Amazon Fire TV gets Apple TV app as Apple TV Plus service nears

From CNET: Hey, Apple TV app, welcome to Amazon's Fire TV. Amazon announced that starting today, Apple's app is now available for download to Amazon Fire TV devices, namely the Fire TV streaming stick and Fire TV Stick 4K. Amazon says the app is coming soon to additional Fire TV devices, including the Fire TV Cube.

Huawei’s folding Mate X ships next month for $2,400

From The Verge: Huawei’s much-delayed folding phone, the Mate X, is finally going on sale next month. The company announced the news at a launch event today attended and reported on by Sina Digital.

The Mate X is a 5G phone with Huawei’s Kirin 980 processor and Barong 5000 modem, and it has a dual-cell 4,500mAh battery that can reportedly be filled to 85 percent in half an hour with 55W fast charging. When unfolded, the screen is 8 inches diagonal, and when it’s closed it’s like having a phone with a 6.6-inch screen on the front and a 6.38-inch panel on the back.

Huawei says it shipped 200M phones quicker than it did in 2018

From CNET: Huawei is keen to remind the world that the US ban isn't holding it back. The controversial company shipped 200 million phones two months earlier than it did in 2018, it said Wednesday, the same day its Mate X foldable phone launched in China.

Its release puts this success down to the launch of "stand-out devices" like the P30 and Mate 30 series, as well as the 5G Kirin 990 chip that powers the latter.

Google Duplex launches internationally with limited New Zealand pilot

From The Verge: Google is piloting its Duplex service outside of the US for the first time, with a new trial to confirm holiday opening hours in New Zealand. Starting this week, the company says its AI-powered voice assistant will be calling up a “small number of local businesses” to ask about their opening hours during the country’s upcoming Labour Day public holiday on October 28th. The information will be used to update the businesses’ details on Google Maps and Search.

Netflix Looks at 'Consumer-Friendly Ways' to Limit Password Sharing

From PC Mag: Earlier this month, Netflix reported its third quarter results for 2019 and they make for positive reading. Revenue is up, income doubled, and millions more people subscribed to the service. However, Netflix is a rapidly maturing service and it will become increasingly challenging to continue growing, so the problem of password sharing has been raised.

Pokemon Go will let you battle other players online in 2020

From CNET: Pokemon Go was a global smash upon its 2016 release, and it has remained one of the top grossing games on iOS and Android ever since. The game's longevity is made more impressive when you consider that there's no online battle mode, since online battle modes are usually how companies keep players coming back to their games. But Pokemon Go developer Niantic is changing that, announcing Monday that the Go Battle League will launch in 2020.

Report: Huawei Is Talking to US Companies About Licensing 5G

From PC Mag: Chinese giant Huawei has reportedly been in discussions with US telecom companies about licensing its 5G network equipment.

According to Reuters, Vincent Pang, senior vice president of Huawei, said that some American firms were interested in either a long-term deal or a one-off transfer of Huawei's 5G patents, but would not go into more details about which companies these were.

Alexa and Google voice assistants app exploits left it vulnerable to eavesdropping

From CNET: There's already privacy concerns when it comes to smart speakers in the home -- but now security researchers have found that malicious apps designed to eavesdrop can sneak through Google and Amazon's vetting process.

On Sunday, Security Research Labs disclosed their findings after developing eight voice apps that could listen in on people's conversations through Amazon's Echo and Google's Nest devices. All of the apps passed through Google and Amazon's review process for third-party apps. The research was first reported by CNET's site ZDNet.

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