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Nintendo announces first smartphone title Miitomo, delays launch to 2016

Nintendo's first foray into making games for smartphones and other mobile devices won't happen this year, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima announced at an investor briefing in Tokyo today. Instead, the game maker is now eyeing March 2016 for a global launch of its first mobile title, according …

PlayStation and image sensors help Sony turn a profit

Twelve months ago, Sony was busy recalculating the losses it was expecting to report, due to its beleaguered mobile division. Today, the firm's announcing a 33.6-billion yen ($278-million) profit thanks (once more) to PlayStation and its image sensor division. Overall revenues came in slightly …

Huawei poaches former iPhone designer to lead its software team

Chinese smartphone giant Huawei has often been accused of lifting its design language from Apple, and now it's taking the iPhone maker's personnel too. Huawei has hired former Apple creative director Abigail Sarah Brody to be its new head of user interface design. Brody left Apple back in 2011 …

You can now shop on Amazon with your Fire TV

Amazon has rolled a new feature on its Fire TV set-top box and Fire TV Stick that lets users shop for select products from the company’s site right from their couch.<p>GeekWire reports that the feature is fairly basic at present; in fact, there’s no shopping portal as such. Instead, banners on the …

San Francisco Bay Area

Alcatel's standout mid-range handset is now just $150 on Cricket Wireless

Alcatel's Onetouch Idol 3 was a surprise standout smartphone for us earlier this year. A $250 mid-range Android device from a relatively unknown manufacturer, the Idol 3 nevertheless impressed with slim, lightweight design and a stunning 5.5-inch, 1080p display. Now, for some mobile users in the …

Apple rejects offer to sell Adele’s latest CD in retail stores

It’s been years since Apple got rid of CD drives in Macs, but apparently Adele didn’t get the memo. That’s all we can conclude from a new report, claiming that the team behind the gazillion album-selling songstress tried — and failed — to persuade Apple to sell physical CD copies of her upcoming …

Adele

Google Photos for Android now lets you hide specific people

Sometimes, you just don't want to remember certain people — an ex, maybe — but you don't want to erase all those old photos, either.<p>The new version …

Nintendo's first freemium mobile game Miitomo to debut in March 2016

Nintendo has revealed that its first mobile game will be called Miitomo, and that it will be a “freemium” title using in-app purchases. However, its launch has been delayed until March 2016.<p>Miitomo is the first game from Nintendo’s deal with mobile firm DeNA, which was announced in March 2015. The …

Mobile

OnePlus X is official: 5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 801, 13MP camera and premium glass back for $249

At an event in London this morning, OnePlus finally took the wraps off its latest smartphone. It’s not a the company’s flagship device, but at its price-range it certainly seems competitive. Even before the event this morning, the company lauded the phone as a precision work of art, and it’s easy …

Mobile Technology

Sprint is throttling data hogs who use more than 23GB in a month

Sprint's unlimited data plan is about to get more expensive, and now the carrier is also saying that it'll start throttling the heaviest users of that unlimited data. Sprint CTO John Saw says as much in a blog post entitled "Protecting the 97 percent" -- a reference to the 97 percent of the …

FCC investigating if Verizon and others have 'lock' on business internet market

Today, the FCC announced it will examine claims that the biggest internet service providers — including Verizon and AT&T, among others — have an unfair edge over smaller competitors in the business world, essentially crowding out other companies hoping for lucrative contracts.<p>In an order announcing …

Microsoft Surface Dock Is Built To Be Future-Proof

Microsoft invited the media to New York earlier this month to unveil an array of new hardware, including the Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL smartphones, and the Microsoft Band 2 fitness wearable. One of the most exciting things that Microsoft announced, though, was an …

Gear & Gadgets

Students in Switzerland built a wheelchair that knows how to climb stairs

<i>(By Jim Drury, Reuters) –</i> An electric wheelchair that can climb most stairs, including spiral staircases, has been developed by Zurich-based students.<p>The Scalevo Wheelchair can mount one stair per second and was designed by 10 students at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and …

Johnson & Johnson

Samsung announces two new colors for Galaxy Note 5, including ‘pink gold’

Samsung has announced two new colors for the Galaxy Note 5, both of which will be available only in Korea for the time being. Along with a titanium-hued finish, customers will be able to get the Note 5 in a “pink gold” shade reminiscent of Apple’s ‘rose gold’ iPhone 6s, which will go on sale in …

Galaxy Note

Motrorola Droid Turbo 2 renders appear on case maker's website

Verizon Wireless is planning something special for October 27th, and by all accounts it has something to do with the unannounced Motorola Droid Turbo 2, as well as at least one other device. The Turbo 2 is rumored to be a higher spec variant of the Moto X Style, and has been leaked for some time …

