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Apple is Poaching Xbox Engineers to Launch a Gaming Console of Its Own

Apple has been eyeing the video gaming console market for a while and even tried to bring in engineers from Microsoft Xbox.

The rumor was revealed on the latest episode of Xbox Two on YouTube. Windows Central writer, Jez Corden, stated that the source is not quite reliable, with negligible evidence.
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Robot Outperforms Humans in World’s First Independent Laparoscopic Surgery

Although we didn’t get flying cars in the 21st century as we had expected, we did get robot surgeons. In a recent breakthrough, researchers at Johns Hopkins University successfully trained a robot to perform an autonomous laparoscopic surgery on a pig.

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Facebook is Selling Off Its Diem Cryptocurrency Project

The Diem Association, a group of companies working on a block-chain based payment system, is reportedly selling its technology assets to Silvergate Capital for $200 million, states the Wall Street Journal.

Meta, formally known as Facebook, is one of the founding members of the Diem Association.

Bloomberg also reported that Meta was working on selling Diem’s assets as a way to return some capital to the investors behind the project.

Earlier, Facebook planned to introduce Libra in 2019. Since then, Facebook and Diem have scaled their efforts, numerous times. Libra was initially meant to be a digital token backed by numerous international fiat currencies.

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APPLE TO LET IPHONES ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS

Apple Inc is planning a new service that will allow small businesses to accept payments directly on their iPhones without any extra hardware, Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

For payments to get accepted on an iPhone, retailers currently use payment terminals to receive money on their iOS devices that are connected via Bluetooth, such as Block Inc’s Square payment systems.

The new feature will instead turn the iPhone into a payment terminal, allowing merchants to accept payments with the tap of a credit card or another iPhone onto the back of their device, the Bloomberg report said.

The system will likely use iPhone’s near field communications, or NFC, chip that is currently used for Apple Pay, the report said, adding the feature may roll out through a software update in the coming months.

The company has been working on the new feature since around 2020, the report said, when it paid about $100 million for Mobeewave, a Canadian startup, that developed technology for smartphones to accept payments with the tap of a credit card.

Apple declined to comment on the report when contacted by Reuters.

According to the report, it is unclear whether the payment acceptance option will be branded as part of Apple Pay or if the company plans to partner with an existing payment network for the feature or launch it alone.

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Google Has Devised a New Way to Track You

Google has been tracking people across the web for quite a while now and using the results to display tailored ads. The company was able to generate $65.1 billion in revenue, most of it through ads, during Q3 2021, a 41% percent increase from the last year.