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WeChat soon a threat to the iPhone?

WeChat soon a threat to the iPhone?

The biggest long-term threat to the iPhone isn’t Android, Samsung Electronics or China’s bevy of cheap phone makers. Instead, it’s a deceptively simple idea: apps work better if you embed them in a single program, rather than

Android’s Andy Rubin is building a smartphone

Android’s Andy Rubin is building a smartphone

Just over two years after leaving Google, Andy Rubin is preparing to take on the smartphone industry he helped create. Rubin, creator of the Android operating system, is planning to marry his background in software with artificial

Hello, computer

Hello, computer

I never get tired of this: hold down the button and tell Siri to set a timer. It has, at the very least, made me a better cook. As Marco Pierre White said, cooking is part art and part exact chemistry, so measure and time precisely. I’m not alone, at least as far as

Worldwide IT spending to top $3,5 trillion

Worldwide IT spending to top $3,5 trillion

Worldwide IT spending will grow by 2,7% in 2017 to reach US$3,5 trillion (a staggering R47,5 trillion in soft-currency terms), according to a new forecast from Gartner. The analyst firm said 2017 is poised to be a “rebound

Looking back at 10 years of iPhone

Looking back at 10 years of iPhone

It is 10 years this week since Steve Jobs walked onto a stage and said, “Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything.” He was referring to the iPhone, launched

Watch as two AI bots engage in chitchat

Watch as two AI bots engage in chitchat

It’s a fascinating insight into the future of computing: a Twitch user has put two Google Home voice-activated speakers next to each other and set them off in active discussion on a whole range of subjects – with the whole thing being live-streamed

Smart home assistants dominate at CES

Smart home assistants dominate at CES

For years, the biggest names in tech crammed the Consumer Electronics Show floor with fridges, light switches and microwave ovens to preview a futuristic world where you could control every appliance

Autonomous BMWs to hit the road in 2017

Autonomous BMWs to hit the road in 2017

BMW will dispatch a fleet of autonomous vehicles to US and European cities in the second half the year, the next step in its partnership with Mobileye and Intel to introduce fully self-driving vehicles by 2021. The German automaker will put 40 of

YouTube needs to become a TV star

YouTube needs to become a TV star

Susan Wojcicki will forever be part of Google’s history. The company literally started in her home and garage, which she rented in 1998 to two graduate students, Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Now in her third decade at Google and entering her fourth year as YouTube’s

Microsoft to release translator app

Microsoft to release translator app

Microsoft said it will release a translation app for Windows and other operating systems from rivals Apple and Google, part of a broader race between the world’s largest technology companies for supremacy in the field of artificial intelligence. The

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