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Apple Launches Music Service Today

June 30, 2015 10:46 am | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Potential customers are being offered a three-month trial subscription. After that, subscribers can choose between a $9.99 per-user charge, or a...

Microsoft Sheds Some of Its Ad Business, Mapping Service

June 30, 2015 10:14 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella has been saying he wants to focus more on the company's core...

T-Mobile's GoSmart Offers Free LTE for Facebook Access

June 26, 2015 11:01 am | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Beginning June 28, GoSmart Mobile is introducing a new entry-level unlimited talk, text, and web...

How It Works: T-Mobile's Jump! On Demand

June 26, 2015 9:28 am | by Anick Jesdandun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The wireless carrier shattered longstanding industry practices two years ago by eliminating two-...

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Apple Clears App Store of Confederate Flag

June 26, 2015 9:23 am | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The move comes days after Apple CEO Tim Cook called on people in a tweet to honor the victims of the Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting by eradicating racism and the symbols that feed it.

Report: Apple Will Restrict Sharing of App Data with Advertisers

June 25, 2015 11:19 am | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The move would make it harder for advertisers to target consumers by keeping app developers from accessing app download data and...

Box, IBM Partner on New Enterprise Solutions

June 24, 2015 9:49 am | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The news marks an expansion of IBM's existing partnerships. In July of last year, IBM announced a partnership with Apple that centers around a new class of business apps that will run on iOS devices.

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Dorsey Would Have to Give Up Square To Be Twitter CEO

June 22, 2015 11:36 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Dorsey was named interim CEO after Dick Costolo stepped down effective July 1 amid criticism over Twitter's disappointing financial performance and share price decline.

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo Will Step Down July 1

June 11, 2015 5:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The San Francisco company says co-founder and Chairman Jack Dorsey, 38, will be its interim CEO while it looks for a replacement.

SmartWatch: Apple's WWDC 2015 and What Might Have Been

June 11, 2015 11:13 am | Videos | Comments

While Apple's annual WWDC keynote might have brought word of some new features for iOS, OS X and WatchOS, the highly-anticipated event didn't exactly set the Moscone on fire. In this episode of SmartWatch, we take a look at what Apple did and didn't get done during the kickoff for its developer conference.  

Spotify Bolsters War Chest as Apple Launches Streaming Service

June 10, 2015 9:26 am | News | Comments

Music streaming company Spotify said Wednesday it has gotten a new investment from a Nordic telecoms company as it looks to compete globally, particularly with...

Apple Watch Slated To Hit More Countries on June 26

June 4, 2015 10:28 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Apple today announced that the Apple Watch will be available beginning Friday, June 26 in seven additional countries, including Italy, Mexico...

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Mobile Focused Windows 10 Will Arrive July 29

June 1, 2015 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company said Monday that Windows 10 is designed with mobile computing in mind, allowing users to switch seamlessly between personal...

Recap: Top Stories for May 25-29

May 29, 2015 9:36 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

This week saw Google unveil the latest iteration of Android, which included offline maps, a new photos app and Android Pay, among many other new features. Meanwhile, Avago Technologies made a big splash in the semiconductor market, and Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure throws uncertainty around unlimited. And last but not least be sure to catch our exclusive interview with Dan Hesse on this week's episode of Tuesdays with Roger!  

Google Unveils New 'Android M' Operating System

May 28, 2015 3:41 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Most of the renovations unveiled Thursday at Google's annual developers' conference won't be available until late summer or early fall, around the same time that Apple is expected to release the latest overhaul of the iOS software...

Google's Android Pay Takes on Apple at the POS

May 28, 2015 2:26 pm | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Android Pay is a streamlined payment tap-to-pay solution that works on contactless POS systems. Users don't need to open the app to use...

Android, iOS Lose Share to Windows as Smartphone Shipments Decline

May 26, 2015 3:49 pm | News | Comments

According to IDC, Android and Apple are slated to lose share between now and 2019, with Android dropping from 79.4 percent of the global market in 2015 to to 79 percent in 2019. Apple meanwhile will fall from 16.4 percent in 2015 to...

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Hyundai First to Market with Android Auto Connected Car Platform

May 26, 2015 11:26 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Android Auto incorporates smartphone features like navigation into the vehicle’s built-in display.                                          

Apple Taps Ive as First Chief Design Officer

May 26, 2015 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ive, who as a lead designer with the company helped conceive the iconic Apple looks of products like the iPod, iPad and Apple Watch, confirmed the promotion in an interview published Tuesday in the Daily Telegraph.

Google Developing IoT Platform Under Android Brand

May 22, 2015 7:52 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Such a platform could put Google in direct competition with Samsung, which currently connects everything from smartwatches to refrigerators.

Deezer CEO Talks Upside of Streaming

May 19, 2015 10:14 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

In October, Deezer bought San Francisco podcast aggregator Stitcher, and in January it scooped up the right to serve the 2 million...

AT&T Snuggles Up to Hulu Content

May 13, 2015 2:46 pm | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

As worded in a press release, the partnership appears a bit obtuse, promising a kind of merging of Hulu's content through AT&T's suite of apps, however redundant that functionality may be given Hulu's existing tablet, smartphone and smart TV software.  

Biz Stone Talks 'Super' Life After Twitter

May 13, 2015 10:39 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Stone is hoping his latest change in direction pays off as he heads down a new path at Jelly Industries, a San Francisco startup he launched shortly after leaving Twitter three years ago.

Facebook Hires Ex-FCC Chairman Kevin Martin

May 13, 2015 10:12 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Joel Kaplan, Facebook's vice president of global public policy, told the Wall Street Journal that Martin has already proved invaulable in Facebook's mission to connect the world. 

Review: iCloud Photos, Flickr Best for Managing Mobile Photos

May 13, 2015 9:46 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Help comes from Yahoo and Apple. Yahoo's Flickr and Apple's iCloud Photo Library will automatically transfer photos and videos to your online account, so you get a backup and more space on your device.

Internet of Things Should End Pervasive High Tech Secrecy

May 12, 2015 2:35 pm | by Sami Luukkonen | Articles | Comments

Clinging to a culture of secrecy stifles innovation. And it makes companies more vulnerable to other companies -- such as competitors -- that openly share information with each other. 

Uber Navigates Bidding War for Nokia's Maps Division

May 8, 2015 10:57 am | News | Comments

The bidding war is on, as Uber tries to beat out Germany's three biggest auto manufacturers, which are preparing an approximately $2.2 billion bid to buy HERE from Nokia. 

Nintendo Forecasts Turnaround on Smartphone Apps

May 7, 2015 10:58 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Nintendo did an about-face recently and said it's entering smartphone games, a segment it brushed off for years as irrelevant, insisting on the appeal of its game machines.

App Annie Acquires Canadian Competitor Mobidia

May 7, 2015 9:35 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

As part of the acquisition, Mobidia’s team of 30 joins App Annie. Mobidia’s Vancouver headquarters will also become App Annie’s 12th global office, App Annie Canada. 

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