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Best smartphone 2019: iPhone, Huawei, Samsung and Google compared and ranked

Our updated list of the top iOS and Android mobile phones – at the best prices right now Need a new smartphone but don’t know which one is the very best? Here’s a guide comparing the current top-end smartphones from Apple, Samsung, Huawei and others to help you pick the best handset for you.There has never been a better time to buy a new flagship smartphone with many quality handsets available at a wider range of prices than ever before. Whether your priority is two-day battery life, fantastic c...
Tags: Smartphones, Samsung, Huawei, Google, Alphabet, Mobile phones, Technology, Android, iOS, Apple, Xiaomi, Nokia, Sony, LG


Internet connectivity projects unite as Alphabet spinout Loon grabs $125M from SoftBank’s HAPSMobile

Two futuristic projects are coming together to help increase global internet access after Loon, the Google spinout that uses a collection of floating balloons to bring connectivity to remote areas, announced it has raised money from a SoftBank initiative. HAPSMobile, a SoftBank project that is also focused on increasing global connectivity, is investing $125 million into Loon, according to an announcement from SoftBank made this morning. The agreement includes an option for Loon to make a ...
Tags: TC, 5g, Aerovironment, Airbus, Alphabet, Aquila, Australia, Companies, Facebook, Google, Internet Access, Internet Service Providers, Loon, Nvidia, Peru, Puerto Rico


MPs criticise social media firms for failure to report criminal posts

Facebook, Google and Twitter condemned for not telling police about crimes on their platformsFacebook, Google and Twitter have been criticised by a UK parliamentary committee for their refusal to report users to the police when they remove criminal posts.Representatives of all three companies appeared in front of the home affairs select committee to discuss their progress on tackling hate speech and terrorism on their platforms. But MPs said they were shocked to learn that none of the companies ...
Tags: Social media, Facebook, Twitter, Google, UK news, Hate crime, UK security and counter-terrorism, Online abuse, YouTube, Internet, Digital media, Social networking, Technology, Yvette Cooper, Politics, Christchurch shooting


Waymo Announces It's Opening an Autonomous Car Factory in Detroit

It’s official: Waymo is opening an autonomous vehicle factory in Motor City.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Autonomous Vehicles, Detroit, Alphabet, Self Driving Cars, Waymo, Motor City Read


Alphabet's drone delivery company just received FAA approval to start dropping packages on customer's front doorsteps in Virginia (GOOG, GOOGL)

Wing, the aerial-delivery venture spun out of Google, has become the first US drone operator to receive federal clearance as an airline.  That means Wing can start legally dropping packages on people's front doorsteps in the states.  Wing says it will begin testing services in two southwestern Virginia towns and hopes to launch there by later this year.  In Australia — where the company has been testing since 2014 — Wing drones deliver everything from burritos to coffees to over-the-counter me...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Australia, Washington Post, Virginia, US, Trends, Bloomberg, UPS, Jeff Bezos, Faa, Wall Street Journal, Signal, Alphabet, Federal Aviation Administration, Blacksburg


FAA paves way for Alphabet unit to make first U.S. drone deliveries

Alphabet Inc's Wing Aviation unit on Tuesday got the okay to start delivering goods by drone in Virginia later this year, making the sister unit of search engine Google the first company to get U.S. air carrier certification, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
Tags: Google, Money, Virginia, businessNews, Faa, Alphabet, Federal Aviation Administration, Alphabet Inc s Wing Aviation


FAA Clears Alphabet's Wing for Home Drone Deliveries in Virginia

Alphabet’s Project Wing has gained approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct commercial drone flights in Virginia. Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Science, Virginia, Drones, Faa, Alphabet, Federal Aviation Administration, Drone Delivery, Wing, Elaine Chao, Federal Aviation Administration FAA, Project Wing, Air Carrier Certification, Wing for Home Drone Deliveries


Tim Cook says that Apple donates $0 to political candidates and that he refuses to have a PAC because they 'shouldn't exist' (AAPL)

Apple, as a company, does not donate any money to political candidates,CEO Tim Cook said on Tuesday. He also said he doesn't believe that political action committee (PACs) should exist. PACs allow corporations and others to secretly donate large sumsto campaigns. While Apple doesn't try to get particular politicians elected, it still spend millions annually on lobbying, records show. Cook explained, 'We focus on policies, not politics.'  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. App...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Uber, Cook, Washington, Disney, US, Trends, Netflix, Hillary Clinton, Tim Cook, PAC, Paul ryan, Sundar Pichai, Alphabet


Alphabet’s Wing gets FAA permission to start delivering by drone

Wing Aviation, the drone-based delivery startup born out of Google’s X labs, has received the first FAA certification in the country for commercial carriage of goods. It might not be long before you’re getting your burritos sent par avion. The company has been performing tests for years, making thousands of flights and supervised deliveries to show that its drones are safe and effective. Many of those flights were in Australia, where in suburban Canberra the company recently began its first c...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Transportation, Hardware, Australia, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Drones, Finland, Canberra, Robotics, Faa, Alphabet, Drone Delivery, Wing, Project Wing


Alphabet’s Wing drones now have FAA approval to deliver packages in the U.S.

