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Microsoft Likely To Break Out A Bigger, Not Smaller, Surface Tomorrow Morning

Tomorrow in New York, Microsoft is holding a Surface-themed event that was expected for a time to include the unveiling of a new, smaller Surface device — the Surface Mini as it was dubbed by the media.<p>Not so, it now appears. Reports have cropped up that a smaller device isn’t happening, and that …

Facebook reportedly creating another Snapchat-like tool for fading memories

Unable to buy Snapchat, Facebook is once again building its own quick-dissolving image app.<p>The social networking giant has been hard at work for several months creating a Snapchat-clone, according to a report in Sunday’s <i>Financial Times</i>. The newspaper, citing “people familiar with [Facebook’s] …

Google Apps gets a bit more secure, all the better to woo your boss' boss' boss

Google has yet again gussied up its email, calendar, document collaboration, and file-sharing services to appeal to the fattest of fat cats: The enterprise — including schools and government agencies.<p>As Google campaigns to sell businesses on its cloud-based email, file storage, and calendar …

Facebook Execs Have Cashed Out $7.2B Since IPO

In the two years since Facebook’s IPO, the company’s executives and insiders have sold 186 million shares of stock, raking in $7.2 billion.<p>Eleven …

Google helps out cyclists by adding elevation data to Maps bike routes

Google has quietly begun adding elevation data for bike routes listed on Google Maps. <i>TechCrunch</i> first spotted the new elevation profiles, and the company has since confirmed it's taking new steps to offer cyclists a better preview of bike routes and trails. It'll certainly be a welcome improvement …

Flappy Bird Is Returning To The App Store!

If you somehow managed to miss out on one of the largest App Store sensations this year before it was pulled by its developer, you're in luck. Flappy Bird is set to return to the App Store with some new features that'll make a seemingly overnight success an even bigger deal than it was …

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FTC may soon turn its regulatory gaze toward data-collecting health apps

The Federal Trade Commission recently said it would crack down on the sharing of information about children by mobile apps, and now we see indications that it will turn its regulatory gaze toward apps that collect health data.<p>In late February and early March, the commission conducted a small study …

Zagg Invisible Shield Glass: Perhaps the best investment for a new iPhone

I’m such a bad iPhone(s aapl) owner. I generally take good care of my handsets, mainly because I sell them to upgrade from one iPhone to the next. …

Leap Motion grows up with applications in augmented reality and physical therapy

When the Leap Motion controller came out last summer, my colleague Stacey Higginbotham was somewhat skeptical. It was lacking in compelling apps and …

Epic 360-degree selfie will give you wanderlust

By attaching a GoPro camera to a long stick, extreme adventurer Alex Chacón documented himself in an astonishing 360-degree video selfie that spans more than 36 countries. In it, he features himself around an impressive list of exotic sites, including the Taj Mahal and the Maya Pyramids of Chichen …

Deals: 1 Year iOS & Android Game Design Online Training at 93% Off

<b>93% Off a 1 year of online training on iOS and Android game design and development</b><p>Today’s featured deal in the iPad Insight store offers a great, affordable entry into the world of designing and developing games for iOS and Android devices. The year of online training courses is being offered for …

On Android tablets, Intel wrestles its prices in line with ARM's -- report

Intel has managed to get the cost of Android tablets that run its chips competitive with the price of ARM-based systems, as it continues to pour money and resources into spurring growth, according to Digitimes Research.<p>"Android-on-Intel tablets' costs are already lower than those of the same level …

Filtering A New Idea: A Book That's Educational And 'Drinkable'

From the outside, "The Drinkable Book" looks like a normal book. It's about an inch or two thick, with 20 pages. But these pages do a lot more than convey information. Each page also serves as a water filter, a valuable tool for preventing waterborne illness in the developing world. Globally, about …

Microsoft's touch-first Modern Office suite revealed in documents

It’s been a year and a half since Microsoft released Windows 8 and its ‘Modern’ interface to the world, but we’re still yet to see a touch-first interface emerge for the company’s Office suite, until now.<p>In what can be only described as a slightly odd move, Microsoft Research has published an …

Twitter shuts up your annoying friends with Mute

Twitter has just announced a new mute feature that'll let you shut up the annoying people in your feed, at least temporarily. If, say, one of your friends is at a conference and is just babbling non-stop about the parties he's attending, you can now mute him. This removes his tweets and retweets …

Verizon could be doubling bandwidth in cities with so-called 'XLTE'

