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  • Apple vs. Samsung, day eight: Pushing the judge's boundaries

    19 April 2014, 3:00 am

    The eighth full day of the Samsung-Apple patent trial went through another raft of witnesses as Samsung struggles to make its case inside its allotted limit of 25 hours -- a problem that hounded the company in the last trial as well. Lead attorney for Samsung…
  • Briefly: Google Trends' e-mail notifications, Tresorit storage launch

    19 April 2014, 1:22 am

    Today Google has added e-mail notifications for its Google Trends service. Users can now subscribe to any search topic, including Hot Searches for any country or US monthly Top Chart subscriptions. Google Trends subscriptions can be signed up for by selecting…
  • Nike fires entire wearables division, cuts planned FuelBand revision

    18 April 2014, 11:42 pm

    In an unexpected move, Nike has opted to fire as many as 70 members of its Digital Sport division who were focused on hardware development and will not release a now-cancelled new version of the FuelBand fitness tracker that was expected this fall. The company…
  • Briefly: PS Store Flash Sale, AT&T updates GoPhone plan

    18 April 2014, 11:20 pm

    Sony has announced a flash sale on its Playstation Store, offering thirty games on sale for $1 each. Classic titles such as Braid, Everyday Shooter, Gotham City Impostors, Plants vs Zombies, and more, available for PS3, PSP and PS Vista. The Playstation…
  • Samsung details premium subscription for Milk Music service

    18 April 2014, 3:41 pm

    Samsung will be offering a premium version of its Milk Music service to its users in the future, the phone manufacturer has revealed. Launched last month as a free service for Galaxy smartphone owners, Samsung will soon introduce advertising to free accounts,…
  • Plaintiffs ask to use Steve Jobs evidence in anti-poaching lawsuit

    18 April 2014, 2:14 pm

    Plaintiffs' attorneys in a class action lawsuit against Apple, Google, and two other companies are asking that evidence related to Apple CEO Steve Jobs be included in the case, Reuters reports. The case revolves around the anti-poaching agreements Apple and…
  • Hands On: Verizon Samsung Galaxy S 5

    18 April 2014, 1:33 pm

    Samsung has been standing atop the hill of Android phones for some time now with its Galaxy line. Other manufacturers like HTC and Motorola have briefly held the crown, but Samsung always seems to find a way to yank it back with innovations, ease of use and…
  • Photos depict alleged front panel for second-generation iPad Air

    18 April 2014, 1:05 pm

    Newly-leaked photos show a front panel claimed to be for the second-generation iPad Air. The photos were obtained by a Dutch website, One More Thing. While the panel is similar to its equivalent for the first-gen Air, it appears to have switched to an…
  • Briefly: Tesco confirms Hudl sequel, Chromecast offers credit in UK

    18 April 2014, 12:52 pm

    Tesco has confirmed it is working on a follow-up to the Hudl tablet for release sometime this year, after revealing the British retailer sold over 500,000 units of the Android device, reports Hexus. The current model, priced at £120 ($200), has a 7-inch…
  • Microsoft sells 5M Xbox One consoles, Sony hits 7M PlayStation 4 sales

    18 April 2014, 11:23 am

    Microsoft has sold more than five million Xbox One game consoles since its launch, the company has revealed. While Microsoft is celebrating the sales milestone, the game console is still far behind the leading PlayStation 4, with Sony reporting more than 7…
  • Rockstar Consortium denied motion to transfer Google case to Texas

    18 April 2014, 10:56 am

    US District Court Judge Claudia Wilken has denied a motion by the Apple-led Rockstar Consortium to transfer a patent invalidation countersuit by Google from California to the Eastern District of Texas, Reuters says. The Eastern District of Texas is infamous…
  • Google rumored to work with MediaTek for budget Nexus smartphone

    18 April 2014, 8:58 am

    The next model in the Google Nexus smartphone collection could be a low-budget handset, according to reports. Google is said by report sources to be working with Taiwan-based chip producer MediaTek on a mobile device that, while relatively low in overall…
  • HTC explores optical zooming for cameras in 2015 smartphones

    18 April 2014, 7:36 am

    HTC is looking towards adding optical zooming to its smartphones, the company's camera expert has revealed. Symon Whitehorn advised in an interview that the company expects to see "huge advances in phone optics" in relation to optical zooming within 12 to 18…
  • Briefly: Rogers 700MHz LTE rolls out, Toshiba UHS-II microSD cards

    18 April 2014, 6:48 am

    Rogers is expanding the available spectrum for its LTE service in Canada, by turning on its 700MHz network. Engadget reports that areas of Calgary, Toronto, and Vancouver will see the benefits of 700MHz at first, with subscribers and AT&T customers roaming in…
  • Pandora hit by new copyright lawuits over songs from pre-1972