Alphabet Wing has become the first company to receive Air Carrier Certification from the FAA. This means that it can begin commercial deliveries from local businesses to homes in the U.S. The post Alphabet’s Wing drones now have FAA approval to deliver packages in the U.S. appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Trends, Drones, Faa, Alphabet, Wing, Emerging Tech, Drone Deliveries, Alphabet Wing


My TED talk: how I took on the tech titans in their lair

For more than a year, the Observer writer has been probing a darkness at the heart of Silicon Valley. Last week, at a TED talk that became a global viral sensation, she told the tech billionaires they had broken democracy. What happened next?If Silicon Valley is the beast, then TED is its belly. And on Monday, I entered it. The technology conference that has become a global media phenomenon with its short, punchy TED Talks that promote “Ideas Worth Spreading” is the closest thing that Silicon Va...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Internet, Ted, Alphabet, Cambridge Analytica


Google’s Ivan Poupyrev shows off Jacquard, which connects his Levi’s jacket to the cloud

Ivan Poupyrev, the technical projects lead at Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects division, just gave a TED talk that was simultaneously a presentation and a demo of new technology. Poupyrev was showing off Jacquard, a device that allowed him to use the sleeve of his jacket as a controller for his presentation slides. Google has talked about this work before, and there’s even a $350 Levi’s jacket available for purchase. But today, Poupyrev actually used Jacquard to control his presen...
Tags: Google, TC, Hardware, Tech, Ted, Canada, Sony, Levi, Anderson, Alphabet, Chris Anderson, Walt Disney Imagineering, Bret Hartman, Advanced Technology and Projects, Project Jacquard, Jacquard


Google hit by global login outage affecting Gmail and Google Docs

Users report problems signing in to Google products from the US, UK, India, Singapore, Europe to AustraliaGoogle is experiencing a global outage that affects users as they try to log in to the company’s many applications, including Gmail and Google Docs and any site that allows access via a Google account.The company said it was investigating “an issue with OAuth login” and “an issue with Admin console” on Wednesday evening. The problem was first reported at around 11pm BST. Continue reading...
Tags: Google, Technology, Google Docs, Alphabet, US UK India Singapore Europe


Canadian Civil Liberties Association sues Toronto, Ontario, and Canada over the plan for a Google Sidewalk Labs "smart city" in Toronto

Sidewalk Labs is the division of Alphabet/Google that builds "smart city" technology; their most ambitious project to date is a massive privatised city-within-a-city planned for Toronto's lakeshore -- a project that received secretly approval to be much larger than was announced, a fact that Sidewalk lied about. Now, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association has filed suit against all three levels of government -- the city, the province and the country -- over the Toronto Sidewalk Labs proje...
Tags: Google, Post, News, Privacy, Toronto, Surveillance, Canada, Smart Cities, Sidewalk Labs, Alexa, Alphabet, Toronto Ontario, Alphabet Google, Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Surveillance Capitalism, Michael Bryant


Birth control delivery startup Nurx taps Clover Health’s Varsha Rao as CEO

Varsha Rao, Airbnb’s former head of global operations and, most recently, the chief operating officer at Clover Health, has joined Nurx as its chief executive officer. Rao replaces Hans Gangeskar, Nurx’s co-founder and CEO since 2014, who will stay on as a board member. Nurx, which sells birth control, PrEP, the once-daily pill that reduces the risk of getting HIV, and an HPV testing kit direct to consumer, has grown 250 percent in the last year, doubled its employee headcount and attracte...
Tags: Health, Startups, Y Combinator, Chief executive officer, Tech, Companies, United States, Healthcare, Venture Capital, Sharing Economy, Medicare, Airbnb, Websites, Telemedicine, Union Square Ventures, Kleiner Perkins


Google Fiber is paying $4 million to Louisville, Kentucky to repair damage to city streets caused by its failed high-speed internet rollout (GOOG, GOOGL)

After failed efforts to bring ultra-high speed internet to Louisville, Kentucky, Google Fiber will pay the city nearly $4 million to help repair damages it caused.  The package — which will be paid out over the next 20 months — came as a result of the company agreeing to leave the streets in the same, or better, condition than before it started digging trenches and laying cables in 2017, according to a WDRB report. Fiber announced it would be sunsetting its Louisville operation in February, a ...
Tags: Google, Youtube, Trends, Nashville, Sundar Pichai, Google Fiber, Alphabet, Louisville, Louisville Kentucky, WDRB, Kansas City Austin, Dinesh Jain, Louisville Kentucky Google Fiber


