​Apple gets a patent for a Siri-powered smart dock

​Apple gets a patent for a Siri-powered smart dock
Apple's smart dock would automatically activate Siri. Apple Apple has been awarded a patent that shows another way it could get Siri into your home besides the HomePod. Apple last month unveiled its $349 HomePod, its high-end answer to Amazon's Echo line-up, including $50 Echo Dot, and the $130 Google Home. Apple's patent for a "smart dock" shows another, potenti…
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Insecure Android smartphone leads to court case for electronics retailer

Insecure Android smartphone leads to court case for electronics retailer
A German consumer protection agency is suing an electronics retailer for not warning its customers about the security holes in a cheap Android phone it was selling.A well-known weakness of the Android ecosystem is that some manufacturers sell phones running outdated versions of Google's operating system, and don't keep on updating them to close known security vulnerabilities. Google may give manufacturers the patches they need to do this, but this pr…
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All airports previously affected by US electronics ban now exempt

All airports previously affected by US electronics ban now exempt
International airports in Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia are the last to be granted exception from the US ban on large electronic devices, state-owned carrier Saudia announced on its website this week. Direct flights from Jeddah and Riyadh to the US will no longer be required to conform to the ban that required airports to pack any electronic devices with dimensions larger than 16cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm into checked luggage.All 10 of the majority-Muslim …
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Lenovo outlines AI approach, plugs concept products like SmartVest

Lenovo outlines AI approach, plugs concept products like SmartVest
Lenovo outlined said artificial intelligence will be connective tissue for its products and highlighted concept products that include a digital assistant, connected health devices and augmented and virtual reality platforms.At Lenovo Tech World, the company highlighted its research efforts and Artificial Intelligence Lab, which now has 100 researchers. The company also pledged to get its "ABCs"--algorithms, big data and computing power--right. With i…
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Qualcomm tops Q3 targets, revenue down 11 percent

Qualcomm tops Q3 targets, revenue down 11 percent
Qualcomm published better than expected third quarter financial results Wednesday amid rising tensions in its legal dispute with Apple. The tech giant reported a net income of $866 million, or 58 cents per share, down from $1.44 billion, or 97 cents per share, a year earlier.Qualcomm said revenue was $5.4 billion, down 11 percent year over year, with non-GAAP earnings of 83 cents per share.Wall Street was looking for earnings of 81 cents…
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Apple suppliers including Foxconn file counter suit against Qualcomm

Apple suppliers including Foxconn file counter suit against Qualcomm
Another day, another counter claim in the never-ending legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm. In the latest development, Apple manufacturers Foxconn, Pegatron Corporation, Wistron Corporation, and Compal Electronics have accused Qualcomm of violating two sections of the Sherman Act, a landmark US antitrust law. The accusations are in response to a counter suit Qualcomm filed against the manufacturers in May, in which the chipmaker acc…
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Will the iPhone 8 cost as much as a MacBook Pro?

Will the iPhone 8 cost as much as a MacBook Pro?
Rumors suggest that the upcoming tenth-generation iPhone 8 - let's call it that for now although it seems unlikely that it will be the final name - will retail for over $1,000, with some going as far as to suggest that the starting price - yes, you read that right, starting price - will be in the region of $1,200.You can buy a MacBook pro for that.Could the iPhone 8 seriously cost as much as a MacBook Pro? Let's find out.See also: How to make sure yo…
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​Google Glass returns with Enterprise Edition: Why the rebirth, partner approach makes sense

​Google Glass returns with Enterprise Edition: Why the rebirth, partner approach makes sense
Google Glass is back as Glass Enterprise Edition, but don't confuse the device launch as a zombie edition or a return from the dead for a derided product. The storyline behind the Google Glass Enterprise Edition has already been formed. A flop has returned for the enterprise is one refrain. Another is that Google is pitching the enterprise because it couldn't make the consumer thing work. Here's a dose of reality. Google Glass has been piloted in the…
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With HoloLens, Microsoft plots a prosaic path toward success

With HoloLens, Microsoft plots a prosaic path toward success
Image: Thyssenkrupp Fixing elevators and planning stair lifts might seem rather humdrum activities, but both have become unlikely testing grounds for Microsoft's cutting edge augmented reality technology. Lift company Thyssenkrupp has been using Microsoft's HoloLens technology in these two areas for a number of months now. It may not be the most glamorous deploym…
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Here's how Intel plans to change the mainstream processor market

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While shares in companies such as AMD and Nvidia have been showing decent growth over the past year, Intel is lagging behind. Years of declining PC sales, combined with from the likes of ARM and AMD has taken its toll. But the upcoming Coffee Lake chips could help change that. See also: How to make sure your charger or power bank doesn't blow up your expensive smartphone In the beginning what mattered in the CPU market was power. But as megahert…
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