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Apple Taps LG, Samsung For OLED iPhone Displays, Report Claims
News  |  12/30/2015
A new report indicates Apple will be turning to some of its smartphone rivals -- LG and Samsung -- to finally make the switch to OLED displays for its iPhones.
LinkNYC Starts Delivering WiFi To NYC Pay Phones
Commentary  |  12/29/2015
First announced in 2014, the LinkNYC network, which looks to install WiFi access points in out-of-date NYC pay phones, started rolling out the first of these installations this week. However, some issues of personal information hover below the surface.
Google Glass 2 Sports Foldable Frame, FCC Filing Shows
News  |  12/29/2015
New documents filed with the FCC show an updated design for Google Glass 2, including a folding frame, and other details about the hardware's construction.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Rumors Point To Magnesium Alloy Frame
News  |  12/28/2015
The launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S7 may be coming sooner rather than later, and new rumors suggest iris scanning capabilities and a magnesium alloy frame.
Tech Fail Forecast: Bursting The Next Bubble
Slideshows  |  12/28/2015
Fifteen years after the dot-com bubble burst, industry pundits are calling out similar signs of froth in the current tech boom. Here are nine tech ideas, products, excesses, and business models that we expect to look back on in 15 years and ask: "What were we thinking?"
Microsoft's 2016: More Windows 10, Hardware Advances, Research Gains
Slideshows  |  12/27/2015
Microsoft's New Year resolutions are expected to include gains in the PC market, new Surface Phone, and advancements in HoloLens, Microsoft Research, cloud and security.
Ushahidi BRCK Brings WiFi To Remote Corners
Commentary  |  12/25/2015
In an effort to bring WiFi connectivity to remote corners of the globe, Ushahidi is offering a new WiFi and router combo device called BRCK. It's designed to connect to the Internet even when power sources are scarce.
NORAD Santa Tracker Delivers On Facebook, Twitter, Mobile Apps
Commentary  |  12/24/2015
InformationWeek spoke with Canadian Royal Navy Lieutenant Marco Chouinard of the NORAD Tracks Santa team to get more information on how the organization pulls off the demanding tasks of keeping up with the jolly old elf and sharing his up-to-the-minute status on social media. Here's what we learned.
Microsoft's 2015 Acquisitions: Mobile, Analytics, Security
News  |  12/24/2015
Microsoft bought a lot of companies during 2015. What were they, and what did they bring to the tech giant?
8 iPhone Apps To Make Your Holiday Memories Shine
Slideshows  |  12/24/2015
InformationWeek picks eight different iPhone apps to help you take pictures and create stellar holiday memories. The best part is that most are free.
Google Plans AI-Based Messaging App, Report Says
Commentary  |  12/23/2015
Google is developing a smarter messaging app based on its artificial intelligence and chatbot tech, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Hottest Smartphones of 2015: Our Top 5 Picks
Commentary  |  12/23/2015
From the Samsung Galaxy S6 to the iPhone 6s, here are our picks for the best smartphones of 2015.
Google Wants To Eliminate Password Login
News  |  12/22/2015
Google has begun testing a password-free login method that enables users to log in using their smartphones.
Apple Blasts UK 'Snooping' Bill
Commentary  |  12/22/2015
In keeping with Tim Cook's professed desire to keep customer information private, Apple objected to a new UK bill that would expand the government's ability to snoop into citizens' messages and Internet use.
Microsoft Buys Talko Messaging App From Ray Ozzie
News  |  12/21/2015
Microsoft will acquire messaging startup Talko from its former exec Ray Ozzie, but he won't be rejoining the company.
Priv Sales Help Boost BlackBerry's Sagging Fortunes
News  |  12/21/2015
BlackBerry's latest financial report reflected a smaller quarterly loss and first revenue gain in over two years.
