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Intel this week announced that it plans to shutter its New Devices Group, which had been working to develop and mass produce the chip-maker’s futuristic Vaunt augmented reality (AR) smart glasses, among other consumer hardware products, according to a report from The Information. In lieu of proceeding with its goal of penetrating the wearables market,…

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Is Apple Preparing to Launch a Premium News Service? — iDrop News

Apple is thought to be preparing to launch its own premium news service, according to a new report from Bloomberg. Last month, the tech giant acquired digital magazine subscription service Texture for an undisclosed sum. It consists of more than 200 popular and niche publications. The service, which is known as the “Netflix of magazines”,…

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The era of the smartphone “notch” has arrived. On Wednesday, Google announced Android P — which introduces, among other things, support for iPhone X-style display notches. Of course, Google isn’t calling it a “notch,” specifically. Instead, the company says that Android P will offer support for edge-to-edge screens equipped with a “display cutout for camera…

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Well-connected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has thrown a new device into his 2018 Apple product forecast. And it’s not one we were expecting. In a research note distributed to KGI Securities’ clients on Monday, Kuo told investors to keep their eyes on three Apple products this year: a rumored 6.1-inch LCD-based iPhone, a new…

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19 ‘USSD’ Codes That Unlock Hidden Features in Your iPhone — iDrop News

When you want to tweak your iPhone’s preferences, you’ll usually open up the Settings app. That’s basic iOS 101. What you might not know is that there is actually another way to interact and change your device’s settings. They’re called USSD codes, and they’re a communication protocol used by cellular telephones. But, in practical usage,…

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