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Nokia to launch Windows RT tablet in September, alleged pictures leak

Nokia is planning to launch its first Windows RT tablet in September. Sources familiar with Nokia's plans have revealed to <i>The Verge</i> that the company will unveil its tablet at a special launch event in New York next month. Nokia has been courting developers for the event, and it's tentatively …

Apple Ramping Up China Operations With LinkedIn Job Push, Which Could Help It In More Ways Than One

Apple is apparently stepping up its China operations, according to a number of new job postings found on LInkedIn by the Wall Street Journal today. The company has listed nearly 300 openings on the professional social networking site, which include key senior positions related to environmental …

Xbox 360, 3DS lead disappointing July for game business

Despite victories for the Xbox 360 and 3DS, the gaming business had one rough July.<p>Total physical game sales, which includes hardware, disc-based software, and accessories, hit only $443 million in the U.S. in July, research firm NPD has revealed. That figure is down 19 percent compared to the same …

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Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch rumored for September 4th unveiling

Bloomberg reports that Samsung's long-rumored smartwatch is a "wristwatch-like smartphone" that will launch on September 4th. The news source specifically points to the Android-powered device being able to "make phone calls, surf the web, and handle emails." As previously indicated by a trademark …

Apple App Store Monopoly Suit Undermined by Pesky “Detail”

Apple has won a dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that it maintains a monopoly over iOS applications — albeit on a technicality.<p>In a Thursday order, …

China Wants to Investigate IBM, Oracle and EMC for Security Concerns

(<b>Update:</b> We have received some information that part of this report might be inaccurate. We are doing further reporting on the subject and will post …

With Rando, the World Is Connected and Mundane and That’s Kind of Beautiful

Somewhere on the other side of the Internet is another person just like you, idly playing with her smartphone. And the delightful app Rando would …

Apple Could Still Be Planning Television-Related Announcement for Late This Year

Back in February, former <i>TechCrunch</i> writer and Google Ventures partner MG Siegler reported that he was hearing "chatter" about Apple making a significant push into television in the fall of this year. While Siegler was unable to say whether the push would include an actual television set from the …

BlackBerry CEO Gets A $56 Million 'Double Trigger' Payoff If He Sells The Company

But what is interesting about Heins' termination payout is how drastically it changed between 2012 and this year. Back in 2012, Heins would have gotten up to ~$21 million in a "double trigger" payout if the company had been acquired (a "change of control," in boardroom lingo) and he had been …

Former Apple employees call ‘Jobs’ biopic a ‘work of fiction’, explain how it really happened

<b>Update:</b> Steve Wozniak provided some of his thoughts on the film to Gizmodo after seeing ‘JOBS’ last night.<p>With the new Steve ‘Jobs’ biopic starring Ashton Kutcher set to hit theaters nationwide today, Slashdot just posted an interview with two former Apple employees who gave their take on some of …

100G, 200G, 400G: Internet’s core is getting fatter to meet our tech planet’s bandwidth demand

Optical networks are getting bigger, beefier and faster — thanks to a slew of new technologies. It has now become commonplace to hear about optical …

Sony Is Gunning For Your Cable Company, And It's Not Alone

In the battle to create a real alternative to cable TV, a number of technology giants have been working behind the scenes to fit the puzzle pieces together for quite some time. In apparently striking a deal with Viacom, it now appears Sony will be first with such a service, perhaps even before the …

Tap And Track: How Big Data, Games, And Auctions Are Maximizing Mobile Commerce

Better, faster, more customer friendly. This week, a slew of apps and e-commerce boosters were announced, each relying on big data to home in on the sweet spot that converts browsing to buying.<p>Drync<p>You sipped a crisp, white burgundy with your entree at a local bistro last night. This afternoon, …

70 Billion Reasons For A Public Company To Go Private

When you lose more than $70 billion in stock market value in the space of roughly five years, it might just be time to put the investing public out of its misery and come off the stock market.<p>In the last few days BlackBerry, formerly known as Research In Motion, watched its stock market value fall …

