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Everything You Need To Know About Google’s New Smartwatches

Android Wear 2.0, the platform’s first big update since 2014, starts rolling out to supported devices this week.<p>During my briefing with Google, two product managers explained that this feature was introduced so you can easily switch between your “work” watch face and your “home” watch face. But …

Fitbit reportedly plans to acquire Pebble for $34-40 million

One of the first major companies to launch smartwatches may be about to be sold. New, but still unconfirmed, reports claim that the wearable fitness device company Fitbit is planning to acquire Pebble, which got its start by funding its first smartwatch on Kickstarter in 2012, raising over $7 …

Samsung Gear Fit2 band now auto-pauses when you stop exercising, detects more dynamic workouts automatically

Samsung is rolling out a handful of new features for its Gear Fit2 wearable device to help automate the process of tracking your exercise habits.<p>The $179 Gear Fit2 global rollout kicked off back in June, arriving more than two years after Samsung launched its first fitness band and bringing a …

This smartwatch is powered by body heat

Wearable technology is handicapped by batteries.<p>The Apple (AAPL) Watch has 18 hours of battery life, and a Fitbit Flex needs to be recharged every five days. Compared to traditional watches with batteries that last for years, smart wrist accessories are excruciatingly limited.<p>But Bay Area-startup …

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Has Much To Say About Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft wants the world to know it’s not falling behind in the race for artificial intelligence.<p>The technology giant—like Google (goog), Facebook …

Microsoft puts AI to work in Office 365

Microsoft isn't just trying out artificial intelligence through bots and voice assistants -- it's going all-in. The crew in Redmond has revealed that Office 365 is wielding cloud-based AI to automate many tasks. Tap for Word and Outlook surface relevant content from your company to help finish a …

Google's Android/Chrome laptop may be a year away

We've long heard rumors that Google may be merging its Chrome and Android operating systems into a laptop platform, and we're now getting more substantive reports that point to a Q3 2017 time frame for the hybrid OS. According to <i>Android Police's</i> sources, the purported Andromeda software is set to …

Tesla’s vision of an all-electric car future is still years off

Tesla made history Tuesday when it announced a new battery upgrade that allows the Tesla Model S with Ludicrous to drive 315 miles on a single charge, but as many have already noticed, very few will be able to experience it.<p>Tesla's latest battery upgrade means the Model S with Ludicrous mode is the …

New Fitbit Trackers And Nexus Android Wear Smartwatches Detailed

The wearable tech rumour mill has been sent into a spin this week with the news of four high-profile devices that could be set to launch in the coming months.<p>If reports ring true then we’ve got a pair of Nexus Android Wear smartwatches to look forward too, as well a duo of new Fitbit fitness …

Microsoft launches Skype Meetings, a group video chat tool

Microsoft has unveiled a free HD Skype tool for small business users called Skype Meetings. It runs on a browser and will let you meet with up to 10 people for the first 60 days, and a maximum of three after that. Users can also share screens and PowerPoint presentations, and the organizer can …

Microsoft's next Surface rumored to be an AIO desktop PC

Here’s a rumor that may get Microsoft fans excited: Microsoft’s next Surface device just might be an all-in-one (AIO) desktop PC.<p>Rather than bring us yet another notebook-type device, Microsoft is said to be working on an iMac competitor for release in Q3 2016. The second generation Surface Book is …

Google Co-founder Larry Page Is Secretly Building Flying Cars

He’s reportedly spent more than $100 million on two different flying-car start-ups.<p>Google Co-founder <b>Larry Page</b> doesn’t mind taking risky bets on new technologies. As the C.E.O. of Alphabet, the Google parent company that houses the tech giant’s more ambitious “moonshot” projects, like self-driving …

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Microsoft says partners can build Windows Holographic devices with wider fields of view

At its Computex Taipei keynote today, Microsoft announced sweeping plans to build off its HoloLens experiment by creating a fully fledged Windows Holographic platform for hardware partners. The platform is aimed at VR and AR headset makers; Microsoft demonstrated an HTC Vive working in tandem with …

Microsoft apps coming soon to a Xiaomi phone near you

Come September, Xiaomi phones including the Mi 5, Mi Max, Mi 4s, Redmi Note 3, and Redmi 3 will ship with popular Microsoft apps and services that directly compete with those offered by Google. This isn’t new for Microsoft, which has already struck similar deals with companies such as Samsung, …

Report: Jawbone has stopped making its fitness trackers, planning a ‘clinical-grade’ wearable

