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UK hacker arrested over Xbox Live and PSN attacks

An 18-year-old man from Southport has been arrested as part of a police investigation into the attacks on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network over …

American Airlines

This is why the iPhone 6 doesn't have a sapphire screen

The inside story of the billion-dollar bet that didn't pay off<p>The iPhone 6 was supposed to have a sapphire display. More than a year ago, Apple turned to GT Advanced Technologies, the now-bankrupt supplier, to solve its longstanding problems with scratched and cracked displays. But as soon as the …

Google releases its souped-up bookmarks manager for Chrome... again

We've caught glimpses of Google's new image-rich bookmarks system for Chrome a couple of times in the past, and now it's back with a new name, but not much in the way of new features. The extension formerly known as Google Stars is now simply (and blandly) listed on the Chrome Web Store as …

Motorola is now part of Lenovo

Hello, Lenovo<p>Motorola Mobility officially becomes part of Lenovo today. Lenovo’s acquisition was announced back in February for $2.91 billion, and today marks the finalization of the deal. Motorola is now "a Lenovo company," but the brand will remain as a subsidiary of Lenovo, headquartered in …

Apple No Longer Rejecting Calculator Widgets From The App Store

The maker of a popular iOS app and widget, PCalc, which took advantage of iOS 8’s support for Notification Center Widgets, was recently told by Apple that his handy app would be pulled from the App Store due to the fact that “widgets on iOS cannot perform any calculations.” The app’s creator, James …

Lenovo officially buys Motorola Mobility, is now the no. 3 smartphone vendor in the world

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Google<p>It’s official: On Thursday, Lenovo announced that it had purchased Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.91 …

Tim Cook: I'm proud to be gay

In an editorial at <i>Bloomberg Businessweek</i> today, Apple CEO Tim Cook reveals he's proud to be gay. "So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me." Cook explains that "plenty" of Apple employees know he’s gay and "it doesn’t seem to make a …

Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 Mobile Processor Announced

Qualcomm has taken the wraps off its latest mobile processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 210, which comes with support for 4G LTE, and it is designed …

Google Hangouts Gets Free US and Canada Phone Calls

Earlier today, Google started offering Google Voice users the option to migrate their accounts to Hangouts. Now, we know the full extent of the update: As well as integrating Google Voice accounts, all Hangouts users (iOS, Android and Web) can now make voice-only calls to one another, as well as …

Microsoft increases OneDrive’s maximum file size from 2GB to 10GB

As expected, Microsoft today announced that OneDrive now supports files up to 10GB in size, a significant jump from the previous 2GB cap. Support for larger files is included on the Web and in the Windows, Mac and mobile apps.<p>Business users can also look forward to the increased limit, though …

Microsoft is killing the Nokia and Windows Phone brands

Windows and Lumia all the way<p>Microsoft is planning to stop using the Nokia and Windows Phone brands this holiday season in its marketing materials. <i>GeeksOnGadgets</i> has obtained an internal Microsoft document that details the company's guidelines for its own brands, and <i>The Verge</i> can confirm the …

Apple finds some iPhone 5 units have battery problems, opens replacement program

This Friday afternoon, Apple has opened up an iPhone 5 battery replacement program after discovering that a “very small percentage” of units “may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently.” The iPhone 5 was originally launched in September 2012, and Apple says …

Apps

Google's self-driving cars will need steering wheels, at least for now

Rules issued by the California DMV say the search giant's software-powered car prototypes still need physical controls during testing.<p>Google has been hard at work developing self-driving cars, but it looks like the company will need to wait before software is truly in the driver's seat.<p>The …

Autonomous Cars

REVIEW: Samsung’s First Nook Tablet Is Cheap And Has One Key Advantage Over Amazon’s Kindle

Since Barnes & Noble no longer makes its own Nooks, it has teamed up with the biggest Android mobile device makers in the world to create the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook— a full Android tablet that also comes with Barnes & Noble's Nook app store and software.<p>If you're already familiar with Samsung's …

Apps

Graphic: Android's split personality, 2014 edition

Android devices come in all shapes and sizes and may run any one of more than a half-dozen active versions of Google’s (GOOG) operating system.<p>This …

