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Apple already preparing for the iPhone 9: Report

Apple already preparing for the iPhone 9: Report

Technology major Apple is weeks away from announcing its “iPhone 8” smartphone but rumors have already started swirling about its successor – the potential iPhone 9.

Citing anonymous sources, the Korea Economic Daily recently reported that LG Chem has been selected by Apple as an exclusive supplier for batteries for its next-next-generation iPhone.

The deal is for batteries for the device which is due for release sometime in 2018. The anonymous sources also suggested that the “iPhone 9” would likely debut in the 2nd half of 2018.

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Microsoft’s quarterly earnings beat Wall Street expectations

Microsoft’s quarterly earnings beat Wall Street expectations

Redmond-based tech giant Microsoft Corporation on Thursday posted better than expected earnings for the last three months, thanks to strong performance of its cloud business. Microsoft announced non-GAAP revenue and GAAP earnings per share of $24.7 billion and $0.83, respectively. Non-GAAP earnings per share were reported $0.98. Non-GAAP operating income was reported at $7.0 billion.

Strong performance of cloud business particularly helped the company in beating Wall Street analysts’ predictions.

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Microsoft unveils Cortana VA-powered thermostat

Microsoft unveils Cortana VA-powered thermostat

Redmond-based Microsoft Corporation has unveiled a Cortana virtual assistant-powered thermostat called GLAS that it will build in partnership with Johnson Controls.

GLAS boasts a touchscreen that will allow users to manually control and check on information, such as temperature, calendar schedule and air quality readings.

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Astronomers detect strange signals from nearby star

Astronomers detect strange signals from nearby star

A team of astronomers in Puerto Rico has detected some really strange signals coming from a red dwarf star just eleven light-years away.

Abel Mendez, the director of the Planetary Habitability Laboratory at Arecibo-based University of Puerto Rico, said that the strange signals were detected on 12th of May using the 1,000-foot-wide Arecibo radio telescope.

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Packaged macaroni, cheese contain unhealthy chemicals: Study

Packaged macaroni, cheese contain unhealthy chemicals: Study

Packaged macaroni and cheese may be containing high levels dangerous chemicals known as phthalates, health experts have warned.

In a small study of 30 different cheese products, including natural cheese products, block or string cheese, processed cheese slices and the cheese powder in packaged macaroni and cheese; experts found evidence of the chemical in 29 products they tested.

They also found that natural cheese products had the lowest levels of phthalates, while processed cheeses were found to have the highest levels of the chemical.

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Astronomers discover the smallest star recorded till date

Astronomers discover the smallest star recorded till date

A team of astronomers at the University of Cambridge claimed to have spotted the smallest star ever discovered by astronomers.

The newly-discovered star dubbed EBLM J0555-57Ab is located roughly 600 light years away. Scientists also found that it is part of a binary system. They were able to spot it as it passed in front of its larger companion.

EBLM J0555-57Ab is just a sliver larger than that of Saturn in size. Its gravitational pull at its stellar surface is nearly 300 times stronger than what human beings feel on Earth.

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Strong Jobs Data Pushes Dow Jones Towards All-Time High

Strong Jobs Data Pushes Dow Jones Towards All-Time High

The U.S. Stock markets jumped on Friday as strong jobs data increased risk appetite among long term investors. Investors are confident that the U.S. economy will report strong growth, backed by strong jobs market. As the U.S. economy depends on consumer spending, strong job market would ensure higher consumer spending in the coming quarters. In June, the U.S. economy added 222,000 jobs. The biggest gains were witnessed in healthcare, professional services, restaurants and government departments, the Labor department report informed.

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German Retail Chain LIDL Plans U.S. Expansion

German Retail Chain LIDL Plans U.S. Expansion

German retail chain LIDL is planning to expand its operations in the United States. The market is highly competitive but LIDL management is confident that they will be able to grab sizable chunk of the U.S. retail market. As per a recent analysis conducted by Jefferies on 20 popular retail items, LIDL stores offered nearly 9 percent discount compared to Wal-Mart.

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Waymo partners with Lyft to develop autonomous vehicles

Waymo partners with Lyft to develop autonomous vehicles

Alphabet’s driverless car division Waymo LLC has confirmed that it will work in partnership with ride-hailing startup Lyft Inc. to develop autonomous vehicles.

Without elaborating specifically on the terms of the partnership, Waymo and Lyft announced on Sunday that they would work together to develop products and technology for self-driving vehicles.

The deal is being seen as an effort of the two companies’ effort to deal a blow to rival firm Uber Technologies’ similar ambitions.

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Comcast, Charter reportedly hit deal on joint wireless efforts

Comcast, Charter reportedly hit deal on joint wireless efforts

Comcast Corporation and Charter Communications have reportedly hit an operational deal to work in partnership on certain wireless communications plans.

On the condition of anonymity, a source revealed that under the newly signed deal Comcast and Charter will only sell wireless services to their respective customers.

In addition, the two companies hit an agreement to only work together to approach any of the key wireless firms about mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) deals. They also agreed not to enter into any material transaction without each other’s consent.

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