Apple, Facebook And Google Are Top Apps Of 2015
Commentary  |  12/21/2015
Three Silicon Valley tech giants, Apple, Facebook, and Google, account for the lion's share of app usage on smartphones and tablets in the US, according to Nielsen.
Apple To Pay Ericsson iPhone, iPad Royalties
Commentary  |  12/21/2015
Ericsson and Apple called a truce to their ongoing patent-infringement claims and signed a global cross-licensing agreement that has Apple paying royalties on wireless devices.
Apple's Tim Cook Defends Encryption, Labor Practices In China
News  |  12/21/2015
Charlie Rose sat down with Tim Cook and other major players on the team at Apple for an in-depth look at the inner workings of the company during an interview on CBS's 60 Minutes.
Best Mobile Tech Of 2015: Our Top 10 List
Slideshows  |  12/20/2015
The last 12 months haven't produced radical change in the mobile tech space, but the needle has definitely moved forward. Here's a look at InformationWeek's Top 10 list of the best mobile tech of 2015.
Apple's Tim Cook Staunchly Defends Corporate Tax Payments
News  |  12/20/2015
In an interview with 60 Minutes, Apple CEO Tim Cooks defends how the company pays its corporate taxes and calls criticism of the tech firm "political crap." There's also a behind-the-scenes look with Jony Ive.
Microsoft Delays Windows 10 Mobile For Older Smartphones
Commentary  |  12/19/2015
Microsoft will not deliver Windows 10 Mobile to older smartphones this month as promised.
Apple, Samsung Bring Mobile Payment Face-Off To China
News  |  12/19/2015
Apple and Samsung have struck separate deals with China's UnionPay bank to bring their mobile payment services to the Chinese market in 2016.
Windows 10 Build Released, HoloLens Showcase: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  12/19/2015
This week brought the first Redstone build for Windows 10, Office app updates for Android, and a HoloLens developer experience at the Microsoft NYC store.
Apple Names Jeff Williams COO In Executive Shakeup
News  |  12/18/2015
Jeff Williams, often known as "Tim Cook's Tim Cook" at Apple, will take the position of COO. The appointment was one of number of executive changes announced by the company this week.
Smartwatch Shipments Primed To Explode, IDC Predicts
Commentary  |  12/17/2015
IDC expects consumers to adopt smartwatches in record numbers over the next year, with the Apple Watch leading the way.
IBM, Apple Deliver 100-Plus Enterprise iOS Apps
Commentary  |  12/16/2015
IBM announces that its partnership with Apple has yielded more than 100 IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps.
Google's Project Fi Now Supports Tablets
Commentary  |  12/16/2015
Tablet owners can now add their iPad, Nexus, or Galaxy tablet to Google's Project Fi wireless service for 4G LTE Web surfing.
Ford Will Start Testing Its Self-Driving Car In 2016
News  |  12/16/2015
Following an announcement about its $4.5 billion investment in electric vehicles, Ford is also moving forward with self-driving car tests. Its driverless Fusion vehicle will start cruising California streets in 2016.
Google Updates Maps, Inbox And Wallet With Cool Features
Commentary  |  12/15/2015
Google has added a number of new features to its mobile apps for Android and iOS devices.
Apple's Secret Taiwan Facility Focuses On Next-Gen Displays
News  |  12/15/2015
Apple has been working on next-generation display technology in a nondescript office park outside Taipei, according to Bloomberg. The focus is on screens for new versions of the iPhone and iPad.
Samsung's Galaxy S7 Will Mimic iPhone's 3D Touch
Commentary  |  12/14/2015
Samsung's next-generation flagship, expected in March, will feature a pressure-sensitive screen similar to that of the Apple iPhone 6s, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Cortana For iOS and Android, Windows 10 Mobile Moves: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  12/12/2015
This week's Microsoft news cycle shined a spotlight on Windows 10, Microsoft Band 2, and a new Linux certification.