Microsoft's FCC filing hints at a Chromecast rival called Miracast dongle

Microsoft might very well be gearing up to launch a Google Chromecast rival. While the tech giant hasn't announced anything official yet, one of its latest FCC filings details a device codenamed HD-10, which features WiFi, HDMI support and a USB connection. Those three will sound familiar if you …

iPhone 5C is for Midwesterners, 5S is for Northeasterners

When Apple launched the iPhone 5C and 5S last September, it was the first time the company had released two new iPhone models simultaneously. (It may do this again in a few weeks.) The 5C, with a colorful, plastic case, was slower and less expensive. The 5S, featuring a fingerprint-scanning …

Mobile Technology

Apple Adds Beats Music to App Store List of 'Apps Made by Apple'

Following Apple's official acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music, the Beats Music iOS app has been added to Apple's App Store listing of "Apps Made by Apple," giving the app high-profile placement to encourage downloads.<p>This section of the iTunes Store, which also houses Apple-designed …

Amazon's New Phone 'Traps' You: Consumer Reports

<b>CNBC</b><p>The new Amazon Fire smartphone doesn't measure up against its competitors and "traps" its users in the Amazon ecosystem, according to a new review by Consumer Reports.<p>While the Fire, which wants to be the ultimate shopping phone, taps into all Amazon has to offer, other phones can provide most …

Which Apps Are Eating Your Battery? Normal Will Tell You.

Somewhere, somehow, maybe less than a year after I got the latest version of my iPhone, its battery would mysteriously deplete in about half a day.<p>I wasn’t really sure why. But now I can find out.<p>There’s a new app called ‘Normal’ out from a pair of Stanford Ph.Ds in computer science named Adam …

Top cable providers now have more broadband subscribers than TV customers

The top US cable providers now have more broadband subscribers than pay-TV customers, if new numbers from an analytics firm are correct. The milestone was reached last quarter, according to figures from Leichtman Research Group. Companies including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, and …

Americans don't want small Windows tablets, says largest PC maker

Lenovo stops selling two of its smallest Windows tablets in the US<p>Small Windows tablets have gotten a cool response from US customers, Lenovo said today. The top PC maker currently manufactures two 8-inch Windows 8 tablets: the ThinkPad 8 and Miix 2, which have both been available for a number of …

The top 15 smartphones you can buy right now

OK, so it <i>usually</i> doesn't cost as much as a car, but a smartphone is still an important lifestyle purchase. And it will probably be at your side 24/7 (if you're anything like us). There's always a bit of hemming and hawing, for sure, but we've distilled the options down to a short list of the top …

This Is How Drastically Your Windows Computer Has Changed Over The Years

We've come a long way from the aging, chunky monitors we used to play "The Oregon Trail" in elementary school.<p>And, as computers have become slimmer and more sleek, so has the software that goes along with it.<p>Here's a look at how Windows has changed throughout the years.

Software

The 20 Most Beautiful And Clever Tech Logos

We've put together this list of the best, most beautiful tech company and product logos, spanning from startups to more-established companies.<p>Let us know in the comments if we skipped any other great ones.

Graphic Design

Here's What Happens When Cellphone Users Get Their Own Lane On The Sidewalk

There are bike lanes. There are slow lanes and fast lanes. And now, at least for a little while, there's a lane for cellphone users.<p>The lane was drawn by the folks behind a new National Geographic TV show called "Mind Over Masses," according to Yahoo Tech's Rob Pegoraro. The show, which was …

Text Messaging

Scoop: 'Next Big Thing' for Samsung's US mobile team: A move to the East Coast

The relocation brings Samsung Telecommunications America closer to the company's TV, appliance, and other electronics businesses, but it's causing some employee departures.<p>Samsung is relocating the team that dreamed up the successful "Next Big Thing" marketing campaign to New York and New Jersey, …

Mobile

With 1M Sold In The Last Quarter, Google’s Chromebooks Are A Hit With Schools

During its earnings call this week, Google announced that it — and its partners — sold a million Chromebooks to schools in the last quarter. Overall PC sales worldwide were about 76 million in the last quarter, according to Gartner’s latest numbers, so a million Chromebook sales just to the …