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Facebook reportedly working on dedicated video chat device

Facebook reportedly working on dedicated video chat device

Social-networking giant Facebook is reportedly working on a new device that will be dedicated to increasingly popular video chat.

Citing anonymous sources, Bloomberg reported that the dedicated video chat hardware will be the inaugural major product from the company’s Building 8 product development lab.

The device will reportedly include a notebook-sized screen, and it will try to make geographically separated video participants feel like they are together in the same space.

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Sprint reportedly proposes merger with Charter

Sprint reportedly proposes merger with Charter

Seeking an alternative to a deal with T-Mobile USA, Sprint Corporation has reportedly proposed a merger with rival telecommunications giant Charter Inc.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a person familiar with the matter revealed that Japan-based SoftBank Group Corp., which controls Sprint, has proposed a complex transaction that would create a new entity that would be controlled by SoftBank.

The sources added that there is no guarantee that Charter would also be interested in the proposed merger.

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YouTube Red to be merged with Google Play Music

YouTube Red to be merged with Google Play Music

Internet search giant Google has confirmed that it is working on a plan to merge its YouTube Red service with Google Play Music in order to create a new sleek and streamlined service.

Speaking at a recently-held panel session for the New Music Seminar conference in New York, Google Music chief Lyor Cohen said that the company needed to merge the two services to attract new subscribers.

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Niantic CEO responds to allegations over Pokemon Go Fest mess

Niantic CEO responds to allegations over Pokemon Go Fest mess

Responding to issues related to the failure of the “Pokémon Go” event in Chicago, Niantic CEO John Hanke said his company was committed to listening to even harsh feedback to improve what it does.

Hanke was responding to allegations that the game developer hadn’t effectively prepared for last Saturday’s Pokémon Go event, which was attended by more than 20,000 people but was plagued by technical issues.

The technical issues made the popular video game unplayable for many of the attendees, leading to boos and shouts from the large crowd.

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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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