Archive for April, 2013

Google Now iOS release suggests differentiation persists vs Android

Google Now iOS release suggests differentiation persists vs Android

When we spoke with Matias Duarte earlier this year about Google Now, it seemed as though Google Now would become the "control panel" of sorts for every smart device it appeared on. Now that we've seen the initial Google Now push for the iPhone and iPad, it would seem that Google doesn't want to simply give Apple products their whole "Now" experience. Instead Google's release of the Google Now experience on iOS is an assistant to Google Search.

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Foursquare CEO says company is generating more revenue than ever

Foursquare CEO says company is generating more revenue than ever

Despite the public's perception of Foursquare, Foursquare's CEO Dennis Crowley says that the company is doing fine, and that it's not struggling at all. Crowley participated in TechCrunch's Disrupt NY event, where he discussed Foursquare's current state and how it's generating the supposed "big" revenue Crowley claims. Though at times, he does keep things a bit too hush hush to reassure anyone.

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Virgin Galactic lights first rocket test in road to citizen space travel

Virgin Galactic lights first rocket test in road to citizen space travel

The folks behind Virgin Galactic - cousin of the earth-bound Virgin Airlines - have lit their first rocket motor test on a ship that may one day bring everyday citizens on joy rides to space. The craft being tested this week goes by the name SpaceShipTwo, also known as SS2, it being one of several craft eventually set to offer brief flights to what Virgin Galactic calls "the edge of space" and back.

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Full MacBook refresh at WWDC tips analyst

Full MacBook refresh at WWDC tips analyst

Apple's annual WWDC conference is coming up in June, and it's expected that the company will reveal a host of new products, whether it'd be software-based or hardware-based. However, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, it's said that Apple will be releasing a refreshed line of MacBooks during WWDC.

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Google Now for iPad and iPhone hands-on: Exclusivity Ends

Google Now for iPad and iPhone hands-on: Exclusivity Ends

This week the until-now Android-exclusive system Google Now reaches out to iOS inside the Google Search app for Apple's iPad and iPhone. Both versions are tuned to the display size they appear on, with sets of "cards" appearing in a single column for iPhone and a set of two columns for iPad. These cards contain information about current events and the environment around the user based on their search history and interests.

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Cadillac Super Cruise self-driving cars hit the road (but not the showroom, yet)

Cadillac Super Cruise self-driving cars hit the road (but not the showroom, yet)

Cadillac has begun public road-testing its Super Cruise system, semi-autonomous driving that could beat Google's self-driving cars to market by hitting production models within this decade. The Super Cruise system can track lanes, speed limits, and traffic around the vehicle, automatically adjusting speed to suit, and braking to avoid cars ahead. 360-degree sensors keep an eye on road conditions all around the car.

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China said to get first LTE network this year

China said to get first LTE network this year

According to a Chinese report, China Mobile (the country's largest wireless carrier), will be its 4G LTE network this year. The network could launch as soon as August, as long as China Mobile can get approval by next month. This will be China's first-ever LTE network to launch in the country -- quite a delay from the roughly two years that it's been available in the US.

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