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BBM for Android and iOS Gained 20 Million Users in a Week

After rolling out BBM for Android and iOS last week, BlackBerry today announced more than 20 million users are actively using the app for the two mobile platforms. Furthermore, the Canadian company also revealed that BBM now has over 80 million monthly active users across BlackBerry, Android, and …

Tracks Air Bluetooth headphones by Motorola and SOL Republic can pair with two devices at once

We've seen plenty of Bluetooth hardware with dual modes, dual channels, dual mics and even dual sub-woofers, but dual device connectivity? That's a little less common. It's a feature on the new Tracks Air headset from Motorola and SOL Republic, and it means you can listen to music or a movie on …

With 239M users, Go Launcher dev Sungy Mobile preps for a big $80M IPO

You probably haven’t heard of Sungy Mobile, but chances are you will soon enough.<p>Not only is the Chinese company one the most successful Android app developers, but last week it quietly filed its F-1. Sungy Mobile’s goal? To raise $80 million when it goes public — presumably within the next few …

PayPal waives $50,000 of payment fees for startups

PayPal’s startup Blueprint program drops fees covering $1.65m in payments for 18 months to help budding new startups<p>Global online payments provider PayPal is hoping to give digital startups a boost by waiving up to $50,000 in payment processing fees for 18 months.<p>PayPal’s Startup Blueprint Program …

Experts Predict Larger 5-Inch Display For iPhone 6… Again

If you switched from an iPhone to an Android-powered smartphone because you felt a 4-inch display was just too small, then Apple may give you a reason to switch back next year. Several industry experts are predicting that the Cupertino company will step up its pursuit of high-end Android …

Mobile Technology

It Came From Above: Why Copters Are The Next Big Thing In Robotics

They can deliver your laundry. Entertain your kids. Send you a pizza. Or save your life. They’re quadcopter drones, and they’re getting people excited about robotics again.<p>Powered by four synchronized rotors, they’re like high-tech RC helicopters that users can hack and customize in a number of …

AP: administration was told Healthcare.gov had 'high' security risk four days before launch

The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that the agency that oversaw the launch of the online health insurance marketplace Healthcare.gov received a memo warning of security risks shortly before the site was deployed.<p>The source of the memo, which was sent to the head of the Centers for Medicare and …

Apple Will Pump $11 Billion Into Capital Expenditures Next Year

Here’s a noteworthy data point from Apple’s recent 10-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission: The company has budgeted $11 billion …

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Facebook Wants To Track Your Mouse Cursor

Facebook has a knack for angering people with its privacy policies. The site already gathers and does god-knows-what with your pictures, private messages and more. But it still wants more information -- including what, exactly, you're doing with your mouse.<p>Facebook is working on new technology to …

500px Revamps Its Photo Stream Feature

Canadian photo-sharing platform 500px has relaunched one of its most popular features: Flow — a photo stream based on the actions of your 500px friends, where users can like, favorite, and comment on photos, as well as email or share them on social channels.<p>The new Flow is reaching all of 500px’s …

LG and Samsung's new smartphones put design behind the curve

Curved phones aside, design experts see a bright future for flexible displays<p>Currently, smartphones almost universally follow a single form: a rectangular slab with a flat, equally rectangular display. In recent weeks, we've seen signs from LG and Samsung that things could be changing soon.<p>Earlier …

3D-printed gun maker Cody Wilson is raising $50,000 for an anarchist Bitcoin wallet

<i>Cody Wilson, founder of Defense Distributed, in the crowdfunding campaign video for a new Bitcoin wallet.</i><p>Cody Wilson, creator of the 3D-printed gun, is raising $50,000 on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo to develop a service aimed at returning the digital currency Bitcoin to its anarchist roots.<p>Dark …

Best Buy offering $100 discount on MacBook Airs this weekend, $25 gift card with iPad 4

Alongside the launch of the iPad Air tomorrow, Best Buy is holding some special price promotions for some MacBook and older iPad models. The company says that it will provide $100 discounts on all MacBook Air models on Friday and Saturday. The offer will be available both via the company’s online …

Microsoft's giant Xbox One unleashes zombie horde on Vancouver

The secret behind Microsoft's bizarre Xbox One promo, which saw an enormous Xbox One installed in downtown Vancouver, Canada, has been revealed. As <i>Kotaku</i> reports, the giant next-gen console opened up yesterday, exposing Vancouverites to a horde of zombies promoting the Xbox-exclusive launch title</i> …

