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Google Can Now Open Apps You Haven't Even Installed

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Last year, Alphabet's (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) Google bought a small company called Agawi. At the time, the company specialized in streaming native mobile apps over the Web, so users could preview them before deciding to download them. It's now clear why Google decided to buy the …

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ZTE to release new Nubia Z11 in China and US simultaneously

The Chinese phone maker is hoping to bolster its global position in the smartphone market by debuting its next flagship, the Nubia Z11, in China and …


Amazon Releases New Prime Air Teaser

The development of Prime Air was revealed in 2013, but Amazon is now giving customers another look at its progress.

A prototype is being teased in a …


India's Modi, in Facebook talk, pushes Internet as key way to govern

In a question-and-answer session at Facebook's headquarters, Indian prime minister discusses governing through social media and expanding Internet …

The case against Dropbox looks stronger with each passing day

I first met Drew Houston four years ago, when Dropbox, the file storage and synchronization company he founded in 2007, reached 25 million users. Dropbox was in the midst of a growth spurt that has carried it to more than 400 million users, and a valuation of $10 billion in private markets. Its …


Here's everything we're expecting to see at Google's big event this week

Google is holding a major event on Sept. 29, where it will likely tell us more about the future of Android.

The company typically holds an event in the fall to introduce its new Nexus phones and the next version of Android.

Although we learned about Android Marshmallow at Google I/O in May, the …


Microsoft wants you to scan in 3D using only your phone

If you want to do some 3D scanning, you usually have to get either a dedicated scanner or a less-than-elegant add-on. Microsoft Research and the University of Oxford think there's a better way, though. Their MobileFusion project captures 3D models using only an app on your smartphone. The software …

Samsung on Galaxy Note 5's broken stylus slot: read the manual

This year's Galaxy Note 5 is an outstanding device — combining power with grace, and utility with handsome looks — but it also has a pretty major design flaw. The phone's stylus can be inserted into its silo in both orientations, which is a change from previous S Pen designs, and one of those …


iOS Continues to Lead Enterprise Despite Decline in Tablet Market

iOS remained the top platform for smartphone activations in the second quarter, despite its overall market share falling from 70% to 64%, according to Good Technology's twelfth quarterly Q2 Mobility Index Report. Android trailed behind with 32% market share during the quarter, up from 26% last …


Square Has Both The Hardware And Software To Help Businesses Of All Sizes

Last week, I visited payments company Square and sat down with its Hardware Lead, Jesse Dorogusker, about much more than hardware. Dorogusker, a former director of engineering at Apple, discussed with me how the company has evolved to much more than a dongle that accepts payments.

Not only has the …

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Facebook Brings Auto-Play Video Ads To Apps In Its Mobile Ad Network

Facebook’s making a killing with its native, in-feed, auto-play video ads, and now it’s going to let other developers earn money off them too. Today Facebook announced that it’s opening up its own best-performing ad units to publishers that show Facebook’s Audience Network ads to monetize their …


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Apple Music's Jimmy Iovine: 'no one will be able to catch us'

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Apple once revolutionised music by putting 1,000 songs in your pocket. (Then 5,000... then 40,000.) Now it wants to do it again by putting one song on your iPhone: the one you need to hear next.

"I started this curation conversation six years ago, …

With iOS 9, iPhones know when to switch from weak Wi-Fi to cell data

There's a connectivity problem with Apple's iPhone and other iOS devices: If you're near a Wi-Fi source, they'll cling to that source even if the signal is horrendous, effectively killing your Internet.

In iOS 9 beta, this problem is fixed with the Wi-Fi Assist feature, which will "automatically use …


Volkswagen announces availability of Android Auto in most 2016 models

Android Auto’s proliferation is imminent. Major car manufacturers continue to integrate Google’s infotainment platform into their vehicles. …

Facebook Search Is Growing — But Not Like the Rest of Facebook

Google has many reasons to fear Facebook. Don’t count robbing its search business among them, yet. During Facebook’s second-quarter earnings call Wednesday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the social network hosts more than 1.5 billion searches a day. Many searches! But in September of 2012, Zuckerberg …


Twitter sued over photo copyright

First stolen jokes, now pictures -- an award-winning photographer has sued Twitter over a copyrighted image that has been shared on the social media site.

