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Somehow, Pebble is making a better smartwatch than gadget giants like Samsung and Sony

Samsung is a multibillion company with 425,000 employees and a massive supply chain. Pebble is 40-strong and fueled by $10 million in Kickstarter money.<p>So you might be surprised at which one is making the better smartwatch.<p>On Wednesday, Pebble unveiled the latest steps in its effort to take over …

Patent wars: Tech giants sue Samsung and Google

<b>A group of tech giants known as the Rockstar Consortium is suing Google, Samsung, HTC and others over alleged mobile phone patent infringements.</b><p>Rockstar, jointly owned by Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson and Sony, is targeting manufacturers of phones that run the rival Google Android …

iPhone 5S now in even shorter supply, says analyst

Available stock of Apple's top-of-the-line iPhone has tightened over the past three weeks, says analyst Gene Munster.<p>The iPhone 5S is now playing even harder to get.<p>Over the past three weeks, availability of the new high-end iPhone has dropped to less than 5 percent of all iPhone models, Piper …

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Rare gold-plated Leica Luxus II could fetch $1.6 million at auction

Hope you like crocodile skin<p>There are plenty of modern cameras that feature a retro style, but if you're looking for something truly vintage this Leica Luxus II from 1932 might be more appealing. The gold-plated camera is one of just four ever produced, and according to auction house Bonhams, "the …

Apple's Entirely Unnecessary But Very Cool Method Of Making The Mac Pro

This is an interesting little tale to me covering as it does two parts of my working life: tech and business and then the wider shores of the metals business which is what I do in my day job. Apple's new Mac Pro uses one particular metals manufacturing technique which is entirely unnecessary in a …

U.S. Cellular Gets The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c on November 8th

U.S. Cellular, the 5th largest wireless network in the US, has announced today that it will get the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c on November 8th. Subscribers on the network have been champing at the bit for the announcement and Twitter is full of folks complaining that they still hadn’t announced a date …

BlackBerry faces dogfight as firm returns to its corporate roots

Chris Farrer is preparing to place a big order for smartphones. That used to be a simple task for the manager of telecommunications at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers: buy more BlackBerrys to run on the firm's BlackBerry server. This time it's different.<p>Like other organizations around the world, the …

Amazon listings hint at new Apple TV

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>There’s no rumor like an Apple (S AAPL) TV rumor: Refreshed Apple TV hardware could be available as early as next week, if we …

BlackBerry shows flicker of life: KPMG buys 3,500 smartphones

It's a rare bit of positive news for a company that has endured massive losses and continued chatter over its ability to survive through the year.<p>BlackBerry is alive and kicking. Really.<p>That would be the reasoning behind a release issued by the company on Wednesday touting a commitment to its …

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Ion Glasses offer a discrete first step into wearables

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Credit: Ion<p>In a world where wearable devices are just emerging, albeit rapidly, is it too soon to start thinking about …

Here's What Law Enforcement Can Recover From A Seized iPhone

You may think of your iPhone as a friendly personal assistant. But once it’s alone in a room full of law enforcement officials, you might be surprised at the revealing things it will say about you.<p>On Tuesday the American Civil Liberties Union published a report it obtained from a drug investigation …

iPhone 5S release dates, specs keep pouring in

It's up to Apple now to top or debunk the flood of iPhone 5S rumors, but many of the rumors seem credible.<p>We have iPhone 5S release dates, colors, and specs. Did I leave anything out?<p>Oh yeah, I forget to mention that they're all just rumors. But there's little left to the imagination these days …

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Starbucks Rolling Out Wireless Charging Stations

Sick of looking for an outlet to charge your phone while you sip on your venti latte? It may be a thing of the past, if Starbucks has anything to say …

Wow! Apple’s stock had a nice July

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>What do the Big Apple and Apple have in common? Nothing except that during the month of July 2013 they were both scorching hot!<p>…

Apple Seeds New Xcode 5, OS X Server and Remote Desktop Betas to Developers

Alongside the release of iTunes 11.1 beta 1, a new Apple TV beta, and iOS 7 beta 4 yesterday, Apple has also begun seeding developers with newly …

