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BlackBerry calls off 'Live' conference, cancels two low-cost phones

On Friday, BlackBerry delivered its Q3 financial report, and the numbers weren't pretty. But lost inside all that data was yet another worrying development: BlackBerry's current predicament has forced the company to abandon work on two unreleased smartphones. Citing its own sources, <i>The Wall Street</i> …

LG announces 'self-healing' G Flex, calls it first 'real' curved smartphone

After a series of leaks, LG has announced official details of its curved-screen smartphone, the G Flex. The phone, which uses flexible OLED screen technology to allow for a dramatic curve on the horizontal axis, is between 7.9 and 8.7mm thick at various points, weighs 177g, and has a 6-inch 720p …

Google: self-driving cars safer than professional drivers - Roadshow

<b>Google has said that its data reveals self-driving cars are safer than any human driver on the road.</b><p>Speaking at the RoboBusiness robotics conference …

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Filing Suggests Logitech's iPhone Gamepad is Called Powershell

We’ve already seen leaked images of Logitech’s apparent upcoming gamepad for the iPhone and now, less than a month later, the product looks a whole lot more real thanks to another leak and a trademark filing that suggest it will be called Powershell.<p>The name was first put forward by serial …

Vudu beats Netflix to launching DVD-style bonus features for digital movies

During the heyday of DVDs, everyone was eager to offer more and more bonus features to help convince movie fans that they should make a purchase, and now that bonus content is slowly making its way into the age of streaming and downloadable media. Vudu is now beginning to include extra content like …

Hookers And Hackers Is The Least Surprising Tech Party Of All Time

The woman who helped plan possibly one of the more sexist Silicon Valley events in recent memory "didn't mean to offend anyone," she told The Huffington Post.<p>Alexandra Hunter, who works for a San Francisco-based tech incubator called Hacker Hideout, was unapologetic about her company's 'Hackers and …

SlingPlayer gets AirPlay support, Blockbuster arrives on SlingBox 500 in new update

Sling Media has just rolled out an update that brings a number of improvements to the Slingbox 500 and to the SlingPlayer app. For the Slingbox 500, Blockbuster On Demand is now available as a premium video service along with a new My Media feature that lets users access media via a USB drive. Only …

Cruise.me Makes Booking A Cruise Social And Not Horrendously Difficult

Although the founders of SF-based Blueseed have garnered some attention recently for their desire to turn a cruise ship into a floating coworking space for foreign entrepreneurs, booking floating vacations for everyday folks remains a surprisingly untouched area of the travel startup scene.<p>Enter …

YouTube preparing its own subscription music service, could launch later this year

YouTube is readying its own subscription music service that could launch in the coming months. <i>Billboard</i> first reported news of the service, which is described as being in the vein of Spotify but with an added video component. It will reportedly have two different tiers: a free version, and then a …

The Successful BBM Launch Points Out A Survival Route For BlackBerry

10 million downloads in twenty four hours. Now that BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is available on iOS and Android, the walled garden is down and everyone is pouring in to pick up one of BlackBerry’s signature technologies. If BlackBerry wants a signpost to a way forward that’s good for the business …

Xbox One Kinect shrinks minimum distance requirement to 4.6 feet

Microsoft said it improved Kinect on the Xbox One, and now a leaked setup manual indicates how little space it requires to operate. The PDF NeoGAF spotted notes that a minimum 1.4 meters (just over 4.5-feet) between the user and Microsoft's new do-all sensor is all that's required. For those of us …

Samsung apologizes to Chinese consumers for handset flaws

South Korean electronics giant promises free repairs and extended warranties following a state-run TV report on allegedly faulty memory chips.<p>Samsung issued an apology to Chinese consumers on Wednesday after China's state-run media criticized the Korean electronics giant for selling handsets with …

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YouTube to launch 'Spotify-like subscription music service'

YouTube is reportedly planning to launch a premium on-demand music service, aimed at mobile users.<p>Like Spotify, the service will give users the option of watching music videos for free with ads, or paying around $10 a month to remove ads.<p>Both the free and paid versions will allow unlimited access …

