| Apr 11, 2014
| 9:45 AM
The global wearable computing market is rapidly expanding beyond early-adopter status.
After a strong year in 2013, shipment volumes for wearable tech will exceed 19 million units this year, more than tripling last year's sales, according to market...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 10:40 AM
Google took its biggest step to support smartwatch devices Tuesday by announcing Android Wear, a version of its mobile software designed specifically for wearable devices.
Following Google's announcement, LG and Motorola both announced new smartwatch...
| Mar 24, 2014
The past four columns have been more serious than consumers of my worldly workplace wisdom have come to expect. Perhaps it's a sign of maturity, or maybe an indication that I've begun viewing the working world with greater reverence.
| Jun 24, 2014
| 12:49 PM
Amid the flood of recently announced smartwatches from technology giants Apple, Google and others, French electronics company Withings is releasing a classically designed analog watch with fitness-tracking features.
Withings' Activite, which is...
| Jun 15, 2014
Illinois has pledged $12 million over 10 years to eBay in exchange for the creation of 360 jobs in downtown Chicago, Gov. Pat Quinn's office said Friday.
EBay last year acquired Braintree, a Chicago payment processor for smartphones and tablets. Now...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Luminari Capital, a small Silicon Valley venture-capital firm focused on digital video that counts Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB among its backers, has revealed its initial six investments -- and founder and managing partner Daniel Leff said he's planning to...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 10:29 AM
Google is aiming to sell $50 customizable modular phones by early next year, the company said this week.
In a report in Time magazine, Google said it is continuing to work on Project Ara, an effort to create phones that users can easily modify by...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Google has released a set of free tools for developers to let their apps play video on the cheap Chromecast TV-connected device -- a move that could quickly bring hundreds of new Internet video services to the TV, boosting Google's strategy to get a...
| May 30, 2014
| 2:07 PM
Motorola Mobility, the Chicago-based company now owned by Google, is closing its Texas plant that it designed to be the center American smartphone manufacturing.
The plant has only been open for a year, and already shed more than 75 percent of its...
| May 16, 2014
| 8:15 PM
Apple Inc. and Google Inc. have settled their sprawling patent lawsuits, bringing to a close — for the moment — one of the most bitter legal feuds in Silicon Valley.
Late Friday afternoon, the companies issued a brief statement announcing an...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 2:02 PM
Google Inc. has agreed to sell Motorola Mobility to Lenovo Group for $2.91 billion, the Silicon Valley company confirmed Wednesday.
Chief Executive Larry Page confirmed the deal in a blog post Wednesday, after reports from Reuters, China Daily and...