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Samsung gains as Apple display supplier, says researcher

Despite expectations to the contrary, the South Korean electronics giant is growing as a display supplier to Apple, says NPD DisplaySearch.<p>Samsung was expected to fade as a major Apple component supplier. But that's not happening. It is, rather, gaining on major Apple display supplier LGD, says NPD …

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The apps that Apple does not want you to use

They are the applications that Apple has tried to stop the world from using.<p>With more than 700,000 apps available for download, perhaps Apple can afford to be picky, but some of those to be banned show Apple’s squeamishness for nudity, bodily functions and upsetting important people.<p><b>Send me to</b> …

Apple Requests for Stay on iPhone and iPad Import Ban

Apple has asked the International Trade Commission (ITC) to stay an import ban on a number of its products scheduled to take effect on August 5, pending Apple’s appeal to the Federal Circuit court.<p>According to a report by Gigaom, Apple filed a motion with the ITC on Monday, saying that the ban will …

Apple's App Store turns five: You're great, now change

Apple's App Store redefined how we all downloaded programs on our smartphones. But with Google Play outstripping its number of apps, the challenge of the next five years isn't volume -- it's getting the right app in the right hands.<p>"I see it again and again, developers don't want to release their …

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The next iPhone’s cool-factor: a slow-motion camera?

As the launch of the next iPhone approaches, rumor and speculation about what Apple’s latest and greatest smartphone could bring to the highly-competitive mobile marketplace is increasing. Based on the latest chatter, a reasonable snapshot of the new iPhone seems to be an “iPhone 5S” with the same …

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 …

Finnish carrier DNA confirms it will be the first to launch Jolla phones running Sailfish

Jolla recently revealed its first phone, and now Finland-based carrier DNA has confirmed it will be the first operator in the world to offer the self-titled handset. Running the Sailfish operating system, these devices continue on a path blazed by Meego while also promising Android app …

Vivitouch headphones vibrate around your ear to simulate a theatrical experience

Peripheral manufacturer Vivitouch will launch a new line of headphones later this year that cover the entire ear and vibrate the surrounding skin, a sensation similar to sticking your entire head into a subwoofer.<p>The new set of headphones have been designed to "ramp up" sound without gamers having …

Publishers decide whether to require PS Plus subscription for F2P games on PS4 (update)

The free-to-play MMOs <i>DC Universe Online</i> and <i>PlanetSide 2</i> won't require PlayStation 4 users to subscribe to PlayStation Plus in order to play them, publisher Sony Online Entertainment confirmed to Polygon today.<p>Sony announced during its E3 press briefing Monday evening that online multiplayer gaming …

Xbox One's new Achievements system explained, time-based Challenges don't reward Gamerscore

The Xbox One will include a new system for Achievements, the unlockable rewards embedded in every 360 game, and the details for the system was revealed today on the blog of Microsoft spokesman Major Nelson.<p>The system is broken down into two categories: traditional Achievements and special …

Kojima: Next-gen versions of Metal Gear Solid 5 will look better than E3 trailer

<i>Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain</i> led Microsoft's Xbox One press conference with an impressive trailer earlier this week, showcasing the game's photorealistic lighting engine, a vast open world and detailed character models.<p>But series creator Hideo Kojima says the next-gen versions of the game …

Sony raising sales projections for PlayStation 4

Sony has boosted internal sales projections for the PlayStation 4 after claiming the system was received favorably following the company's press briefing Monday evening.<p>PlayStation boss Andrew House revealed the news to the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>, but did not quantify how many additional units are now …