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A bigger Samsung Galaxy S6 with 2 curved edges could be on its way

Samsung is reportedly planning to announce a bigger version of its flagship Galaxy S6 Android smartphone later this year.<p>According to Samsung-focused …

Intel admits USB-C is the connector of the future by adopting it for Thunderbolt 3

With Apple and Google both warmly embracing the new USB-C connector in their new computers this year, the fate of the fast, but rarely used, Thunderbolt standard was coming into question. What would the future hold for Thunderbolt if most of its utility was to be replaced by a more convenient and …

Thunderbolt

Cyanogen and Microsoft team up to put Skype, Office, and more on Cyanogen OS

<i>Correction 10:15 a.m. PDT: Only some Cyanogen OS devices will ship with Microsoft’s apps preinstalled.</i><p>Today Cyanogen, the company that wants to “take Android away from Google,” announced a major partnership with Microsoft. The deal will see a number of Microsoft apps — Bing, Skype, OneDrive, …

The great OLED revolution has arrived -- at a price

Plasma TVs may be extinct, but OLED screens now fill that niche. Only one company makes them, so you'll need deep pockets to afford the best picture on the market.<p>The mainstream TV tech with the best picture is dead. RIP plasma.<p>If you're a screen quality purist, LED LCD won't cut it. Though they …

Televisions

Ex-Google exec Andy Rubin launches new startup lab

The creator of the Android mobile operating system -- and Google's former robotics czar -- is hoping he can help a new generation of entrepreneurs build hardware.<p>Andy Rubin, the former Google whiz that created the Android mobile operating system and headed the company's nascent efforts in robotics, …

Andy Rubin

Intel's PC on a stick is now available for pre-order

Like the idea of Intel's Compute Stick turning your TV into a full-fledged Linux or Windows PC? You can finally plunk down some cash to get one. Online stores (including Amazon and Newegg) have started taking pre-orders for the HDMI dongle, which is now expected to ship by late April rather than …

Laser Chip Could Turn Smartphones Into Handheld 3D Scanners

Forget point and shoot, it's point and scan<p>Taking 2D photos with your phone is rather popular these days, but thanks to Caltech scientists, soon you may be able to wave your phone at an object and capture a 3D scan of it. You could scan a particularly nice coffee cup, and then instantly send the 3D …

Laser treatment claims to turn brown eyes blue

A clinic in California is testing a laser procedure that eliminates pigment in the patient's eyes, turning them blue.<p>Ever been stymied in a desire to bat your baby blues by the fact that your eyes aren't actually blue? An experimental new procedure could see you permanently change your peepers' hue.<p>…

Glaucoma

Hands on with the HTC Valve Vive virtual reality headset

Image copyright Signe Brewster.When people put on a virtual reality headset for the first time, they almost always try to do two things: look at …

Virtual Reality

Security firm finds preinstalled malware on Xiaomi Mi 4 smartphone

<i>Update: On Sunday March 8, Xiaomi contacted VentureBeat with a statement in response to the Bluebox report. Then on March 9, Bluebox told VentureBeat that the device may have been counterfeit and provided new findings.</i><p>Data security firm Bluebox has discovered preinstalled malware and a host of …

Samsung Galaxy S6 phones emphasize design, ditch many popular features

A sleek glass and metal body, no removable battery or waterproof capabilities, fixed storage space and a new mobile payment service.<p>No, not the<p>iPhone. It's the newest Samsung smartphone.<p>The South Korean electronics giant introduced its redesigned smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, at the<p>…

Motorola's new Moto E has LTE and a bigger screen for just $149

Motorola teased an announcement in the form a hand-delivered package last week, and sure enough, today the company delivered a box with a new Moto E. The second-generation Moto E is still Motorola's most affordable smartphone in its lineup, but this time around it has a larger 4.5-inch (but still …

Mobile Technology

Experts are blaming this guy's company for the Lenovo Superfish debacle

Superfish basically broke the security on a computer in a way that allowed it to read any encrypted messages sent by the PC, like passwords or banking details. It did this by doing what experts call a man-in-the middle attack, where the software can intercept the messages.<p>Websites are supposed to …

Security

Can Samsung really ditch Qualcomm completely?

