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Apple is among a clutch of tech companies in negotiations with the National Football League (NFL) for the nonexclusive digital (streaming) rights to Thursday Night Football, a report from Variety has revealed. While the NFL has said only that it is in "active discussions with prospective digital partners" on the matter, Verizon's Go90 service, Amazon, Apple, Google, and others are involved in negotiations. CBS and NBC, who have the television rights, will also be able to stream the games in the US.
Google is paying Apple a large amount of money in order to have its search bar on the high-selling iPhone, according to recently published court transcripts. In a battle between Oracle and Google over the unpaid use of Java to develop Android, Oracle's lawyers claimed in court that Apple received $1 billion for the privilege of being included in the iPhone's search in 2014, among other intriguing details Google believes should have remained confidential.
A child has been injured by a leaking novelty iPhone 5c case, with the contents burning the nine-year-old victim's leg. Olivia Retter acquired the case from store chain New Look in the United Kingdom for £6 ($8.70), with it featuring a liquid and glitter-filled snow globe design, but after accidentally sleeping on it a few days after purchase, the case leaked and caused chemical burns to the child's skin in the shape of the case itself.
The NFL will host three exhibition games in London in 2016 -- a country that associates the world "football" with something quite different -- and the league plans to stream on the web, and technology companies -- including Apple, Google, Amazon, and presumably the firm that streamed last year's sole exhibition match, Yahoo -- are in talks with the NFL to buy the rights to the streaming. Live-streaming of sports events is seen as key to encouraging more people to "cut the cord" of traditional cable TV, which would benefit companies that can bridge the gap in sports coverage.
On Monday, Ford took itself off the list of car manufacturers that had not formalized their plans for Apple's CarPlay technology (and to a lesser extent Google's Android Auto) by announcing that all 2017 Ford models that include the company's Sync 3 platform will have them as standard. Later this year, 2016 model owners with the Sync 3 system, which is powered by BlackBerry's QNX, will be able to add CarPlay compatibility. In related news, rival Toyota will adopt Ford's SmartDeviceLink API so that app developers can write software for the company's vehicles.
A promotion from T-Mobile that allows its subscribers to watch streaming video without affecting their plan's data allowance has come under fire from Alphabet's YouTube, as it is allegedly affecting services not included in the offer. It is claimed T-Mobile is lowering the quality of video from YouTube, a service not covered by the carrier's Binge On program, with the added suggestion it is affecting other video services that are also not covered by the scheme.
As usual, Apple products dominated Google's "Year in Search" rankings in the area of consumer tech. Aside from the iPhone 6s being the top search term, the company's Apple Watch placed third, and the new iPad Pro was rated in fourth place. Only one Samsung product placed in the top five, but it did capture second place -- the Galaxy S6 smartphone. LG captured the fifth spot with the G4 smartphone. None of the consumer tech items made it into the overall top 10 searches of the year.
Project Fi, Google's experimental carrier service, is expanding its support to other devices, including tablets that require a data-only wireless plan in order to access the Internet over LTE. Customers are now able to order and receive a data-only SIM card, with Google making it usable in devices other than Nexus-branded hardware for the first time, including the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S.
Google has updated its Google Play Movies & TV app for iOS, making it more useful in Apple's ecosystem. Released today, the latest version of the app introduces AirPlay support for the first time, among other new additions to the software, allowing users to view content bought or rented from the online store on a television via an Apple TV, directly from the app itself instead of using AirPlay Mirroring.
Songza is shutting down its curated music playlist service on January 31 next year, with it encouraging users to migrate their accounts over to Google Play Music. Acquired by Google in July last year and integrated into Google Play Music, the duplication of services is forcing Songza to close its standalone offering in favor of concentrating work just on the features included within Google's own music-streaming app.
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Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN
MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe
Pocket for iOS adds readability settings
Offline reader iOS app Pocket has updated, with reader-friendly changes. With the new revision, premium subscribers can adjust character spacing, and choose from eight new fonts including one that makes it easier for sufferers of dyslexia to read saved content. The app itself is free, with a premium subscription available for $5 a month, or $45 a year. http://apple.co/1KuILBl