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The Tech Bet

  Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 10:53 AM ET

Qualcomm's push into an interconnected world

Qualcomm has agreed to purchase British chipmaker CSR for $2.5 billion. Already a leader in making chips used in mobile devices, the purchase will allow Qualcomm to become further immersed in the mobile world.

"I think it's a really smart purchase for Qualcomm because it allows the company to diversify its offerings and to go to device-makers and say we have now some Bluetooth technology that we can offer in addition to the chips that we've been offering for years," said John Simons, business editor at the International Business Times.

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  Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 10:33 AM ET

Here's what Intel is getting right this year

Intel shares have risen this year, bucking a few trends, including a falling semiconductor sector and a lackluster Dow 30.

While the company has not become immersed in the mobile device space yet, it continues to be a staple in the laptop and desktop market.

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  Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 10:30 AM ET

Microsoft CEO's comments and the tech world

Posted By: Erika Santoro

Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella has apologized for the gender pay gap comments he made on Thursday at the Grace Hopper conference.

"This is the first real black eye from Nadella since he took over for Ballmer. To his credit he apologized quickly, but this does shed light on a real issue—that women are being paid less than their male counterparts in Silicon Valley and that there's a real gender gap," said Edward Baig, tech columnist for USA Today.


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  Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 9:52 AM ET

Apple releases iOS 8.0.2 to fix previous update issues

Posted By: Erika Santoro

Apple has released iOS 8.0.2, which promises to fix the issues that affected iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who downloaded the 8.0.1.

On Wednesday, Apple had released the iOS 8's first update but soon reported that users were experiencing problems that affected cellular network connectivity and the Touch ID functionality. To address those issues, the company offered a temporary workaround while they worked on a new update.

"iOS 8.0.2 is now available for users, it fixes an issue that affected iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who downloaded iOS 8.0.1, and includes improvements and bug fixes originally in iOS 8.0.1. We apologize for inconveniencing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who were impacted by the bug in iOS 8.0.1," said a company spokesperson on Thursday evening.

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  Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 10:35 AM ET

Apple releases temporary fix for iOS 8 problems

Posted By: Erika Santoro

Apple has announced a temporary workaround for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who lost cellular service and Touch ID functionality after installing an update to iOS 8.

"The bugs call into question whether Apple fully tested the software update before releasing it. There's a reason it seemingly takes forever to get an update for your Android phone—it needs to be vetted by both the handset maker and the carrier. Apple seemingly bypasses this process," said Roger Cheng, CNET News executive editor.

Users who have experienced lost network connectivity issues after updating their devices to iOS 8.0.1 were unable to fix the problem by simply restarting their device or by resetting the network devices. They were also unable to fix the Touch ID by removing and reinstalling their fingerprints.

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  Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 9:06 AM ET

Best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Posted By: Erika Santoro

With the release of the new iOS 8 operating system, hundreds of apps have just gotten impressive new updates and design tweaks that make the content look crisp on the new retina HD displays.

Here are a few standouts for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus recommended by Jennifer Jolly, tech columnist for USA Today.


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  Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 9:18 AM ET

Hands off! Voice-controlled hub for smart homes

Posted By: Erika Santoro

There are plenty of "smart" gadgets on the market, but one device is aiming to stand out from the rest by allowing users to control all their smart-home devices using their voice.

Ivee Sleek, a Wi-Fi voice-activated assistant for the home, can answer questions and obey commands. It can also control other Internet-connected devices such as the Nest and Belkin WeMo products, said Jonathon Nostrant, ivee's CEO and founder.

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  Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 10:18 AM ET

Features missing from the Apple Watch

Posted By: Althea Chang

The newly unveiled Apple Watch could be a step up for the company's hardware, but there may be a few pieces missing from Apple's announcement of its first foray into wearable devices.

There was "not enough focus on battery life on either the phones or the Apple Watch. Battery is so key," said Christina Warren, senior technology analyst at Mashable of the tech giant's event where the watch was introduced.

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  Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

Smartwatch may be more anticipated than iPhone

Posted By: Althea Chang

It's widely expected that Apple will unveil bigger-screen iPhones at its much-anticipated event Tuesday, but phones aren't what consumers are most looking forward to, according to one tech expert.

"Without a doubt, people are expecting a wearable device," said Jeremy Rosenberg, head of digital at Allison+Partners. "Whether it's a watch, or some other wrist-worn device, a large format device, call it a phablet or something else, seems to be a foregone conclusion from all the leaks that are circulating. But a wearable is what people will be watching for most," Rosenberg added.

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  Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 9:06 AM ET

High tech moves into the kitchen

Posted By: Erika Santoro

Technology is now making its way into the kitchen with gadgets that can make cooking fun and easy.

The Belkin WeMo Crock-Pot, for about $130, works like other WeMo devices by letting the user adjust its settings from anywhere using their iOS or Android device and the WeMo app, said Andrea Smith, executive producer of the website livingindigitaltimes.com.

"It's really about bringing connectivity into the kitchen by letting users control cooking temperatures and check meal times from the app," she said.

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