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Fitbit Tracks Your Steps; Now It Wants to Chart Your Zs, too*

By Anick Jesdanun NEW YORK (AP) _ Fitbit, whose devices encourage people to walk 10,000 steps each day, now wants to put them to sleep as well. The company said data collected by the millions of Fitbit trackers in use show that people are averaging less than seven hours of sleep a night, the amount […]

Samsung Delays its New Phone, and Showcases Tablets Instead*

By Anick Jesdanun NEW YORK (AP) _ Samsung’s product showcase Sunday is notable for what’s missing: a new flagship phone. Instead, Samsung is spotlighting new Android and Windows tablets after delaying the Galaxy S8 smartphone _ an indirect casualty of the unprecedented September recall of the fire-prone Note 7 phone . The new tablets will […]

New LG Phone Influenced by Samsung’s Note 7 Troubles*

By Anick Jesdanun NEW YORK (AP) _ Samsung’s fiasco with its fire-prone Note 7 phone has pushed its rival LG to take additional precautions with its next smartphone. Samsung recalled millions of Note 7 phones after dozens overheated and caught on fire . Samsung blamed numerous problems with its batteries and announced tighter quality controls […]

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 […]