Facebook in talks to live stream MLB games this season

Facebook is in talks with Major League Baseball to live stream games this season, reports Reuters. The deal would include at least one game per week, which could be accessed for free by users logged into the platform.

The move comes just a week after Facebook announced plans for a video-focused Apple TV app, as part of the social network’s efforts to push further into original programming—a strategy shared by several tech firms.

AT&T announces new unlimited data plan: 4 lines for $180

AT&T on Thursday announced that it is expanding its unlimited data plan offering to all customers. Starting tomorrow, all customers will be able to get unlimited talk, text and data on 4 lines for $180.

The move follows a similar one by the carrier’s close competitor Verizon, who announced its own unlimited data plan earlier this week, and comes amidst strong pressure from both T-Mobile and Sprint.

The next iPhone could cost more than $1000

Apple is planning to launch a special 10th-anniversay iPhone this year that will likely cost more than $1,000, reports Fast Company. Citing sources with knowledge of Apple’s plans, the site says an OLED display and other new features will push the handset’s price tag higher than ever before.

As has been previously rumored, the source says the new display will measure 5.8-inches diagonally and stretch across the entire front of the phone, framed by forged stainless steel sides. Apple has been working to get rid of the physical Home button, and the side buttons may also go all digital.

Apple hires Dropcam co-founder Greg Duffy

Former CEO and co-founder of Dropcam Greg Duffy has joined Apple, reports The Information. A company spokesman has confirmed the high profile hiring to the outlet, but would not comment on what his role would be in Cupertino.

KGI: Kaby lake processors and more RAM coming to Mac laptops this year

Apple is planning updates for its MacBook and MacBook Pro lines later this year, according to a research note from KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo. The noted analyst says the new notebooks will feature Intel’s next-generation Kaby Lake processors and updated RAM options.

Kuo says the refreshed 12-inch MacBook models will enter mass production as early as March, and may offer a new 16GB RAM option (currently capped off at 8GB). As for the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models, he doesn’t see production starting until early third quarter.

Apple executives miss out on cash incentives as company falls short of sales goals

Tim Cook and other executives received less revenue in 2016, as Apple failed to hit its revenue and profit goals for the year. The Wall Street Journal points to a regulatory filing, which says the miss kept the leaders from hitting some cash incentives.

Apple said its annual sales were $215.6B, 3.7% below its target of $223.6B, and its operating income of $60B was 0.5% short of their $60.3B target. As a result, Cook received $8.75 million in 2016 compensation, down from $10.3 million in 2015.

Report: next iPhone to feature Tap to Wake and fast charging

The next iPhone may feature Tap to Wake, fast charging and other new features, reports Forbes. The outlet spoke to noted tipster Sonny Dickson, who laid out what he expects from Apple’s next handset.

First Dickson says the new iPhone will include a “Tristar 3, Hydra” chip, which manages the charging port and supports fast charging. He doesn’t offer up any additional details, though, and notes that just because it supports the tech, doesn’t mean Apple will utilize it.

Hulu reaches deal with CBS for upcoming streaming service

Hulu has struck a deal with CBS for its upcoming streaming service, reports The Wall Street Journal. The agreement includes live streaming and on-demand content from CBS Corp.’s various channels at a rumored rate of ~$3/month per subscriber.

Hulu Chief Executive Mike Hopkins announced the agreement at an investor conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday, saying the live-streaming service will cost “under” $40 and include Hulu’s current video-on-demand library that starts at $8/month.

Apple removes New York Times apps from Chinese App Store

Apple removed news apps created by The New York Times from the App Store in China late last month. The Times itself says that it spoke with the iPhone-maker, and it was told that the removal was in response to a request from Chinese authorities.
The Chinese government began blocking NYT websites in 2012, following a series of articles on the wealth amassed by the family of then-prime minister Wen Jiabao. This latest move limits access to one of its few remaining channels in the country.

Intel announces Kaby Lake processors for Macs and more

Intel on Tuesday officially announced its full 7th generation Intel Core processor line, known by many as Kaby Lake, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. There are over 40 new performance-class processors in the family, which are based on Intel’s 14nm+ process technology, that offer more speed, productivity and security than previous generations.

Report: new Apple Watch coming this fall with better battery, similar design

Apple plans to introduce a next-generation Apple Watch in the third quarter of this year, reports Economic Daily News. Citing market watchers, the Chinese outlet says the new wearable will feature better performance and longer battery life.

The Watch is expected to be manufactured by Quanta Computer, who was responsible for building the first and second-gen models, and their focus will be improving the battery. The hardware will not likely see much change, the report added.