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  • Amazon will develop Fire phone sequels despite the first's failures

    31 October 2014, 8:16 am by: Mariella Moon

    Amazon's Fire phone has been doing so badly on the market, that the company took a $170 million hit in the third quarter of 2014 and is currently sitting on $83 million worth of unsold devices. But even all those millions aren't enough to make the retailer…
  • Sony loses a little less money thanks to the PlayStation 4 (update)

    31 October 2014, 3:48 am by: Steve Dent

    If you're rooting for Sony to pull through recent tough times, it's still a cliffhanger, according to its latest earnings report. On the plus side, PS4 sales have been stellar, up 83 percent over last year at 310 billion yen ($2.8 billion). The good news drops…
  • Google Wallet now alerts you when your balance is low

    31 October 2014, 1:28 am by: Mariella Moon

    You can't exactly use Google Wallet everywhere you go just yet, but if you do use it often enough to warrant semi-regular transfers from your bank, then you'll love its latest update. Now, you can activate recurring bank transfers, even pick the amount and the…
  • Samsung's all-metal Galaxy A5 and A3 are its slimmest smartphones ever

    30 October 2014, 10:37 pm by: Mat Smith

    A unibody metal body, 5-inch AMOLED display, 13-megapixel camera, a claim as Samsung's "thinnest smartphone to date" and yet, this isn't a flagship smartphone. Especially for Halloween - or not related at all - the Galaxy A5 and A3 yet more smartphones from…
  • Android co-founder Andy Rubin is leaving Google

    30 October 2014, 8:02 pm by: Richard Lawler

    Just about a year ago we learned Andy Rubin had shifted his focus at Google from Android ("the definition of open") to working with robots, like the ones from its acquisition Boston Dynamics, but tonight reports indicate he is leaving the company entirely. The…
  • Warblr can identify that bird just by hearing its song

    30 October 2014, 7:17 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    Technology can be pretty wonderful sometimes. Case in point: Warblr, an app that uses sound recognition tech and your phone's GPS signal to identify birdsongs. The application first pinpoints where you are (it'll debut in the United Kingdom), and narrows the…
  • Don't call Timex's Ironman One GPS+ a 'smartwatch' (hands-on)

    30 October 2014, 4:26 pm by: Ben Gilbert

    The last time we thought about Timex, we were still using landlines and adjusting the tracking on the VCR so that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze would display properly. Remember "Indiglo"? That's still a thing, apparently! Anyway,…
  • I typed my entire BlackBerry Passport review on the phone's tiny keyboard

    30 October 2014, 3:45 pm by: Brad Molen

    Apparently I'm a masochist.…
  • Tell us how you really feel about the iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 4

    30 October 2014, 3:15 pm by: Kris Naudus

    Sure, smartphones have been getting larger and larger every year. And for those who really want to go big, large-screen "phablet" Android phones have risen to fill the demand. But iPhone users who wanted a larger screen have always been left wanting -- until…
  • TalkTalk to join the exclusive 'quad-play' club... sort of

    30 October 2014, 2:43 pm by: Jamie Rigg

    Earlier this year, Virgin Media became the UK's first 'quad-play' provider, meaning it began offering one-bill bundles that include all four of its services: mobile, landline, broadband and TV. Soon enough, however, TalkTalk will be joining Virgin Media in the…
  • Get ready to start seeing video ads in your Instagram feed

    30 October 2014, 12:28 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    If people weren't too happy with the first batch of sponsored posts by Instagram, those temper tantrums might reach a new level soon. According to Adweek, the Facebook-owned imaging service is now rolling out video ads to users' feeds, having been quietly…
  • IRL: The OnePlus One is everything my iPhone wasn't

    30 October 2014, 12:00 pm by: John Colucci

    After last month's iPhone event, I was disappointed -- I realized the iPhone 6 and its "Plus" sibling were still catching up to Android in a lot of ways. Regardless, the devoted iPhone fan in me still pre-ordered an iPhone 6 a few days later, in the wee hours…
  • Samsung's 3G-ready Gear S watch reaches the US November 7th

