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Telus to bring Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear to Canada on October 4th

Canadians won't have to wait much longer than their American counterparts to get their hands on the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear. Telus sends word that it will carry both Samsung devices on October 4th, just a few days after AT&T gets its turn at the Note 3. The carrier doesn't yet have pricing. …

Apple Won’t Introduce New Apple TV Box Next Week, Will Upgrade Software

There are very, very good odds you’re going to hear about new iPhones at Apple’s event next Tuesday.<p>But if you’re looking for a new Apple TV, you’re …

Smart TV

New firmware gives Canon's Cinema EOS camera line a prodigious 80,000 ISO

Those who shelled out big bucks for one of Canon's Cinema EOS cameras will be glad to know they've just been blessed with a significant firmware upgrade. Owners of the EOS C500, C300, C100 and 1D C 4K models will all see a huge increase in light gathering, with the maximum ISO jumping from 20,000 …

Repairs boom as many iPhone users fix older models

Apple executives expend a lot of brainpower worrying about Samsung and other Android smartphone rivals. They probably should be thinking about Justin Wetherill, too.<p>The 26-year-old smartphone doctor and others like him have built a $1 billion business in repairing and refurbishing iPhones and other …

Mobile Technology

QFPay, The Square of China, Is Processing Close To $400M Per Year

QFPay‘s card reader admittedly looks a bit clunkier than its U.S. or European equivalents Square or iZettle.<p>It looks like a wonky, old calculator. But that’s because Chinese consumers don’t trust merchants easily and a basic phonejack reader without a keypad makes them nervous, says COO Tim Lee. He …

Defense Department to let Apple devices onto Pentagon network

The department expects to clear the devices for use on its network early next week, according to a report.<p>Pentagon employees may soon start using Apple mobile devices, like iPhones and iPads, on the U.S. Defense Department's secure network.<p>The department expects to clear the devices for use on its …

Mobile

Google's VP9 video codec nearly done; YouTube will use it

One of the biggest video sites on the Net will use Google's next-generation video compression technology after it's fully defined on June 17.<p>Google plans to finish defining its VP9 video codec on June 17, providing a date on which the company will be able to start using the next-generation …

Tech Trends

Microsoft responds to Windows 8 criticism, defends upcoming changes as 'a good thing'

Windows 8 has had its share of detractors since its launch, and today Microsoft's vice president of corporate communications responded to recent reports that paint the operating system as a failure. In a blog post Frank X. Shaw points to two pieces in particular — one by the <i>Financial Times</i> and the …

The Rise of the App Director

<i>“I’m just a storyteller, and the cinema happens to be my medium.” – Federico Fellini</i><p>As Apple’s App Store nears its five year anniversary, a new kind of storyteller is rising in importance: The App Director. This isn’t an official title, but it’s definitely a state of mind and an important trend to …

Mystery Motorola Phone Passes Through The FCC, Looks Just Like Early X Phone Leaks

Here’s a little noodle-scratcher for you fellow mobile hardware nerds to ponder this evening. This little Motorola Mobility beauty, brandishing the model number XT1058, recently passed through the FCC and left the customary paper trail in its wake.<p>All right, maybe calling it a beauty is a bit of a …

Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon 27 review: A tabletop PC built for casual gaming - CNET

MSRP: $1,699.00<p><b>The Good</b> The large screen and lie-flat design make the <b>Lenovo Horizon 27</b> a fun family PC with lots of casual gaming potential. It includes several gaming accessories and has a custom user interface, Aura.<p><b>The Bad</b> The heavy, clunky kickstand can get in the way, there's a little …

Computer Hardware

Legal organization claims Apple is dodging tax and selling pornography in China

The China Association of Consumer Protection Law, a subsidiary China Law Society, has accused Apple of tax evasion, intellectual property violations, and distribution of pornographic content in China.<p>According to a piece published in China’s The Mirror (hat tip Bill Bishop), the …

Forget sex: how the idea behind Bang with Friends could revolutionize social interaction

Apple's Find My Friends, a mostly-unrelated concept.<p>Perhaps you've heard of Bang With Friends. It's a rather controversial thing. Simply put, it's a Facebook and mobile app that lets you pick which of your friends you'd like to "bang." Oh, but it's more clever than that: the app won't reveal your …

Hackers release modified T-Mobile carrier update file to amplify iPhone 5 cellular speeds (jailbreak unnecessary)

