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Tablets with cool camera features

Tablet cameras are behind the pack in picture quality but are keeping up with fun photo features to shoot with.<p>Using your tablet's camera in public may garner some judgmental side-eyes or stifled laughter from lookers-on, but some slates actually offer a few cool features to make the public …

Gear & Gadgets

HP jumps on the smartwatch bandwagon with a luxury designer device

The first glimpse of the HP and Gilt tie-up, a smartwatch designed by Michael Bastian, has been posted online today.<p>According to the announcement, Gilt sought to work specifically with Michael Bastian for the design and HP for the manufacturing side of things, and the device will work with both iOS …

Beats Now Part of the Apple ‘Family’

Apple has officially closed a deal to acquire headphone maker and music-streaming service Beats, the company announced Friday.<p>“Today we are excited …

Jimmy Iovine

Could Snapchat really be worth $10 billion?

"Dumb move." "Zero sense." "Remarkably stupid."<p>That's just a sample of the reaction last year to news that disappearing-message app Snapchat had turned down a whopping $3 billion buyout offer from Facebook. But with news from Bloomberg this week that Snapchat is in funding talks with China's …

HTC’s flagship phone may soon come with Windows Phone, too

People interested in becoming Windows Phone users may soon have another handset to choose from.<p>A picture of what looks to be the HTC One M8 running …

Siri won't let Beats into Dr. Dre's party in bizarre new ad

Beats officially became part of Apple today, and the companies are celebrating with a strange new ad in which no one gets to celebrate at all. In the 30-second spot posted to Twitter, Siri overhears two Beats spokes-speakers happily discussing the news about their new corporate owners. Siri's …

Ask Ooloo puts the 'person' back in personal assistant

Before Google dominated search, Ask Jeeves depended on a team of humans -- yes, humans -- to answer your internet queries. Ultimately, search algorithms killed the internet's favorite butler, but the idea that humans are worthy competition for the software we create didn't follow him to the grave. …

Apple Loop: Why Update The MacBook Pro, Will We See A Sapphire Screen, And Does Apple Slow Down Older iPhones Before A Launch?

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop covers the new MacBook Pro range, the potential ‘loss’ of sapphire in the iPhone 6, slowing down older handsets ahead of the iPhone 6 launch date, the next step for iBooks, market share numbers, the Beats acquisition, …

Apple $450 million e-book settlement wins court approval

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) on Friday won preliminary court approval for its $450 million settlement of claims it harmed consumers by conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices.<p>The Apple logo is pictured inside the newly opened Omotesando Apple store at a shopping district …

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Rumored to Come With Exynos 5433 Processor and 12MP Camera

Not too long ago, we heard that Samsung Galaxy Alpha will see the daylight on August 13th, and will feature a different design with a metal frame and …

Electronics Industry

How tech tracks missing people

The case of missing Oregon mom Jennifer Huston has shone a spotlight on technology’s crucial role in locating missing people -- as well its limitations.<p>While cellphone location technologies can quickly find people, the trail effectively ends when a device is out of power.<p>Communications expert John …

Verizon Leaks HTC One M8 with Windows Phone

HTC is expected to announce a Windows Phone version of the HTC One M8 on August 19 in New York. Unfortunately, it looks like Verizon might have spoiled any chance of that being a surprise to anyone.<p>Pocket-lint found an image link of an HTC One M8 on Verizon’s site. The image shows the smartphone …

Apple granted preliminary approval for $450 million ebooks settlement

Bloomberg reports that Apple has received preliminary approval for the $450 million lawsuit settlement reached over its ebook pricing practices.<p>The settlement was first reached out of court about six weeks ago just before the case was set to go before a jury. Despite that development, Judge Cote in …

Microsoft Sues Samsung Over Android Patent Royalty Dispute

Samsung stopped paying its patent bills late last year, following Microsoft's announcement of the Nokia acquisition.<p>Microsoft said Friday that it has sued Samsung in the hope of settling a contract dispute over the patent royalty payments that the Korean company pays the software giant.<p>“Today’s …

