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Apple 'considered' buying mobile payment firm Square, but Google deal seen as more likely

04/09/2014, 09:04 am

Both Apple and Google have reportedly had internal discussions about making respective offers to buy mobile payment company Square, though Google is seen as the more likely of the two to actually go through with a purchase.


Apple moves to renew FRAND licensing suit against Motorola

04/09/2014, 12:04 am

With a court battle against Samsung raging on the West Coast, Apple on Tuesday asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. to renew a lawsuit against Motorola's alleged unreasonable licensing fees for declared-essential cellphone technology.


Apple, Google & others could pay 'blindingly high' $9B in anti-poaching class-action suit

04/08/2014, 09:04 am

A class-action lawsuit from tech sector employees against employers including Apple and Google seeks some $9 billion in lost wages --an astronomical sum that the complainants could ultimately receive, some believe, thanks to a mountain of evidence appearing to implicate Silicon Valley employers in an alleged no-hire cartel.


Apple's iOS 7 reaches 87% adoption, still growing faster than Android 4.4 KitKat

04/07/2014, 05:04 pm

Apple has updated its App Store statistics for April, reporting that 87 percent of its users accessing the iTunes Store have now installed its latest iOS 7.


Samsung's 'Beat Apple' memo: 'Threat from Apple extremely real and urgent'

04/07/2014, 05:04 am

While the tech media has devoted lots of attention to Apple's concerned reaction to Samsung's 2012 marketing blitz, evidence likely to be presented during the Apple vs Samsung trial shows that it was Samsung that targeted its attention on "beating Apple" as its "#1 priority" for 2012.


Google prepping 'Android TV' set-top box with stripped-down interface, voice input and notifications

04/05/2014, 07:04 pm

According to supposedly leaked documents, Google is readying a new contender for the living room in Android TV, a set-top box with an easy-to-use card interface, voice controls, push notifications and more.


Silicon Valley anti-poaching suit to proceed as judge denies requests from Apple, others

03/28/2014, 09:03 pm

A federal judge on Friday issued an order denying requests from Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe to escape going to trial over claims that the four tech heavyweights artificially suppressed employee wages through anti-poaching agreements.


How Wikipedia's sloppy facts obscured reality in Apple vs. Samsung trial

03/28/2014, 01:03 pm

In 2011, the world's two most profitable mobile phone makers engaged in a global IP war that continues to this day. As Apple and Samsung prepare for their second trial, it's useful to review why many onlookers were so ill informed about the first one: Wikipedia.


Samsung 'puzzled' as South Korean carriers upstage Galaxy S5 launch with early sales

03/27/2014, 10:03 am

Apple's chief rival Samsung had big plans for the debut of its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone on April 11, but carriers in its native country of South Korea have opted to upstage that launch date by releasing the new handset early.


iPhone IP Wars: Nokia vs Apple vs HTC, Motorola & Samsung

03/27/2014, 08:03 am

In 2007 Apple introduced iPhone, emphasizing that virtually every significant aspect of its entirely new experience and industrial design was protected by patents. Three years later a global patent war erupted. Who's to blame?


Google Glass partners with maker of Ray-Ban, Oakley for more stylish headwear

03/25/2014, 04:03 pm

While the developer preview of Glass has established the heads-up display as advanced technology, it's also earned Google's headwear a reputation for being unfashionable --something the company hopes to address with a new partnership with the Luxottica Group.


HTC unveils 5" HTC One M8 with gesture controls, dual rear cameras, slo-mo video

03/25/2014, 03:03 pm

Taiwanese handset maker HTC on Tuesday unveiled its latest flagship device intended to take on Apple's iPhone: the HTC One M8, with a larger screen, higher-spec internals, a depth-sensing camera and dual LED flash -- but no biometrics.


Steve Jobs threatened 'war' as Google tried to poach Safari engineers for nascent browser team

03/24/2014, 04:03 pm

Google may have sparked the Silicon Valley anti-poaching scandal when the company infuriated Steve Jobs by attempting to lure members of Apple's Safari team to work on Google's then-nascent browser effort, according to internal emails revealed in new court filings.


Google Photowall turns your TV into a crowdsourced pinboard, Loopy HD goes half-off

03/24/2014, 12:03 pm

Two interesting developments hit the App Store over the weekend, as Google's new Photowall app lets iPhone owners beam photos from their handset to their TV using the company's Chromecast streaming stick, while Loopy HD is now 50% off after being featured on The Tonight Show.


With Android Wear, Google fires first shot in hardware war against Apple

03/23/2014, 07:03 pm

Google's aggressive stance with Android Wear, putting industrial design -- rather than tech specs or bundled software -- at the forefront, reveals the makings of a strategy designed to take on Apple at their own game.


Samsung's Galaxy S4 displaced other Androids in U.S. but iPhone 5 adoption still faster

03/21/2014, 02:03 pm

A new report on North American adoption of smartphones found iPhone 5 gained users the fastest, building upon Apple's lead in U.S. and Canadian market share, but that Samsung phones displaced other Android devices, giving the Korean giant a plurality of Android's user base.


Motorola, LG announce first crop of Android Wear-powered smart watches

03/18/2014, 03:03 pm

Google's nascent Android Wear platform gained two standard-bearers Tuesday as American smartphone maker Motorola unveiled the Moto 360 and South Korean consumer products giant LG introduced the G Watch.


Google unveils Android Wear software platform for smart watches and wearables

03/18/2014, 12:03 pm

Google on Tuesday took the wraps off of Android Wear, an initiative aimed at creating a variant of the company's Android mobile operating system that is specially adapted to meet the needs of wearable devices.


Google Play Games cross-platform multiplayer comes to iOS, stepping up competition with Apple's Game Center

03/17/2014, 01:03 pm

Multiplayer support in Google Play Games has gone multi-platform, with a new software development kit that allows gamers to compete with one another while playing titles on Apple's iOS, as well as Android and the Web.


Apple's iPhone is most-desired smartphone in emerging markets, passing Samsung

03/14/2014, 10:03 am

While many customers in emerging markets may not be able to afford an iPhone, they'd still prefer it over competing devices running Google's Android, including handsets from Apple rival Samsung, a recent survey reveals.