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Amazon Echo with touchscreen reveal tipped for Tuesday
The rumors about the new Amazon Echo, the one with a touchscreen and a camera, have reached a fever pitch. It’s a very good thing, then, that Amazon might be ready to lift the curtain on the product as...
How Google cashes in on the space right under the search bar
Before Sergey Brin and Larry Page founded Google, they wrote a research paper as doctoral students at Stanford University in which they questioned the appropriateness of ads on search engines. "It could...
Spotify could be about to get into hardware in a big way
Spotify is already one of the biggest music streaming services in the world, but a new job posting has indicated that the company might be about to get into producing music hardware. The job listings,...
Minor iPhone bump turns the 7 and 7 Plus red, gives iPhone SE more storage
reader comments 15 Share this story The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, now in red. Apple Apple Apple Further ReadingApple’s new $329 9.7-inch iPad replaces Air 2, has no Pro featuresIn addition to a new midrange...
Microsoft Teams is about to arrive on Office 365
Microsoft Teams, the software giant’s answer to Slack, is going to be released to Office 365 users across the globe next week.To be precise, the service will be made available on Tuesday, complete with...
The average starting salaries at San Francisco tech companies
You're fresh out of college with a newly minted engineering degree and the big city is calling. The only problem? The median rent for a two-bedroom in San Francisco is a whopping $4,730. With prices like...
Smart kitchen gadgets: 7 must-have devices to make your home smarter
Since the smart home category exploded onto the tech scene, countless manufacturers have jumped on the bandwagon to the point that we’re now spoilt for choice. But which smart home products are worth...
Twitter revenue growth slowest since flotation
The microblogging service, which has never made a profit, reported a 1% rise in fourth-quarter revenue to $717m (£571m).The figure failed to meet market expectations of £740m for the three-month period.Twitter...
Technological progress alone won't stem resource use
While some scientists believe that the world can achieve significant dematerialization through improvements in technology, a new study finds that technological advances alone will not bring about dematerialization...
Facebook, nodding to its role in media, starts journalism project
Facebook will also develop training programs and tools for journalists to teach them how to better search its site to report on news and events. [...] Facebook wants to help train members of the public...
Insane, must-have gadgets you’ll want today
LG’s new TV is thinner than an iPhone. IN JUNE 1967, 200 exhibitors and 17,500 attendees packed into the Hilton and Americana hotels in New York for the very first Consumer Electronics Show. From that...
Apple veterans reinvent its culture at auto-accessory startup
At Apple, Brian Latimer was in charge of protecting some of the company’s deepest secrets. Founded in 2014 by three former senior managers from Apple’s iPod and iPhone groups, Pearl has tried to replicate...
Nvidia's PC Gaming Revival Kit is a huge upgrade in a box
Nvidia seems to have a new product – well, a bundle of products – that it hopes will inspire the lapsed PC gamer to join the fold again. It’s called the PC Gaming Revival Kit, and it appears to currently...
Supreme Court sides with Samsung in Apple patent damages dispute
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled for Samsung in a dispute over damages related to Apple's iPhone design. The ruling means that Samsung is not liable for all $399 million awarded to Apple in a previous...
AirPods could come in time for Christmas
Matthew Dunn reviews: iPhone 7 It has been a long wait for the AirPods. DURING the launch of the iPhone 7 in September, Apple announced its wireless AirPods. The highly-anticipated product was delayed...
Twitter changes product head for third time in a year
By Rishika Sadam Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) appointed Keith Coleman, founder of startup Yes Inc, as head of its product team, the third executive to lead the division in less than a year. The micro-blogging...
Fitbit needs new hit for shares to regain health
By Supantha Mukherjee Fitbit Inc sports a catchy tagline: "Find your Fit". Analysts have a suggestion for the company: "Find your next hit".Sales of the company's colorful wristbands and clippable widgets,...
George Hotz cancels self-driving car product after US regulator asks questions
CEO of Comma.ai George “Geohot” Hotz speaks onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016 at Pier 48 on September 13, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch)TechCrunch...
Why Ashton Kutcher passed on investing in Snapchat, twice
When Ashton Kutcher first made the leap from actor to investor, he relied largely on his gut, investing in companies like Skype, Square and Foursquare because he was wowed by their founders and products....
Musk teases surprise new products
Elon Musk: what’s he up to now? Picture: Jae C. Hong WHEN Elon Musk talks, the world tends to listen. The billionaire entrepreneur and CEO of Tesla and Space X made a surprise announcement on Twitter Monday...
Informatica Crafts Data Quality Analyzer for Salesforce Cloud
Two new services from data management provider Informatica are designed to identify and fix data quality issues related to cloud applications. Informatica was at the big Salesforce.com Dreamforce conference...
