As had been expected, the Federal Trade Commission sued Amazon, alleging that the online retailer made it too easy for children to make millions of dollars' worth of unauthorized in-app purchases on its Kindle tablet devices. The FTC wants to make Amazon refund money spent without parental permission and to stop Amazon from allowing in-app purchases without requiring a password or other mechanism that gives parents more control.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella laid out a manifesto for the company to move beyond the "devices and services" mantra supported by his predecessor Steve Ballmer and into an era where the software giant focuses on "productivity and platforms."
Apple hired a senior sales executive from Swiss luxury watch maker Tag Heuer ahead of the expected launch this fall of Apple's first wearable device, widely dubbed the iWatch.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is warning that certain devices running on the Google Android operating system may reveal their owner's location history to anyone within Wi-Fi range. That is because when they are not connected to a network, the devices leak the names of wireless networks to which they have previously connected.
Amazon said it is prepared to go to court with the Federal Trade Commission rather than submit to increased oversight and other measures the FTC says are needed to ensure children do not make unauthorized in-app purchases from apps in Amazon's Appstore.
Microsoft will release this fall a wearable fitness band that will display smartphone notifications, according to a report from SuperSite for Windows.
Qualcomm gained an ally in Microsoft in its efforts to develop common standards for connected home equipment, but faces a challenge convincing rival chip makers to follow its path.
The number of in-vehicle apps in use is expected to reach 269 million by 2018, representing a more than fivefold increase on last year's figure.
The sprawling, sometimes chaotic and mostly software-focused nature of Google's I/O keynote yesterday was a clear refection of the search giant's current and future strategy. Importantly, Google's I/O keynote showed that the company plans to build only the software layer for the next generation of consumer and enterprise services, not the hardware. And that's what sets the company apart from its closest rivals, Apple and Microsoft.
According to a new survey conducted by Accenture, fully 40 percent of Americans would prefer a phablet--a smartphone with a screen of between 5 and 7 inches--instead of a smaller phone. However, that number among Chinese survey respondents shot to 66 percent.