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Mini reinvents the Clubman with a ‘cool uncle’ concept

On the narrow streets of cities like Geneva, amid a sea of microcars, scooters and bicycles, a Mini Cooper can look, well, downright large.<p>And the upsized Mini Clubman Concept, unveiled here on 4 March, would look positively enormous in this environment. Indeed, this concept is notably bigger – …

BBM to let you share photos in multi-person chats and transfer larger files

BlackBerry has been on a BBM roll lately, unleashing the messaging service on not just iOS and Android but Windows Phone as well. However, that's not all that's up the Waterloo company's sleeve. A new version of BBM is in the pipeline, and it'll have a few new features that will delight the BBM …

Apple TV too big to be a hobby, says Tim Cook

Apple TV set-top box, which streams content from Netflix and other video sources to a TV, racks up $1bn in sales<p>Apple sold more than $1bn of TV set-top boxes in 2013 and is investing heavily in the next generation of products, chief executive Tim Cook said at the company's annual meeting.<p>Apple's …

Lenovo to launch a line of smartphones from… Ashton Kutcher?

Lenovo is super serious about becoming a major force in the mobile device making industry, as made evident by its $2.91 billion purchase of Motorola last month. That said, it’s a bit surprising to hear that the company’s next big announcement about mobile is a partnership with celebrity / Nikon …

Apple TV is Apple’s fastest-growing product

Apple TV generated more than $1 billion in hardware and content sales last fiscal year, CEO Tim Cook just revealed. That makes Apple TV the company’s fastest-growing product, according to estimates by analyst Horace Dediu.<p>Apple has long referred to its set-top box for television sets as a “hobby,” …

Windows 8.1 May Become A Freebie OS

Microsoft is reportedly building a variation of Windows dubbed “Windows 8.1 with Bing.” It’s apparently part of an experiment to offer the operating system with tighter integration to featured Microsoft apps and services—primarily, at least at first, Microsoft’s Bing search engine.<p>Windows Bing may …

Fitbit halts sale of Force fitness band, issues recall due to skin irritation

The Fitbit Force health tracker -- a slim rubber wristband that counts steps and monitors one's sleep -- is meant to be worn at all hours of the day, unless you're one of the select users that have begun reporting mild to semi-severe skin irritation including rashes, itchy and dry patches, and even …

Wearable Tech

Windows Phone's Office Lens app wants to replace your scanner

Need a quick and dirty copy of a receipt, document or restaurant menu? Your smartphone's camera can make a rough facsimile -- but Microsoft thinks that it can do <i>better</i>. According to a Windows Phone Store landing page, Office Lens leverages Microsoft OneNote, optical character recognition and your …

WhatsApp Is Down, Confirms Server Issues [Update: It’s Back After A 210-Minute Outage]

Update: WhatsApp experienced an outage for around 210 minutes today from 11am to 2:30 pm PST. Users around the world reported that they were unable to send messages, and WhatsApp confirmed these problems at 12:16pm PST with a tweet stating “sorry we currently experiencing server issues. we hope to …

Waze for Windows Phone 8 promises not to drain your battery anymore

Windows Phone 8 fans got a pleasant surprise when social GPS app Waze arrived on the Marketplace after Google snapped it up. That's why it's such a shame that it caused massive battery drain issues for some users. After months of people airing grievances on various forums, the service has finally …

Your Facebook privacy settings will now live on after you pass

It's not a topic we discuss often here, but if you're active online, you may (or may not, ultimately) be concerned with how your data is handled after you die. On Facebook, accounts can be "memorialized" by a friend or family member, with some data remaining visible indefinitely. Previously, after …

Fitbit Issues Voluntary Recall For Fitbit Force Due To Skin Irritation, New Version Coming “Soon”

Fitness tracking company Fitbit has just issued a recall (and stopped sales) of their popular product the Fitbit Force, a wrist-borne activity tracker that follows their Fitbit Flex but adds a display and more advanced features. The Force was a popular item according to most estimates, and was …

Amazon reportedly planning March rollout for web TV box

Amazon’s rumored set-top box for streaming media may finally arrive next month.<p>Citing anonymous industry sources, a report from Re/code asserts that Amazon is readying a box competitive with Apple TV and Roku’s products for a March launch. It will allegedly be powered by Android, much like Amazon’s …

Note 3 Android 4.4 update starts rolling out to Sprint and US Cellular

While some international Note 3 users already started to see the update to Android 4.4 KitKat late last month, the update has yet to reach stateside — until today. The Note 3 KitKat upgrade has now begun rolling out to both Sprint and U.S. Cellular’s network.<p>So what’s new here? While neither Sprint …

