• Google Opens Up Daydream App Development to All

    Google Opens Up Daydream App Development to All

    Since Daydream’s official launch for developers back in September, 2016, Google has limited access to the platform to seemingly those it trusted to make good content.Today, those limitations have apparently been lifted, with access for publishing Daydream apps available to all Android developers.
  • Google Allo Introduces 'Lucky' GIF Finder

    Google Allo Introduces 'Lucky' GIF Finder

    Type "@lucky" into the smart messaging program to summon the feature—Allo's second automated service after Google Assistant.com's "I'm Feeling Lucky" search button has reached only a select few users, according to 9to5Google, which published screenshots of Lucky's stuck-out-tongue-emoji-like icon and smart replies.
  • Personalization, Simplicity Key to Smart Home Device Adoption

    Personalization, Simplicity Key to Smart Home Device Adoption

    Continued innovation and messaging are crucial for smart safety and security device manufacturers that want to capitalize on new opportunities in the emerging Internet of Things.Early adopters of smart devices are often drawn to the innovative design and technological gadgetry.
  • Facebook Taps Barra to Push VR to the Next Level

    Facebook Taps Barra to Push VR to the Next Level

    Jon Thomason will lead the mobile division.Ultimately, his appointment could force some of the original Oculus team to move into the background, he suggested.
  • Silicon Valley Up in Arms Over Proposed H-1B Overhaul

    Silicon Valley Up in Arms Over Proposed H-1B Overhaul

    Silicon Valley is in an uproar over a proposed new executive order that would overhaul the existing policy on foreign worker visas.The goal apparently is to prioritize the hiring of American workers first and make other changes in the way U.
  • Tech Industry Gets Political

    Tech Industry Gets Political

    In the last decade or so, the tech industry has become increasingly political, which is different from being politicized.If I had to guess, I'd say that for the most part everyone is on the same page.
  • Google Ending Hands Free Pilot on February 8

    Google Ending Hands Free Pilot on February 8

    In an email we just received, Google announced it is shutting down the Hands Free pilot, which has been active since March of last year.Scheduled to shut down on February 8, 2016, Hands Free is was Google’s effort to get people to pay with their smartphone inside select retailers without ever lifting a finger.
  • Calling Facebook Customer Service? Beware of Fraudsters

    Calling Facebook Customer Service? Beware of Fraudsters

    A Google search for a Facebook customer support phone number may direct users to a number set up by fraudsters, according to NPR.A Pindrop researcher called the number, posing as a Facebook customer who had been locked out of his account.
  • Snap Seizes the Moment

    Snap Seizes the Moment

    The company's private market valuation is $17.8 billion, but investors have valued it at between $20 billion and $25 billion, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
  • Silicon Valley Firms Lock Arms Against Trump Immigration Order

    Silicon Valley Firms Lock Arms Against Trump Immigration Order

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  • Google Play Testing Card Style, Swipe-Powered UI

    Google Play Testing Card Style, Swipe-Powered UI

    The changes can be somewhat minimal, with not many people noticing them, while others are quite a breakaway from what we have publicly.The latest test, spotted by a user on reddit, brings a card UI to the app section, allowing a user to swipe through the various charts of Google Play.
  • Can Former Amazon Fire TV Exec Save Apple TV From Itself?

    Can Former Amazon Fire TV Exec Save Apple TV From Itself?

    After a promising beginning, Apple TV rapidly began losing share to rival streaming devices, according to data eMarketer released last fall.5 million users in 2016 to just 25.
  • Twitter Investors Bail Following Bleak Q4

    Twitter Investors Bail Following Bleak Q4

    On the bright side, daily active usage grew for the third consecutive quarter and strong growth is expected to continue, the company said.Active monthly users in Q4 totaled 319 million, up 4 percent year over year, and 2 million more than in Q3.
  • Google Rolling Out Instant Tethering to Nexus and Pixel Devices

    Google Rolling Out Instant Tethering to Nexus and Pixel Devices

    Instant Tethering, a feature created by Google to make the act of tethering two devices somewhat magical, is officially rolling out to a select number of devices.According to Google’s Omri Amarilio, the feature utilizes Bluetooth to establish a connection quickly between two devices signed into the same Google account.
  • Google Home & Amazon Echo Could Soon Handle Voice Calls

    Google Home & Amazon Echo Could Soon Handle Voice Calls

    2017 could be the year that Amazon's Echo and Google's Home replace your smartphone, at least, when you're at home.That's because these chatty device are thought to be adding the ability to handle voice calls.
  • AWS Unveils Chime Conferencing Service

    AWS Unveils Chime Conferencing Service

    Companies just have to download the app; they don't need to make upfront investments in hardware or software.Participants click a button on the Chime app to join a meeting instead of dialing a number then entering a PIN.
  • Trump's Not the Only One With a Phone Security Problem

    Trump's Not the Only One With a Phone Security Problem

    My question is, if the president is not secure using an ordinary phone for his primary wireless communications.Back then, he reluctantly turned in his personal BlackBerry for a specially secured phone with very limited functionality.
  • Microsoft Seeks Global Cybersecurity Accord

    Microsoft Seeks Global Cybersecurity Accord

    Seventy four percent of the world's businesses expect to be hacked every year, with the economic losses from cybercrime averaging US$3 trillion per year, according to Microsoft.While cyberattacks in 2015 involved nation-states going after companies' intellectual property, attacks in 2016 targeted various Democratic party and government institutions in the U.
  • Qualcomm Adds LTE to Google's Android Things

    Qualcomm Adds LTE to Google's Android Things

    Its Snapdragon 210 chips will run the Android Things OS, making them the first potential Android Things-powered devices with built-in LTE.At its launch in December, Android Things supported Raspberry Pi 3, NXP Pico, and Intel Edison platforms.