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Android this week: HTC One Max reviewed; Moto G coming; Android pics improving

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Got big pockets? If so, the HTC One Max might appeal thanks to its 5.9-inch display. Of course, there’s more to the …

Xbox One's 500GB HDD swapped for bigger, faster drives, and tested for performance

The Xbox One arrives with a 500GB HDD built-in, and in contrast to the PlayStation 4's easily-accessed storage, it's not meant to be accessed or replaced by the user, ever. While we'll probably leave ours in place to keep from voiding the warranty or risk a ban from Xbox Live, a few folks have …

Google Wants To Make Your Passwords Obsolete

<i>Update to add comment from Google on U2F technology.</i><p>If there’s one thing that decades of computer use have taught security experts, it’s that most of us are really bad at creating good passwords. After the recent data breach involving Adobe’s customer accounts, security researcher Jeremi Gosney …

PS4 And Xbox One Pose Major Problems For Internet Providers

As the Sony's Playstation 4 launched midnight today in the UK, there are some potential pitfalls that mean consumers might not get the most out of their systems unless they carefully consider their home network.<p>Consoles used to be the easy option. They were plug and play devices that worked …

Apple’s iPad comes out a big winner on Black Friday

Apple’s iPad came out as the big winner based on a quick analysis of Black Friday sales at the Target retail chain today, according to InfoScout.<p>The data is based on InfoScout’s consumer research. The company interviewed the first 3,000 shoppers at Target on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.<p>The top …

PlayStation 4 and PS Vita bundle now available in the UK, but it's no bargain

Remember that rumored PlayStation 4 and PS Vita bundle that was due to reach the UK in time for the holidays? It's now official -- if not the discount that some were hoping for. Sony UK head Fergal Gara tells <i>Eurogamer</i> that some stores are carrying the device combo starting today, but it will cost …

Mall of the future? eBay's new storefronts can gather your data

The e-commerce site partners with brands and one of the world's largest shopping center companies to show consumers a new kind of mall, one that melds online with offline.<p>We're going to take this technology and the idea of using glass and move it out of the mall -- on the bus, train, at the …

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Delaware’s tax-free Apple Store sells more iPhones than any other store

Ever been curious to find out which Apple Store sells the most iPhones? Look no further than the Apple Store in Newark, Delaware in the Christiana Mall. This might come as a surprise, but the fact of the matter is that the state of Delaware has no sales tax. The Christiana Mall is conveniently …

PS4 and Xbox One: SHOULD YOU WAIT? - Inside Gaming Daily

Apple to build new manufacturing facility in Arizona with solar-power, will create 2000+ jobs

The State of Arizona today announced that Apple is planning to build a new manufacturing facility in the city of Mesa, Arizona. The facility will create 700 jobs for manufacturing, and an additional 1,300 jobs for the construction and management of the new facility, In total, Apple will be bringing …

Microsoft to buy Texas wind energy to power its San Antonio data center

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Microsoft (s MSFT) is buying clean energy to help power a data center for the first time. On Monday morning the tech giant …

iPad Air adoption five times that of iPad 4 during first weekend

The new Air has also scored three times the adoption rate of the first iPad Mini during launch weekend, says mobile analytics firm Fiksu.<p>The iPad Air is already off to a better start than its predecessor.<p>Hitting stores last Friday, the latest-generation iPad saw five times the adoption level of the …

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Netflix Already Testing 4K Video Streaming

Not many of us have 4K devices yet. A 4K Ultra HD TV would pack about 33 million pixels, more than six times the resolution of even the MacBook Pro with Retina Display.<p>Yet 4K is coming, and when it drops, Netflix CEO Reed Hasting doesn’t want his service to be caught with its pants down, saying …

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Google ready to charge into smartwatch fray, Journal says

Google wants to cement its position in wearable technology by taking on both the watch and glass markets.<p>Google has a smartwatch and it could go into mass production within months, according to The Wall Street Journal.<p>The Internet search giant is in talks with Asian manufacturers on the production …

