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Android 4.4 KitKat and Google's quest to take over the world

Can a low-end Android phone be any good? For Mountain View, a billion users are at stake<p><i>"As we get on our journey to reach the next billion people, we want to do it on the latest version of Android." — Sundar Pichai</i><p>At its root, Google’s Android platform has always been about growing the audience …

Meet Microsoft’s Surface 2 And Surface Pro 2

Today Microsoft took the wraps off its holiday hardware lineup, unveiling two new tablets, and a number of new and updated accessories. It’s a lot of information to process, so let’s go through each piece in order.<p>I spent time in Redmond last week with the new hardware, and the team behind the …

BlackBerry may have a deal: Signs letter of intent to sell at $9 per share

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>BlackBerry(s bbry) shares were halted on Monday afternoon for the second time within a week. The company has signed a letter …

What Apple won’t tell you: The iPhone 5s is outselling the 5c nearly four-to-one

So much for demand for a “cheap” iPhone. In the first weekend it was available, the iPhone 5s outsold the 5c by a factor of 3.7 worldwide, says mobile and app analytics company Localytics. Apple hasn’t released the breakdown of sales for the iPhone 5s and 5c, and has only announced that 9 million …

Mobile Technology

Microsoft announces Surface Pro 2 with updated kickstand and Haswell processor

Microsoft has unveiled the Surface Pro 2, a new version of its flagship 10.6-inch Windows tablet. Though little has been changed externally on the updated device — it has the same size, weight, and black color scheme as its predecessor — Microsoft says that what's inside has changed quite a bit. …

Moto X beats out iPhone 5S, 5C, and Galaxy S4 for durability

Apple fanboys and Samsung believers aren't going to like this: Google's Moto X has been crowned the king of durability.<p>The latest "breakability" score by protection plan company SquareTrade claims Moto X is the best surviving smartphone when it comes to drops, slides, and water dunks. Coming in …

Phones

AppSeed turns your sketches into functioning app prototypes

<b>Kickstarter project AppSeed allows you to photograph your sketches on paper or a whiteboard and turn them into a functioning prototype of your app.</b><p>In …

Windows RT looking more likely to “merge” with Windows Phone

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Windows Phones could get bigger while Windows RT tablets get smaller. In fact, the two platforms are likely to share apps, …

Apple: Demand for New iPhones Has Been “Incredible”

Apple said on Friday that it is sold out of some iPhone 5s models, amid what it described as “incredible” demand.<p>“Demand for the new iPhones has been …

Ubuntu's smartphone OS will be ready to launch on October 17th

The Ubuntu Edge smartphone may have missed its crowdfunding goal by a huge amount, but the Ubuntu Touch operating system is far from dead — it now has a planned release date of October 17th. That's according to a blog post from Canonical employee and QA community coordinator Nicholas Skaggs, who …

Tests show iPhone 5s A7 chip is dual-core, still beats quad-core Android competitors

Advertisement<p>45 Comments<p>Credit: Wikipedia<p>When Apple(s aapl) announced the iPhone 5s last week, it made a lot of noise about the 64-bit architecture …

Leap Motion Adds Gesture Controller To HP Envy 17 Laptop

Leap Motion, the maker of the 3D gesture controller, is moving into other devices to help bridge the compatibility gap when it comes to hardware. Today it unveiled a new micro sensor that enables manufacturers to utilize Leap Motion’s technology in other form factors. Leveraging its partnership …

Jony Ive: The man behind Apple's magic curtain

The reclusive and prolific Jony Ive, the man behind the Apple iPod, meets with USA TODAY for a rare interview about Apple's once and future mission.<p>CUPERTINO, Calif. — The man who designed the iPod ponders the question with furrowed brow.<p>"That's a good one," says Jony Ive, when asked what he would …

5 great features in iOS 7 you’ll want to try right away

Advertisement<p>54 Comments<p>As promised, Apple(s aapl) released iOS 7 on Wednesday for multiple iOS devices. The software represents a radical departure …

iOS 7 downloads causing network outages at several school campuses, activation server failures

