Gadgets

  • Microsoft embraces a Google service for a change
    Untitled 2013-05-15 07:13:14 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft's disdain for Google doesn't extend to all of its rival's products. In a rare bit of cooperation, Microsoft's Outlook.com is giving users of its free email service the option of logging into Google Chat to...
  • TV-over-Internet service hits Atlanta next month
    Iefkm84tqwlu 2013-05-15 06:34:52 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Aereo, the startup that offers live television broadcasts over the Internet starting at $8 a month, said it will start service in the Atlanta market on June 17, following an expansion to Boston on Wednesday. Until this ...
  • Google poised to show off latest devices, services
    9714f9e74c18e310310f6a70670037fe 2013-05-15 06:28:49 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is expected to use its annual software developers' conference to showcase the latest mobile devices running on its Android software, while also unveiling other features in its evolving product line-up. The g...
  • Update to address Windows 8 confusion will be free
    C8e411f458d5350f310f6a706700bb26 2013-05-14 17:30:01 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — A planned Windows 8 update to address complaints and confusion with Microsoft's new operating system will be made available for free this year, the company said Tuesday. Microsoft also announced a name for the upda...
  • Big 4 cellphone carriers unite on anti-texting ads
    75e0d92e2d89cc10310f6a7067005189 2013-05-14 06:39:51 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — The country's four biggest cellphone companies are set to launch their first joint advertising campaign against texting while driving, uniting behind AT&T's "It Can Wait" slogan to blanket TV and radio this summer. ...
  • Spacewalk may be needed to fix space station leak
    1de06c7db2bf700f310f6a706700623f 2013-05-10 17:30:59 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two astronauts on the International Space Station are preparing for a possible impromptu spacewalk to work on a leaking coolant line. NASA spokesman Rob Navias (NA'-vee-us) says the line will run out of ammonia c...
  • Wearable robots getting lighter, more portable
    53b2441c9305540f310f6a706700ab40 2013-05-09 19:12:25 UTC
    CHICAGO (AP) — When Michael Gore stands, it's a triumph of science and engineering. Eleven years ago, Gore was paralyzed from the waist down in a workplace accident, yet he rises from his wheelchair to his full 6-foot-2-inches and ...
  • T-Mobile US sells 500,000 iPhones in a month
    T-mobile-iphone-5-1024x768 2013-05-08 16:36:17 UTC
    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — T-Mobile US Inc., the last of the major U.S. carriers to start carrying iPhones, is selling them at a brisk pace, it reported Wednesday. T-Mobile US, the No. 4 U.S. carrier, said it has sold half a millio...
  • Police, politicians push surveillance post-Boston
    73b6f44abbbbb10e300f6a7067006c84 2013-05-06 04:31:06 UTC
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police and politicians across the U.S. are pointing to the example of surveillance video that was used to help identify the Boston Marathon bombing suspects as a reason to get more electronic eyes on their streets. Fr...
  • App lets amputees program their own bionic hands
    Bio 2013-05-05 05:19:30 UTC
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Double-amputee Jason Koger used to fly hundreds of miles to visit a clinician when he wanted to adjust the grips on his bionic hands. Now, he's got an app. Koger came to Philadelphia this week to demonstrate the i...
  • New efforts to curb cellphone theft
    Images 2013-05-05 05:11:23 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Disturbed by the nationwide epidemic of cellphone robberies and thefts, law enforcement officials across the country are looking to the wireless industry to help find a cure. In San Francisco, where half the robberi...
  • US Cellular embraces iPhone after rejecting it
    1-iphone4 2013-05-04 16:32:58 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Cellular, the only major U.S. wireless carrier to resist the iPhone, says it's going to start selling it this year. CEO Mary Dillon announced the reversal Friday on a call with investors and analysts. She didn't spe...