Former Apple CEO Sculley mulls BlackBerry bid

John Sculley, the former Apple Inc. CEO who famously clashed with Steve Jobs, is exploring a bid for beleaguered BlackBerry Ltd. with Canadian partners, sources have told The Globe and Mail.<p>Mr. Sculley said he could not comment on the matter, but noted "I've been a long-time BlackBerry fan and …

The 'Cheap' iPhone Isn't Selling Because It Doesn't Make Anyone Jealous

You can't use the iPhone 5C to make your friends feel bad about themselves, and that's creating a problem for Apple.<p>Unveiled in September, the 5C is Apple's "cheap" iPhone -- essentially the same as the iPhone 5 launched in 2012 but with a colorful plastic shell. The 5C costs $549 (or $99 with a …

Samsung sold over 40 million Galaxy S 4s in six months

T<p>Sure, Samsung's sold more than 38 million Galaxy Notes since late 2011, but its latest flagship puts that number to shame. According to a Korean publication, the company has sold 40 million Galaxy S 4 units worldwide, just six months after the device hit the market. It's a hearty milestone, …

Amazon's giant biodome approved for the streets of Seattle

The 'unique structure' will form part of Amazon's new campus<p>Amazon has gained initial approval for its plan to build a huge greenhouse in the middle of Seattle. The proposal has three transparent domes intersecting to form a five-story complex that will contain offices, dining areas, and retail …

Bryan Cranston now pushing iPads to Apple addicts

The newest member of Apple's iPad family, the thinner and faster Air, was welcomed by the company with a new commercial shown off during Tuesday's event. The star of that one-minute spot is actually a humble pencil, with the iPad Air only making a dramatic appearance right at the end. The point, as …

Ex-Apple CEO reportedly mulling bid to rescue BlackBerry

We've seen a steady stream of potential suitors for BlackBerry in recent months, but unnamed sources are now claiming ex-Apple CEO John Sculley is looking into taking control of the company. <i>The Globe and Mail</i> reports that Sculley, who famously helped oust Steve Jobs from Apple in the '80s, is …

Samsung extends warranties of failing Galaxy devices after Chinese TV report

Chinese state media is becoming quite the consumer advocate. Earlier this week, a bit on national TV berated Samsung over certain Galaxy S III and Note II handsets afflicted with the "sudden death" bug, as it has been called. While a firmware fix promised to cure some devices, the root cause …

Waiting for next-gen: why 'Assassin's Creed IV' won't make you buy an Xbox One or PS4

Unless you really like plants<p>Next week, Ubisoft is launching the latest edition of its long-running <i>Assassin's Creed</i> franchise on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. <i>Black Flag</i> takes the series to the Caribbean, letting players explore a massive world, venture out into the high seas, and just generally …

Samsung patents design of smartphone-connected 'sports glasses'

If you hadn't noticed already, several companies believe there's a market for smart spectacles that do more than your standard head-mounted display. Microsoft is allegedly revisiting the idea, and now a design patent recently approved in South Korea indicates Samsung may have other wearable …

HP looking to sell webOS mobile patents, says Bloomberg

HP could be making a further break from its webOS past: <i>Bloomberg News</i> reports that the company is looking to sell part of its mobile patent portfolio. Anonymous sources say HP has removed some conditions that would make the patents less attractive and is now approaching potential buyers about …

AMBER robot walks on human-like feet but isn't quite ready for British Knights

Until recently, bipedal robots have sometimes had to take interesting approaches to imitate human walking because they lack our first points of contact with the road: heels and toes. The latest breakthrough from Texas A&M's Amber Lab robotics team may have fixed that, though. An approximation of …

Ouya coming to all Target stores later this month

The Ouya Android console will be coming to all Target stores this month, with a major promotion deal coming over the next several months, <i>Polygon</i> reports. The Ouya launched with a surprisingly large retail presence, selling at GameStop, Best Buy, and Target, but those stores hadn't yet committed to …