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Happy 4th Birthday to the iPad

Four years ago today, April 3 2010, was launch day for the original iPad. Some said it was ‘just a giant iPod’ while Steve Jobs hailed it as a ‘magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price’.<p>In these last four years the iPad has effectively created the tablet market, which has since …

Apple Patents Headphones That Recognize When You’re Speaking And Tune For Better Audio Quality

Apple has a new patent application for a tech that could improve the design of its pre-packaged iOS device headphones, AppleInsider has found. The new patent describes earbuds with a built-in mic that could automatically detect user voice activity, and then tune a series of built-in mics to …

Apple Joins Lobbying Group to Influence Patent Legislation

Major US companies from various business sectors have joined together to form a lobbying group that opposes pending patent reform legislation proposed by Congress, reports <i>Reuters</i>. The new Partnership for American Innovation includes Apple, DuPont, Ford, General Electric, IBM, Microsoft and …

Apple Acquired Speech Recognition Firm Novauris Last Year for Siri Team

Apple purchased automatic speech recognition company Novauris Technologies last year, reports <i>TechCrunch</i>. Novauris' main product was NovaSystem, a server-based distributed speech recognition system.<p>According to the company's website, its technology is able to handle multiple simultaneous voice …

79% of Parents Talk to Their Kids About Online Safety

It's difficult to be a parent in the digital age. Your kids probably know more about the Internet than you do (you can undo sent emails now?), and …

8 Scientifically Proven Ways to Maximize Your Mid-Day Break

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog and has been republished with permission.</i><p>I’ve noticed that the way I spend my lunch break affects how productive I am for the rest of the day: how quickly I get started once I get back to my desk, how effective I am in the first hour after lunch, and …

iPhone 5s Demand Wanes in China, While Interest in iPhone 6 Accelerates

Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White is touring China and reports to investors that demand for the iPhone 5s in the Asian country is disappointing, while interest in Chinese brands like Xiaomi is on the rise. This cool sentiment towards the iPhone may change when an iPhone 6 model with a larger …

Apple buys tech that could take Siri offline

Apple has sort-of-confirmed that it recently snapped up another small company, called Novauris. The firm specializes in speech recognition and has historical ties to the core technology and patents underpinning Siri. <i>TechCrunch</i> reports that Novauris' experts are already working inside Apple to …

The U.S. Won't Let Google Trademark 'Glass' for Its Glass-Less Eyewear

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Still struggling to make a good name for itself with a skeptical American public, Google Glass is …

Apple documents show need for bigger screens: 'consumers want what we don't have'

Internal Apple documents from last April shown in court today paint the picture that the company was scrambling to identify and determine ways to compete with devices running Android, as well as keep sales of the iPhone from petering out amid growing competition.<p>"Consumers want what we don't …

Google Is Trying to Trademark the Word 'Glass'—and It's in Good Company

Apple has tried to trademark "startup." Facebook has tried to trademark "book."<p>This week, the <i>Wall Street</i> <i>Journal</i> reported that Google, which long ago trademarked "Google Glass," is experiencing some difficulty in the next stage of its IP journey: trademarking the word "glass" itself.<p>I know, I …

TomTom Runner Cardio sport watch has its finger on your pulse

If you have your finger on the pulse of technology, you know smartwatches and fitness trackers are running riot right now -- and the new TomTom Runner Cardio GPS sport watch includes GPS and a heart rate monitor to give those other gadgets a run for their money.<p>The TomTom Runner Cardio's Mio …

The week in pictures: 4 April 2014 - Telegraph