Android creator’s Essential Phone will fight iPhone worldwide

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Essential Phone will expand its reach to new markets.
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The Essential Phone, built by Android creator Andy Rubin, will do battle against the iPhone in new markets around the world.

For now, the device is only available to those in the U.S. — but Essential is already in talks with carriers in the U.K., Europe, and Japan as it looks to expand its reach.

iOS grows as iPhone 7 remains a top seller

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iOS and Android are killing off the competition.
iOS and Android are killing off the competition.
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iOS saw continued growth in almost every market around the world last quarter, according to the latest data, while iPhone 7 remains a top seller in key countries.

Android also achieved market share increases in every region but the U.S., while BlackBerry, Windows, and other mobile operating systems continue to die out.

Tim Cook warns that world needs to fix ‘fake news’

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Apple wants to tamp down on fake news.
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Alternative facts and fake news have become so pervasive in the the we consume lately that Apple CEO Tim Cook says it’s “one of today’s chief problems.”

During an interview this week in the U.K., Cook talked about the challenges tech companies face on how to combat stories that perpetuate false information without hurting the free flow of ideas on the internet.

Apple is hiking up App Store prices in the U.K.

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Prepare to pay more for iOS and macOS apps.
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MacBook Pro with Touch Bar now shipping in the U.K. and Europe

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Is yours on its way yet?
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Apple has started shipping out the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar to customers in the U.K. and the rest of Europe.

Those who places an order before shipping dates slipped started to see their order status change to “preparing for shipment” on Monday, and many are reporting their new machine has now shipped this morning.

Apple Pay transaction limit rises in the U.K.

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Apple Pay is coming to the U.K. this fall.
Apple Pay just got a bit better for U.K. customers.
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There’s no logical reason why Apple Pay transaction costs should be limited, but in the U.K. users have been stuck with a limit of £20 ($30) since the service first debuted in July.

Thanks to the rise of people using both Apple Pay and contactless cards in general, however, that number has now been increased by 50 percent to £30 ($46).