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Google joins with GM, Honda, Audi for Android-powered cars

Google has launched a partnership with carmakers General Motors, Audi, Honda, and Hyundai, as well as with chipmaker Nvidia, to bring the Android operating system to vehicles in 2014.<p>The group, called the Open Auto Alliance, aims to marry Android's widespread use and app support with openness and …

General Motors

This is not the year of wearables but the year the hype dies, says Evernote CEO

This has been a big week for smartwatches, especially here on Quartz. So far we’ve already published four pieces on the putative next big thing. Much of that was linked to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the industry’s annual jamboree for new products, during which smartwatch pioneers Pebble …

Animated iWatch Concept Is the Most Realistic You've Ever Seen

Although Apple remains tight-lipped about any plans to release a wearable device, the persistent rumors and concept mock-ups continue to stir …

Your iPhone is ruining your sleep

The biological reason you need to stop bringing your cell phone to bed<p>Some people might say that sleep is wasted time. Clearly, they haven't heard that sleep is where you put your memories away for safe keeping, give your genes a chance to chill out, and give your brain a rinse.<p>That's why taking …

What The Heck Will Google Do With These Scary Military Robots?

Let’s see, we have a company that already knows everything about us, has possibly the world’s largest computer network, has recently built one of the biggest artificial-intelligence teams in the world–a company so powerful that it feels the need to soften its dominance with the informal motto, …

The iWallet Is Coming

<i>Post updated to reflect a misstatement about when Apple rolled out self checkout to its stores.</i><p>This week, Apple unveiled the first large-scale integration of iBeacon, a technology that, when coupled with their fingerprint identification system, may be another building block in building a …

So you want to fly drones? Here’s what the law says

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Amazon(s amzn) may have big plans to fill the urban air with drones, but many amateurs have already beaten the company to the …

Why is Microsoft scared of Chromebooks?

Something has Redmond spooked<p>"It’s pretty much a brick," says <i>Pawn Stars</i>’ Rick Harrison as he rejects a Samsung Chromebook brought in by an actor playing a customer. Microsoft really doesn’t want you buying this thing.<p>But why? Just how big of a threat are Chromebooks, Google’s oft-ridiculed web-only …

Amazon, Applebee’s and Google’s job-crushing drones and robot armies: They’re coming for your job next

It’s inescapable: We’ll be replaced by robots or turn into them. What happens to waitresses and taxi drivers then?<p>Alienation comes easy when you stumble into the glare of a modern airport off a red-eye flight. Bleary-eyed after three hours of fitful sleep, unready for the dawn, I did not know what …

Man pays $750 for a piece of paper he thought was an Xbox One

[UPDATE] 19-year-old Peter Clatworthy received a free Xbox One from retailer CeX on Saturday. He also got a full refund from the original eBay scam.<p><i>The original story is below</i>.<p>One United Kingdom teenage did not get what he expected from a recent eBay purchase.<p>19-year-old United Kingdom resident …

Apple 40.6% in US Smartphones, Samsung Second, Android Down, iOS Up

In the US, Apple’s dominance as the top smartphone OEM appears to have temporarily peaked at just above the 40 percent mark. In the last three months, Samsung gained as well, and a bit faster than its main competitor. Rounding out the top five are HTC, Motorola, and LG, all of which lost share or …

Samsung CEO promises to deliver devices with 'folding displays' in 2015

At Samsung's Analyst Day, alongside talking serious financial numbers, forward looking statements and such, the company has announced that it will bring fully-foldable screens to willing customers some time in 2015. The screen tech (which we've seen an incremental nudge towards with the Galaxy …

Samsung Galaxy Round brings curve to smartphones

Samsung has won the race to be the first phone manufacturer this fall to launch a curved smartphone.<p>The company announced late Tuesday that the new Galaxy Round incorporates the latest in screen technology, along with other unique features.<p>The device resembles the<p>Galaxy S3andS4, but it has slight …

Gear & Gadgets

How Apple has changed since Steve Jobs

Since Steve Jobs passed away two years ago Saturday, Apple has experienced no shortage of scrutiny.<p>Investors, the media and the public alike have targeted the company, accusing it of failing to innovate. Critics claim the company has lost its edge, merely updating existing products and not creating …

HTC must alter chip in One smartphone to avoid Nokia patents

Poor HTC. As if it didn't already have enough to deal with, the troubled manufacturer now has to meddle with the original design of the One and other smartphones in order to avoid infringing on a couple of Nokia patents. According to the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>, HTC is currently working with Qualcomm to …

Vertu Constellation is a £4,000 dual-core Android phone

If your wallet's as bottomless as Scrooge McDuck's and your hunger for calfskin and titanium knows no bounds -- not even good taste -- then Vertu's …

Meet One Of The Hackers Who Cracked Apple’s Touch ID

By Michael Grothaus3 minute Read<p>Last week a group of hackers at the Chaos Computer Club in Berlin announced they had already bypassed the Touch ID, …

Mobile Technology

Mobify – Digital Experience Platform

Boost your revenue by launching a superior Progressive Web App in just 90 days<p>Mobify is the only proven Digital Experience Platform for building customer-first shopping experiences through Progressive Web Apps (PWA), Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), and native apps.<p>The #1 Provider ofProgressive Web …

Smartwatches will soon take off — but not because they tell time

Samsung's Pranav Mistry wearing the new Galaxy Gear smartwatch in Berlin last Wednesday. Sean Gallup<p>I don't wear a watch. I haven't worn a watch since the aluminum band on my 1998 Swatch had a disagreement with the aluminum wrist pad on my 2008 MacBook Pro, and the MacBook won. Besides, the laptop, …

Smartwatches

Xbox One video leak offers a closer look at the next-gen dashboard

Microsoft has provided some glimpses of the Xbox One dashboard, but the company still hasn't shown it fully to the public. One particular YouTube user, Jackson Carter, has posted a two minute video of the Xbox One console, controller, and dashboard. The shaky cam overview provides one of the first …

NSA can reportedly tap smartphone users' data

The National Security Agency has the ability to access user data on three of the most popular smartphone platforms, including BlackBerry's e-mail system, according to classified documents viewed by German news outlet Spiegel.<p>The US intelligence-gathering agency has created platform-specific working …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Packaged iPhone 5C Surfaces Again in Multiple Colors, Video Shows Powered-On Unit

Following recent photos of Apple's alleged iPhone 5C shown in its packaging, as well as the quick-start guide, SIM eject tool and other paperwork to be included in the packaging, several more photos and a video have surfaced showing similar devices and packages.<p>First, Chinese site <i>iApps.im</i> has …

As Expected, Vodafone Sells Its Stake in Verizon Wireless for $130 Billion, Giving Verizon Communications Full Ownership

Verizon Communications and Britain’s Vodafone announced a deal Monday that will give Verizon total ownership of the wireless company that bears its …

Microsoft and Google Will Sue U.S. Government Over FISA Order Data

In their ongoing wrangle to win the right to disclose more information about government requests for user data, Microsoft and Google said they will …

The wireless network with a mile-wide range that the “internet of things” could be built on

Robotics engineer Taylor Alexander needed to lift a nuclear cooling tower off its foundation using 19 high-strength steel cables, and the Android app that was supposed to accomplish it, for which he’d just paid a developer $20,000, was essentially worthless. Undaunted and on deadline—the tower …