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BMW and Daimler say no to Apple iCar

Apple has been rumored to be working on an electric, semi-autonomous vehicle for a while, however it has been revealed that two of the partners that they were hoping to work with have said no to working with them. Both BMW and Daimler (Mercedes-Benz) have taken a pass on working with Apple. Apple has been scooping up vehicle engineers so it will be interesting to see how this all pans out and who (if anyone) joins up with Apple. The Verge has more details.

Apple won't officially confirm that it's working on an electric, semi-autonomous car, but if the rumors are true it could need to partner with a seasoned car company to help it navigate the tricky and expensive world of automobile manufacturing. Today the list of potential partners just got a little shorter. BMW and Daimler have discontinued negotiations with Apple over the tech giant's rumored car, codenamed "Project Titan," according to German business publication Handelsblatt.

FBI paid $1.3 Million to hack iPhone

Remeber when the FBI was trying to get Apple to break into an iPhone for them? Then remember when the FBI dropped their request because they figured out a way to crack the iPhone themselves? Apparently getting into that iPhone cost them $1.3 million dollars to professional hackers and in their words, "was worth it".  MacRumors has the story.

United States Federal Bureau of Investigations Director James Comey today gave some hints on how much the agency paid to access the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, suggesting a sum upwards of $1.3 million. 

According to Reuters, Comey said the FBI paid an amount exceeding what he will make in the next seven years and four months as director of the FBI. Comey's annual salary is at $183,300, and without raises or bonuses, will result in earnings of $1.34 million. 

Microsoft ends Xbox 360 production

Microsoft has announced they have stopped production of the Xbox 360, bringing an end to one of the most popular gaming consoles in history. You'll still be able to get a 360 in stores but once they are gone they are gone. Luckily if you want to play 360 games Microsoft announced backwards compatibility on their Xbox One consoles. Yahoo Tech has the story.

It's not going anywhere, though

Microsoft has stopped manufacturing new Xbox 360 consoles, the company announced today.

"Xbox 360 means a lot to everyone in Microsoft," said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox. "And while we've had an amazing run, the realities of manufacturing a product over a decade old are starting to creep up on us."

Netflix now has double the subscribers of Comcast

Comcast just released their Q4 results for 2015 which shows them having just over 22 million subscribers. Back in 2011 Comcast had about 22 million users, which was even to the amount of subscribers Netflix had in the USA. Fast forward to 2015 Netflix has seen their subscriber base jump up to just shy of 45 million subscribers while Comcast has remained stagnant. AllFlicks has the details.

Comcast is one of pay TV’s most important (and infamous) companies. They have a monopolistic grip on a huge swath of the United States, which makes them a popular subject on blogs like ours. But just how big is Comcast, really? What happens when you compare their subscriber numbers to, say, Netflix?

Well, Comcast gets clobbered, as it turns out.

Intel looks to cut 12,000 jobs

Intel has announced they are going to be cutting 12,000 jobs (11% of their current workforce). The cuts will be made over the next year and bring the current number of 107,000 employees down to around 95,000. Intel's employee numbers have grown in the past 5 years thanks to the acquisition of McAfee in 2011 and Altera in 2015. Intel has seen global PC shipments drop and hasn't been seeing the revenue they had in the past. Bloomberg has the full story.

Intel Corp. will eliminate 12,000 jobs, or 11 percent of its workforce, embarking on the deepest cutbacks in a decade to gird for a fifth year of declines in the personal-computer market.

The world’s biggest maker of semiconductors said it’s shifting focus to higher-growth areas, such as chips for data center machines and Internet-connected devices. Intel also posted disappointing first-quarter revenue and gave a second-quarter sales forecast that fell short of analysts’ estimates.

WTU Episode #354 - Do You Have Room for VR?

We have just posted up Episode #354 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing piracy isn't killing the movie industry, Nintendo's Miitomo is kind of a big deal and the Coolest Cooler isn't so cool. Check out those and lots more tech stories at the link below.


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Blasting Cap in Ballistics Gel

FullMag takes a look to see what a single blasting cap does when embedded into ballistics gel. I would hate to have a blastic cap in my pocket.


Android Security Reality

While Android had a tough time in the past year when it came to security headlines, the reality is that if you use your device like 99% of Android users - and just get your applications through the Play Store, you'll likely be fine. If you open your phone, unlock the bootloader and install applications by way of sideloading, you have a better chance at something sneaking into you device. That being said, users typically don't do that and the mainstream Android user is actually very safe and secure on the Google platform. Google wants you to "look at the data."

You can read the entire report, if you want to get into the weeds. For those who don’t, the key point is that Google is taking security seriously. That could come from the spark of the Apple-FBI standoff over mobile encryption (or that Apple likes to bludgeon its mobile rival about its security). Ludwig said the Android team was not influenced by the FBI case, but did emphasize that Google is rolling out more and more device encryption.

Source: Re/code

Americans Ditching Broadband in Favor of Mobile

Just when broadband is really starting to get good (1Gbps connections), a new study finds that many Americans are ditching traditional broadband in favor of mobile broadband. With LTE coverage and speed improving all the time, it's not a big surprise for casual usage - but if you are a media junkie, many wireless plans have a bandwidth cap that will cramp your style. This surprises me that "mobile-only" accounts for 20% of American users.

The data, collected from nearly 53,000 households, shows that three-quarters of American households with internet are using a DSL, cable or fiber connection to get online at home. While that is still a vast majority, it's a significant drop from 82 percent in 2013. On the flip side: the proportion of homes that only used a mobile internet connection went from 10 to 20 percent in the same period.

Source: Engadget

Gears of War 4 Beta Access Keys are Coming

If you've been waiting for the Gears of War 4 Early Access Beta keys, you may have noticed that they didn't show up yesterday - the day they were scheduled to arrive. They are on the way, and the team is working at rolling out the keys in smaller waves to ensure that the servers and game works as it is supposed to. If you haven't received your key, don't fret - not yet anyhow. If you haven't received anything by launch day, just remember, Kickstarter works the same way.

There are two things that you need to know if you're expecting a Gears of War 4 beta invite and haven't received one yet. First, and most importantly, is that these invites are being passed out in chronological order. If you bought and played Gears of War: Ultimate Edition first, you're supposed to get your code before those that played the game later after launch.

Source: Neowin

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