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  • Voice-Controlled Bixby, Samsung's Mobile AI, Is Now Available Globally
    on August 22, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Ahead of launching its latest smartphone, the Galaxy Note 8, in New York City tomorrow, Samsung today announced that its voice-controlled digital assistant Bixby is now available in more than 200 countries around the world. Originally set to roll out in the U.S. and South Korea in the spring with the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus flagship phones, Bixby's arrival was delayed until […]

  • Verizon Tweaks Prices, Video Quality on Unlimited Plans
    on August 22, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Verizon is raising the price of its unlimited plan while introducing a slightly cheaper, more limited version as wireless carriers battle each other for customers. All major carriers now offer unlimited plans after years of steering people toward paying extra for using more data. Verizon, like its rivals, will start charging more for higher-quality video while hoping to attract cost-conscious […]

  • Google's Next Version of Android Dubbed 'Oreo'
    on August 22, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    An upcoming update to Google's Android software finally has a delectable name. The next version will be known as Oreo, extending Google's tradition of naming each version after a sweet treat. Google anointed the software Monday after spending the past few months referring to it as "Android O." Oreo boasts several new features, including the ability to respond to notifications directly on a […]

  • Tech Titan Clash: What Apple and Qualcomm Are Fighting About
    on August 22, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Back in 1990 when Qualcomm was a start-up, it was spending so much on a new approach to cellular communications that it struggled to make payroll. So the San Diego firm began peddling its 50 patents to mobile phone and network gear makers such as Motorola and Alcatel-Lucent. It negotiated upfront fees to fund research, as well as an ongoing patent royalty should its technology ever be used in […]

  • Ford, China's Zotye Partner To Partner on Electric Cars
    on August 22, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Ford Motor Co. and a Chinese automaker said Tuesday they are looking into setting up a joint venture to develop and manufacture electric cars in China. Ford's potential venture with Anhui Zotye Automobile Co. adds to the global auto industry's rising activity in electric vehicles for China, which passed the United States last year as the biggest market for them. Chinese planners who see […]

  • Sorry Facebook: Teens Prefer Instagram and Snapchat
    on August 22, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Research firm eMarketer has warned that there is a risk that Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) could lose the grip it has on teenagers in the United States to rival Snap Inc. (NYSE:SNAP). Analysts at the research firm have predicted that the biggest social network in the world will see a decline in the level of usage in this demographic. According to eMarketer, the use of Facebook by Americans ranging […]

  • HBO Hackers Threaten Leak of Game of Thrones Season Finale
    on August 22, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    The hackers who compromised HBO's network systems in July have threatened to leak the final two episodes of Game of Thrones. The "Mr. Smith group" of hackers told tech site Mashable that it has access to "many HBO platforms" and that HBO should be "ready" for the leak of episode six and seven of its biggest hit immediately ahead of the show's finale. The hackers also gave Mashable a list of the […]

  • Intel Unveils 8th-Generation Core Processors, Mobile Chips Arriving First
    on August 21, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Keeping up with dramatic advances in a wide range of technologies from 4K content to virtual reality requires faster, more powerful processors at the heart of its devices, according to Intel. That's why the company today took the wraps off its next generation of chips: the 8th-generation Intel Core processors. Intel said the new chips, rolling out first for mobile devices, will boost […]

  • SBA Head Sees Businesses Held Back by Lack of Loans, Workers
    on August 21, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Six months into her tenure as head of the Small Business Administration, Linda McMahon sees a split among small business owners -- they are increasingly optimistic, she says, but many are held back by their inability to get loans or find the right workers for jobs that are staying open. "Entrepreneurs are willing again to be bigger risk-takers than they have been over the past eight years," […]

  • Elon Musk Wants To Save Us from Killer Robots
    on August 21, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Several global robotics technology leaders, including Tesla founder Elon Musk, submitted an open letter to the United Nations, imploring governments to issue ban on "lethal autonomous weapons," also known as killer robots. "Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare. Once developed, they will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and […]