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Steve Jobs Was Completely Wrong About Why People Like the iPhone

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>The launch of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus — and the latter's massive 5.5-inch screen — appear to prove Apple founder Steve Jobs was completely wrong when he said in 2010 "no one" would want to buy a phone with a big screen.<p>And while this sort of …

Steve Jobs

Only 5 percent of Android users will switch to iPhone 6, says survey

A survey insists that only a small proportion of Android users will switch to Apple's new phone. But could that change when they actually see the iPhone 6?<p>Surveys are the naked selfies of the intellectual.<p>They reveal so much, yet the whole story seems rarely there. Some, indeed, reek of total …

Mobile Technology

RANKED: The Best Smartphones In The World

But if you need a new smartphone now, here are the best ones.<p><i>Note: We update this list approximately once a month. Our rankings are based on a variety of factors including design, software and hardware features, content selection, carrier availability, and price. We only consider phones that are</i> …

Mobile Technology

Intel’s New Core M Processors Will Bring Thin, Fanless Convertible Notebooks This Holiday

Intel has launched its Core M processor line at IFA 2014 this year, and is announcing a number of key launch partners that will be shipping Intel M-based convertible notebooks starting this holiday season. The new M chips allow users to build much thinner designs, since they’re incredibly …

China Said to Ban Government Purchases of Apple Hardware Amid Heightened Security Concerns

According to <i>Bloomberg</i>, China's National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Finance have prohibited government purchases of Apple hardware, citing security concerns as the reason for the ban.<p>Ten Apple products were not included on a recent government procurement list from June …

Google Just Accidentally Revealed Another New Feature Coming To Your Android Phone

One such feature is the addition of multiple user profiles for Android phones, which means you'll be able to easily share your phone with others without having to worry about anyone noodling through your messages or apps.<p>Google inadvertently revealed this addition through its Android Issue Tracker, …

Android Phones

Virgin Mobile intros a blank-slate smartphone plan you can customize any way you like

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock / culig<p>Next month, Virgin Mobile USA will offer a new, prepaid smartphone plan that is really dozens of …

Samsung sales and profits down despite Galaxy S5 launch

Rest of 2014 will be "a challenge" as second quarter disappoints<p>Samsung Electronics has released its financial results for the second quarter of 2014, showing the first drop in net profit in three years for the Korean electronics giant, and a slowdown in its smartphone sales. The company announced …

Samsung

Why $10 billion isn’t a crazy valuation for Snapchat—and may turn out to be a bargain

Venture Capital

China's Baidu Is Working On A Self-Driving Car Concept That Sounds Less Terrifying Than Google's

Baidu, a Chinese search giant, revealed to The Next Web that it's working on its own concept that sounds like it will make a lot more sense than Google's version.<p>Baidu's car would be highly autonomous, instead of fully driverless. The idea is that it could operate by itself, but that the driver …

Self-Driving Cars

Next-generation lithium cells will double your phone's battery life

The lithium ion batteries in your mobile devices are inherently limited by the "ion" part of their name; they can safely use lithium only in the part of the cell that supplies ions, wasting a lot of potential energy. It's good news, then, that researchers at Stanford have developed a new lithium …

Solar cells cool themselves to produce more power

Solar power cells need to stay relatively cool for the sake of both efficiency and longevity, but active cooling (like ventilation) isn't practical; it's expensive, and may block the very rays the cells are supposed to collect. To tackle this problem, Stanford University researchers have created a …

The Next Thing In Home Automation: Backyard Automation

The Droplet is a robot sprinkler that knows your weather, soil, and plants, and waters accordingly.<p>So, you’ve installed a Nest thermostat that turns down the heat when you’re not at home. You’ve got WeMo switches allowing you to tune down lights remotely. Your fridge automatically orders milk when …

Home Automation

Uber's Biggest Competitor Launches In New York Today

But Lyft had to make some concessions. It can only use licensed vehicles from the TLC.<p>Still, those concessions mean Lyft will be able to operate in all of New York's boroughs, not just Brooklyn and Queens, which was the original plan.<p>In other cities, Lyft lets just about anyone with a car become a …

Staten Island

China's Baidu to challenge Google with its own self-driving car

Baidu is often referred to as "China's Google," but it's not <i>quite</i> the same. It's true, the company <i>is</i> working on it's own self-driving car, but it thinks Google's no-wheel design is all wrong. According to Kai Yu, Baidu's Institute of Deep Learning's deputy director, autonomous vehicles need to be …

