Samsung Galaxy S7 could try to steal the 4-inch iPhone’s thunder with a March 11th release

We’ve heard a lot about the Samsung Galaxy S7 in the past few months. We know it will look like the Galaxy S6, but have big spec bumps , a better camera and battery. It’ll probably rip-off some of the new iPhone’s best features, and arrive in March. But when in March? We now have […]

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Apple says ‘screw you’ to Europe’s largest hacker conference

The Chaos Computer Club, Europe’s largest collective of hackers, claims that Apple rejected the group’s streaming video app — which would allow users to watch talks from its Chaos Communications Congress event. Why? Because members of the conference had previously hacked iOS, and Apple doesn’t want to help spread the hacking word. The Congress event has run […]

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You can now download iOS 9 jailbreak for OS X

One day after the Library of Congress amended the law to make jailbreaking completely legal in the United States, Chinese jailbreak team Pangu has released a Mac OS X version of its iOS 9 jailbreak. The free jailbreak installer was previously available only for Windows users. It’s compatible with iOS 9.0, 9.0.1 and 9.0.2, although it won’t work […]

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Details emerge on Microsoft’s Lumia 550, the Windows 10 Mobile successor to its Lumia 640

The Lumia 550 is said to look almost ‘exactly like’ the 640 it will replace, featuring a HD AMOLED screen, metal bodywork elements, 4G LTE connectivity and a front-facing LED flash for the selfie-cam. Read more…

BlackBerry’s new Android slider gets an unofficial close-up in new leaked images

The BlackBerry ‘Venice’ has been getting plenty of exposure since its unofficial unveiling at MWC 2015. Today, new high-quality images of the Android handset have leaked, giving us the best look yet. Read more…

Apple Backs Federal Non-Discrimination LGBT Equality Act of 2015

Apple today declared its support for the Equality Act of 2015, introduced by members of congress this afternoon. The Equality Act would expand the Civil Rights Act of 1964, adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the legislation that outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, or national origin.

In a statement to the Human Rights Campaign, Apple echoed sentiments on equality that it has shared several times before:

At Apple we believe in equal treatment for everyone, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, how they worship or who they love. We fully support the expansion of legal protections as a matter of basic human dignity.

The Equality Act will ensure full federal equality for all LGBT Americans, including those who live in the 31 states that do not currently have non-discrimination legislation, protecting LBGT citizens from discrimination when seeking jobs, housing, public accommodations, education, and more.

During Apple CEO Tim Cook’s tenure, Apple has taken a strong position on inclusion and equality. Earlier this year, Apple joined 378 other companies urging the Supreme Court to rule in favor of marriage equality, and the company has participated in the San Francisco Pride Parade for several years running.

Cook himself has made several impassioned speeches on non-discrimination and equality and has publicly opposed harmful religious freedom legislation. Last fall, Cook became the first Fortune 500 CEO to publicly come out as gay, an announcement he made in an effort to „bring comfort to anyone who feels alone“ and to „inspire people to insist on their equality.“

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Acer’s new Liquid M220 Windows Phone goes on sale in Canada and Russia

Acer’s first Windows Phone for several years is now available in more markets – but while the model that’s launched in Canada will have 1GB RAM and 8GB storage, in Russia, it only gets 512MB / 4GB. Read more…

KAZAM confirms Windows 10 phone plans, as part of ‘important partnership’ with Microsoft

KAZAM’s chief marketing officer says the company will continue its „important partnership“ with Microsoft with new Windows 10 phones, echoing similar comments he made in a Neowin interview in March. Read more…

Microsoft’s Lumia 640 XL launches on AT&T this month for $249.99 off-contract

Microsoft’s extra-large Windows Phone will be available to buy from AT&T next week for under $250 off-contract, featuring a 5.7″ HD display, 4G LTE, Snapdragon 400 and 13MP camera with ZEISS optics. Read more…