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Costa Concordia reaches end of final voyage

The crippled Costa Concordia cruise ship reached the end of its final voyage.<p>Refloated by salvage crews earlier this month, the rusting hulk docked at Voltri port in the Italian city of Genoa early Sunday.<p>The cruise ship, which ran aground in January 2012 off Giglio Island with more than 4,200 …

Meet the 12-year-old boy who makes games instead of going to school

Sam Smith is a 12-year-old game developer. That’s rather young, sure, but that’s not even the strangest part.<p>Sam makes games instead of going to school.<p>Spacepants is Sam’s latest game, available for $1 on iOS and Android devices. It’s a brutally tough “endless runner” — like Jetpack Joyride or …

Google May Be Breaking Into The Phablet Market In An Enormous Way

The company is reportedly working with Motorola on the phablet, which will supposedly come with a fingerprint sensor and will launch with major U.S. carriers.<p>It's unclear what the device will be called, but Google and Motorola are said to be calling it "Shamu" internally.<p>That size is unusually …

Possible Moto X+1 preproduction model leaks out

Don’t take it without a serving of salt just yet, but we may be looking at the first actual image of the Moto X+1.<p>These photos hit the inbox of folks over at <i>Android Police</i>, allegedly showing the successor of the Moto X sporting a metal (possibly aluminum) frame and a wooden backplate. Even if the …

Leaked iPhone 6 Parts Suggest A Much Bigger iPhone Is Coming

A new leak claims to show some of the internal components Apple will use in its iPhone 6. The photos, which were published by French blog Nowhereelse.fr (via MacRumors), show iPhone parts that seem larger than those in the iPhone 5s —adding to rumors that Apple's next smartphone will come with a …

LEAKED: This May Be Your Best Look Yet At Motorola's Next Big Smartphone

A new report from Android Police contains a ton of high-resolution images claiming to show a near final build of Motorola's successor to the Moto X — the Moto X+1.<p>The device shown in these photos features a slightly larger design than the current Moto X and a customized wooden back.<p>The edges are …

Unlocking Your Cellphone Is About to Be Legal Again

President Barack Obama is set to sign into law a bill that will make it easier for you to switch mobile carriers without buying a new phone.<p>The bill, …

From Concorde to the iPhone, state intervention drives technological innovation

If you wanted to radically alter the economy, making a country such as Britain as dynamic as China or Brazil, what would the state have to do? Intervene, obviously, but how?<p>That has become a hard question to answer since the onset of free-market economics. Much of the old apparatus of state control …

Teen wakes up to smoldering Galaxy S4, dad blames battery

If I am awoken by smoke in the middle of the night, I assume the neighbors are having a key party again.<p>However, one 13-year-old from Texas, says she was woken by a smoky smell and didn't even worry about it. She went back to sleep.<p>For Ariel Tolfree, though, the smell didn't go away. When she woke …

Gear & Gadgets

Use your competitors’ products all the time

I was sitting with the founders of a company we’ve funded the other day talking about their competition. I love this product and I use it every day. It doesn’t yet have widespread adoption, but it as extremely actively used by the early adopters.<p>This company has several competitors — long time …

The Mi Band Will Track Your Workouts And Unlock Your Phone For $13

It might not come to the States, but Xiaomi’s new fitness tracker represents the future of the low-end wearables market.<p>On Tuesday, popular Chinese gadget maker Xiaomi revealed the Mi Band, a dirt cheap $13 Fitbit that promises the full range of things that most fitness trackers do. That includes …

Apple Loop: iPhone 6 Launch Dates, iWatch Patents, And Where To Find Those MacBook Stickers

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop covers Apple’s Fall launch events, mobile payments in the next iPhone, a potential iWatch patent, thoughts from the Q3 2014 earnings call, potential security holes in iOS 6, OSX 10.10 previews, and the new stickers …