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Why Apple Watches, Fitbits, and more could soon get more expensive

Proposed $200 billion in U.S. trade tariffs on specific Chinese manufactured goods could result in significant price increases for many mobile gadgets. Products from Apple, Fitbit, Sonos, and others companies could be hit with price bumps.
Computing

Facebook suspends data firm claiming access to 1 trillion conversations

Facebook and Instagram are suspending Crimson Hexagon's access to its data pending a full investigation. Facebook found no wrongdoing, but wants to know if the firm used social network data to help with government surveillance programs.
Mobile

Dish and Four Seasons now support Apple's Business Chat

One of the most exciting features on iOS 11.3 is Business Chat. The feature allows you to use the Messages app to talk to businesses, instead of waiting on hold for customer service. Here's how to use it.
Cars

Uber may soon turn into your personalized mini convenience store

Taking an Uber may soon be an all-inclusive experience. The transportation giant recently partnered with Cargo, the startup that offers in-car shopping experiences to those on the move.
Mobile

FCC begins accepting petitions to deny the T-Mobile and Sprint merger

T-Mobile and Sprint are hoping the third time is the charm for a merger. It comes just months after the carriers cited an inability to find common ground, extending yet again the long dance between the two telecom giants.
Web

Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and Facebook team up on new data transfer project

Some of the largest tech companies in the world have teamed up to make data portability a little easier. The initiative is called the Data Transfer Project, and the likes of Google, Twitter, Microsoft, and Facebook are all on board.
Mobile

Save the date: The LG V40 ThinQ may be announced in early October

The LG V30 was one of our favorite phones of 2017, and we're expecting big things from its successor in the later part of 2018. Here's absolutely everything we know about the upcoming LG V40 ThinQ.
Mobile

Huawei is gaining on Apple as it aims for 200 million smartphone sales in 2018

Huawei aims to reach 200 million sales by the end of 2018, after passing 100 million sales earlier this month. With Apple only a whisker above 200 million sales last year, could Huawei exceed Apple this year?
Mobile

AT&T names three more cities that will receive 5G networks this year

AT&T intends to be the first major network to begin rolling out the new 5G standard in the U.S., starting in late 2018. The carrier has officially revealed the first three cities to receive the wireless service.
Home Theater

Walmart’s planned Netflix competitor will reportedly be part of Vudu

It seems that everyone wants to launch a streaming service these days, and Walmart may be next, as the company is reportedly considering a lower-priced, Vudu-branded alternative to services like Netflix.
Mobile

Google’s $5.1 billion antitrust fine could mean the end of free Android

The European Commission has fined Google a record breaking $5.1 billion. The EU is accusing the company of severe antitrust infractions related to the search engine giant's handling of the Android ecosystem.
Mobile

Only Google should be mad about having to change Android

Google has been hit with a massive fine in a landmark antitrust case in Europe, and has been told to change the way it manages its Android operating system, or face a heavier financial hit.
Smart Home

Nest will merge into Google’s home and living room team as CEO steps down

Nests' CEO has stepped down as Marwan Fawaz is reportedly no longer at the helm of the Google-owned smart appliance maker. Nest will now join Google's home and living room products team.
Cars

Lyft wants to partner with cities to add bike and scooter sharing

Lyft announced a multi-mode transportation plan to bring bike and scooter sharing to cities. To kick off the new initiative Lyft will invest $1 million to help nonprofits establish income eligible transportation programs.
Mobile

EU antitrust czar will brief Google CEO ahead of massive fine

Sources close to the European Commission claim Google will likely face a multibillion-dollar fine for anticompetitive practices relating to Android's dominance in the smartphone market.
Business

Tinder begins testing Bitmoji feature in Mexico and Canada using Snap Kit

Using Snapchat's latest developer platform known as Snap Kit, Tinder has begun testing the Bitmoji feature in Mexico and Canada. By connecting their Snapchat and Tinder accounts, users are able to send Bitmojis through the dating app.
Mobile

The MediaTek A-series aims to bring premium features to budget phones

MediaTek is taking on the "premium midrange" market, and has announced a new series of chipsets specifically aimed at bringing premium features to budget devices. The first chip in that series is the MediaTek A22.
Computing

FCC proposal could help Google Fiber roll out to more cities

Gigabit internet could get a boost in the U.S. if the FCC votes to approve a new proposal affecting how utility poles are managed. This could help new service providers, like Google Fiber, rapidly deploy its fast internet service.