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Tim Cook 'Deeply Offended' by BBC Documentary on Apple Factory Conditions

Apple CEO Tim Cook said he is deeply offended by allegations that Apple permits the mistreatment of workers in its supplier factories and mines, reports <i>The Telegraph</i>. The accusations were levied by the BBC news program <i>Panorama</i>, which sent undercover reporters to work in Chinese factories and …

Drawings of Alleged 4.7-Inch and 5.7-Inch iPhone 6c Models Surface [Updated]

Long-running Japanese magazine <i>MacFan</i> has published alleged drawings of what appear to be 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch iPhone 6c models in its latest issue, reports <i>Mac Otakara</i> [Google Translate]. The images appear to show a flat, bezel-free device with rectangle-shaped volume controls like those found on …

Roku CEO: Apple TV is a money-loser

SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Roku founder and Chief Executive Anthony Wood isn't worried about streaming-box competition like Apple TV, even if he thinks Apple maybe should be.<p>"Apple TV is essentially an accessory for the iPad. They lose money, which is unusual for Apple," he said Thursday, speaking at …

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Microsoft Office hits number one spot in Apple’s App Store after just 12 hours

Following two years of rumors, Microsoft finally launched its Office suite of apps on the iPad today. And despite how frustrating it was to wait, it looks like iPad users aren’t bothered at all. The freemium app is now ranked number one in Apple’s App Store among free iPad apps — less than 12 hours …

Apple reportedly discussing the possibility of a TV streaming service with Comcast

The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reports that Apple is now in talks with Comcast about the possibility of a collaborative television streaming service. The plan, according to the report, is for Comcast to provide preferential streaming treatment to an Apple-built set-top box like the existing Apple TV.<p>The …

Apple said to be considering Spotify competitor, iTunes for Android

Apple's iTunes Radio could be just the start of the company's streaming music plans. According to <i>Billboard</i>, Apple is mulling an on-demand streaming service that would let people listen to particular tracks without buying them, all as part of a subscription the likes of Spotify. Citing sources,</i> …

Apple’s Brand Is Worth More Than The Cost Of The Apollo Space Program

Apple’s brand value is more than the total cost of the Apollo Space Program in today’s dollars, according to a new report by brand consulting agency Brand Finance.<p>Apple topped a list of 500 firms — including heavyweights like Walmart, Google, and AT&T — to be named the most valuable billion-dollar …

Huawei Scraps Plan That Would Have Shipped Windows Phone And Android On A Single Handset

Huawei this morning announced that it has changed its mind and will not release a dual-OS handset with both Android and Windows Phone in “the near future.” This is a reversal of its previous strategy to build and sell such a device, with the company indicating that it would go on sale in the second …

Burger King will soon let you pay with your iPhone in its 7000 U.S. locations

Following announcements from other fast-food chains planning to roll out mobile payment and ordering systems this year, Bloomberg reports that Burger King will be the latest to let customers make purchases using a smartphone app.<p>The program will be introduced next month and should be in all of …

Everything We Know About The Moto 360 Android Wear Smartwatch

Motorola hosted a live Hangout with Jim Wicks, the lead designer of the Moto 360 Android Wear-based smartwatch, and the discussion started with the inspiration for the product and moved to its specifics. Motorola wasn’t yet sharing that much about specs and details for the hardware, but the …

Google CEO Larry Page Spoke At TED, And Everyone Freaked Out Over His Ideas

We didn't see a stream of his talk, but judging by Twitter, it was a doozy.<p>Page talked about the NSA, the future of transportation, curing disease, and why companies fail, to name a few topics.<p>"The main thing that has caused companies to fail, in my view, is that they missed the future," Page …

GE-backed Quirky Aros is a window air conditioner with Nest smarts, controlled by iPhone

Finally some much needed smart appliance love for those without central air conditioning (and it’ll keep you cool): the Quirky Aros. Backed by GE, the New York-based start-up Quirky has combined the traditional window A/C unit with some very modern technologies to create the Nest (smart thermostat) …

Google Keyboard for Android Makes Suggestions from Other Google Apps

Google today updated its Google Keyboard app for Android, adding a new Personalized Suggestions feature under the hood that lets it grab data from other Google apps and services. You can download the new version now directly from Google Play.<p>While the changelog merely talks about an option to …

