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Volkswagen announces availability of Android Auto in most 2016 models

Android Auto’s proliferation is imminent. Major car manufacturers continue to integrate Google’s infotainment platform into their vehicles. Volkswagen is now on board as they get ready to release the first vehicles using their MIB II system, which incorporates Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and …

Android Auto

Toyota robot can pick up after people, help the sick

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Toyota's new robot that glides around like R2-D2 is devoted to a single task: picking things up.<p>HSR, short for "human support …

Razer's Android gamepad is now on Google Play for $80

If you're tired of having to pause games on your Android mobile device just to wipe finger grease off the screen, you are in luck. For $80, the Bluetooth-connected Razer Serval gamepad will ensure that you never touch that screen again (at least until playtime is over). Razer initially announced …

Chat App Line’s Revenue Falls For First Time Amid Struggle For Global Growth

Mobile messaging app Line saw its revenue decrease quarter-on-quarter for the first time as the Japanese company battles to grow its user base amid increased competition worldwide.<p>The company, which saw its monthly active user count rise by 6 million to 211 million, posted revenues of 27.8 billion …

Apps

Custom ID chip is key to Apple’s HomeKit

Apple’s HomeKit connected devices are rolling out slower than expected, and one reason for this is that Apple reportedly requires that anyone making a third-party HomeKit device buy and use a special identity chip — a fact that caught many devs unawares.<p>“I know a lot of people who have been …

LINE just got a Chrome extension so you can chat right in your web browser

LINE quietly got a Chrome extension for its messenger today so you can send replies to friends from the comfort of your web browser.<p>Its messaging service is wildly popular in Japan, but before today hasn’t had an official way for users to access it on their computers.<p>The extension finally brings …

Google walks us through Android M auto backup for apps

Android M is bringing a selection of new features and changes to our mobile OS of choice later this year. One of the less instantly noticeable, yet perhaps most useful additions is the new automatic app data backup feature, which Google has recently been talking about in greater detail.<p>The idea is …

New security flaw can render an Android device useless

<i>While our team is monitoring closely for potential exploitation, we've seen no evidence of actual exploitation.</i><p><i>Should there be an actual exploit of</i> …

GoButler Takes Its SMS Personal Assistant Out Of Beta, Raises $8M

GoButler has a straightforward premise — you should be able to send a text message and one of its “Heroes” will help you get whatever you need, whether you want to order dinner or make a flight reservation.<p>Today, the startup is announcing that it has moved out of beta testing and is available in …

Apple still determined to bring sapphire displays to iPhone

It would be easy to think that Apple’s sapphire iPhone dreams went down the pan when GT Advanced Technologies went bust, but Apple’s nothing if not persistent.<p>Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple describing a new method for manufacturing sapphire …

Purported 2015 LG Nexus cases leak, show protruding camera and possible fingerprint sensor on the back

A couple of days back we saw a leak purporting to show the outline, or silhouette of this year’s rumored LG Nexus device. It had two circular holes on the back, along with a more square-shaped cutout. We assumed at least one of the circular ones was for a camera, but were unsure of the purpose for …

Apple Music Snapchat Account Takes Users Behind the Scenes of Beats 1 Radio

Apple today announced a Snapchat account for Apple Music that initially provides a behind-the-scenes look at Beats 1 Radio and its personalities while also showing off segments of the cities it operates from with some music playing in the background. It's unknown what kind of content the account …

Amazon signs Top Gear's Clarkson, Hammond, and May for new show

Former <i>Top Gear</i> presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May have signed up for a new motoring show on Amazon Prime, set to air in 2016. The news ends months of speculation about the trio's future on TV after the BBC refused to renew Clarkson's contract following a "fracas" during …

Top Gear

Galaxy S6 smartphones don't ring true for Samsung Electronics' profits

Company reports fifth straight quarterly profit drop as the Galaxy S6 series fails to reverse its declining fortune in smartphone industry<p>Samsung Electronics has reported a fifth straight quarterly profit drop as the Galaxy S6 series of smartphones failed to reverse its declining fortune in the …

SoftBank’s emotionally intelligent ‘Pepper’ robot launches for enterprises on October 1

Japanese telecom giant SoftBank has announced that its emotionally intelligent robot, “Pepper,” will be making its mark in the enterprise with pre-orders opening from October 1.<p>First launched for consumers in Japan last month, the $9,000 bot can analyze gestures, voice tones, and expressions — all …

Sony Posts $780M Profit On Strong PlayStation And Sensor Businesses

Sony today reported a $780 million operating profit for Q1 2015, up 39 percent annually, as the company’s camera sensor business and PlayStation 4 arm pushed it past analyst expectations.<p>The Japanese firm posted quarterly revenue of $14.5 billion, down a mere 0.1 percent year-on-year. Back in …

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