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Chrome 53 will begin phase-out of Adobe Flash, Google says

08/09/2016, 03:08 pm

A promised wind-down of Flash support in Chrome will start with Chrome 53, releasing next month, Google announced on Tuesday.


New Google Photos ad riffs on struggles of 16GB iPhone users

08/08/2016, 12:08 pm

A new advertisement for Google Photos presents a solution for storage woes on low-capacity iPhones. But the pitch could have less relevancy if rumors prove true and Apple gives up on 16-gigabyte base configurations with the 'iPhone 7.'


Google Play Store gets Family Library feature with limited iOS support

07/27/2016, 03:07 pm

Google on Wednesday launched Family Library, a feature for the Google Play Store closely mirroring Apple's own Family Sharing for iTunes, iBooks, and the App Store -- including some iOS support.


Redbox makes second go at online streaming, Google Maps gets 'Wi-Fi only' mode

07/25/2016, 01:07 pm

Better known for its DVD and Blu-ray rental kiosks, Redbox is reportedly braving a second foray into online streaming. Google, meanwhile, is rolling out a new "Wi-Fi only" option for data-conscious users of its Maps mobile app.


Pokemon Go sets Apple App Store record for launch downloads, but US growth slowing

07/22/2016, 03:07 pm

The extraordinarily popular Pokémon Go has broken the previous record for downloads in the first week after launch, as "peak Pokémon" hit one week after U.S launch.


Pokemon Go launches in the UK, is now the biggest mobile game in US history

07/14/2016, 08:07 am

The Pokémon Go deployment rolls on with the game appearing in the U.K. App Store overnight on Thursday, one day after the title went live in Germany.


Privacy Shield gives US firms new pact for accessing European data

07/12/2016, 04:07 pm

On Tuesday a new pact, Privacy Shield, went into effect between the U.S. and the European Union, giving American companies a simpler alternative to dealing with the E.U.'s normal data protection rules when shuttling data across the Atlantic.


Pokemon Go players sacrifice full Google account access, pair of fixes coming soon

07/12/2016, 10:07 am

Amid revelations that the popular Pokémon Go game for iPhone offers universal access to Google accounts, Google and Niantic have said that user emails and other sensitive data are not being harvested, and that a pair of fixes are incoming.


Pokemon GO is earning Apple's App Store 3x as much money as Nintendo

07/11/2016, 08:07 pm

App Store chart-topping downloads of the hit game Pokemon GO have sent Nintendo's stock soaring, adding more than $7 billion to its market capitalization. However, the Japanese gaming icon is reportedly earning significantly less from app-related sales than Apple is from its App Store cut.


The 'iPhone 7' effect: Android makers reportedly slow down chip orders ahead of Apple's launch

07/07/2016, 09:07 am

With the next-generation iPhone expected to launch in just a few months, a new supply chain report claims that Android device makers are trimming their chip orders, apparently hoping to avoid direct competition with Apple's latest model.


Google renews bid to sanction Oracle for leaking search deals with Apple

07/05/2016, 04:07 pm

Google is once again seeking sanctions against a lawyer for Oracle accused of violating a court protective order by revealing Google's massive annual payments to Apple for iPhone search bar privileges.


Actually, there is something new about Apple's upcoming iPhone 7

07/03/2016, 03:07 am

Despite a flurry of incessant news reports maintaining that Apple is poised to bore its customers to death with a completely snooze-worthy iPhone 7 this fall, there's actually excessive evidence providing reason to believe that the portended death of iPhone 7 has been greatly exaggerated--for reasons that should be obvious.


Google may release self-designed smartphone by end of 2016 - report

06/27/2016, 04:06 pm

Google is reportedly working on a new self-branded phone over which it will exert more design, software, and manufacturing control, putting the company in more direct competition with Apple's iPhone.


YouTube rolls out Periscope-style live streaming support on mobile

06/24/2016, 11:06 am

Putting itself in direct competition with Facebook and Twitter, YouTube is now in the beginning stages of rolling out live video streaming from its main mobile app.


WWDC 2016: Apple's Siri and the future of voice vs. Amazon's Alexa Echo, Google Now, Microsoft Cortana

06/09/2016, 10:06 am

While a variety of tech commentators have played up a dramatic "voice-first" rivalry ostensibly led by the Amazon Echo, a yet-unreleased Google Home and Microsoft's Cortana (and apparently miserably trailed by Apple's Siri), real data shows that's not actually the case.


Google to ape Apple's 'Subscriptions 2.0' payout policy without customer retention stipulation

06/08/2016, 06:06 pm

After Apple announced an upcoming change to its App Store revenue sharing policies that will net developers a larger cut for customers who maintain a subscription for more than one year, a report now says Google plans to offer identical terms -- minus the probationary period.


iTunes U expands cloud support, new Google app turns Live Photos into GIFs

06/07/2016, 04:06 pm

Apple on Tuesday released an important update to its iTunes U iOS app, adding features like a cloud-capable document picker. Google meanwhile debuted Motion Stills, an iPhone app that creates unusual GIFs based on Live Photos.


Tony Fadell, "father of the iPod," steps down from CEO post at Google's Nest

06/03/2016, 04:06 pm

Tony Fadell, the founder and chief executive of Nest--the hardware firm acquired by Google in 2014 for $3.2 billion--has announced that "the time is right to 'leave the Nest.'"


Apple's iPhone is no Blackberry: a closer look at AI and the world's biggest company

05/30/2016, 07:05 pm

Last week, developer Marco Arment suggested in a blog posting that if Apple were to fail to grasp the potential for voice-based Artificial Intelligence to change the nature of smartphone demand, the company's core revenue generator could suffer the same fate as RIM's Blackberry, which a decade prior had similarly failed to see the importance of iPhone's advanced multitouch experience until it was too late to do anything about it.


Twitter for iOS gets 'Peek and Pop' 3D Touch gesture support, Google adds AMP integration

05/27/2016, 09:05 pm

Ubiquitous microblogging service Twitter on Friday released an updated version of its iOS app with native support for in-app "Peek and Pop" 3D Touch gestures, while Google refreshed its flagship search app with integrated Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) technology.