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Latest report pins Nexus 5 debut on October 31

The Nexus 5 is expected to make its much anticipated debut on Halloween, according to a Canadian tech blog.<p>Anticipation is building over when Google will finally release the LG Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 KitKat.<p>It will make its formal debut on Thursday to US customers through the Google Play store, …

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iPad Air coming to US Cellular and regional carriers starting November 8th

Apple's plan to launch the iPad Air with cellular data support for T-Mobile was apparently just the start of a larger strategy. US Cellular has announced that it will offer the featherweight tablet on November 8th, while regional carriers like Bluegrass Cellular, C Spire and GCI say that they'll …

Oculus Rift VR Headset To Run Android Powered By System-On-A-Chip

The Oculus Rift is one of the most hyped gadgets in the video game industry, and with good reason: It promises to finally bring about mainstream virtual reality gaming.<p>Speaking with Engadget, id Software co-founder and Oculus Rift Chief Technology Officer, John Carmack, said that a retail version …

An army of robot baristas could mean the end of Starbucks as we know it

Starbucks’ 95,000 baristas have a competitor. It doesn’t need sleep. It’s precise in a way that a human could never be. It requires no training. It can’t quit. It has memorized every one of its customers’ orders. There’s never a line for its perfectly turned-out drinks.<p>It doesn’t require health …

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Original Grand Theft Auto city streets back in 3D

In 1997, Michael Dailly (pictured) helped create a 2D top-down action-adventure called <i>Grand Theft Auto.</i><p>These days he's head of development at Dundee, Scotland-based YoYo Games, in charge of GameMaker: Studio, a programming and creation tool.<p>Dailly has taken GameMaker and used it to recreate a 3D …

Let's Be Honest: 'GTA Online' Is In Beta

It’s been almost two weeks since Rockstar launched GTA Online, the online component of GTA 5, and the game is working better than it was before. After a few days of inaccessible servers, deleted characters and frequent connection problems, the pseudo-MMO is chugging along, not perfectly mind you, …

Google Glass firmware teardown hints at a slew of intriguing new features

Google Glass wearers were treated to some new features with this month's XE10 update, but what's hiding under the hood might be even more promising. <i>Android Police</i> posted their APK teardown earlier today, and their findings are nothing if not intriguing. Among the features that may be on the horizon …

MyCheck's investor tab: $6.1M for waiter-less checkout

We’ve all been trapped at a busy restaurant, desperately trying to flag down a waiter, pay, and escape. MyCheck thinks there’s an easier way.<p>MyCheck has raised $6.1 million from investors to enable waiter-less checkout at more than 3,000 venues worldwide, the company will announce Tuesday. …

iPad 6 with 30-40% Higher Pixel Density Expected in 2014

Countering earlier reports about the possibility of Apple launching a larger, 12.9-inch iPad next year, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo states in a new research note that the company will instead release a new sixth-generation 9.7-inch iPad with 30-40% higher pixel density than seen in both the …

Instagram Removes Ability To Turn Off Video Autoplay Ahead Of Ad Push

Instagram recently received a minor update with bug fixes, and you may not have noticed that a small setting is no longer present in the iPhone app. You used to be able to disable autoplay for videos, but now the only video options are for sound and preloading over Wi-Fi-only.<p>The change may not …

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Stock Up On Earbuds With These Ergonomic iPhone 5/5S Headphones – 50% off [Deals]

You can never have too many headphones. I’ve written before about how I’ve got different ones for different use cases, so when an ergonomic set of earbuds suited for the iPhone 5, 5S, and 5C become available at a low price — well…I’m all ears.<p>Cult of Mac has a set of earbuds that meets that …

Magnify Is Buying Waywire To Build A Consumer-Facing Video Curation Powerhouse

New York-based video startup Magnify is in the process of acquiring Waywire, the company that Cory Booker founded, to build a consumer-facing business around the curation of videos online. The deal, which was reported earlier today by AllThingsD, isn’t quite done yet, but is expected to close early …