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New Afghan government to sign US troop deal

<b>The new Afghan government has signed a security deal with American officials that will allow US troops to remain in the country beyond this year.</b><p>The agreement was signed by Afghanistan's newly appointed national security adviser, Hanif Atmar.<p>Previous President Hamid Karzai had refused to sign the …

If this is the iPhone 6 screen, it's going to be a nearly indestructible device (video)

Gadget videoblogger Marques Brownlee continues testing a piece of glass he got a couple weeks ago that he believes is the front panel of the upcoming iPhone 6.<p>We don’t have conclusive proof that this is actually an iPhone 6 screen. But whatever it is, it appears to be a very hard, very flexible, …

iPhone 6 Apparently Confirmed By China Telecom

The long wait is over. The iPhone 6 has been revealed, but the announcement didn’t come from the lips of Tim Cook on a stage in California. Rather, China Telecom seems to have become a bit impatient and gone ahead and announced the upcoming Apple flagship phone on its own with a post on Weibo, a …

Google Testing Its Self-Driving Cars In A Complete Virtual "Matrix California"

They must have taken the red pill.<p>The idea of sharing the road with one of Google’s autonomous cars can be a bit unnerving. What if one of them malfunctions mid-drive and turns right into the middle of a busy intersection? Plus, who do you get to yell at if one cuts you off?<p>Well, in order to …

Engineers Build A 3D Printing OS For All Printers Everywhere

If you’ve used any 3D printers over the past year or so, you’ll notice one thing: fragmentation. A few use open source apps (which are abysmal) and many use homebrew solutions which range from amazing to “meh.” Now a group of engineers wants to create a standardized, usable OS for all 3D printers, …

Exclusive: Apple iPhone 6 screen snag leaves supply chain scrambling

TOKYO (Reuters) - Suppliers to Apple Inc (AAPL.O) are scrambling to get enough screens ready for the new iPhone 6 smartphone as the need to redesign a key component disrupted panel production ahead of next month’s expected launch, supply chain sources said.<p>It’s unclear whether the hiccup could …

Chromecast software vulnerability paves way for another root exploit

Google regularly rolls out Chromecast updates that plug up previous root-friendly exploits, but there's a new method you can use if you want complete control over your streaming device. A group of hardware hackers (fail0verflow, Team Eureka and GTVHacker) have not only discovered a vulnerability in …

Samsung Gear 3 To Feature a Curved Design (Rumor)

Samsung has already released two Samsung Gear smartwatches, as well as the Gear Live — powered by Google’s Android Wear. Rumors suggest the Korean …

Gear & Gadgets

Apple iPhone 6 Schematics Leaked From Apple Supplier

Apple iPhone 6 is just a few weeks away, but that shouldn’t stop the rumor mill from leaking every single bit of information it can. We’ve see leaked …

Daily Deals: LG 50″ 1080p HDTV: $450, Jawbone BIG Jambox: $165, Philips Smart Blu-ray player: $75, more

This offer has expired!<p>Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest deals and more. Sign-up for our newsletters and have our best offers delivered to your inbox daily.<p>The Daily Deal Roundup pulls the best <i>Daily Deals (meaning you only have until Midnight)</i> from our <b>Daily Deal</b> finder every morning at …

Twitter Starts to Change the Central Logic of Its Service

The company is now showing users tweets from accounts they don't follow. That’s a bigger deal than it seems.<p>When will Twitter no longer be Twitter?<p>This week, the company tested a change to its core product that could alter the service in a small but important way. According to <i>Mashable</i>, Twitter is …

Blue HTC One E8 To Hit Retail in Hong Kong

HTC One E8 is another excellent handset from the Taiwanese OEM as it brings the same set of specifications as the HTC One M8, but at a lower price …

Mobile

How to improve battery life on any mobile device

We here at CNET have written numerous articles with tips and tricks for improving battery life on iOS and Android, some of which you can find here, here and here, but not everyone owns an iPhone or Android device. Despite which kind of mobile device you prefer, battery life tends to be an issue …

Batteries

St George introduces fingerprint access for mobile banking

St George bank is set to utilise fingerprint recognition software on the iPhone S5 to bring quick and secure banking to mobile customers.<p>Known as Touch ID, the biometric log-in will be the first of its kind for mobile banking in Australia, and will be rolled out for use on the iPhone 5S from …

New Technology May Help Stop ATM Skimming Fraud

American ATM manufacturer Diebold has developed technology it claims will stop card skimming, the most common type of ATM fraud. The ActivEdge card reader requires customers to rotate their ATM cards by 90 degrees, so they are inserted into the machine via the long edge instead of the short edge. …

