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By in Business on February 4, 2017
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Apple makes another change to the keyboard that keeps breaking on the MacBook Pro
May 21, 2019
The launch comes as Apple's laptops have been criticized for a keyboard design that users say breaks easily and results in key presses resulting in doubled-up characters or not registering at all.
Twitter's Ev Williams says his winning bet on Beyond Meat stemmed from vegan past
May 21, 2019
The Twitter co-founder and Obvious Ventures partner spoke about Beyond Meat on Tuesday at Collision Conference in Toronto.
Apple bid to buy Tesla in 2013 for $240 a share, analyst says
May 21, 2019
Craig Irwin of Roth Capital Partners said Apple tried to buy Tesla six years ago for a higher price than where the stock now trades.

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Pandora launches new Mac app, with Windows coming soon
May 20, 2019

Internet radio platform Pandora finally has a native desktop app so you can access the streaming service without having to fiddle with a browser window. The app, which is available for Mac only with Windows support on the way, has a clean, mobile-influenced interface with a blue color scheme, lyric support, and easy-to-use recommendation tools. You can download it here.

Pandora says it’s also shipping some new features exclusive to the app, including keyboard playback controls, on-screen notifications, and controls for its new Pandora Modes feature, which launched back in March. The whole experience is a stripped-down, much more utilitarian alternative to Apple Music and Spotify, both of which are packed to the brim with features and...

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The two most anticipated foldable phones are starting off to disastrous launches
May 20, 2019

In February, the tech industry got its first looks at the first wave of foldable smartphones, with two devices generating the most excitement: the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X. Fast-forward to May, and both devices have gotten off to disastrous fates pre-launch, with the Fold delayed for defective screens and the Mate X’s questionable future for Android support following President Trump’s executive order banning the US from conducting business with the company.

The Huawei Mate X emerged as the most formidable folding phone out of this year’s Mobile World Congress. My colleague Vlad Savov called its design the most refined and polished version of the device category with a form factor that felt sensible and realistic for...

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Huawei’s phone business would be decimated without Google’s Android
May 20, 2019
Huawei P30 Pro.

The news from Sunday night that Google would be complying with a US government edict and suspending business with Huawei is one of the most dramatic moments in Android’s history. Huawei, China’s most prolific smartphone vendor, had started 2019 with explosive double-digit growth and was on a path to eclipse Samsung as the world’s number one phone maker by the year’s end. Without Google’s Android support, however, that’s simply not going to happen — not in 2019 or 2020 or any other date in the future.

Whether this proves to be the most consequential moment in Android’s history has yet to be determined. This could all be just a short-lived scare tactic from a Trump administration trying to demonstrate to the Chinese government its...

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