App Store monopoly case dismissed by judge, can still be refiled

Back in 2011, a group of consumers filed a lawsuit stating Apple’s App Store is a monopoly since it is the only software marketplace available for the iPhone. That suit has now been dismissed by the overseeing U.S. District Judge, according to Bloomberg. However, the dismissal was only due to the …

Geekbench 3 with 15 New Benchmark Tests Released for Mac, iOS, and More

Primate Labs has announced on its blog that it has released Geekbench 3 – the first major update to the popular benchmarking service since 2007.<p>This third iteration of Geekbench features 15 completely new benchmark tests that are designed to mimic real-world processor tasks, such as image and …

From AT&T to Facebook: How tech logos have evolved

Logos can be touchy. When the Gap changed its iconic logo, some customers swore they’d never return.<p>Now Yahoo says it wants to change its logo, retaining the color purple and the exclamation point.<p>The change could bode well for the web company, as its current logo is outdated, said Ira Kalb, a …

Analyst tips gold iPhone 5S, f2.0 aperture and expanded storage options

Black and white may not be your only color options for the iPhone 5S(s aapl), if KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo is right in his predictions. …

E Ink Reports 46% Sales Drop, Expects E-Reader Shipments To Be Flat This Year

E-readers, such as the Kindle and the Sony Reader, were a novelty five years ago. But they are already on their way out. Display manufacturer E Ink Holdings reported its quarterly earnings and sales are down 46 percent year over year with a net loss of $33.6 million. It isn’t the first net loss, …

NPD: Nintendo 3DS Tops Gaming Hardware Sales for Third Straight Month

Nintendo’s handheld console, the 3DS, outsold all other videogame hardware in the U.S. for the past three months, according to the NPD Group’s retail …

Elon Musk Is Dead Wrong About The Cost Of The Hyperloop: In Reality It Would Be $100 Billion

That seems absurdly cheap for the most ambitious public transport infrastructure investment since the national highway system.<p>But the New York Times did us all a favor by calculating the true cost of the Hyperloop: It's going to be ~$100 billion.<p>The Hyperloop is a pressurized tube system in which …

BlackBerry CEO Will Cash In if Company Is Sold

Don’t worry about BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins. He’s going to be just fine, regardless of what happens to the foundering smartphone maker. Indeed, …

Analyst Estimates PlayStation Plus Will Generate $1.2B For Sony Annually

Back before we knew anything about Microsoft and Sony‘s next generation systems, even their names, there was one question that didn’t revolve around always-on or used games. Which online subscription system would win out?<p>The thought was that either Microsoft would relent and make Xbox Live free to …

Apple Said to Be Working with Foxconn, Corning and Innolux on 'iTV' for 2014 Launch

Apple is in the development stages of an long-rumored television, partnering with glassmaker Corning, G-Tech Optoelectronics, Foxconn, and display maker Innolux -- if a report from Taiwan's <i>Economic Daily News</i> is to be believed [Google Translate].<p>The paper has a spotty track record at best, but it …

Facebook For Android Home Beta Now Lets You Control Your Music Apps From Cover Feed

Facebook doesn’t want you to ever leave its apps, not even to switch what song you’re listening to. So it’s began letting its Android app beta testers who’ve enabled Home to control Spotify, Google Play Music, Pandora, and Rdio from a notification at the top of cover feed. If popular, it could roll …

Inside the bitter YouTube battle between Microsoft and Google

Why do these companies love to hate each other?<p>The gloves are off: Microsoft and Google find themselves battling in more product areas than ever while fighting a very public war of words. The latest spat has led Google to block a Microsoft-developed YouTube app for Windows Phone, despite a promise …

Microsoft phasing out Zune Marketplace rentals and purchases, but Zune Pass lives on

Xbox Music and Xbox Video are the future of Microsoft's digital media ecosystem. But putting a greater focus on the Xbox brand means saying goodbye to some past ventures. Today, the company announced plans to phase out support for purchases and rentals on Zune Marketplace "as early as" August 22nd …