Apple hires Samsung battery exec

From CNET: Apple has hired a Samsung executive to work on battery technology.

Soonho Ahn, a former senior vice president at battery-making affiliate Samsung SDI, joined Apple in December, according to his LinkedIn profile, as reported Wednesday by Bloomberg.

According to his profile, his new title at Apple is global head of battery developments.

He worked at Samsung SDI from April 2015 until this past December. Before joining Samsung SDI, he was an engineering professor and an executive at LG Chem.

Fractal Design introduces the largest Meshify case to date: The Meshify S2

From Fractal Design Press Release: Fractal Design today announced a new addition to the highly acclaimed Meshify series with the launch of the Meshify S2. The new Meshify S2 features the series’ largest and most advanced design yet with bold aesthetics and unprecedented performance potential.

Phanteks announces the Eclipse P600S Hybrid Silent and High-Performance Chassis

From Phanteks Press Release: Phanteks today announced the release of the latest addition to the Eclipse Series product line, the Eclipse P600S. A hybrid solution for silent and high airflow PC systems.

Microsoft Launches $40 Classroom Pen for Students

From PC Mag: This week, Microsoft is highlighting the fact it has seven new Windows 10 devices aimed at the classroom being offered by Lenovo, Acer, and Dell. Prices start below $300 and includes 2-in-1 devices, but that's not the most interesting part of Microsoft's announcement. Students are also getting a $40 digital pen that's hard to destroy.

YouTube TV available nationwide in time for the Super Bowl

From CNET: This year there's more ways to stream the Super Bowl live over the Internet than ever. And if you live in Bangor or Reno or Wilmington, you can now add one more to the list.

Starting today, YouTube TV is available in 95 additional TV markets, including those three, and will roll out nationwide in a matter of days.

Viacom acquires Pluto TV streaming service for $340 million

From The Verge: Viacom has acquired ought Pluto TV, the free ad-supported streaming service, for $340 million in cash. The service, which has around 12 million monthly active users, will operate as an independent subsidiary within the company, and will retain its existing CEO. Pluto TV currently offers around 100 ad-supported channels and a library of on-demand content, both of which can be viewed for free without a subscription.

UPS will expand its Amazon Key-like delivery service into 10 new cities

From The Verge: UPS is expanding its partnership with smart lock startup Latch with availability in 10 more cities. Similar to Amazon Key, the Latch service lets drivers make deliveries in apartment buildings for residents who aren’t home, but it stops short of letting them through your front door.

By the middle of the year, Latch will arrive in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Boston, Miami, and Seattle. Latch is currently operating in New York and San Francisco.

Report: iPhones to be OLED Only in 2020

From PC Mag: If you're not a fan of OLED displays on smartphones, then 2019 is the year to buy yourself a new iPhone as it looks as though Apple is set to drop LCD completely next year.

As The Wall Street Journal reports, the end of LCD panels in iPhones looks to be near due to a couple of major factors. The first is the iPhone XR, which is Apple's only LCD-using iPhone model this generation. It hasn't sold very well for a number of reasons, with cheap batteries and China being the two biggest.

Google fined $57 million under new European data privacy law

From CNET: Google has been fined 50 million euros (about $57 million) by a French regulator for not properly disclosing to users how their data is collected and used for targeted advertising.

The penalty is the biggest yet imposed under a new European privacy law that went into effect in 2018. The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation gives Europeans more control over their information and how companies use it.

Spotify will reportedly let you block artists soon

From CNET: Spotify apparently knows there are some musicians you just don't want to hear from, as it's reportedly testing a block feature on iOS.

The music streaming service is letting a select group of users stop an artist from playing, Thurrott reported Monday. The feature will ensure a blocked artist won't appear in your personal library, playlists, curated playlists, charts, radios or any other feature.

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