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Phonebloks: Modular, upgradeable smartphones - ExtremeTech

By on September 14, 2013 at 10:12 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>In an odd quirk of fate, a …

How Sony Could Beat Microsoft At Its Own Game And Win The Living Room War

Sony has wisely marketed its PlayStation 4 as a system designed with the “core gamer” audience in mind.<p>The PS4 has social apps, video streaming, and all the other bells and whistles the competition has, but first and foremost it’s a machine designed to play games. Or at least that’s the …

Asus tipped to debut new PadFone Infinity, a tablet powered by a phone

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>So if you had to choose between buying a phone and a tablet, which would you take? Most would opt for the phone, I suspect, …

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel on why they built an app for a smartwatch but not Google Glass

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Snapchat announced a Samsung Galaxy Gear app this morning — one of 70 that will be available when the smartwatch launches …

Cota By Ossia Aims To Drive A Wireless Power Revolution And Change How We Think About Charging

Wireless power. It’s less sci-fi sounding than it once was, thanks to induction charging like that based on the Qi standard, but that’s still a tech that essentially requires contact, if not incredibly close proximity. Magnetic resonance is another means to achieve wireless power, and perfect for …

Order Everything from the Internet and Never Leave Your House Again

Go outside? Are you kidding me? Have you seen what goes on out there? You're way better off staying in the safety and comfort of your own home. And …

Here's how sniper rifles are changing in Call of Duty: Ghosts

Infinity Ward executive producer Mark Rubin took to TwitLonger yesterday to explain the changes coming to sniper rifles in <i>Call of Duty: Ghosts</i> when it launches this November.<p><i>Call of Duty: Ghosts</i> will include a new marksman class, the design of which changed how sniper rifles will work in the next …

Google is waging war on apps that attack, infiltrate and steal from your phone

Late last month, Google made sweeping changes to its policies for developers on Play, the official store for apps that run on Android, Google’s smartphone operating system. The changes, which among other things affect how ads are displayed and permissions sought, are meant to make Android safer so …

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Early Samsung Smartwatch Reviewers Are Not Impressed

The early reviews are in, and few seem thrilled with the Galaxy Gear, the so-called smartwatch that the South Korean electronics giant Samsung announced this week.<p>The Galaxy Gear syncs with your Samsung Galaxy smartphone -- only one model for now, which we'll get to later -- and allows you to make …

Looks like LG is building a 5-inch Nexus 5 with Snapdragon 800 chip

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Taylor Wimberly<p>Remember that image of what appeared to be a new Nexus phone used in a Google video earlier this week? …

Sony SmartWatch vs. Samsung Galaxy Gear: The first big battle in the wearable tech war

Two electronics titans target each other, waging war over your wrist.<p>Sony's latest wearable tech creation, the SmartWatch 2 (SW2) is attractively styled, water-resistant, and sports plenty of apps and watch faces. The Samsung Galaxy Gear is a strong contender too, running a specially tweaked …

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Android KitKat unveiled in Google surprise move

Technology reporter<p>Google is calling the next version of its mobile operating system Android KitKat.<p>The news comes as a surprise as the firm had previously indicated version 4.4 of the OS would be Key Lime Pie.<p>The decision to brand the software with the name of Nestle's chocolate bar is likely to …

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Don’t Like In-App Purchases in Games? Deal With It, Says PopCap.

PopCap’s Plants vs. Zombies 2, the sequel to the hit tower-defense game from 2009, recently crossed 25 million downloads — more in two weeks than the …

Samsung’s Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Takes Shape Ahead Of Sept. 4 Event, Likely Won’t Resemble Mini Phone

The good ship Galaxy Gear smartwatch is springing multiple leaks ahead of its official reveal this Wednesday, September 4, and there are even leaks about previous leaks vying for attention. That said, there’s a lot about the device we can reliably say we know at this point, although what the device …

DICE+ digital gaming cubes now shipping

After a year's wait, DICE+ is finally shipping its Bluetooth game die. The chance cube is available for $40 in the US, and €40 ($53) in many other parts of the world. While the selection of compatible Android and iPad games is limited to a handful of party and strategy titles, the developer kit …

'Titanfall' Could Be A Game Changer

<i>Respawn’s next-gen shooter looks incredible.</i><p>I have yet to get hands-on time with Respawn Entertainment’s upcoming shooter <i>Titanfall</i>.<p>But it’s the first competitive first-person shooter that I’ve been excited to play in a long time, and one of the few games being demoed at recent conventions that …

This is Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch: A blocky health tracker with a camera

<i>Editor’s Note Sept. 4: Samsung announced the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch as expected. We’ve got all the details on the Galaxy Gear smartwatch right here on VentureBeat.</i><p>Samsung is set to reveal its Galaxy Gear smartwatch next Wednesday, Sept. 4, in Berlin. But this weekend, we got a first look at the …