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Why the Rout in Retail Shouldn’t Be a Big Worry for U.S. Economy … – Bloomberg

Saturday, May 20, 2017

A furious pace of store closings and bankruptcies has drummed up fears that U.S. retail is collapsing. Not so fast: Many indicators suggest that retail employment is unlikely to shrivel and the economy will withstand any shock from the sector’s rout. Granted, the industry’s current woes can’t be ignored. Retail sales account for almost half of consumer spending, which in turn makes up about 70 percent of the economy. Retailers…

10 new features to look forward to in Android O – Mashable

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Though we got out first peek at Android O back in March, Google finally revealed  more details this week at its I/O developers conference about the soon-to-drop version of Android. Though we’re still quite a ways away from the official release, we now a lot more about the update. At first glance, many of the new changes are subtle, building on updates Google introduced last year with Nougat. (Yes, it’s…

Why the Rout in Retail Shouldn’t Be a Big Worry for U.S. Economy – Bloomberg

Saturday, May 20, 2017

A furious pace of store closings and bankruptcies has drummed up fears that U.S. retail is collapsing. Not so fast: Many indicators suggest that retail employment is unlikely to shrivel and the economy will withstand any shock from the sector’s rout. Granted, the industry’s current woes can’t be ignored. Retail sales account for almost half of consumer spending, which in turn makes up about 70 percent of the economy. Retailers…

Apple’s Siri vs. Google Assistant on iPhone: Siri just can’t keep up – CNBC

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Winner: Google Why: I give credit to Siri for providing the run breakdown by inning, but Google takes the round. Google let me dig deeper to see a highlight video of the game on YouTube, check out MLB standings, the MLB schedule, Yankees news, MLB news and more. The Yankees won, by the way.

The iPhone 8 rumor mill: what to expect, or not – TNW

Saturday, May 20, 2017

“You need to look no further than Apple’s iPhone to see how fast brilliantly written software presented on a beautifully designed device with a spectacular user interface will throw all the accepted notions about pricing, billing platforms and brand loyalty right out the window.” –  Edgar Bronfman, Jr. The iPhone rumor mill 2017 is the tenth anniversary of the iPhone; therefore, pundits are expecting significant changes to the existing design….

Why the Rout in Retail Shouldn’t Be a Big Worry for U.S. Economy – Bloomberg

Saturday, May 20, 2017

A furious pace of store closings and bankruptcies has drummed up fears that U.S. retail is collapsing. Not so fast: Many indicators suggest that retail employment is unlikely to shrivel and the economy will withstand any shock from the sector’s rout. Granted, the industry’s current woes can’t be ignored. Retail sales account for almost half of consumer spending, which in turn makes up about 70 percent of the economy. Retailers…

Google has a new way to call out poorly made Android apps – Engadget

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Those general categories may sound familiar if you’ve been following the news out of I/O. They’re in line with Android O’s “vitals,” areas where Google is focusing efforts to improve overall Android device performance. According to Google project manager Fergus Hurley, the company will find more areas to key in on eventually but these required the most attention. Anyway, Google is specifically concerned with six “vital” metrics now — pardon…

14 new features in Android O you need to know about – CNET – CNET

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The most beautiful phone ever has one wildly annoying issue The Samsung Galaxy S8’s fast speeds and fantastic curved screen make it a top phone for 2017, but the annoying fingerprint reader could sour your experience.

The Language that Stole Android Developers’ Hearts – Backchannel – Backchannel

Saturday, May 20, 2017

By supporting Kotlin as a “first class” language, Google scored major points with its community of developers. Stephanie Saad Cuthbertson on stage at Google I/O on Wednesday. (Credit: Google) Hi Backchannel readers, this is Sandra. In the early 1700s, Peter the Great, the czar of Russia, was busy nabbing land from his western neighbor, the Swedish Empire. He seized the tip of the Gulf of Finland, and began building his beloved…

Op-Ed: Why predictions of a ‘retail apocalypse’ are overblown – CNBC

Saturday, May 20, 2017

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Ouch! Retail stocks are tracking for their worst week this year – CNBC

Saturday, May 20, 2017

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Op-Ed: Why predictions of a ‘retail apocalypse’ are overblown – CNBC

Friday, May 19, 2017

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How does Google Assistant stack up against Siri on an iPhone? – The Verge

Friday, May 19, 2017

Some of the biggest news to come out of Google I/O this week was that Google Assistant is coming to iOS, looking to take a shot at Siri, Apple’s own entrenched AI assistant. While Assistant has been available on Android for a while now, how does the AI assistant stack up against Siri when its forced to go head-to-head on Apple’s far more limited playing field? We put the two…

This is the iPhone of our dreams and it probably won’t ever exist – BGR

Friday, May 19, 2017

Apple’s upcoming new iPhone 8 will feature a bold new design, and not a moment too soon. After three consecutive iPhone generations that each feature nearly identical hardware designs, consumers are beginning to get antsy. iPhone sales are slumping, and Apple fans are due for something fresh and new. Come September, it looks like they’ll get exactly what they want — a fresh new iPhone 8 that features an OLED screen,…

The Android app beta on Chrome OS will last at least through the summer – The Verge

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Chromebook Pro was meant to be a grand coming-out party for Android apps running on Chrome OS. The Samsung device would show Google’s ability to not just dominate the education space with web apps, but remove the “native app” issue for anybody that was holding out. But the feature has been stuck in a buggy beta for months and the device itself was delayed. Not great. We fully expected…

Google’s best new features are in apps, not Android – The Verge

Friday, May 19, 2017

Yesterday was the day Google was expected to announce the big new features coming to Android this year. It had already announced some basics back in March, but the I/O conference is usually when we hear about the real highlights — the stuff consumers are actually going to look forward to. But the presentation came and went, and the most exciting thing Android got was app notification badges. Seriously. Barring…

Google’s best new features are in apps, not Android – The Verge

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Yesterday was the day Google was expected to announce the big new features coming to Android this year. It had already announced some basics back in March, but the I/O conference is usually when we hear about the real highlights — the stuff consumers are actually going to look forward to. But the presentation came and went, and the most exciting thing Android got was app notification badges. Seriously. Barring…

In the car with Android in the Car – TechCrunch

Thursday, May 18, 2017

One of the areas that Google talked up regarding Android beyond phones at I/O this year was in vehicles, and Android in the Car was the main way it’s expanding its in-car presence. The expansion of its Android Auto software offers deeper integration with vehicle infotainment and climate control systems, and putting Assistant front and center for more voice control inside the car and out. The system offers Google Maps…

Apple’s iPhone 8 will basically bring back the headphone jack – BGR

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Rumors surrounding Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 have been swirling for months now, and it seems like most of the major bases have been covered. The tenth-anniversary iPhone will seemingly sport a bold new design with glass panels on the front and back, and a stainless steel mid-frame sandwiched between them. There will not be a physical home button on the front of the phone. Instead, the display will barely have…

How the iPhone triumphed in business – Financial Times

Thursday, May 18, 2017

How the iPhone triumphed in business