Posts by Luke Dormehl

Where we're going, we don't need roads.

Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.

Thanks to iOS and Android, Apple and Google have been locked in a battle with each other for years now.

Which is why it’s all the more ironic that Google would choose to unveil its latest Street View feature by letting users scale Yosemite’s “El Capitan” — the vertical rock formation which just so happens to also be the name of Apple’s next OS X iteration.

Basically a Star Trek computer for your home.

Basically a Star Trek computer for your home.

Remember Echo, Amazon’s Siri-in-a-tube which was first announced back in November, but until now has only been available on an invitation-only basis?

If the idea of getting hold of Jeff Bezos’ standalone virtual assistant appeals to you, today is your lucky day — as Echo is now available to all U.S. customers for $179.99 via Amazon.com.

Samsung may rush the S7 to get back in the Game of Phones. Photo: HBO/Cult of Android

Samsung could rush the S7 to get back in the Game of Phones. Photo: HBO/Cult of Android

Samsung may crank out new smartphone models by the bucket-load, but up until now its flagship Galaxy S phones have only arrived at a rate of one generation per year.

That may be about to change, since a new rumor claims that fear of Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6s could drive the panicked South Korean tech giant to rush forward its Galaxy S7 — in order to coincide with the expected September launch of Apple’s next-gen handset.

Because rushing products out so as to be able to yell “first” always works out well for you, right Samsung?

Xiaomi the money!

Xiaomi the money! Photo: Cult of Android

When your copying of Apple designs has led to you becoming the world’s most valuable startup, you can afford to loan out a bit of money.

According to a new report, controversial Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is set to take an unusual approach to the mobile payments business by lending users cash — which they can apply for via an app on their handsets.

The battle over holiday destinations.

The battle over holiday destinations could be linked to your phone choice.

Would you rather have weekends away in Paris and Dubai or Bangkok and Koala Lumpur? According to U.K.-based hotel search tool Trivago, your answer may have a lot to do with whether you’re an iPhone or Android user.

Looking through its searches, as made from both iOS and Android devices, Trivago concludes that iPhone users opt for popular, pricier destinations averaging £113 ($180) per night, while Android users are more likely to seek out cheaper, offbeat destinations with an average price of just £92 ($146).

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