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5 Applications For Graphene, The 'Wonder Material,' That Could Change The Way We Live

Graphene, the pure carbon material that's just one atom thick and nearly transparent when laid out in sheets, manages to be roughly 200 times stronger than steel, even though it's 60,000 times thinner than Saran Wrap.<p>Graphene is also an excellent conductor of energy, can be synthesized from unique …

Nanotech

Details leak out on HTC's 'Nexus 9' Android tablet

HTC may finally get a chance to build a Nexus device for Google.<p>Details on HTC’s new “Volantis” — an 8.9-inch Android powerhouse tablet — have just emerged, pegging it as the next big Nexus tablet, Android Police reports.<p>The site claims the tablet is being called the Nexus 9 internally at Google, …

Google May Buy Video Search Startup Baarzo

Google has been in talks to acquire video search startup Baarzo, according to sources with knowledge of the company. However, those sources were less clear about whether the companies had reached a final agreement. (One suggested that the deal had closed, the other was noncommittal.)<p>(<b>Update:</b> A …

30 minutes with Amazon's new smartphone

Amazon made a big splash in unveiling a smartphone on Wednesday that it hopes will challenge Apple and Samsung’s years-long dominance. The device is …

Yo earns top 10 spot and $1 million just for being silly

Social media helps drive popularity<p>A free app that does nothing but trumpet "Yo." at your contacts has found its way into the US App Store's Top 10 list, thanks to social media's irrepressible love for the inane. The attention even attracted $1 million in angel funding for Life Before Us LLC, the …

Why Amazon's New Phone Will Probably Succeed

In the noisy world of media, journalists often resort to shouting in order to be heard. Sometimes that expresses itself in hasty and hyper-critical judgments. A recent example: the reaction to yesterday’s announcement of Amazon’s new Fire Phone. Check out reviews from the leading digeratti, and …

Yo App Hacked By College Students

A Georgia Tech student, together with two of his roommates, claims to have hacked Yo, the Poke-like app that has set some (though not all) of Silicon Valley alight in the last 48 hours. [See update below: Yo has confirmed it has been hacked].<p>The student emailed TechCrunch detailing what he alleges …

Apple brings manual camera controls to iOS 8

A deep dive into the iOS 8 camera API shows that manual exposure controls are finally available, with parameters like shutter speed, ISO and white balance open for developers.<p>Limited camera control has often been a source of frustration for users and developers who want to flex their mobile …

Mobile Photography

Apple gearing up for July iWatch production, says report

Apple is preparing to start production on a much-anticipated smartwatch device next month, reports Reuters.<p>While Apple has never confirmed the existence of a branded smartwatch (unofficially called the iWatch), many speculate that the company has actually been hard at work on the wearable device …

House Of Representatives Passes Amendment To Cut Off Funding For NSA’s “Backdoor” Searches

The House of Representatives has passed by a landslide an amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill that will cut off funding to National Security Agency’s “backdoor” surveillance. The act, which places limits on how the NSA can gain access to communication, including email, online browsing, and …

Apple iWatch to feature multiple designs and more than 10 sensors: WSJ

New report adds fuel to rumors of impending October release date<p>Apple's upcoming smartwatch is pegged for a fall release and will come in multiple designs, according to a new report in <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. The device, widely dubbed the iWatch, is said to include over 10 sensors, with some …

Samsung Galaxy Tab S Tablets Up For Pre-order In The U.S.

