Apple CEO Tim Cook has cultivated a close relationship with Trump

Apple CEO Tim Cook laughs with President Donald Trump during a meeting in the White House, Washington, March 6, 2019. Leah Millis | Reuters The federal government will determine in the next few months whether Apple will get a tariff exemption on its core products. It’s a critical juncture for Apple and CEO Tim Cook: …

Apple’s AR plans may come to life after acquiring iKinema motion tech

Apple’s ARKit already has many of the fundamentals in place to help developers create augmented reality experiences — this year’s release of ARKit 3 added RealityKit and Reality Composer tools focused on easing the process of adding virtual objects and environments to real world spaces. Now it appears that Apple’s next step could be virtual …

Ninja isn’t helping Mixer catch up to Twitch

Tyler “Ninja” Blevins is doing fine on Mixer. His livestreams continue to attract tens of thousands of viewers. But Ninja’s success is not lifting up other broadcasters on Microsoft’s livestreaming video platform, according to StreamElements and data-tracking firm Aresenal.gg. As more kids went back to school in September, livestreaming hours watched dropped across Twitch, YouTube, …

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled teams up with Call of Duty Endowment

Activision’s Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled has teamed up with the Call of Duty Endowment charity to promote the cause of job placement for veterans. Within the game, fans will now be able to buy a special kart, dubbed the Firehawk Kart, and the proceeds will be donated to the endowment, which finds jobs for U.S. …

ProBeat: Microsoft double dips on dual-screen devices

Microsoft got a little wild at its Surface event this week. The company’s notable announcements ran the gamut from unveiling earbuds that work with Alexa/Cortana/Bixby/Google Assistant/Siri/etc. to embracing AMD to co-engineering a chip with Qualcomm. But the wildest news by far was the announcement of two dual-screen devices, the Surface Neo and Surface Duo, more …

Microsoft: Hackers linked to Iran targeted U.S. presidential candidate

(Reuters) — A hacking group that appears to be linked to the Iranian government has carried out a campaign against a U.S. presidential campaign, Microsoft said on Friday. Microsoft saw “significant” cyber activity by the group that also targeted current and former U.S. government officials, journalists covering global politics and prominent Iranians living outside Iran, …

Call of Duty: Mobile marches past 35 million downloads

Activision Blizzard announced today Call of Duty: Mobile has surpassed 35 million downloads less than a week after its launch. The mobile version of Activision Blizzard’s hit shooter franchise launched on October 1 for Android and iOS. According to Activision Blizzard, it achieved this milestone faster than any other first or third-person shooter on Android …

The RetroBeat: Give me a Diablo II remaster, not Diablo IV

We’re less than a month away from BlizzCon, Blizzard Entertainment’s yearly fan event that always hosts major announcements. The show happens on November 1 and November 2 this year, and I’ll be there covering the proceedings for my third year in a row. This looks like it could be the most exciting BlizzCon I’ve been …

Rep. Tlaib v Detroit PD, round 2, was a missed opportunity to bridge facial recognition debate gap

Weeks ago, a brief Twitter spat ensued between Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and the Detroit Police Department over the latter’s use of facial recognition software, ending with an invitation for Tlaib to visit the Real Time Crime Center headquarters. I predicted here that if the congresswoman took them up on the offer, it would make …

PayPal becomes first member to leave Facebook’s Libra Association

(Reuters) — U.S. payments processor PayPal said on Friday it was leaving Libra Association, the entity managing the Facebook-led effort to build global digital currency Libra, making it the first member to exit the group. PayPal said it would forgo any further participation in the group and would instead focus on its own core businesses. …