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Google forms VR division, puts Clay Bavor in charge

Google forms VR division, puts Clay Bavor in charge

Google has given VP of Product Management Clay Bavor the keys to its virtual reality division, according to a new report. Bavor will be tasked with heading Google's VR efforts, and the company’s Web applications, previously helmed by Bavor, will be taken over by Senior Vice President Diane Greene. Though Google has confirmed the leadership change, it hasn't gone into details.

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Apple Music has 10m paid users claim insiders

Apple Music has 10m paid users claim insiders

Apple Music has reportedly hit ten million paying subscribers, with the on-demand streaming service closing the distance between it and Spotify. Although the numbers have not been officially blessed by the Cupertino firm, sources speaking to the FT say that Apple passed the 10m mark just six months after the launch of Apple Music.

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4-inch iPhone due April 2016 says China Mobile leak

4-inch iPhone due April 2016 says China Mobile leak

Only a few weeks after a similar prediction from well-regarded Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a supposed leaked image of China Mobile's product launch calendar says that a new 4-inch iPhone is due for release in April 2016. The report on the Chinese carrier's product presentation comes from China's MyDrivers, and does fall in line with Kuo's latest report about an "early 2016" launch of the much-rumored smaller iPhone.

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Google’s newly tipped messaging app has chatbot assistants

Google’s newly tipped messaging app has chatbot assistants

Google’s artificial intelligence is being used to create a new mobile messaging app, according to sources. The messaging service will differ from Hangouts via the inclusion of chatbot assistants tasked with answering questions and following commands issued through the messaging app. Sources say the chatbots will hunt down the answer to users’ questions by searching the Web and “other sources," check the weather, set reminders, and more.

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Report: Sony developing sulfur-based smartphone battery with 40% longer life

Report: Sony developing sulfur-based smartphone battery with 40% longer life

While smartphones continue to get thinner and thinner each year, their battery life continues to remain the same, and if the rising popularity of phone cases that feature an extra battery is any indication, that's something most users don't appreciate. However, if a recent report from Japan's Nikkei newspaper is accurate, Sony might be the one to save the day, as the company is said to be working on a smartphone battery that can last 40% longer on a single charge.

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Google’s self-driving car could spin out to challenge Uber in 2016

Google’s self-driving car could spin out to challenge Uber in 2016

Google's self-driving car division will become a standalone Alphabet company in 2016, insiders claim, ahead of a commercial autonomous vehicle service launch. Currently, the team - which includes high-profile hires from both the automotive and the computer sciences industries - is part of the clandestine Google X lab, the company's research and development division previously responsible for Glass and other projects.

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