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Reverse Showrooming: Best Buy, Amazon And The Internet Sales Tax

My four year old Sony laptop died last month. Okay, I killed it, but it was only criminally negligent homicide—the zipper on the old backpack I’d inherited from one of my kids pulled open and my laptop went crashing onto a hard floor.<p>So last Friday, I started shopping for a new one. In the process, …

Huawei CEO breaks 25 years of silence to deny US espionage allegations

Ren Zhengfei says China-based smartphone maker "has no connection" to alleged cybersecurity risks<p>Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei has vehemently denied allegations that his company poses a risk to US intelligence and national security, refuting claims that the smartphone maker has illicit ties …

Are all-male panels at tech conferences a thing of the past?

A media storm blew up in the tech world earlier this year, after someone questioned the lack of women on the roster at a conference and tweeted to …

Apple: Google Is Not a “Friend of the Court” in Samsung Case

In Apple’s sprawling legal battle with Samsung, Google is hardly an impartial party. It’s the author of the Android mobile operating system that the …

Red Hat

Samsung Galaxy S 4 teardown reveals extent of homegrown parts

Certainly, the biggest smartphone launch of 2013, so far, has been the official launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone. As we all expect …

Phones

Un-Muddying the Waters: Making Sense of the Dish and SoftBank Dueling Offers for Sprint

Just look at the two offers for Sprint. One is clearly the better choice, both strategically and financially.<p>Which one that is depends, of course, on …

Softbank

What the future could hold for Firefox OS

Competing with iOS and Android on their own turf isn't going to work.<p>We've said this before, but launching a new mobile operating system is hard …

Apple pushes for Android code docs in Samsung case

In the name of "transparency," Apple has asked a judge to force Google to hand over elements of the Android OS source code.<p>In the next step of the Apple v. Samsung battle, Apple has asked a judge to make Google hand over documents related to the Android operating system.<p>U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul …

Transparency

Shopping Around For Cheap Prices [Not Mobile Payments] Is The Most Popular In-Store Activity Among Mobile Users, Says Google

Most people may not yet be using smartphones to pay for goods when they are out shopping, but that doesn’t mean that they are not glued to their handsets anyway. Some research out today from Google indicates that among smartphone owners, some 79% can be classified as “mobile shoppers,” using their …

With an Eye on Viacom, Netflix Adds More Kids’ Shows From Disney

Do you use Netflix to babysit your kids? Me, too. So, good news for us: The streaming video service is adding five new shows from Disney’s Disney …

Media Industry

AT&T’s New Aio Prepaid Brand Takes a Page From T-Mobile’s Playbook

With T-Mobile grabbing a lot of headlines for its no-contract phones, AT&T is launching a new brand of its own focused on that segment.<p>Aio Wireless …

T-Mobile

Nokia: No Asha Touch range for North America

Nokia will not launch its new Asha Touch range of affordable smartphones, such as the Asha 501 revealed earlier today, in the US or Canada, the …

Windows Phone

Acer CEO optimistic about Windows 8.1, claims Microsoft is back 'down to Earth'

While Microsoft executives have been hinting at the arrival of a Windows 8 update, codenamed Blue, two Acer execs have been voicing their approval of planned changes for the OS. Speaking to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, Acer president Jim Wong explained that Microsoft is making alterations "at a high …

Google Earth enters fourth dimension, highlights humanity’s heavy hand

Satellite imagery lets you follow terrain changes over time.<p>Roughly four years ago, Google engineers started working with the US Geological Survey to …

The Biggest Hacks Of This Year Weren't Hacks — They Were Tricks

The modern hack isn't a "hack" at all: It's a lie, another lie, and some simple web design.<p>Yesterday, <i>The Onion</i>'s tech team penned a blog post explaining Monday's social media hack in elaborate detail. It lays out in plain language exactly out how employees were duped by the Syrian Electronic Army — …

Hacking

Using Google Glass: at a Justin Timberlake concert

"OK Glass, bring sexy back"<p><i>Google's Glass Explorer Edition is finally shipping, and Verge staffers worldwide have been waiting to try out the new headset. So we're sending our editors out to live life with Glass, to explore the brave new world we're lurching into whether we like it or not.</i><p>"Those …

Now Is a Horrible Time To Buy a Laptop

So your trusty laptop is starting to show its age. No one can blame you for wanting a new one, but we've got just one piece of advice: <b>WAIT</b>. This is a …

Name.com hacked: Encrypted card details and more stolen

Domain retailer Name.com has been hacked, the company has informed customers today, with usernames, email addresses, and encrypted passwords and …

Encryption