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Facebook M’s bet and the future of Web interfaces

Recently Facebook announced its take on the Virtual Assistant, M, which is to be supported by a human workforce, to help you get things done. It’s been billed as an improved version of Google Now or Apple’s Siri; a virtual assistant with – crucially – real life operators to go beyond its …

How Apple Music Will Trick You Into Paying For Music Forever

With the launch of Apple Music at this week’s WWDC keynote, one of the biggest ‘when’ questions around Cupertino has been answered (when will Tim Cook and his team launch a streaming music service?). Now the pressure is off, Apple can concentrate on other matters that will change the world (such as …

Apple’s Junk Drawer Problem

We'll wait hours in line in the cold/heat/rain/snow for a shiny new piece of Apple hardware, but once we get it, the first thing we do is fill it with third party services.<p>There’s a folder on the homescreen of my iPhone affectionately labeled "Apple Crap." Inside, a colony of flattened, …

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Marketing

European carriers could block internet ads for their own benefit

While advertising has become a necessary evil, some companies have become specialists in helping you rid yourself of it. If you live in Europe, you could soon find help from an unlikely ally, after a <i>Financial Times</i> report noted that some operators are ready to block ads from Google, Microsoft and …

You Can Push Google Maps Directions from Desktop to Phone

We all use our smartphones more often than we’d like to admit, but let’s face it: Typing on a full-sized keyboard will always be easier to do than on a handheld device.<p>So when it comes to searching for Google Maps directions, now you can research commute routes ahead of time, then push the …

Google Maps

How augmented reality and virtual reality will generate $150 billion in revenue by 2020

Despite the failure of Google Glass to evolve into a mainstream consumer gadget, upcoming augmented reality devices like Microsoft’s HoloLens, which …

Next version of Google Glass will be out soon, says Italian eyewear maker Luxottica

Massimo Vian, CEO of Italian eyewear maker Luxottica, spoke earlier on Friday at a general meeting in Milan, Italy regarding Luxottica’s relationship with Google, and how the Google Glass project is moving along. While Mr. Vian didn’t mention a specific timeframe for the launch of the next-gen …

Wearable Tech

Here's How Wi-Fi Actually Works

Most computer users know little about how Wi-Fi works. In fact, one of the only things many do know is that sometimes it doesn’t. But even a little …

Amazon for your Apple Watch is here

Just in time for launch day, Amazon has released its official Apple Watch app on the iOS App Store.<p>We first reported that Amazon’s 1-Click Shopping was coming to the Apple Watch last month, when it was said that Amazon’s Apple Watch would, at least at first, act a lot like the Amazon App on Android …

Apple Watch

Twitter launches Periscope live video streaming app to rival Meerkat

Social network makes its move into live-streaming video with free app that allows public and private broadcasts from celebrities and regular users alike<p>Twitter has launched Periscope, an app that broadcasts live video filmed by your smartphone to your followers on the social network.<p>The free iPhone …

Social Media

Facebook explains why it needs Instagram, WhatsApp, AND Messenger

"There's a theory that in five years, all your products will morph into one. Maybe it'll be called WhatsInstaMessage," said panel moderator Mary Meeker.<p>The key, it turns out, is simplicity: Facebook and Facebook Messenger are only getting bigger and more complicated. Apps that do one thing, and do …

Apps

The 'Virtual Death' of iOS 7 Is Approaching

Mobile analytics company MixPanel has come up with an eye-watering statistic around iOS 7. The company argues that Apple’s previous generation of its mobile platform will be “virtually dead by the end of Q2 this year.” In stark contrast to the limited availability and slow uptake of Android 5.0 …

Facebook to developers: Please friend us

Mark Zuckerberg wants app developers to help him move with the times.<p>Facebook last year changed its unofficial motto from "move fast and break things" to "move fast with stable infrastructure," a sign it would stop inflicting weird or inconsistent programming on its partners. Now Facebook's CEO and …

Music labels are reportedly pressuring Spotify to limit free streaming

It's no secret that the digital age hasn't been kind to the music industry. Streaming services like Spotify, Rdio, and Pandora have buoyed a long-declining market with the support of eager music labels, but it seems those very same labels are starting to get nervous about their revenue …

Sony Music

Google is making TV commercials more like internet ads

Google Fiber could be a testing ground for the future of TV ads<p>It looks like Google wants to bring TV ads into the 21st century. The company has quietly announced a new local advertising service for Google Fiber that will make TV ads behave a lot more like internet ads. Using data from its …

Google Fiber

The Apple Watch will launch outside the US in April too

When Apple first released the iPhone and iPad, their launches were limited to the US before rolling out to other countries over the following months. It appears that won’t be the case with the Apple Watch.<p>While speaking at an Apple Store in Berlin last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook told employees the …

Tim Cook

Bitkom: Mehrheit der deutschen Smartphone-Nutzer möchte nicht mobil bezahlen

Nach einer repräsentativen Umfrage des Branchenverbands Bitkom möchten mehr als zwei Drittel der deutschen Smartphone-Nutzer nicht mit ihrem Gerät …

Apple Pay

IKEA furniture will soon be able to wirelessly charge your mobile device

BARCELONA — You'll soon be able to charge your mobile device directly on various pieces of IKEA furniture, from nightstands and desks to even the …

Showdown: Comparing Android 5.0 Lollipop on Samsung, LG and HTC’s top phones

It’s been a long time coming, but many of the latest flagship Android devices have finally received their respective Lollipop updates. Android 5.0 …

Marktanteil: Android und iOS dominieren den Weltmarkt

<b>Das Marktforschungsinstitut IDC hat aktuelle Zahlen zum Marktanteil bei mobilen Betriebssystemen vom letzten Jahr veröffentlicht. Gewinner sind hier</b> …

IDC: Android and iOS accounted for 96.3% of global smartphone shipments in Q4 2014 and the whole year

Android and iOS accounted for 96.3 percent of all smartphone shipments in Q4 2014, and coincidentally, 96.3 percent for all of last year as well. That means the duopoly grew 0.6 percentage points compared to the same period last year (95.7 percent in Q4 2013) and 2.5 percentage points on an annual …

Will the launch of the Apple Watch spark the next app goldrush?

Photograph: ZUMA/REX<p>Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces Apple’s new smartwatch in Cupertino, California in September 2014.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/2/23/1424686822642/a8363257-ba6d-41cc-99a7-45ff4ee6ab3c-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: ZUMA/REX<p>Apple CEO Tim Cook …

Smartwatches

This Is Google’s Plan to Beat Apple Pay

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Marissa Mayer is confident that Yahoo is finally catching up in mobile

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is banking on mobile to turn the company around. Since she joined, the company has ramped up its mobile team from 50 to 500 people and refreshed a number of its apps—Weather, Sports, and Games—to rave reviews. But now the focus is on courting app developers to build on its …

Advertising

Have we figured out what we want in a smartwatch yet?

Next month will be the one-year anniversary of Google’s smartwatch platform introduction. And the month after that will see the Apple Watch ship to …

Smartwatches

Android Lollipop lets you tweak some settings using voice commands

"OK, Google. Turn on WiFi" is something you might want to start practicing out loud if you're among the small percentage of Android users who already have Lollipop on their devices. <i>Android Police</i> has discovered that Google Now on the latest Android release can tweak <i>some</i> of your settings for you …

Woz thinks Apple Watch is ‘like a little piece of art’

Apple Watch