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Apple brings innovation and competition to auto industry, Ford says

We still don’t even know if Apple is really building an car (even though there are a lot of signs that it is), but whatever the iPhone-maker’s next play in the auto-market is, the company’s about to generate a lot of innovation and competition in the market, says Ford CEO Mark Fields.<p>During Fords …

The Lyft iOS app is now written entirely in Swift

Think Swift is a language that isn’t ready for prime time? The team at Lyft would disagree, as their latest app was written completely in Swift.<p>Apple’s newest programming language has commanded quite a bit of attention since its introduction at WWDC 2014. Widely lauded for its simplicity and ease …

Apple and Samsung may help make the SIM card disappear

The SIM card as we know it may be about to disappear. According to the <i>Financial Times</i>, Apple and Samsung are in discussions with mobile carriers to help develop and implement a new SIM card standard that could make it easier to switch between service providers. The report refers to the new standard …

Google Stock Surge Adds Record $52 Billion to its Market Value

Google shares surged at the opening of Friday trading a day after the company reported earnings, adding a total of $52 billion in market capitalization in the largest single-day gain ever, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.<p>Google's gain of about 15 percent in early trading was having an outsized …

A commercial-free Hulu? It's coming -- but be ready to pay more

Hulu, the video streaming service where you can binge on "Seinfeld" and (unwittingly) commercials, is considering a tier to its service that would cut the ad spots.<p>The subscription VOD service currently offers a paid subscription option at a cost of $7.99 a month that gives subscribers access to a …

Google Wants To Send You A Plumber

The company is readying a new product intended to connect search users with local home-service providers.<p>Google has a new product in the works that highlights the company's growing interest in the home-services market, and may herald a broader move into it.<p>Sources close to the company told BuzzFeed …

Nadella's pitch to Microsoft developers: Stick with us

SAN FRANCISCO -- Satya Nadella, Microsoft's new CEO, brought the battle for developers' hearts and minds here Wednesday, telling thousands of the company's applications creators that Microsoft can offer them the tools they need to compete in an increasingly cross-platform world.<p>"Why build for …

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YouTube tries to grab a chunk of the TV advertising industry’s budget

Google is doubling down on its efforts to attract big-name advertisers to its YouTube streaming video service by offering them a guaranteed number of views, according to advertisers that spoke with the Wall Street Journal.<p>Google’s actions are part of its strategy to grab a larger chuck of the ad …

Thermodo turns your smartphone into an instant thermometer

Today’s smartphones offer countless apps to check the weather, find out upcoming forecasts, or even get alerts when it’s about to rain or snow. But no app can tell you exactly what the temperature is right where you stand. That’s why Robocat, the developers of Haze and other smartphone weather …

BBM Gets Stickers, Larger Files, Photo Sharing in Multi-Person Chats

As expected, BlackBerry today released a new version of BBM, adding stickers, support for sending larger files, and photo sharing in multi-person chats. If you don’t see it yet, you should note the company says the update “will begin to roll out to users starting this afternoon.”<p>Stickers is …

This quarter-sized chip platform could power future Android Wear devices

While Intel has backtracked on its "Edison" chip size claims, another Android Wear partner is claiming that its system-on-chip <i>is</i> the size of the proverbial SD card. Imagination Technologies (MIPS) has just revealed the Newton platform based on its MIPS architecture, built by chip-making partner …

Apple Continues To Flesh Out iWork Apps After Aggressively Culling Features

Apple has updated its iWork apps for iOS, Mac and iCloud beta with a bunch of improvements and additional sharing options today. There are a bunch of new features but one of the nicer ones is the addition of ‘read-only’ sharing of iWork documents.<p>Today’s update is pretty big, with changes rolling …

Dish teams up with Disney and ABC to offer app access to content

Starting today, Dish subscribers can tune into their favorite ABC, ABC Family, Disney Channel and ESPN shows on their computers, phones and tablets. Thanks to its recently renewed deal with the Walt Disney Company, customers can now access shows through each channel's respective app or website by …

Tesla Pays Telefonica Millions To Power In-Car Wireless In UK, Germany, Spain, Holland

Those with a sharp eye who visited the Geneva motor show or who own a Model S in Europe may have already noticed a connection between Telefonica and Tesla by way of the “car connected by Telefonica” signs on the sides of cars, or through the in-car navigation system that played Spanish ads. Now the …

OpenSignal’s crowdsourced testing ranks T-Mobile’s LTE the fastest in the U.S.

At CES earlier this year, T-Mobile CEO John Legere made the claim that T-Mobile’s(s tmus) LTE network is the fastest in the U.S. I questioned that …

Samsung leans on Google to defend against Apple in court battle

It's not Apple versus Google on the name of this lawsuit, but don't tell Samsung that. As Apple and Samsung duke it out in a California court yet again, Samsung opened up its case against the iPhone-maker by saying it was indirectly going after Google by targeting Samsung, all in search of profits. …

Dish subscribers can now access ESPN, Disney & ABC content through mobile apps & online

Dish and The Walt Disney company announced today that they have reached a multi-year distribution deal that will see Dish subscribers gain access to a ton of Disney content including its ABC and ESPN networks. That means if you subscribe to Dish, you’ll now be able to access the WATCH ABC, WATCH …

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Nokia Investors Hope China Can Boost Share Price

Nokia investors will be hoping for a big sales surprise on Monday when the company launches its first phone for Android, the X-phone, in mainland China. The stock closed 3.63% lower on Friday and is now down 11.59% year-to-date.<p>The good news is that China reportedly has booked some seven million in …

Will Tumblr Become The Next MySpace For Music?

Last June, British rock group Arctic Monkeys released an animated YouTube video for the song “Do I Wanna Know?” The sparse, somewhat macabre visuals matched the track’s brooding tone—and attracted over 45 million views.<p>That tally still seems to be growing steadily, thanks in part to an unlikely …

Apple rumor claims all-new 12-inch MacBook

Apple is planning a radical redesign of the MacBook "soon," if a forum post out of China is to be believed.<p>A key aspect of the redesign would be the elimination of the fan assembly, according to MacRumors, which describes the post as coming from a reliable leaker of future Apple hardware.<p>A fanless …

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Is the Internet Making Us More Democratic?

<i>Matthew Carpenter-Arévalo is a peer at #DemocraciaEnRed, a Latin America-based movement to promote the evolution of democracy through modern tools.</i><p>While discontent rooted in the offline world continues to be the source of protests worldwide, few can argue that the lowered cost of communication …

This Font Was Designed By A Robot Practicing Calligraphy

Robosans is a new font that was created by a disembodied robot arm.<p>We’ve seen robots that can walk, talk, sing, write music, and more. Thanks to graphic designer Mostafa El Abasiry, we now have Robosans, a font you can download to your computer that was made using a disembodied robot arm. It’s a …

Silicon Valley Can’t Keep Up With Korea’s Financial Revolution

<i>Jon Norris is a writer for TransferWise who splits his time between the U.S. and the U.K. This post originally appeared on the TransferWise blog and has been republished with permission.</i><p>Until a few years ago, South Korea was promoted by its Tourism Board as “Land of the Morning Calm”. While the …

Turkey Moves To Block Twitter At The IP Level

In its effort to curtail access to Twitter, Turkey is getting more aggressive with a block of the service’s IP address, according to sources inside Turkey as well as a DNS provider. That means that changing their DNS server, whether it be Google DNS or OpenDNS, will no longer work for residents in …