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Here’s what people use their Apple Watch for

Unlike many previous must-have tech gadgets, the Apple Watch doesn’t just have one killer app — but many. So what exactly do owners use their Watch for then, and how does this stack up against Apple’s stated goals for the device?<p>A new survey released by analysts at Wristly charts the usage of …

Smartwatches

The MacBook Air is on a path to extinction

Apple is squeezing the air out of the Air<p>When Apple redesigned the MacBook Air in 2010, it created one of the best machines to ever carry its Mac label. That new laptop was a revelation: extremely thin and light, like the original Air, yet also powerful enough for most tasks and equipped with a …

The Moto 360 and Android Wear are coming to China

Ni hao, Android<p>Lenovo, Motorola, and Google are bringing Android Wear to China in the form of the Moto 360 smartwatch. The watches will work with any Android device — but they won't work with iPhones. It might not seem like it, but it's actually surprising to see this platform get released in the …

Android News

Samsung quietly releases its Galaxy browser app on Google Play

The South Korean electronics behemoth has released its mobile Internet browsing app on Google's app store without any hoopla.<p>It may be the world's biggest smartphone maker, but not all of Samsung's movements are highly publicised. In something of a mysterious move, the South Korean electronics …

Microsoft confirms it has acquired cloud security platform Adallom

Microsoft has announced its latest acquisition — Adallom — having snapped up the cloud security platform for an undisclosed sum.<p>Confirmation comes two months after rumors first emerged of a potential $320 million deal between the two companies.<p>Adallom’s software is used for monitoring cloud-based …

Satya Nadella

Gear S2 propels Samsung into sleeker design, focus on apps

Samsung's newest smartwatches work with the most recent Android phones and support Samsung Pay, among other features.<p>BERLIN -- Samsung on Thursday showed the world its newest smartwatch, one that the company hopes will help it regain lost ground in the hot wearables market.<p>The Gear S2, Samsung's …

Apps

Google's driverless cars skirt deer and pedestrians in Texas

By the looks of things, Google's self-driving cars have been learning a lot in Austin, Texas. In its first report since it began testing autonomous vehicles in the city, the company details the challenges its cars have had to face while driving on its roads. For instance, they've been spotting and …

Cellular Networks

Google 'Firsts' From the Company's Early Days

Long ago (in terms of internet history), before Google aspired to design self-driving cars and extend the human lifespan, it was just a search engine …

The Stylus Still Rules The Galaxy Note 5

The concept Galaxy Note 5 is at once a thing of genius and a nod to a benighted world before the modern touchscreen. Born in the swamps of the resistive LCD, the stylus lurched onto dry land and lives on as a reminder of our history. It is, to be sure, useful but on the Galaxy Note 5 it is a …

Windows 10 is starting to win over Microsoft's most valuable customers

Of the 75 million machines that downloaded Windows 10 in its first month, enterprise users made up about 2%, or 1.5 million, according to Windows IT Pro.<p>While that might sound like a paltry number out of the gate, it's actually not bad at all.<p>Companies don't lightly upgrade their business PCs. It …

Software

Google releases technical specifications for its Cardboard v2 virtual reality headset

Google has just provided the technical specifications and drawings for the second version of its Google Cardboard virtual reality headset, which debuted at the Google I/O developer conference in May.<p>Google released specs for the initial version back in December. Now the specs have been updated for …

Virtual Reality
Phones

Samsung's SleepSense Sleep Tracker Tells Your Smart Home You're Awake

Sep.04.2015 / 9:57 PM ET<p>Sleep-tracking gadgets are a sign of the growing "smart home" trend, and Samsung has just put out one of its own. The SleepSense lives underneath your mattress, sensing (as you might guess from the name) when you're sleeping, restless, getting up or jumping on the bed. Like …

Wearable Tech

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs LG G4 quick look

Sony just took the wraps off their latest flagship offerings, including one that is the first smartphone in the world to boast a display with a 4K resolution. Naturally, everyone will be curious to see how the latest high-end smartphone from Sony compares its flagship competition. Here is a quick …

Phones

Android Pay set to launch on September 16th according to leaked Verizon memo

According to a leaked internal Verizon Wireless memo obtained by Derek Ross of Phandroid, Google is preparing to launch its Android Pay mobile payments service on September 16th. This leak comes a couple weeks after another memo from McDonalds leaked, suggesting that the service would launch on …

