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Friday August 28, 2015
Sprint Offers Year of Free Wireless Service to DirecTV Users
No. 4 carrier Sprint is taking its gloves off in the wireless battle. This time, though, the firm isn't targeting T-Mobile with trash talk -- it's targeting AT&T with a marketing promotion that could cause a mass exodus.

Facebook Reaches 1 Billion Users in One Day
One billion users in a single day, that's the milestone reached by Facebook on Monday. To put it in perspective, that number is approximately one out of every seven people on Earth.

Review: New Phones, Tablets Keep Samsung at Android Helm
Samsung's new smartphones and tablets might not offer enough to entice iPhone and iPad users to switch, but they keep Samsung at the head of the class among Android gadget makers.

Ex-Apple Chief Launches Cheap Obi Android Smartphones
From the former CEO of Apple, John Sculley, comes Obi Worldphone, a firm with a fresh and inexpensive approach to the smartphone market aimed at users in fast-growth markets in Asia, Africa and Middle East.

Facebook Tests Digital Assistant 'M' in Messenger
Social media giant Facebook has rolled out "M," part digital assistant, part on-call human concierge that's powered by both automated artificial intelligence and real people who can handle physical tasks.

Apple Watch Catching Up to Wearable Device Maker Fitbit
Fitbit may hold the lead in wearables, but Apple is close on its heels. Apple shipped 3.6 million Apple Watches in Q2 of 2015, just 0.8 million behind Fitbit’s 4.4 million wearables, according to IDC.

PCs and Tablets Hit the Skids, Says IDC
Is Windows 10 killing the PC market? Something is going on. IDC predicts worldwide PC shipments will fall 8.7 percent in 2015 -- and shipments aren’t expected to stabilize until 2017.

Sensel Unveils Morph, a Pressure Sensitive Touchpad
Mountain View, Calif., startup Sensel has undertaken a Kickstarter campaign to fund production of the Morph, a pressure sensitive pad that the company is betting can be a greatly improved input device.

Cortana App for Android Rolls Out as Public Beta
About one month after a pre-official release version of Cortana for Android leaked out online, Microsoft is now making the app available as a public beta to anyone who wants to take it for a test drive.



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