• The Westernization of Emoji

    The takeout box and the fortune cookie are perceived as emblems of Chinese culture, when they’re actually central to the American experience of it. When the restaurant Fortune Cookie opened in Shanghai, in 2013, local patrons were mystified. The food was Chinese, but also not Chinese at all. Crab rangoon, sticky orange chicken, and fortune […]

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  • Microsoft’s Cortana Makes Nice With Rivals

    Microsoft’s Cortana Is Coming to iOS, Android Devices Microsoft’s sassy virtual personal assistant Cortana will soon be staking out a spot on competing platforms. Joe Belfiore, head of Microsoft’s operating systems group, announced in a blog post today that Cortana will be available as an option on Android and iOS devices later this year as […]

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  • Apple Introduces ResearchKit, Giving Medical Researchers the Tools to Revolutionize Medical Studies

    New Apps to Aid Research on Asthma, Breast Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes & Parkinson’s Disease SAN FRANCISCO—March 9, 2015—Apple® today announced ResearchKit™, an open source software framework designed for medical and health research, helping doctors and scientists gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using iPhone® apps. World-class research institutions have already developed […]

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  • Apple Changes App Pricing Worldwide

    Apple Inc. (AAPL) changed the prices of software applications from Canada to Europe last week, in one of the company’s broadest global responses to currency fluctuations in recent years. With the U.S. dollar rising, Apple earlier last week told software makers selling programs through its online App Store that it’s increasing app prices in the […]

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