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BlackBerry Q10 landing on Verizon June 6

Not to be outdone by T-Mobile, Verizon sets June 6 as the launch date for the BlackBerry Q10. Priced at $199.99, the long-anticipated device features a superbly crafted physical keyboard plus the latest BlackBerry 10 software.<p>Verizon is now taking preorders for the Q10 and expects to stock its …

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Google Play Music All Access coming to iOS

On stage at D11, Sundar Pichai announced that Google Play Music All Access will be coming to iOS in about one month's time. While the company remained quiet about offering cross platform access during the service's debut at I/O, it appears now that development is underway. Pichai stated that Google …

Atheer bringing 3D augmented reality and gesture control to Android

If you push virtual content next to peoples' eyes, you need correct calibration, response time, and 3D rendering," said Atheer's computer vision expert Allen Yang. "You need the full experience for this to fly. If it's just nice graphics and the interface doesn't work, it's no good. In the worst …

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Adobe Kuler color selection iPhone app is now available, redesigned web interface in tow (video)

Although the shiny new iOS app and retooled web interface were demoed a few weeks back at MAX 2013, Adobe has released both facets of its new and improved Kuler color selection tool into the wild. The iPhone software enables hue selection with the handset's camera or selecting a previously captured …

Why Chinese social media presents such a huge opportunity for retailers

Given how many people in China are online, the internet may seem like an obvious way to reach potential shoppers. But there’s reason to believe that social media is even more important for retailers in China than it is in other markets. Some Chinese retailers—as well as Western brands like Nike, …

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HTC could release 5.9-inch 'phablet' later this year

HTC is expected to release a huge 5.9-inch smartphone in the second half of the year, a number of sources report.<p>This fall should see the arrival of a larger, more powerful take on the HTC One experience, according to Taiwanese analyst Laura Chen.<p>Aside from the ultralarge screen size, the only …

As Apple's CEO Hints At 'Game Changers' Like Smart TVs, Watches, Patents Suggest iPen, E-Wallet

While Apple CEO Tim Cook declined to detail exactly what “incredible ideas” the company is working on, his hints this week around smart televisions and wearable computing devices suggest new gadgets in new categories are definitely in Apple’s future.<p>But an interactive TV, which analysts predict …

After hack, Evernote launches 3 security features including two-factor authentication

Evernote launched two-factor authentication for its premium and business-level customers today, three months after getting hacked. It will roll out the feature to all users once it feels comfortable that there are no pressing bugs.<p>In March, Evernote was hacked, exposing over 50 million users’ …

Microsoft Gives In To The Old Guard, Adds Start Button And Boot To Desktop To Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1, which will be available for download in a preview version on June 26, will feature the good old Start button in desktop mode. Users who dislike the new Modern UI/Metro interface will also be able to boot right to the desktop. While rumors about the return of the Start button had long …

Tesla Supercharges Its Network Of Fast Chargers; Coast To Coast On Battery By Year End

<i>A follow up to today’s earlier post on Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk‘s appearance at the D: All Things Digital Conference. Some highlights from that wide-ranging interview can be found at Tesla: We’ll Hurry Up (On Superchargers), But You’ll Wait A Bit For A Cheaper Car.</i><p>Tesla delayed this announcement a few …

Ubuntu Marks 'Bug No. 1' As Fixed, After Nearly Nine Years

In the more than eight years since it was written, the open-source operating system Ubuntu's "Bug #1" has been seen as a rallying call. After all, the bug's title is "Microsoft has a majority market share."<p>But the entry was officially closed Thursday, partly because the "broader market has healthy …

SmartThings opens up its home automation platform to developers

To say SmartThings' Kickstarter campaign was a success is an understatement: the Internet of Things outfit, which offers a clever array of home automation sensors, routers and smartphone apps, raised more than $1.2 million (over four times the company's original goal), nabbed over 6,000 backers and …

Mobile Ads That Use Location Data Are Much More Effective

<i>Mobile Insights is a daily newsletter from BI Intelligence delivered first thing every morning exclusively to BI Intelligence subscribers. Sign up for a free trial of BI Intelligence today.</i><p><b>Location-Aware Mobile Campaigns See Eye-Catching Metrics (Internet2Go)</b><br>Greg Sterling breaks down a new report …

US lifts ban on mobile phones and software for Iran

<b>The US has eased restrictions on the sale of mobile phones and other communications devices, software and services to Iranians.</b><p>The move is intended to promote Iranians' political freedom, countering what the US describes as Tehran's efforts to "silence its people".<p>The shift marks the first time …

LinkedIn status updates can now include photos, other types of files

Given how simple and common it is to do it on Facebook, Twitter or Google+, you'd think being able to share images as part of a status update wouldn't be anything novel at this point. But for those inhabiting the popular (and inspiring) social networking site LinkedIn, this hasn't exactly been the …

Pioneer announces XDJ-R1 all-in-one digital DJ deck with MIDI, iOS control features (video)

Sure, DJ controllers might be the emerging force in spinning, but CDJs are still largely the club standard. Pioneer has always had thumbs in both of these pies, of course, but the new XDJ-R1 sees the brand uniting them for the first time. The all-in-one unit offers two CD players, USB media …

Thinner Than MacBook Air, The New Razer Blade Wants To Be 'The 4th Gaming Console'

While Intel‘s HD 4600 integrated graphics in Haswell will raise the bar for what ultrabooks are capable of, discrete GPUs will always reign supreme for gaming enthusiasts. Thinness is an expected staple in the gadget world, but gaming laptops have traditionally sacrificed power for pounds. That …

Google wants you to make ‘smart choices’ when it comes to food

Hey, how many calories are there in that cup of popcorn? Google will tell you: “It’s 31 calories per cup.”<p>Google today announced the addition of nutrition information for more than 1,000 fruits, vegetables, meats, and meals to its search results.<p>The nutrition information will also be available …

Fan TV revealed: is this the set-top box we’ve been waiting for?

Built in secret, Fanhattan is finally showing off its Yves Behar-designed device to the world.<p>In June 2011, a Silicon Valley startup released a well received iOS app named Fanhattan to serve as a central place for finding streaming video. More recently, Fanhattan brought its service to the web. But …

Here's The New Smart TV Box Everyone Is Talking About This Afternoon

But Fan TV has a slightly different approach. It wants to integrate directly with your cable provider, effectively replacing your regular cable box. Fan TV also has a really nifty remote control that's pretty much just a touchpad.<p>The interface is really nice too.<p>As AllThingsD's Peter Kafka tweeted …