LGBTQ employees want Google kicked out of SF Pride parade

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Apple employees marching in the SF Pride parade.
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Some of Google’s LGBTQ+ employees have petitioned the San Francisco Pride board of directors to kick the search engine giant out of the SF Pride parade slated for this weekend.

The Google employees posted an open letter this morning saying they’ve spent countless hours trying to get Google to improve policies and practices regarding the treatment of LGBTQ+ persons, but the company has done nothing. Even though they might get in trouble for writing the letter, nearly 100 employees signed it, urging the parade to reject Google’s failure to act.

Samsung may already be working on a second Galaxy Fold

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The new model could have a larger display and S Pen — and it could come soon.
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Samsung is yet to iron out the teething troubles it has suffered with the Galaxy Fold. But that hasn’t stopped the South Korean company from diving head first into developing a sequel.

A new rumor claims Samsung’s second model will feature a larger screen and S Pen stylus. And it could arrive a lot sooner than fans anticipated.

Your Apple Watch could soon remind you to eat healthier, relax more

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Digital health company Livongo is working for a new tool for Apple Watch.
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Leading digital health company Livongo is working on developing new tools for Apple Watch and other wearables to help users live healthier lives.

The company’s new tools will help provide users with customized alerts regarding things like healthy eating, relaxation, and exercise.

End in sight for damaging trade war with China

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Apple is not about to raise a white flag and give up on China.
Trump’s trade war with China is bad business for Apple.
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The burgeoning trade war with China has caused Apple no end of headaches. But an end could be in sight, according to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Speaking with CNBC, Mnuchin said that the U.S. and China have a “path to complete this.” He notes that both parties were “90% of the way there” during previous talks, before discussions broke down.

Oppo reveals world’s first ‘Under-screen Camera’ for smartphones

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And it’s coming soon!
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Oppo’s efforts to eliminate the notch have led to the world’s first selfie camera that sits under your smartphone’s screen.

The new technology, which was showcased to the public at MWC Shanghai this week, will be making its way to commercial handsets “in the near future.” And it promises to be just as good as existing selfie cameras.

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Apple started accepting App Store submissions on this day in 2008.
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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.

Apple Pay arrives in Greece, Portugal, and other new countries

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Apple Pay continues its international rollout.
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Update: Apple Pay launched in a total of 13 markets today. The full list includes Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, and Slovakia.

Apple Pay has debuted in four new countries. The mobile payment service is now live in Greece, Romania, Slovakia and Portugal.

Apple has said that Apple Pay will be supported in 40 countries by the end of 2019. This marks yet another step toward that goal.