  • B&N to add Google Play app store to its Nook HD
    854b3f33d977c40e300f6a7067006f29 2013-05-03 04:59:39 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Barnes & Noble is teaming up with Google to vastly increase the number of apps available on its Nook HD tablets. The bookstore chain says it will add Google's Play app store to its 7-inch Nook HD and 9-inch HD+ products ...
  • Sore thumbs? US text messaging declines
    120515055810-texting-story-top 2013-05-02 19:17:39 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are saying CUL8TR to text messaging, a wireless industry group says, as Internet-based applications such as Apple's Messages are starting to taking over from what was once a cash cow for phone companies. CTIA — T...
  • Mobile ads help grow Facebook's 1Q revenue 38 pct.
    La-ol-facebook-news-feed-manipulation-boycott-20140701 2013-05-02 04:56:38 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — A year ago, Facebook was just testing the waters of mobile advertising, causing plenty of headaches for investors ahead of its massive initial public offering. It has since eased those worries. On Wednesday the world's ...
  • T-Mobile USA completes MetroPCS acquisition
    T-mobile-metropcs-handshake 2013-05-01 16:24:36 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of T-Mobile USA Inc., the new-born combination of T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS, rose briskly on Wednesday, their first day of trading. The stock was at $16.59 in morning trading, up 34 cents from the open and $1.01...
  • Google invades Siri's turf with iPhone, iPad app
    Nowgoogle?1367303022 2013-04-30 06:22:47 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Siri may be feeling a little job insecurity. The sometimes droll assistant that answers questions and helps people manage their lives on Apple's iPhone and iPad is facing competition from an up-and-coming rival made by G...
  • How Siri, Google Now respond to 5 questions
    Google_vs._apple 2013-04-30 06:17:27 UTC
    With Google's voice assistant now available on iPhones and iPads, The Associated Press used an iPad Mini to throw five test questions at Google Now and Siri on Monday afternoon in New York. Here's what the two digital assistants had to say...
  • Google's virtual assistant invades Siri's turf
    Android-butler-630 2013-04-29 16:16:26 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is trying to upstage Siri, the sometimes droll assistant that answers questions and helps people manage their lives on Apple's iPhone and iPad. The duel begins Monday with the release of a free iPhone and iPad app ...
  • Smartphones overtake 'dumb' phones worldwide
    Images 2013-04-28 05:16:37 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Research firm IDC said more smartphones than "dumb" phones are being made this year, a milestone in a shift that's putting computing power and Internet access in millions of hands worldwide. Manufacturers shipped 216 mi...
  • Samsung to block access to app store in Iran
    8a89f957e4520d0d300f6a70670036ac 2013-04-26 06:09:33 UTC
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian users of Samsung mobile applications said Thursday that the company had notified them that they will no longer have access to the company's online store as of May 22. The move is seen as part of international sanct...
  • Samsung profit at record high on smartphone boost
    359414 2013-04-26 06:03:47 UTC
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. said Friday its first quarter profit jumped to a record high as smartphone sales remained strong despite the impending launch of an updated version of its flagship Galaxy phone. Sales of...
  • Sprint delays S4 launch in stores, cites inventory
    Sprint-logo-store-stock_1020_large_verge_medium_landscape 2013-04-24 16:33:02 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Sprint is delaying shipments of Samsung's latest flagship phone, citing "unexpected inventory challenges." The company did not say whether it had encountered supply disruptions or heavier-than-expected demand with the Galaxy S...
  • Microsoft beats Street, readies new mobile devices
    04e2e0290c4a660d2f0f6a706700a42a 2013-04-19 04:21:06 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is working with manufacturers to produce a line of small touch-screen devices powered by Windows, apparently intended to compete with 7-inch tablets like the iPad Mini and Amazon Kindle Fire. Peter Kle...
  • New app helps Icelanders avoid accidental incest
    362964 2013-04-18 16:20:18 UTC
    REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — You meet someone, there's chemistry, and then come the introductory questions: What's your name? Come here often? Are you my cousin? In Iceland, a country with a population of 320,000 where most everyo...