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Google to expand Assistant to more Android devices

Google's announced a significant availability expansion for Assistant. The company's launching the voice-activated AI on a wider selection of Android devices, including tablets and older phones. It comes as the company faces increased competition.

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 845 chip for next year's phones

Qualcomm's officially unveiled its upcoming Snapdragon 845 processor, the chip set to power many of next year's top-tier Android devices. As expected, the company has moved to add new AI capabilities, increase power efficiency and improve raw performance.

Microsoft, Qualcomm launch ARM-based 'Always Connected' PCs

Microsoft's launched Windows 10 on ARM, a project that brings its desktop operating system to a new category of hardware. The company has partnered with Qualcomm to build Windows devices with smartphone processors, offering month-long battery life.

Google launches lightweight Android OS for entry-level phones

Google's launched a new lightweight Android version which offers a pared-back operating system and smaller apps for entry-level phones. It's designed to make low-end devices more usable by ensuring smooth performance, helping bring more people online.

Google steps up Android privacy protections with new warnings

Google's announced it will step up its Safe Browsing protections on Android devices to provide more warning when apps steal your personal information. The alerts will include potentially risky apps that weren't installed through the Play Store.

Verizon announces 5G connectivity is coming to California in 2018

Verizon has announced it will rollout 5G broadband to select areas in 2018. The company is determined to lead the charge towards 5G connectivity amid competition from industry rivals. Verizon's first service will be a 5G-powered home broadband connection.

Samsung starts mass-production of new 10nm smartphone processors

Samsung's announced that mass production of 10nm chips based on its second-generation FinFET technology has begun. The processors should start showing up in smartphones next year and will offer considerable performance and battery life improvements.

Microsoft Edge launches on iPhone and Android

Microsoft has announced its Edge browser is now publicly available on iOS and Android. It's the first time Edge has ventured away from Windows since its launch two years ago. It's meant to let Edge users on Windows 10 sync their browsing to their phone.

Samsung 'graphene ball' could let phones charge five times faster

Samsung's found a way of making lithium-ion smartphone batteries charge faster and last longer. The company's synthesized and patented a "graphene ball" that considerably improves the performance of lithium-ion cells, offering 45% higher charge capacity.

Samsung to build new lab for machine learning research

Samsung's announced a new research centre to focus on developing artificial intelligence and machine learning. The company's current AI capabilities are perceived to be behind its rivals, a weakness Samsung is working hard to address.

Google admits to tracking Android users with location turned off

Google has admitted to silently tracking the locations of Android smartphone owners even when location services has been explicitly turned off. The company has been secretly uploaded details of nearby cell towers to its servers since the start of 2017.

OnePlus 5T launch overshadowed by allegations of 'faking it'

OnePlus launched its latest flagship yesterday, the 6-inch 5T equipped with high-end specs for only $499. The release has proved more controversial than previous OnePlus devices as fans are increasingly discontented with the firm's lack of innovation.

Intel unveils new commercial 5G modems as it 'engages' with Apple

Intel's unveiled a new range of commercial 5G modems to encourage the adoption of next-gen wireless technologies. Intel's also said to be collaborating with Apple on chips that could be installed in the next iPhone as its 5G strategy gets underway.

Google's TensorFlow Lite brings AI to every mobile device

Google's launched the preview of a new machine learning toolkit designed specifically for mobile devices. AI models created using TensorFlow Lite will run inside iOS and Android apps. The platform helps developers run neural networks on low-power devices.

Google's Pixel 2 has a dedicated security chip to keep data safe

Google's detailed how the "tamper-resistant" security chip inside the Pixel 2 helps keep enterprise users secure. The chip is a first for Android and helps the device verify it's being used by its real owner. Google said it puts security "at the core."

Bill Gates buys $80m of land to build 'smart city' in Arizona

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has bought 25,000 acres of land in Arizona to create a new smart city called Belmont. Located a short distance from Phoenix, the site has cost Gates' investment firm Cascade Investment LLC $80m to acquire.

Qualcomm rejects Broadcom's 'dramatically undervalued' takeover

Broadcom has announced it has rejected the $105 billion takeover bid proposed by rival Broadcom earlier this month. What would have been the biggest tech deal in history was described by Qualcomm as a "dramatic" undervaluation of its business.

Apple to launch new iPad without a home button in 2018

Apple's working on a new iPad for 2018 that will leave out the home button in favour of Face ID. The device will better complement the iPhone X and offer substantially upgraded hardware. A redesigned Apple Pencil and new processor are among the changes.

Broadcom and Qualcomm could merge in biggest tech deal in history

Chipmaker Broadcom has announced a proposal to purchase rival Qualcomm for approximately $130bn. Qualcomm is considering the offer but believes the sum undervalues the company. If it goes ahead, the deal would be the biggest ever in the tech industry.

Android cyberattack combines phishing and data theft

Cybercriminals have combined three techniques into a single campaign, creating an attack that can steal credentials, phish credit cards and install bank Trojans. Based on an "increasingly sophisticated" form of malware, it targeted Austrian bank users.

HTC launches its first Android One device

HTC has launched its first Android One product, a version of its new U11 Life. The device is designed around a clean software experience ideal for users looking for a first smartphone. It's part of Google's efforts to ramp up the Android One program.

Razer unveils its debut smartphone for 'ultimate entertainment'

Razer has unveiled its first smartphone, a device geared specifically towards on-the-go entertainment. The company, better known for its gaming products, said the handset has "ground-breaking" audio-visual hardware for improved mobile gaming and videos.

Amazon now lets you view items in your home using AR

Amazon has announced a new app feature that lets you view what items look like in your home using augmented reality. It uses Apple's ARKit platform to let you visualise online products inside your living area, helping you decide which one to purchase.

Samsung unveils Bixby 2.0, aims to connect all your devices

Samsung has announced the second-generation version of Bixby, the company's digital assistant. Coming just six months after Bixby's launch, Samsung's preparing to significantly expand the assistant's applications by bringing it to new kinds of device.

Banks 'two APIs away' from losing customers to mobile apps

Consumers are increasingly interested in mobile payments technology and are attracted to the idea of a centralised digital wallet. A new study by Accenture found smartphone users are "desperate" for a modern approach to banking that works around them.

Google's Pixel 2 has a hidden AI chip to make your photos better

Google's revealed its Pixel 2 smartphone houses an hitherto undisclosed processing chip specifically tasked with improving photos. The custom coprocessor was designed by Google and will be enabled in a software update.

Nadella implies Microsoft still working on enterprise smartphones

Microsoft recently confirmed Windows 10 Mobile is no longer in active development. This isn't stopping the company from pursuing refocused mobile ambitions though. In a new interview, CEO Satya Nadella suggested an enterprise device could still be coming.

Smartphone ownership to hit two-thirds of all adults next year

Two-thirds of all adults worldwide will own smartphones by the end of 2018, according to new predictions from media measurement firm Zenith. Growth is being led by emerging regions as saturation rises above 90 percent in some European and Asian countries.

Huawei's new Mate 10 comes with dedicated AI hardware

Huawei has announced its new Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, smartphones designed to compete with the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S8. Huawei has aimed to differentiate its brand by adding dedicated AI hardware to the handsets, including a neural processing unit.

Microsoft Cloud puts healthcare in the classroom for Indian kids

A cloud app developed by a determined Indian doctor is helping millions of impoverished children to access healthcare. The app uses biomedical sensing technology and AI to generate a clinical-grade "health report card," based on responses to questions.
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