Windows 9 Preview Could Feature Rapid Build Updates

When Microsoft signaled that it would move to a more rapid release cycle for Windows code, it meant it. The coming technical preview of Windows 9 — the operating system codenamed ‘Threshold’ — could contain a rapid-upgrade feature to keep users who are stress testing the software up to …

Buyer's Guide: Discounts on MacBook Air, Mac Pro, Apple Accessories, and More

This Week's Buyer's Guide includes deals on the MacBook Air, the Mac Pro, the Retina MacBook Pro, and several different Apple accessories.<p>There aren't many deals on the iMac, the iPad, the Retina iPad mini, or the 2014 Retina MacBook Pro this week, but make sure to check back next week for new …

Robots could murder us out of kindness, says futurist

<i>-What have you done for society lately, huh? Nothing. It's not your fault. You're just past it. You should accept it. You just sit on the sofa all day, eating Kettles New York Cheddar chips and watching "Frasier" reruns.</i><p><i>-You're strangling me.</i><p><i>-It's for your own good. Well, for the good of us all,</i> …

Singularity

Move Over Tesla — Google Is Now A Carmaker

Soon to have a steering wheel and pedals, standard. Google<p>Google has logged hundreds of thousands of miles with its self-driving cars. When the vehicles have been in "autonomous mode" (translation: driver not in control), they've never had an accident. But up to this point, Google has been adding …

iPhone 6 Information Leak Sourced from Foxconn Details Dimensions of 4.7-Inch and 5.5-Inch Versions

French Apple website <i>IGen.fr</i> (Google Translate) has shared a variety of new details about Apple's upcoming iPhone 6, including dimensions for each model, info about the protruding camera ring on the rear of both devices, and more. The photos appear to be of internal information residing in a Foxconn …

Apple Loop: Will The iPhone 6 Be Available To Pre-Order On September 12th, With Up To 128 GB Of Storage, And A New USB Cable?

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop covers when you can pre-order your iPhone 6, the memory options for new smartphone, Apple’s quest for a thinner backlight, monetizing both ends of the USB cable, Parallels is updated to version ten, OSX Yosemite gets …

iTunes Festival adds over 20 new artists to concert lineup

Apple is stuffing the lineup of its 2014 iTunes Festival concert in London next month with the additions of Jenny Lewis, Lenny Kravitz, SOHN, Jessie Ware, Ryan Adams and 16 other artists and bands.<p>The new acts will join the likes of Pharrell, Beck, David Guetta and Robert Plant at the Roundhouse in …

Apple Loop: How Much Will The iPhone 6 Cost, Should You Buy The iPhone 6, And Will We See A Sapphire iWatch In September?

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop covers the expected price of the two iPhone 6 models, why you need to decide which smartphone is for you, the features people are expecting (and hoping for) in the new iPhone, how large the smartwatch market is, will …

Apparent Photo of 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Battery Reveals 2,915 mAh Capacity

A purported photo of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6's battery on Chinese site <i>Apple Daily</i> [Google Translate] (via <i>Macotakara</i>) alleges that the larger new iPhone could have a capacity of 2,915 mAh. The photo shows the battery carrying an Apple part number of 616-0675 and that it runs at 4.35 volts, although no …

Big Fixes Are Coming To Windows As Soon As Next Month

Citing several sources, Foley says a "technology preview" will be available at the end of September or early October.<p>Previous rumors have suggested a release preview of Windows 9 will come in mid-2015. A release preview is exactly what it sounds like — a near-final version of the software that's …

Cars may soon know when you're on the phone behind the wheel

Word to the wise, kids: <i>do not</i> muck around with your phone while driving. Some of you probably won't be able to help it (tsk tsk), but a team from Santa Catarina State University in Brazil just might have the solution -- according to <i>MIT Technology Review</i>, they've cooked up an in-car …

Can't Wait for Windows 9? It Could Be Coming Sooner Than You Think

If you upgraded to Windows 8 or 8.1 and want out, there may soon be an alternative to simply downgrading to Windows 7. Microsoft is reportedly going …

Apple Taps China Telecom As iCloud Storage Provider For Customers In China

Apple has begun using Chinese servers to store Chinese user data, the company has confirmed in a statement to the Wall Street Journal. The new arrangement had been reported previously by 9to5Mac after they spotted a statement by the Fuzhuo City municipal government asserting that Apple had moved …

Microsoft to launch Xbox One in China

Share<p><b>Game consoles have been banned in China since 2000, but now Microsoft is about to release its Xbox One in the country.</b><p>Solar News reports that …