Mobile Technology

Intel reportedly partnering with Apple to provide chips for the next-gen iPhone

According to a report out of VentureBeat, Intel has built a team of more than 1,000 people to build chips for the next-generation iPhone. Specifically, Intel hopes to supply its 7360 LTE modem chip to Apple for the device, and if all goes well, even take part in the manufacturing.<p>The iPhone 6s and …

Nextgen

Apple ordered to pay $234m to university for infringing patent

Company used University of Wisconsin-Madison’s microchip technology in some iPhones and iPads without permission<p>A US jury has ordered Apple Inc to pay the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s patent licensing arm more than $234m (£151.5m) in damages for incorporating its microchip technology into some …

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Hillary Clinton thinks Snowden should 'face the music'

On Tuesday’s democratic presidential debate, Hillary Clinton said she believed that Edward Snowden should face a trial for leaking classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013.<p>Clinton said:<p>He broke the laws of the United States. He could have been a whistleblower, he could …

Surveillance

T-Mobile CEO John Legere chimes in on AT&T customer service scandal

T-Mobile CEO John Legere is like some kind of pink panther stalking its pray. He has been known to attack all competing carriers, but is especially fond of trolling AT&T whenever possible. His comical and sarcastic humor is what keeps us following his social media adventures, so you can be sure all …

T-Mobile

Apple facing huge chip patent bill after losing case

Dave Lee<p><b>Apple faces a bill of $862m (£565m) after losing a patent lawsuit.</b><p>The University of Wisconsin successfully claimed that Apple used its microchip technology without permission in some iPhones and iPads.<p>The patent, filed in 1998, is said to improve the power efficiency of microchips.<p>The case …

iPhone

Don't Even Think About Riding Your 'Hoverboard' Around London

‘Hoverboards’ are now illegal to ride in public in Britain, according to Metropolitan Police. The wheeled Segway-esque vehicles have become wildly …

Elbee is making wireless earbuds that will be hard to lose

Wireless earbuds are one of those futuristic ideas that can't seem to cross over the consumer technology horizon. Bragi had a very successful Kickstarter last year for its Dash earbuds, which it showed off at CES alongside prototypes from FreeWavz and HearNotes, but has so far only shipped …

Consumer Tech

Fixed, The App That Fixes Your Parking Tickets, Gets Blocked In San Francisco, Oakland & L.A.

Fixed, a mobile app that fights parking tickets and other traffic citations on users’ behalf, has had its parking ticket operations blocked in three of its top cities, San Francisco, Oakland and L.A. after the cities increased the measures they were taking to block Fixed from accessing their …

OneNote for iPad gets Pencil by FiftyThree support

Microsoft might be backing Apple's new Pencil for the iPad Pro in its iOS apps, but the software giant is also supporting third-party options. One of the most popular is Pencil by FiftyThree, and Microsoft is updating its OneNote for iPad app today to support the stylus. If you're not interested in …

Tag Heuer is unveiling its Android Wear smartwatch next month

A luxury smartwatch for $1,800<p>Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer has set a date for its upcoming Android Wear smartwatch unveiling. The Tag Heuer Connected, as it's called, will make its debut at the LVMH Tower in New York City on November 9th, according to invites sent out by the company today. The watch …

What people are saying about the huge Dell-EMC deal

Dell set off a whirlwind of chatter Monday by announcing plans to acquire technology giant EMC (EMC) for roughly $67 billion. Analysts, techies, and …

Malicious Android adware campaign tries to exploit root access

After the Stagefright fiasco I’m sure that the last thing you want to hear about right now are more Android security issues. But <i>FireEye</i> researchers have discovered an aggressive adware campaign, which they have dubbed Kemoge, that is targeting Android devices in more than 20 countries.<p>The malicious …

Apps

This tiny 16-lens camera produces 52 megapixel photos

It's only the size of a smartphone, but Light's L16 "multi-aperture computational camera" houses an array of 16 individual camera units, each with …

uBeam Finally Reveals The Secret Of How Its Wireless Charging Phone Case Works Safely

Cynics have denounced uBeam’s ultrasound wireless charging at-a-distance technology since its first prototype in 2011, in part because it refused to share the particulars for fear of competitors copying it. But today, its founder Meredith Perry unveiled extensive details, research, and safety …

Microsoft's new Surface Book gets 'about 3 hours' of battery life away from its keyboard

The Microsoft Surface Book only gets "about three hours" of battery life when away from its keyboard dock, according to a video from TechCrunch.<p>In response to a question about battery life, a Microsoft employee explained that "three quarters of the battery is in the base, one quarter is in the top …