Intel is auctioning off its massive 5G modem tech portfolio

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Could Apple snap it up?
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Having gotten out of the 5G smartphone modem game, Intel is auctioning off its IP related to cellular wireless technology. In total, a massive 8,500 assets will be up for auction.

Intel made the call to get out of 5G modems after Apple made up with Qualcomm. At the time, Intel noted that there was no profitable route forward.

Apple News will guide you through the first 2020 Democrat debate

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Apple News will shine a light on 2020 Democratic candidates.
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Apple has launched a special guide section for Apple News, featuring coverage of 20 Democratic candidates in the lead-up to the 2020 U.S. Elections.

The section of the app curates content from a variety of news sources. It also includes basic information about the different candidates who will take place in the first debate. This includes their biography and current position on key issues.

HiRise Wireless charger is a useful work of art [Review]

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The HiRise Wireless matches the iPhone design perfectly.
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The HiRise Wireless manages a rare feat: it’s both useful and attractive. This charger holds your iPhone up at an angle where the screen can be easily seen. And a removable core allows this accessory to be used while traveling. Just as importantly, the base unit would look at home on any CEO’s desk.

Find out if this is the wireless charger you’ve been looking for in our hands-on review.

Don’t miss these massive deals on Apple gadgets [Deals & Steals]

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Get your official Silicone Case for under $20.
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There are big discounts to be had on a bunch of Apple products in today’s Deals & Steals roundup — and you won’t want to miss any of them.

Powerbeats3 just hit a new low, with Walmart offering certified-refurbished models for just $49.99. There are also rare savings on Apple’s official Silicone Case for iPhone XS Max and Leather Sleeve for the 10.5-inch iPad.

You will also find $17 off the Magic Keyboard with numeric keypad for Mac, $11 off the space gray Magic Mouse 2, and a whopping 62% off some excellent over-ear headphones from TaoTronics.

Apple hires top Drive.ai talent as self-driving startup shuts down

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Drive.ai is dead.
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Self-driving car startup Drive.ai is reportedly shutting down and Apple is scooping up the talent.

Drive.ai, which made kits that turn regular cars into self-driving cars, notified the Employment Development Department of California that it was shutting down and laying off all 90 of its employees. Apple was reportedly looking into acquiring the company earlier this month. Instead, it has decided to just hire some of its key employees.

OWC launches fastest USB-C SSD drive ever built

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The Envoy Pro Ex has a higher data-transfer speed than any other USB-C drive.
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OWC makes an eye-opening clam about the Envoy Pro Ex: the company claims its latest solid-state drive is faster than any rival with a USB-C connection.

In addition, the portable drive can stand up to dust and even immersion in water.

Elevate your carry style with this roomy roll-top backpack [Review]

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Rosen is ready to find room for himself in a well-packed Moshi Captus backpack.
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Moshi passed a critical first test as I opened up the box containing a review unit of its new roll-top backpack the company calls Captus.

My wife liked the looks of it.

Over the years, she has seen me review backpacks and messenger bags and while I reach nuanced conclusions for each, her evaluations are consistently blunt – most bags skew masculine.

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iWork update adds new styles, face detection and more to Mac and iOS.
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