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Google Android N Is Officially Nougat
News  |  6/30/2016
The newest version of Google's Android mobile operating system will be called Nougat, the company revealed June 30.
Samsung Selling Unlocked Galaxy S7, S7 Edge In US
Commentary  |  6/30/2016
In an effort to appeal to its growing base of customers, Samsung is now offering its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones unlocked in the US.
Amazon's Discounted Smartphone Stunt: Don't Fall For It
Commentary  |  6/30/2016
Amazon will knock $50 off the price of select phones in exchange for viewing ads on the lock screen. Don't do it. You'll be better off paying the extra cash.
10 Hot Smartphones To Consider Now
Slideshows  |  6/30/2016
Although smartphone sales have been on the decline recently, there is no shortage of options. Here are 10 hot models worth a look.
HP's Chromebook 11 G5 Offers Touchscreen, Android Apps
Commentary  |  6/28/2016
The Chromebook 11 G5 starts at $189, offers an optional touchscreen, and will run Android apps when it goes on sale later this year.
Google Project Bloks Looks To Push Code Literacy For Kids
News  |  6/28/2016
A research project being developed by Google and others strives to teach computational thinking.
Microsoft Will Kill Surface 3 In December
News  |  6/27/2016
Microsoft has confirmed plans to discontinue its Surface 3 tablet line in December and left many wondering what's coming next.
iPhone 7 Photos Leak, Indicating Camera Improvements
News  |  6/27/2016
Leaked photos purportedly show the rear casing for Apple's upcoming iPhone 7, which features a much larger opening for the camera sensor.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Specs, Release Date Leaked
Commentary  |  6/27/2016
A flood of leaks suggest the next phablet from Samsung will arrive in early August with a new name and amped up specs.
Microsoft's $1 Billion-Plus Acquisitions: 9 Big Bets
Slideshows  |  6/27/2016
Microsoft's recent $26.2 billion purchase of LinkedIn is not the first time Redmond has spent big bucks to snap up a company. Here's a closer look at 9 of the software giant's acquisitions that topped $1 billion.
YouTube Mobile Live Streaming Launch Targets Facebook
Commentary  |  6/24/2016
Google-owned YouTube plans to bring live streaming to its mobile app, a direct attack on recent moves made by Facebook.
Apple Dumps Thunderbolt Display, No Replacement Named
News  |  6/24/2016
Anyone who wants to get their hands on an Apple Thunderbolt Display has until stock runs out. The company has decided to discontinue the monitor. Does this mean a 4K or a 5K display is on the way?
BlackBerry Earnings Shine Light On Its Struggling Smartphone Business
Commentary  |  6/23/2016
BlackBerry's service revenue climbed during the last three months, but not enough to stem the hemorrhaging of its hardware business.
Google Fiber Expands Gigabit Rollout With Webpass Buy
News  |  6/23/2016
Google Fiber is acquiring Webpass, a San Francisco-based, high-speed web startup. It's a new effort by Google to speed up the rollout of its gigabit fiber service across the US.
Microsoft Rolls Out Wallet App To Windows Insiders
News  |  6/22/2016
Microsoft Wallet will bring tap-to-pay to Windows 10 Mobile, starting with Windows Insiders.
iPhone 7 Release May Shake Up Apple's Upgrade Cycle
Commentary  |  6/22/2016
The iPhone 7 will closely resemble the iPhone 6s, as Apple pushes major changes to its core product out to 2017, breaking the company's traditional two-year upgrade cycle, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
FAA's Commercial Drone Rule Opens Business Opportunities
Commentary  |  6/22/2016
The FAA's new drone rule, which takes effect in August, means any number of commercial uses are now possible. That is, once a business owner finds a certified drone pilot.
Samsung Commits $1.2 Billion To IoT Research In US
News  |  6/22/2016
Open standards, shared approaches to privacy and security, and more open wireless spectrum are needed to help the internet of things to reach its full potential of making people's lives better, according to the company.
