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Apple's iPhone-like Dashboard Interface 'CarPlay' Demoed by Volvo

In-car touchscreen systems aren't known for their great usability, but a new one modeled on Apple's iOS may prove a more worthwhile platform. CarPlay, designed by Apple in concert with car makers, was shown off by Volvo this week at the New York International Auto Show.<p>The interface will be …

Cortana vs. Siri: Battle of the Virtual Assistants

With Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft is taking on Siri, Apple's chatty assistant in the iPhone. In Microsoft's corner is Cortana, a brand-new virtual …

Optical zoom could be coming to HTC smartphones next year

“Huge advances” in camera optics are coming to HTC devices within 12-18 months, said the company’s top camera specialist.<p>In an interview with Vodafone’s UK blog, Symon Whitehorn, Director of Special Projects at HTC, said optical zoom on smartphones is within reach for the Taiwanese company. …

Apple Ripped Off This Clock Design For The iPad And Now The Owners Have Given A Huge Contract To Samsung

The clock was originally designed in the 1940s by Hans Hilfiker and is a symbol of both the company and the country.<p>Eventually, Apple did the right thing and agreed to pay $21 million to Swiss Railways to license the pleasing analog clockface design.<p>It was a minor humiliation for the computer …

Google kicks off Chromecast offers program with £5 of free Play credit

With Google's Chromecast streaming dongle now fully settled in the UK, the great provider (of search results) has kicked off a promotional program rewarding new and old customers alike. You'll find the offer highlighted in the Play store, where (browser) window shoppers are being tempted with …

Project Ara: our best look yet at Google's new modular smartphone

This week in Mountain View, Google held its first-ever developer conference for Project Ara. Developed by a small team within the company called ATAP staffed with ex-DARPA engineers and some of the brightest minds at Google, Ara is a mission to make a modular smartphone. It'd be the last phone you …

Tactus working to bring physical buttons that rise out of touchscreen

The smartphone industry has come along way in the last few years, and during that time mobile device form factors have evolved quite a bit. While Blackberry still continues to cling on to the physical keyboard approach, finding an Android device with a physical QWERTY keyboard is becoming harder …

Bing gets Google Now-like cards powered by Cortana

Microsoft has done a lot of sprucing up with Windows 8.1 and Cortana for Windows Phone 8.1. Now the software giant has launched a new version of Bing …

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