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Year-old Android 5 Lollipop on 33% of Google Play users, but only 20% of devices in China

01/14/2016, 11:01 pm

Google's ability to distribute new Android updates has always lagged far behind Apple's iOS, but the situation is even worse in China, where the "Lollipop" version 5.x, introduced in 2014 alongside iOS 8, has only reached about a fifth of all devices, two thirds the distribution it has achieved elsewhere.

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US transport regulators may waive some safety rules to spur self-driving cars

01/14/2016, 04:01 pm

The U.S. Transportation Department may waive some safety rules to make it easier for automakers to test self-driving vehicles, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced at a Thursday event in Detroit.

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Sen. Franken asks Google to address concerns about Chromebooks, Google Apps collecting student data

01/14/2016, 12:01 pm

U.S. Senator Al Franken has sent a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, asking his company to describe what it's doing with the private data of students who use Chromebooks and/or Google Apps for Education.

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Apple, Google in talks for rights to stream three London NFL games

01/08/2016, 02:01 pm

The National Football League is in talks with companies including Apple and Google to stream three games due to be played in London, England next season, a report said on Friday.

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Another F for Alphabet: U.S. Marines reject Google's other android as too loud to use

01/02/2016, 03:01 pm

Two years ago, Google made headlines when it acquired military robot maker Boston Dynamics. However, after receiving $42 million from the government to develop autonomous machine mules, the robotics group has failed to deliver anything the Marines can use and the Pentagon has ended further funding.

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Google rumored to be working on Siri & Facebook-like chatbots for new messaging app

12/23/2015, 01:12 pm

Google is allegedly developing a new mobile messaging app that would include chatbots, capable of answering users' questions by scouring the Web and other resources.

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Google to reportedly partner with Ford on self-driving vehicle project

12/21/2015, 11:12 pm

Google will soon be one step closer to bringing its autonomous car technology to the consumer market, as a report on Monday claims the company is teaming up with Ford on a project that could lead to automated ride sharing services.

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Apple among possible partners for streaming Thursday NFL games

12/16/2015, 05:12 pm

The National Football League is considering Apple among several potential partners for streaming Thursday matches, a report said on Wednesday.

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Google to spin off self driving cars as separate Alphabet business - report

12/16/2015, 04:12 pm

As the race to bring self driving cars to market heats up, Google apparently plans to spin off its own initiative as a separate company under the Alphabet banner next year, according to a new report.

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Google's Project Fi comes to data-only devices, including Apple's iPad Air 2 & iPad mini 4

12/16/2015, 01:12 pm

Google's low-cost carrier service, Project Fi, is now available for a select range of data-only devices, specifically tablets including the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4.

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iPhone 6s leads top consumer tech searches in Google's 2015 'Year in Search'

12/16/2015, 09:12 am

The iPhone 6s was the most searched-for consumer technology item this year in Google's annual Year in Search rankings, published on Wednesday, though Apple did have competition from companies like Samsung and LG.

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With Mailbox dead, these are the best iOS email apps with push Gmail support

12/09/2015, 11:12 am

Dropbox this week announced that it will discontinue its popular iOS email client Mailbox in early 2016. Thankfully there are a number of quality alternatives available for free on the App Store that offer similar functionality, including instant push notifications for free Gmail accounts.

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IDC expects Apple's iPhone to handily outpace a slowing global smartphone market in 2015

12/03/2015, 03:12 pm

Citing continued consumer demand for the latest models, IDC on Thursday said it expects Apple's iPhone shipments will post 17.3 percent growth across 2015 -- nearly doubling the performance of the overall global smartphone market.

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Google to shut down Songza on Jan. 31, migrate listeners to Google Play Music

12/02/2015, 05:12 pm

Google will officially shut off Songza at the end of January, leaving a two-month window for listeners of the streaming service to migrate to Google Play Music, according to an announcement.

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EFF complaint accuses Google of mining data from school children [u]

12/02/2015, 10:12 am

The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a federal complaint against Google this week, accusing the search giant of violating its own promises to not collect personal information from children using its devices and services in the classroom.

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US Congress, corporations get behind Email Privacy Act to shield online communications from searches

12/01/2015, 05:12 pm

A proposed bill before the U.S. House of Representatives, the Email Privacy Act, would overhaul 1986's Electronic Communication Privacy Act and require that law enforcement obtain a search warrant before reading online correspondence.

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Google Chrome for iOS gets 3D Touch, Hangouts gains notification replies via Apple Watch

12/01/2015, 01:12 pm

Google has updated two of its key iOS apps, bringing 3D Touch support to Chrome, and direct quick replies to Hangouts notifications -- including on the Apple Watch.

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Apple R&D spending is a fraction of other major American tech companies

11/30/2015, 11:11 am

Apple spent just 3.5 percent -- $8.1 billion -- of its 2015 revenues on research and development, proportionately far less than peers like Google and Facebook in the American tech landscape.

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Half of data connections by top 500 Android apps are 'covert' with no effect on user experience

11/19/2015, 10:11 am

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered that half of the communications connections established by the top free Android apps are hidden to the user, and much of the data is being transmitted for unknown purposes.

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Silicon Valley bracing for severe El Nino flooding; Apple, Campus 2 outside primary flood zone

11/18/2015, 07:11 pm

After years of crippling drought, California is now entering a powerfully wet El Niño weather pattern that is predicted to bring record precipitation. Flooding in coastal areas along San Francisco Bay poses risks of devastating economic impacts for the region, although Apple's principal offices centered in Cupertino should help it avoid much of the impact.

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