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  • Apple's online store returns to Russia with huge price hikes

    22 December 2014, 5:16 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Remember how Russia's sudden currency devaluation led Apple to shut down its online store in the country, leaving locals without access to one of the biggest internet shops around? Well, Apple is back -- and unfortunately, the prices reflect Russia's new…
  • DirecTV launches internet TV for $8 per month, but it's all in Spanish

    22 December 2014, 4:38 pm by: Richard Lawler

    Our world isn't quite ready for internet TV providers that compete with traditional cable and satellite packages, but what about markets that aren't as well served? DirecTV is diving right into internet TV, beating Dish Network and Sony's PlayStation Vue to…
  • Disney World starts accepting Apple Pay and Google Wallet this week

    22 December 2014, 10:38 am by: Jon Fingas

    Making a trip to Walt Disney World during the holidays? You might not avoid the long queues or endless parking lots, but you won't always have to pull out your wallet. As promised back in September, the Orlando area theme park will start accepting mobile…
  • Blackberry helps Boeing with its hyper-secure 'Black' smartphone

    22 December 2014, 9:23 am by: Steve Dent

    On top of laser weapons, passenger jets and space stuff Boeing is also, weirdly, building an ultra-secure Android smartphone called "Black" (not to be confused with the Blackphone). According to the Telegraph, it's now enlisted BlackBerry's help to make it…
  • Snapchat alternatives (and their users) vanish from Windows Phone

    21 December 2014, 6:34 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Snapchat warned that it was clamping down on third-party apps to prevent sketchier examples from compromising your security, and it appears to be making good on its word -- much to the chagrin of Windows Phone users, who haven't had an official Snapchat option…
  • Judge says police can create fake Instagram accounts to see photos

    21 December 2014, 12:29 am by: Jon Fingas

    Many would argue that cops cross the line when they impersonate people on social networks to catch suspects, but that doesn't mean that fake accounts are always off the table. In a recent opinion, New Jersey district judge William Martini contends that police…
  • Google+ can automatically 'enhance' your mobile video recordings

    20 December 2014, 5:58 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    Google's no stranger to tweaking your photos automagically, and now it's extending that expertise to video. By using Google+ and its auto-backup system for your media, Mountain View says it can adjust the lighting, color, stability and, soon enough, speech in…
  • Evernote now adds context to your memos on Android and Windows

    20 December 2014, 3:41 pm by: Mariella Moon

    Evernote's bringing Context, one of its more interesting announcements during its fourth conference in October, to Android and Windows. This feature, which was first made available to iOS and Mac users in November, pulls content (based on what you're typing,…
  • Volvo's bike helmet concept alerts riders and drivers to each other

    20 December 2014, 6:14 am by: Mariella Moon

    You know what will go perfectly with those futuristic rocket-powered, heartrate-monitoring bikes? This smart helmet that Volvo wants to create. It's a two-way system that works by uploading both cyclists' and drivers' locations to Volvo's cloud. While a…
  • T-Mobile pays $90 million to settle claims it profited from texting scams

    19 December 2014, 3:34 pm by: Jon Fingas

    T-Mobile protested its innocence after the Federal Trade Commission accused it of letting text message-based scams run amok in the name of profit, but it's not going to fight that complaint to the bitter end. The UnCarrier has agreed to a settlement that will…
  • How Samsung became the king of CES and where it's going next

    19 December 2014, 11:30 am by: Devindra Hardawar

    Long before Transformers director Michael Bay choked onstage at Samsung's lavish CES 2014 press conference, the Korean company was just another electronics outfit begging for attention. But after decades at CES, Samsung is now the undisputed king of the show.…
  • Amazon updates Fire phone to translate text and identify art in photos

    19 December 2014, 10:33 am by: Mariella Moon

    Amazon SVP of Devices David Limp promised back in October that the company will continue releasing updates for the Fire phone despite its rather poor performance -- like this big software upgrade, for instance. The latest version of Fire phone's OS comes with…
  • Apple's Tim Cook 'deeply offended' by fresh allegations of factory worker mistreatment