<b>Update</b>: Jawbone says that the report is “unequivocally false”. Read the company’s update at its blog.<p>According to a report this evening from <i>Tech Insider</i>, Jawbone, the company once famous for its Bluetooth headsets and more recently known for its Jambox speakers and fitness wearables, has stopped …

Joachim Horn, SAM Labs | Microsoft Story Labs

written by<p>Thomas Kohnstamm<p>Making the Internet of Things everybody’s thing<p>There are some 10 billion hardware devices connected to the Internet today. …

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You can now watch any YouTube video in glorious VR on iPhone

It’s time to dust off that virtual reality headset you bought for your iPhone. Thanks to a new YouTube update that’s rolling out now, it’s finally possible to watch <i>any</i> video in glorious VR.<p>The virtual reality experience on iPhone has been disappointing. There are plenty of iPhone-compatible …

WhatsApp reportedly starts testing video calls on Android

Rumors about video calling in WhatsApp have been around for almost as long as those about voice calling, but now we have the first sign the company may be getting closer to releasing the feature widely.<p>First spotted by FoneArena, multiple beta testers saw the feature show up with the latest update …

Apple acknowledges reports of personal music files being deleted, iTunes update coming next week to hopefully fix

Apple has officially acknowledged community reports of inadvertently deleted music, with users left with missing tracks in their libraries that may never be recovered, in a statement to iMore. The company says that it is pushing an iTunes update next week with ‘safeguards’ to pre-emptively prevent …

Samsung patent gives a glimpse into future smartwatch interfaces

Smartwatches and wearables may be the future, but in the present their clunky interfaces and small screens keep them from imagining their full potential. A new Samsung patent wants to change that.<p>The patent features technology that projects a virtual user interface (via laser) onto the wearers …

Google’s head of enterprise apps now runs business and operations for VR division

As I/O approaches, Google is doubling down on virtual reality with a new head of business and operations for the division (via <i>Recode</i>). Formerly president of Google for Work, Amit Singh announced today that he was moving to Google VR as vice president.<p>Google’s virtual reality division started in …

Didi investment may help Apple mend relationships with the Chinese government

Betting on China's homegrown player over the foreign import may have been a deliberate move on Apple's part.<p>Apple's $1 billion investment in homegrown Chinese ride-hail player and Uber's biggest competitor Didi Chuxing comes weeks after the Chinese government shut down iTunes in the country, …

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Google's just launched the ultimate iPhone keyboard

While there are a number of other third-party keyboards available for iOS devices, you might not have been expecting Google to be the next company to deliver a GIF-capable one for your device. You’d have been wrong, however.<p>Launched today, Gboard for iPhone aims to bring together anything you might …

Microsoft is killing its Sunrise calendar app on August 31st

Microsoft revealed last year that it was planning to merge its Outlook and Sunrise apps into a single app. After acquiring Sunrise more than a year ago, Microsoft is now planning to kill off the standalone app at the end of August. Sunrise will be removed from the App Store in the "next few days," …

Microsoft is removing its nagging Windows 10 upgrade notifications soon

Microsoft's Windows 10 upgrade prompts will become a thing of the past soon. The software giant is planning to remove its Get Windows 10 app from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs after July 29th. Microsoft confirmed yesterday that the company is planning to end its free Windows 10 upgrade offer on …

Google Seeks to Make Slideshows Less Crushingly Dull

Do you know anyone who enjoys slideshows? Me neither.<p>That’s a problem Google is trying to address with a new feature for its Slides presentation …

Microsoft is struggling to close a $2 billion gap with Amazon, says Barron's

To back up its argument, Barron's took a deep dive into Microsoft's financials from its last quarterly earnings statement.<p>For its cloud businesses, including Azure and Office 365, Microsoft only discloses year-over-year growth rates, not total revenue (to former CEO Steve Ballmer's chagrin), but …

Jony Ive: Apple has a ‘lot to learn’ about wearables

Jony Ive suggests that Apple is bound to make some missteps as it continues to explore wearable devices, and offers some vague, tantalizing hints about Apple’s plans for the Apple Watch in a new interview.<p>“Regardless of whether we declare an interest in fashion or not, we are making products that …

The latest version of Android is running on a tiny percentage of phones

Lollipop, which was released in 2014, is still used on 35.6% of Android phones. And Gingerbread, the operating system that came out in 2010, is still used by 2.2% of Android phones.<p>One of the problems for Android developers is the so-called "fragmentation" of the operating system as customers are …