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Mobile shopping startup Snapette gets snapped up by PriceGrabber

Pricegrabber, a comparison shopping site that’s been around for more than a decade, is bringing in some new blood.<p>On Monday, the company said it had …

Boot up: Samsung's China trouble, why AI isn't, 3D Fantasy printing, and more

A burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team<p>China's share in Samsung Electronics' net sales falls >> Yonhap News<p>Samsung Electronics Co. is struggling in the Chinese market, despite its steady sales growth in other parts of the world, according to company sales data …

Microsoft to shut Games for Windows Live?

<b>Microsoft could be set to shut down its Games for Windows Live service, according to a now-deleted update on the Age of Empires Online support</i> …

ZopNow Takes a Crack at Online Grocery

Image: Sudhanva Atri for Forbes India<p>Bal Krishn Birla (left) and Mukesh Singh, Zopnow founders, at their warehouse in Bangalore<p>“Don’t forget to get …

Reality check: Motorola won’t offer Moto X custom engraving at launch

Without doubt, one of the main selling points of the Moto X is the ability to customize the appearance of the device. Initially, AT&T customers will get to pick the main and accent colors of the Moto X, pick a custom wallpaper, as well as the color of the wall charger, using a web application …

WeChat Faces A Huge Threat On Home Soil

Chinese operator China Telecom unveiled its mobile IM product in collaboration with Internet firm NetEase yesterday, called Yixin, in a move that literally declared war on reigning OTT messaging service WeChat (or what is known as Weixin in China).<p>Tencent-owned WeChat is best known for being …

Google Map Maker Hits Bulgaria, Italy, San Marino & Vatican

Google has opened up Map Maker to users in Bulgaria, Italy, San Marino and the Vatican, letting citizens – including the Pope – update maps for their local area with new landmarks, roads, building outlines and more.<p>Map Maker is a browser-based service that allows users to create and suggest changes …

Most freemium mobile game high-rollers happy with their spending

Study finds majority of players spending money in games like Candy Crush Saga and Clash of Clans feel they're getting their money's worth from in-app purchases<p>Free-to-play mobile games dominate the top-grossing charts on iOS and Android's app stores, but the freemium business model has been …

Ashton Kutcher in new row over Steve Jobs film

The new film about Steve Jobs has sparked a furious row between Steve Wozniak, Apple's co-founder, and Ashton Kutcher, the actor who stars as the late Apple chief.<p>Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has criticised Ashton Kutcher's portrayal of the late Apple founder Steve Jobs in the new film about his …

When One met Desire: this is the HTC Zara

The Zara name first popped up on our radars in early summer, when a report from Chinese media revealed that the Zara would be a plastic-built smartphone that would launch in the last quarter of the year alongside the flashier HTC One Max.<p>Noted trafficker of insider info <i>@evleaks</i> chimed in with a …

Ecuador's oil-thirsty president says newspapers should go digital to help the environment

Rafael Correa takes a jab at opposition media following controversial plan to begin drilling in the Amazon<p>The president of Ecuador has proposed a referendum to eliminate all print newspapers in the country, as a measure to combat deforestation and global warming. President Rafael Correa suggested …

Emojify transcends ASCII art, turns your photos into emoji mosaics

Emoji; they've conquered the world, featured in novels, and more recently they've allowed us to track Twitter's mood in real time. Now, a new app for iPhone automatically generates another internet staple, ASCII art, using only emoji. Emojify lets you take photos with your phone's camera, or pull …

Tiny key fob phones favoured by convicts

Miniature mobile phones disguised as car keys are becoming a favourite among prison inmates, who are able to smuggle the devices past guards.<p>Measuring roughly 8cm x 3cm x 2cm, the phones often sport the logo of BMW, Ferrari or Bentley, and can be used to make calls and send texts, but do not have …

