Galaxy Z Fold 4 vs Xiaomi Mix Fold 2: The closest anyone ever got to Samsung

Samsung is setting the tone for the foldable smartphone market, and other OEMs are following. The company unveiled its new Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 at Unpacked 2022 earlier this week, and Xiaomi came out with a new book-like foldable phone of its own shortly thereafter. Xiaomi’s new foldable phone called Mix […]

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Apple and Facebook Reportedly Discussed ‘Revenue-Sharing’ Ideas in Past

Facebook has been in a feud with Apple since the iPhone maker introduced its App Tracking Transparency feature that lets users opt out of being tracked across apps on its platforms. In the past, however, Apple reportedly discussed potential “revenue-sharing arrangements” with Facebook that could have given Apple a “slice of Facebook’s revenue.”



According to The Wall Street Journal, which claims that most of the discussions occurred between 2016 and 2018, one idea that Apple discussed was Facebook creating a subscription-based version of its app without ads. Apple would have collected its standard 15% to 30% commission on Facebook’s in-app subscriptions through the App Store. Facebook ultimately decided against the idea, the report claims.

Apple allegedly also argued that the Facebook app’s boosted post function, which allows Facebook pages to promote a post to a larger audience for a fee, should have been considered in-app purchases and thereby subjected to Apple’s 30% commission.

In a statement, an Apple spokesperson said that the company routinely meets with developers of all sizes to discuss business matters:

“Every day, we meet and collaborate with developers of all sizes to make suggestions, address concerns, and help them continue to grow their businesses,” said an Apple spokesman, who added that the rules for app developers like Facebook are “applied equally to all developers because we think that fair enforcement results in the best user experience.”

A second Apple spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal there was “no connection between any discussions of partnerships and the ad-tracking changes that were later implemented,” according to the report. App Tracking Transparency was implemented with the iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5, and tvOS 14.5 software updates released in April 2021.

App Tracking Transparency has resulted in $17.8 billion in lost revenue among Facebook, Twitter, Snap, and YouTube so far in 2022, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing an estimate by data management company Lotame.

The full report at The Wall Street Journal provides additional details about Apple’s and Facebook’s differing approaches to user privacy and more.

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Deals: Apple Watch Series 7 Drops to Best-Ever Price of $299 ($100 Off)

Amazon today has discounted the 41mm Apple Watch Series 7 to a new all-time low price of $299.00, down from $399.00. This deal price is available in two colors: (PRODUCT)RED and Blue Aluminum.

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To date, this is the best price we’ve ever seen on the Apple Watch Series 7, and as of writing it’s only available on Amazon. The (PRODUCT)RED Aluminum option is in stock today, and the Blue Aluminum option has a slightly delayed shipping estimate of around five days.

The 45mm GPS Apple Watch Series 7 is also seeing an all-time low price, but only in one color. You can get the (PRODUCT)RED Aluminum model for $329.00, down from $429.00 on Amazon.

Be sure to visit our full Deals Roundup to shop for even more Apple-related products and accessories.

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Prices for Samsung Galaxy Watch5 series in India revealed

A couple of days after announcing them, Samsung has finally attached price tags to the new Galaxy Watch5 series models. The new watches will be available from Samsung.com, Amazon and other online and offline retailers. Pre-orders will start on August 16 (Tuesday) and sales will start on August 26. Samsung Galaxy Watch5 series highlights Here are the prices for the different models (in Bluetooth and LTE flavors). Note that pre-ordering a Galaxy Watch5 or Galaxy Watch5 Pro will let you pick up the new Galaxy Buds2 Pro for ₹3,000 (down from their regular price of ₹12,000). …

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Une mystérieuse GeForce GTX 2080 Founders Edition fait son apparition…bizarre

Sur Reddit des clichés d’une GeForce GTX 2080 Founders Edition sont apparus. La carte semble être un prototype, un échantillon d’ingénierie. Lors du lancement par Nvidia de la gamme des GeForce RTX 20 series en août 2018, le PDG du groupe, Jensen Huang, a fait une blague en annonçant une carte graphique GTX 1180. L’effet …

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WhatsApp admins to get power to approve people for group chats

Another feature is brewing in the house of the popular chat platform WhatsApp, especially for admins. Recently, WhatsApp has been spotted developing a bunch of new features for its platform to expand its feature list. Now, another group chat-focused feature is under testing that gives admins the power to control who can join the group […]

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Apple expects stable iPhone 14 sales, orders partners to make 90M units

Apple expects strong iPhones in the next year despite the economic downturn, a report by Bloomberg reveals. Cupertino ordered its assemblers to stick to a 90-million target for the iPhone 14, which is the same as iPhone 13. The company is also expected to make 220 million devices planned until the end of 2022, the same number as it did last year. According to Bloomberg, Apple is confident it will weather the economic challenges other makers are experienced in a market that declined 9% in Q2 and with a projected 3.5% decline for the year. Taiwanese iPhone assembler Pegatron, Japan…

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Samsung develops artificial muscle actuators for immersive VR and AR

Although Samsung no longer pursues VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality) applications through its Gear VR mobile head-mounted displays, the company continues to do research & development and advance VR and AR technologies behind closed doors. In a recent paper, Samsung Electronics revealed an ambitious AR/VR project that leverages compact artificial muscle actuators to […]

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