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Microsoft helps boost Android, iOS app performance with offline access

Microsoft wants to help Android, iOS and Windows apps run offline as well as online, offering a way to improve app responsiveness and functionality when network coverage is bad or non-existent.

Amazon Web Services updates console to simplify management

As enterprises have increased the number of systems they run on Amazon Web Service's cloud, keeping track of it all has become more difficult. But the company is now trying to rectify that with the help of better tagging.

Amazon promises one-hour delivery in Manhattan, more locations on the way

With Prime Now, Amazon's customers will be able to have toys and books shipped to their door in one hour or less via a new mobile app. Perfect when you have forgotten that important birthday present.

LG readies webOS TVs with better performance, 4K content

LG Electronics' upcoming smart TVs will run an upgraded version of webOS that promises better performance and more customization.

Top five smartphone disappointments of the year

The poor design of two different smartphones, a low-resolution front camera with the new iPhone, the Moto G's lack of LTE, and the hefty price tag of the Amazon Fire led to disappointment this year when it came to smartphone releases.

Microsoft helps crack developer problems with Bing-based tool

Sometimes, even the best coders get stuck and need a little advice. Enter Bing Developer Assistant, designed to help Visual Studio developers take advantage of Microsoft's search engine to find tips on how to untangle thorny programming problems.

BMW wants to park your car with a smartwatch

With BMW's Remote Valet Parking Assistant may you never have to set foot in a parking garage again: The car should find a place to park on its own. The feature can be controlled from a smartwatch and will be demonstrated at the International CES trade show in January.

Apple, Xiaomi won big as Samsung's smartphone struggles continued in third quarter

A successful iPhone 6 launch in the U.S. helped Apple increase its share of the smartphone market in the third quarter, but nemesis Samsung Electronics struggled, with upstart Chinese manufacturers nipping at its heels and growing ever stronger.

Facebook's Oculus VR adds hand tracking, 3D modelling know-how with acquisitions

Future users of Oculus VR's Rift headset could use their hands to control virtual reality games, or visit a 3D model of the Roman Colosseum, thanks to two acquisitions the company made this week.

Jolla sells 7,200 Sailfish OS tablets, promises to ship in the second quarter

Finnish company Jolla is following through on a promise to add more features to its Linux-based Sailfish OS, with plans to offer more personalization and a feature called "Events" that will show messages, calendar events and other information on the screen at once.

Google's expansion to cars and TVs will be powered by Android Studio apps

The usefulness of Android in your car, on your TV and smartwatch will be decided by app availability, and Google is hoping to make it easier to create them with its new development environment, Android Studio.

Knowledge Vault helps CIOs stay in control of cloud-based email and storage

For CIOs and IT departments that are concerned about losing control as more applications become cloud-based, analytics company Knowledge Vault offers some relief, starting with in-depth monitoring of Office 365 usage.

Gigabit speeds over telephone wires get closer thanks to new G.fast standard

A technology that lets copper telephone wires compete with fiber has finally been standardized, opening the way for affordable, interoperable equipment running at up to 1Gbps.

In battle for sub-$200 smartphones, consumers will be the winners

If you plan to buy a cheap smartphone next year expect to get LTE, an HD screen and a good-looking device, as competing manufacturers and chip vendors lower prices.

YotaPhone 2 excites with costly dual-screen setup

The dual-screen YotaPhone 2 is a much-improved version of its predecessor, and the electronic paper display is far from a gimmick. But the high price tag makes actually buying one a little nutty.

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