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Apple HomeKit partner Honeywell takes on Google's Nest with Lyric smart thermostat

06/11/2014, 09:06 am

Honeywell, a name familiar to hundreds of millions of consumers around the world thanks to its iconic round thermostats, is gearing up to put its own spin on the "internet of things" with a new, Internet-connected thermostat called Lyric.

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Beats acquisition to result in first and only Apple apps for Android & Windows Phone

05/29/2014, 10:05 am

When recent reports suggested Apple was considering bringing iTunes to Android to help boost flagging music sales, skeptics scoffed at the thought of the iPhone maker supporting a competing platform. But with its $3 billion purchase of Beats, Apple has now revealed it plans to keep the Beats Music subscription apps alive not only on Google's Android, but also Microsoft's Windows Phone.

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Google reportedly looking into Dropcam acquisition as foray into home surveillance

05/26/2014, 09:05 pm

A report on Monday claims Google is mulling an entrance into the home security business with a buyout of Dropcam, a purchase that would expand the Internet search giant's in-home product placement beyond thermostats and smoke detectors.

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Google's VirusTotal adds desktop file analysis client for Apple's OS X

05/26/2014, 11:05 am

Google's online malware analysis tool VirusTotal, which acts as a "meta scanner" for suspicious files, on Monday announced the availability of a new desktop upload client for the Mac.

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Google's current stance on patents with Android would have prevented Google from ever having existed

05/25/2014, 11:05 pm

Just over 15 years ago, two Stanford University students set out to commercialize PageRank, a brilliant new search engine concept they'd developed to organize the Internet's vast array of information. However, the same intellectual property rights Google now opposes in regard to Android would have prevented Larry Page and Sergey Brin from ever having got their company off the ground back then.

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YouTube teases new mobile app for content creators, on-site crowdfunding

05/23/2014, 03:05 pm

Online video powerhouse YouTube on Friday gave users a glimpse at the future of its product roadmap, which is set to expand to include a new mobile application aimed at helping content creators manage their channels as well as a way to raise money from viewers.

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Google reportedly developing 'Project Tango' tablet with 3D mapping capabilities

05/22/2014, 11:05 pm

Google is reportedly working on a tablet version of its "Project Tango" computer vision initiative that incorporates multiple advanced imaging sensors into a portable device for real time three-dimensional mapping.

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Bounden delays iOS to Android port after finding many Google phones' gyroscopes don't work

05/21/2014, 01:05 pm

Game Oven, the developer of Bounden, a novel dancing app making use of iPhone's gyroscope, has delayed its planned Android port after finding that even top tier devices using Google's platform have defective, inconsistent and in some cases completely faked gyroscope hardware.

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Google admits it may place ads on thermostats, glasses, car dashboards & refrigerators

05/21/2014, 09:05 am

Almost any display, from the wrist to the wall, could be fair game for Google to send advertisements, the company has admitted in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, going as far as to say that even refrigerators could one day serve Google AdSense to their users.

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Apple wins broad injunction against Samsung in The Netherlands over bounce-back patent

05/20/2014, 05:05 pm

Samsung lost an appeal in the Netherlands over its infringement of Apple's bounce-back patent, resulting in a broad injunction against selling accused devices and all other infringing devices that Samsung has introduced or will introduce.

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Google Glass found to cause eye pain in some new users

05/20/2014, 01:05 pm

The somewhat awkward positioning of the display in Google's head-worn mobile device dubbed Glass has been shown to cause eye muscle fatigue and headaches in some early adopters, leading at least one evangelist to suggest that the product should come with a warning label.

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Apple and Google agree to drop all ongoing lawsuits, will work toward patent reform

05/16/2014, 08:05 pm

After years of being embroiled in lawsuits, Apple and Google on Friday announced they would be dropping all actions related to smartphone technology. The peace treaty is mainly applicable to Google's Motorola subsidiary, with which Apple has been fighting in court since 2010.

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Google buys developer of featured iPhone app 'Word Lens'

05/16/2014, 03:05 pm

Shortly after the iOS translation app "Word Lens" was featured in a prominent iPhone commercial from Apple, the developer behind the app has been snapped up by rival Google.

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Google taps former fashion executive to head Glass team

05/16/2014, 09:05 am

Apple isn't the only company hiring from the fashion industry in anticipation of the growth of wearable electronics, as Google has hired a former executive from Calvin Klein, Coach and Gap to head up its head-mounted Glass project.

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Google Search iOS app update takes on Apple's Siri with smarter conversations

05/13/2014, 04:05 pm

Google's official Search application for iPhone and iPad was updated on Tuesday with enhanced functionality, allowing users to have "smarter conversations" with the software in a manner not unlike Apple's own Siri personal assistant.

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Plaintiff in Silicon Valley anti-poaching suit protests settlement, wants 'day in court'

05/12/2014, 06:05 pm

Nearly three weeks after Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe agreed to settle out of court a class action lawsuit over alleged anti-poaching agreements, the case's class representative is requesting the $324 million settlement be rejected as "unfair and unjust."

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Apple's iPhone destroys Samsung in South Korean customer satisfaction rankings

05/09/2014, 07:05 pm

A customer satisfaction survey ranking smartphones features and desirability in South Korea awarded Apple's iPhone 5s a widening lead over domestic rivals including LG, Samsung and Pantech.

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Google reveals its 'X' lab considered building a jetpack

05/06/2014, 03:05 pm

While the world awaits new products in new categories in development from Apple, Google has offered a glimpse into its own secretive "X" lab, revealing that it considered creating a user-safe jetpack before scrapping the concept.

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Google updates Maps app for Apple's iOS with new navigation options and Uber integration

05/06/2014, 02:05 pm

Search giant Google on Tuesday unveiled a major update to its native Maps application, adding a slew of new navigation features such as lane guidance and walking time as well as the ability to book a ride from car hire service Uber directly from the app.

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Before Apple's iPhone was too small, it was too "monstrously" big

05/06/2014, 01:05 pm

Apple is widely expected to introduce new, larger iPhone 6 models this year, after ignoring the "phablet" market for years. Somewhat ironically, it was Apple that initiated and perpetuated the trend toward larger smartphones phones while its competitors, including Samsung, worked to popularize small devices in order to "exploit" consumer preferences for phones that weren't as "monstrously large" as the iPhone, as revealed in confidential documents from the patent infringement trial.

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