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At CES 2019, U.S. gadget love forecast to grow despite trust issues

Jan 07, 2019 - 10:26 AM

Trends gaining momentum – and expected to be on display on the CES show – include super high resolution 8K televisions, blazingly-fast 5G wireless internet, and virtual aides like Amazon's Alexa and the Google Assistant

CES 2019. Set up is underway at the Google pavilion at the Las Vegas Convention Center for CES 2019 technology show January 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

Mozilla lists potentially unsecure gadgets in time for holidays

Nov 19, 2018 - 2:30 PM

From consoles to Star Wars toys, Mozilla reviews the security level of 70 devices people might be thinking of giving as a holiday gift

Screenshot from Mozilla

24 of the coolest new gadgets showcased at CES 2018

Jan 10, 2018 - 9:30 PM

A phone case that's also a drone, a Nokia 'smart mattress,' and Razer's phone-powered laptop – these are just some of the awesome new gadgets shown at CES 2018

First drop in iPhone sales, Apple revenue streak ends

Apr 27, 2016 - 7:32 AM

While Apple is the world s largest company by profit and market value it has been shifting its focus in anticipation of the slowdown

A file picture dated July 22, 2015 of customers being silhouetted inside of an Apple store in Sydney, Australia. Paul Miller/EPA

Xurpas raises P1.2B in new capital

Apr 26, 2016 - 8:30 PM

The new capital will give the firm the opportunity to rapidly expand says CEO Nix Nolledo

Xurpas net income up 20% for 2015

Mar 30, 2016 - 8:15 PM

The increase is the result of a 135 surge in revenue that saw the consumer tech firm end the year profitable despite a slew of investments

Study warns of risks from 'distracted walking'

Dec 03, 2015 - 8:49 AM

78 of US adults believe distracted walking is a serious issue but only 29 say it s a problem for them

This picture taken on November 3, 2014 shows a pedestrian using her smartphone on a street in Tokyo. Yoshikazu Tsuno / AFP

Xurpas buys 51% of Globe Telecom's Yondu

Sep 02, 2015 - 1:16 PM

The acquisition is seen to solidify Globe s and Xurpas partnership in the digital space

STRATEGIC ALLIANCE. Xurpas and Globe say they will transform Yondu into a regional arm for digital content distribution and other technology-driven services

Evolving on its own: The Japanese 'garakei' phone

Jun 08, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Like flora and fauna in the Galapagos Islands Japanese phone technology evolves distinctly from the rest of the world

Photo by Matt Ang

Streaming giant Spotify expands into video, original content

May 21, 2015 - 10:12 AM

Spotify by far the largest company in the booming streaming industry says it wants to turn into a broader and more personalized platform to bring in subscribers throughout the day

MORE CONTENT. Daniel Ek, CEO of Spotify, speaks to reporters at a news conference on May 20, 2015 in New York. Don Emmert/AFP

7 'tech shifts' that will change the way we do business

Mar 19, 2015 - 7:48 AM

Here are key takeaways from 4 Years From Now the Mobile World Congress event for startups and investors

4FYN. Photos from Minette Navarrete.

Samsung, Microsoft end patent dispute

Feb 10, 2015 - 11:41 AM

The dispute stems from Microsoft accusing Samsung of withholding payments for the use of patented Microsoft technology in its smartphones and tablets

In this file photo, Thai visitors inspect Samsung's new Galaxy Note 4 mobile phone during its launch in Bangkok, Thailand, 13 October 2014. Narong Sangnak/EPA

Apple profit hits new high on rocketing iPhone sales

Jan 28, 2015 - 7:55 AM

Analysts credit freshly released larger screen iPhone 6 models along with a partnership with China Mobile as powering sales

The company's logo at an Apple Store in Washington, DC, USA, 27 January 2015.  Shawn Thew/EPA

Global tech spending sputters amid economic woes

Jan 05, 2015 - 12:06 PM

The global technology spending picture is clouded by economic stagnation in the eurozone and Japan and weak expectations in big emerging economies such as Brazil

FINAL PREPS. Workers put the finishing touches on the trade fair stand of RCA for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 04 January 2015. Britta Pedersen/EPA

Selfie sticks could bring jail time in South Korea

Nov 27, 2014 - 12:39 PM

In South Korea anyone selling an unregistered version of a selfie stick could face a 27 000 fine or up to 3 years in prison

In a photo taken on November 26, 2014 a couple use a 'selfie stick' to take a photo at a popular tourist spot in Seoul, South Korea. Ed Jones/AFP

Amid high expectations, Apple to unveil new devices

Sep 09, 2014 - 9:53 AM

Apple is seeking to show that it hasn t lost its world dazzling magic when it comes to innovation and to shift attention from a recent celebrity photo theft scandal

APPLE'S NEXT BIG THING. Kenyan consumers look at an iPhone 5 on display at an Apple authorized dealer shop in Nairobi, Kenya, 03 June 2014. Daniel Irungu/EPA

Samsung, Apple drop patent war outside US

Aug 06, 2014 - 10:17 AM

UPDATED The two companies have been locked in a prolonged war of legal attrition in close to a dozen countries

Apple and Samsung logos

Apple sets September 9 iPhone event – report

Aug 06, 2014 - 9:43 AM

While reports have been swirling in recent weeks about the new handsets this was the first with a precise date

A NEW IPHONE? Apple is reportedly releasing its newest version of the iPhone later this year. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

LG G2 Pro confirmed, arriving in February

Jan 27, 2014 - 2:07 PM

LG confirms the arrival of the G2 Pro successor to its 5 5 inch Optimus G Pro phablet

Project NOAH for Android: Useful once mastered

Oct 29, 2012 - 9:23 AM

Project NOAH is a useful application Just remember to practice using the app beforehand and it will serve you well

Will Apple go for the 'kill' with iPad Mini?

Oct 22, 2012 - 9:36 AM

Apple sent out invitations for an event Tuesday October 23 in San Jose California keeping details under wraps as it normally does saying only: We ve got a little more to show you

The Apple logo is seen in this September 11, 2012 file photo at the Yerba Buena Center for Arts in San Francisco. AFP PHOTO / Kimihiro HOSHINO / FILES

US judge lifts Samsung tablet ban

Oct 02, 2012 - 12:45 PM

A judge on Monday October 1 lifted a ban on US sales of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10 1 tablet computers as legal brawling continued between the South Korean electronics titan and Apple

Apple CEO apologizes for maps shortcomings

Sep 28, 2012 - 10:06 PM

UPDATED We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better

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US braces for holiday clash of tech giants

Aug 26, 2012 - 11:30 AM

It s beginning to look a lot like a big season in the United States for mobile gadgets courtesy of the tech giants

Apple courts developers vital to its popularity

Jun 10, 2012 - 10:08 AM

Apple on Monday June 11 will spotlight next generation software for its coveted gadgets as it kicks off its annual gathering of developers whose applications are vital to the company s success