Upstart aims to tackle Google’s Android system

Cyanogen is following a path well established by some giant Seattle-area companies that successfully challenged big competitors from the start.

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Microsoft releases Office 2016 Mac preview

New versions of Microsoft's flagship applications have arrived for Apple computers, following releases earlier this year for Android tablets and the Windows 10 preview.

Facebook exec, NBA team up to get men to ‘lean in’ for women

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has enlisted NBA stars LeBron James, Stephen Curry and some of the basketball league's other top players to convince more men to join the fight for women's rights at home and at work. The players will deliver the message in public service announcements aired during NBA games...

IPhone 6’s popularity drives Apple’s China share to record

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A consumer survey showed the popularity of the iPhone 6 has driven Apple's market share in China to its highest ever while Samsung has continued to lose ground. Kantar Worldpanel ComTech said Thursday that its latest survey of 15,000 people living in Chinese cities showed Apple's market share reached 25.4...

Microsoft outlines plan to bridge Xbox and PC video gaming

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft is attempting to break down the walls surrounding console gaming. Phil Spencer, head of the company's video game division, detailed Microsoft's plan for game makers to create universal apps that can run on both Xbox One consoles and PCs with Windows 10, as well as smartphones, tablets and other devices...

First take: Experiencing Valve and HTC virtual reality

Standing on the deck of a sunken sailing ship, I could look up through the blue water and see the sun far above and down over the railing to see fish swimming near the ocean floor. Then, a shadow appeared to my left, and everything grew darker as a blue whale swam just overhead. It...

Venture capitalist says he tried to prevent firing of woman

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A prominent senior partner at a Silicon Valley venture capital firm testified Wednesday that he was a loyal supporter of a woman who is now suing the company for sex discrimination. Billionaire John Doerr took the witness stand for a second day in the lawsuit alleging women were denied chances to...

Judge OKs $415M settlement in tech workers’ lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge has tentatively approved a $415 million settlement in a major class action lawsuit by Silicon Valley workers who accused Apple Inc., Google Inc. and other tech companies of making an illegal agreement not to hire each other's employees. Judge Lucy Koh had rejected an earlier settlement offer, saying...