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Google Shares Sink on 4Q Earnings

January 29, 2015 4:28 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google has gotten into the habit of missing analysts' earnings targets, frustrating investors who believe the online search leader would be more profitable it wasn't pouring so much...                         

SmartWatch: Google as MVNO? Hypotheticals and Why It’s Complicated

January 29, 2015 11:24 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this week’s episode, we try to wrap our heads around the very complex, nuanced and downright...

Waze's Police Tracking Ways Draw Sheriffs' Ire

January 26, 2015 9:28 am | by Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Waze has f...

Motorola Brings Trio of New Smartphones to China

January 26, 2015 9:16 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Motorola unveiled three smartphone models on Monday for its return to China following a two-year...

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Report: Google to Sell Phone Plans on Sprint’s, T-Mobile’s Networks

January 21, 2015 5:00 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The service will likely launch this year.                                                                                                         

Google Halts Glass Sales to Redesign, No Re-Release Date Set

January 16, 2015 10:50 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google will stop selling its Internet-connected eyewear to consumers until the company can develop a more polished and affordable version...                                   

Google Announces New "Cast" Technology for Streaming Audio

January 5, 2015 2:14 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Similar to Apple's AirPlay, "Google Cast for audio" uses the company's existing Chromecast technology and embeds it in...                                     

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Verizon Signs Patent Deal with Google, Slams Trolls

December 17, 2014 9:12 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon announced it has entered into a “long-term patent cross-license agreement” with Google.                                                                         

iPhone 6 Plus Grabs 41% of U.S. Phablet Sales

December 3, 2014 10:54 am | by Ben Munson, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Kantar says that phablet sales now account for10 percent of total smartphone sales, up from...                                                        

T-Mobile Adds 14 More Streaming Services to Music Freedom

November 24, 2014 11:01 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile today announced it will be bringing 14 more music streaming services under the umbrella of its Music Freedom program...                                            

New Google, LG Patent Deal Could Touch on Mobile, IoT

November 5, 2014 12:41 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

LG today announced it has entered a long-term cross-licensing agreement with Google covering a “broad range of products and technologies.”                                     

Tablet Review: Amazon's Fire vs Google's Nexus 9

November 4, 2014 9:57 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

New tablet computers from Amazon and Google both run on Google's Android operating system, but that doesn't mean they work the same. In the new Fire HDX 8.9, Amazon continues...    

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Android Co-Founder Andy Rubin Exits Google

October 31, 2014 9:34 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Rubin, who most recently has been heading up Google's robotics division, is leaving to create...                    

Lenovo Says Hello to Moto as Acquisition from Google Closes

October 30, 2014 8:11 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Lenovo said that Google will maintain ownership of a majority of the Motorola Mobility patent portfolio, while Motorola will receive a license to the...                 

Poynt Eyes Point of Sale with New Terminals

October 29, 2014 9:54 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A Silicon Valley startup is hoping an upcoming transition to smarter credit and debit cards will persuade millions of U.S. merchants to buy...                    

New Google App Aims to Revamp Email

October 23, 2014 10:36 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The service, called Inbox, can sort electronic receipts and bank statements into bundles so they can be quickly fetched. This method is similar to...                        

After Nexus 6 Launch Google's 3Q Disappoints

October 16, 2014 5:10 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The earnings for the latest quarter were dragged down by a $378 million charge tied to patent royalties that Google acquired when it bought Motorola Mobility...                                                                            

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SmartWatch, Episode 23: Head Scratchers, Weird Happenings, and Bill Murray’s BlackBerry!

October 16, 2014 10:22 am | Videos | Comments

In this week’s episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we run down some of the most outrageous, oddball headlines from the past couple weeks. Yes, from HTC’s new periscope to Bill Murray’s first cell phone, we’ve got quite the show in store.

Google’s Nexus 6 Arrives, AT&T Makes It Its First

October 15, 2014 2:11 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google today officially announced the Nexus 6, a real-deal phablet with a 6-inch display sporting a 1440x2560 (493 ppi) resolution. Google’s new flagship contains a Qualcomm Snapdragon...

FirstNews Briefs: DataXoom, Sprint, Google, Box, Vonage, Exalt

October 14, 2014 9:24 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Box today announced that Oxfam, the worldwide development organization, is bringing Box’s cloud content sharing and collaboration platform to employees working across more than 90 countries. In addition to providing mobile access to content, Box will also centralize management and security for Oxfam’s 17 international affiliates.

Talking to Siri While Driving Could Be Dangerous

October 8, 2014 9:15 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Voice-activated systems were graded on a distraction scale of 1 to 5, with 1 representing no distraction and 5 comparable to doing complex math problems and word memorization.                                                                  

Silicon Valley Still Reacting to Mobile Disruption

October 7, 2014 9:55 am | by Michael Liedtke, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Long-established companies such as Hewlett-Packard Co. and eBay Inc. are scrambling to regain their footing to better compete against mobile-savvy trendsetters like Apple and Google, as well as rising technology stars that have built businesses around "cloud computing."

San Francisco Expands Free Public Wi-Fi Access

October 2, 2014 9:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

"This network will make the web more accessible than ever for thousands of our neighbor — getting online is as easy as heading to the local park," Rebecca Prozan, Google's public policy and government affairs manager, said in a statement.

Could a Merger Follow the PayPal-eBay Split?

October 1, 2014 11:05 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

PayPal's split from long-time partner eBay Inc. makes Carl Icahn mighty happy. But he doesn't think PayPal should stay single for long. Icahn, who months ago called on eBay to spin off the lucrative online and mobile payment service, continues to believe that the payments field must be consolidated, either by PayPal buying up smaller rivals or by merging with another major player.

Samsung May Launch First Tizen Phone in India

September 22, 2014 9:58 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., which faces a slowdown in emerging market smartphone sales, will release its long-delayed Tizen-powered handset in India before the end of this year, a report said Monday. Samsung's first Tizen-based device will be launched in November in India, said Tarun Malik, director of Samsung's Media Solutions Center in Southwest Asia, in an interview with Economic Times.

Alibaba Sets Sights on Global Market, Major Players

September 18, 2014 11:06 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

As Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba readies what could be the biggest initial public offering ever on the New York Stock Exchange, it is quietly hinting at plans to expand into the U.S. The company controls nearly 80 percent of all e-commerce in China, and founder and chairman Jack Ma has ambitions that go beyond the country's borders.

Regulation Hits Self-Driving Cars in California

September 17, 2014 9:38 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

The permits formally regulate testing that is already was underway. Google alone is closing in on 1 million miles. The technology giant has bet heavily on the vehicles, which navigate using sophisticated sensors and detailed maps.

Google Fined $19M to Cover In-App Purchase Refunds

September 5, 2014 9:36 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

According to the FTC complaint, when Google introduced in-app charges to the Google Play in 2011, they were not password protected. As a result, children could buy virtual items just by clicking on popup boxes within an app while they used it. 

Amazon Buys Game Network Twitch for $970M

August 26, 2014 10:56 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The deal is the latest example of Amazon expanding into new commercial arenas. It introduced its own smartphone, the Fire, this month. Earlier this summer, it added same-day delivery, a set-top video streaming device to its list of services for members of Prime, its $99 annual loyalty program.

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