Voice is not enough: Motion is key to Android Wear

Google and Motorola rolled out their joint vision of Android Wear, the Moto 360, and the future of wearables on Tuesday. (LG also gave us a taste of its upcoming G Watch.) Based on the few videos and all the information released for developers, it appears that Google's wearable platform is a fancy …

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Google’s Project Tango could finally allow robots to roam free on the International Space Station

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Signe Brewster<p>The NASA SPHERES satellite drifts like a puck on an air hockey table, spinning slowly as its canisters …

Google’s Chromecast finally comes to Canada

Canadian Netflix and YouTube users looking for a cheap and easy way to stream content on their big screen TVs will finally be able to buy Google's Chromecast device starting on Wednesday.<p>Originally launched in the U.S. last July, the small $39 gadget plugs into a TV's HDMI port and is powered …

Google Keyboard's autocorrect gets better if you let it mine your data

Keyboard software updates for Android, or any other mobile device, are relatively unexciting because... well, you know, <i>keyboards</i>. But, if you happen to have opted for Google's particular stock version by way of the Play Store, you're about to get a better autocorrect experience. A new update that's …

Android Upgrades Open A Backdoor To Malware, Researchers Show

Updating software is to malware as flossing is to gingivitis: a basic practice meant to minimize the risk of infection. But a team of researchers has found that for Google's Android platform, operating system upgrades can also serve as a stealthy new method for malware to sneak its tricks past …

Apple files patent for wireless iPhone camera remote

<b>Apple has filed a patent for a remote control that will let you take photos from an iPhone without needing to touch the handset itself.</b><p>The patent, as …

Google buys Boston Dynamics, maker of spectacular and terrifying robots

Google has acquired robotics engineering company Boston Dynamics, best known for its line of quadrupeds with funny gaits and often mind-blowing capabilities. Products that the firm has demonstrated in recent years include BigDog, a motorized robot that can handle ice and snow, the 29 mile-per-hour …

Twisted iOS hit 'Badland' now on Android

The dark and beautiful <i>Badland</i> was one of our favorite mobile games when it hit iOS earlier this year (we even named it a Best New App), and now Android gamers can finally see what the hype is about. Developer Frogmind had previously announced its Android intentions back in August, and today the …

Google responds to Microsoft smear campaign with witty retort about wearable computing

Yesterday, Microsoft started selling hats, mugs, T-shirts, and hoodies with a distinct anti-Google message, bearing phrases like "keep calm while we steal your data" alongside the Chrome browser logo. They're the latest wave of Microsoft's long-running Scroogled campaign, designed to frighten …

Samsung owes Apple $290M more in damages, jury says

Jury rules that Samsung must pay additional damages for patent infringement. The amount is slightly less than what Apple had requested and brings the total award to about $930 million.<p>SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A jury on Thursday ruled that Samsung must pay Apple $290,456,793 in additional damages for …

Google reaches privacy settlement with 37 states

NEW YORK -- Google reached a $17 million settlement with 37 states and the District of Columbia over a privacy case involving the use of third party "cookies" in Apple's Safari Web browsers. Cookies are the small files used by advertisers to collect certain data about Web surfers.<p>Attorney generals …

Retina iPad Mini’s Color Range Still a Shade Shy of the Best

Anandtech<p>With the next-generation iPad mini with Retina display, Apple managed to create a device identical to its sibling, the iPad Air, in most …

YouTube triggers comments debate as it alters policy

<b>How much weight should you give to a stranger's opinion?</b><p>If you ask YouTube, the answer is: not much.<p>The video sharing website has made changes to the way users can comment on clips. Google, which owns the website, now requires them to sign up to its social network Google+ before they can post their …

Apple loosens restrictions on water-damaged iPhones for Apple Store trade-in program

Starting this week the trade-in value for iPhones will no longer be impacted by the phone’s liquid damage indicator, according to Apple retail employees. Previously, if a device’s “liquid contact indicator” was tripped, the phone would be completely worthless as a trade-in under the company’s …

Google working on RAW support and improved camera features for Android

Nokia may be the first to have delivered RAW photography in a smartphone, but there's evidence to suggest that Google isn't too far behind. A month-old batch of code, recently spotted by app developer Josh Brown, reveals that work has been underway on a new Android camera API that could allow …

Fewer LEDs mean leaner iPad Air, researcher says

The number of LEDs has been slashed in the iPad Air, allowing Apple to build a sleeker tablet, according to a new report.<p>More has been revealed about the iPad Air's internals, revealing a revamped backlight assembly that helped Apple to slash the battery capacity by 23 percent, according to a …

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