Apple shares have fallen amid reports that US retailers are selling the iPhone 7 with greater frequency than the new iPhone 8. Modest promotions and a lack of significant new features have been cited as potential contributors to sluggish sales of the iPhone 8.
Competitive Carriers Association has called for the Federal Communications Commission to adopt a flexible but standard regime for licensing wireless airwaves in the run-up to distributing additional 700 MHz spectrum. In a filing, CCA wrote that a straightforward process would ensure that competitive carriers could gain access to adequate spectrum.
Microsoft is shifting its mobile strategy away from hardware to incorporating key desktop features -- such as the Cortana assistant and Edge browser -- into wireless platforms, TechCrunch says, noting that the company is releasing iOS and Android versions of Edge.
Revive IT and eWaste Direct have turned to eBay to sell refurbished electronics, diverting e-waste from landfills in the process. "Ultimately, our business is centralized around being a conduit for large businesses to donate their used electronics and utilize them to make an impact in both the environment and the community in a positive way," said Chris Ko, founder and CEO of Revive IT.
Google's Preferred Care plan for its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones costs $129 and offers two years of accidental damage device protection. UBreakiFix is Google's device repair partner.
Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, has launched Woz U -- an online technology-education platform designed to help prepare people for jobs in technology. The program includes a mobile app, and there are plans to expand the program to campuses in over 30 US cities.
Apple's iPhones tend to provide higher trade-in values than Samsung or Google smartphones, with the iPhone 7 having retained approximately 54% of its trade-in value, Marguerite Reardon writes. High trade-in values are particularly important now that consumers are expected to pay full retail price for new phones, she notes.
Apple is appealing a federal court ruling that allowed a class-action suit related to iPhone App Store prices to proceed, and the Department of Justice on Tuesday agreed to weigh in on the issue with the US Supreme Court. The suit alleges that Apple inflates prices by unlawfully overcharging in commissions on apps.
Alabama became the 24th state to "opt in" to FirstNet's national emergency services program as Connecticut decided to issue a request for proposals seeking alternatives after similar moves from Oregon and Washington.
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