Waymo launches robotaxi app on Google Play

Waymo is making its ride-hailing app more widely available by putting it on the Google Play store as the self-driving car company prepares to open up its service to more Phoenix residents. The company, which spun out to become a business under Alphabet, launched a limited commercial robotaxi service called Waymo One in the Phoenix area in December. The Waymo One self-driving car service, and accompanying app, was only available to Phoenix residents who were part of its early rider program,...
Tags: Google, Android, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Tech, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Transport, Self-driving Cars, Self-driving Car, Alphabet, Phoenix, Chrysler Pacifica, Chandler, Waymo


Metamoto’s Jeff Blackburn on AV Testing and Why Waymo Leads the Pack

In the development of self-driving cars, once a vehicle is ready for the validation stage, it’s not always practical or affordable to test them on open roads. Given the hundreds of different scenarios developers want autonomous vehicles to experience and react to—weather, traffic conditions, pedestrian activity, land markings, and more—simulation offers an alternative to on-road testing.At the M:Bility conference held in Dearborn a few weeks ago, Xconomy had an opportunity to chat with Metamoto...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Tech, Software, Innovation, Automotive Industry, Detroit, Blackburn, Alphabet, University Of Michigan, Virginia Tech, Dearborn, Bility, Jeff Blackburn, National blog main


Former Firefox VP on What It's Like To Be Both a Partner of Google and a Competitor via Google Chrome

Sidewalk Labs, the urban innovation arm of Google's parent company Alphabet, plans to build a $1 billion high-tech neighborhood in Toronto. The problem? It is facing an opposition from residents who have called for its demise. As the backlash gains momentum, it could force Sidewalk Labs to abandon or alter its vision. On paper, Sidewalk Labs' idea arguably has some merits: It wishes to "set new standards" for how cities are designed and built. But some are apprehensive of Google's plans, because...
Tags: Google Chrome, Firefox, Google, Toronto, Tech, Mozilla, Google Docs, Alphabet, Google Alphabet, Johnathan Nightingale


Activists say Alphabet’s planned neighborhood in Toronto shows all the warning signs of Amazon HQ2-style breakup

Sidewalk Labs, the urban innovation arm of Google's parent company, Alphabet,  plans to build a high-tech neighborhood along Toronto's Eastern Waterfront. Local residents concerned about the company's plan to collect data in public spaces have waged an opposition campaign called Block Sidewalk, which is calling for an end to the project.   The backlash is reminiscent of protests over Google's planned campus in Berlin and Amazon's proposed headquarters in New York City — both of which were aba...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Berlin, New York City, US, Toronto, Trends, Netflix, Canada, Queens, Silicon Valley, Donald Trump, Dan Doctoroff, Sidewalk Labs, Alphabet


Uber relies on Google Maps for its business and spent $58 million on it over three years (GOOGL, GOOG)

Uber filed to go public on Thursday, and its paperwork shows that Uber spent $58 million on Google Maps between 2016 and 2018. Uber sees Google Maps as "critical" to its business, it says in the filing.  If Google and Uber were to end their agreement, this could harm Uber's business because other mapping services may be expensive, inferior, or just not exist.  Uber filed to go public on Thursday, and its S-1 paperwork revealed that from the beginning of 2016 to the end 2018, Uber spent s...
Tags: Google, Lyft, Uber, Trends, Google Maps, Aston Martin, Amazon Web Services, Alphabet, Alphabet Google, David Drummond, Lagonda, Dara Khosrowshahi, Waymo, IPO Uber


Travis Kalanick stands to make billions from Uber’s IPO

Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick, who resigned from the company in 2017, still stands to make billions in the company’s intial public offering, expected in May. The ride-hailing giant dropped its S-1 this afternoon, confirming plans to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “Uber.” The company did not disclose the valuation it’s seeking, but is said to be planning to sell around $10 billion in stock. The filing highlights Uber’s key stockholders, including Kalanick, wh...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Transportation, Uber, Business, Saudi Arabia, Ipo, Softbank, Tech, United States, Transport, Venture Capital, Commuting, Travis Kalanick, New York Stock Exchange, Kalanick, Carsharing


