No longer load code from remote servers. The extensions would remain static only using code submitted for review.
2. Universal access to all websites can no longer be requested at install.
3. Replace an API called webRequest with an API called declarativeNetRequest
Google wants to replace it with declarativeNetRequest. This has the extensions declare the kind of responses and requests to be blocked or redirected and the browser executes. This speeds things up and would also stop malicious extensions from seeing cookies or other sensitive info.
Developers of ad blockers like uBlock Origin say that if the proposal was implemented it would stop ad blockers from working. declarativeNetRequest doesn't allow for more complex patterns. Google also limits extensions to 30,000 items. uBlock ships with 90,000 filters and can work with half a million. (Safari allows 50,000)
The syntax of declarativeNetRequest is similar to that used by AdBlock Plus.
NoScript has said the new API would not be sufficient.
Makers of anti-phishing extensions point out the new API only allows plaintext black lists so phishers would be able to check to see if they're blocked and change their URLs.
Google software engineer Devlin Cronin wrote on the Chrome discussion list, "This design is still in a draft state, and will likely change. Our goal is not to break extensions."
|Google's built-in ad blocker which is available in Europe, Canada and the US will roll out worldwide on July 9. It follows the Coalition for Better Ads standards, an industry group dedicated to improving the web advertising experience.||https://www.zdnet.com/article/google-chromes-built-in-ad-blocker-to-roll-out-worldwide-on-july-9/|
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I thought Steve's email on Singapore's comments about an AI framework sounded familiar, and I was right!
DARPA is pursuing a very similar area of research, XAI or eXplainable AI.
Thought this might help justify (not justinrobertyoung autocomplete) a larger conversation on this topic.
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