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Dark Sky is shutting down its Android app after being acquired by Apple

Indie weather app/company Dark Sky has just been acquired by Apple. As part of the change, the company is shutting down its Android and Wear OS apps. Soon they will no longer be available to download, and on July 1st, 2020, they will stop working entirely, with subscribers receiving a refund at that time. iOS customers will be able to continue using the app.

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Work from home in peace: Now's the time to invest in some noise-canceling headphones

If you're fortunate enough to have a job you're able to do from home, you probably haven't been to the office in a while now. That's good for public health (and maybe good for you if you hate changing out of your pajamas), but it comes with its own challenges. Chief among them: noise. Traffic, neighbors doing yard work, your kids. Noise-canceling headphones won't completely block all of it, but they sure help. Here are some great options.

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Android's new firm press is like Apple's 3D Touch but done with software

Apple touted 3D Touch on its iPhones as revolutionary, but it soon turned out to be an over-engineered feature that felt redundant when a solution as simple as long-press already existed. While the iPhone maker already began phasing it out a couple of years back with the XR, Google is now bringing the feature to its Android OS. Unlike Apple, Google was able to add firm presses using just its software magic without the need for a pressure-sensitive hardware layer.

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Shazam on Android now integrates with Apple Music

The Shazam app was Apple-fied with prominent Apple Music tags and links for your identified songs soon after the tech titan completed its acquisition back in 2018. But still, it could only connect to the Spotify app for exchanging your playlists, but not Apple’s own streaming app. That's changing now as Shazam has added the option (currently in beta) to link your Apple Music account for a similar cross-app integration.

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The FTC is looking into Google's acquisitions over the last decade

The FTC has decided to look into some past acquisitions made by Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft, going back to 2010, asking them now to provide information that wasn't previously required under existing anti-trust regulations. The Commission claims it wants to deepen its understanding of these sorts of smaller acquisitions to better determine if they could be preventing competition in previously unanticipated ways, though it doesn't currently claim any of the companies involved were engaging in anti-competitive behavior.

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Apple iCloud is now easier to access on Android

Apple’s software solutions mostly stay within the confines of its tightly controlled mobile and desktop platforms, barring the odd exception. But the more open nature the tech titan has lately been going after with a subscription-driven model for some services requires apps to work across operating systems. Taking baby steps in that direction, Apple has now optimized its iCloud website for mobile screens, bringing a few of its popular services to Android.

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Huawei sold more phones than Apple in 2019, but Q4 data shows possible trouble

Despite facing a slew of challenges throughout 2019 that threatened to grind Huawei's global business into oblivion, the Chinese phone manufacturer has somehow managed to defy its own financial expectations and surpass one of its most powerful competitors. The latest financial reports are in, and Huawei has officially overtaken Apple to become the second largest global smartphone vendor in 2019. However, Q4 data shows that darker times may soon be ahead.

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The true wireless earbuds market exploded last year, predictably dominated by Apple's AirPods

If you follow enough tech blogs, it's probably pretty clear that interest in true wireless earbuds has increased dramatically over the last couple of years. It took a while for some traditional audio brands to jump on board, but you'll be hard pushed to find one that doesn't make a TWS set now, and it's even possible to find cheaper models that don't sound terrible these days.

Market analysis from Canalys shows that sales figures back up these observations —  true wireless earbuds are the fastest-growing product in the audio segment, with an annual increase of 183% in Q3 2019, and they've surpassed wireless earphones (the ones with wires connecting the two buds) and wireless headphones (on-ear and over-ear) to become the most popular product category.

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Tech giants including Amazon, Apple, and Google come together to establish new smart home standard

Modern "smart" home standards have more than a few dumb things about them, like the fact that certain hardware often locks you into a specific ecosystem of supported devices and software. If something works with Alexa, it doesn't always mean that it will work with the Assistant or Siri, and that's not even mentioning the whole obnoxiousness of "hubs." Thankfully, a new open standard is being developed by some of the biggest names in the smart home industry, with Amazon, Apple, and Google all backing a new open-source approach via the imaginatively titled "Project Connected Home over IP." It's a complicated-sounding name, but what really matters is the fact that future smart home products will be more inter-compatible and secure.

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Check out Costco's Black Friday offerings: Samsung, Sonos, Ring, and more

Black Friday is still weeks away, but retailers are already raring to tell us about their deals. Costco's holiday offerings aren't as jam-packed as, say, Best Buy's; there are no Pixel or Chromebook deals here. Still, there's plenty to chew on, especially if you're thinking about a new Samsung phone.

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