July 20

AAPL: 150.34

-0.68

Apple today has received support from a handful of tech companies in its ongoing legal dispute with Qualcomm. As reported by Reuters, the Computer & Communications Industry Association, which consists of tech companies such as Samsung, Intel, Google, Amazon, and more, today filed comments with the U.S. International Trade Commission arguing that an import ban on iPhones would hurt consumers…

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Google Play Music for iOS now works with Apple’s CarPlay feature when used with compatible car systems. CarPlay support lets Google Play Music users safely control music playback from the built-in car display using a streamlined interface.

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July 19

AAPL: 151.02

0.94

Google has updated its iOS and Android search apps with a more personalized feed of links that may interest you.

Since introducing the feed in December, we’ve advanced our machine learning algorithms to better anticipate what’s interesting and important to you. You’ll see cards with things like sports highlights, top news, engaging videos, new music, stories to read and more. And now, your feed will not only be based on your interactions with Google, but also factor in what’s trending in your area and around the world.
Google says that the system is designed to track not only your interests, but also the degree of interest it believes you have …

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July 13

AAPL: 147.77

2.03

A French court has ruled against the country’s own tax authority, and decided that Google need not pay a €1.11B ($1.27B) tax bill. Although the ruling so far applies only to Google and only in France, it sets a precedent that could influence other cases in Europe.

In particular, the case has striking similarities to that involving Apple …

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July 12

AAPL: 145.74

0.21

After a brief delay last month, Google’s Backup and Sync desktop app for Mac is now available for download. With this revamped client, only one application is needed to back up files on a desktop to Google Photos and Drive.

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July 7

AAPL: 144.18

1.45

The Google Calendar app for iPhone and iPad adds a new ‘Today Widget’ for iOS in its latest update today, bringing a quick view of calendar events from the app into the iOS search screen when swiping to the right from the home screen.

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July 5

AAPL: 144.32

0.82

Apple is reportedly considering overhauling how it lets publishers use advertising as revenue for content in its News app, according to AdAge. The shift would allow publishers to use the same proven ad technology that they already use on the web rather than the Apple-controlled system used now.

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June 28

AAPL: 145.83

2.10

Google Photos starts rolling out Suggested Sharing, Shared Libraries to iOS and web

Google Photos is beginning to rollout Suggested Sharing and Shared Libraries following their announcement at I/O 2017 last month. The first feature recommends images to share, while the latter allows entire libraries to be continuously shared with another person.

June 23

AAPL: 146.28

0.65

Google will soon stop scanning your emails to personalize ads in Gmail

Since Gmail’s launch in 2004, one point of frequent contention was how the free service scanned emails to show tailored ads. Google has today announced that it is ending this personalization practice in Gmail later this year.

electrek 

June 14

AAPL: 145.16

-1.43

Google currently has separate desktop clients to back up to Google Drive and Photos. With the upcoming Backup and Sync for Mac, the company is replacing the Drive client with a new app that features better integration.

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June 12

AAPL: 145.42

-3.56

Foxconn’s bid to acquire a share of Toshiba’s chip unit seems to be turning into something of a Who’s Who of the tech industry. After confirming that Apple’s participation in the bid had now been approved by Tim Cook and the full board, Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has named other companies who may join …

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June 2

AAPL: 155.45

2.27

Google has updated its Hangouts messaging and voice calling app with support for Apple’s CallKit, the iOS 10 feature that enables VoIP services to use the iPhone’s built-in dialer and phone app to both make and receive calls.

Once the new feature is enabled within Hangouts, users can initiate phone calls using the iPhone’s built-in Phone app or with Siri voice commands, and also receive incoming calls form Hangouts using the stock iOS call UI.

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June 1

AAPL: 153.18

0.42

Google Sheets adds new chart tools on the web and iOS, improved shortcuts and sync

Google Drive is full of powerful tools, and Sheets is one that many rely on as an alternative to Microsoft Excel. Today, Google is debuting several new features for Sheets that are bound to become incredibly useful to its users, including those on the iPhone and iPad.

9to5toys 

May 29

AAPL: 153.61

-0.26

Apple, Google, Facebook & others call on Texas not to pass ‘discriminatory’ bathroom bill

Tim Cook is one of 14 CEOs of major tech companies to sign an open letter calling on Texas not to pass the so-called ‘bathroom bill.’ The bill would require school students to use the restroom matching the gender on their birth certificate even if they currently identify as the opposite gender.

May 19

AAPL: 153.06

0.52

Google has been working on augmented and virtual reality for some time, through its Tango and Daydream projects. While there’s a great deal of overlap between the two, I’ve outlined before why it’s clear to me that Apple’s focus is very much on augmented reality: overlaying virtual content on the real world.

Google this week gave us a clearer steer on the type of AR functionality we can expect from its own platform, and it’s likely that we will see some similar features in the iPhone 8

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May 18

AAPL: 152.54

2.29

Google Maps joins Apple Maps in 3D coverage of Apple Park, but very out of date images

Apple Maps got updated with 3D satellite images of Apple Park back in March, and the same is now true of Google Maps.

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May 17

AAPL: 150.25

-5.22

Google is kicking off its annual Google I/O developer conference today with the event’s opening keynote presentation and during had several announcements for not just Android but also iOS and Mac users.

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Update: The Google Assistant for iPhone is now available on the US App Store.

As previously rumored, Google today announced during its I/O developer conference that its Assistant platform is coming to iOS. The virtual assistant will arrive soon as a standalone app for iPhone, initially for users in the US. Previously the Siri competitor was only available through its Allo messaging app and for Android and Google Home devices.

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May 16

AAPL: 155.47

-0.23

Siri may have been a pioneer in the field of voice-based intelligent assistants, but competition in the field is now fierce. Google Assistant, Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa are all aiming to take Siri’s crown.

The problem, however, is that many Apple owners are so deeply embedded in the ecosystem that there’s little risk of them switching platforms – especially not from an iPhone to an Android phone. So while Google Assistant in theory put Apple under pressure to improve Siri, in practice, not so much.

But if Google Assistant does indeed make it onto the iPhone this week as reported, that’s a new ballgame …

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electrek 

May 15

AAPL: 155.70

-0.40

Update: Bloomberg corroborates the report, stating the planned I/O launch as a specific plan rather than merely a possibility.

Google’s artificial intelligence software is already inside Android phones, smart speakers and watches. At the Google I/O conference this week, the Alphabet Inc. unit plans to bring it to at least three more places: iPhones, coffee tables and kitchens […]

The Assistant app will integrate with other Google apps on the iPhone so a user could ask to see a video and it will begin playing via YouTube.

Google Assistant has expanded quite a lot over the past several months since its debut on the Google Pixel, with the service moving to Google Home, Allo, and the majority of Android phones on the market today. Now, it seems that Google is planning another expansion, with a potential debut on Apple’s iOS.

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