    18 April 2014, 2:57 am

    Following a similar lawsuits against Sirius XM radio, a group of record companies has filed suit in a New York court against Pandora, the top streaming subscription music service in the US. While songs made before February 15, 1972 are not subject to federal…
  • Briefly: Ubuntu tablets to run Ubuntu 14.04, Notegraphy for Android

    18 April 2014, 12:53 am

    Canonical has released its latest Long Term Support version of Ubuntu for desktops and servers. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS includes an update to its phone version as well as for tablets. Stated in a press release from by the company, the most recent Ubuntu version will…
  • Briefly: Facebook 9.0 for iOS, cross-platform Farmville 2

    18 April 2014, 12:34 am

    Version 9.0 has been released for Facebook's app for iOS, adding new features. Though a minor update, the biggest addition to the app is the ability for users to reply to comments on pages that have enabled it. Administrators can now review and review posts by…
  • Analysts: Low iPhone growth now, but good times ahead in 2014

    17 April 2014, 11:53 pm

    Historically, investment and Wall Street analysts have had a poor track record predicting Apple's fortunes ahead of time. However, as Apple's guidance has gotten more accurate, and as supplier leaks and blatant manipulation of the market grow, predictions are…
  • Effort arises to save Mt. Gox Bitcoin exchange from dissolution

    17 April 2014, 8:30 pm

    A seemingly grass-roots effort has been launched to save bankrupt Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox. The "savegox" website has cropped up, launched by an unnamed group of investors, with the goal of providing "restitution to customers" and as an added benefit to…
  • Michael's craft store chain hit by massive, long-running data breach

    17 April 2014, 7:59 pm

    Craft store chain Michael's Stores and affiliated Aaron Brothers has confirmed details of a massive security breach including between May 8, 2013 and January 27, 2014. The analysis conducted by the company shows that approximately 2.6 million cards may have…
  • AMD beats street despite $20 million net loss on the quarter

    17 April 2014, 7:24 pm

    Beating analysts projections, AMD today announced revenue for the first quarter of 2014 of $1.40 billion, operating income of $49 million and net loss of $20 million, or $0.03 per share. Had the company not made its last $200 million cash payment to Global…
  • FCC limiting 2015 AT&T, Verizon bandwidth auction purchases

    17 April 2014, 7:15 pm

    The US Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has confirmed that he plans to limit how much spectrum that AT&T and Verizon can buy in the 2015 auction of bandwidth reclaimed from broadcasters. The chairman spoke out a day after AT&T threatened…
  • Google invites potential users to try Glass hardware at home

    17 April 2014, 4:39 pm

    Google has started a pilot scheme where it sends potential Google Glass customers test units, so they can try the device on from home. E-mails sent to people who had previously let Google know they wanted to buy the device, offering for a free "home try-on…
  • Facebook to roll out Nearby Friends option for iOS, Android apps

    17 April 2014, 4:27 pm

    Facebook has announced an upcoming feature for its iOS and Android apps, Nearby Friends. The function will notify users when friends are within a certain radius, giving a chance to meet up. For security purposes the feature will be off by default, only work if…
  • Google launching test of fiber Internet for business in Kansas City

    17 April 2014, 4:18 pm

    Google is picking select Kansas City companies to test Google Fiber prototype offerings for business. The business rollout in Kansas City is the first of its kind for the Gigabit Internet service with Google saying that it is "in the beginning of figuring out…
  • Issues with XP Microsoft Security Essentials causing crashes, slowness

    17 April 2014, 3:17 pm

    Widespread reports are circulation about problems with Microsoft's Security Essentials package for Windows XP. Users are claiming that the latest update is slowing machines down to a crawl, similar to the impact that an active virus would have on the…
  • Dropbox buys out Loom photo service, Hackpad collaboration tool

    17 April 2014, 2:55 pm

    Cloud storage service Dropbox has bought out Loom, a photo storage and organization service, according to a notice on the latter company's website. Additionally acquired by the file sharing locker is collaborative document service Hackpad which will continue…
  • Briefly: Chromecast gains MLB.TV broadcasts, live YouTube

    17 April 2014, 2:41 pm

    The Google Chromecast is now supported by the MLB.com At Bat for iOS and Android. The update allows subscribers of MLB.TV's Premium Subscription to stream live, out-of-market games and on-demand events, with a choice of home or away broadcasts also available.…
  • Sonos plans software update to make speaker system completely wireless

    17 April 2014, 12:50 pm

    Sonos is testing a software update for its wireless speaker system that removes the need for a physical connection to the home network. The software would allow for the system's SonosNet network to operate with one of the speakers accessing the local Wi-Fi…
  • Google aims for January launch of Project Ara, organizes $100K contest

    17 April 2014, 10:51 am

    Google is aiming to launch the first Project Ara smartphone in January next year, the company revealed at the project's first developer conference earlier this week. Google is also attempting to encourage developers to produce sections of the modular…

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