The new Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets are now available to pre-order in the U.S. from a number of retailers, the 8.4 inch model will set you back …

Electronics Industry

The Fusion of Solid State Storage

SanDisk announced that it had made a definitive agreement to acquire PCIe SSD supplier Fusion-io for $1.1 B. Fusion-io has been a pioneer in the development and implementation of PCIe-based solid-state storage. Fusion-io products have been widely used in hyper-scale data center applications by …

Speech technology expert Nuance has reportedly held sale talks with Samsung

Nuance, a company whose reputation was built on its impressive speech-recognition technology, has reportedly held talks about a potential sale to Samsung. <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> claims that Nuance has been in discussions with numerous suitors; aside from Samsung — already one of Nuance's many …

Apple Retail Announces 2014 Summer Filmmaking, iBooks Author Camps for Kids

As it has done in prior years, Apple will once again be offering free summer camps for kids 8 to 12 at its retail stores, with this year's sessions focusing on filmmaking with iMovie and interactive storytelling with iBooks Author. The classes will run for three days with each class going for 90 …

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 vs. iPad mini 2

Size<p>The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is 7 percent taller, 7 percent narrower and an insane 12 percent thinner than the svelte iPad mini. You can make plenty of …

Moto G 4G LTE now available for purchase for just $219!

The Moto G continues to be one of the most popular devices world-wide. In fact, it is Motorola’s most sold smartphone ever made! It came as no surprise that Motorola would release a worthy successor. Announced just about a month ago, the Moto G 4G LTE promises the same performance, build quality …

Mobile

Parallels Access 2.0: Windows and Mac Apps Land on Android, iPhone

Parallels has made a name for itself by running apps in unexpected places. Its virtualization software first brought Windows apps to the Mac, then it …

Apple settles $840 million ebooks price-fixing claim

Payment depends on outcome of appeal<p>Apple has agreed to settle out of court with consumers and US states that brought a damages claim against the company for conspiring to raise the price of ebooks. The terms of the settlement have not been made public. Attorney Steve Berman, who represented the …

Samsung Gear 2 review

This is the year of the smartwatch. This is the year when all of our wrist-mounted computer dreams are going to come true. Or at least that’s what’s expected based on the hype surrounding wearables. But for Samsung, it’s actually year two of the smartwatch, a second round to right the wrongs …

Lack of Maps Updates in iOS 8 Said to Be Caused by 'Internal Politics', Developers Leaving

Leading up to last week's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, various reports suggested that Apple would be significantly improving its Maps application in iOS 8, enhancing the underlying infrastructure that powers the application and adding public transit directions from acquired mapping …

UK to introduce new road laws allowing the use of self-driving cars

Not to be left behind by developments in the US, the UK government is set to rewrite road laws to allow self-driving cars on Britain's roads. According to <i>Mail Online</i>, science minister David Willetts has already opened discussions with the Department for Transport to help British companies develop …

Samsung reportedly planning to release folding tablet in early 2015

For years now we’ve been hearing about flexible, bendable and foldable displays. We have been told that these types of displays have the potential to open up the door to new form factors, and there have been all sorts of demos showing displays that twist, bend and turn to extremely tight radii. And …

Electronics Industry

Google could flag adjusted search results, report says

Under new European rules Google has to remove links to offending material online, but you will at least know when your search results have been doctored.<p>When links have been snipped out of your Google search you'll know about it, according to new reports.<p>European lawmakers recently ordered Google …

Google

Hackers can 'un-brick' stolen iPhones

Two hackers have figured out a way to unlock lost Apple devices -- a boon for criminals with stolen iPhones and iPads.<p>The hackers have discovered a method for bypassing a protective feature on Apple (AAPL) devices. Lost your iPhone? No worries. Something called "Activation Lock" turns it into a …

How the NSA can 'turn on' your phone remotely

Even if you power off your cell phone, the U.S. government can turn it back on.<p>That's what ex-spy Edward Snowden revealed in last week's interview with NBC's Brian Williams. It sounds like sorcery. Can someone truly bring your phone back to life without touching it?<p>No. But government spies can get …

Google testing super-secure email

Google is working on the ultimate security and privacy feature.<p>It's called "End-to-End" encryption, and it's the best way to stop anyone from snooping on your emails. Google would turn your emails into jumbled code, and the only person who can see the email in plain text is the trusted person on …