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Google hires camel to record desert for Google Maps - Life | siliconrepublic.com - Ireland's Technology News Service

In the vast emptiness of the desert, internet search giant Google has attached its Google Maps camera to a camel’s hump to record the routes nomads …

Auto phone systems, Apple Siri distract drivers, studies say

In many cars, making a hands-free phone call can be more distracting than picking up your phone, according to a new study from<p>AAAand theUniversity of Utah.<p>In-dash phone systems are overly complicated and prone to errors, the study found, and the same is true for voice-activated functions for music …

Autonomous Cars

Two Weeks Later, Here's What Users Think of the iPhone 6 Plus

When Apple unveiled not one, but two new iPhone 6 devices — the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus — the question of which iPhone 6 to …

Apple TV HomeKit integration will create hub for smart home

Will the Apple TV become a hub for controlling your smart home in the near future? Signs are pointing to yes.<p>Apple is quietly testing HomeKit support for its TV set-top box with developers. The functionality can turn an Apple TV into an always-conntected bridge device for communicating between …

Smart TV

The Apple Supplier That Declared Bankruptcy Yesterday Has More Than Doubled Today

Shares of GT Advanced closed at $0.80 on Monday afternoon and traded as high as $1.99 on Tuesday.<p>The action in GT Advanced on Tuesday is likely due to a few things, though none of this really suggests investors think the company is in great shape.<p>According to data from Google Finance, more than 147 …

MUNSTER: Teens Aren't Interested In The Apple Watch

The Apple Watch probably won't be a hit with teenagers, according to Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster.<p>Piper Jaffray conducted two surveys on the Apple Watch: one last spring and another this fall.<p>It found that 17% of teens were interested in "buying an iWatch for $350," compared with 16% this …

Apple Watch

GOOGLE: The Team Building Our Social Network Has Never Been Bigger — We're In This 'For The Long Haul'

Besbris, in an interview with Re/code's Kurt Wagner, says, on the contrary, the Google+ team is actually the largest it's ever been and that the company's in social "for the long haul."<p>In an April article called "Google+ Is Walking Dead," TechCrunch said employees on the Hangouts and Photos teams …

The 3 most useful skills to teach at a hackathon

I spent last weekend mentoring participants in PennApps, a hackathon organized by undergraduate students at UPenn. I enjoyed the experience of mentoring, and had an especially great time pretending to know a lot about hardware.<p>While working with various teams, I noticed a pattern: although I was …

KGI: GTAT bankruptcy unlikely to have impact on Apple Watch, future of sapphire iPhones uncertain

KGI has published a new report clarifying that the recent announcement that Apple’s sapphire supplier had filed for bankruptcy will likely have no impact on the production of the comapny’s sapphire display-equipped wearable. According to KGI, GT was mainly contracted to create the sapphire crystal …

Vertu Aster is a luxury smartphone with 'mid-tier' price, top-tier specs

Since the launch of the Signature Touch, Vertu CEO Max Pogliani promised that "technology will be more a merging factor and not a differentiation point" for his phones. That's literally the case with the new mid-tier Aster launched today: This titanium Android device is identical to its flagship …

T-Mobile CEO Legere on iPhone Bendgate: It's horse dung

The ever-flamboyant John Legere says that if you could see the face of the man trying to bend an iPhone 6 Plus, it would probably be purple.<p>Sometimes, you need to curse to make your point.<p>In the case of T-Mobile CEO John Legere, a curseless statement is rarer than a polar bear in Silicon …

T-Mobile

Here's North Korea's version of the iPhone

While the hottest gadget across much of the world is undoubtedly the iPhone 6, in North Korea the only smartphone you can get legally is the government-approved “Pyongyang Touch.”<p>The North Korean government first released the “Arirang” smartphone in 2013, which appeared to run a modified version of …

The Ad Agency For Apple, Pepsi and McDonald's Is Advising Clients To Slash Millions From Their TV Budgets

The move is an admission that traditional TV budgets are under direct attack from online sources. Previously, the ad business's official line was online video would grow alongside traditional TV. Now it seems that digital video is eating TV's lunch.<p>In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, …

Apple may be getting last laugh as Samsung earnings implode

For the past few years, Apple has seethed as it watched Samsung grab the buzz and market share lead with its Galaxy phones.<p>It wasn’t just losing that bothered Apple. It was getting spanked by a company Apple felt had essentially copied its best smartphone and tablet innovations. Apple launched a …

Samsung's Profits Crash Sixty Percent And Android Takes The Blame

Samsung’s mobile division is in trouble. While its full Q3 2014 results will be published later this month, the pre-earnings guidance issued today does not make for comfortable reading. Once more Samsung’s earnings and income has dropped, and Samsung’s future outlook places a huge reliance on the …

Report Claims 12.9-Inch iPad May Adopt Integrated iOS/OS X Operating System

Apple's rumored 12.9-inch iPad may feature an operating system that integrates OS X and iOS, according to supply chain sources speaking to <i>Digitimes</i>. The sources state that Apple has two 12.9-inch iPad prototypes in development, with one model being a "2-in-1 device" that utilizes elements from both …