Google, Healthy Building Network Deliver Web App
Google teamed up with the Healthy Building Network to deliver a web app for materials analysis. The goal is to provide a nutrition-label-like list of materials in building products. Google has collaborated...
Microsoft disbands the Band: fitness device pulled from stores, no Band 3 this year
The Microsoft Band 2.Valentina Palladino reader comments 0 Share this story Microsoft's strange foray into wearables may be at an end. Mary Jo Foley was tipped off that the Band 2 has been pulled from...
What Google Will Likely Unveil at Its Oct. 4 Product Rollout
Google will hold a media briefing Oct. 4 in San Francisco that is its answer to Apple's big annual mobile device introductions. While Google hasn't said much about its plans, a steady stream of rumors...
Snapchat rolls out video-recording Spectacles
NEW YORK Social media app Snapchat is introducing video-recording sunglasses called Spectacles and is changing its company name to incorporate the new product.The glasses can record video 10 seconds at...
Weird products you didn’t know Nintendo made
Nintendo's ''Super Mario Run'' is coming to iPhones and iPads by December. The Japanese videogame powerhouse has stepped up its mobile-games business as its console Wii U has trailed Sony's PlayStaion...
Is Apple Innovation Slipping as it Upgrades iPhone, Watch?
NEWS ANALYSIS: Apple wants to be known as innovative, but it hasn't come up with a new product in more than two years. Ironically, for all the running, swimming and hiking adventures for which Apple designs...
8 stocks to trade on Apple's iPhone announcement
The most important technology product of the year, a new Apple iPhone, was announced on Wednesday. There are certain stocks that should outperform after the reveal, if history is any guide. Using Kensho,...
The biggest institutional investors have been shedding Apple stock
The data above focus on specific types of funds: growth equity, value equity, and core equity (a mix between growth and value). Apple was the single most sold stock in two of those three groups. "Some...
Liveblog: Apple’s September 2016 iPhone event starts tomorrow at 10am Pacific
Enlarge / A new Apple Watch may be among the announcements we see at the event.Andrew CunninghamFurther ReadingWhat to expect from Apple’s September 7th event reader comments 21 Share this story It's...
Box and IBM launch new product to streamline work
The way work gets done in the enterprise is broken, said Levie. Organizations need better ways to build, track and manage work in order to get things done faster. Complex legacy software, email, spreadsheets...
Why this pic is worth $792,000
No wonder this cat is grumpy, people are making a mint from her face. THE internet loves a good animal meme, but none have taken the web by storm quite like Grumpy Cat. After the displeased feline’s facial...
PTC Grows AR Platform With VuMark, Microsoft Support
The vendor's Vuforia offering includes VuMark, an AR visual code for products, and support for Microsoft's HoloLens and Windows 10 devices. Software maker PTC is building out its augmented reality platform...
HP puts some major pep into its new Z240 workstation
HP has revealed the third-generation of its Z240 workstation, which is aimed at SMBs and boasts a major jump in performance.The new relatively compact PCs can be specified with an Intel CPU running at...
Consumers Turn to Social Media When Shopping for Products
The survey also found 64 percent of those surveyed say they become more generally aware of a product when they see an ad for it on television. xSocial media is fast becoming the most powerful tool available...
Sennheiser's sound strategy: Leave new steps in fresh snow
Another consumer trend is the growing importance of aesthetics to customers. Headphones that offer perfect sound are no longer enough; customers want a multi-sensorial product, complete with genuine leather...
Vine isn’t growing and most of its top executives have left
AJ Frank: general manager (interim) from January through May, previously head of business development and operations. Ben Sheats: head of engineering. Jason Mante: head of user experience, often represented...
Sony’s awkward 1998 product recall
In the ‘90s, everybody roller bladed while sharing a walkman. SOMETIMES products make it to market with a quirky flaw or a default that wasn’t picked up by the engineers or manufacturers. No matter how...
Tech Gear Setup Problems Continue to Deter Customers: Report
Some 90% of consumers who have a problem setting up a new technology product will return it within 7 days if it is too tough to install. For all the money technology companies spend to design, manufacture...
Twitter product chief out, shares fall
Twitter's San Francisco headquarters(Photo: Eric Risberg, Associated Press) SAN FRANCISCO — Another Twitter product leader bites the dust. Jeff Seibert, tapped by CEO Jack Dorsey in September to breathe...
It's a day ending in Y, so Twitter changed its product leadership
Twitter's consumer product boss Jeff Seibert, who just took over Twitter's core product team back in September, is no longer running Twitter product, according to multiple sources. Seibert, who co-founded...
Google founders turn to familiar face to run Nest as Fadell departs
"Nest products are best-sellers in the category," Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat said on the April 21 earnings call. "It's a leading brand in the connected home. It's obviously early, but a very exciting...
