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Ten Years of iPhone: the past present and future of Apple's blockbuster phenomenon

01/09/2017, 03:01 am

Ten years ago today, Steve Jobs unveiled the original iPhone during his keynote address at Macworld 2007. More than just a new product, the new device launched a radical new computing platform and rapidly accelerated the sophistication of mobile computing.


Is Apple getting Siri-ous in the face of Amazon's Alexa Echo?

01/07/2017, 07:01 pm

There's a new gold rush in tech, related to voice assistance and a voice-first interface for everything we do at home, in the car and while out and about. What happens if the world's best positioned, most profitable tech company fails to capitalize on it?


Editorial: Apple survived 2016's onslaught of fake news and failed competitors

12/31/2016, 04:12 pm

Across 2016, ostensibly legitimate journalists and research firms gravely warned that Apple was in trouble on every front--from low cost wearables to Microsoft's 2-in-1 notebooks, to Google's new Pixel Phone and a resurgent Samsung--as well as falling behind everyone else in the emerging, very promising field of Virtual Reality. They were all so incredibly wrong we can now have a good end-of-year laugh at their expense.


LG partnering with Apple, Google & Microsoft on foldable OLED displays - report

12/16/2016, 01:12 pm

LG Display has picked up Apple, Google, and Microsoft as some of the first customers for foldable OLED displays it plans to put into mass production in 2018, a Korean report claimed on Friday.


Alphabet joins Apple in scaling back self-driving car plans, could launch ridehailing service by end of 2017 [u]

12/13/2016, 09:12 am

In a decision drawing parallels with Apple, Alphabet is reportedly ratcheting down its goals for self-driving cars, scrapping plans to build a vehicle without pedals or a steering wheel -- at least for the foreseeable future. [Updated with Alphabet's Waymo spinoff announcement]


After deriding Apple as too slow, China's LeEco hits cash crunch, halts stock trading

12/08/2016, 06:12 pm

Ambitious Chinese tech firm LeEco halted stock trading after plummeting share prices reportedly triggered margin calls for its cash-strapped billionaire founder Jia Yueting. LeEco had been hailed as an Apple threat, with tech journalists giddy in reporting Jia's contempt for Apple--a company Jia derided as "extremely slow" and compared to the Nazis.


Google updates iPhone search app with changes intended to boost usage, customization

12/06/2016, 01:12 pm

Google has updated its stand-alone search app for iOS, and has shifted the focus of information presented to user away from a personal upcoming events feed, and towards a curated news and current events feed in an effort to boost user interaction with the app.


Gooligan malware roots 1M Android phones in "largest Google account breach to date"

11/30/2016, 07:11 pm

A new strain of Android malware dubbed "Gooligan," thought to be "the largest Google account breach to date," is already in active circulation and three-fourths of the Android installed base is vulnerable. Once infected, devices give hackers access to the users' Gmail, Google Photos, Docs, Drive and other Google services accounts.


Apple killing it in India: grabs first place with 66% of premium phone sales

11/28/2016, 03:11 pm

Apple crushed Samsung in the emerging market for premium smartphones in India during October, taking a leading 66 percent share of sales. Samsung's second place accounted for 23 percent of sales from Galaxy S7 and similar phones, while Google--which has made the subcontinent a focus--took 10 percent of sales. Only 1 percent was attributed to other makers.


Google revamps Play Music with recommended playlists based on location, time & activity

11/14/2016, 12:11 pm

Google on Monday overhauled the interface for its on-demand streaming service, Play Music, with an emphasis on serving up playlists based on factors like location, activity, time of day, and even the weather.


Google deploys giant update for iOS Gmail app with new design, improved speed

11/07/2016, 10:11 am

Google has unveiled a completely redesigned Gmail for iOS app, adding support for Gmail's "undo send" feature, and vast improvements to search.


Rumor: Apple has made mockups of iMessage for Android with 'Material Design'

10/25/2016, 10:10 am

Whether or not it's ever released, Apple has allegedly toyed internally with the idea of releasing iMessage for Android, going as far as to make mockups for the text messaging client in Google's "Material Design," according to a new report.


Google Maps gets food delivery, plus code integration in update

10/24/2016, 10:10 pm

Google on Monday updated its flagship mapping app for iOS with a few new features, including integration with food delivery services like Seamless and Grubhub, as well as the ability to generate plus codes by dropping a pin.


Google signs up CBS for upcoming YouTube Unplugged live TV service - report

10/20/2016, 10:10 am

Google has forged a deal to carry CBS channels on its upcoming live TV streaming service, YouTube Unplugged, a report claimed on Thursday.


Google may halve memory consumption in Chrome 55 update

10/10/2016, 11:10 am

Looking to further streamline the multi-platform browser's performance, Google is preparing a new version of Chrome that should substantially lower RAM consumption.


Google Maps updates with new iOS 10 widgets, more place details

10/07/2016, 11:10 am

Google has updated the iOS version of Maps with a few significant improvements, among them widgets redesigned for iOS 10, and more details about some of the places users visit.


Google's Pixel XL priced like Apple's iPhone 7 Plus but is half as fast, lacks many key features

10/06/2016, 10:10 am

Google's latest effort to show off its vision for "Pure Android" hardware costs the same as Apple's iPhone 7 Plus but is half as fast, lacks Optical Image Stabilization, a telephoto lens, weather resistance, support for wide color gamut and stereo speakers.


Apple, Google, Disney unlikely to place bids in Twitter sale, report says

10/05/2016, 10:10 pm

As the rumor mill spins churns over speculation about who will take over ubiquitous microblogging network Twitter, a pair of reports on Wednesday put two of tech's biggest players, Apple and Google, and entertainment giant Disney out of the running.


Apple's iPhone 7 handily outperforms new Google Pixel in early benchmarks

10/05/2016, 09:10 am

The Google Pixel phone officially revealed on Tuesday wasn't a well-kept a secret prior to release, and as a result there are a large number of benchmarks available. They show the phone's raw performance lags far behind that of the iPhone 7, and is even defeated in single-core performance by the iPhone 6s and iPhone SE.


Google reveals Chromecast Ultra, Google WiFi, Daydream View VR; details Google Home

10/04/2016, 02:10 pm

Besides just the Google Pixel smartphone family, the smartphone giant today also released the 4K Chromecast Ultra, the Daydream View VR headset, the Google Home voice-activated personal assistant, and Google WiFi networking hardware.