Google and watchmaker Fossil Group today jointly announced a $40 million deal that will see the search giant take ownership of a portion of Fossil’s smartwatch technology.
Fossil Sport smartwatch The deal, which is being described as „transactional“ and will see some of Fossil’s R&D division join Google, will lead to the launch of a „new product innovation that’s not yet hit the market,“ said Fossil VP and chief strategy officer Greg McKelvey.
Speaking to Wearable, McKelvey said the new product is based on technology that Fossil has been developing out of its $260 million Misfit acquisition in 2015. [...]
The Australian parliament on Thursday passed controversial encryption legislation that could result in tech companies being forced to give law enforcement access to encrypted customer messages.
As we reported in October, Apple opposed the legislation in a seven-page letter to the Australian parliament, calling the encryption bill „dangerously ambiguous“ and wide open to potential abuse by authorities.
Advocates of the bill, officially titled „Assistance and Access Bill 2018,“ argue it is essential to national security because encrypted communications are used by terrorist groups and criminals to avoid detection.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared on HBO on Sunday in a pre-recorded interview with Axios, in which he discussed several issues including Apple’s relationship with Google and the need for privacy regulations in the technology sector.
During the interview, which was conducted at Apple Park, Cook emphasized user privacy as a „core value“ of Apple’s that reaches way back to before smartphones had become a feature of people’s daily lives.
It’s not that it fits in with what we do, it’s that this is a core value of ours. If you look back over time, we were talking about privacy well before iPhone, so we’ve always believed [...]
For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with WaterField Designs to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Tech Folio or Tech Folio Plus, which are cases that are designed for the 10.5 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models.
Priced at $119 for the Tech Folio (for the 10.5-inch iPad) and $149 for the Tech Folio Plus (for the 12.9-inch iPad), the two accessories are available for purchase in a ballistic black nylon with black leather accents or waxed canvas with chocolate leather accents.
Tech Folio WaterField Designs‘ Tech Folios are meant to hold an iPad Pro along with all of the accessories that you might need to go along with it. The Tech [...]