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Rob Enderle
The 5 Technologies We Need to Change the World
07/24/17 10:45 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1406 Words

Technology 2: Advanced Bio-engineering
A division of Google is releasing millions of bio-engineered mosquitoes to eliminate those that carry sicknesses. Granted, I do remember that many apocalyptic movies start this way.

The ability to manufacture insects that can address...

David Jones
Will Record Fine Cramp Google's Style in Europe?
06/29/17 9:16 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 573 Words

... European Commission on Tuesday walloped Google unit with a record 2.4 billion euros fine -- about US$2.7 billion -- for giving its own shopping comparison site preference above smaller competitors, and thus abusing its dominant position as a search engine. Google must...

David Jones
Google Launches Go-To Job Aggregation Site
06/21/17 11:14 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 994 Words

... Google on Tuesday announced a highly anticipated launch of its new job search aggregation technology, following last month's announcement of its Google for Jobs program at the company's annual I/O conference. The initiative will allow Google users to search for jobs either...

David Jones
Google Gives Up Scanning Personal Gmail
06/30/17 7:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 530 Words

... Google recently announced the end of its policy of scanning user emails for targeted advertising purposes -- a controversial practice that riled privacy advocates and spurred legal challenges. Gmail is the world's most widely used email provider, with more than 1.2 billion...

David Jones
Google Brings Machine Learning to Online Marketing Assessment
05/26/17 1:12 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 756 Words

... Google earlier this week unveiled Google Attribution, a tool that uses machine learning to measure the effectiveness of online marketing campaigns across a variety of devices and channels. Part of a series of new measurement tools introduced at Google Marketing Next, Google...

Richard Adhikari
Google Makes It Easier to Create Virtual Reality Videos
06/28/17 3:16 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 615 Words

... Google last week introduced a new video format, VR180, developed with input from its Daydream team. The VR180 format, which displays what's in front of the user only, delivers good video quality both on desktop PCs and mobile devices.

While VR180...

John P. Mello Jr.
Google's Ugly Duckling Glass Becomes Enterprise Swan
07/19/17 11:12 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 924 Words

... Google's augmented reality goggles were a flop several years ago -- when intrepid explorers wore the devices in restaurants and bars, sparking reactions ranging from disapproval to outright violence -- but they have become very welcome in the workplace. Their success...

Kris Holt
Gadget Ogling: Apple at Home
06/12/17 1:23 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 852 Words

The sound quality far exceeds that of Amazon and Google's smart speaker offerings, based on some early reviewers' impressions.

Apple is launching HomePod in the U.S., UK, and Australia for US$349. That's significantly more expensive than Amazon's Echo line and Google's...

David Jones
Alphabet Jumps on the $1K-a-Share Train
06/05/17 4:00 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 660 Words

Investors placed bets that Google's core search and emerging artificial intelligence technology will help maintain the company's dominance over its Silicon Valley rivals. The stock price surged after Pacific Crest securities analyst Andy Hargreaves advised investors in a research note to get...

Richard Adhikari
SoftBank to Take Fearsome Robots Off Alphabet's Hands
06/10/17 10:40 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 622 Words

... on Thursday announced that it will acquire robotics company Boston Dynamics from Alphabet, parent company of Google . Softbank also agreed to buy robotics firm Schaft as part of the same deal. SoftBank Robotics is the company's subsidiary that focuses on the...

David Jones
Apple's Risky Gambit to Redefine the Smart Speaker
06/07/17 3:05 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 1231 Words

... Apple launched its long-awaited HomePod smart speaker at its annual developers conference earlier this week, the expectation was that it would unveil a sophisticated Echo killer that would redefine the landscape that Amazon has dominated, with Google playing catch-up. "Just like iPod...

David Jones
Rumored Apple Plans Hint at Smart Speaker Battle Ahead
06/02/17 12:56 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 784 Words

... has begun production of a high-end speaker with Siri-based digital assistant technology to compete directly with Amazon's Alexa-based Echo speakers and the Google Assistant-powered Home speaker, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. Production is in the early stages, but the device could be unveiled as...

Richard Adhikari
New AI Assistant Digs Up Specialized Info for Makers
07/18/17 3:24 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 607 Words

The Specter of Google, Apple and Microsoft
Ask Avnet is more like Google Voice, Microsoft's Cortana or Siri than it is like IBM Watson, Yapp said.

The global enterprise market for voice recognition technologies will grow from US$44...

David Jones
Microsoft Aims to Boost Internet Connectivity in US Heartland
07/11/17 4:06 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 765 Words

"Microsoft is to white space what Google is to fiber," he told TechNewsWorld. "Both companies have the money and the market credibility to drive adoption, or at least experimentation with technologies.

In order for the plan to work and make money,...

Peter Suciu
At 10, the World-Changing iPhone Is Kind of the Same
06/29/17 11:14 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1221 Words

Move Over, PC
The iPhone's success launched the smartphone age, with Google's Android operating system arriving just a year later. Combined, those innovations made the world of mobile computing a reality and helped diminish the PC's importance.


John P. Mello Jr.
Android Creator Launches a Phone of His Own
05/31/17 9:31 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 668 Words

Home is designed to tie together all the disparate protocols now in the space -- SmartThings, HomeKit, Nest and others -- as well as the various digital assistants -- Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant -- into a seamless user experience.


Richard Adhikari
Facebook Launches 'Discover Growth' Global B2B Ad Campaign
07/20/17 5:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 619 Words

Who Benefits?
Facebook's scale of intent signals, based on its 2-billion-member base, allows businesses to reach people that search cannot, the company said in a clear dig at Google .

"The overall digital advertising spend continues to grow at...

David Jones
Apple Centers Health Data Strategy on iPhone
06/19/17 3:55 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 741 Words

Verily Life Sciences, a unit of Google parent Alphabet, this spring partnered with Duke University School of Medicine and Stanford Medicine to launch Project Baseline, a project to collect broad, phenotypic health data from 10,000 volunteers.

After screening it to ensure...

Jeff Kagan
The Best Wireless Service and Smartphone
06/08/17 11:23 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 726 Words

When it comes to the smartphone, which is better, Apple's iPhone, which runs Apple's iOS, or Samsung's Galaxy, which uses Google's Android ? Or something else? The fact is, there are many other manufacturers that also use the Android...

John P. Mello Jr.
With Audio Focus, Apple Side-Steps Smart Speaker Competition
06/06/17 9:54 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 754 Words

Although the smart speaker market is dominated by Amazon and Google , Apple appears to have set its sights on other players in the speaker market.

"It's going after Sonos and Bose sound systems in the home," noted Tim Bajarin, president...

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How do you feel about flying on a pilotless plane?
No way -- if there's a screw-up, you can't just jump out.
I'd do it -- flights are pretty much entirely automated anyway.
I'm skeptical but open minded, especially if fares would be much less.
I would try it if there were *someone* on board to take over in a pinch.
It's the wave of the future -- I'm resigned to it.