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What Putin’s Russia and other homophobes around the world are doing with their iPhones

Apple CEO Tim Cook’s revelation in Businessweek that he is gay has elicited a generally positive response from around the web, garnered mostly praise from media journalists, and led LGBT rights watchdog group Human Rights Campaign to say that Cook’s “courageous step forward” is destined to “save …

LGBTQI

Sony to pull back from Chinese mobile market

Sony is to pull back significantly from the Chinese mobile market and appoint a new executive to head its mobile division as the company steps up …

Google Calendar for the web now lets you plan a schedule more quickly

The holidays are fast approaching, and chances are you're already busy planning your schedule for the next couple of months. Knowing how important it is to stick to a schedule for seasons like this, Google has introduced a handful of changes to its calendar interface for the web. Now, you don't …

Moto X (2014) in leather going for $0 on contract, bamboo for $20

What is the right price for the new Moto X (2014)? If you said $0 on contract, you’re in luck. Get the Leather backed Motorola Moto X (2014) for just $0 at Amazon, the black resin version is only a dollar more, and Best Buy is offering similar pricing too.<p>The deals go for the new Moto X (2014) on …

Mobile Technology

Mass protests convince Hungarian government to drop internet tax plans

Prime Minister Viktor Orban says government will revisit internet taxation and regulation next year<p>Hungary has decided to suspend a controversial plan to tax internet data transfers, after the proposed policy sparked large protests earlier this week. As Reuters reports, Prime Minister Viktor Orban …

20 best Android apps and games this week

It’s time for our latest roundup of the latest, greatest Android apps and games, this time from the last two weeks’ worth of releases on the Google Play store.<p>As ever, the prices provided in brackets are for the initial download only: when an app uses in-app purchases, this will be listed as (Free …

You can try Sony's VR headset at the 'PlayStation Experience'

Tickets for Sony's PlayStation Experience in December go on sale today, but aside from a few coy teases, what you'll do there hasn't been clear. Well, now that's changing. For starters, Project Morpheus -- the catch-up king's VR headset -- is making its consumer show debut (as opposed to, say, …

Large Apple Store in Lille, France expected to open next month

French site <i>MacG</i> reports that a new Apple Store in Lille, northern France, looks set to open next month. Apple has put up the black hoardings that usually appear in the final weeks of preparing a new retail store for opening …<p>The store, located on rue Faidherbe, will be a relatively large one for …

Google to pay fine for showing woman's cleavage on Street View

In Canada, a judge rejects the defense that once you are doing something in public, you have no right to privacy.<p>Everything that's in the public eye is not necessarily public.<p>This seems to be the logic offered by a court in Quebec, Canada, after a woman objected to how she was portrayed on Google …

Google Street View

Sony replaces mobile chief and slashes smartphone sales forecast

Sony's attempt to become a major player in mobile has hit another speed bump. The company now expects to ship 41 million smartphones in its current fiscal year — that's down from a forecast of 43 million units in July, which was itself a cut from the 50 million projected in April. Although Sony's …

Google Wallet now alerts you when your balance is low

You can't exactly use Google Wallet everywhere you go just yet, but if you do use it often enough to warrant semi-regular transfers from your bank, then you'll love its latest update. Now, you can activate recurring bank transfers, even pick the amount and the schedule (say, once a month or so) you …

Samsung Announces The Galaxy A5 And Galaxy A3, Its “Slimmest Smartphones To Date”

Samsung vowed to introduce more desirable phones when it revealed its disappointing Q3 2014 earnings yesterday, and it has wasted no time doing so after announcing the Galaxy A5 and the Galaxy A3 — two metallic devices that it calls its “slimmest smartphones to date.”<p>The Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 …

Former Android Boss Andy Rubin is Leaving Google

Today, Google executive Andy Rubin told his team that he was leaving the company as first reported by the Wall Street Journal.<p>Rubin joined Google when the company bought Android in 2005. In 2013, he left the Android division and went on to head the company’s robotic division.<p>According to the WSJ, …

72% of Americans Won’t Wear Google Glass Because of Privacy Worries

It’s not Google Glass’ nerdy aesthetics, somewhat douchey reputation or lofty price tag that will prevent a whopping 72 percent of Americans from …

HTC loses $62 million as the One bows out to the M8

The loss came during the HTC One's final quarter as the Taiwanese company's flagship smartphone.<p>Farewell HTC One , we hardly knew ye. In its final months as HTC's flagship, the excellent One couldn't reverse a Q4 net loss of T$1.88 billion ($62.06 million) for the Taiwanese company.<p>Between January …

