Apple takes in more than $13 million in disaster relief – CNET

It takes a village, and lots of money, to help the thousands of people affected by the monster hurricanes that ripped through Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands — as well as the earthquakes in Mexico City. Apple on Thursday said donors have so far contributed more than $13 million in disaster relief through its App Store and iTunes.  The company announced in August that it would make it easy for anyone to contribute to the American Red Cross’ relief efforts. You can donate in increments of $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 and $200. One hundred percent of ...

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Microsoft becomes a sponsor of the Open Source Initiative

Begin: WordPress Article Content Microsoft today announced that it has joined the Open Source Initiative (OSI) as a Premium Sponsor. The OSI, which launched in 1998, takes a relatively pragmatic approach to open source and advocates for open source in business and government. The OSI also reviews open source licenses, which are often vendor specific, to ensure that they conform to “community norms and expectations.” As a premium sponsor, Microsoft joins the likes of Google, IGM, HPE, AdblockPlus, GitHub and Heptio as top sponsors of the project. Other sponsors at lower levels include RedHat, The Linux Foundation, Mozilla and HP. ...

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10 things we learned about Face ID on the iPhone X – CNET

Face ID has been deeply detailed by Apple. James Martin/CNET Curious about using your face to unlock your phone? Apprehensive about Face ID and Apple Pay? Apple published an extensive guide on Face ID in advance of the upcoming iPhone X. You can read it all yourself. Also, check out our in-depth look at the security aspects of Face ID and general overview of the tech. This isn’t the first time Apple’s mentioned some of these features, but it all feels much more official now.  Here are the ones that stood out to me. It isn’t recommended for kids under ...

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Sprint turns drones into mini cell towers – CNET

Sprint tested its cell tower-on-a-drone technology in Texas last week.   Sprint Sprint is taking cell service airborne by mounting lightweight cellular radios to drones. The wireless carrier said this week that it has successfully adapted its Magic Box signal boosting technology to fit on a drone and provide temporary cell coverage over as many as 10 square miles. The company tested the setup, which uses a lighter version of the mini cell tower and a drone from CyPhy Works, last week in Texas, 30 miles outside of Dallas.   Sprint launched the Magic Box earlier this year. The box, ...

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Apple working on fix for iPhone 8 'crackling' sound issue – CNET

Apple plans to release a software fix to address a crackling some iPhone 8 users report experiencing. Sarah Tew/CNET Apple is developing a software fix to eliminate a disruptive sound that some iPhone 8 users are experiencing through their earpieces during phone calls, an issue first reported by The Verge. “Dozens” of iPhone 8 users have reported in online forums hearing a “crackling” or “static” sound that disrupts the audio when they make calls, the site reported Tuesday. The issue appears to affect both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus on different carriers and in different parts of the ...

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