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Keyboard catapults Microsoft into artificial intelligence race

The humble keyboard hasn't changed much since it was first invented. Even the jump from physical keyboards to the digital ones you use on your smartphone still look virtually identical — save for the new emoji keys we've grown accustomed to punching into a text message or...

Date: 02/05/2016 | Business Wire

Microsoft cloud key to results in Iowa caucuses

CHICAGO — Iowa and Microsoft will have a lot at stake Monday as Republican and Democratic volunteers in roughly 1,700 precincts start plugging vote totals into their smartphones to deliver the first verdict of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Date: 01/28/2016 | Nation & World

Apple to open apps center in Naples, Italy

ROME — Apple has chosen Naples, Italy, to establish Europe’s first iOS App Development Center.Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday met in Rome with Italian Premier Matteo Renzi, who is delighted that the center’s creation could mean hundreds of jobs for Italy’s underdeveloped south.

Date: 01/23/2016 | Business Wire

It’s hip to be wide, Instagram decides

It’s hip to be a rectangle.Did you know that Instagram started allowing landscape-shaped photos ... way back in August?Why am I only learning that now? Maybe that’s new to you, too, that great shots don’t have to be cropped into a perfect square.

Date: 12/20/2015 | Life

7 apps to help you get through — and enjoy — the holidays

Buying gifts, entertaining the kids, traveling, planning parties . . . it often feels like there is so much to do during the holiday season and yet so little time. Luckily, there are several apps that can help you get through these tasks and more with just a touch of a button. With apps to help you...

Date: 12/20/2015 | Life

Pierce County homeowners design app to curb car prowlers

AUBURN — A group of homeowners has grown so tired of serial car prowlers they have designed a watchdog application to stop the spree.

Date: 12/07/2015 | Northwest

Smartphones eat into television time, Nielsen says

LOS ANGELES — The use of Internet-ready devices like smartphones appears to have seriously cut into the time Americans spend watching traditional TV, new Nielsen data show, potentially undermining the notion that mobile devices merely serve as "second screens" while...

Date: 12/04/2015 | Business Wire

Facebook reports strong quarterly earnings

Boosted by a surge in advertising, Facebook posted strong third-quarter financial earnings that beat analysts’ estimates, the company said Wednesday.

Date: 11/05/2015 | Business Wire

Gmail will now write (some) emails for you

Google just gave a little bit of help to anyone tired of typing out the same reply to emails over and over again. Now, software will do some of the work for you.

Date: 11/05/2015 | Business Wire

Microsoft gets stingy with free online storage

NEW YORK — Microsoft is getting stingy with online storage.

Date: 11/04/2015 | Business Wire

Need a ride?

How to find one, quickly, with the Uber app

Date: 09/20/2015 | Life

Still bargaining with kids to eat their veggies

It had to be a joke, a parody, I thought while reading of a new electronic gadget claiming to entice children to eat vegetables by rewarding them with video games. I've been taken in by less. But there was the Yumit being touted with a straight face on the website of the reputable Wired...

Date: 09/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Need taquitos? 7-Eleven to deliver soon

Picture this scenario: It's dinnertime and you could really go for a Mountain Dew and some taquitos from your neighborhood 7-Eleven store.But that store just a few blocks away feels worlds away from your couch. Panic sets in.Fear not, dudes and dudettes. This...

Date: 09/03/2015 | Business Wire

Hit the jackpot with this app

That crumpled lottery ticket you’ve been carrying around in your purse.Well, is it a winner... or not?The Washington’s Lottery app let’s you find out the good or bad news by scanning the ticket with your smartphone.

Date: 08/30/2015 | Life

Estimate: Apple shipped 3.6 million watches last quarter

SAN FRANCISCO — A new report estimates Apple shipped 3.6 million watches in the last quarter — more than some analysts have estimated and enough to change the competitive landscape for fitness bands and other wearable gadgets.

Date: 08/28/2015 | Business Wire

Washington launches mobile app for tourists

OLYMPIA — The state of Washington has launched a new mobile sightseeing app that compiles information about more than 1,000 free attractions and recommendations from local experts.

Date: 06/15/2015 | Northwest

The right app-itude

Murphy senior Elliott Forde to continue computer studies at MIT

Date: 06/15/2015 | Local News

Allstate to offer insurance for Uber, Lyft drivers

NEW YORK — Allstate will start insuring drivers who pick up passengers through ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft.

Date: 06/04/2015 | Business Wire

Suit challenges app tracking of worker phones

When Myrna Arias discovered that her employer could track her movements even when she was off duty, she decided to remove the GPS-enabled app on her company smartphone that facilitated the monitoring. That got her fired, according a suit filed by Arias.In the lawsuit, Arias,...

Date: 05/17/2015 | Nation & World

Apps to help get a handle on your busy life — or an emergency

Wouldn't it be great to have your calendar, email inbox and to-do list in one place?The Handle app links three productivity apps into one — the email inbox, calendar and to-do list — to help you get a grip on your life. Handle makes it easy to create...

Date: 05/03/2015 | Life

Start your clocks: Test time for Apple watches

LOS ANGELES — Sport, Classic, Edition — each has its possibilities.

Date: 04/26/2015 | Life

Smartphone domination close to complete

In case you haven't raised your head long enough to notice the throngs of people gazing hypnotically at their smartphones, the nation has passed a milestone.Smartphones now make up 75 percent of the mobile phone market, up from 65 percent a year ago and just 2 percent a...

Date: 03/26/2015 | Business Wire

Colored puzzle game is a mix of soothing and challenging

Fans of simplicity should like Blendoku, a puzzle game that challenges players to set a group of colored tiles into the right sequence, according to the color wheel. There's something oddly soothing about clicking the swatches of color in place.The game is simple to pick up...

Date: 03/01/2015 | Life

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