Yesterday, <i>Bloomberg</i> reported that Samsung will drop the Snapdragon 810 from the Galaxy S 6 in favor of the Exynos. Utilizing the Exynos is no …

Gear & Gadgets

Vodafone boss says customers 'don't care' about 4G speeds

The head of Vodafone in the UK has said that reliability and not speed is the most important issue for 4G networks. Jeroen Hoencamp claimed that high …

Customers

BootUnlocker App Adds OnePlus One Compatibility In 1.6.1 Update

Using an unlocked bootloader on your phone or tablet is not safe. Don't do it. Unless you want root permissions, or the ability to backup and restore …

Android News

Android users continue to watch more porn than iOS users

Several months ago, we noted that Android smartphone users were leading the pack in terms of watching porn. Now, CNET alerts us to a new update that shows that Android users continue to outpace iOS users in porn viewing.<p>Courtesy again of PornHub, we now know that mobile viewing has over-taken …

Android News

Patent troll threatens Apple with legal action over iCloud violation

Imagine a lifetime job with Apple, that doesn’t require you going into the office every day, from which you can never be fired, but which still gives you a sizeable guaranteed paycheck at the end of each month.<p>If that sounds like a dream come true, apparently you share the same utopian vision as a …

Experimental Technique Coaxes Muscles Destroyed By War To Regrow

Ron Strang was on patrol in Afghanistan when a primitive land mine exploded.<p>"When it went off, it came across the front of my body," Strang says. Though he survived the blast, his left leg was never the same. Shrapnel destroyed most of the muscle on his left thigh. He used to run, swim and hike. …

Get unlimited photo editing filters with Shift for Android

The problem with many photo editing apps on Android is the inability to customize filters to your liking. Sure, VSCO Cam and other similar apps allow you to dial down the filter after you select it, but after that you’re stuck editing your picture with the same routine of brightness, contrast, and …

Apps

North Korean Internet, 3G Mobile Network Shut Down For Hours

By Jack Kim<p>SEOUL, Dec 27 (Reuters) - North Korea called U.S. President Barack Obama a "monkey" and blamed Washington on Saturday for Internet outages it has experienced during a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of the film studio Sony Pictures.<p>The National Defense Commission, …

Sony hackers apparently mock the FBI; Anonymous threatens more hacks

Guardians of Peace, the group that hacked Sony Pictures in late November and released a trove of the company's corporate data to the public, …

Everything you wanted to know about ChatOps but were afraid to ask

You’re probably hearing the word ChatOps more and more — at conferences, on Reddit and Hacker News, around the water cooler (or keg) — but what does it actually mean? And why and how would you implement it at your organization?<p>ChatOps, a term widely credited to GitHub, is all about …

Robotic Experiment Recreates Evolution In Oil And Water

Evolution in the absence of biological molecules<p>We've seen evolution enacted with early-Earth chemicals, with hermaphroditic robots, and even entirely virtually, using mathematical models. In each, scientists or engineers give the experiment some starting conditions, let it run… then see what …

Biology

The Pirate Bay is offline after Swedish police allegedly seize servers

You might have noticed that The Pirate Bay is offline today; the site has disappeared after Swedish Police reportedly raided premises in Stockholm containing the service’s servers.<p>According to Torrentfreak, Swedish authorities confirmed that local police completed a raid in Stockholm this morning. …

VLC's Android media player is (mostly) finished

VideoLAN's multi-talented VLC media player has taken a while to reach Android in finished form -- long enough that the developers revived the iOS app in the meantime. At last, though, it appears to be ready for prime time. The team has updated VLC for Android (you may see the old version listed for …

Google releases Android Studio 1.0, the first stable version of its IDE

After two years of development, Google today released Android Studio 1.0, the first stable version of its Integrated Development Environment (IDE) aimed at Android developers. You can download it right now for Windows, Mac, and Linux from the Android Developer site.<p>Google first announced Android …

Wacom's New Cloud Service Is a Hub for Images and Settings

Cloud computing, once exotic and rarified, has gone mainstream, with companies in every sector of the creative arts getting into the act.<p>So it’s no surprise that Wacom has now announced the launch of two free cloud-based services — Dropzone and Control Room — designed to provide easy access to …

Bigger screen iPhones are eating away at iPad usage according to Pocket study

Everyone says they wish phones weren’t so big, yet we all seem to appreciate the extra real-estate once we have our own phablet.<p>Pocket, the “read-it-later” app, collected data from 2 million article and video opens with its app to amassed some telling numbers on users who own both a phone and a …

A New Chip Could Double Your Phone's Data Rate

A University of Texas team invents a circulator using conventional electronic parts.<p><i>(Photo Credit: University of Texas)</i><p>A simple circuit could double data rates on most cell phones, opening up wider possibilities for sending and receiving information.<p>Known as the "circulator," the device invented at …