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  • Start Menu could return in rumored Windows Update in August

    23 April 2014, 3:23 pm

    The Start Menu could be making its way back to Windows desktops in another Windows 8.1 update later this year, according to rumors. A second update for the operating system is apparently on the way, landing sometime in the third quarter of this year, and may…
  • Google partnering to form $250 million residential solar lease program

    23 April 2014, 3:12 pm

    Google has announced a plan intended to boost solar energy adoption to residences in the US. In parallel with purchasing up to 407MW of wind energy from Iowa utilities, Google is parterning with SunPower Corporation, to create a $250 million fund to finance…
  • GameStop to add 23 Simply Mac, 400 Spring Mobile stores this year

    23 April 2014, 2:46 pm

    US-based game retailer GameStop is planning to add 23 Simply Mac locations this year, and as many as 400 Spring Mobile and Cricket locations, says the Star-Telegram. The company bought out Simply Mac and Spring Mobile last year in an attempt to diversify its…
  • Review: Samsung Galaxy S 5 on Verizon

    23 April 2014, 2:30 pm

    The Samsung Galaxy S5 might be the phone that Android users have been craving for some time. Information coming out of Mobile World Congress painted the phone to be the next leap in innovation spearheaded by Samsung to breathe life back into their smartphones.…
  • Google Maps adds option to view older Street View image collections

    23 April 2014, 1:17 pm

    Google has updated its online Maps service by adding the option to view earlier Street View imagery. Users of Google Maps can, in a number of locations, use previously-collected Street View photographs to explore an area, and be able to compare recent shots of…
  • iOS 7.1.x code points to Siri support on Apple TV

    23 April 2014, 12:12 pm

    Code contained in iOS 7.1 and 7.1.1 suggests that Apple is planning to bring Siri to the Apple TV. A PLIST file for Assistant -- an internal Apple name for Siri -- includes the Apple TV lineup under its collection of supported devices. Notably, though, no…
  • Amazon signs deal for HBO content on Prime Instant Video, Fire TV

    23 April 2014, 11:27 am

    Subscribers of Amazon Prime will be able to enjoy classic HBO shows in the near future, the retailer has revealed. At the same time, Amazon has announced HBO Go will be added to the company's Fire TV, allowing the streaming media box to show recently-broadcast…
  • Samsung Galaxy K shown at full zoom in leaked photographs

    23 April 2014, 10:14 am

    Two more photographs of Samsung's alleged Galaxy K smartphone have surfaced, showing how far its zoom lens protrudes out of the back. The pair of images found on Baidu has the phone held inside a clear polycarbonate casing, with the lens extending outwards in…
  • Briefly: WhatsApp hits 500M active users, Sprint domestic unlocking

    23 April 2014, 8:39 am

    WhatsApp has hit a milestone of half a billion active users, the messaging service has announced. The 500 million-user figure is 50 million more than it reported in February, when it also announced it was being acquired by Facebook for a total of $19 billion…
  • OnePlus One launches with 5.5-inch 1080p display, 2.5GHz processor

    23 April 2014, 7:18 am

    OnePlus has formally launched its first CyanogenMod-based Android smartphone, a device the company teased last week. The OnePlus One has a 5.5-inch 1920x1080-resolution display packed into a case that measures 8.9mm (0.35 inches) thick, weighs 162 grams (5.7…
  • Apple vs Samsung, Day 10: The home stretch

    23 April 2014, 3:15 am

    The biggest news in today's Apple vs Samsung patent trial was the previously-reported revelation of a secret deal between Google and Samsung in which the search and advertising giant not only agreed to indemnify Samsung if it lost on two of the patent claims…
  • Briefly: New Sony Smartwatch 2 app, SMS and IM merge on Hangouts

    23 April 2014, 1:03 am

    Sony has announced an update for its Android-based Smartwatch 2, adding a customizable watch face editor. Various widgets can be selected that include date, weather, calendar, Bluetooth, notifications, and more, with third-party developers welcomed to create…
  • Apple releases OpenSSL fix for 2013 Airport Extreme, Time Capsule

    22 April 2014, 8:57 pm

    On Tuesday, Apple -- which had previously said none of its key software, operating systems, websites or web services had been affected by the Heartbleed OpenSSL security flaw -- issued a patch to its 2013 (only) Airport Extreme and Time Capsule products that…
  • Briefly: Withings updates Pulse Tracker, Bitcasa adds Chromecast

    22 April 2014, 7:51 pm

    Withings has announced that its Pulse activity tracker has been updated with new sensor capabilities with the release of the Pulse O2. Able to measure the user's blood oxygen level, the Pulse O2 features a new bracelet mount for wrist wearing. By measuring…
  • Testimony: Google providing indemnity to Samsung in patent lawsuit

    22 April 2014, 7:22 pm

    Google attorney James Mccoun testified today that the search engine giant agreed to defend Samsung at least in part against some of the claims against it in the ongoing Apple versus Samsung trial. Apple played pre-recorded testimony from the attorney who…
  • Malware steals Apple IDs from jailbroken iPhones, iPads