Just prior to the official launch of the iPhone, T-Mobile issued a carrier update to enable LTE, improve battery performance and add Visual Voicemail support . The only problem is that some users were reporting slower speeds after the update. TmoNews reports that two well known cellular …

How Wearable Computing Will Change Everything, Including Apple

Listen, you tech-savvy, trend-resisting cynic you. I want you to stop dismissing wearable computing as a pointless, narcissistic fad.<p>Wearable computing is not for people too lazy to look at their phones. It’s not a trendy toy for wealthy yuppies. And it’s not about joining Robert Scoble in the …

How Facebook Might Buy Your Location for $1 Billion

Multiple reports have Facebook in talks to buy Waze, a mobile traffic map constantly updated by users, for roughly $1 billion. Why is Facebook so …

Make your old iPhone run like new

Want to rejuvenate a sluggish iPhone 4? Here are some easy tips.<p>My friend is convinced that the slowing of his iPhone 4S is part of a vast Apple conspiracy. I'm not completely persuaded.<p>I mean, sure Apple has sent out updates to iOS that are arguably a step in the wrong direction, like that whole …

Apps

'Google Play Games' uncovered as Android's home for invites, achievements and more

A Google-built alternative to Game Center on iOS and Games Hub on Windows Phone surfaced last month, and we know even more about it. <i>Android Police</i> dug into a new Play Services (an Android component you don't access directly, but does things like update Google apps) APK, and found the latest version …

Apple, Samsung again take all of handset industry profits

The companies combined to capture 100 percent of the industry's profits, but that's actually slightly lower than where they had been in previous quarters.<p>Apple and Samsung can't be stopped in the handset market, according to new data from analysts at Cannacord Genuity.<p>The analysts on Monday …

Mobile

Lab-quality microscope now mounts onto most Apple iOS devices

The ProScope Micro Mobile by handheld digital microscope manufacturer Bodelin starts shipping on May 1 for $149.<p>To my fellow geeks who've long dreamed of having a lab-quality digital microscope that mounts to your phone, the time has come.<p>Oregon-based optics manufacturer Bodelin will begin shipping …

Gear & Gadgets

Blackberry CEO claims the Q10 will sell “tens of millions of units”

Blackberry CEO Thorsten Heins believes that the Blackberry Q10 will be the company’s saving grace, moreso than the Blackberry Z10. First day …

BlackBerry

Original iPhone will soon reach ‘obsolete’ status in Apple Retail Stores

According to internal Apple documentation, the original iPhone, which first debuted in 2007, will soon enter “obsolete” status, with a few exceptions. The official switch will happen on June 11, 2013, when the iPhone, along with several other Macs and Xserve models will officially be classified as …

Jony Ive paints a fresh, yet familiar, look for iOS 7

According to multiple people who have either seen or have been briefed on the upcoming iOS 7, the operating system sports a redesigned user-interface that will be attractive to new iOS users, but potentially unsettling for those who are long-accustomed to the platform…<p>The new interface is said to …

Twitter may already have an app for Google Glass

If a now-deleted tweet was for real, it suggests that a Twitter app for Glass may already be in the wild. Look for lots of photos soon taken "#throughglass."<p>If a now-deleted tweet is to be believed, Twitter may already have created an app for Google Glass.<p>That's TechCrunch's conclusion, at least, …

Social Media

European M-Payments Startup SumUp Partners With Revel Systems, An iPad POS Provider, For Its Push Into Europe

SumUp, one of the many European mobile card reader startups targeting small businesses — and taking advantage of Square’s continued absence to acquire users and build out a business — has taken another step designed to expand its reach by announcing a partnership with Revel Systems, a maker of iPad …

IDC: smartphones outsell feature phones for the first time ever

Research firm IDC is sharing its most recent smartphone sales data, numbers that show big gains for the top manufacturers from Korea and China, but only a modest jump for Apple. The entire mobile market grew by four percent year over year, says IDC, with companies combining to produce nearly 420 …

Judge rules that Motorola's patents aren't worth the $4 billion a year it demanded from Microsoft

A judge presiding over a legal battle between Microsoft and Google-owned Motorola issued a ruling today that valued elements of Motorola's patent portfolio far below what the company felt they were worth — by a difference of over $3.9 billion a year.<p>The two companies have been locked in a legal …

Popular discovery app Drippler heads to iOS, touts 5 million downloads on Android

Drippler's been relatively successful on Android, with more than five million downloads to date, but now the team behind the recommendations app is looking to test different waters. Earlier today, Drippler announced an iOS equivalent is now available, which will bring many of the features that made …