Apple’s Eddy Cue says the company is working to ‘fix’ roaming charges

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Apple’s senior vice president Eddy Cue has said the company is working on a way to “fix” roaming charges on smartphones. In an interview with The Evening Standard, Cue said he was “trying not to get roaming charges” while spending time in London, with the interviewer noting how expensive mobile data was abroad. “It’s sad, it’s another problem,” responded Cue. “We’re trying to fix it and we’re making a little bit of progress but you’ve got to convince a lot of people.”

Cue’s comments are vague, but it’s been rumored in the past that Apple is interested in setting up its own MVNO — a mobile service that that would be run by Apple using network capability leased from other carriers. Apple has denied these rumors, stating that it has not…

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‘Let’s Drive NYC’ is GM’s new car-sharing program, but it’s only for one apartment building

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Building on GM’s announcement from earlier this morning, the company has just unveiled “Let’s Drive NYC,” a car-sharing program in New York City — but the catch is that it’s only open to residents of a single 479-unit building near Times Square right now. Occupants receive three hours of vehicle use per month; additional time starts at under $10 per hour, or up to $75 for 24 hours, which is very competitive with Zipcar’s rates in the city.

The twist is that Let’s Drive NYC has access to 200 parking garages in Manhattan that are managed by Icon Parking Systems. Driving around Manhattan on a regular basis doesn’t seem like a good idea — the last thing Manhattan needs is more vehicular traffic — but for the occasional trip to a furniture…

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Verizon’s Mobile Video Service Go90 Launches To Public

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go90home Verizon’s new mobile video service go90, which is aimed at capturing a younger demographic who spends more time watching video on their phones than with traditional TV, is launching publicly today on both the iTunes App Store and Google Play. The service was previously available in beta starting last month, with a select group of Verizon Wireless customers and subscribers from other… Read More

Apple Bans iFixit Repair App From App Store After Apple TV Teardown

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alphadogg writes: iFixit, the fix-it-yourself advocate for users of Apple, Google and other gear, has had its repair manual app banned from Apple’s App Store after it conducted an unauthorized teardown of Apple TV and Siri remote. iFixit blogged “we’re a teardown and repair company; teardowns are in our DNA — and nothing makes us happier than figuring out what makes these gadgets tick. We weighed the risks, blithely tossed those risks over our shoulder, and tore down the Apple TV anyway.” iFixit does still have Windows and Android apps, and has no immediate plans to rewrite its Apple app to attempt being reinstated.

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Google’s Nexus phones are just ads

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I’ve spent the past couple of days desperately trying to puzzle out the purpose behind Google’s newly announced Nexus 5X and 6P smartphones. Unlike predecessors such as the Nexus One and Nexus 5, these phones don’t have a clear reason for being, and are not in themselves terribly unique. That’s led me (and others) to question Google’s overall aim with the Nexus line of pure Android smartphones, and I think I’ve finally arrived at an answer. The Nexus program is not so much about carrier independence or purity of Android design as it is about presenting Google in an overwhelmingly positive light. In other words, Google, the ultimate ad seller, sells Nexus phones as ads for itself.

From the very first Nexus device, Google has couched its…

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Skype now has real-time translation built in

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Microsoft first released Skype Translator almost a year ago as a standalone app designed for Windows 8. The software giant is now integrating its impressive translation feature directly into the desktop version of Skype, opening it up to Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 users. Six voice languages will be supported at launch, including English, French, German, Italian, Madarin, and Spanish. Skype will now let you hold a conversation in any of them, without ever needing to learn a language.

“It has been a long-time dream at Skype to break down language barriers and bring everyone across the globe closer together,” explains Microsoft’s Skype team. “Researchers, engineers, and many others across Microsoft have been working hard to make…

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GM is launching new car-sharing projects, including one in New York City

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GM — like Ford — has dabbled in car sharing, but it’s expanding that effort today with the announcements of two new programs, including one launching today in New York City. (Details on that are still forthcoming.) The second program will launch “in another US city” in the first quarter of 2016.

Automaker-supported car-sharing programs seem counterintuitive in that they undermine a company’s ability to sell more cars, but if you assume that they’re inevitable — and in light of ever-increasing urbanization, they almost certainly are — the prevailing logic is that it probably makes some sense to get out ahead of it and own the programs that customers are using. By all appearances, GM is on the cusp of going all-in on that.

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The best iPhone camera accessory is now on sale in Europe

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DxO impressed us with its iPhone-connected camera, the One, when it was released in the US last month, and now the device has arrived in Europe. DxO announced this morning that the One is going on sale today for €599 (or £449) in 10 countries across Europe, including the UK, France, and Germany. Additional locations will be added “in the coming months.” For the time being, if you pick one up, DxO is also including licenses for its Optics Pro and FilmPack Elite editing software, each of which are normally sold for over €100 on their own.

The One is a pricey iPhone accessory — it’s nearly as much as the phone itself! — but it’s also a solid option if you’re looking for a portable way to get much nicer photos than you’d typically get on…

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