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Google Found An Artificial Brain To Power Its Robot Army

Clearly not content with buying a terrifying robot army, Google is now purchasing a London-based artificial intelligence company to go with it — for a cool $US500 million.


Phwoar...Google Just Bought Nest For $3.2 Billion

Hold onto your smart home, folks: Google just bought smart home gadget maker Nest for $US3.2 billion. In cash.


Confirmed: Apple Bought The Company That Made The Original Kinect

Your iPhone could be getting some serious new capabilities soon, following the news that Apple has acquired the 3D-sensing technology company PrimeSense. This is the same Israeli company that built the original Microsoft Kinect sensor. But that doesn’t mean Apple’s planning an Xbox competitor anytime soon.


What Apple's Latest Acquisition Says About The Future Of Apple TV

Apple just bought a small startup company you probably never heard of called Matcha.tv. Why is this important? Because it might, maybe, possibly reveal what Apple sees as the future of Apple TV: a channel-less oasis, where it doesn’t matter what streaming service you watch your favourite TV show on, as long as it’s through Apple TV.


Apple's Shiny New Chipmaker Could Give It A Major Battery Boost

Apple today acquired Passif, a wireless chipmaker that specialises in making tiny chips that require very low amounts of energy. The deal, it seems, happened sometime in the last few months, reports Jessica Lessin.


Google Bought A Smartwatch Company

According to GigaOM, Google bought WIMM Labs last year to help develop its upcoming Android smartwatch. WIMM Labs was the maker of the WIMM One, a smart watch released a few years ago that ran a modified version of Android.


Apple Maps Should Get Way Better After HopStop Acquisition

Well, well, well. Looks like Apple is doubling down on its Maps efforts leading up to the launch of iOS 7. Bloomberg is reporting that Apple has acquired HopStop, marking the second maps-related acquisition for the day.


Apple Gobbles Up Location Data Startup To Cure Map Monster

It had a rough start, but Apple Maps has come a long way from what it was at launch. And the push isn’t over. Apple just picked up a little startup called Locationary that specialises in hyperlocal results. You can bet that will trickle down into Apple Maps soon.


Report: Apple In Talks To Buy The Company That Made Kinect Sensors

If you can’t beat ‘em, take ‘em over. At least that’s what Apple might be thinking, as rumour has it that Cook and co are in talks to acquire Primesense, the company that makes the 3D sensors used in Kinect.


One Of The World's Largest 3D-Printing Companies Just Bought MakerBot

Today, 3D printing giant Stratasys announced the $US403 million acquisition of MakerBot. And while it won’t change anything about MakerBot’s brand, Stratasys could supply the know-how to scale up business in a big way. That could mean more stores, more factories, and even more offices.