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July 13, 2017 11:31 AM Google Home vs. Amazon Echo: Best Smart Speaker Option?

The battle for home assistants heats up! Can Google Home take down Amazon Alexa? The next major, revolutionary tech device might not be far off from mass adoption, given how many big tech players are moving into the space. Now, I’m not talking about smartwatches (please), I’m talking about smart speakers that live in your home and allow you to interact 62

July 13, 2017 10:52 AM Luxury phone-maker Vertu collapses

A British-based company that made smartphones costing thousands of pounds will be liquidated after a plan to save it failed. Vertu was known for its high-end, jewel-encrusted handsets, but recently faced financial difficulties. One technology analyst said Vertu would have faced competition from companies offering to customise other smartphones with precious 30

July 13, 2017 8:58 AM Windows Phone is officially 'dead'

Three years after the company first introduced the update, Microsoft has killed off Windows Phone 8.1 support. The end of support for Windows Phone 8.1 marks an end of “Windows Phone” era, and the devices that are still running the operating system. Around 80 per cent of all Windows-powered phones currently run Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8, or Windows 26

July 13, 2017 8:32 AM Halli Labs: Google Acquires 4-Month-Old Bengaluru-Based AI Startup

Halli Labs, a Bengaluru-based company that started its journey barely four months ago, has been acquired by Google. Though the exact nature of the startup's work remains unclear, Halli Labs focus has been on solutions based on artificial intelligence and machine learning. The Halli Labs team will be joining Google’s Next Billion Users effort, the Internet 22

July 13, 2017 8:14 AM Google: No, we don't fund biased research. And just look who's paying our accusers

Google has defended funding researchers to produce papers on public policy issues that affect its business. Google has responded to accusations in a Wall Street Journal article that it gives grants to academics to produce research designed to sway public opinion on regulatory matters that affect its business. The story covers results from a report by the Campaign 17

July 13, 2017 8:05 AM Google's 'paid-policy research' may have influenced policymakers: Report

WASHINGTON: Google has found itself in the midst of a "paid-policy research" controversy as a non-profit watchdog has claimed in its latest report that the tech giant's financial support for academics may have influenced policymakers unaware of the company's role. Google lobbyists and lawyers pushed Google-funded research to journalists, the White House 49

July 13, 2017 7:40 AM LG V30 launch confirmed for August at IFA 2017

LG has sent out 'save the date' invites for an August 31 event in Berlin, essentially confirming that new flagship the LG V30 will be revealed at IFA 2017. Why are we so sure? While the invite doesn't explicitly mention the V30, it does feature a prominent V-shape that, from a different angle, also looks like a smartphone screen. Plus, with Samsung tipped 11

July 13, 2017 7:30 AM Samsung SM-G9600 leak could be the Galaxy S8 Mini

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is only a few months old, but it seems like the South Koren firm is already preparing a new variant of the Galaxy S8. A Geekbench listing, spotted by German blog,, has revealed the existence of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Mini or “Lite” sporting the new (and yet to be announced) quad-core Snapdragon 840 chipset on board 25

July 13, 2017 12:58 AM McGregor tears Mayweather apart to take the win in second press conference

An electric crowd witnessed a virtual rap battle meets comedic roast as the fighters traded barbs If the Tuesday kickoff in Los Angeles of the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor international press tour was just a tease toward the circus atmosphere that will surround their Aug. 26 boxing match, than Wednesday's stop in Toronto was next-level outrageous 33

July 12, 2017 11:45 PM Security Lapse Leaks Data From Millions of Verizon Customers

A security researcher says a lapse has exposed data from millions of Verizon customers, leaking names, addresses and personal identification numbers, or PINs. Verizon Wireless says 6 million customers were affected, but the company says that none of the information made it into the wrong hands. The company says the only person who got access to the data was the researcher 46