Google's Nexus 5 is a steal, unless you buy it from a UK carrier

Buy the device from Google's Play Store (Carphone Warehouse is also offering the 16GB model for £295) and order a free pay-as-you-go SIM to go with it -- or you can, of course, use your own.<p>[Thanks, MartinS27!]<p>Source: O2 Shop, Three Store, Google Play Store

Wearable Tech

10 best live wallpaper apps for Android

Live wallpapers aren’t quite the draw that they used to be. Once fancied as “one of the features Apple products don’t have”, it’s since fallen into obscurity a bit. That isn’t to say that live wallpapers don’t have a fan base. The cult following is huge and definitely palpable. There are a ton of …

Google Play

Samsung (wrist) slapped with $340,000 fine for fake comments campaign

Taiwanese regulators fined Samsung the equivalent of $340,000 for an astroturfing campaign directed against HTC.<p>Back in April this year, Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission opened an investigation into Samsung’s advertising practices, after news broke that a local marketing company working for Samsung …

Mobile

HTC EVO 3D saves a man’s life, stops a bullet

Today’s smartphones are more than just a piece of electronic equipment, they often are an all-in-one tool for business, entertainment and so much more. In rare occasions, they can even prove to be lifesavers.<p>Today a news report arrived by way of <i>CNN</i> about a gas station clerk in Orange County, …

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Mobile Technology

What is LTE?

Social media, video streaming, online gaming, you name it, our smartphones are better connected than ever and we’re consuming more and more data as a result. 4G LTE is the current generation of wireless technology making all of this a reality, and at much faster speeds than the older 3G and 2G …

Cellular Networks
Cellular Networks

LeBron James stars in two new great Samsung commercials

NBA superstar LeBron James is endorsing Samsung’s products in a couple of new commercials.<p>King James first got involved with Samsung last year, when he promoted the Galaxy Note 2 in a series of ads. Now he’s back with two more spots for Samsung’s recently launched Galaxy Note 3 smartphone, Galaxy …

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Sprint Galaxy Nexus begins rolling out Android 4.3

Today is strongly believed to be the big day that Android 4.4 KitKat arrives, but Galaxy Nexus owners on Sprint or Verizon’s network are already likely preparing for the fact that they will get no KitKat love.<p>While it’s not KitKat, the good news for Sprint Galaxy Nexus users is that they are at …

Android News

Ceros Motion : 7-inch quad core budget tablet review

During the summer I had a chance to spend some time with the 9.7 inch Ceros Revolution which included a high resolution display (2048 x 1536) but only cost $240. Ceros has now released a 7-inch tablet called the Ceros Motion and having spent a few days with it this is what I discovered.<p>The Ceros …

Gear & Gadgets

Eddie Lacy Giving Packers Dimension That Has Been Missing Over Last Few Years

<i>By Len Pasquarelli, National Football Post</i><p>Even though the season hasn’t officially reached the midway point, there is mounting sentiment that the NFC’s representative in Super Bowl XLVIII will be either New Orleans or one of two teams from the NFC West. But the Green Bay Packers, at 5-2 and atop …

Kansas Basketball: Andrew Wiggins Will Lead Jayhawks to NCAA Title

The No. 6 Kansas Jayhawks have big hopes for the upcoming season, and that's because small forward Andrew Wiggins has the potential to lead his team to an NCAA title.<p>Wiggins, the top recruit in the nation, will be starting from Day 1 in Kansas. He has the potential to take over games, even if it …

Andy Murray will play in Australian Open only if he is a contender

• Murray not interested in a rushed return after back injury • He has been doing his rehab at Chelsea's training ground<p>Andy Murray is developing an enviable habit of bumping into famous football managers. At last year's US Open Murray's press conference after his semi-final victory over Tomas …

Lakers Set to Pay Kobe Bryant Whopping $24 Million Lump Sum on Friday

How's your Friday looking? It doesn't matter, because Kobe Bryant's weekend will start far better than any of yours.<p>The <i>LA Times'</i> Eric Pincus reports the Lakers are set to part with a sizable amount for their star guard who continues to heal from offseason surgery.<p>Negotiated as part of his specific …