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Don’t call them “delivery guys” anymore [CARTOON]

Posted August 29, 2014 - 6:00 am

Thanks to the cloud, the “as a service” trend is getting a little out of control

Baidu, Tencent help Chinese shopping malls take on Alibaba

Posted August 29, 2014 - 3:01 am

Baidu and Tencent are teaming up with a Chinese shopping mall operator in a joint venture that could steal business away from local e-commerce giant Alibaba Group.

Poaching drivers may be the norm for ride-sharing companies

Posted August 28, 2014 - 8:28 pm

It seems like poaching drivers is par for the course in the ride-sharing industry.

5 iOS apps to easily manage your Twitter account

Posted August 28, 2014 - 3:11 pm

Twitter is useful for more than following your favorite celebrities. It's a powerful professional tool for keeping up on industry news, interacting with influencers, and marketing yourself. But when you use it this way, managing your Twitter account can feel like a full-time job--unless you have the right app, of course. Here are five iOS apps that make it a lot less work.

How to free up space on a packed hard drive

Posted August 28, 2014 - 3:04 pm

Reader Donna Vincent has a lot of files and little remaining storage space. She writes:

Samsung Gear S watch sports 3G, LG G Watch R gets curvy

Posted August 28, 2014 - 3:01 pm

Samsung and LG have announced more smartwatches ahead of next week's IFA trade show in Berlin, with an emphasis on connectivity and curvy faces.

Amazon's efforts to test drones for package delivery gain support

Posted August 28, 2014 - 2:44 pm

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), which represents the nascent commercial drone industry in the U.S., has thrown its considerable weight behind a bid by Amazon to test drones for use in the online retailer's proposed Prime Air package delivery service.

Voice Search Smackdown: Ooloo vs. Siri vs. Google Now

Posted August 28, 2014 - 2:35 pm

Ooloo is a new, free voice search app for iOS and Android, and it relies on actual humans to answer your questions 24/7. I tested the iOS app and compared the answers I received to answers from Apple's Siri and Google Now (on an Android smartphone).

Chromebook Pixel revisited: 18 months with Google's luxury laptop

Posted August 28, 2014 - 2:32 pm

Is it crazy to pay $1300 for a Chromebook? Some reflections after a year and a half of living with Google's luxurious Pixel.

Mac, Chromebook gains soften PC industry decline

Posted August 28, 2014 - 2:21 pm

Although forecasts for PC shipments have brightened, much of the improvement stems from bets that Chromebooks and Macs will make up a larger part of this year's market.

A bigger iPhone could push phablet explosion

Posted August 28, 2014 - 2:17 pm

Big smartphones with screens larger than 5.5-in. will make up nearly a third of the entire smartphone market in 2018, IDC said.

Apple to hold press event on September 9

Posted August 28, 2014 - 1:29 pm

We've heard rumor after rumor, but now it's official: Apple will be holding a press event on September 9, kicking off at 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. Eastern. Invitations dispatched to press on Thursday morning were even more cryptic than usual, with a white-on-white Apple logo, the date, and a message reading "Wish we could say more."

The 10 best laptops of 2014 (so far)

Posted August 28, 2014 - 1:27 pm

We're more than seven full months into 2014, and with back-to-school shopping season underway and the holidays looming, it's a perfect time to take stock of the year in laptops thus far.

Leap Motion reveals bid to become Oculus Rift's head-mounted VR controller

Posted August 28, 2014 - 1:21 pm

Leap Motion may have a new lease on life thanks to inexpensive virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift.

Why old iPhones become sluggish over time

Posted August 28, 2014 - 1:15 pm

One of the unusual consequences of being in the computer business is that I tend to own more devices than the average person. Therefore, when a family friend recently broke her iPhone 4s, I didn't hesitate to visit the Tabini Museum of Antique Handsets and Tablets in my basement and dig out my old iPhone 4 to lend to her for a few weeks. After all, with a new model all but certain to be announced by mid-September, it would make little sense to purchase a new handset before then.

Microsoft unifies OneDrive consumer and workplace versions on Android app

Posted August 28, 2014 - 11:19 am

Microsoft has consolidated the consumer and enterprise editions of OneDrive under a single Android app, a move it plans to replicate across all the platforms that the cloud storage service runs on.

EU funds IT projects to help with flood monitoring and protection

Posted August 28, 2014 - 11:03 am

The EU is investing in IT to help it and its citizens protect themselves from floods.

SAP, a devices company? Maybe, maybe not

Posted August 28, 2014 - 9:50 am

While SAP has made a big push into mobile software and device management with the acquisition of Sybase and a series of apps, it hasn't made overt moves into the devices market. But this could change down the road, judging from a recently published patent application submitted by SAP.

Rhapsody unRadio is no Pandora One killer but it's free (for some)

Posted August 28, 2014 - 9:47 am

In June, Rhapsody and T-Mobile announced Rhapsody unRadio, a subscription streaming music service. This isn't the first time we've seen such an arrangement. Mobile carriers and music streaming services are increasingly getting together in this one-hand-washes-the-other kind of way (as evidenced by the relationships between AT&T and Beats Music and Sprint and Spotify). Getting free or less-expensive music streaming is a perk that might attract customers to a particular carrier, and pre-packaging the services with specific data plans increases the services' visibility.

The Apple customer-support site that's built just for you

Posted August 28, 2014 - 9:44 am

You've got a Mac, an iPhone, maybe an iPad or two in your household, and you have a problem. Maybe one of them's got a cracked screen, and you want to find out if it's still under warranty (and what that warranty covers). Maybe one of them won't start up, and you want to find out what to do. Maybe you just have a question that requires an Apple expert. Turns out you can find out all that and more in one place--a place that a lot of Apple users have never heard of.

Report: Apple's wearable also coming on September 9th

Posted August 28, 2014 - 6:02 am

Apple rumors continue to fly. This time it's the device we're unofficially calling the iWatch, and it'll be here next month, sources say.

Legality of Uber's aggressive recruitment tactics questioned

Posted August 27, 2014 - 9:31 pm

Uber has come under fire this week for employing controversial recruitment practices against rival Lyft, but beyond a question of ethics some experts say the revelations could potentially put the company in legal hot water.

Broadcom wants to let 1,000 IoT devices bloom with $19.99 development kit

Posted August 27, 2014 - 5:42 pm

The Internet of Things may have been the talk of the tech industry for months now, but communications chip maker Broadcom thinks it's just getting started.

HTC announces the Desire 510 Android phone but doesn't mention its 64-bit processor

Posted August 27, 2014 - 2:16 pm

HTC announces the Desire 510 Android phone, but doesn't mention its 64-bit processor. Plus: Samsung previews the Galaxy Note 4, and which product announcements are you looking forward to the most next month?

How to get top trade-in dollar for your old iPhone while waiting for the new one

Posted August 27, 2014 - 10:24 am

Planning on selling your old iPhone so you can buy the iPhone 6 when it launches in several weeks? Here's how to make sure that you get your top trade-in dollar.

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