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Oppo Teases N3 Android Smartphone with Swivelling Camera

Oppo has released a teaser image of its upcoming N3 smartphone, which features a swivelling camera for taking both front and rear-facing shots.<p>The handset will be formally unveiled later this month, although the anticipation has been quelled recently by a slew of leaks.<p>The official image published …

iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD

Chinese mobile carriers and Chinese e-commerce site Jingdong Mall (JD.com) have processed a combined total of about 20 million pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus since pre-orders began on October 10, reports <i>Tencent</i> (Google Translate, via <i>Digitimes</i>).<p>The report notes that China's three biggest …

Samsung Galaxy Gear and Galaxy Note III To Be Unveiled Sep 4

Samsung has confirmed that it will reveal the Galaxy Gear smartwatch and Galaxy Note III smartphone in Berlin on September 4, prior to the IFA trade show and the same day Sony wants to launch to launch its ‘Honami’ handset.<p>The date has been rumored for some time, and the launch of Samsung’s next …

Minting a Moto X is fun, but not yet magical

Virtually making a custom Moto X offers some thrills but needs more options for real excitement.<p>Don't expect to be blown away by Moto Maker, the fresh online tool for creating unique Moto X phones with built-to-order designs. While its personal customization skills are a very cool differentiator …

Mobile Technology

Google Glass gains ClockworkMod Recovery for future hacks: have a peek!

This week the folks at CyanogenMod, far and away the most popular 3rd party ROM development group, have revealed their first shot at ClockworkMod …

Android News

Future proofing: Xbox One to support 3D and 4K content

The Xbox One is a next-generation console, and as such, it's built with some future proofing in mind. It can do things you're not quite ready for just yet, such as play back 4K resolution games, movies, and TV. And it'll support 3D visuals too, despite the fact that 3D in the home has yet to catch …

Samsung GALAXY S 4 Developer Edition opens door to Android purity for Verizon

This week the Samsung GALAXY S 4 Developer Edition has been announced by the company for Verizon and AT&T, here opening the door to a more “pure” …

Jon Stewart on Tim Cook’s Less-Than-Taxing Senate Reception

Apple CEO Tim Cook’s appearance before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations earlier this week to defend Apple’s tax practices was a …

Microsoft Xbox 360 does not infringe Motorola patents, rules ITC

The International Trade Commission has ruled that Microsoft did not infringe upon any Motorola Mobility patents with the Xbox 360. The decision represents the end of an investigation that stretches back to 2010. Motorola Mobility contended that Microsoft had infringed upon several of its patents …

In risky new tack, Microsoft stacks Surface against iPad

Microsoft is taking a chance by comparing Surface RT with the iPad. The comparisons -- even those listed by Microsoft -- aren't that favorable.<p>Microsoft's "iPad vs. Windows" campaign now includes iPad vs. Surface RT. Is Microsoft picking the right fight?<p>On the back of new ads that zero on the …

Microsoft Office

iPhone 5 repairs won't come cheap

Fixing a busted iPhone screen can cost a pretty penny. And, it appears that repairs for each iteration of the device are getting more expensive.<p>It's happened to a lot of people -- their iPhone drops from their hands, falls off their lap, plunks into a toilet, or gets knocked off a table.<p>Showing off …

Mobile Technology

HTC One 'Google Edition' with stock Android reportedly in the works

HTC may follow Samsung's lead and produce a "Google Edition" of its latest flagship smartphone running stock Android. According to sources that spoke to Russell Holly at <i>Geek</i>, work on a version of the HTC One without its Sense software customizations is underway, with a US launch said to be …

Chrome for Android automatically translates the web in latest beta

Google Translate is coming to Chrome on Android. The Chrome Beta Android app was updated Thursday with a new feature that can automatically translate webpages into different languages. On a phone or tablet, the feature works a lot like the translation capabilities that are included in Chrome on the …

Xbox One supports 4K and 3D

Microsoft has confirmed that the new console does indeed support Ultra HD for both video and gaming.<p><b>Despite not being mentioned at the Xbox One</b> …

Microsoft details how Xbox One cloud servers will tackle processor-intensive gaming chores

One of the Xbox launch's big reveals was that Microsoft added 300,000 servers to Xbox Live, and now GM Matt Booty has detailed to <i>Ars Technica</i> how that'll improve game play. He said the improved cloud architecture will speed up GPU- or CPU-heavy chores that aren't dependent on latency -- like …

Google Glass Will Reportedly Use Samsung's OLED

Google will reportedly use Samsung’s organic light-emitting diode technology (OLED) in Google Glass – a wearable computer that should be available for consumers by the end of this year.<p>A Korea Times report cited sources as saying that the company’s top management recently approved a proposal by …