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How to request an invitation for the Black Card (formerly known as the Centurion® Card from American Express)

American Express disclaimer Carrying the “Black Card,” formally known as the Centurion® Card from American Express, gives you special status. It’s rare and broadcasts that you’re part of a small group of individuals who have exclusive access to the invitation-only elite card. Its inaccessibility makes it sought after by credit card hackers and American Express …

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Apple still has a world to reach with the iPhone's 5G promise

Apple’s secret weapon for iPhone 13 deployment isn’t such a big secret: It’s 5G. More specifically, it’s the accelerating adoption and deployment of 5G services and infrastructure that will stimulate demand for Apple’s smartphones. Here’s why: Infrastructure for 5G is still being deployed. In the US, not every region has equal access to the tech, …

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What happens when you put iPhone chips in Macs?

Ten years after the first Apple-designed chip, the A4 System on a Chip, debuted in the iPad and the iPhone 4, Apple introduced its M1 SoC for personal computers. Launched in November 2020, the ARM-based processor uses the same basic architecture as the A-series chips and powers a range of Apple PCs including the MacBook …

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Resistant AI scores $16.6M for its anti-fraud fintech tools

Resistant AI, which uses artificial intelligence to help financial services companies combat fraud and financial crime — selling tools to protect credit risk scoring models, payment systems, customer onboarding and more — has closed $16.6 million in Series A funding. GV (formerly Google Ventures) led the round, with participation from existing investors Index Ventures (led …

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Alibaba Cloud to build own servers with new in-house chip

Alibaba Cloud says it has built its own server chip, touting it to be compatible with the latest Armv9 architecture. The Chinese tech giant also plans to develop its own servers that will be designed for “general purpose” and “specialised AI computing”. Custom-built by its chip development unit T-Head, the new 5nm server chip is …

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Apple’s new MacBook Pros leapfrog the competition

In all my years of Apple reporting, I’ve never seen a change of this magnitude for the Mac. Since I first began reporting on Apple’s business in 1999, I’ve watched as Apple tried really hard to explain the good points of each iteration of the old G-series Macs. I was pleased at the performance gains …

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Make your own promotional videos the easy way

Smart phones, webcams, and YouTube have made it simple for anyone to record and share video. But adapting your visual creations for business purposes isn’t so easy. If you want to overlay text, add background music, splice in B-roll, or add slide shows to your message, you’ll need to load your recording into a desktop …