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Tech writer for Forbes. Trans-Atlantic hybrid. Occasional tree climber. Author of 'We Are Anonymous'

Apple's iCloud Services Slow To A Crawl — Several services linked to Apple's iCloud including key features like e-mail, were running extremely slowly on Thursday, according to a flood of complaints from users on Twitter. Apple confirmed on its system status dashboard that many iCloud services were experiencing slow response times.

These Free, Throwaway Wristbands Have All The Payment Magic Of The Apple Watch — Season ticket holders of the British rugby club Saracens found an unusual addition to their welcome pack this year: a rubber wristband with the team's logo, and an 8-digit number hidden on the inside. This wasn't the cheap-and-cheerful wrist accessory that fans were used to wearing to show their loyalty and nothing more.

Apple Maps Looks Set For A Big Upgrade With Yet Another Mapping Acquisition — With the number of GPS companies Apple has been scooping up in the last few years, Tim Cook may have a whopper of upgrade to announce for Apple Maps at the company's upcoming developers conference in June. The latest buy is Coherent Navigation, a technology startup that specializes in ultra-accurate GPS tracking.

AOL Is Verizon's $4.4 Billion Bet On Mobile Video — To Wall Street, Verizon's surprise $4.4 billion offer for Internet stalwart AOL is all about ad tech. The market for mobile advertising is booming, with total revenues expected to jump 61% this year to $68.7 billion, according to eMarketer.

Tango Hooks Up With Wal-Mart, Alibaba To Let You Text And Shop — It's becoming a trend for messaging apps to show they can do pretty much everything else besides messaging. Just a few weeks after Facebook Messenger launched itself as a platform that businesses can uses to communicate with potential customers, Tango, the video and text messaging service, is now letting users buy products inside its app.

Samsung Set To Unveil New Chips To Power Internet Of Things — It may be losing ground in the smartphone wars but Samsung is about to throw itself into the world of smart gadgets with a new series of chips that could help power the future Internet of Things.

China's Smartphone Market Contracts For The First Time In 6 Years — China's roaring appetite for smartphones wasn't going to last forever. Now that more the country's consumers have made that fundamental switch from the physical buttons of feature phones to the shiny touch-screens of smartphones, they're locked into the slower upgrade cycle mandated by local carriers.

Apple Watch Looks Set To Outpace The iPhone In Year-One Sales — It's easy to be skeptical about Apple's prospects for its first smart watch, an expensive trinket whose necessity is still unclear even after relatively positive reviews. We all know that if you leave your smartphone (or iPhone) at home and get three minutes into a journey, you'll probably turn around to go back and get it.

To Rival Google's Driverless Cars, German Carmakers Eye Nokia's HERE — It's not often you see Germany's hotly competitive carmakers joining forces, but with the advent of Google's self-driving cars the stakes are high enough for them to make it happen.

Google Buys Experimental Software That Kills Procrastination — Google already knows a great deal about us by tracking how we carry out searches or use tools like Gmail and Calendar. It also conducts regular experiments, or A/B tests in Silicon Valley parlance, to better understand how to make those tools more useful, and its ads more effective.
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May 22, 2015

RT @Josh: When a PR person tells you they liked the story you wrote:

May 15, 2015

Google's rather cute driverless cars will soon be zipping around Mountain View at 25 mph.…

May 12, 2015

Tango Hooks Up With Wal-Mart, Alibaba To Let You Text And Shop…

May 12, 2015

RT @WSJ: Verizon to buy AOL for $4.4 billion; AOL's merger with Time Warner in 2000 was $183 billion

May 11, 2015

@LeilaMakki Ugh sounds like a very challenging ride home. Good thing bus drivers can't score us either.

May 05, 2015

Google Buys Experimental Software That Kills Procrastination…

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