If you've been using Verizon's LTE service in major urban areas for a few years, you're probably well aware that speeds aren't what they used to be. The drop in speeds has provided fuel for competitors AT&T and T-Mobile, but Verizon is about to roll out its answer to those problems next week, …

Cue Is A Connected Lab-In-A-Box For On-Demand Health Testing At Home

The quantified self and quantified health trends frequently overlap — but few startups are quite as tightly screwed into that sticking place as Cue. Not yet anyway.<p>This San Diego-based startup, which was founded back in 2009 in the midst of the swine flu peak and has attracted more than $1 million …

Apple being investigated over misleading ‘freemium’ apps

If you’re an iOS gamer, chances are you’re fed up of games loaded to the gunwales with in-app purchases. The so-called “freemium” trend for games is annoying for two main reasons: One, in many cases it makes games virtually unplayable if you won’t shell out the extra cash for IAPs. Two, it’s …

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Review: Rebuilding A Walled Garden Under Google

Following on from my look at the hardware of the Samsung Galaxy S5 here on Forbes, I want to turn my eye to the software and the user interface of the South Korean flagship handset.<p>More than the any part of the highly specced Galaxy S5, from the fingerprint sensor and heart-rate monitor, to the …

Sony VPL-HW40ES Review: Video Projector Awesomeness

The VPL-HW40ES is exactly the right product for Sony to be making, at least as front projectors go. The roughly-$3,000 price range is a real sweet spot for projectors recently, with many excellent offerings within a few hundred of that. Last year’s VPL-HW50ES was a great PJ, but at $4,000 it was a …

LG’s return to Windows Phone revealed in leaked image

LG created a handset for the original Windows Phone 7 launch back in 2010, but the company skipped Windows Phone 8 and it looked like it might never return to Microsoft’s mobile software. A recently leaked image from @evleaks appears to show an upcoming LG Windows Phone 8.1 handset. There’s no …

Spotify for Windows Phone Updated with Radio, Browse and Discover

Music streaming service Spotify has today announced that its Windows Phone app now includes the Browse and Discover features for finding new music that have been available on other platforms for some time. It also brings the Spotify Radio option previously missing from the Windows Phone incarnation.<p>…

Apple to add HD audio playback in iOS 8 -- report

iPhone and iPad users may be able to enjoy higher-quality music after iOS 8 arrives later this year.<p>Apple is rumored to be prepping high-definition audio playback for the next edition of iOS, Japanese website Macotakara said Tuesday. The Music app in iOS 7 can't handle high-quality 24-bit audio …

Nokia, Motorola hedge smartphone allegiances

Many of the leading handset vendors have a hand -- or at least a pinky -- in both the Android and Windows Phone worlds.<p>A year ago, Motorola and Nokia were the two handset brands with the strongest allegiance to a specific operating system. But times -- and the owners of those companies -- are …

BlackBerry Officially Unveils The Z3 “Jakarta Edition,” Its $200 Foxconn Phone

BlackBerry’s future, especially in the hardware biz, is uncertain, but it did take the wraps off a new handset today (via MobileSyrup). The Z3 “Jakarta” edition is unique to the Indonesian market at launch, but it’s also BlackBerry’s first phone co-created with Foxconn, one of the largest Asian …

Wholesale Shopping App Boxed Raises $6.5M From Greycroft, First Round, And Signia

Last summer, mobile commerce startup Boxed launched its app to enable customers to buy wholesale goods and have them shipped to their doors. With ultra-fast growth over the last several months, the company has raised a $6.5 million round of funding designed to help accelerate things even …

Nexus 7 purchases now come with £50 Play Store credit

If you've been eyeing up Google's latest Nexus 7 tablet but needed a little something to tip you over the edge, then this might give you the incentive you need. Google and ASUS have teamed up to offer £50 credit to spend on Play Store content if you purchase a 16GB Nexus 7 between now and June 1st. …

Who needs social TV apps? Smart remote app Peel now highlights trending TV Twitter conversations

While plenty of apps have tried to make television a social experience, the smart remote app Peel is tapping into an existing social network for conversations around your favorite show.<p>For its redesigned app launching on Android today, Peel has implemented a patent-pending solution for finding …

Apple will get 111K streaming subscribers if it buys Beats, says leaked doc

<i>Updated at 9:02 AM pacific to clarify royalty rates for labels and performers versus songwriters</i><p>Streaming music service Spotify apparently dwarfs Apple acquisition target Beats Music by around 5.9 million paying subscribers.<p>Beats Music, the streaming music subsidiary of Dr. Dre’s headphones company …