Google's 2-Step Authentication Update Simplifies Sign-On
News  |  6/21/2016
To encourage more users to practice some form of two-factor authentication when they log in to Google accounts, the tech titan has made the process easier with its latest update.
Microsoft SharePoint App Now On iOS
News  |  6/21/2016
Microsoft is rolling out the SharePoint mobile app to iOS devices, giving corporate users the ability to access their company intranet content, portals, and contacts while on the go.
Toyota Aims For AI Car Features By 2021
News  |  6/20/2016
Toyota is the latest automaker to announce a timeline for including self-driving features in its vehicles. Within the next five years, the company expects to add driver assistance systems into its vehicles to perform safety-related maneuvers designed to avoid collisions.
Apple Watch Price Cut To $49 At Best Buy
Commentary  |  6/20/2016
Customers who buy an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus from Best Buy will be able to score an Apple Watch for a mere $49.
Bluetooth 5: Five Things For IT To Know
Commentary  |  6/20/2016
Bluetooth 5 promises improvements in speed, range, and application over the current version. Here are five things you need to know about what has been announced, and what it can mean for your enterprise.
Plume Delivers WiFi Via Cloud
News  |  6/18/2016
Instead of a single router, Plume says it can provide better WiFi connectivity with a handful of small, cloud-coordinated radios.
iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus Face Ban In Beijing
News  |  6/17/2016
Intellectual property regulators in Beijing have ordered Apple to stop selling its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in China's major city, claiming they violate patents held by a Chinese smartphone maker.
Asus Chromebook Flip First To Land Android Apps
Commentary  |  6/17/2016
With the Chromium 53 update, Google Play Store and Android apps are coming to the Asus Chromebook Flip. The move marks the start of a new era for Google's laptops.
9 Gadgets Geeky Dads Will Love
Slideshows  |  6/17/2016
If picking out the perfect Father's Day gift has you stumped, there's still time to scoop up a handy tech tool or two. It's hard to go wrong with a new gadget, especially when there's one for every type of interest and hobby your dad might have.
IDC: Wearable Device Shipments Will Top 213 Million By 2020
News  |  6/16/2016
The current crop of wearables, such as smartwatches and fitness bands, is expected to power the market into the near future, but eyewear is where the profits lie. By the end of the year, wearable shipments will top 101 million. They will grow to 213 million by 2020.
Sapho Gives Enterprise Applications A Millennial-Friendly Makeover
News  |  6/16/2016
Logging into and performing tasks on what can be dozens of different enterprise applications can eat up a lot of an enterprise employee's workday. A company called Sapho is looking to solve that with a "micro app" on-premises platform that delivers a unified interface of tasks to users via desktop or smartphone.
Net Neutrality Decision: What Matters, What Doesn't
Commentary  |  6/15/2016
The FCC has won its latest court battle over net neutrality rules this week, but that might not matter as much as you think. A bigger battle is looming that includes presidential politics and the US Supreme Court.
iOS 10's App-Deleting Function Comes With A Catch
Commentary  |  6/15/2016
In iOS 10, Apple will allow iPhone owners to delete unwanted pre-installed apps for the first time. But you're not really getting rid of them.
IBM Watson Health Tackles Diabetes
News  |  6/15/2016
IBM Watson Health is teaming with the American Diabetes Association to apply cognitive computing to the ADA's 66 years worth of research and data. The results will be used to help entrepreneurs, developers, healthcare providers, and patients learn more about diabetes, prevention, complications, and care.
Apple File System Features Deeper Encryption, SSD Support
News  |  6/15/2016
Next year, all of Apple's devices will use the new Apple File System, which promises flash/SSD optimization and improved encryption. It will replace the aging HFS+ file system.