Obama Signs Cell Phone Unlocking Bill Into Law, iPhone Unlocking No Longer Illegal

United States President Barack Obama will today sign a bill that makes cell phone unlocking legal again, writing the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act into law following its unanimous approval by the Senate and House of Representatives.<p>Obama has long supported the act, which …

Apple releases new iPhone 5s ad “Dreams,” showcasing uses in medicine, firefighting, and more

Apple has posted its latest iPhone 5s, called “Dreams,” to its YouTube channel. The new ad shows a number of iPhone owners using their devices in various professional and personal pursuits ranging from art, to medicine, to fighting fires. The ad is set to Jennifer O’Connor’s new single “When I Grow …

A Radar For Your Bike, So You Don’t Have To Have Eyes In The Back Of Your Head

How do you improve the bike light? We’ve seen a few new ideas recently: lights embedded in wheels or installed in helmets, lights that project an image on the road or even lights that let you see what the road surface is like.<p>Franz Struwig’s Backtracker is another new take. His light idea is based …

Apple Updates Retina MacBook Pros With Better Specs

Apple has updated its Retina MacBook Pro line, with new Haswell processors that edge their predecessors (also Haswell) by small amounts (200MHz), and with new base RAM for the low-end 15-inch model that doubles the amount of memory it carries within from 8GB to 16GB.<p>The Retina MacBook Pro update is …

Kickstarter's infamous Potato Salad will be funded to the tune of $55,000

Zack Danger Brown of Ohio took to Kickstarter a month ago with a humble goal in mind: he wanted $10 so he could make potato salad. He hadn't yet decided the specific ingredients beyond the potatoes, and he might never have, but his overt trolling of the most popular crowdfunding platform was picked …

OpenTable takes out its wallet for restaurant sales analytics startup Copilot

OpenTable, the company that built technology for making restaurant reservations online, has bought Copilot Labs, a startup with an app restaurants can use to track business relative to other restaurants.<p>OpenTable announced the news in a blog post yesterday; the startup joined OpenTable last month. …

Apple's New Ad Highlights How The iPhone Helps People

A beautiful new Apple ad called ‘Dreams’ was released today as part of the company’s “Powerful” series that highlights the ways the iPhone is changing people’s lives around the world.<p>The new ad is set to Jennifer O’Connor’s “When I Grow Up” and shows off a unique set of apps used by those around …

Android Circuit: Have We Passed Peak Samsung, Will The EU Investigate Android, And Where Has Flappy Bird Returned To?

Taking a look back at the week in news across the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit highlights a number of stories, including the first signs of Samsung’s Android crown slipping, Sony stumbling over sales target, Xiaomi picking up pace, Android’s market share, Microsoft and Samsung …

Twitter tries out new feature to corral hashtags running rampant

The company is describing the hashtags in an update to its iOS app to give those not in-the-know some insight into what they mean.<p>Twitter has started testing a new feature that provides greater insight into the popular hashtags working its way across the site.<p>When some users open their mobile …

Social Media

Average Internet of Things device has 25 security flaws

In a study of ten devices including home thermostats, remote power outlets and door locks, HP found 250 potentially dangerous security vulnerabilities<p>The Internet of Things (IoT) has connected everything from smoke alarms to fridges and cars, making life easier and safer – but it has also given …

XBMC media center software rebrands as Kodi to free itself from its Xbox roots

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Pioneering media center software project XBMC is getting ready for a major brand refresh: Starting with the upcoming version …

Tech Retrospect: Microsoft's international email woes

Turns out storing your data overseas may not be such a good idea. Also, Samsung teases some "very innovative" products. Those stories and more in this week's rundown of all the tech news.<p>When you use an online email service like Gmail or Outlook, those emails of course don't live on your computer. …

FIFA (Video Game)

Yo backer launches new app

Got more on your mind than the word "Yo" conveys? A new messaging app called MIRAGE has you covered.<p>The app officially launched on Monday from Moshe Hogeg, the CEO and founder of Mobli, a mobile sharing platform.<p>Hogeg is a co-founder of Yo; he invested his own money into the incredibly simplistic …