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Intel's big CES news: Computers that run both Windows and Android

Plenty of computers makers have tried and failed to bring Windows and Android together, but that’s not stopping Intel from trying.<p>Intel is planning to announce a new push next week at CES for computers that run both Windows and Android, sources tell the Verge.<p>The initiative, internally dubbed “Dual …

Why Philips Flattened The Light Bulb

Introducing the SlimStyle, a pancake-shaped light bulb that represents the LED industry’s latest attempt to court skeptical consumers.<p>Yesterday, a federal ban on production of 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs went into effect, forcing consumers to switch to more efficient (if less aesthetically …

Who is Elon Musk? Tech billionaire, SpaceX cowboy, Tesla pioneer – and real life Iron Man

By the time Elon Musk founded the company that would become PayPal, in 1999, he had already built and sold one internet business. But this time he hit the jackpot.<p>Already wealthier than most of us will ever dream of being, he netted close to $180 million from PayPal’s sale to eBay, enough to retire …

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Google acquires Bump, a startup that enables devices to wirelessly share data

A popular app found a bumpy road to building a real business<p>In a blog post today, Bump CEO and founder David Lieb announced that his company had been acquired by Google. Bump builds a set of proprietary technologies that allow devices to share data. The selling point is that users can exchange …

This $20 app turns your cheap Kindle into a full Android tablet

The Kindle Fire is a great little cheap tablet, but out of the box it doesn’t run a modern version of Android, doesn’t connect to your Google account, and doesn’t have access to all of Google Play’s million or so apps.<p>Except mine does.<p>I have a Kindle Fire in my hands. It’s $150, light, feels great, …

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Moto X or LG G2? Why specs alone aren't enough to decide

It seems like every week a new smartphone is introduced. Just when you think you've made up your mind, a new device hits the market.<p>Manufacturers are falling over themselves to outdo each other in terms of marketing their devices' technical specifications and features. But how much weight should be …

Oppo's 4.7-inch R819 arrives with svelte 7.3mm profile, stock Android option (updated)

Oppo has just announced the R819, a 4.7-inch smartphone that's likely to have high appeal to lovers of stock Android. The Chinese firm will release the handset with its Oppo Color ROM, but users will also be able to install stock Android through a relatively simple sideloading procedure. Hardware …

America’s most profitable company per employee makes your phone work—and it’s not Apple

You’d be forgiven for not recognizing the name InterDigital, despite the fact that it has been around since 1972 and developed many of the technologies that are critical to our increasingly mobile, wireless world. As a result, per employee, InterDigital is the most profitable company in the US, …

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Xiaomi Says It's More Like Amazon Than Apple

International media should stop referring to Xiaomi as “China’s Apple” as the two companies are entirely different, the founder and CEO of the red-hot Chinese smartphone manufacturer says.<p>Lei Jun says that despite frequently being labeled as China’s Apple, Xiaomi is less of a hardware company and …

Telefonica is preferred bidder for £1.5B smart meter deal, Vod loses out

Telefonica has been chosen as the preferred communications service provider for smart meters in two out of three UK regions, according to the UK …

A century-long debate: are 'intelligent' people less likely to hold religious beliefs?

Over most of the past century, researchers have been trying to determine whether there's any link between religion and intelligence. The studies haven't all come to the same conclusion, but a group of researchers led from the University of Rochester decided to look at a large number of them …

Apartment in Santa Teresa / Romero Vallejo Architects

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Located on the second floor of a block of flats in a residential area of Toledo, the apartment has 6 …

How to improve your smartphone’s battery life

There are few things more frustrating than watching your smartphone’s battery life drain away by the middle of the day when you just put it in your …

Message unread: Silicon Valley's secret, failed bid to save BlackBerry

Could switching to Android and focusing on business have turned the company around?<p>In the summer of 2012, just a few months into the job, RIM (now BlackBerry) CEO Thorsten Heins was trying to guide the company through an ongoing crisis. The stock price had slipped to an eight-year low; BlackBerry …