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6 Min.
iphone evolution beyond 20 years

THE ICONIC HANDSET’S PROSPECTS REMAIN STRONG It wasn’t so long ago that we were celebrating the first decade of the iPhone. In June 2017, Apple put its digital candles on this 10-year anniversary, reflecting on a decade of sales escalating from only 1.39 million in 2007, to more than 200 million in 2017 . Back then, people were already asking if the iPhone would reach its 20th birthday , and the question is being asked again in 2019. Since CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple’s revenue for the fiscal first quarter of 2019 would be lower than originally anticipated , it has been suggested that iPhone and other smartphone sales worldwide could reduce. However, while this could be the case, the idea that the iPhone is likely to vanish altogether in the…

4 Min.
why us classrooms are starting to resemble arcades

It’s 1 o’clock on a Wednesday afternoon in Wallingford, Connecticut, and about 20 children are watching a screen at the front of the room as they take turns navigating challenges and collecting virtual currency to unlock powers, outfits and pets for their characters. The game they’re playing has some similarities to the online battle game “Fortnite.” But the kids aren’t fighting one another — they’re racking up points for participation and good behavior in their classroom at Dag Hammarskjold Middle School, where their teacher is presenting a home economics lesson with help from Classcraft, a fantasy-themed educational program. “It’s actually a lot of fun,” said 13-year-old Caiden McManus. “The pets — that’s my favorite thing to do. To train the pets, you gain as many gold pieces as possible so you can…

3 Min.
netflix raising prices for 58m us subscribers as costs rise

Netflix is raising its U.S. prices by 13 to 18 percent, its biggest increase since the company launched its video streaming service 12 years ago. Its most popular plan will see the largest hike, to $13 per month from $11. That option offers high-definition streaming on up to two different internet-connected devices simultaneously. Even at the higher price, that plan is still a few dollars cheaper than HBO, whose streaming service charges $15 per month. The extra cash will help to pay for Netflix’s huge investment in original shows and films and finance the heavy debt it has assumed to ward off rivals such as Amazon, Disney and AT&T. While subscribers might bemoan a bigger monthly bill, Wall Street cheered, sending Netflix’s shares up 6.5 percent Tuesday. This marks the fourth time that Netflix…

7 Min.
battle to expand in china

After Apple issued profit guidance and cited slowing Chinese demand as the reason for slower-than-expected growth, all eyes are on Tim Cook to drive sales in the country and fight regional competitors Huawei and ZTE. This week, read all about Apple’s ongoing battle in China, its price-slashing techniques, and the increasing threat of the Chinese government. AN iPHONE FOR CHINA Alongside the unveiling of the iPhone XS and XS Max back in 2018, Apple introduced the ability to add a second SIM - a virtual SIM card - to the iPhone for the first time. The news was met with praise from technology critics and business professionals, but for the Average Joe, the feature would no doubt never be used. Unless you live in China, that is. In China and Hong Kong, Apple…

3 Min.
feds to ease rules on drone flights over crowds and at night

Federal officials plan to ease restrictions on flying small drones over crowds and at night, which would give a boost to the commercial use of unmanned aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration outlined draft rules this week that would let drone operators do those things without a special waiver from current rules. For example, waivers for night flights would no longer be needed for operators who go through special training and put anti-collision lighting on their drones. It’s not clear how long it might be before the FAA’s easing goes into effect. The FAA said it won’t take final action until it finishes another regulation regarding remote identification of small drones, which analysts say could be years away. Critics have charged that the FAA has stymied the commercial use of drones by taking the rigid…

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facebook to invest $300 million in news, focusing on local

Facebook says it is investing $300 million over the next three years in news initiatives, with a focus on local news partnerships and other programs. The money will go toward reporting grants for local newsrooms, expanding Facebook’s program to help local newsrooms with subscription business models and investing in nonprofits aimed at supporting local news. It will also be used for Facebook’s other, broad news initiatives such as news literacy programs and third-party fact-checking. The move comes at a difficult time for the news industry, which is facing falling profits and print readership. Facebook, like Google, has also been partly blamed for the ongoing decline in newspapers’ share of advertising dollars as people and advertisers have moved online. Campbell Brown, Facebook’s head of global news partnerships, acknowledges the company “can’t uninvent the internet,”…