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Justin FritzJustin Fritz

, Executive Editor


Siri to Evi: “Get Off My Lawn!”

It’s tough to compete with Apple’s (Nasdaq: AAPL) popular personal assistant app, Siri. I’ve mentioned before that Dragon Go! comes close. This app is actually developed by the company that makes Siri’s voice recognition possible, Nuance Communications (Nasdaq: NUAN). And although the app doesn’t talk back or integrate with native applications as well as Siri, its results...

Pay-TV’s Worst Nightmare is About to Come True

Watch out Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA), Time Warner (NYSE: TWC) and Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH). It looks like Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) will soon be gunning for your customers as it takes it TV service to the next level. If you haven’t heard of Google TV before, the technology basically allows you to browse the web, play...

Foxconn’s “iFactory” Goes Under the Microscope

Last month, The New York Times examined why Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) chooses to produce its mega popular gadgets overseas. Essentially, China’s supply chain dominance and factory flexibility make it the most convenient way for Apple to deliver products to consumers quickly and efficiently. As I wrote then: “Most of the gadgetry necessary to make Apple devices is already...

Pay-TV Companies Plot Revenge Against Netflix

During its last earnings call, Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) CEO, Reed Hastings, made it clear that the company isn’t trying to compete with pay-TV offerings from cable and satellite companies. Rather, it sees itself as a complimentary service to existing packages. Of course, that hasn’t stopped pay-TV customers from ditching television bundles in favor of Netflix’s...

ChamTech’s Mobile Signal-Boosting in a Spray Can

Since I bought my first mobile phone nine years ago, I’ve been a customer of three of the four major phone carriers in the United States – T-Mobile, Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and Sprint (NYSE: S). And I’ve never had an issue finding a cell signal inside most buildings. But after recently rejoining Verizon following two...

PayPal Fights Back on Security Claims

Last week, I wrote about PayPal’s new mobile payment service. Unlike other mobile payment options like Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Wallet, PayPal doesn’t require Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology to operate. Instead, users simply enter a phone number and PIN code once they’re ready to make a purchase. Now that the service has officially launched, however, some...

This Treatment Literally Heals Broken Hearts

Yesterday, my colleague, Martin Denholm, discussed how the National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan is turning your heartbeat into an ultra-secure password. And with Valentine’s Day only two days ago, I thought I’d follow up with an article about a different kind of heart-based innovation. Only this technology isn’t designed to ease your cyber-security paranoia....

MITx: Ivy League Education is Going on Clearance

Last month, I discussed how professor and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) engineer, Sebastian Thrun, decided to give up his tenure at Stanford and begin a new online university called Udacity. The main benefit of this platform is that it’s completely free. So anyone in the world can learn from an Ivy League professor, no matter how...

Google Sharpens its Teeth… And May Take a Bite Out of Apple

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice and European regulators approved Google’s (Nasdaq: GOOG) $12.5 billion buyout of Motorola Mobility (NYSE: MMI). The timing couldn’t be better, either, considering that the DoJ also approved the purchase of Nortel Network’s patent trove, which hands 6,000 patents to Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL), Research In Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM), Sony (NYSE:...

NFC Alert: Google Wallet Security Loopholes Discovered

UPDATE: The security issue involving prepaid cards outlined below has since been resolved. Google is now in the process of rolling out the necessary updates. As I wrote last week, PayPal’s nascent mobile payment offering is bound to put more pressure on competing services based on Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology. Wall Street Daily readers know...