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Android Nears 80% Market Share In Global Smartphone Shipments, As iOS And BlackBerry Share Slides, Per IDC

Android smartphone shipments grew a whopping 73.5 percent between the second quarter of 2012 and Q2 2013, according to research firm IDC’s latest numbers. 187.4 million Android-powered phones shipped in the most recent quarter, representing 79.3 percent of all smartphones shipped during the …

New mockups claim to show ‘iPhone 5S’ and ‘iPhone 5C’ designs [Gallery]

Vietnamese website Tinhte, which has a solid track record of getting its hands on pre-release Apple products and accurate mock ups,today posted what it claims are mock ups of two next-generation iPhones. One is the full-fledged “iPhone 5S” upgrade, while the other claims to show the much rumored …

Microsoft spot takes on the iPad Mini -- dubiously

The latest Microsoft ad may have the unintended consequence of inviting less-than-favorable comparisons to a Windows 8 tablet.<p>In an ad rolled out Thursday, Microsoft takes aim at the 7.9-inch iPad Mini with Acer's 8-inch Iconia W3 -- the first small Windows 8 tablet.<p>Windows enthusiast site Neowin …

Unerdwear Turns Out Not To Be An April Fool — It’s A ‘Softwear’ Startup

Back on April 1st we told you that TechCrunch’s European team would be launching our very own range of “softwear” – a range of “underware” for nerds. Clean Tech, if you will. Admittedly this was a bit of prank (April 1st might have been a giveaway). But the people who set up our joke site decided …

Microsoft Targets iPad Mini in New Acer Iconia Ad

Following yesterday's anti-iPad Surface RT ad, Microsoft today released another new advertisement, this time targeting Apple's iPad mini. In the spot, Microsoft compares the mini to the 8-inch Acer Iconia W3 tablet, which runs the full version of Windows 8.<p>The ad returns to using a Siri voiceover …

Apple bans app that wants you to throw your phone in the air

Citius. Altius. Fortius. Ridiculous.<p>These seem to be the Olympic principles upon which a new, allegedly playful app was created.<p>This app rewards you for tossing your phone as high as you possibly can. And, well, catching it again. Otherwise, you won't know your score, will you?<p>It's called Send Me …

Apps

YouTube founders create Mixbit: Vine-like video sharing with a difference

Social Network-backed video sharing apps are all the rage, and now the biggest boys in school have woken up to the idea. MixBit is the brainchild of Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, better known as the founders of YouTube, and is a Google Ventures-backed iOS app that lets you record up to 16 seconds of …