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  • Hands On: WaterField Outback Slip Case for iPad Air 2

    30 October 2014, 12:35 pm

    iPad cases are built not only to suit a wide range of uses but a wide range of incomes, and both of those factors come into play with one of WaterField's first products for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, the Outback Slip Case. On a functional level it's…
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out as gay in new essay

    30 October 2014, 10:25 am

    Apple CEO Tim Cook has come out as gay in a new essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek. Although the fact has been widely known for some time, Cook has never before stated it publicly. He says that he is "proud to be gay," but admits that it "wasn't an easy…
  • LG Display develops screen for smartphones with 0.7mm bezel

    30 October 2014, 10:21 am

    LG Display has developed a new display for smartphones, one which has an extremely thin bezel. The 5.3-inch Full HD-resolution display has a thin 0.7mm bezel on the left and right-hand sides, allowing for smartphones using the display to have a narrower gap…
  • Motorola buyout deal closed, mobile device maker now Lenovo subsidiary

    30 October 2014, 9:47 am

    Lenovo has completed the acquisition of Motorola Mobile from Google. The deal, according to Lenovo, makes the combined company the "world's third largest maker of smartphones." Motorola is a now wholly owned subsidiary of Lenovo, and will remain headquartered…
  • Briefly: Gold Moto 360 spotted, YouTube enables 60fps video playback

    30 October 2014, 8:56 am

    New color options of the Moto 360 are on the way, according to a leak on Amazon. The now-removed listings spotted by Android Police showed a champagne gold Moto 360, combined with matching 18mm and 23mm metal bands, with the existing black and brushed steel…
  • Nintendo working with ResMed on non-contact sleep tracking device

    30 October 2014, 7:58 am

    Nintendo is jumping on the fitness-related device bandwagon, with the creation of a sleep tracker. The game console producer is working with ResMed, a company which already produces products for the treatment of sleep disorders, to create a device to remotely…
  • Apple, Samsung still tops in smartphone market, but Xiaomi rising fast

    30 October 2014, 1:44 am

    A new report from IDC again places Apple and Samsung at the top of the heap for smartphone manufacturers as it has for years now -- but there is nonetheless notable change in the air. Samsung saw a significant drop in shipments for its smartphones, dropping…
  • Lenovo grows Yoga Tablet 2 series with 13-inch Windows version

    29 October 2014, 11:13 pm

    Lenovo unveiled another addition to the Yoga line of devices, trumpeting the arrival of a larger version of the Yoga Tablet 2. The new Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows jumps up in size with the addition of a 13.3-inch quad HD display, marking a large bump from the…
  • Microsoft Band fitness tracker leaks through companion apps

    29 October 2014, 11:12 pm

    Microsoft's rumored wearable device has appeared earlier than expected, leaked within a companion app on the Mac App Store. The Microsoft Band is, as rumored, a device with a thin display similar to the Samsung Gear Fit, with the accompanying app screenshots…
  • Nintendo's streak of losses ends, helped by strong Smash Bros. sales

    29 October 2014, 8:13 pm

    Nintendo posted surprising figures for it second quarter results for 2014, seeing an $85 million (¥9.25 billion) operating profit. The news comes on mixed analyst projections, with Thomson Reuters Starmine expecting a $33 million (¥3.7 billion) loss and…
  • Briefly: Tylt wireless charging devices, djay 2 released for Android

    29 October 2014, 7:17 pm

    Tylt unveiled two new wireless charging solutions, adding the VÜ Solo and VÜ Wireless Car Charging Mount to its lineup. The VÜ Solo is a wireless Qi charging base powered by Micro USB, keeping it compatible with existing smartphone and tablet charging…
  • Last large wave of Microsoft layoffs completed, 3,000 jobs shed

    29 October 2014, 6:30 pm

    News of Microsoft's last large wave of layoffs hit today, with the company cutting an additional 3,000 jobs to reach its goal of 18,000. The final significant wave is larger than the number of positions released in September, but they continue to be spread…
  • CurrentC CEO, COO field questions about data breach, Apple Pay block

    29 October 2014, 6:10 pm

    CurrentC governing company Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) held a conference call a bit earlier today. The company's lead executives took turns defending the company against some claims related to fines for merchants abandoning CurrentC, and also tried to…
  • HP outlines 3D Multi Jet Fusion technology for future 3D printers

    29 October 2014, 5:46 pm

    At the same time as unveiling the Sprout PC under its "Blended Reality" ecosystem, HP reveals it is looking to improve its standing in industry by creating 3D printers which use a new printing process. The company's 3D Multi Jet Fusion technology is said to be…
  • HP changing desktop computing with dual-display Sprout PC

