Apple’s AirPower charging mat rumored to ship in September following ‘technical hurdles’

From The Verge: Apple first announced its AirPower wireless charging mat 282 days ago back in September, with a 2018 release promise. Previous rumors had suggested it would launch in March, but an iPad education event and WWDC keynote have both came and passed without any mention of the AirPower mat. Bloomberg reports that Apple is now aiming to start selling its AirPower wireless charging mat before or in September.

Microsoft: No Plans to Support VR on Xbox Consoles

From PC Mag: In June 2016, Microsoft revealed Project Scorpio, which turned into the Xbox One X in 2017. Two key features Xbox chief Phil Spencer teased for the more powerful games console at the time were 4K gaming and high-end virtual reality. We got 4K gaming, but have been left waiting for VR support. Now Microsoft has decided not to support VR or mixed reality (MR) on Xbox.

Intel CEO resigns, CFO will serve as interim chief

From CNET: Intel Corp. on Thursday said that CEO Brian Krzanich has resigned, and the board has named CFO Robert Swan as interim CEO.

The resignation comes after Krzanich disclosed a past consensual relationship with an Intel employee, and an investigation confirmed that it violated Intel's non-fraternization policy.

The board has begun a search for a permanent CEO.

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Microsoft News launches on Android and iOS as rebranded MSN app

From The Verge: Microsoft is launching rebranded Microsoft News apps for both iOS and Android today, alongside using its news engine to power news across a variety of Microsoft products. While the MSN name is going away on Android and iOS, the site itself will remain branded as MSN.com, a portal for news that the software maker launched back in 1995.

Verizon Cuts Off Data Brokers From Location Tracking

From PC Mag: Verizon announced today it would scale back a program that can expose cell phone location data of millions of customers without their consent. After some back and forth and a little public shaming courtesy of a US senator, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile pledged to do the same.

Gold Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus go on sale June 24 at Best Buy and Samsung

From CNET: If the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus don't grab you in lilac purple (our current fave) or coral blue, Samsung is offering up a new shade for its flagship phones: Sunrise gold.

Samsung says that this color will have a "satin gloss finish", a first for Samsung smartphones. What's that mean? Samsung says it's a mix of a satiny and matte texture that's meant to "capture the texture of fabric".

Sounds like it might not capture your fingerprints as much as the superglossy glass S9 phones, either.

Google Brings Android Messages to the Web

From PC Mag: Google is bringing Messages to the web so you can send and receive texts from your computer.

The highly requested feature is rolling out now; to try it out, open the Android Messages app on your phone, tap the more options menu () select "Messages for web," and follow the on-screen instructions. You'll need to open Messages for web on your computer, then scan the QR code there with your phone.

Adobe Project Rush aims to address social media pros' video woes

From CNET: With Project Rush, Adobe intends to provide social media professionals a video-editing tool that's both powerful and easy to use -- on any device. The company delivered a peek at the product this week, and is accepting applications for beta testers (Android will be in beta later than iOS), but it's not slated to officially launch until later this year, my guess is at its Adobe Max conference in mid-October.

Google moves to end website installation of Chrome extensions

From ComputerWorld: Google this week began barring Chrome users from installing add-ons offered by third-party websites, the last steps toward making the company's own market the only available source for browser extensions.

'Gaming Disorder' enters WHO's latest classification-of-diseases draft

From CNET: The World Health Organization just added "Gaming Disorder" to its list of modern ills.

It lives under the "Disorders due to addictive behavior" section in the organization's latest update to its International Classification of Diseases and is broken into three categories: predominantly online, predominantly offline and unspecified. WHO said in December 2017 that it would be adding the disorder.

WHO describes it thusly:

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