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Android 4.4 Screenshots Leaked

Google’s latest operating system, Android 4.4 KitKat, is expected to launch on October 15th rather than 14th along with the purported Google Nexus 5. …

Washington Post, CNN and Time websites hit by pro-Assad hackers

<b>Websites belonging to the Washington Post, CNN, and Time magazine have been attacked by supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.</b><p>Some links on the sites redirected readers to the website of the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA).<p>The breach was the result of a security failure at a firm which …

Court stops scientists from publishing codes that could wirelessly lockpick Porsches

Three cryptography experts from a Dutch university have cracked the codes used to start luxury cars such as Audis, Bentleys, Porsches, and Lamborghinis, knowledge that could allow anyone with the right tools to wirelessly lockpick a $300,000 car. The researchers were preparing to publish a paper in …

This little orange box is spreading economic opportunities across Africa

A little orange box that started in South Africa is now making it’s up across the continent.<p>Nomanini is a social enterprise company that sells a “business in a box.” The portable orange device is called Lula, and works as a digital vending machine for selling prepaid vouchers for mobile airtime, …

19 percent of the web runs on WordPress

SAN FRANCISCO — At the annual San Francisco WordCamp, WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg told the audience a fascinating stat about the service.<p>In a talk that also included details on the next two versions of WordPress, Mullenweg said, “We’re now up to 18.9 percent of the web running WordPress. … …

Review: Sky Scramble

If that's a bicycle in interstellar space, I should pay more attention to the X-Games.<p>Bertogames' Sky Scramble is a simple spatial-relations puzzler. …

Xbox One review: less Kinect and a greater focus on what matters

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Twitter fuels IPO rumours with job ad

Twitter has given the clearest signal yet it is gearing up for an IPO after advertising a vacancy for a financial reporting manager responsible for the company's regulatory filings "when it is ready to go public".<p>The microblogging site described the responsibilities of the role as "preparation of …

Samsung overtakes Apple as 'most profitable phone firm'

<b>Samsung has become the most profitable mobile phone company in the world, overtaking Apple, a report says.</b><p>Samsung's handset division had an estimated operating profit of $5.2bn (£3.4bn) in the second quarter of 2013, according to Strategy Analytics.<p>Apple's iPhone operating profit was estimated at …

White House telecom advisor brings together privacy code of conduct for apps

The White House's main telecom adviser, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), has issued a first draft of a mobile apps code of contact, with the goal of giving consumers more control of their privacy. It facilitated its creation over several years by stakeholders …

Where are Samsung's high resolution tablets?

The Nexus 10 is currently Samsung’s only high-resolution tablet offering.<p>Most people would agree that behind battery life and performance, the display is the most important component in a mobile device. Even more so in a tablet, where the display is especially crucial. A screen resolution which …

Nokia offers augmented reality job search

Mobile phone giant Nokia is enlisting Britain’s young entrepreneurs to build new businesses using its career services app, JobLens.<p>Launching in the UK today, JobLens is a Windows Phone 8 app that helps users search for jobs in their local area. The app uses augmented reality to show the user …

Toyota Has Made Its Own Version Of The Segway

Take Nissan, for example. Its bread and butter may be the Versa, but it's also given us the Juke, and the supercar-slaying GT-R. Honda might crank out Civics by the hundred thousand, but they've also given us the NSX, the first-generation Insight and the S2000.<p>And then there's Toyota. Pick one …

Do You Really Need To Turn Off Your Phone During Flights?

Most airlines have had this rule in place for more than a decade now, even though there has been no definitive documented instance in which passengers leaving their devices on caused a plane crash.<p>So why are we forced to stop listening to music or reading a Kindle during take-off and landing?<p>Many …

Pinterest introduces enhanced tracking, offers opt-out option

From the NSA to Mozilla, it seems like everyone wants to track your online activity (because you're so interesting, of course). Pinterest is the latest to jump on that bandwagon, but the company is keen to assure users that it's completely down with Do Not Track. In a blog post introducing its most …

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For the future of YouTube, check out Video Game High School

Still think YouTube (s GOOG) is all about cat videos? Then you might want to check out <i>Video Game High School</i>, Freddie Wong’s gaming-themed scripted …

New Nexus 7 now available to order from Google's US Play Store

As of now, Apple's still wholly content letting Google and its clan of followers dominate the sub-$300 tablet market. Hence, the new Nexus 7. For those drawn to a thinner, lighter, more powerful version of the Android-based slate, orders can now be placed directly through Google's Play Store... for …

Back to the future

Hi, I'm Marc Perton, and I'm Engadget's new Executive Editor. Those of you who've followed this site for a while may dimly remember me; I was with Engadget in its early days, and somehow managed to write a couple of thousand posts from 2004 through 2006 (my fave: Engadget 1985, a group post I …

After Losing Nearly Half Its Users In A Year, Investors Dock Zynga’s Valuation By $400 Million

It is not a good day to be Zynga, or one of its investors if you held stock in the firm yesterday. Following a decidedly negative earnings report, investors have unloaded the firm’s shares, sending them down around 15 percent in regular trading.<p>That loss comes after Zynga’s stock price rose in the …

Silicon Valley Starbucks serve up wireless charging but you’ll need a special phone case

After trialing wireless charging stations in Boston, Starbucks(s sbux) is expanding the program to select locations in Silicon Valley. Before you get …

Ballmer Admits What We All Knew: Microsoft Built Far Too Many Surfaces

At an internal meeting, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer admitted that the company overproduced the Surface RT tablet, leading to its recent $150 per unit price cut. As quoted by The Verge’s Tom Warren, Ballmer plainly explained that the company “built a few more devices than [it] could sell.”<p>But we …

Google Working on a Set-Top Box with a Camera and a Motion Sensor

On the heels of the unveiling of Google’s new Chromecast TV dongle, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the company is developing a more feature-rich set-top box that would include a video camera for Hangouts and a motion sensor.<p>According to the newspaper’s sources, a prototype of the device …

Is the GamesBeat community ready to forgive the Xbox One?

Microsoft’s upcoming console, the Xbox One, had a rough coming-out party. Online requirements angered fans while indie developers complained about the inability to self-publish their own titles.<p>Microsoft has since reversed its stance on both issues, first by allowing all Xbox Ones to work without …

Elder Scrolls Online trailer introduces the vicious, tiny Scamp

A new <i>Elder Scrolls Online</i> blog post discusses the development of the implike Scamp enemy, with a trailer showing it in action.<p>"Fans of Morrowind and Oblivion will definitely recognize this Daedra," reads the blog post. Scamps are small creatures summoned to do simple tasks, and while not …

Monopoly Empire lets you play as an Xbox controller

A new version of Monopoly will let players traverse a new boardwalk as an Xbox controller, according to Hasbro's <i>Monopoly Empire</i> website.<p>The goal of <i>Monopoly Empire</i> is for players to "own the world's top brands," among them Electronic Arts. In the twist on the classic board game, players bid for the …

PlayStation 4 will reserve 3.5GB of its 8GB RAM for the OS - Report

The PlayStation 4 will reserve 3.5GB of its RAM for the operating system, a report on Eurogamer's Digital Foundry has said.<p>Sony's next-gen console comes with 8GB of GDDR5 memory, leaving 4.5GB of RAM guaranteed to developers of PlayStation 4 titles.<p>However, sources speaking to Digital Foundry said …