Tech & Silicon Valley

Beats Music trails when it comes to downloads, but pulls in the money. Meanwhile, where is the Google Play Music app?

Silicon Valley
10.28.2014

Facebook beats analyst expectations, reports $3.2 billion in top line revenue for Q3. “I see nothing wrong with any of these numbers,” said one prominent analyst.

STARK-APPROVED GADGETS
Well made, tossable Blueooth speaker that can take a beating. Killer party trick: it floats.
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A well-made bag for road warriors, students, and professionals working in the field alike. Your tablets, laptops, cameras, and other mobile gear will appreciate traveling first class.
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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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OUT OF 5
A superb news reading app for iOS and Android. Deserves rotation in your daily routine.
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OUT OF 5
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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Ecoxgear-Ecorox-bluetooth-speaker-review-3276
Gadgets & Tech
BY | 10.27.14

ECOXGEAR delivers a tossable, sturdy, and waterproof speaker that works well with iOS and Android tablets, and smartphones.

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Silicon Valley
BY | 10.16.14

For the first time in the history of Google’s flagship Android program, Motorola Mobility is tapped as the device partner for the Nexus smartphone. Nexus 6 ships November 2014.

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Auto Tech
BY | 10.09.14

I loath heading over to that corner of the gas station where the dreaded dirty machine is located to check tire pressure. Now: there’s an app for that.

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Silicon Valley
BY | 10.06.14

Whereas Apple’s iPhone 6 reveal was revolutionary expect the iPad Air 2 to be more subdued, incremental: 0.5mm thinner, laminated display, upgraded specs are expected.

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Silicon Valley
BY | 10.02.14

Actor and musician Jared Leto kicks-off the inaugural Techmanity tech conference in San Jose. Watch full video replay.

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Silicon Valley
BY | 09.30.14

Windows 10 revealed in San Francisco. The Start Menu returns. The Start Screen gets a makeover. And user interface adjustments should make Windows more touch friendly.

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Turnarounds
BY | 09.23.14

CEO John Chen simplifies and focuses on the company’s enterprise roots. Will the new BlackBerry Passport smartphone find a niche with the faithful?

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Mobile
BY | 09.22.14

Google looks to re-energize tablet sales by turning to design ace HTC. But will larger phones conspire to reduce our need for tablets?