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Android Wear Compatibility Gap Leaves Open Door for Apple, Microsoft

June 30, 2014 4:41 pm | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

If Android and the many OEM partners can find a way to close the fragmentation gap, then Android Wear could become as pervasive as its parent software. Of course, if someone releases a commercially viable smartwatch with its own cellular connection, then fragmentation ceases to be a phone-watch pairing issue and becomes a standalone smartwatch problem.

Google Glass Could Offer Sports Fans First-Person Perspective

June 30, 2014 10:28 am | by Jay Cohen, AP Sports Writer | Articles | Comments

Your favorite team is playing for the title, and you are in the middle of the field. You have a ticket in the very top row for an NBA playoff game, and a courtside seat. The referees are reviewing a big play in the final seconds, and you are right there in front of them.

Report: Google Partners with MediaTek for Android One Initiative

June 27, 2014 11:01 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google is partnering up with chipset company MediaTek for its recently announced Android One initiative geared toward helping OEMs build low-cost Android devices for emerging markets. MediaTek will have access to the latest Android software and firmware, according to a Digitimes report. Should Android One prove successful, Google and MediaTek could reportedly extend the partnership to tablets and connected TVs.

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AT&T Among First U.S. Carriers to Offer LG G Watch

June 26, 2014 10:10 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T announced it will be “among the first U.S. carriers” to offer the LG G Watch. The carrier did not mention pricing and said it would be available in the coming weeks. The G Watch showed up during Google’s Android Wear demo at Wednesday’s developer conference. The smartwatch—priced at $230 and shipping July 3—is now available for pre-order in the Google Play store.

Google Previews Android “L” Update, Announces Android TV

June 25, 2014 1:44 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google today gave a preview of the upcoming L release of Android, due to be released in the fall.  At Google I/O, VP Sundar Pichai said the next iteration of the mobile operating system, featuring more than 5,000 new APIs, is designed for form factors beyond mobile. 

Google I/O to Show Off Smart Home Gadgets, Wearables

June 25, 2014 9:12 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An Android update, wearable gadgets and so-called smart home devices are just some of the innovations Google is likely to show off at its two-day developer conference, which begins Wednesday in San Francisco. In recent years, the conference has focused on smartphones and tablets, but this year Google's Android operating system is expected to stretch —into cars, homes and smartwatches.

YouTube to Launch Music Service Amid Indie Dispute

June 18, 2014 11:14 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — YouTube will launch a new subscription music service, the company acknowledged Tuesday after being dragged into a public dispute over royalties that will result in the blockade of some independent artists' music videos. The Google Inc.-owned video site said in a statement that it is "adding subscription-based features for music on YouTube" and that "hundreds of major label and independent artists" have signed on.

Sales of Nest Smoke Detector Resume at Lower Price

June 17, 2014 10:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google's Nest Labs is resuming sales and lowering the price of a high-tech smoke detector that was pulled from the market after malfunctioning. The new price for the detector, called "Nest Protect," will be $99 when sales resume late Monday following a two-month moratorium. That's a 23 percent discount from the alarm's original price of $129 when Nest released it last fall.

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Study: Android Users Spending More Time on Their Devices

June 13, 2014 10:34 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Bonny Joy, Chief, Consumer Telemetry Platforms, said in statement that three big categories are social, communication, and browsing, which account for nearly a third of the time spent. "Our analysis on the top 25 apps across each of the categories shows games and lifestyle segments are among the most vulnerable...

Report: Google Dropping More Than $1B on Satellites to Extend Internet

June 2, 2014 11:48 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google is deploying 180 satellites to provide Internet access to under-served and unconnected regions in the world, according to the Wall Street Journal. The price range for the project could range from $1 billion to more than $3 billion. The report said the number of satellites could double based on final designs.

Report: Apple Unveiling Smart Home Platform at WWDC

May 27, 2014 11:08 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple next week will reportedly unveil a connected-home software platform at its annual developer conference, according to Financial Times. Apple’s “big play” in the smart home space would involve turning the iPhone and iPad into a controller for connected devices in the house. The Apple TV would be integrated with the platform as well, according to the report.

Report: Samsung Prepping Actual Watch Phone

May 23, 2014 11:17 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Wall Street Journal spoke with people familiar with Samsung’s device plans, who said the device will actually place and receive phone calls without needing to be tethered to a smartphone. The report outfits the device with a camera, GPS, Bluetooth, a heart-rate monitor and email functionality.

