Dell's dismal 1Q illuminates PC maker's challenges
2013-05-17 04:13:34 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dell's financial decay worsened during its latest quarter as the company slashed its personal computer prices in response to the growing popularity of smartphones and tablets.
The dismal performance announced Thursday provided the latest evidence of a technological...
Tech, labor spar on immigration
2013-05-16 18:53:28 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — To the U.S. technology industry, there's a dramatic shortfall in the number of Americans skilled in computer programming and engineering that is hampering business. To unions and some Democrats, it's more sinister: The push by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to expand the...
Lawmakers accuse Google of dishonesty over taxes
2013-05-16 18:40:43 UTC
LONDON (AP) — U.K. lawmakers subjected search giant Google to blistering criticism Thursday, accusing the U.S. Internet company of playing games with Britain's tax rules to avoid paying what it owed.
In his second appearance before Parliament in roughly six months, Google Vice Presiden...
Apple says App Store hit 50 billion downloads
2013-05-16 18:38:14 UTC
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple says its customers have downloaded more than 50 billon applications from its App Store since its launch in 2008.
Apple Inc. said Thursday that the 50 billionth download was a game called "Say the Same Thing" by Space Inch.
The App Store had 500 apps when it ...
Google's products dig deeper into people's lives
2013-05-16 04:58:35 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For Google CEO Larry Page, happiness is a warm computer.
"Technology should do the hard work so people can get on doing the things that make them happiest in life," Page told a crowd of 6,000 software developers and entrepreneurs who flocked to San Francisco Wednesda...
Google unveils maps, photo, music features
2013-05-16 04:47:59 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's sixth annual conference for software developers opened Wednesday with a chance for the company to showcase its latest services. Announcements included new features for online games, maps and search, a new music-streaming service and enhancements to its Google P...
Microsoft embraces a Google service for a change
2013-05-15 07:13:14 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft's disdain for Google doesn't extend to all of its rival's products.
In a rare bit of cooperation, Microsoft's Outlook.com is giving users of its free email service the option of logging into Google Chat to exchange instant messages and engage in audio or ...
Google poised to show off latest devices, services
2013-05-15 06:28:49 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is expected to use its annual software developers' conference to showcase the latest mobile devices running on its Android software, while also unveiling other features in its evolving product line-up.
The gathering, scheduled to begin Wednesday morning in ...
High-tech pushes for more in immigration bill
2013-05-14 06:09:36 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — High-tech companies looking to bring more skilled workers to the U.S. pushed Monday for more concessions in an immigration bill pending in the Senate. Labor unions said the Silicon Valley had already gotten enough in the legislation and further changes risked ch...
More than just a mother, now she's your 'friend'
2013-05-12 16:49:44 UTC
Josh Knoller, a young professional in New York City, spent years refusing his mother's "Friend Request" on Facebook before, eventually, "caving in." Today they have an agreement: she'll try not to make embarrassing comments, and he can delete them if she does.
"We actually go...
US appeals panel speaks well of Google book plans
2013-05-09 19:08:38 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Judges on a federal appeals court panel spoke excitedly Wednesday about Google Inc.'s plan to create the world's largest digital library, signaling that the court has a favorable opinion about the value of the project.
Three judges on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Cour...
YouTube's new pay channels go from campy to kids
2013-05-10 05:05:32 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Roger Corman's campy B movies, children's shows like "Sesame Street" and "Inspector Gadget," and inspirational monologues by celebrities — these are among the offerings on 30 channels that will soon require a paid monthly subscription on YouTube.
Although the ...
Adobe shifts to subscriptions for software package
2013-05-07 06:13:15 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Adobe says it is moving to an online subscription-based model for the software package it sells to designers, Web developers, video editors and other creative professionals.
Adobe Systems Inc. said Monday that it will not release new versions of its Creative Su...
YouTube said set to soon launch pay channels
2013-05-07 05:16:23 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — YouTube is set to announce within a few weeks a series of channels that will require payment, a person familiar with the matter said Monday.
The content on the new pay channels will be in addition to the millions of videos viewers watch for free on YouTube....
France defends interest in blocking Yahoo deal
2013-05-06 04:28:59 UTC
PARIS (AP) — The French government has defended its veto over Yahoo Inc.'s attempted takeover of video sharing website Dailymotion, even as the move draws jeers for discouraging much needed foreign investment.
Yahoo this week abandoned plans to take a 75 percent stake in Dailymotion, a...
E! Online's Twitter, texting accounts hacked
2013-05-05 05:45:53 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — E! Online says hackers compromised its Twitter and text messaging accounts, sending out erroneous news alerts about Justin Bieber and Angelina Jolie.
The Syrian Electronic Army claimed responsibility for Saturday's hack.
E! Online said it was working with Twitter to cor...
New efforts to curb cellphone theft
2013-05-05 05:11:23 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Disturbed by the nationwide epidemic of cellphone robberies and thefts, law enforcement officials across the country are looking to the wireless industry to help find a cure.
In San Francisco, where half the robberies were phone-related last year, District Attorney...
Google lists Palestinian territories 'Palestine'
2013-05-03 17:42:43 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — Google is de facto recognizing a state of Palestine — at least on its local home page in the Palestinian territories.
Google spokesman Nathan Tyler said Friday "We're changing the name 'Palestinian territories' to 'Palestine' across our products."
He said Google consults ...
B&N to add Google Play app store to its Nook HD
2013-05-03 04:59:39 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Barnes & Noble is teaming up with Google to vastly increase the number of apps available on its Nook HD tablets.
The bookstore chain says it will add Google's Play app store to its 7-inch Nook HD and 9-inch HD+ products in the U.S. and U.K. via a software update Friday....
YouTube says the battle with TV is already over
2013-05-02 05:01:30 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — YouTube vs. TV? YouTube says the battle — if there ever was one — is over.
In a flashy presentation to advertisers Wednesday night, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt declined to forecast that Internet video will displace television watching. Instead he declared: "T...
Apple sells $17 billion in bonds in record deal
2013-05-01 04:42:45 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple Inc. sold $17 billion in bonds Tuesday in a record deal spurred by the company's plan to placate its frustrated shareholders.
The Cupertino, Calif., company sold the bonds in its first debt issue since the 1990s to raise money to pass along to shareholders through divid...
Google invades Siri's turf with iPhone, iPad app
2013-04-30 06:22:47 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Siri may be feeling a little job insecurity. The sometimes droll assistant that answers questions and helps people manage their lives on Apple's iPhone and iPad is facing competition from an up-and-coming rival made by Google.
The duel began Monday with the release o...
How Siri, Google Now respond to 5 questions
2013-04-30 06:17:27 UTC
With Google's voice assistant now available on iPhones and iPads, The Associated Press used an iPad Mini to throw five test questions at Google Now and Siri on Monday afternoon in New York. Here's what the two digital assistants had to say for themselves:
Question: What is the m...
Google's virtual assistant invades Siri's turf
2013-04-29 16:16:26 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is trying to upstage Siri, the sometimes droll assistant that answers questions and helps people manage their lives on Apple's iPhone and iPad.
The duel begins Monday with the release of a free iPhone and iPad app that features Google Now, a technology that perfor...
Google buys startup that summarizes online content
2013-04-26 17:47:54 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google has bought Wavii, a Seattle startup behind an application that condenses online content for time-pressed Web surfers.
Both companies confirmed the deal Friday. As with most of its acquisitions, Google isn't disclosing how much it paid for Wavii.