Miniature

Xbox One retail box won't act as a dev kit until some point post-launch

The Xbox One retail box will act as a dev kit, allowing developers and gamers alike to play in-progress code...but not at launch, apparently. That news comes from today's Microsoft event at Gamescom 2013, where Microsoft detailed its ID@Xbox program. After an approval process, indie devs will …

Fifth of new iPhone customers switch from Android

Apple may be losing ground to Android and Microsoft in the smartphone operating system market, but the company is still succeeding in winning customers from its number one rival, Samsung.<p>Apple has taken three times as many customers from Samsung as Samsung has taken from Apple in the past year, …

Customers

Amazon Down Briefly In U.S. And Canada

By Dhanya Skariachan<p>NEW YORK, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Amazon.com, the website of the world's largest online retailer, went down for about 15 minutes on Monday in a rare outage for many users across the United States and Canada.<p>It was unclear what triggered the rare disruption. The company, whose Amazon …

Apple Supplier To Ship Less Expensive iPhone In September: WSJ

It's not official yet, but it's getting closer.<p>Apple supplier Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. will start shipping two new iPhones in "early September" sources close to the matter told The Wall Street Journal. As previously thought, one of the two iPhones is most likely a less expensive one.<p>Hon Hai …

Samsung launches Wuaki.tv streaming service

Wuaki.tv, which is owned by the internet company Rakuten, will now offer its catalogue of films and series through the Samsung Smart TV platform.<p><b>Samsung</b> announced the partnership with the streaming service on Tuesday.<p>The service combines subscription with renting and buying films, with users able …

Bell TV app expands channels for tablet, phone viewing

After years of whining, I can finally watch live news on my phone and tablet.<p>It may not sound like that big a deal, but my inability to watch Canadian news in real time online without paying additional money has bothered me for a long time. It seems so archaic – I pay for television, I pay for …

Smart TV

Is high-speed Wi-Fi coming to the skies?

Those flying in British airspace, as well as those travelling on trains and ferries, would be able to surf the internet at an estimated 10 times the speed currently available.<p>The regulator cites “increasing interest” in broadband use on moving vehicles in a recent publication. If the proposals …

Long Haul

Waze traffic incident reports coming to Google Maps

Google has begun integrating features from Waze, the social navigating app it bought this summer, into Google Maps, starting with the addition of traffic incident reports.<p>Now, when Waze users report road incidents that may cause delays, the incidents will also show up on the Google Maps apps for …

Google Maps

MHL 3.0 promises double the bandwidth, 4K support

Oh, MHL 2.0, we hardly knew ye. The MHL Consortium, that Nokia / Samsung / Sony / Toshiba teamup behind the titular standard, has announced version 3.0, a specification that will be available for download early next month. At the top of the features list here is the ability to transfer at double …

Here’s what connected cars will be doing by 2020

<i>Pavan Mathew is Global Head of Connected Car for Telefonica Digital.</i><p>Many of us dream of autonomous cars. Just imagine the relaxation of completely hands-free driving that is both seamless and safe, unlocking new time for us to work, talk, and learn while going from point A to point B. A recent …

MSI's GS70 Gaming Laptop is Thinner and Lighter than the Razer Blade Pro

Touted as the "world’s thinnest and lightest 17-inch gaming laptop."<p>MSI has unveiled the GS70, which the company touts as the "world’s thinnest and …

How Google Glass brings the ‘Google brain’ to anyone who wears it

My father used to say that some ideas are like pizza dough: they need to rest for some time until they grow.<p>I’d add to that the fact that some ideas need to find an echo somewhere before one can believe in their potential.<p>Google appears to be following both when it comes to the careful development …

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Users report new Nexus 7 suffering from GPS issues

The urban-hunchback shuffle is usually demonstrated by commuters slouching over a phone, in search of a pre-meeting coffee-house. But, if you're attempting something similar with the latest Nexus 7, maybe leave a little earlier. Why? Because word is that some users are reporting funky behaviour …