Unlocking phones in the US will soon be legal

Congress passes unlocking bill, and Obama plans to sign<p>Consumers in the US will soon be able to legally unlock their phones for use on other wireless networks. The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill this afternoon legalizing cell phone unlocking, following the lead of the US Senate …

The App I Used to Break Into My Neighbor’s Home

When I broke into my neighbor’s home earlier this week, I didn’t use any cat burglar skills. I don’t know how to pick locks. I’m not even sure how to …

Amazon Quietly Launches Its Consumer-Facing Mobile Wallet App, Amazon Wallet

Amazon’s first attempt at its own mobile wallet application, designed for use at the point-of-sale, has made a quiet debut on the Amazon Appstore and on Google Play. However, the current implementation of the new “Amazon Wallet” application is fairly barebones – it doesn’t yet support mobile …

With Twitch, Google Could Dominate The World Of Gaming Videos

<b>Google is reportedly purchasing video game livestreaming platform</b> Twitch for $1 billion. A Google spokesperson has declined to comment on the rumors.<p>Twitch, the world’s largest gaming website and community, lets gamers broadcast their live videoplay for viewers. It’s like the Netflix or Hulu for …

With 1M Sold In The Last Quarter, Google’s Chromebooks Are A Hit With Schools

During its earnings call this week, Google announced that it — and its partners — sold a million Chromebooks to schools in the last quarter. Overall PC sales worldwide were about 76 million in the last quarter, according to Gartner’s latest numbers, so a million Chromebook sales just to the …

Apple reportedly working on 12-inch Retina MacBook and 4K display for release this year

Apple's OS X Yosemite is coming this fall, so it should be no surprise that the company is readying new hardware to go along with it. <i>9to5Mac</i> reports Apple's current projects include a 12-inch MacBook featuring a pixel-dense Retina display and "a much thinner and slightly lighter aluminum body." The …

What Microsoft’s CEO Means When He Says He Wants to Unify Windows | Enterprise

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella caused a stir during an earnings call yesterday when he started talking about merging the company's desktop, mobile, and …

Microsoft

Apple in Talks With Credit Card Companies Over Payment Solution, Could Launch Mobile 'Wallet' This Fall

Apple's talks with companies in the payment industry have been heating up in recent months, according to a new report from <i>The Information</i>. Apple executives have discussed launching a mobile payment solution as soon as this fall, allowing users to pay for physical goods with their iPhones.<p>Apple is …

The next age of Foursquare begins today

Foursquare needed a fresh start, so it created a brand new identity<p>In mid-May, Foursquare decided to split itself in two. The first half is Swarm, an app that lets you find friends nearby and check in. The second half is the forthcoming Foursquare 8.0, a complete redesign of the company’s existing …

Razer Integrates WeChat into its Nabu Wearable, Says Should Hit U.S. for Under $100

The device is designed to be affordable, while combining some of the best features of a fitness band and smartwatch.<p>Hardware maker Razer said late Wednesday that it is adding support for WeChat into its forthcoming wearable device, the Nabu smartband.<p>In addition to getting notifications on the …

Here comes the 2nd Wave of Wi-Fi: Asus’s new hopped-up 802.11ac routers start shipping

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Asus<p>The new IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard may have just emerged, but there is already a newer wireless home networking …

Wi-Fi

Japan's prime minister wants to host the first 'robot Olympics' in 2020

Tokyo is already the host of the 2020 Summer Olympics, so why not add nonhuman machines to the mix?<p>For as long as there have been robots, humans have wanted to thrust them into battle. Now Japan's prime minister wants to take that idea to the largest stage possible. Speaking to reporters last …

Google may win the contract to turn NYC pay phones into free Wi-Fi hotspots

New York City has over 9,000 public pay phones that are slowly decaying. So it’s little wonder that the city wants to find a new purpose for these ubiquitous devices.<p>The plan so far, is to get a private company to step in and turn the entire fleet of pay phones into free Wi-Fi hotspots.<p>Free? Yup, …

Apple Orders 70 to 80 Million iPhone 6's, Chinese Online Sellers Already Taking Preorders

If there's any doubt that the iPhone 6 is generating excitement, that's put to rest by the fact that Chinese online sellers on the Alibaba website have already begun taking preorders for the phone. What other phone would start selling even before it's announced? According to the <i>Wall Street …

Wall Street Journal