As noticed by BusinessInsider, Apple’s release of iOS 7 today is causing havoc for the networks of several college campuses and other schools where a large number of iOS device users are attempting to download the new OS. Some schools, including Ohio University, is even urging students to delay …

iOS 7 Launches Today: Your iPhone and iPad Are in for a Big Change

Are your iPhone and iPad -- and more importantly you -- ready for a big change? A colorful, bright and more modern-looking change? Today Apple …

Google Nexus 5 filmed in bar, videos leak

<b>Two short videos of the Google Nexus 5 shot at a bar have surfaced online after a Google employee left it unattended.</b><p>One has to wonder why companies …

Box Unveils Notes, Its Google Docs-like Feature Coming In 2014

Cloud storage platform Box today unveiled a new feature designed to allow its customers to create content right from within its service. Called Box Notes, this feature mirrors what you might find with Google Docs, Evernote, and Quip, allowing users to jot down thoughts and ideas right from within …

Google Acquires Bump for at Least $30M

Google has acquired the mobile startup Bump. A source close to the transaction said it was worth at least $30 million, and perhaps as much as $60 …

Rumeur: Apple’s next event to be held on October 15th?

According to France-based <i>MacGeneration</i>, which has offered both accurate and inaccurate information in the past, Apple’s next media event will be held on Tuesday, October 15th. Apple is expected to debut a series of new products by the end of this year, including multiple new iPad models, several …

Google acquires Bump, a startup that enables devices to wirelessly share data

A popular app found a bumpy road to building a real business<p>In a blog post today, Bump CEO and founder David Lieb announced that his company had been acquired by Google. Bump builds a set of proprietary technologies that allow devices to share data. The selling point is that users can exchange …

8 Major World Figures And Their Smartphones

It’s the weekend, and we’re rounding out this week chock full of new smartphone announcements with a roundup of world leaders and their smartphones of course. Inspired by a Chinese media report, here are a couple of dignitaries across the world and their favorite gadgets.<p>US President Barack Obama<p>US …

New Study Shows How Social Influence Can Significantly Manipulate Online Ratings

Digital ratings platforms proliferate our lives and influence the consumption of wide ranges of goods and services. Given their widespread use and relative transparency, most users have come to expect that the comments and ratings on sites such as TripAdvisor, Angie’s List or Open Table accurately …

Will New iPhone Colors Create A Hierarchy Among Users?

After Apple's announcement this week, choosing which iPhone to buy won't be such a black-and-white decision.<p>Buyers now have a cheaper, albeit more colorful option in the iPhone 5c (starting at $99, with a contract), which comes in white, blue, pink, green or yellow. Deciding to go with the newest …

With iBeacon, Apple is going to dump on NFC and embrace the internet of things

Advertisement<p>182 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock<p>At WWDC in June, Apple (s aapl) quietly announced iBeacon, one of the more prominent features of iOS 7. …

Images of possible Nexus phone spotted in FCC filings

The case for the LG-made Nexus is getting stronger by the hour. Just today we reported that the confusion concerning the LG D820/821 codename is now a thing of the past, and now we get what appear to be actual images of the upcoming LG-made Nexus.<p>The images below were spotted by the folks at <i>Phone</i> …

Oppo N1 teaser train continues - new trailers, leaked images, and more

In the build up to its official launch on September 23, Oppo has continued to post teaser trailers of its upcoming flagship, the Oppo N1, on the company website. With every trailer, we get a clearer picture of what we can expect from the device, and coupled with various leaks and rumors, there’s a …

Adafruit tutorial turns your Raspberry Pi into an ad-blocking WiFi access point

Ads can be a buzzkill, especially when they're so pervasive they become distractions. Luckily, Adafruit has a new tutorial that turns your Raspbery Pi into a WiFi access point that doubles as a mighty ad-blocking machine for any device -- be it an iPad or an Xbox -- that connects to it. All you …

Watch iOS 6 Morph Into iOS 7 in One GIF

Things are going to change once iOS 7 hits your iPhone next week. Doesn't matter if you're buying the new iPhone 5C or 5S or not, all those icons …

iOS

Nexus 5 running Android 4.4 KitKat to be unveiled on October 14?

Advertisement<p>The Google Nexus 5 — about which we don’t know whether it will be called that way, will be made by LG, or any other solid info for that …