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Obama Meets Raul Castro at Mandela Memorial

Pres­id­ent Obama met Cuban Pres­id­ent Raul Castro for a hand­shake at Tues­day’s me­mori­al for Nel­son Man­dela in South Africa. While Obama isn’t …

International concern over N Korea execution

The reported execution of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's powerful uncle has caused worries over the stability of the isolated country, with various governments expressing concern over the potential implications of the move.<p>The state-run KCNA news agency announced on Friday that a special …

Google Street View has become 'the backbone' of Maps

Google Maps' Street View mode can easily seem like an exercise in mapping indulgence. Is it really necessary to drive cars mounted with high-tech cameras around dozens of cities just so that people can view the front door of a local business? According to a profile of Google's mapping efforts in <i>The</i> …

Twitter turns its block function into a mute button, leading to user revolt

Executives scrambling after users complain about privacy<p>Twitter has quietly changed the way blocking works in a move that means once-blocked trolls can once again interact with their old targets — but all of their interactions will remain hidden from their targets. Under a new policy that's already …

Nexus 5 review

In this review of the Nexus 5, I will attempt to answer one simple question: is Google capable of making a flagship, best-in-class smartphone it can sell for $349 off-contract? And I don't just mean a nice, okay, swell, good, decent, better-than-the-last-one phone. I mean a phone that stacks up …

Apple's '12 Days of Gifts' giveaway coming to US for the first time

For the past few years, Apple has given its users in Europe, Canada, Japan, and some other countries 12 days of free downloads to celebrate Christmas. Those gifts take the form of a free video, song, game, book, or app, which are delivered through the company's 12 Days of Gifts (previously known as …

Bitcoin $10,000?

Ladies and gentleman, we have a Bitcoin bubble.<p>In January, one bitcoin would fetch around $13. Today, Dec. 4, 2013, it is worth $1,061 with $11.8 million sold on the Bitcoin Exchange.<p>If the currency rose by just a measly 1,000% next year, that would bring it over $10,000. It’s clearly risen 8 times …

Security Insiders: With Karzai’s Delays, Time to Plan for the Zero Option in Afghanistan

A nar­row ma­jor­ity of <i>Na­tion­al Journ­al’s</i> Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity In­siders say it’s time to plan to im­ple­ment the zero op­tion in Afgh­anistan, …

Tech companies pressure Obama over NSA

Silicon Valley is escalating pressure on President Barack Obama to curb the United States government surveillance programmes that vacuum personal information off the Internet and threaten the technology industry's financial livelihood.<p>A coalition that includes Google, Apple, Yahoo, Facebook and …

The world bids farewell to Mandela

World leaders, from US President Barack Obama to Cuba's Raul Castro, are paying homage to Nelson Mandela at a mass memorial in South Africa that recalls his gift for bringing enemies together across political and racial divides.<p>Obama shook the hand of Castro at the memorial, an unprecedented …

Qualcomm under investigation in China

Qualcomm is one of about 30 tech companies that are currently under investigation by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China for their business practices.<p>A report from EET Asia says the NDRC is investigating Qualcomm over concerns that it isn’t following the Chinese …

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Best Android gifts under $50

It’s the season for giving, and hopefully, receiving gifts, and we understand how difficult it can be to pick something that’s just right. If there is someone you know who uses an Android smartphone or tablet, we’re here to try and help make that decision a little easier! And of course, there’s no …

Gear & Gadgets

Samsung announces Galaxy J in Taiwan

Samsung officially announced the Galaxy J in Taiwan, bringing the high-end phone to a second country outside of Japan for the first time.<p>The Samsung Galaxy J first came out in Japan a few months ago, but is now coming to Taiwan later this month. The phone will land on all of the three major …

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Sony SmartWatch now open for tweaking

Sony has opened up its SmartWatch to Android developers.<p>In a move to gin up excitement for its current SmartWatch gadget, Sony has opened the device to software developers. With these new coding tools, enthusiasts now hopefully have what they need to craft custom firmware for the Android …

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MSI's 14-inch GE40 gaming laptop priced at $1,300 with specs to take on Alienware

Sure, MSI can build hunky, nine-pound gaming notebooks, but what about lightweight rigs? It's traditionally left those to the likes of Dell and Razer. Now, though, MSI has an ultra-light gaming laptop of its own. After teasing the 14-inch GE40 at Computex last week, the company is now shipping it, …

Nokia hosting 'Zoom Reinvented' event July 11th in NYC

We just received invites from Nokia to an event in New York City taking place on July 11th. The name of the event, curiously, is "zoom reinvented" and the imagery features a magnifying glass. Given the recent barrage of EOS leaks, we naturally have to wonder if an 808 PureView-like Lumia device …

Sony's Shuhei Yoshida talks Remote Play ubiquity on PlayStation 4, not bundling the Eye with the console

With the PlayStation 4, unlike the PlayStation 3 before it, Remote Play functionality on Vita is handled on a system level. Though Sony's asking developers to take into account the Vita's different button setup and additional input mechanisms that the portable console has, the actual act of …

Netflix expected to debut user profiles by end of summer

Netflix users have been clamoring for better solutions when it comes to sharing an account with family and friends, and the streaming service is finally set to deliver one soon. <i>Yahoo News</i> reports that Netflix will roll out individual user profiles by the end of the summer — likely sometime in …

Yahoo buys PhotoForge and KitCam developer to bolster Flickr's photo editing features

Yahoo is taking on yet another acquisition as it seeks to reinvigorate itself and — in this case — Flickr as well. GhostBird software has just announced that it will be joining the Flickr team after being purchased by Yahoo. The developer is notably the name behind PhotoForge 2, a popular and …

Clearwire's board snubs Sprint, throws weight behind Dish's offer

In the seemingly never-ending saga of who will buy Clearwire, it's been a dogfight between Sprint and Dish Networks (which is also a suitor for Sprint itself). On Wednesday, <i>Bloomberg</i> reported that Clearwire's board put its support behind Dish's most recent offer of $4.40 per share, instead of …

Apple said to consider 5.7-inch iPhone and $99 model in several colors

Apple may expand its iPhone range by including models with larger screens, colored bodies, and a lower price. Citing multiple sources, Reuters reports that screen sizes of 4.7 inches and 5.7 inches are under consideration. The alleged large-screen models would launch next year if Apple decides to …

Supreme Court rules that natural genes aren't patentable, but synthetic ones are

The Supreme Court of the United States just handed down a landmark ruling today when it comes to the practice of patenting genes from the DNA of living organisms. In a unanimous 9-0 decision, the court ruled that "a naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible …

Microsoft and Best Buy team up to create a 'Windows Store' inside 600 retail locations

Microsoft is announcing on Thursday that it plans to open special Windows Stores within Best Buy locations. The partnership will see 500 Best Buy locations in the US and 100 Best Buy and Future Shop retail stores in Canada launch a store-within-a-store. Microsoft is aiming to showcase Windows-based …