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iPhone 5C colorful packaging pops up in leaked photos

As more rumors fly across the Web, it seems evidence is mounting that Apple may be planning to release the alleged many-hued, plastic, low-cost smartphone.<p>Suggesting that the rumored plastic iPhone 5C will come in a rainbow of colors, new leaked photos show what looks like Apple smartphone …

Mobile Technology

Verizon buys up Vodafone’s stake in Verizon Wireless for a whopping $130B

After months of speculation, Verizon announced today that it has bought out British telco Vodafone’s stake in Verizon Wireless for $130 billion in cash and stock.<p>Vodafone previously owned 45 percent of Verizon Wireless, a joint venture that the two companies formed back in 1999 (when Verizon was …

Microsoft buying Nokia's phone business in a $7.2 billion bid for its mobile future

That's one way to become "a devices and services company"<p>One of the most enticing "what-ifs" of recent years has come true: Microsoft has purchased Nokia's devices and services unit, bringing the Lumia lineup under the Redmond roof. The move unites Windows Phone 8 with its biggest hardware …

BlackBerry puts quantity over quality, lets one developer own a third of its app store

BlackBerry 10 is far from a "thriving ecosystem," and the company is doing little to fix it<p>"BlackBerry has a thriving ecosystem with BlackBerry 10." That's what CEO Thorsten Heins said this May at a developer conference before revealing that users had a choice of 120,000 apps from its still-young …

Bunkr Is The PowerPoint Killer We’ve All Been Waiting For

French startup Bunkr is focused on one simple task: killing PowerPoint. To achieve this goal, the company’s well-designed web app will help you collect visual content and organize it into slides. The result is a very visual HTML5 presentation that works on your computer, phone or tablet. You can …

Android Open Source Project now has latest 4.3 fixes for most Nexus hardware

The latest Android 4.3 updates brought a slate of unfortunate software bugs to the party and to Google's own Nexus devices, ironically enough. Thankfully, the Mountain View crew is hard at work patching things up, as evidenced by the Nexus 7 update earlier today that resolved its multi-touch and …

Amazon said to be investigating its own wireless network

Possibly giving Google Fiber a run for its money, the e-commerce giant is reportedly testing a high-speed spectrum wireless network in Cupertino, Calif.<p>Word has it that Amazon may be jumping on the wireless Internet service bandwagon. According to Bloomberg, sources familiar with the matter say …

Tech Trends

Google attempts to fix Nexus 7 multitouch issues with software update

Google has released a new software update for its second-gen Nexus 7, and early reports indicate the wonky touchscreen behavior users have been complaining about is largely resolved. Googler Paul Wilcox confirms that the new Android build, JSS15Q, was pushed out specifically to fix the device's …

Google Maps for iOS and Android now displays Waze alerts, while Street View lands in Waze Map Editor

Google’s acquisition of community-based mapping, traffic and navigation app Waze is finally starting to bear some fruit, as the two begin sharing their respective features for the first time.<p>The Google Maps app for iOS and Android will now include real-time incident reports submitted by Waze users, …

Google’s New Cloud Encryption Is Nice, But Not NSA-Proof

Every object uploaded to Cloud will have its data and metadata encrypted with a unique key using 128-bit AES. Each object’s key is then encrypted …

Information Systems

iPad puppy training, really

Bored, over-indulged or technologically stunted pets can play on apps and hone touch-screen skills at tablet class<p>It’s difficult to remember now, but when Apple first unveiled the iPad, there was palpable disappointment about the range of the device: Customers expected a tablet with laptop …

What happens to your Macbook Air battery in a year

Advertisement<p>25 Comments<p>I love my 2010 Macbook, but lately she’s become less of a workhorse and more of a gentle farm pony you feed carrots to at the …

Google patents 'pay-per-gaze' eye-tracking that could measure emotional response to real-world ads

Advertisers spend heaps of cash on branding, bannering, and product-placing. But does anyone really look at those ads? Google could be betting that advertisers will pay to know whether consumers are actually looking at their billboards, magazine spreads, and online ads. The company was just granted …

Apple Reportedly Going Gold With the Next iPhone

Following Rene Ritchie’s compelling report on iMore explaining the likelihood of an anodized gold iPhone 5S, MG Siegler is corroborating it over at TechCrunch from his own sources.<p>Given the pair’s respective track records, a gold edition of the next-generation iPhone certainly looks like it’s going …

Rear Shell of Silver iPad 5 Appears in New Photos

French site <i>Nowhereelse.fr</i> [Google Translate] has posted new alleged photos of the back casing of the next-generation iPad. The images appear to show a silver casing, and are also consistent with a previous report that the next-generation full-sized iPad would use the same touch panel technology …

Facebook Responds to Zuckerberg Profile Hack: Our Bad (Sorta)

If at first you don’t succeed, get a supervisor’s attention. Or, in this case, that of the chief executive officer.<p>A Palestinian hacker posted a …