This Week in Tech and Science: December 9, 2015

The iPhone is shrinking, Ford talks to Siri, Zuck sets aside Facebook shares and more.


The iPhone is shrinking, Ford talks to Siri, Zuck sets aside Facebook shares and more.

On the Radar

The Latest in Tech and Science News

Smartphone Saturation

There’s been no hotter category in consumer electronics over the past decade, but the smartphone is finally reaching saturation. IDC reports that the worldwide smartphone market will see its first single-digit year of growth on record.

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Siri Eyes Free to Ford


It’s rare for older vehicles to be blessed with access to newer technologies, but Ford is enabling Siri Eyes Free in some 5 million of its cars, dating back to 2011.

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iPhone Going Small Again?

It usually takes more than half a decade for history to repeat itself, but KGI is reporting that a four-inch iPhone may emerge in 2016. Phablets may be dominating, but they certainly aren’t for everyone.

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Uber’s “Pay-to-Work” Program

Uber has teamed up with Enterprise to test the waters of conventional car rentals, albeit with a rather unconventional pricing scheme.

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Zuckerberg’s Initiative

While simultaneously announcing the healthy birth of his first child, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that he’d be sliding 99 percent of his Facebook shares into an LLC for various investments.

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Reviews and Guides

Advice from the Crew

Apple iPad Pro

If you’ve ever looked at an iPad on the shelf and muttered, “Man, I’d totally buy this if it were way bigger,” we’ve got just the review for you. Read the Review

This Year’s Snowboard Boots

Winter’s approaching, and if you’re looking to upgrade a very different kind of wearable, we’ve lined up the best snowboard boots for 2015. Read the Review

Noteworthy Reads

Stories from Around the Web

Wearables are more than a buzzword — IDC numbers indicate a nearly 200 percent uptick in shipments in Q3 2015 compared to the same quarter last year.

Google’s Chromebook initiative always felt best suited for education, and a new report suggests that those make up half of the devices being sold to K-12 schools (and school districts) in the US.

Looking Ahead

What We’re Testing Now

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