WWDC 2016: What We Didn't Get
Commentary  |  6/15/2016
Apple's WWDC keynote highlighted dozens of new features headed to iPhones, Macs, and other gear, but the company didn't cover everything on our wish list.
IBM Cloud Will Host VMware Horizon Air, SugarCRM
News  |  6/14/2016
IBM's Cloud Platform is gaining two large enterprise customers as it will now host VMware Horizon Air and SugarCRM. Is this another setback for vCloud Air?
iOS 10, macOS, watchOS Updates: WWDC Up Close
Slideshows  |  6/14/2016
Apple debuted iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS 3, and the latest update to tvOS at WWDC 2016. We discuss the many new capabilities in these software updates.
WWDC 2016: iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS 3 Unleashed
News  |  6/13/2016
Apple kicked off its Worldwide Developers Conference with the debut of iOS 10, watchOS 3, tvOS, and the newly renamed macOS Sierra.
Facebook's Safety Check Activated For First Time In US
Commentary  |  6/13/2016
The Orlando nightclub shooting prompted Facebook to turn on its Safety Check tool so survivors of the massacre could let friends and family know they were safe.
9 Tech Giants Embracing The Open Source Revolution
Slideshows  |  6/13/2016
It was only 15 years ago that Microsoft's then-CEO likened open source software licenses to "a cancer." But today, Redmond is joining other tech giants in donating intellectual property to the hive mind of open source. Here's why it matters.
Bluetooth 5 Bringing Quadruple Range, Double Speed
News  |  6/11/2016
Next week marks the formal debut of Bluetooth 5, which will double the range and quadruple the speed of the wireless standard. The goal of these improvements is to accelerate such applications as industrial automation, smart infrastructure, smart homes, and location-based services.
Windows 10 Build 14361, Planner On Office 365: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  6/11/2016
This week, Microsoft released Planner and GigJam to the public, launched Windows 10 Build 14361 to phones and PCs, and organized a WWDC afterparty for app developers.
iPhone 7 May Get Intel Modem Chips In Some Models
Commentary  |  6/10/2016
Bloomberg reported that Apple has selected Intel to provide the company with the wireless modems for some versions of the upcoming iPhone 7. It's a major victory for the chipmaker's efforts to crack the mobile market.
Lenovo Unveils Project Tango, Moto Z Droid Smartphones
Commentary  |  6/10/2016
The Phab 2 Pro will help people capture virtual reality content, while the Moto Z Droid and Z Droid Force feature swappable modules.
Microsoft Surface Membership Plan Targets Businesses
News  |  6/8/2016
Microsoft has subtly launched a Surface Membership Program to let small businesses purchase devices on a payment plan.
Android Marshmallow Finally Hits 10% Adoption
Commentary  |  6/8/2016
The 8-month-old version of Android has finally reached 10% of Google-based smartphones, even as a new version is almost ready to replace it.
Microsoft's GigJam Productivity App Now Open To All
News  |  6/8/2016
Microsoft announces that its collaboration app GigJam Preview, which was previously invitation-only, is now available to everyone on Windows, Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
10 iPhone, Android Apps To Master Work-Life Balance
Slideshows  |  6/8/2016
Technology makes it easier for you to take your work anywhere, but it can also help you balance your personal and professional lives. Here are 10 iPhone and Android apps that fit the bill.
Android Kill Switch Could Remotely Brick Stolen Devices
News  |  6/7/2016
Users may soon have another weapon to combat thieves who pilfer Android smartphones or tablets -- a kill switch that goes beyond a remote data wipe.
Smartphone Sales Continue To Tumble In 2016
News  |  6/7/2016
Smartphone sales will continue to slow in 2016, with 7% market growth, a decrease of 14.4% in 2015, according to Gartner.
Samsung Bendable Smartphones May Come In 2017
Commentary  |  6/7/2016
Samsung is preparing two smartphones with bendable displays for early 2017, according to a new report in Bloomberg. The company is hoping to create new technology to spur smartphone sales.
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