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All News for February 2014

Facebook surprised a lot of people when Mark Zuckerberg announced his social network was acquiring WhatsApp, an instant messaging application for smartphones, for $19 billion, representing the company's biggest acquisition to date. When asked about the valuation, BlackBerry's CEO, John Chen, said he would take $19... Read more...
Sometimes there are news items that just make you want to lay on the ground all day, like the guy in the radiohead video for “Just”. The story of a woman who was assaulted in a San Francisco bar for wearing Google Glass is one of those items. What happened is this: Sarah Slocum was in the Molotov Bar on... Read more...
Chromebooks are gaining traction because they're relatively inexpensive, lightweight and portable, and capable of basic computing chores. They're especially well suited for students of various ages -- kids and teens can use Chromebooks to research their reports on the Internet, type up documents, and more. With all... Read more...
LG’s new G Flex smartphone is the “world’s first curved flexible smartphone” according to the company. We’ve seen smartphones that have curved bodies before, but this is the first smartphone to feature a display and battery that are curved as well. LG claims the curved design of the G Flex is optimized for the... Read more...
Kaspersky released its Safe Browser for Windows Phone, months after putting out the same product for iOS and days after making a similar one for Android. The app does exactly what you think it does, by blocking access to potentially dangerous sites with a warning page to protect against phishing attacks. Designed for both personal and corporate... Read more...
Unless you happen to live in a pineapple under the sea, you're probably not afforded many opportunities to visit the watery underworld and take in all the wonderful sights. Lucky for us landlubbers, the Catlin Seaview Survey has made it their mission to create a baseline record of the world' coral reefs in... Read more...
There's not a gadget in the world the folks at iFixIt can't tear into, though some are definitely easier to disassemble than others. Mobile devices like tablets and smartphones tend to be difficult to surgically operate on, and even some hybrid laptops can give users fits if there's a need to service or a replace a part. On the opposite end... Read more...
When it comes to mobile payments, security is an obvious concern. In fact, even the more standard forms of payment are facing all sorts of new security issues these days. In a bid to help things, MasterCard and Syniverse have partnered to test out a new mobile payment methodology that would tap into a phone's GPS in... Read more...
Freescale Semiconductor announced its smallest-yet MCU, and it’s destined for the many objects in the growing Internet of Things (IoT) trend. The Kinetis KL03 MCU is a 32-bit chip based on ARM, and it promises lower power requirements in smaller devices than existing solutions. “When size is no longer a... Read more...
Sony is on fire with its PlayStation 4 console blazing a trail in the next generation console wars. Having racked up 5.3 million PS4 sales up through February 8, 2014, Sony already surpassed its goal of selling 5 million units by the end of March, and that was before launching in Japan. Having now unleashed the PS4 in... Read more...
With a new Microsoft CEO in place, there are plenty of management shakeups in Redmond, not the least of which is a new boss for the Devices & Studios division in Nokia chief Stephen Elop. Elop is returning to the Microsoft fold following the company’s $7.2 billion Nokia acquisition, and he’ll take over... Read more...
Should drivers be allowed to wear Google Glass while operating a motor vehicle? That's one of the questions politicians face as a growing number of states seek to pass legislation that would make it illegal to wear Google's head-mounted display while driving. Proponents of such bills claim that wearables like Google... Read more...
Oh, so that’s why. Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of mobile messaging service WhatsApp was big news, primarily as it left many of us wondering why exactly the company would spend such an unbelievable sum of money on it. After a speech at MWC in which WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum stated that WhatsApp will soon... Read more...
What do you do when the competition heats up in the niche market you're competing in? You lower the price! And that's exactly what Qualcomm has done, slashing $100 off the price of its Toq smartwatches, though the generous price cut came without any kind of announcement or ballyhooing. Nevertheless, you can now pick... Read more...
T-Mobile may not have the widest coverage net of the major U.S. carriers, but boy, are they gaining mind share. And as it turns out, market share as well. After adding nearly 4.4 million subscribers in the most recent quarter, rivals such as AT&T are having to pay attention. They're also having to modify their... Read more...
Down but not out, BlackBerry will attempt to pick itself back up and once again become a legitimate contender in the smartphone space by returning to its roots. Announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, BlackBerry said its new Q20 smartphone will feature a full QWERTY keyboard with the familiar and classic... Read more...
WD is working through the rainbow for its color-themed hard drive families, and the latest--purple--is designated for hard drives that are designed for surveillance. WD’s Purple Surveillance Storage drives are built to withstand the constant strain of running in an always-on HD surveillance applications. The 3.5-inch WD Purple drives... Read more...
Today we were on hand at Samsung's Unpacked press event in New York City to see the live unveiling of the upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone, and Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit smartwatches.  If you haven't already seen our coverage of the original announcment, the Samsung's upcoming flagship features a 5.1-inch... Read more...
Google's known for a lot of things, but where privacy's concerned, those things are not too kosher for a lot of people. In fact, Google mines so much data on us - sometimes even if we're nameless - that some would rather avoid anything that has to do with the company. Of course, pulling that off is easier said than... Read more...
After the blockbuster spectacle that was the release of the Samsung Galaxy S4, the hullabaloo over the next generation of Samsung’s flagship smartphone seems almost demure, but in any case the company announced the new Samsung Galaxy S5. The phone features a 5.1-inch (1920x1080) Super AMOLED display and a... Read more...
Google’s Eric Schmidt is on a tour to promote the book he co-wrote with Jared Cohen, Director Of Google Ideas (yes, that’s actual title), “The New Digital Age: Reshaping The Future Of People, Nations, And Businesses”, and part of his promotion is the promise of $1 million in grant money for... Read more...
You're going to see a lot of mobile devices announced this week as a result of Mobile World Congress (MWC), but what about the parts inside all those fancy new handsets and tablets? Lest anyone forget about the component side of things, SanDisk today announced the next generation of its iNAND Extreme embedded flash... Read more...
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