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YouTube mobile apps to allow offline viewing

<b>YouTube will be updating its mobile apps to allow users to download videos for a short time.</b><p>When your net connection is patchy, or you're using a …

Sony Vaio Multi Flip hands-on

Watch this: Samsung Unpacked in under four minutes

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 hands on - IFA 2013

Sony Xperia Z1 with 20.7-megapixel camera hands-on

Extra-large Nokia Lumia 1520 surfaces in press image

Want a clear look at Nokia's Lumia 1520 (aka Bandit)? You may just have it. After posting a screen capture earlier in the week, @evleaks has released what's reportedly a press image of the super-sized, 1080p Windows Phone. The render largely matches what we've seen before, including the additional …

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

Remember that image of what appeared to be a new Nexus phone used in a Google video earlier this week? It turns out the FCC has tested a phone that …

Lenovo's mid-range 'Flex' line includes two Yoga-like laptops, a portable all-in-one (hands-on)

It's pretty much a given that everything we love about flagships will eventually make their way into more affordable products. And why shouldn't that include the form factors themselves? In addition to unveiling the Yoga 2 (as well as the ThinkPad Yoga for business), Lenovo is trotting out two …

Samsung announces the world's first curved UHD TVs at IFA 2013

You didn't think Samsung was done announcing TVs at IFA yet, did you? This time, Samsung's folded two of its new TV notions into one set, announcing the world's first curved Ultra High Definition TVs. They don't appear to be OLED (so our money's on LED), but the new screens will be available in …

LG's G Pad 8.3 has the build quality to compete with the iPad mini, but not the apps

Well designed and executed, but not yet a compelling purchase<p>LG has traditionally kept a low profile during the annual IFA show in Berlin, but this year it's introducing a big new product in its Android portfolio: the G Pad 8.3. The company couldn't contain itself and already fully detailed the …

Friction in the gears of Samsung's Galaxy Gear

Enter the Galaxy Gear. Samsung is raising the bar for what a smartwatch can be, aiming for functionality closer to that of Google Glass. You can answer phone calls, control Galaxy Gear with your voice, take pictures, and share content -- just like you would on a smartphone, but you don't have to …

iPhone 5C glimpsed in blue and other colors, doesn't look awful

Our previous look at a tangled pile of iPhone 5C's wasn't especially flattering, and it only showed the plain white version of the rumored handset. The newer image above is impossible to authenticate, but it's a tad more sympathetic and it comes from a batch of photos of yellow, pink and blue …

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 …

Apple TV updated with Vevo, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Weather Channel, Smithsonian apps

Today, Apple has issued an over-the-air update to the Apple TV that brings several new content apps. Notably, in line with expectations, an app for the Vevo Music Video service has arrived. Also new are Disney Channel and Disney XD apps.<p>With Apple’s deep partnership with Disney, it is about time …

Apple and Samsung to boost smartwatch shipments 36X in next 5 years

Apple and Samsung are poised to blow up the smartwatch market in the next five years, driving shipments from just one million today to 36 million annually by 2018, a new Juniper Research report says.<p>And the two companies haven’t even shipped a single product yet.<p>The real pioneers in the smartwatch …

Samsung's 55-inch curved OLED hits Europe this week for 7,999 euros

We guessed Samsung wouldn't be far behind LG in terms of its curved OLED's European debut, and we were right. Starting this Wednesday, if you're in Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium or Italy you'll be able to bring home a "flawless" screen for a <i>mere</i> €7,999 (around …

Windows 8.1 is officially finished, but everyone has to wait until October 18th

Microsoft is confirming today, after recent reports, that the company has completed Windows 8.1 and is releasing it to manufacturing (RTM). The finalization of the Windows 8 update means that hardware partners can now ready systems running Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 for release on October 18th. …

Sony packs entire camera into snap-on smartphone lens

<b>Sony's rumoured snap-on lenses for Android and iPhone will pack in an entirely separate image sensor, according to Sony Alpha Rumors.</b><p>Two rumoured …

Cameras

Hyetis Crossbow: A New Smartwatch that Packs a 41MP Camera

Smartphones might be bludgeoning the point-and-shoot market, and wearable computers like Google Glass may someday return the favor, but there’s a new …

MOGA launching new Power Series controllers, will charge your phone as you play

Back in April, MOGA released its PowerA Pro Android gaming control, promising an improved experience over their previous generation controller. Now the company has announced they are back at it again, with plans to launch a new generation of MOGA Power Series controllers at E3.<p>So what’s new? The …

Battery Charging

NBA Legend Julius Erving Picks Kobe, Spurs Over LeBron James

Before the special premiere of his documentary “The Doctor” last night, the Hall-of-Famer and former 76ers legend, Julius Erving, discussed numerous …

The Windows 8.1 Start Button has finally been caught on video

Quick hit here, dear readers. Microsoft was a bit stingy with screenshots when it announced details of the coming Windows 8.1 update. Happily, NetworkWorld had a video camera at Computex in Taipei, and managed to snag a video of the software in action.<p>The clip is pretty self-explanatory, but if you …

LG launches ultrabook and hybrid tablet in Australia

<b>LG has announced that the Z360 Ultrabook and both the H160 and Z160 Tab-Books will soon be available in Australia.</b><p>The range was shown off by the …

CES

Sony Xperia Tablet Z review: Thin, thoughtful design, but at a premium price - CNET

MSRP: $499.00<p><b>The Good</b> The <b>Sony Xperia Tablet Z</b> offers a refreshingly thin and light design, with great gaming performance, and a sharp screen. The MHL connection, impressive waterproofing, and expandable storage are notably appreciated extras.<p><b>The Bad</b> $500 for 16GB of storage is a heavy price hike …

Gear & Gadgets

Will Samsung’s SM-C101 be a Camera sequel or a new Galaxy S4 Zoom smartphone?

I’m sure that until now you’ve heard us on repeated occasions mentioning a rumored Samsung SM-C101 device. Samsung’s upcoming creation is said to have a camera powerful enough to beat even Nokia’s camera phones, a medium size screen with modest resolutions and, most important, phone …

Razer puts 14-inch Blade up for pre-order

Razer teased us when it unveiled the 14-inch Blade last week: a rare blend of portability with gaming performance, and we couldn't even put money down? Well, we can at least do that now. The smaller of the two Blades is now up for pre-order, with prices ranging from $1,800 to $2,300 depending on …

Refreshed MacBook models rumored for WWDC next week

Laptops sporting Intel's latest processors, Haswell, have been popping up everywhere over the past few days, and now it looks like Apple may be ready to get in on the action. <i>9to5Mac</i> is reporting that either the MacBook Air or the MacBook Pro with Retina display — if not both machines — are likely …