    22 April 2014, 7:11 pm

    As has been predicted for some time, a new malware threat exploits the same flaws in iOS that jailbreaking tools use in order to install itself on older jailbroken iPhones and iPads. The malware, likely to be found in devices where the user has installed…
  • Fan TV signs deal with Time Warner Cable, opens for pre-orders

    22 April 2014, 6:27 pm

    Fan TV, a set-top box from Fanhattan and designer Yves Behar unveiled last year, has signed a deal with Time Warner Cable, and has opened up for pre-orders. The device, which combines a number of streaming services in a similar way to the Roku and other media…
  • The Chernin Group, AT&T partner for media streaming effort

    22 April 2014, 5:13 pm

    AT&T is partnering with The Chernin Group, with the latter pouring $500 million into an effort to distribute Internet-based video services. What exactly AT&T and Chernin will produce as a result isn't clear, but premium services like Netflix are suspected. The…
  • Aereo versus broadcast industry case heard before US Supreme Court

    22 April 2014, 3:57 pm

    In what is likely to be the final stop between Internet over-the-air television streamer Aereo and essentially the entire broadcast industry allied against it, Aereo seems to be fighting an uphill battle. Today's hearing before the US Supreme Court found…
  • Amazon smartphone rumored to use tilting gestures for navigation

    22 April 2014, 3:34 pm

    Amazon's rumored smartphone will take advantage of its 3D interface by allowing users to tilt for more information, according to a report. Tilting the device is said to trigger various functions within apps, rather than navigating menus by swiping or tapping…
  • Escalating privileges Linksys, Netgear router bug not fully patched

    22 April 2014, 3:12 pm

    A security flaw in some Linksys and Netgear routers discovered this winter, thought to be patched, has only been slightly hidden. Instead of the router listening and obeying command packets on port 32764, now the command must be prefixed by a specially crafted…
  • Apple releases iOS 7.1.1 to fix Touch ID, keyboard problems

    22 April 2014, 2:35 pm

    As anticipated, Apple has released iOS 7.1.1 via iTunes and iOS' over-the-air update mechanism. The code is simply a maintenance release, primarily fixing keyboard responsiveness, as well as glitches when using Bluetooth keyboards while VoiceOver is on. For…
  • Apple uses shell company to register iWatch trademarks

    22 April 2014, 2:22 pm

    Apple appears to be using a shell company, "Brightflash USA LLC," to covertly register iWatch trademarks around the world, reports say. The firm is registered in Delaware, and has been tied to past trademarking efforts by Apple. The company has already…
  • iPad joins Apple Reuse & Recycling program

    22 April 2014, 1:35 pm

    As an extension of Apple's new recycling intiatives, the iPad is now eligible for the same Reuse & Recycling program as the iPhone. People trading in an older iPad at an Apple Store can get credit towards a new model. Notably, that credit can also be applied…
  • Lytro launches Illum as second light field camera with 8x optical zoom

    22 April 2014, 1:23 pm

    Lytro has unveiled its second camera using light-field photography. Just like the original Lytro camera, the Lytro Illum allows photographers to change the point of focus of a shot after the shot has been taken, with the camera's construction updated to look…
  • AT&T reveals 21 metropolitan areas for Gigabit Internet expansion

    22 April 2014, 12:09 pm

    AT&T has outlined a plan to roll out and expand its fiber service to 100 candidate cities and municipalities across the United States. The plans, which includes 21 new metropolitan areas, expands upon the company's existing U-Verse with GigaPower build-out…
  • 5.5-inch iPhone could be delayed until 2015

    22 April 2014, 10:41 am

    Apple's oft-rumored 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6 has been pushed into 2015, claims Taiwanese publication the Industrial and Commercial Times. Apple has reportedly had trouble finding a battery that's both powerful and less than 2mm thick, needed to fit the…
  • Samsung's Project KQ leaked as potential QHD premium Galaxy S5

    22 April 2014, 9:13 am

    A premium version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 could be on the way, according to a rumor. The leak suggests that the "Project KQ" smartphone could have a QHD display, rather than the 1080p screen used by the Galaxy S5 at launch, and that these previously-rumored…
  • Waterproof Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet pre-orders commence in US

    22 April 2014, 8:21 am

    Sony has opened up pre-orders for its Xperia Z2 Tablet in the United States, via its website and through some Sony Stores. Launched at Mobile World Congress in February, the waterproof follow-up to the Xperia Z1 Tablet will be shipping on May 4th, with the…
  • LG G Watch will be dust, water-resistant, use always-on display

    22 April 2014, 7:02 am

    LG's G Watch will be water and dust-resistant, and could be used outdoors, according to new details on the official website. The Android-based smart watch will also ship in a choice of two color options, with the plain black face surrounded by either a…

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