Baillie Gifford’s Charles Plowden on 110 years of investing

“It is our contention that the investment industry may be experiencing a peak of its own, in this case the point of the maximum rate at which it extracts value from its clients’ assets. Let’s call it Peak Gravy.” That’s a recent quote from Tom Coutts, who is one of a few dozen partners at Baillie Gifford (See Arman Tabatabai’s profile here). It’s also typical of the provocative sentiments offered by this band of fund managers who are based in Edinburgh, but scour the world looking for opportunit...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Facebook, Lyft, Wtf, Finance, Funding, US, Tech, Alibaba, Venture Capital, Tencent, Private Equity


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Google's founders have failed to turn up to every company all-hands meeting in 2019, BuzzFeed reports. These absences, the longest in Google's history, come at a time when the firm faces questions about hate speech on its platform. Uber will seek to sell around $10 billion worth of stock in its initial public offering, according to Reuters. Most of the shares would be issued by the company, while a smaller portion would be ow...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Microsoft, North Korea, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Silicon Valley, Jack Dorsey, Amazon Web Services, Alexa, Alphabet, Dorsey, Reuters, Kim Jong, CANBERRA Australia


Customers in Australian capital can get food and coffee delivered via drone

Google X graduate Wing has begun making drone deliveries in a trio of suburbs just outside of Canberra, Australia’s capital city. The Alphabet owned company says it’s tested the service 3,000 times over the past 18 months and is set to start the roll out to “a limited set of eligible homes.” The service will be open to the suburbs of Crace, Palmerston and Franklin, adding customers in nearby neighborhoods “in the coming weeks and months.” Deliveries are currently open for a limited range of o...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Transportation, Australia, Tech, Drone, Drones, Canberra, Alphabet, Wing, Franklin, CANBERRA Australia, Guzman Y Gomez, Crace Palmerston


Alphabet's Wing Lands 'World-First' Approval for Drone Deliveries of Food and Medicine in Australia

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has approved Project Wing’s plans for drone delivery of food and medicine in suburbs around the capital city of Canberra, a “world-first,” according to a new report by the Guardian. Project Wing, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet, has been testing…Read more...
Tags: Google, Food, Videos, Science, Medicine, Australia, Skynet, Canberra, Plans, Suburbs, Alphabet, Drone Delivery, Project Wing, Civil Aviation Safety Authority CASA, Guzman Y Gomez, Chemist Warehouse


Google just beat Amazon to launching one of the first drone delivery services

The Alphabet startup Wing has secured approval for one of the world's first drone delivery services. The service is set to officially launch in Canberra, Australia, after securing approval from Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority following a successful trial. The service will aim to use drones to deliver items including coffee and ice cream to homes in the Canberra area within minutes of their being ordered through an app. It means Alphabet has beaten Amazon to the punch after Jeff Bez...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Europe, Australia, US, Trends, Finland, Canberra, Iceland, Jeff Bezos, Abc News, Alphabet, Helsinki, Wing, Casa, CANBERRA Australia


Google just beat Amazon to launching one of the first ever drone delivery services

Alphabet startup Wing has secured approval for one of the first ever drone delivery services. The service will officially launch in Canberra, Australia, after securing approval from Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority following a successful trial. Drones will deliver items including coffee and ice cream to homes in the Canberra area, within minutes of them being ordered through an app. It means Alphabet has beaten Amazon to the punch after Jeff Bezos failed to deliver on his promise of...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Europe, Australia, Trends, Finland, Canberra, Iceland, Jeff Bezos, Abc News, Alphabet, Wing, Casa, Helsinki Finland, CANBERRA Australia, Civil Aviation Safety Authority CASA


Google's world-first drone delivery business wins approval in Canberra

Australian aviation authority Casa approves Alphabet’s Project Wing, which delivers food, drinks and medicationA world-first drone delivery business has been granted approval to take to the skies over Canberra’s north.For the past 18 months, Project Wing, an offshoot of Google’s parent company Alphabet, has been trialling drone delivery of food and drinks, medication and locally-made coffee and chocolate. Continue reading...
Tags: Google, Australia news, Canberra, Alphabet, Casa, Australian Capital Territory (ACT, Drones (non-military, Alphabet 's Project Wing, Project Wing an offshoot of Google


UW Prof, Entrepreneur Shwetak Patel Awarded ACM Prize in Computing

The Association for Computing Machinery on Wednesday said it has awarded Shwetak Patel, a computer science and electrical engineering professor at the University of Washington, the 2018 ACM Prize in Computing.Patel, who is also a successful serial entrepreneur, will receive a cash prize of $250,000 as part of the award, ACM said.The award recognizes early- and mid-career computer scientists “whose research contributions have fundamental impact and broad implications,” ACM said. The association,...
Tags: Startups, Trends, Tech, Vc, Software, Computer Science, Nest, Seattle, Sears, Alphabet, Belkin, University of Washington, MacArthur Foundation, Patel, MacArthur Fellows, Association for Computing Machinery



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