Longtime Apple hardware engineering executive Rubén Caballero has left the company, The Information reports. Caballero was in charge of working with suppliers to integrate modems into Apple’s smartphones, and was spearheading its efforts in the 5G space.
Anki, the San Francisco-based robotics and artificial intelligence startup, has announced that it will be closing its doors. Despite being featured on-stage at Apple events and raising more than $200 million in funding, the company says it has run out of money and options, forcing the company to shut down.
Apple has quietly launched a new YouTube channel dedicated to its new Apple TV service. First spotted by MacStories, the channel offers a mix of trailers for upcoming movies and TV shows, celebrity interviews, behind the-scenes-footage and more.
BlackBerry announced on Thursday that it will be closing its once-popular messaging platform next month. The company says the consumer-side of the BBM service will officially shut down on May 31st, but it plans to keep the enterprise version online for the foreseeable future, and it will be opening that up to all users.
Amazon on Thursday announced that customers in the U.S. are now able to listen to streaming music for free via Alexa. The service is of course support by ads, and is extremely curated, but you won’t need a membership with Amazon Prime or its Music Unlimited plan—just an Alexa-enabled device.
Apple’s recently-announced settlement with Qualcomm didn’t come cheap, according to UBS analyst Timothy Arcuri. In a research note released Thursday, Arcuri said the iPhone-maker likely paid between $5 and $6 billion to put a stop to the bevy of legal battles between the two companies.
Samsung handed out review units of its new $2,000 folding smartphone to journalists this week, and it doesn’t seem to be going very well. Multiple reviewers hit social media on Wednesday to say that their Galaxy Fold handsets are suffering from a debilitating display issue after just a few days of use.
Hot on the heels of the settlement news between Apple and Qualcomm, Intel has announced that it is exiting the 5G smartphone modem business. In a press release late Tuesday afternoon, the company said it sees “no clear path to profitability” in the space.
Apple and Qualcomm have reached a settlement in their ongoing royalty dispute. The two companies issued a press release Tuesday afternoon, stating that they will drop all litigation and enter a six-year licensing agreement, effective as of the beginning of this month.
Following Hulu, Directv NOW and other streaming services, YouTube TV announced today that it will be increasing its price to $50 per month, and $55 per month for customers billed through Apple. That’s a significant hike, considering the original YouTube TV plan cost just $35 per month.
Apple on Friday confirmed that it has officially canceled AirPower. In a statement to TechCrunch’s Matthew Panzarino, SVP of Hardware Engineering Dan Riccio said that after much effort, the company has decided to cancel the project.