Google's Android Tablets To Get Split-Screen Multitasking
Commentary  |  12/11/2015
Google engineers are aiming to improve Android's appeal as a work platform by bringing split-screen multitasking to its tablets.
Ford To Invest $4.5 Billion In Electric Vehicles
News  |  12/11/2015
The company looks to improve upon the existing electric vehicles in its stable and add 13 new ones by 2020 as part of a $4.5 billion investment.
Millennials Want More IT Support Than Boomers, Study Finds
News  |  12/11/2015
Millennials are predicting greater reliance on IT support in 2016, surpassing the expectations of the Baby Boomer generation, according to a new CompTIA report.
Tim Cook Defends Against iPhone Battery 'Hump' Jabs
News  |  12/10/2015
In response to complaints about iPhone battery life, Apple recently released its first battery case for the device, but the "hump" in the back has met with criticism. CEO Tim Cook defends the design.
Microsoft Band, Pebble Classic: New Features, Improved UI
Commentary  |  12/10/2015
Microsoft's wearable fitness tracker gained a host of new powers that make it a more well-rounded product. Pebble is also prepping a significant update for its original wearables.
Google Fiber Could Be Headed To Chicago, Los Angeles
News  |  12/9/2015
Google continues the ambitious expansion of its high-speed Internet service -- Google Fiber -- by inviting Chicago and Los Angeles to apply.
iPhone 6s Battery Pack Doubles As Protective Case
News  |  12/8/2015
Apple is turning a consumer complaint into a money-making gambit by offering a sleek battery pack for $99 that doubles as a protective case. The new pack works for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s.
Windows 10, New Devices, Exec Shakeup: Microsoft's 2015
Slideshows  |  12/8/2015
Microsoft kicked off 2015 with Windows 10, and the updates surrounding hardware, Office, mobile, and cloud continued to snowball throughout the year. Here's a look at 10 notable Microsoft moves in 2015.
TAG Heuer Ramps Up Luxury Smartwatch Production
News  |  12/7/2015
High-end watchmaker TAG Heuer is bumping up production of its Connected smartwatch to 2,000 pieces a week, thanks to strong consumer demand.
Verizon WiFi Calling Coming To Galaxy S6, S6 Edge
Commentary  |  12/7/2015
Verizon Wireless is the last major carrier to offer customers WiFi calling. The company is starting with just two phones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.
iPhone 6c Rumors Suggest A9 Processor, Apple Pay
Commentary  |  12/5/2015
With the rumored iPhone 6c, Apple may move away from the polycarbonate case but keep the color spectrum, and might add a faster processor and Apple Pay.
HoloLens App Contest, Surface Phone Rumors: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  12/5/2015
This week brought a wealth of updates on HoloLens, Windows 10 IoT, Dynamics CRM 2016, Outlook features and Microsoft's mobile strategy.
Google Cardboard Camera App Expands VR Experience
Commentary  |  12/4/2015
Google has released its Cardboard Camera app, which looks to bring the company's VR experience to Android-based smartphones.
Windows Struggles As iOS, Android Dominate Smartphone Space, IDC Says
Commentary  |  12/4/2015
Microsoft will have a hard time selling Windows handsets while Apple and Google keep their shares at or near current levels, according to research firm IDC.
Signal Encrypted Messaging App Comes To Desktops
Commentary  |  12/3/2015
Open Whisper Systems announces an open beta of the desktop version of its encrypted messaging application Signal. The app is endorsed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Fitbit, Apple Lead Wearables Market In Q3, IDC Finds
News  |  12/3/2015
Wearables continue to increase in popularity, with more than 21 million units shipped in the third quarter of this year, IDC reports. Fitbit and Apple are continuing to dominate, while Samsung is slipping.
iOS 9 Adoption Hits 70%, Blowing Away Android 6
Commentary  |  12/3/2015
iPhone and iPad owners have updated to iOS 9 at a quicker pace than last year's iOS 8, according to Apple.
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