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August 1, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
“Almost Human” isn't just a futuristic cop drama, it's also about hope. That was the message the show's cast and producers brought to the stage Thursday during the Television Critics Assn. press tour. Set in Los Angeles 35 years in the future, “Almost Human” tells the story of a troubled police officer named John Kennex (Karl Urban), who is partnered with a human-like android named Dorian (Michael Ealy). “We're not presenting a dystopian vision of the future,” said Urban.
August 1, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google Now, the Web giant's proactive personal assistant, could soon be beefed up with local news. Currently, Google Now shows Android and Apple mobile device users "cards" with information they may want to know before they search for it. The cards display information such as a friends' birthdays, upcoming flights they might have, local weather or traffic to users' place of work. Google is now experimenting with a local news card that would show users stories that are geographically relevant to them, according to a report this week by online news site Quartz . PHOTOS: Google Street View from 22,000 feet “One thing we're testing right now is a very local hyper-local news card, which is really useful,” said Johanna Wright, vice president of search and assist at Google, according to Quartz.
July 31, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Microsoft announced Wednesday that subscribers to Office 365 will be able to use a new Office Mobile app on their Android phones. The new app is available immediately in the Google Play store. And it comes just a few weeks after Microsoft released a similar app for iPhone users who subscribe to Office 365.  PHOTOS: Google Street View from 22,000 feet The Android app is free to download. But an Office 365 subscription costs $100 a year. For that fee, users can install Office apps on up to five devices such as PCs, Macs, and smartphones.
July 31, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
  The tiny, two-inch-long digital TV receiver is cheaper than all of its rivals, and although it isn't quite as capable as the Apple TV or Roku 3 just yet, Google Chromecast has the potential to make a mark. At $35, Chromecast is nearly one third the price of the $99 Apple TV and it is cheaper than any of Roku's options. It can also be controlled by a variety of devices, including smartphones and tablets running Android and iOS operating systems as well as PC and Mac computers.
July 31, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
How can one more restaurant review app make your smartphone any smarter? While “To Yelp” has become a popular verb in some circles, Zagat is making a comeback bid with a slightly different approach. Monday the well-known guidebook company, owned by Google since 2011, released a revamped free app that incorporates both the expected restaurant review material with the addition of a roundup of blog posts from its various city editors. The app is available for both iOS and Android phones.
July 30, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Security software makers McAfee and Norton recently added features to their Android apps designed to help users control who can interact with the sensitive information on their smartphones and tablets. The focus on privacy is aimed at drawing more consumers to pay $30 a year for the apps, which traditionally have been touted as protection against dangerous apps that the security industry calls malware . But Google, which spearheads development of the Android operating system, has said that malware is a mild threat.
July 25, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple has been rumored to be working on a plastic, low-cost iPhone for quite some time now, so it was only a matter of time before a video claiming to show the device hit YouTube. The 6.5-minute video called "New Low-Cost Plastic Apple iPhone: Sneak Peek" gives users an extended look at and explanation of what is allegedly the back cover for the rumored iPhone. The phone's shell shown in the video is just about the same size as the iPhone 5 but slightly thicker and wider. The video shows a white version of the plastic iPhone, but says it will probably be available in a variety of color options.
July 24, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
It was a busy day for Google, which announced the second generation of its Nexus 7 tablet, the latest version of Android and a new device for the TV called Chromecast. We'll be discussing all of the announcements at 12:30 p.m. PDT, but here's what you need to know. The new Nexus 7 Google is hoping to follow the success of the 2012 Nexus 7 tablet with a thinner, lighter and more narrow version. The 2013 Nexus 7 features an all black design and has been outfitted with a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and dual stereo speakers.
July 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung announced it will hold its own developers conference this fall, perhaps signaling that the South Korean giant is seeking to reduce its reliance on Google. The conference was announced with a teaser website that says it will take place Oct. 27 through 29 at San Francisco's Westin St. Francis Hotel. The announcement is significant, considering Samsung and Google each have been essential to the success the other has found in the mobile world over the last few years. Samsung regularly outsells its rivals by enormous margins when it comes to smartphones, and Google's Android operating system, used by Samsung, holds the largest market share for global sales of smartphones.
July 19, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
After spending years and millions of dollars suing each other over their respective smartphone patents, Apple and Samsung have held talks this year in an attempt to reach a settlement.  The discussions were disclosed in documents recently released by the  U.S. International Trade Commission as part of a ruling it made granting a ban on Apple products, as had been requested by Samsung. President Obama must decide in the coming weeks whether to uphold that ban. The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that the documents revealed that Apple made a settlement offer last September.
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