Tech & Silicon Valley

If Apple can’t deliver a large 5.5-inch iPhone before the holiday season it could be, if not a big blow, at least a crimp in Q4 sales.

Tech & Culture
Clinton Stark
07.10.2014

Given that Microsoft and Apple are arch rivals, it’s only natural that each take their turn basking in the sun. For Apple, that time is now. For Microsoft, that time might be.

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The best smartwatch on the market. Lots of developer support means lots of useful apps and watchfaces available. I'll never take mine off.
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A superb news reading app for iOS and Android. Deserves rotation in your daily routine.
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Does just about everything right, despite some crashes on my Nexus 5 during testing. But there's nothing to differentiate Beats Audio from the likes of Spotify and Google All Access. Expect Beats to package the service with smartphones and headphones.
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Yahoo nails it. This is exactly what a daily news rollup should look like. If you're looking for a quick read of what's happening in the news, look no further than Meyer's hit app News Digest.
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A beautiful, smooth, and fast Twitter app for Android that values aesthetics over feature overload. So long as you like a dark theme, Carbon is quite irresistible.
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Mobile
BY | 07.03.14

Songza ($15 million) vs Beats ($3 billion). Google continues to make smaller acquisitions. With music streaming service Songza, Google buys a company known for hand curated playlists. Customers are loyal. Will they buy-in to Google’s new vision?

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Wearables
BY | 06.27.14

Pebble was one of the first to market. Now, Google is arming large competitors such as Samsung, LG and Motorola with Android Wear. Can a small start-up survive?

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Google I/O
BY | 06.25.14

Android Auto heavily leverages voice recognition. You can send messages, navigate to places, and make calls – all hands-free.

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Silicon Valley
BY | 06.25.14

Google embraces a flat world. “Material Design” will bring new icons, fonts, and cards to the Android user interface.

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Mobile
BY | 06.25.14

Google head of mobile Sundar Pichai revealed that Android market share on tablets has jumped from 39% in 2012 to 62% in 2014.

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Mobile
BY | 06.19.14

Music Freedom? T-Mobile’s new service courts controversy. But it also deftly took some of the wind out of Amazon’s phone event.

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Smartphones
BY | 06.18.14

Late to the game. Does Amazon’s long rumored Fire smartphone have enough to woo the Android and Apple faithful?

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Mobile News
BY | 06.17.14

What 3D holographic display? “Prime data” could very well send shock-waves across the mobile industry by allowing consumer unlimited Amazon content.