Nest Recalling 440K Smoke Alarms for Safety Risk

May 22, 2014 8:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Government regulators on Wednesday said that they have approved Nest Labs' plans to fix a feature in its smoke alarms that could prevent them from sounding immediately. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday that the company will recall 440,000 of its Nest Protect Smoke + CO alarms, which have a feature that allows users to temporarily silence some alerts by waving their arm near the unit.

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Google Buys Corporate Mobile-Device Manager Divide

May 19, 2014 1:27 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google Inc. says Divide's technology will be used at companies whose employees use smartphones and tablets running on its Android software. More than 1 billion devices worldwide are powered by Android, making it the world's leading mobile operating system.

Google, Apple Settle Longstanding Patent Dispute

May 19, 2014 11:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple Inc. and Google Inc. announced Friday that they are dropping nearly two dozen lawsuits in U.S. and European courts against each other. The disputes revolved around the operating systems Apple uses for its iPhone and Google's Android software as well patent infringement accusations from Motorola Mobility, which Google acquired two years ago.

Google Resumes Glass Sales in the U.S.

May 15, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Glass, which comes in five different colors, looks like a pair of spectacles except the Explorer edition doesn't contain any actual glass in the frame. Instead, the device has a thumbnail-sized screen attached above the right eye so a user can check email, see Twitter posts or get directions without having to grope for a phone.

Moto E Promises A Smartphone for All at $129

May 13, 2014 9:43 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The 3G-capable Moto E comes running Android KitKat 4.4.2 and features a dual-core Snapdragon 200 CPU, 1GB of Ram, a 4.3-inch display and a 5-megapixel camera. The phone also features interchangeable backs, which the company is calling "Motorola Shells." The shells add durability to the phone and come in 20 color and design combinations. 

C Spire Kicks Off Statewide 1-Gbps Fiber Deployment in Mississippi

May 8, 2014 10:48 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In all, the first phase of C Spire’s fiber initiative will see the rapid home broadband deployed in nine Mississippi cities: Batesville, Clinton, Corinth, Hattiesburg, Horn Lake, McComb, Quitman, Ridgeland and Starkville. C Spire anticipates laying 4,600 miles of fiber optic infrastructure and spending millions to finish the first steps of the project.

Google Chromebooks on the Rise as Windows Support Wanes

May 7, 2014 10:29 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The latest line of Chromebooks unveiled Tuesday run on a new generation of faster Intel microprocessors that don't devour as much battery power. The machines will be shipped by major personal computer makers such as Lenovo Group, Acer, Dell, ASUS and Toshiba. They will sell for $300 to $400.

FCC Commissioner Pushes for Unlicensed Spectrum in 600 MHz Band

May 7, 2014 10:18 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, speaking at a WiFiForward event, said the Commission needs to be creative about finding room for unlicensed spectrum in the 600 MHz Band while protecting incumbent services. She talked about considering an expanded duplex gap, finding new locations for unlicensed microphones and opening up more unlicensed use in Channel 37.

Law Firm Alleges Google Has Monopoly on Mobile Search

May 2, 2014 10:15 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Consumer rights law firm Hagens Berman has filed a class-action lawsuit against Google that accuses the company of having monopolized mobile search. In a press release, Hagens Berman said it is claiming Google "illegally monopolized, and financially and creatively stagnated the American market of internet and mobile search."

Google to Stop Mining Student Emails for Ad Ideas

May 1, 2014 10:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google will stop looking for advertising ideas in the emails of students using a suite of the Internet company's free products tailored for schools. The changes announced Wednesday affect Google's "Apps for Education" service that has been offered to schools for the past seven years.

Europe Warns Google, Samsung on Phone Patent Abuse

April 29, 2014 9:25 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Commission said Monday that Google's Motorola Mobility abused its market position in Europe by refusing to grant crucial technology licenses to rival Apple, then suing Apple for patent infringement when the company used them anyway.

Google, Apple Settle High-Tech Workers' Lawsuit

April 25, 2014 9:55 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Terms of the settlement aren't being revealed yet. Those details will be provided in documents that will be filed in court by May 27, according to Kelly Dermody, an attorney representing the workers who contended they were cheated out of bigger paychecks.

Google's 1Q Earnings Disappoint as Ad Prices Slip

April 16, 2014 4:27 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's first-quarter earnings growth faltered as the Internet company dealt with a persistent downturn in advertising prices while spending more money to hire more employees and invest in daring ideas. The results announced Wednesday fell below analyst projections. Google's stock shed nearly 6 percent in extended trading.

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