Apple opens iMessage spam reporting tool ahead of iOS 7

A new knowledge base article on Apple’s website introduces an iMessage spam reporting system.<p>To report unwanted iMessage messages to Apple, please send an email with the following details to: imessage.spam@icloud.com• Include a screenshot of the message you have received.<br>• Include the full email …

Vintage Video of Movie Critics Siskel and Ebert Reviewing Apple Commercials Surfaces Online

Late last week Apple commercials from the 1980s began resurfacing on YouTube channel EveryAppleAds, offering an extensive look at Apple advertising during that time period. Now, the same YouTube channel has uploaded a video of late film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert reviewing similar ads.<p>The …

Packaging for a rumored budget iPhone 5C shows up online

It's uncertain whether the image is the real thing, but many Apple watchers expect the company to reveal a "budget" iPhone in the fall.<p>As Apple's fall product reveal approaches, alleged images of the new iPhone parts are appearing with greater frequency. The latest is plastic packaging for an …

Vibrating pen checks your spelling as you write

The Lernstift Linux smart pen on Kickstarter monitors your spelling as you write, vibrating when you make a mistake.<p>Spell-check can be pretty …

Apple Ramping Up For Stylish iWatch, Curved Casing Could Be Liquidmetal

Reports this week indicate that Apple is building a substantial team of veterans from multiple industries to build a stylish, multi-functional iWatch. The timing of the hires points to a late 2014 release, according to an analyst report and a story in the <i>Financial Times</i>. Far from being a bad sign …

750 million phones could be vulnerable in massive SIM security flaw

<i>The New York Times</i> reports that a security researcher has found a vulnerability in the encryption used by some mobile SIM cards that could let hackers remotely take control of a phone. The flaw relates to cards using DES (Data Encryption Standard) for encryption — it's an older standard that's …

How Will Apple Handle Verizon’s iPhone Shortfall?

Verizon has an iPhone problem and it’s not going away.<p>Reporting second-quarter earnings Thursday, Verizon said that more than half of the 7.5 million …

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Lernstift Pen, Which Corrects You As You Write, Picks Up Speed On Kickstarter

Lernstift is a pen which vibrates when you spell the word incorrectly. However, it could also be capable of spawning its own App ecosystem. After launching on Kickstarter recently, it’s picking up speed towards its modest $183,000 goal to go into full production.<p>Created by Munich-based …

Get Paid to Use Your Phone by Putting Advertisements on Your Lock Screen

According to the data, most look at their phone's lock screen more than a hundred times a day. With a new app, every one of those looks or swipes …

GM wary of Tesla

The Detroit auto giant is boosting its innovation efforts while keeping tabs on the Silicon Valley startup<p>General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM) CEO Dan Akerson has not minced words about his disdain for the way GM was run until its Chapter 11 reorganization in June 2009.<p>Now he’s starting to pay more …

'Star Wars' uploaded to Instagram Video as hundreds of 15-second clips

What’s your favorite 15 seconds of <i>Star Wars Episode IV?</i> If you don’t have an answer right away, no problem — someone has been painstakingly uploading the entire 1977 classic to Instagram Video as hundreds of tiny snippets. Better still, <i>Gizmodo</i> points out that the person behind the madness is doing …

Apple could be planning enhanced TV service with ad skipping

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Apple’s talks with big cable over a comprehensive TV service seem to be back in motion, as former <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reporter …

Next-Gen iPhone Production Kicks Into Gear; Will There Be a Mid-Tier iPhone, Too?

Martin Hajek<p>Apple is ramping up production of its next-generation iPhone ahead of an expected fall introduction that could include a second, …

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Lost-and-Found Bluetooth Accessory 'Tile' Passes $1 Million in Pre-Orders

Tile is a Bluetooth Low Energy device that connects to the iPhone to assist users in finding lost items like keys, wallets, computers and more. The company is offering Tiles for $19 each via a Kickstarter-like preordering process.<p>The company has more than 18,500 backers and just passed $1 million …

Apple Plans To Investigate Reports That A Woman Was Shocked To Death By Her iPhone 5

The news comes from statements an Apple spokesperson made to the Hong Kong-based publication South China Morning Post. We've reached out to Apple for confirmation, and we will update if the company responds.<p>The woman was reportedly killed from an electric shock when she picked up her iPhone 5 to …

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