    19 December 2014, 8:20 am by: Nick Summers

    Apple CEO Tim Cook has said he's "deeply offended" by fresh allegations of poor working conditions in its suppliers' Chinese factories. Contractors hired by Apple to assemble its latest products have been exposed before, and while the firm has tried to be more…
  • Microsoft's new Lumia update adds 4K recording and more to a few Windows Phones

    19 December 2014, 2:02 am by: Mariella Moon

    Some Lumia owners will be able to take photos more quickly these holidays -- and they might be better, too -- now that Microsoft has begun rolling out its latest software update called Denim. We say "some," because only Lumia 830, Lumia 930, Lumia Icon and…
  • Save 'Sports Illustrated' articles anywhere you want, automatically

    18 December 2014, 11:04 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    What was that? You wanted to get some recipes going for news-content automation in addition to push notifications to grab an umbrella for tomorrow? Well, lucky you because Time Inc. announced it's adding IFTTT (If This Then That) support for five of its…
  • Samsung's ChatOn service will shut down next year (update)

    18 December 2014, 8:59 pm by: Richard Lawler

    After denying reports that its ChatOn service was close to being disbanded on a region-by-region basis, Samsung has announced in Korea that it's going away. According to Yonhap News, Samsung's statement said it will close up shop on February 1st. It's not…
  • Amazon Prime Now brought me candy in 23 minutes

    18 December 2014, 4:00 pm by: Devindra Hardawar

    Amazon's new one-hour delivery service, Prime Now, works so well it might just inspire entirely new levels of laziness in all of us. After all, why bother going to the store when you just need to shell out $7.99 to get anything brought to your door in an hour?…
  • Microsoft sells MixRadio to messaging service Line

    18 December 2014, 12:27 pm by: Matt Brian

    When Microsoft completed its multi-billion dollar purchase of Nokia, it also acquired a number of apps and services that were surplus to requirements. One of those was music-streaming app MixRadio, which spun off as a standalone service earlier this year. That…
  • MTV adds a live feed to its Android and iOS apps

    18 December 2014, 6:12 am by: Daniel Cooper

    You've been able to catch up with episodes of Jersey Shore through MTV's iOS and Android apps for around a year. But, if you wanted to gasp along with the action as it was broadcast, you'd have to make an appointment to take over the family TV. Thankfully, the…
  • UK carriers agree £5 billion coverage improvements to avoid 'national roaming'

    18 December 2014, 4:14 am by: Matt Brian

    Ever since the notion of national roaming first appeared back in June, the UK government and the four major mobile operators have fought over how best to rid Britain of so-called "not-spots." Culture Secretary Sajid Javid wanted to implement a system where…
  • Microsoft's Xim app now lets you share smartphone photos on bigger screens

    18 December 2014, 1:35 am by: Mariella Moon

    Microsoft Research's Xim app for sharing photos can now beam slideshows on screens bigger than phones and tablets through streaming devices. Just log into the wireless network all your other devices are connected to and it will automatically detect any…
  • Sprint could face $105 million fine over unauthorized customer billing

    17 December 2014, 11:32 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    Sprint can't catch a break. As if its financial woes weren't enough, the outfit was recently accused of letting consumers get billed for "tens of millions" of dollars in unauthorized charges for premium text messages between 2004 and 2013. The Consumer…
  • Android Wear puts Inbox by Gmail updates on your wrist

    17 December 2014, 7:08 pm by: Jon Fingas

    You may have to give up a few things from Gmail to use Google's task-oriented Inbox email app, but smartwatch support isn't one them. The company has updated the app (on Android) to bring Android Wear support, letting you check mail, send replies and mark…
  • BlackBerry's Classic throwback isn't just a gimmick

    17 December 2014, 2:15 pm by: Chris Velazco

    BlackBerry's "Classic" phone is a curious bit of fan-service, a seemingly conciliatory blend of old and new designed to appeal to Waterloo's die-hards. It might seem a little odd that the company would choose to go all retro on us in 2014, but there's no…
  • BlackBerry's $450 'Classic' phone aims to bridge the past and present

    17 December 2014, 10:48 am by: Chris Velazco

    It's been nearly 10 months since the folks in Waterloo announced the throwback BlackBerry Classic, but today's the day the thing officially breaks cover. Hooray? If it wasn't immediately obvious, the "Classic" moniker refers to the fact that the device is a…

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