Livestream app for Google Glass broadcasts from your point of view

The world has entered the era of live, point-of-view mass broadcasts with Livestream’s new app for Google Glass.<p>The new app, unveiled at the National Association of Broadcasters conference, complements an existing Glass video streaming app available through Google Hangouts.<p>“Hangouts is a one-to-one …

Twitter Acquires Android Lockscreen App Cover, Moves Deeper Into Mobile Services

A very interesting acquisition announcement from Twitter today: it’s buying Cover, an Android lockscreen app that lets you customise what apps you see and when. For now, Cover will remain live in the Play store.<p>“If that changes down the road, we’ll provide another update here,” the founders Todd …

Samsung's rumored Bond-like smartwatch may make and take calls

What if a smartwatch were more than just an accessory for your smartphone?<p>Samsung may be testing that possibility with an upcoming smartwatch that can send and receive calls thanks to its very own SIM slot. And it seems Samsung has come up with just the right name for the standalone smartwatch: …

Using Windows 8.1? It's time to get the update

On Tuesday, Microsoft will make Windows 8.1 Update available. To continue to get patches, 8.1 users need to move to it soon.<p>As of Tuesday, all Windows 8.1 users will be able to move to Windows 8.1 Update.<p>Microsoft will be making the update -- formerly known by those of us who've been tracking it …

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Game of Thrones' season premiere is free to watch on Xbox this week

If you missed out on <i>Game of Thrones</i>' season 4 premiere when it first aired -- say, because of the HBO Go meltdown -- you're in for a treat this week. HBO is giving all Xbox users free access to the episode between April 8th and April 14th, whether or not they're subscribers to the premium TV …

Amazon Says Fire TV Will Boost Mid-Market Games

More details on how the company's new TV box fits into the gamer's living room.<p>There’s no shortage of TV-connected gaming devices out there, from the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One down to microconsoles like the Ouya. Now Amazon’s own microconsole is here, and the company is working to define why the …

Digitimes: Apple working on in-house baseband chip design to appear in 2015 iPhone

Apple is reportedly putting together a new engineering team that would focus on creating baseband hardware for future iPhone models, according to Digitimes. Apple’s current chips are supplied by Qualcomm, but is said to be considering a move to an in-house design as it did with its mobile …

HTC's M8: Get This Smartphone Before It's Too Late?

The latest high-end smartphone from HTC has reached store shelves for only about a week, but early feedback in the developer’s home market Taiwan points to a coming sales boom after a string of failures. Customers often partial toward Samsung smartphones are lining up to fiddle with the 5-inch HTC …

The Most Important Features In Samsung's Beautiful New Fitness Gadget

You can read the full review of the Gear Fit here and check out its most important features in the gallery below.

China Approves Microsoft-Nokia Deal

Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia devices and services business took a big step towards completion after the Ministry of Commerce in China formally approved the $7.2 billion deal.<p>The two companies have been waiting on approval from various governments in Asia, and recently announced that deal is …

Turkey blocks Twitter as people use social media to share corruption evidence

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Turkish officials have blocked access to Twitter(s twtr), after people used the microblogging service to disseminate evidence …

T-Mobile will soon require half your phone to be paid off before upgrading with Jump

T-Mobile is modifying its Jump early upgrade plan later this month, and all of the changes aren't for the better. Come February 23rd, Jump customers will no longer be limited to two upgrades per year. Instead, you'll be able to upgrade whenever you want and as often as you want. But there's a …

Microsoft's purchase of Nokia is still set to close by the end of March

It's been almost six months since Microsoft announced its intention to purchase Nokia for $7.2 billion, and today the phone manufacturer reiterated its intention to have the sale complete before this quarter ends. In a press release today, Nokia stressed that an ongoing tax dispute in India over …

BitTorrent Announces Mobile App Using Its Live P2P Streaming Protocol

BitTorrent today announced plans to introduce the first Alpha product based on its Live P2P streaming technology: a new mobile streaming application coming later this year. Unfortunately, the company wouldn’t offer any more details beyond “The first app built using BitTorrent Live distributed …

Instapainting Turns Your Photos Into Hand-Painted Oil Paintings On The Cheap

Surprise! It’s Valentine’s Day, the stealthiest of all the holidays. Sneaks up on you, doesn’t it?<p>If you’re trying to get a gift today, you… might be a bit short on options. Will you go with the gas station teddy bear? The twice-crushed box of chocolates? A bouquet of acceptable-looking roses for …