Android Pay

Google reportedly plans to re-enter mainland China through the Google Play Store

Google has been completely absent from China since the year 2010, but that might be changing sometime soon. According to a recent report from <i>The Information</i>, Google soon expects to return to mainland China to sell mobile services. More specifically, with approval from the Chinese government, the …

Android News

Report: Samsung looking to make round Gear S2 w/ rotating bezel iPhone compatible

Samsung is actively looking in to bringing iOS support to its latest smartwatch, the Gear S2, according to a report from Digital Spy. The UK-based site spoke with one of the company’s spokespeople who confirmed that it was “positively looking into opening it up.”<p>Apart from the Samsung Gear Live — …

Wearable Tech

BlackBerry acquires Good Technology to expand its services to other platforms

Shutterstock<p>It’s barely a secret that BlackBerry is working on expanding its influence to other platforms. And not only as a service provider, the company is said to be working on the BlackBerry Venice, an Android smartphone with a slide-out keyboard. But how will they keep this Google-powered …

BlackBerry

Sony Ignores Apple And Sets Ambitious Price For The Xperia Z5 Premium

Sony has had a good week with its reveal of the Sony Xperia Z5 family of smartphones at the IFA trade show in Berlin, and with news of the pricing on the handsets, it could be a very nice end of the year for the Japanese company. It certainly looks more promising than the first half of 2015.<p>Forbes’ …

Phones

Why Google Is Going All In On Diabetes

Millions of people with diabetes prick a finger more than five times a day to monitor their blood glucose levels. It's a painful and expensive process.<p>But now, Google's Life Sciences division is putting its immense resources behind new initiatives aimed at helping them better live with the …

Diabetes

Moto 360 (2015) vs Apple Watch: hands-on comparison [Video]

Now that Android Wear is officially compatible with iOS devices there’s a lot more smartwatch love to go around, at least for Apple fans. Android users have had a taste of the first generation, but Motorola’s new Moto 360 is one of the many new options available for both sides for the fence. The …

Smartwatches

YouTube reportedly plans to offer brands more transparency for viewed ads

YouTube could be gearing up to let brands utilize third-party services to help them determine which ads are actually being seen by viewers. By doing so, the company could help brands verify the benefits of doing business with the video social network — especially important following complaints by …

Advertising

True Life: I'm afraid the iPhone 6S will be too big for my tiny hands

As a technology journalist and a longtime Apple user, many people ask me what is on my iPhone 6S wish list. But considering the event is mere days away and we won’t have much longer to speculate, my wish list is turning into more of a bare necessity.<p>You see, I have super-small hands. Not …

Mobile Technology

The best Apple analyst in the world thinks the iPhone 7 will be as thin as an iPod touch, won't support 4K

According to a report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, widely reputed to the most accurate Apple-watcher in the world, the iPhone 7 will be beween 6 and 6.5 millimeters thick. The report was obtained by AppleInsider.<p>This would place the iPhone 7's thickness in line with the iPod touch or …

Mobile Technology

Samsung's 360-degree wireless speakers take aim at Sonos

Samsung's biggest announcement at IFA 2015 was the Gear S2, its long-rumored round smartwatch. But, as expected, that's not the only thing the company is showing off in Berlin, Germany. The R1, R3 and R5 are new wireless, multi-room speakers designed to take on Sonos. What makes them different than …

Tizen Uprising: Will a mid-range Z3 allow Samsung's mobile OS to reach a larger crowd?

The Samsung Z3 (left) dwarfs the Z1 (right) in every way possible.<p>Despite initial reports that Samsung’s first commercially released Tizen smartphone was a flop, the device went on hit a major milestone in key markets where it was sold. Still, the mainstream media and phone-loving public were quick …

Mobile

LG’s $1,200 Urbane Luxe wraps short-lived technology in timeless gold

I find that luxury watches can be polarizing objects. People tend to think they're either extravagant and a waste of money, or a testament to traditional craftsmanship and an investment for the future. Slotting the LG Urbane Luxe into either category is difficult. Made in collaboration with US …

Wearable Tech

Why it doesn't even matter that Apple will sell a 16GB iPhone 6s

People love to hate on the 16GB iPhone, for good reason. If you’ve owned one yourself, you know the pain of the endless “out of space” notifications.<p>As details of the iPhone 6s have leaked reports claim Apple will keep the 16GB iPhone around for yet another year. People were quick to deride the …

iOS