Owen Roberts

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Building blocks: how Project Ara is reinventing the smartphone

In a spare, drab office park in Sunnyvale, California, a bunch of two-by-fours and foamboard have been nailed together into a makeshift model of a shipping container. Inside, a bare, unlit Edison bulb hangs from a wire, over some simple IKEA furniture and a table with Lego blocks on it. The blocks …

Siri, Cortana, And Why Our Smartphone Assistants Have Such Weird Names

That voice speaking to you from your phone’s intelligent personal assistant is likely pleasant and female, and has a sexy-alien name like Siri or Cortana. Product-naming guru Karin Hibma explains.<p>If our current tech overlords have their way, we’ll soon spend our days interacting with our phones–or …

Making the case for a large Apple 'iPad Pro'

Should Apple build a larger iPad for the professional crowd? I think it's a necessary evolution of the tablet.<p>If Apple doesn't build a large, professional tablet, then the Android and the Windows camps will. Oh wait, they <i>already are</i> building them.<p>Samsung has the Android-powered 12.2-inch Galaxy …

See-through iPhone Patent Will Help You Walk and Text

Apple has a solution for the 12% of people who approve of walking and texting — heads down and eyes glued to their smartphone, even if a tall man in …

iOS apps said to crash more than twice as often as Android apps

Apple's iOS 7.1 operating system has seen the lowest app crash rates yet, according to newly-published research, but it's still higher than apps …