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​40 years later, Sony finally kills Betamax

Betamax: the punchline for over a decades-worth of VHS-center comedy bits and most format wars. However, Sony's Beta cassettes can still be bought in Japan. Just about. Sony's announced that it's finally, finally, <i>finally</i> going to stop selling the cassettes. No need to rush to Tokyo just yet, as you …

BlackBerry’s second Android phone ditches the slider design, codenamed the ‘Vienna’

Just a short while after the oft-rumored BlackBerry Priv was made official, it appears the company is already readying its second-ever Android phone. CrackBerry today has shared images of what it claims is the BlackBerry Vienna, an Android device with an always-accessible physical …

LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE reaches the USA through Verizon and AT&T

We first laid eyes and put our geeky little hands all over the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE last October 1st, during the LG V10 announcement. We knew right away this thing was special. Not only does it inherit the great looks and superior performance we have previously seen in other LG …

BlackBerry Vienna: company's second Android phone shows up in leaked image

We never thought BlackBerry would be so enthusiastic about releasing Android phones. CEO John Chen recently mentioned there were other Google-powered handsets in the works, and now we are seeing the first images of what could be the next BlackBerry Android handset.<p>This image comes from renown …

These Apple veterans want you to never have to leave your texting app to get things done

And this has certain developers looking toward not trying to develop single-use apps, but an app that could serve as an ecosystem for endless other mini-apps. The best example of this possible future is WeChat, the Chinese messaging behemoth that has 549 million monthly active users. People love …

Need a Plumber? Now That's Another Thing Google Will Do For You

Google is partnering with IAC's HomeAdvisor to better match homeowners with contractors like plumbers, electricians or landscapers, the company said Friday.<p>As of Friday, homeowners searching for contractors on Google will be shown results that are "HomeAdvisor screened and approved" and come with …

Dubai Is Buying Jetpacks For Its Firefighters

Sky-high prices are no obstacle to sky-high rescue<p>The future is already here -- it’s just mostly in Dubai. This week, the city, part of the United Arab Emirates, signed a deal with real-life jetpack maker Martin Aircraft Company to purchase 20 jetpacks for first responders. Why do rescue workers …

StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void sells 1 million copies in 24 hours - StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void

StarCraft II's final expansion is quickly moving toward being a success.<p>Blizzard announced via Twitter that StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void has sold …

Huawei’s New Batteries Charge To 48% In Five Minutes

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has a powerful new weapon in its competition for the global Android market: phone batteries that can recharge in less time than it takes to power down a latte. The company just unveiled quick-charging batteries at a Japanese trade show that charge to 50% capacity …

Researchers bring us one step closer to the 'ultimate battery'

WonderHowTo<p>A research breakthrough in lithium-oxygen battery development could now make the ‘ultimate battery’ a possibility, as a number of barriers to development appear to have been overcome.<p>Lithium-oxygen (Li-air) has been hailed as the base for the ‘ultimate battery’ due to its energy density …

Apple releases holiday gift guide featuring iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Beats accessories and more

Apple has launched a holiday gift guide microsite today, featuring Apple products and accessories targeted at a wide variety of audiences. The list is separated into six main sections: Gaming, Photography, Music, Fitness, Learning and Travel. Naturally, Apple prominently features its own devices in …

Google car pulled over for being too slow

<b>A Google self-drive car has been pulled over by police in Mountain View, California, for driving too slowly.</b><p>No action was taken but it does raise questions about whether the cars, in their current form, are too cautious.<p>In a post on Google+, the net giant joked: "Bet humans don't get pulled over …

MIT students create 2,000-pound "megalith" that can be moved with a fingertip

Students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have designed and built a 2,000-pound sculpture that can be rocked, rotated, lifted, and hauled …

Tim Cook orders retraining for all Apple store staff after Melbourne controversy

Apple CEO ordered ‘inclusion and customer engagement’ training after black teens were asked to leave Australia store because they ‘might steal something’<p>Apple boss Tim Cook has ordered that shop staff be retrained on “inclusion and customer engagement” after a group of black teenagers was told to …

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Windows 10 is getting a massive update

Windows 10 is getting its first mega-update on Thursday.<p>After updating your Windows 10 PC, your computer will boot faster, your photos will be clearer, reminders will be easier to set, and your PC will perform more smoothly.<p>But Windows 10 won't look any different -- most of the improvements are …

Huawei shows off battery tech than can go from 0% to 50% charge in minutes

On Thursday, Watt Lab, owned by Huawei Technology Corporation Limited, showcased a new battery model that charges ten times faster than other modern batteries.<p>The unveiling took place at the Battery Symposium in Japan. Huawei demoed two different varieties of their new approach to battery design: a …

Nissan wants to bring wireless charging technology to electric cars

Electric car owners get to enjoy a certain level of pride in saying that they never have to deal with gas stations and dirty fuel-filler nozzles.<p>Most of those owners would likely agree that not having to deal with cords and charging ports would be another great step forward, however.<p>Soon, if Nissan …

Two sources now believe Apple is making a 'low-end' iPhone with a tiny, 4-inch screen

That's a counter-intuitive prediction, as few people think Apple is going to get back into the tiny iPhone business. Yet it dovetails with a note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said a few days ago that Apple might be planning a new 4-inch phone that would essentially be an upgrade to …

Here's Tim Cook's Response to Racial Profiling in an Australian Apple Store

Earlier this week, six black teenagers from Sudan and Somalia were asked to leave an Apple Store in Melbourne, Australia, because an employee thought …

ISIS is claiming responsibility for the Paris attacks

In an official statement, the group said its fighters strapped with suicide-bombing belts and carrying machine guns carried out the attacks in various locations in the heart of the capital that were carefully studied.<p>ISIS released the statement in Arabic, English, and French through its various …

Samsung Galaxy S7 Early Launch Confirmed By AT&T Tests

Reliable phone leaker Evan Blass, @evleaks on Twitter, has suggested that AT&T is already testing two new Samsung phones with the model numbers SM-G930A and SM-G935A which will likely turn out to be the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.<p>Samsung has already given hints that it will move forward a phone …

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How Google X Head Astro Teller Defends Moonshot Projects

A revealing conversation days before Google's Alphabet reorganization<p>Earlier this week, Google shocked the science and technology world when it announced that it was restructuring itself to operate its moneymaking search products separately from its loftier, long-term initiatives. Astro Teller, the …

Foxconn is cutting costs as Chinese smartphone market slows

Apple supplier Foxconn is reportedly cutting costs and widening its margins to keep ahead of the pack as the Chinese smartphone market slows, according to a new report.<p>Although Foxconn’s CEO Terry Gou has been outspoken about his desire to not rely too heavily on any one company, Foxconn currently …

Kaspersky Antivirus accused of creating fake malware for over 10 years

Here’s a crazy report: Kaspersky Lab, makers of a popular antivirus service, might have created fake malware for over ten years to harm its competitors. The software was benign, but Kaspersky fooled other antivirus software into marking it as infected.<p>Two ex-employees told Reuters that the …

Google’s Game-changing Smartphone Project Has Hit a Snag

Those in the know say that modular smart phones are the future. It just turns out the future is going to be a little later than we thought.<p>Google’s …

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