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It took a few years, but Google has finally come to grips with a real issue: fragmentation. At Google I/O this year, it took steps to unify tablet and phone apps, as well as unify design language for devs moving forward. It has also integrated Google Play Services into the Android framework, which enables it to push... Read more...
The US Copyright Office has just issued a draft of a massive update to its practices guide, and some of its updated information couldn't be more timely. By now, you've probably heard of the battle that ensued between a photographer and Wikimedia over a photo that a female macaque took herself. The photographer... Read more...
Three days short of a full month ago, Apple released its first-ever public OS X beta for its upcoming Yosemite (10.10) release. Today, the company has followed-up with a new build, which closely matches the Developer Beta 6 release that came out earlier this week. While Apple highly recommends that everyone using Beta... Read more...
A weakness has been identified that could exist in Android, Windows, and iOS devices that can be used to obtain personal information. Discovered by a team of researchers, the vulnerability revolves around multiple applications running on a shared infrastructure that can be exploited. According to their research, they... Read more...
They might not be the most powerful PCs out there, but Google's Chromebook and Chromebox series has one thing locked-down: Value. That's something proven in spades with Acer's new Chromebox CXI, a compact desktop PC that starts at a mere $180. You might think that a sub-$200 PC would have to look like a sub-$200 PC... Read more...
September is shaping up to be one heck of a busy month. The kids will be back in school (if not already, depending on where you live), Apple will launch its iPhone 6, and if the latest rumor turns out to be true, Microsoft on September 30th will introduce the world to Windows 9, otherwise known as Threshold, during a press event. This is a... Read more...
At some point, you have to wonder if any database that can be hacked will be hacked. With so much of the world's precious information stored on drives in the forms of 1s and 0s, what's to stop ill-willed individuals from doing to every other company what they did last year to Target, for example? Clearly, not much, as... Read more...
A few months ago, Samsung released its most-recent flagship phone, the Galaxy S5. In our hands-on review of the Galaxy S5, we were so impressed with the phone that we gave it our Editor’s Choice award. The Galaxy S5 was designed with an active lifestyle in mind as is evidenced by various features including the built-in heart rate monitor... Read more...
If you're looking to score the best deal on an iPhone, typically the best time to pounce is right before Apple launches a new model. When that time of year comes around, retailers inevitably slash prices on current generation models to make room for the new handsets, as Walmart is about to do with its stockpile of... Read more...
Sprint chief Marcelo Claure promised to roll up his sleeves and come out swinging this week with "very disruptive" pricing plans that would shock and awe the wireless industry, and we now know what those are. Following the introduction of newly priced shared family plans earlier this week, Sprint today announced the... Read more...
Opera Software, the Norwegian software developer behind the Opera browser, scored an interesting deal with Microsoft to have its Opera Mini browser for mobile devices serve as the default web surfing vehicle on Microsoft's existing feature phones and Asha handsets, the company announced today. The licensing agreement... Read more...
AT&T this week confirmed plans to expand its GigaPower all-fiber network to Cupertino, California. The speedy service will offer consumers and small businesses symmetrical upload and download broadband speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, along with the option to subscribe to AT&T's U-verse TV service, which... Read more...
A pair of classic game titles developed by Valve have now been ported over to NVIDIA's recently launched Tegra K1-powered SHIELD tablet. The classic games include Portal and Half-Life 2, though these aren't straight (or lazy) ports -- both feature a wide variety of high-end and exclusive visual effects built to... Read more...
Since the company's founding in 2009, Uber's ultimate goal has been to make it as easy as possible for anyone to get from point A to point B in as little time as possible. As it is today, the service is generally considered to be very efficient, but the company's not happy enough with that - it wants to make things... Read more...
For the past few years, as Intel has struggled to gain market share for its Android-x86 project, it's been hampered by software compatibility issues and associated performance degradation. Now, some of that burden is being lifted off the company's products -- the popular and widespread Unity 3D engine has announced... Read more...
Back in June Barnes and Noble announced that its next Nook e-reader would be developed by Samsung. Today, the bookseller unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablet for $179. The new Nook features a 7” LCD display with 1280x800 resolution, has 8GB of memory that is upgradeable to 32GB with a microSD card, will last up to 10 hours,... Read more...
We're often told that having a kill switch in our mobile devices - mostly our smartphones - is a good thing. At a basic level, that's hard to disagree with. If every mobile device had a built-in kill switch, theft would go down. Who'd waste their time over a device that probably won't work for very long? Here's where... Read more...
It looks like AMD has a reason to smile while NVIDIA doesn't. Industry research and consulting firm Jon Peddie Research has released a report which states that AMD’s GPU shipments rose around 11 percent in Q2 2014 on a quarter-to-quarter basis while NVIDIA’s GPU shipments saw a slump of about 8.3 percent... Read more...
If you’re a loyal Windows Phone user who’s been ogling the Android version of the HTC One M8, your time has come. HTC released the smartphone with Windows Phone 8.1 through Verizon and AT&T is readying a model for its customers.  The HTC One M8 has a sleek metal unibody and solid performance... Read more...
If you’ve been watching with unease as the world slowly shifts from print books to ebooks, a recent study on the subject will give you some extra ammunition. Researchers at Stavanger University in Norway carried out a study that seemed to suggest people have better reading comprehension when they read paper... Read more...
As much as Netflix is loath to pay Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for uninterrupted access into homes of each provider's customers, the streaming service continues to ink peering deals so that its own subscribers can enjoy high quality videos and less buffering. One of the newest deals involves a reported agreement... Read more...
Behind closed doors, Apple is expecting its iPhone 6 launch to not only break records, but to shatter them. Shareholders are evidently in the same boat, and as we inch closer to the iPhone 6 debut -- Apple is expected to announce the device during a scheduled press event on September 9, 2014 -- the Cuptertino... Read more...
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