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Does Apple have a technology problem?
After Apple on Tuesday reported a slowdown in iPhone sales -- a first since the product was introduced -- some analysts raised questions about where the company is headed. A piece at CNet.com has an interesting take: That while Apple will need big things from the iPhone 7 (whenever that comes out) it might be that the technology Apple needs for for a truly knockout upgrade is still more than a year away.
Pushing for self-driving cars
A supergroup made up of Ford, Google, Uber, Lyft and Volvo have teamed up to form the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, a lobbying group intended to advocate for driverless cars. David Strickland, a former administrator from the National Highway Safety Administration, will serve as spokesperson. The timing is convenient as NHTSA prepares for the second public hearing on self-driving cars.
Nokia to enter digital health tracking market
Nokia announced Tuesday it would buy French company Withings S.A. for 170 million euros, or roughly $191 million, a move that will launch Nokia into the market for digital products that monitor health. Withings’ products include activity trackers, blood pressure monitors and baby monitors built on a digital platform. Withings currently has about 200 employees, and the deal is expected to close in the third quarter.