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Google app for Windows Phone now lets you sign in, instantly shows what you speak

Google may not always be kind to Windows Phone users, but it's showing them some love today with an update to its self-titled search app for the platform. The new release lets users sign into their Google accounts, preserving their search history as they hop from device to device. It also shows …

Samsung boasts 800,000 Galaxy Gear smartwatch sales in two months

In an attempt to end speculation surrounding the popularity of its Galaxy Gear, Samsung has shared its smartwatch sales figures for the first time, and they might surprise you. <i>Reuters</i> reports that the company's Android-powered wearable has sold 800,000 units since its launch in September, …

Selfie the 'Word of the Year' and on course for the Oxford English Dictionary

Selfie dates back to an Australian online forum in 2002, and is "mainstream shorthand" for a self-portait photograph<p>The social media buzzword 'Selfie' is under consideration to be included in the Oxford English Dictionary after being picked as the word of the year for 2013.<p>Selfie last night joined …

Nokia's shareholders approve sale of devices and services business to Microsoft

As expected, the sale of Nokia's devices and services business to Microsoft has been given the stamp of approval from the Finnish handset maker's shareholders. The group met this morning in Helsinki to give its official vote of confidence on the $7.35 billion transaction includes not only devices, …

Office Remote for Windows Phone steers presentations from across the room

Microsoft has long championed Windows Phone's Office integration, but there has been a missing piece in that puzzle: an official way to control Office <i>from</i> a Windows Phone. The company is filling that gap today by launching its Office Remote app. The Windows Phone 8 client lets users navigate Excel, …

Google working on RAW support and improved camera features for Android

Nokia may be the first to have delivered RAW photography in a smartphone, but there's evidence to suggest that Google isn't too far behind. A month-old batch of code, recently spotted by app developer Josh Brown, reveals that work has been underway on a new Android camera API that could allow …

Nokia Lumia 1520 review: the best Windows Phone device yet

Windows Phone has never looked this good. The latest update to Microsoft's mobile operating system, known as Update 3, added support for 1080p displays, large smartphone screens and state-of-the-art processors. And now, these features are finally showing up on actual hardware. The first device to …

Petition against YouTube comment changes nears 200,000

The move that means users must now have a Google+ account to comment on videos has even been criticised by one of YouTube's founders<p>A petition calling on Google to scrap controversial changes to how users comment on YouTube videos has received nearly 200,000 signatures.<p>Since YouTube made changes …

Google's Eric Schmidt announces new blocks on child porn

Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt has outlined how his company is introducing new measures to block child pornography from appearing in its searches. Schmidt explained the changes to Google's search function in an op-ed in Britain's <i>Daily Mail</i> newspaper following a campaign of pressure from …

Try this, Apple: Xbox greets PlayStation 4 with a nice tweet

There's too much fighting in the world.<p>Wars are everywhere. And then sporting and business entities co-opt the postures and the language, making themselves look faintly silly.<p>How unusually pleasant, then, for Xbox to offer simple congratulations to Sony on the launch of its PlayStation 4.<p>The Xbox …

Spec Sheet: Motorola shakes up low-cost smartphones with the Moto G

<i>A lot of products come out each week — we don't highlight all of them, but all of them make it into The Verge Database. In Spec Sheet, a weekly series, we survey the latest product entries to keep track of the state of the art.</i><p>Low-cost phones usually aren’t very exciting. They’re slow, or chunky, …

PlayStation 4 problems: Crashing, no video, and instability on launch day

The PlayStation 4 is out. It’s in people’s homes, and they’re playing it right now. But not everyone is having fun with their new next-gen consoles.<p>Some early adopters are reporting that the PlayStation 4 hardware isn’t working or is faulty. That includes a few fans that won early units through a …

Ballmer admits Microsoft needs a new leader for change

Microsoft board pressured Ballmer to move a lot quicker<p>Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is planning his retirement in the next nine months from the software giant he helped build, but he’s also assisting with a reorganization for his successor. In exclusive interviews with <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, …