Kristen Pierson filed suit in California over an image she took of Dragonforce guitarist Herman Li, which was being hosted and linked to on …

Canon's new $30,000 video camera can see where you can't

Canon is already competing with the Arri Alexa and Red cameras of the world, but it's about to take this one step further. Meet the ME20F-SH, a high-end video shooter that features a sleek, subtle and somewhat compact design. Most importantly, Canon's new camera can deliver an ISO equivalent of …

A new Instagram quick edit screen means even Instagram knows filters are passé

It looks like Instagram version 7.3 didn’t just bring new Explore features – but an entirely new edit screen to help quicken the sharing process.

Spotted by Droid Life, the latest build of Instagram for Android sports a new screen that condenses the Edit, Location Tag, User Tag and Caption tools all …

You can now request an invite to buy a new OnePlus 2 phone

OnePlus surprised everybody (including itself) by selling many millions of its first phone, the OnePlus One. Despite trouble getting enough phones into distribution channels last time, OnePlus is sticking with the invite system for its new phone, the OnePlus 2.

You can request an invite on the …

Jack Dorsey’s First Order Of Business As Interim CEO? Twitter Support To The Stars

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. Founder of company leaves to start another company. Comes back a few times. Takes role of “Interim CEO” and starts personally doing customer support for celebrities. Haven’t heard that one? OK, well then check this out.

The other day, one Kim Kardashian (powerhouse …


Rumor: iPad mini 4 to be a Miniature iPad Air 2 – Apple Will Release iPad Air 3 in 2015

A new rumor coming from our friends in the far east indicates the Apple iPad mini 4 will basically be a smaller iPad Air 2. The rumor also indicates that Apple could introduce an iPad Air 3 in 2015 after all.


The Japanese-language Macotakara said on Saturday that its industry sources

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Samsung announces monitors with built in smartphone wireless charging

Samsung is big on wireless charging these days, having adopted both PMA and Qi standards with its Galaxy S6 smartphone. The company has now announced …

Researchers have found a new texting vulnerability in Android

This morning, researchers at Zimperium Mobile Security announced a new vulnerability in Android, targeting the multimedia messaging system. Dubbed "Stagefright," the vulnerability affects roughly 950 million Android devices worldwide, according to researcher estimates, although the most vulnerable …


RIP to Twitter backgrounds: All user profiles on the web will now be white - BBC Newsbeat

Your customised Twitter background just died.

Say goodbye to sunlit landscapes, tiled pictures of Harry Styles and pugs in watering cans; from now on when you visit someone's Twitter profile all you'll get is white.

This blank canvas is meant to show off tweets themselves, rather than users' profiles.

WhatsApp for Android now makes sure you never miss a conversation

WhatsApp has been updated on Android with a few useful new features, including an option to mark conversations as unread, as spotted by Android Police.

Tap and hold on any conversation pane and you’ll spot the new feature at the bottom of the menu. It adds a green circle to your selected chat so …

How to Increase Your Sales Using Instagram

Social media has evolved into a treasure trove for marketers who know how to harvest fans and customers. Here are some ways to market to different segments of consumers on Instagram.

Social media has evolved into a treasure trove for marketers who know how to harvest fans and customers on Facebook, …

Spotify bites back at Apple Music with weekly ‘mixtape’ playlist for each user

The music-streaming battle between Apple Music and Spotify isn’t just about which one has the Taylor Swift album: it’s about which one has the best playlists, and the ability to recommend them to the listeners who’ll love them.

Apple Music made a strong start on the first of those: the service has …


Facebook Can’t Prevent Your Posts From Being Used Against You In Court

New York judges unanimously reject Facebook's appeal.

A New York state appeals court ruling that Facebook can’t challenge search warrants seeking users' private account information was a stinging defeat for Internet privacy advocates.

Facebook said in a statement that "overly broad search warrants -- …


iOS 9 Beta 4 - Here’s what changed!