    29 October 2014, 5:40 pm

    Hewlett-Packard (HP) is looking to change the desktop experience with its newest all-in-one PC, the Sprout. While costly at $1,900, the machine encourages the use of a PC outside of the traditional input means, using various pieces of imaging technology and…
  • Apple in talks to bring iPhone to Iran

    29 October 2014, 4:11 pm

    Apple is talking to Iranian distributors about the possibility of selling the iPhone in the country, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. Senior Apple executives have reportedly met with the distributors at the former party's London headquarters. If the…
  • Hands On: PluralEyes 3.5 (OS X, Windows)

    29 October 2014, 4:07 pm

    DSLR shooters often have a troublesome workflow when trying to put together videos recorded with the dual-purpose cameras. While many consumers might look to a dedicated camcorder to produce a short film or conduct an interview, DSLR cameras provide the…
  • Google holding second Project Ara developer conference in January

    29 October 2014, 2:34 pm

    The second set of developer conferences for the Project Ara modular smartphone will be taking place in January, Google has declared. Called DevCon2, Google's ATAP team hopes to use the time to show off developers the latest iteration of the Ara Module…
  • T-Mobile opens up iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 orders

    29 October 2014, 2:34 pm

    Following up on earlier promises, the US branch of...
  • CurrentC payment system customer emails stolen

    29 October 2014, 1:40 pm

    Contactless payment platform CurrentC has fallen victim to user information theft. Merchants Consumer Exchange (MCX), The company behind the mobile payment system is informing beta users of the service that "that unauthorized third parties obtained the e-mail…
  • Briefly: Xtreem's Atom RC Drone; new Cooler Master mouse, keyboard

    29 October 2014, 1:27 pm

    Xtreem, a range of remote controlled toys designed by Swann, has announced the release of its new Atom RC Mini Drone. Focused on precise maneuverability, the drone uses an infrared signal to communicate with its joystick remote control, which offers eight-way…
  • CurrentC partners banned from supporting Apple Pay, other rivals [u]

    29 October 2014, 12:52 pm

    (Updated with news of CurrentC hack) Retailers partnering with MCX on the upcoming CurrentC mobile payment system are contractually obligated to use CurrentC exclusively, according to the New York Times. Several of the retailers say that if they break their…
  • Huawei brings Honor 6 to Europe, launches Honor 4X in China

    29 October 2014, 12:45 pm

    Huawei has introduced one of its smartphones to Europe, at the same time as unveiling another in the same product line. The Honor 6, originally launched in China four months ago, is making the trip to European markets, while the Honor 4X boasts a 64-bit…
  • Verizon testing FiOS bundles with year of Netflix in NYC area

    29 October 2014, 12:19 pm

    Surprisingly given the public animosity between the two companies, Verizon has begun offering a year of video streaming service Netflix to some of its new customers. Customers who sign up for FiOS Internet and television bundles in the immediate vicinity of…
  • White House unclassified network infected with malware, purge ongoing

    29 October 2014, 10:48 am

    Late Tuesday, the White House information technology department detected what it calls "unusual activity" on an unclassified network used by employees. While administration officials claim that there were no indications that classified networks had been…
  • Oppo launches N3 with rotating camera, 4.85mm-thick R5 smartphones

    29 October 2014, 9:01 am

    Chinese mobile phone manufacturer Oppo has revealed two new smartphones it is planning to ship in the near future. Teased earlier this month, the Oppo N3 has a revolving camera module at the top capable of rotating on it's own, while the Oppo R5 aims to take…
  • LG shipping 31-inch Digital Cinema 4K Monitor to US this week

    29 October 2014, 8:07 am

    LG has introduced another high-resolution monitor to its computer display range, one which is able to display a higher-than-Ultra HD image. The Digital Cinema 4K monitor offers a resolution of 4096x2160, higher than the 3840x2160 resolution of a standard 4K…
  • Mojang's digital card game Scrolls releasing by the end of November

    28 October 2014, 11:02 pm

    Minecraft developer Mojang announced in an interview that its next game Scrolls is looking at a November release. The card-based tactics game, best known for its legal spat with Bethesda Softworks over the Scrolls trademark, moved into beta in June 2013 before…
  • YouTube releases WatchMe for Android for streaming app development

    28 October 2014, 10:20 pm

    Android app developers may take advantage of live YouTube streaming, thanks to a new open source project released by the video service. The YouTube WatchMe for Android project, hosted on GitHub, uses a combination of existing APIs to make it easier for…
  • FBI identifies 'second leaker,' opens up criminal investigation

    28 October 2014, 9:00 pm

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has reportedly identified a "second leaker" that has been passing sensitive government information to journalists for months. While the subject isn't named, the FBI recently conducted a search of a government…

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