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Google’s Pixel Phone Shines Despite Misgauging Demand

By Michael Liedtke SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Pixel phone, Google’s answer to Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy, is off to a promising start — but might have done even better had Google managed consumer demand as smartly as the device’s sleek design. Although Google hasn’t released sales figures, industry researchers say the Pixel has […]

Slack’s Messaging Service Sets Sights on Big Businesses

By Michael Liedtke SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Slack Technologies, a fast-growing startup trying to wean businesses off email by hooking employees on its more informal messaging service, is now hoping to snare the world’s biggest companies as customers. Jan. 31, the company unveiled a new feature intended to let workers in different departments communicate more […]

Apple Reversed Its iPhone Slump. But What’s Next?

By Michael Liedtke SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple has snapped out of the first sales slump in the iPhone’s decade-long history, although the modest upturn doesn’t mean that it has broken out of its innovation funk. If anything, the numbers Apple released Jan. 31 highlight the company’s growing dependence on the iPhone, whose sales tower […]

Gadget Makers Offers Voice Controls Through Amazon’s Alexa

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Amazon doesn’t have an official presence at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas but its Alexa voice control software seems to be everywhere. Whirlpool is adding Alexa voice control to its suite of smart-home appliances, including a stove and refrigerator, launching in 2017. Jason Mathew, senior director of global connected […]

Driverless Electric Shuttle Being Tested in Downtown Vegas

By Ken Ritter LAS VEGAS (AP) — There’s a new thrill on the streets of downtown Las Vegas, where high- and low-rollers alike are climbing aboard what officials call the first driverless electric shuttle operating on a public U.S. street. The oval-shaped shuttle began running Jan. 10 as part of a 10-day pilot program, carrying […]