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.
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."
"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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LG will apparently next week unveil a new circular smartwatch at IFA in Berlin. In a new teaser video, the company clearly displays a round watch and says it’s “coming soon” to IFA 2014. LG’s hint of a new smartwatch comes only months after the company released the G Watch, a squared-faced wearable that was one of the first devices to show up with Google’s new Android Wear operating system.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit. And CEO Larry Page is determined to push even further. Page's vision is that Google's products and services will become the control center of people's lives.
Google has acquired app-maker Jetpac, which analyzes photos from social networks to create city guides. A post on Jetpac’s homepage said that the company will be removing apps from the App Store in coming days and ending support for them on September 15.
Samsung snapped up SmartThings, an open-platform connected home company. The companies did not disclose the terms of the deal but Recode cited sources saying the price tag for SmartThings came in around $200 million. That total matches up with reports that surfaced in July about Samsung’s possible bid for the home automation company.
The settlement would have been paid by Apple, Google Inc., Intel Corp. and Adobe Systems Inc. The lawsuit alleges they and three other companies — Intuit Inc., Pixar Animation and Lucasfilm — secretly agreed not to recruit each other's workers at various junctures from 2005 through 2009.
Google beefed up security of its search engine and popular Gmail service after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the U.S. government has been vacuuming up personal data. The surveillance programs exploited gaping holes in unencrypted websites.
Sprint has signed on to offer Google Apps for Business and serve as enterprise support for the cloud-based productivity suite. As a mobility reseller of Google Apps, Sprint will put its customer care, billing platform and device and network knowledge behind the offering. Besides selling varying deployment packages Sprint will offer add-ons like single sign-on.
Motorola used Vivalink’s eSkin technology embedded in a small circular adhesive that sticks on the skin for five days through showering, exercise and other activities. The clear sticker shows off a shiny swirl of flexible electronics that leverage the phone’s NFC to unlock without a password when the user taps their Moto X against the tattoo.
New York is accepting proposals from interested parties willing to install, operate and maintain up to 10,000 “Public Communications Structures providing advertising, Wi-Fi, and phone service in all five boroughs.” The companies would be able to charge for phone service but the city has mandated that Internet service would need to be provided at the structures free of charge.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's earnings rose modestly in the second quarter as the Internet company's expensive ambitions devoured most of a surprisingly strong gain in revenue. The report released Thursday also showed that Google's advertising prices are still dropping to extend a nearly three-year slump.
We’re back for the official start of SmartWatch: Season Two and we cannot stop talking about the possibility of a Sprint-T-Mobile merger. The latest reports have the U.S.’s third and fourth largest carriers raising $10 billion for a joint venture to bid in the FCC’s upcoming 600 MHz incentive auctions. That's more than AT&T has set aside for the auctions.
Google says it has appointed Alan Mulally, the former CEO of Ford Motor Co., to its board. Mulally, 68, retired from Ford at the end of June. Over the winter, he was rumored to be in the running for the top job at Microsoft Corp., but it went to an internal candidate.
Google’s Nest Labs and Samsung Electronics are among the companies forming the Thread Group, a new alliance pushing an IoT standard. The Thread Group is backing the Thread protocol, which it says can already run on millions of existing 802.15.4 wireless devices with only some software tweaks and no new hardware.
After receiving 1,300 proposals, Google is announcing five nonprofits Wednesday that'll get a free pair of the glasses, a $25,000 grant and support from developers. Classroom Champions of Jacksonville, Florida, will use the glasses to create first-person educational videos by Paralympic athletes for high-need schools.
Google plans to blend Songza's technology into its own music-streaming service, which costs $10 per month. Songza's tools also might be used to recommend musical videos at Google's YouTube site, which is preparing to introduce a subscription option, too.
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.