Google Starts Making The New Google Maps The Default For Everybody

After just under a year in preview, Google today announced that it is now rolling out the new Google Maps to all of its users as the default option.<p>Since Google announced the new version of Maps at its I/O developer conference last year, users were able to switch between the two versions. Still, …

Ubuntu phones arriving in 2014 from Meizu and BQ Readers

Canonical is finally poised to enter the mobile market. After years of teases, promises and demos, the company has locked up the first two manufacturers of Ubuntu phones. Meizu and BQ Readers will be releasing handsets with the Linux-based OS installed on them sometime in 2014. Details about …

Google I/O is back June 25-26 and you'll need to win a lottery to attend

Google just announced dates for its annual I/O developers conference, an event that's typically brought new products along with updates to other Google services. This year's conference will be held from June 25-26, and will be taking place once again at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The …

Nintendo's free-to-play 'Steel Diver: Sub Wars' sees an old giant chart new waters

Video game submarine combat has traditionally been represented in slow simulators with scary and serious names: <i>Silent Hunter</i>, <i>Dangerous Waters</i>, <i>Hunter Killer</i>. Nintendo's <i>Steel Diver: Sub Wars</i>, recently released on the 3DS e-shop, is a slightly incongruous addition to the genre. Where other sub-centric …

Opening of first Apple Store in Brazil draws large crowds despite high prices

Around 1,700 people attended the opening of Apple’s first retail store in Brazil, in the popular Village Mall in a suburb of Rio de Janeiro – despite steep import tariffs meaning prices 80 percent higher than in the USA.<p>As the <i>LA Times</i> observes, a 16GB iPhone 5s sells for the equivalent of $1,174 in …

New mid-range Sony smartphone leaked, is this Sony's Xperia G?

It looks like there’s a substantial hole in Sony’s ship, as leaked information about its upcoming devices has been pouring out recently.<p>As well as the company’s new high-end Sirius handset, leaks have also cropped up regarding the upcoming Xperia Z2 tablet, and now we’ve found out that Sony might …

Some day Silicon Valley will move north. Here’s why it should settle in Oakland

Advertisement<p>95 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr user Mike Disharoon<p>Silicon Valley is both a metaphor for the entire tech industry and a real place that is (on …

Jony Ive disappears from Apple’s online executive list (Update 2x: Back, PR comment)

(Update: He’s back. Whew!)<p>Early Monday morning, Jonathan Ive, Apple’s VP of design, disappeared from the list of executives on Apple’s website. While this type of thing has usually only happened when an executive left the company, there’s no reason to believe this is more than a website glitch at …

R.I.P. CAPTCHA

Say hello to two-step verification and more.<p>Say good-bye to CAPTCHA, the boxes of warped text that separate humans from bots online. AI company Vicarious claims to have developed an algorithm that can pass the test about 90 percent of the time. What will save us from spam now? These alternatives …

'AirPlay Recorder' App Lets Mac Users Save Songs From iTunes Radio

doubleTwist, the company behind the popular multi-platform iTunes-compatible doubleTwist Media Player, today brought its new <i>AirPlay Recorder</i> app to the Mac, allowing iTunes users to capture and save streaming audio for offline use.<p>First introduced for Android in January, <i>AirPlay Recorder</i> is designed …

What If Apple Bought Tesla?

Rumors about Apple showing interest in buying Tesla have resurfaced after the SF Chronicle reported that Apple’s M&A chief met with Elon Musk last spring. Considering Tesla’s market capitalization of more than $24 billion, such a deal would be unprecedented for Apple, but the two companies do …

Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ (512GB)

Part Number: 10024048<p>CNET may get a commission from these offers.<p>Quick Specifications<p>Compatibility Mac<br>PC<br>• Color Category black<br>• Type solid state drive<br>• Capacity 512 GB<br>• Hard Drive Type external hard drive<p>Full Product Specifications

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Square Cuts More Custom Pricing Deals For Merchants And Ramps Up Sales Hiring

This past week brought the news of a fairly significant development for Square — the rollout of Square Stands in bars, Whole Foods restaurants, and other venues. This comes a year-and-a-half after the huge deal the payments company inked with the coffee and beverage giant Starbucks.<p>The lengthy wait …

This iPhone-Sized Device Can Hack A Car, Researchers Plan To Demonstrate

Auto makers have long downplayed the threat of hacker attacks on their cars and trucks, arguing that their vehicles’ increasingly-networked systems are protected from rogue wireless intrusion. Now two researchers plan to show that a few minutes alone with a car and a tiny, cheap device can give …