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Project Connected Home over IP — the ambitious attempt to bring together Amazon, Apple, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance with a unified, open-source smart home platform — has just posted its latest update on the project. The group has announced (in the first major update since the standard was revealed) that work on the project is still ongoing, and it’s targeting a 2021 release, along with the first clear idea of what devices the standard is aiming to work with. The project is still on track to provide a “draft

For many years, Europe has been unhappy with the tax habits of US tech giants. As regulators and politicians have often noted, these firms make vast amounts of money from European citizens but pay a pittance in tax. In the absence of an overhaul of the global tax system, a number of European nations have introduced new taxes aimed specifically at these companies. And the tech giants are responding by passing on the costs. Over the last month, for example, Apple, Google, and Amazon have all announced price increases for

Several major US companies have expressed their concern over the effects of the Trump administration’s executive order targeting WeChat, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. “More than a dozen” companies including Apple, Ford, Walmart, and Disney are all said to have taken part in a call with White House officials on Tuesday where the companies detailed the adverse consequences that a ban on WeChat could have on their own businesses. The executive order was signed on Thursday night and explicitly blocks “any transaction that is related to

Some of the US’s largest tech companies, including Apple, Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft, are speaking out against Trump’s suspension of guest worker visas. In an amicus brief filed Monday, the companies argue the new restrictions could dramatically affect how the country’s economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. “The President’s suspension of nonimmigrant visa programs, supposedly to ‘protect’ American workers, actually harms those workers, their employers, and the economy,” the amicus reads. In June, President Donald Trump issued a proclamation suspending guest worker entry into the US in response to the

The Twitter accounts of major companies and individuals have been compromised in one of the most widespread and confounding hacks the platform has ever seen, all in service of promoting a bitcoin scam that appears to be earning its creator quite a bit of money. We don’t know how it’s happened or even to what extent Twitter’s own systems may have been compromised. The hack appears to have subsided, but new scam tweets were posting to verified accounts on a regular basis starting shortly after 4PM ET and lasting more

The CEOs of Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and Google will testify before Congress later this month to answer questions related to its broad antitrust investigation of Big Tech. The plans were first reported by Kara Swisher, before a spokesperson for the House Judiciary Committee confirmed the plans to The New York Times. Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Alphabet/Google’s Sundar Pichai, and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos have all agreed to testify. News of the July hearing marks a significant step in the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee’s inquiry, which is investigating different alleged

Amazon, Target, and Apple all made modifications to their business operations over the weekend in light of demonstrations in cities across the US, Bloomberg reported. Apple kept many of its retail stores closed on Sunday, including some that had just reopened after weeks of being shuttered due to the pandemic. Target closed 32 of its stores in the Minneapolis area and said Sunday it would temporarily close several more across the country. Amazon told Bloomberg that it had scaled back and adjusted routes “in a handful of cities” to ensure

Companies based totally in Santa Clara County, California — which includes Cupertino, Mountain View, Palo Alto, and San Jose — will have to steer clear of trip and delay or cancel mass gatherings, the county really useful on Thursday. The recommendations come after six new instances of the unconventional coronavirus were identified within the space, bringing the full number of other people confirmed in the community to have the disease to twenty. The county’s steering affects several prime Silicon Valley employers. Apple, for instance, is based in Cupertino; Google in

Sponsored Links Apple’s original iPad went on sale 10 years ago today, which means that it’s been 10 years since people finally started taking tablets seriously. Hyperbole? Not really.  The idea of a tablet computer had been kicked around for years, fueled in large part by science fiction (Star Trek’s PADD immediately springs to mind) and ever-shrinking components. A handful of companies gambled on the concept, too, and Microsoft’s late-’90s attempt was easily the most ambitious of the bunch. It languished, as did all the others, for similar reasons. They

Sponsored Links Chris Velazco/Engadget These days, any connected device with a microphone could arguably be treated with suspicion, from smart speakers to phones to computers. Apple helped to address privacy concerns in 2018 by adding a feature that disconnects MacBook microphones when the laptops’ lids are closed. The documentation of the latest iPad Pro models (as spotted by 9to5Mac) shows that the company’s new tablets sport a similar capability. When a user closes the cover of a compatible case, the iPad’s security chip will cut the mic, which should help

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