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A Smart Coffee Cup? It’s More Useful Than It Sounds

The Ammunition-designed mug lets you choose the exact temperature you’d like your coffee to remain for hours.<p>It’s a chilly Sunday morning. You pour yourself a cup of tea, curl up in a cozy blanket, grab a book, read a few pages, and take a sip only to find that it’s gone cold. This letdown is …

Facebook Marketplace can help you find a new place to rent

Facebook is rapidly expanding its offerings in its Marketplace section, pulling oft-searched items like used cars into its Craigslist competitor. Now the company is bringing housing rentals from Apartment List and Zumper into the fold, letting US users browse and search "hundreds of thousands" or …

The iPhone 7 was the most popular smartphone in the world in Q3

New data from research firm Canalys suggest the Apple iPhone 7 was the world's best-selling smartphone during the third quarter.<p>That might sound …

Sean Parker unloads on Facebook "exploiting" human psychology

Sean Parker, the founding president of Facebook, gave me a candid insider's look at how social networks purposely hook and potentially hurt our …

Qualcomm officially announces the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform

Alex Katouzian, SVP and general manager of mobile for Qualcomm Technologies, unveils Snapdragon 845, the world’s newest flagship mobile platform, at Qualcomm’s second annual Technology Summit Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 in Maui, HI.<p><b>Update (12/05):</b> Qualcomm has officially unveiled its next-generation …

Cellular Networks

AccuWeather deflects blame after selling users’ data, even if they opt out

Why are you still using AccuWeather?<p>AccuWeather doesn't know how to issue a reassuring statement. The company attempted to quell users' concerns a day after security analyst Will Strafach published a blog post earlier this week explaining how the free iOS weather app collects users' GPS …

From the Crazy Idea File: Stop Wasting Old Cell Phones and Build Servers Instead

Cell phones get really crappy the longer we own them.<p>Last July, I wrote about my Blackberry Priv after five months using Research In Motion’s first …

BlackBerry

Smartphone industry is likely to overtake the TV market in 2017

Android Oreo Review: Google Builds a Better OS

Just as the cream-filled cookies themselves are familiar, so is the new Android Oreo, at least on the surface. Google has been keen to keep the …

Two ex-Googlers are using AI to guarantee interviews for tech job seekers

Two former Googlers are guaranteeing workers in the tech industry that they get interviews with their dreamer employers thanks to artificial intelligence.<p>The past year or so has seen AI deployed to tackle a broad range of issues, and with their startup Leap.ai, ex-Google engineers Richard Liu and …

Amazon and Microsoft agree their voice assistants will talk (to each other)

Those betting big on AI making voice the dominant user interface of the future are not betting so big as to believe their respective artificially intelligent voice assistants will be the sole vocal oracle that Internet users want or need.<p>And so Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos are …

How 5G Mobile Networks Will Transform Our World

Mobile data has come a long way since the release of the first iPhone, but even current 4G networks are straining to keep up with users who buy new …

Mobile

Qualcomm confirms no existing smartphones will support T-Mobile’s 600MHz network

A fortnight ago, T-Mobile turned on its new 600MHz network in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The wireless carrier is planning on building out the low-band …

iOS: ‘Superior mobile platform for business,’ says Accenture (Updated)

Apple and Accenture today announced the latest in a string of deals and alliances that put iPhones, iPads and Macs straight inside the heart of the …

Enterprise

Are you ready for $1,000 smartphones?

Will you need to take out a mortgage to purchase your next smartphone?<p>OK, that’s an exaggeration.<p>But with a new iPhone 8 expected to crack the $1,000 price barrier when it goes on sale (most likely) next month, it is worth asking just what kind of deep pockets buyers need to have. Indeed, the price …