    30 October 2014, 11:30 am by: Jon Fingas

    Itching to strap Samsung's 3G-equipped Gear S smartwatch on your wrist? If you're in the US, you'll only have to wait one more week. The cellular-capable timepiece is now officially slated to reach American stores on November 7th, including Best Buy, AT&T,…
  • Google makes Play Books more student friendly

    30 October 2014, 11:00 am by: Mariella Moon

    Google's latest Play Books update for Android makes the app a lot easier to use for reading non-fiction e-books. See, Play Books is perfect if you're just reading something from cover to cover. But if you're using it to read text or reference books for school,…
  • Any.do adds collaboration, sharing features to its to-do app

    30 October 2014, 9:00 am by: Edgar Alvarez

    Productivity-focused app Any.do, which is available on iOS, Android and the web, has gained popularity largely because, well, it helps people get things done. But, with households and businesses being about more than just one particular user, the to-do…
  • EE flips the switch on its faster 4G network in London

    30 October 2014, 7:35 am by: Jamie Rigg

    EE's been conducting closed trials of LTE-Advanced technology since last year, so imagine the red faces when Vodafone reported earlier this month that its own faster 4G network was about to go live in three cities. EE's now being forced to play catch-up, but…
  • Flipboard gets a makeover and thousands of new topics

    30 October 2014, 7:25 am by: Mariella Moon

    The folks at Flipboard must have been crazy busy these past months: the company has just unleashed a huge update for its iOS and Android apps, a few weeks after finally releasing an app for Windows Phone. This update gives the digital magazine/social network…
  • 'OK Google' voice commands bound for even more third-party apps

    30 October 2014, 1:01 am by: Mariella Moon

    Google wants even third-party Android apps to be able to do searches using "Ok, Google" voice commands, so it's now making it easier for developers to integrate the feature. Now, all devs have to do is add a few lines of code to their AndroidManifest.xml --…
  • Xiaomi may now be the third-biggest smartphone maker in world

    29 October 2014, 10:56 pm by: Mat Smith

    Xiaomi, the smartphone of choice in China, just had a really good few months selling phones. According to Strategy Analytics, it reckon the new phone maker is now the third largest smartphone maker in the world, trailing only Samsung and Apple. Its shipments…
  • 'Microsoft Band' fitness tracker leaks out (update: goes on sale Thursday for $199)

    29 October 2014, 8:52 pm by: Richard Lawler

    It looks like the curtains have been raised early on Microsoft's attempt to join the wearable game. Windows Central points out that sync apps have appeared in the Mac and Android app stores (update: and Microsoft's), set to personalize and track data for your…
  • Samsung faces the bad news: sales of its high-end phones are sliding

    29 October 2014, 8:32 pm by: Richard Lawler

    Confirming its own estimates from earlier this month, Samsung announced tonight that it accumulated an operating profit of $3.9 billion in Q3. That's not a bad haul for most companies in the July to September period, but last year Samsung proudly celebrated a…
  • Project Ara team shows a working modular phone

    29 October 2014, 5:49 pm by: Jon Fingas

    You'd be forgiven for being skeptical of Google's Project Ara -- for all the prototypes and partnerships, actually spotting a working unit has been a gigantic challenge. You won't have to jump through hoops to see one after today, thankfully. The engineering…
  • Poynt's smart store terminal lets you pay any way you like

    29 October 2014, 4:29 pm by: Jon Fingas

    One of the many reasons you don't see widespread support for mobile payment tech like Apple Pay or Google Wallet is the hardware investment needed to make it all work. Why should a store spend thousands of dollars on machines that miss out on some features,…
  • Retail's response to Apple Pay and Google Wallet already hacked

    29 October 2014, 1:28 pm by: Jon Fingas

    If the retailers backing the CurrentC mobile payment system hope to topple NFC-based technology like Apple Pay and Google Wallet, they may need to improve their safeguards for your data. CurrentC is now warning people in its beta program that "unauthorized…
  • Google's Nexus 6 is a high-powered handful (hands-on)

    29 October 2014, 12:48 pm by: Chris Velazco

    It's a little funny to see Motorola finally crafting a Nexus phone after Google sold it to Lenovo, but hey -- life is peculiar that way. What's more important is that Motorola has taken its responsibilities as Keeper of the Nexus name seriously, and put…

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