Report: Apple extending iPhone product cycle
In this Sept. 9, 2015, photo, Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the iPhone 6S during an Apple media event in San Francisco.(Photo: JOSH EDELSON, AFP/Getty Images) At one point, iPhone launches were as predictable...
How to Get More eCommerce Sales with Fewer Visitors
“It’s much easier to double your business by doubling your conversion rate than by doubling your traffic” – Jeffrey Eisenberg, 2x NY Times best selling author [author_more] By combining...
Power Up Your Team by Using Scrum Properly
The following is a short extract from our recent book, Scrum: Novice to Ninja, available for free to SitePoint Premium members. Print copies are sold in stores worldwide, or you can order them here. We...
Google's Chirp May Try to Drown Out Amazon's Echo
The device, which might resemble the OnHub router, would incorporate its Google Now voice assistant technology. Google likely will launch the product later this year, although it's expected to preview...
'Next Theranos?' Ex-employee claims wireless charging start-up is a sham
Wireless charging startup uBeam has been accused of having a sham product by a former employee, TechCrunch reported Wednesday. The company — launched in 2011 while its founder was a student at the University...
User ratings are unreliable, and we fail to account for that
User ratings are often a good way to make choices about a purchase, but they come with some inherent weaknesses. For a start, they suffer badly from sampling bias: the kind of person who writes a review...
Dyson unveils its first hair dryer…on sale for $400
Today, consumers—especially in developed markets—are choosing to spend a fair amount of money on products to make sure their hair is looked after properly and cater to their needs, Thidathip Tawichai,...
Would You Pay £300 For A 'Quieter' Hairdryer?
By Joe Tidy, Sky News Reporter British engineering firm Dyson has launched into the beauty industry with its latest product - a powerful hairdryer that it says is considerably quieter than others. Known...
Guess which 'flop' sold twice as well as the iPhone in its first year
In 2007 Apple launched the iPhone, a product that would forever change the cell phone industry. It would set the bar by which all other phones were measured. It would topple giant companies and force...
Anomali Raises $30M in Series C Funding to Advance Its Vision
The security vendor formerly known as ThreatStream takes on new funding to advance its new technology direction. Security vendor Anomali today announced a new $30 million Series C round of funding, bringing...
Product Hunt gets a desktop app for Mac
Everything seems to be going mobile these days, but the Product Hunt community actually uses their desktops more for finding and upvoting products they find online says founder Ryan Hoover. So to...
The 2016 Moto G gets photographed, complete with fingerprint reader
@猴大宝 A supposed picture of the new Moto G. That ThinkPad in the background is very appropriate—this should be Motorola's first entirely Lenovo-designed product. @猴大宝 A supposed picture of the new Moto...
New Box product will let you choose storage from IBM and AWS
For several years, Box CEO Aaron Levie has been trying to get people to understand his company is not in the storage business. To drive that point home Box announced Box Zones today, a product that...
DataStax adds graph databases to enterprise Cassandra product set
When DataStax acquired Aurelius, a graph database startup last year, it was clear it wanted to add graph database functionality to its DataStax Enterprise product, and today it achieved that goal...
With Acer Chromebase, Enterprises Get All-in-One Conferencing System
Google has made unconventional decisions with Chrome OS. Rather than solely position the lightweight operating system as an alternative to Windows, the company has utilized affordability and innovative...
How Deciem launched 10 beauty brands in three years
This article was first published in the April 2016 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content...
Big dreams, big failures: Why most startups flop and what we can learn from them
The amount of Romanian leu invested in the country's startups pales in comparison to dollars spent on fledgling US firms. Image: iStock An ordinary Silicon Valley startup gets as much investment in its...
Vine brings on Hannah Donovan as the new GM
Vine, the six-second, looping video platform from Twitter, has just hired Hannah Donovan as the new general manager. Donovan has built her career in product and design leadership. Her most recent...
Google can now track your offline purchases
Google runs the world's largest and most profitably online ad network, but the lion's share of ad dollars still go to TV. The search giant is looking to change that by associating online ads with purchases...
The race to $1,000 – Alphabet and Amazon hit new record highs
Amazon and Alphabet both hit new record highs on Wednesday, as shares of both companies race to $1,000 a pop. Shares of Alphabet are trading up about half a percent, likely on the tail of the company's...
Google’s AlphaGo is playing the world Go champ in China, but nobody can watch it there
WUZHEN, China -- China is hosting a hotly anticipated tournament of Go – a complex, ancient Chinese board game – against a powerful Google computer program, but nobody inside the country can watch. Ke...
Google makes it easier to share photos, notes and more with family members
Because constantly swapping passwords and usernames can be a pain, (if not also a security risk) Google is adding new ways for families to share with each other while still staying logged-on to their...
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