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Google Wallet adds Touch ID support, Amazon brings Goodreads to Kindle for iOS

12/16/2014, 12:12 pm

Two of tech's biggest names unveiled significant updates to some flagship iOS apps this week, with Google allowing Wallet users to authenticate using their fingerprint and Amazon adding Goodreads integration and unlimited reading to its Kindle app.

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Google's 'Physical Web' answer to Apple's iBeacons gets first hardware partner

12/16/2014, 09:12 am

Google's early-stage "Physical Web" project --an attempt to displace Apple's iBeacons with a similar, open-source framework -- is beginning to take shape,as Turkish hardware firm Blesh is now offering the first Physical Web-compatible Bluetooth beacon hardware.

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Apple's blockbuster winter quarter boosted by cheap oil, dinged by strong dollar

12/13/2014, 08:12 pm

Apple's final quarter of 2014 is expected to set dramatic new records in iPhone sales and overall profits, but external issues out of the company's control will also play a part, ranging from cheaper oil to declining foreign currencies.

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Google's new Web series 'Route 85' aims to help developers make iOS apps using Google SDKs

12/12/2014, 10:12 pm

Google on Friday announced a new series of developer outreach videos called "Route 85," which looks to facilitate expanded use of Google's iOS SDKs in third-party app creations.

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Ford drops Microsoft's Windows Embedded, enabling support for Apple's CarPlay, Android Auto

12/12/2014, 06:12 am

Ford has abandoned its troubled Microsoft Sync automotive infotainment system for a QNX-based platform that can support Apple's CarPlay with Hands Free Siri.

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Google introduces 'material design' to iOS in app update, Apple fixes TestFlight app bugs

12/11/2014, 05:12 pm

An update to Google's flagship search app for iOS on Thursday brings the company's new "material design" user interface and Google Maps integration, while a new version of Apple's TestFlight beta testing app fixes minor bugs.

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Massive, sophisticated "Inception - Cloud Atlas" malware infects Windows and Android but can't exploit Apple's iOS without jailbreak

12/11/2014, 03:12 pm

A vast and sophisticated new espionage campaign targeting "military, diplomats, and business execs," discovered by Blue Coat Labs and confirmed by Kaspersky Labs, exploits flaws in Microsoft Windows and seeks to infect Android, Blackberry and iOS devices, but is limited to only infecting iPhones and iPads that are jailbroken.

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Google's Nexus 6 abandoned fingerprint sensor after failed attempt to catch up with Apple's Touch ID

12/10/2014, 01:12 am

The Google-branded, Motorola-built Nexus 6 attempted to incorporate a fingerprint sensor like Apple's Touch ID which debuted on last year's iPhone 5s. However, the feature was abandoned shortly before the phone's introduction.

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Leading Android fansite recommends Apple Inc iPad Air 2 as best tablet in holiday gift guide

12/08/2014, 04:12 pm

Android Police named Apple's iPad Air 2 as its top tablet pick among "Android devices" for the 2014 holiday season, calling it "reliable, predictable, and very fast."

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Claim that Google Chromebooks "overtook" Apple in U.S. education is false

12/07/2014, 03:12 pm

Last week's Financial Times headline claiming that Google had overtaken Apple in U.S. education--based on data from IDC--was not just technically inaccurate but wildly misleading and served to obscure far more meaningful trends occurring in the PC market, particularly in education as well as the broader emerging segment of new computing form factors.

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Apple's iOS devices accounted for 78% of record setting Cyber Monday mobile sales

12/02/2014, 03:12 pm

Revenues from online shopping on "Cyber Monday" surged 15.4 percent higher than last year, setting a new all time peak in U.S. ecommerce, with online mobile sales overwhelmingly driven by customers wielding Apple devices.

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Google Chromebooks overtake Apple iPads in education sales for first time, report says

12/01/2014, 09:12 pm

After years of holding a commanding lead in the U.S. education market, Apple's iPad was dethroned by Google's Chromebook over the third quarter of 2014, recent statistics show.

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Samsung declines to shake up management amidst shrinking smartphone profits

12/01/2014, 02:12 pm

Despite speculation that Samsung was planning to institute major personnel changes its mobile division, the South Korean electronics maker has instead announced that it will stay the course with its mobile management team.

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US DOJ fines StealthGenie for selling Android, iOS spyware, demands source code

11/26/2014, 12:11 am

The United States Department of Justice has fined the CEO of spyware vendor StealthGenie $500,000 and demanded the firm turn over the source code for software designed to remotely monitor calls, texts and other activity on Android and jailbroken iOS devices.

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Android tablets at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Walmart found to include major security flaws, malware

11/25/2014, 04:11 pm

Security firm Bluebox Labs tested a dozen Black Friday bargain Android tablets from major retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, Kmart, Kohl's, Staples, Target and Walmart and reported "shocking" security flaws, malware and active backdoors installed on the new devices.

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Google's search deal with Apple expires in early 2015, could bring new default to Safari

11/25/2014, 01:11 pm

The Safari browser for both iOS and Mac could have a new default search partner as soon as next year, as Apple's current deal with Google is reportedly set to expire in early 2015.

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Google to settle patent suit leveled by Apple-backed Rockstar consortium

11/20/2014, 07:11 pm

A court filing this week suggests Google has agreed to settle a patent dispute leveled by the Rockstar consortium, of which Apple is a major investor, suggesting the end is in sight for this particular lawsuit.

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Google launches first 64-bit Chrome Web browser for OS X

11/18/2014, 07:11 pm

Google on Tuesday released Chrome 39, the first stable version of its Web browser to offer 64-bit support for Apple's OS X operating system.

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Google unveils YouTube Music Key subscription service to compete with Apple's Beats

11/12/2014, 02:11 pm

Search giant Google on Wednesday announced YouTube Music Key, a subscription service that will allow users to stream music from the popular video sharing site without ads, play music in the background, and access playlists offline.

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Facebook says 66% of Android phones it sees have iPhone 4 era specs from 2011 (or worse)

11/07/2014, 02:11 pm

The world's most popular mobile app has developed a new way to manage Android fragmentation, targeting users' hardware capabilities rather than devices' installed OS versions. Facebook's new efforts note that two thirds of the Android phones it sees "are equivalent to something released in 2011 or earlier."

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