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How much does it really cost Apple to make an iPhone 6?

A reader going by the initials P.C. has a question about the new iPhone 6.<p>"Could you please find out what it actually costs to manufacture the iPhone 6, compared to what <i>we</i> end up shelling out for it?"<p>These sort of questions are tough because they almost always fall into the "best guess" category. …

Apple's All-Gold Watch Could Run You a Pretty Penny

Apple has kept a tight hold on lots of information regarding its newest product, the Apple Watch, which is set to be released to the public in early …

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What makes the Sony Xperia Z3 screen special?

The Sony Xperia Z3 is special for many reasons. It has great specs, an awesome build quality and impressive resistance to the elements. There is one department where this device excels and goes unnoticed, though. It happens to have a magnificent screen, even if a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS panel sounds as …

Amazon Admits It Whiffed On Fire Phone Pricing

Amazon planned to cut the price of its much ballyhooed smartphone at some point, but the retail giant moved faster than anticipated, an Amazon executive admitted Wednesday.<p>The Fire Phone, released in late July, was initially priced at $199 with a two-year contract. When it was announced, critics …

In-flight Wi-Fi provider Gogo scores Virgin Atlantic deal

Virgin Atlantic will equip its entire fleet with Gogo’s new 2Ku in-flight Wi-Fi service, which promises shared connections of up to 70Mbps via …

BlackBerry has yet another Porsche Design smartphone coming next month

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India Wants To Build Massive Digital Infrastructure To Cover 800 Million Rural Citizens by 2019

A $17-billion government program to build a national optical fiber network that will connect India’s gram panchayats, or village-level governments, aims to cover the entire country in three years and could be a game changer, an Indian minister told Forbes.<p>Ravi Shankar Prasad, minister of …

iOS 8 causes bandwidth spikes nationwide, despite slow uptake

The launch of Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 8, caused spikes in internet usage across the UK in its first day, as users rushed to download the 2 gigabyte file shortly after it was released at 6pm on Wednesday evening.<p>But the morning after, third-party monitoring firms suggest that …

10 things you need to know about biometrics technology

From using facial detection to target adverts to spotting an online fraudster, the art of identification is getting ever more sophisticated<p>India houses the most ambitious biometrics database in the world, Aadhaar, which has so far gathered fingerprints, iris scans and photos of more than 500 …

The new bundled app feature in iOS 8 has potential beyond discounted games

Along with a host of new features in iOS 8 comes a subtle change that could profoundly affect the way iOS apps are sold and marketed. If you check …

Galaxy S5 and Note 4 reportedly getting Android L in late November or early December

Historically Samsung hasn’t exactly been lighting fast with updates, and a lot of that has to do with the fact that its devices don’t just run stock Android, they run Android with TouchWiz on top. Preparing and testing a custom build like this takes extra time, or so that’s usually the given excuse.<p>…

SwiftKey's iOS 8 Keyboard Hits One Million Downloads in Under 24 Hours

Earlier today, we highlighted how a number of new third-party systemwide keyboard for iOS 8 are topping the App Store charts, with <i>SwiftKey Keyboard</i> [Direct Link] displacing <i>Facebook Messenger</i> from the top spot on the free iPhone app chart in the United States.<p>Moving beyond the charts to look at raw …

Qualcomm offers developer support for virtual reality and digital eyewear

Smartwatches may be the most popular wearable products right now, but facewear is certainly on the up and up. Devices like Samsung's Gear VR and the Epson Moverio glasses are either already on the market or will be coming in the very near future, but what good are these devices if developers have …

Amazon's $200 Kindle Voyage is the Rolls-Royce of e-readers

Perhaps Amazon sold a lot of 3G Paperwhites <i>without</i> special offers. Or maybe Kobo's Aura HD has quietly taken the world by storm and Jeff Bezos decided he needed an answer. Whatever the impetus, Amazon has decided there is room in the world for a $199 e-reader. The Kindle Voyage was built for people …

Buckingham Palace guard shows off cheeky moves

He spins, twirls and balances on one leg.<p>A Buckingham Palace guard is getting chuckles after he was caught on video breaking the strict sentry protocol.<p>The video, posted on YouTube on Aug. 20, now has more than 2.1 million views.<p>At one point in the video, the guard kneels and picks up something …

How Walmart can help confront racism (Opinion) - CNN.com

<i>Editor's note: Van Jones is a co-host of CNN's "Crossfire." He is president and founder of Rebuild the Dream, an online platform focusing on policy, economics and media. He was President Barack Obama's green jobs adviser in 2009. He is also founder of Green for All, a national organization working</i> …

Australian PM: Public execution terror plot foiled

Two men were charged Thursday in connection with a terror plot that Australia's prime minister said involved plans to carry out a public execution.<p>Prime Minister Tony Abbott said authorities obtained intelligence about a "demonstration killing" -- a killing, Australian media reported, in which …

Apple says iOS 8 will shield your data from police

Apple says its new mobile operating system puts text messages, e-mails, photos and other data out of the reach of police -- even if they show up with a search warrant.<p>In a blog post, Apple says that iOS 8, which began rolling out Wednesday, has new encryption that will no longer allow the company …

ISIS: Illusions Versus Reality

Much has been said about President Obama's strategy to degrade and eventually "destroy" the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Regardless of the soundness of the president's strategy, to ensure greater success in defeating ISIS, three distinct interlinked aspects must be factored in: careful …