Alcatel’s latest smartphones come with the option of a denim backplate

Alcatel has announced a decent-sized collection of products at IFA this week, including a pair of new phones. First up are the Alcatel Pop Star and Pop Up. The Pop Star is probably the most interesting. Forget leather, wood, metal and glass. They’ve gone full on denim for this one:   Well, that’s just one […]

Toyota to Invest $50 Million in Car-Tech Research at Stanford, MIT – NDTV

Toyota is investing $50 million (roughly Rs. 333 crores) with Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in hopes of gaining an edge in an accelerating race to phase out human drivers. The financial commitment announced Friday by the Japanese automaker will be made over the next five years at joint research centers located […]

Google Pursuing a Return to China – Wall Street Journal

Google Inc. is in talks with Chinese government officials and handset makers about launching a new Android app store there, according to people familiar with matter, a move that would mark the Internet company’s return to the world’s second-largest economy. For more than a year, Google has been working on a version of its Play […]

When will the new iPhone 6S be available in stores, for preorder? – AL.com

Apple expected to introduce its new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus models at an event on Wednesday in San Francisco. These new smartphone models are expected to include a better selfie camera, a slightly thicker frame, improved Siri and the addition of Force Touch among other improvements. The thicker frame means the newest iPhone will […]

‘Snail’s pace’ row over progress at UN climate talks – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption While climate negotiators were meeting in Germany, President Obama was highlighting the issue at a glacier in Alaska UN officials have reacted sharply to criticism from their Secretary General that climate talks are going at a “snail’s pace”. Ban Ki-moon has been concerned that the negotiations are moving too […]

Google Enhancing Its Health Conditions Feature in Search – eWeek

The company says it will provide high-quality medical data on some 900 diseases, including some neglected ones. Prompted by a sudden surge in searches involving Legionnaires’ disease earlier this summer, Google has decided to update the manner in which it delivers health-related information in Google Search. Over the next few weeks, Google will add detailed […]

MasterCard’s mobile payments guru talks Apple Pay, Android Pay and more – Fortune

MasterCard sits at an interesting vantage point overlooking mobile payments. That would be the emerging technology that lets people use their mobile phones to pay at the store checkout counter instead of cash or credit cards. Silicon Valley giants like Apple AAPL and Google GOOG are trying to capitalize on the opportunity. MasterCard MC , […]

Hands On With Samsung’s SmartThings and Sleep Sense – PC Magazine

BERLIN—We’ve been waiting a while for Samsung’s new SmartThings smart-home package, which the company first talked about at CES in January. It’s here now, and it looks sleek. The new SmartThings hub is small, white, and costs $99. It hooks into a bunch of sensors, and Samsung showed it working with Philips […]

Some Uber Ride Data Publicly Accessible Through Google

itwbennett writes: On Thursday, ZDNet reported that Uber ride data had leaked into Google search results. Zach Minors confirms in this article that a “site-specific Google search for trip.uber.com produced dozens of links to Uber rides that have been completed and cancelled, in countries around the world including the U.S., England, Russia, France and Mexico. […]