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Apple's Schiller: Samsung gained ground thanks to copycat tactics

The head of marketing for Apple says Samsung beat out rivals such as Motorola and Nokia because the latter two companies didn't copy Apple as much.<p>SAN JOSE, Calif. -- It pays to copy Apple. Well, kinda.<p>Phil Schiller, head of marketing at Apple, testified Friday in court here that the reason Samsung …

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Snapchat's Evan Spiegel: 'Deleting should be the default'

Evan Spiegel’s app Snapchat is setting a new standard for the internet, he tells Matt Warman<p>Evan Spiegel is 23. He lives at home with his dad. And he’s worth at least $3billion.<p>This is not thanks to inheriting a fortune or winning a lottery: the app he built is now on one in four smartphones in the …

Apple Could Read Your iMessages If It Wanted To, Research Firm Claims

Though Apple zealously denies any interest in reading your iMessages, a new report claims the company can easily read your iPhone chats, if it wants to.<p>Security research company Quarkslab on Thursday published a paper detailing just how Apple could go about this. iMessages have end-to-end …

Verizon invites sent to test Moto X software update

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Moto X(s goog) owners on Verizon(s vz)(s vod) don’t yet have the software update made available to the phone on other …

Twitter Doubles Its Q3 Revenue, But Its Aggregate 2013 Loss Has Widened To $133.8M

According to its newly refiled S-1 document, Twitter has lost $133.8 million to date in 2013. That compares negatively with its equivalent loss of $70.7 million in 2012. Both loss figures include the results of the first 9 months of the calendar year.<p>Twitter’s initial S-1 covered only the first two …

BlackBerry's Open Letter Fails To Address The Real Issue

BlackBerry’s open letter to ‘valued customers, partners, and fans’ (posted on Crackberry other sites are available) is a direct message to interested parties that BlackBerry is still around, still going strong, and are still providing ‘best of class’ tools for security, productivity, and social …

Ion Glasses offer a discrete first step into wearables

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Credit: Ion<p>In a world where wearable devices are just emerging, albeit rapidly, is it too soon to start thinking about …

Square Cash, the Service That Lets You Email Money to Friends, Is Now Public (And Free)

In May, news leaked that Jack Dorsey’s Square had developed a product called Square Cash, which would let people transfer money to any other …

‘Yahoo’s future is mobile,’ says Mayer — but can Yahoo’s mobile make money?

In today’s earnings call, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer continued on a well-worn theme for the old-school company: mobile, mobile mobile.<p>“Yahoo’s future is mobile,” said Mayer. In a year, she said, “12 months from now, we [will be] all about mobile.”<p>She also noted in the call Yahoo’s record highs for …

Apple to Hold Simultaneous Satellite Event in London for October iPad Unveilings

Earlier today Apple sent out invitations to its October 22 media event, which is expected to focus on the fifth-generation iPad and the iPad mini 2. The event will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, but as it did with the iPhone launch, Apple plans to stream the …

Is The Moto X More Innovative Than The New iPhone? Researchers Think So

The dictionary defines “innovative” as something that features new methods, is advanced, and original. That being said, how much more original is the new Moto X smartphone than the iPhone 5C and 5S? Much more, according to analysts at ABI Research, who published the results of their teardown of the …

Will Android Partners Be Happy To Compete With Google And Motorola In 2014?

What will happen when Google hits a home run with one of their Android devices? It could be one of the ‘clean’ Nexus devices that breaks cover and becomes a multi-million seller, or it could be a resurgent Motorola Mobility handset that sweeps the adoration of the critics and the consumers around …

Curved smartphones from LG and Samsung are just around the corner

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Wikipedia user: MOldar<p>Television tech is coming to new smartphones in the form of curved screens from two top TV …

iPhone, iPad owners complain of motion sickness due to iOS 7

Users say the operating system's new parallax and zoom features are causing them to experience some motion sickness.<p>At least some of the 200 million people that have downloaded iOS 7 to this point aren't so pleased with what they've found.<p>Apple's iPhone and iPad owners have been taking to the …

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Apple hires Nike FuelBand designer Ben Shaffer; Cupertino's wearable can't be far behind

A month after after poaching fitness expert and Nike FuelBand consultant Jay Blahnik, Apple has added another former Nike employee to its ranks. Cupertino has reportedly hired Ben Shaffer, who served the sneaker brand as Studio Director of the Innovation Kitchen. In this role, Shaffer helped …

Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX tablets pose real threat to iPad dominance

Amazon's new HDX tablets are a huge technological leap beyond last year's models, but are still priced aggressively.<p>Amazon's first trick was selling a tablet so cheap, it was hard not to buy it, despite the shortcomings. Amazon's next trick was to build a second, larger tablet, to show it could …

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Google Glass ditches tether requirement for data sharing

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90% of mobile apps have inadequate help

Although mobile devices have been around for more than a decade, software developers are still figuring out the rules of what makes a great mobile app. Ironically, one of the biggest barriers they face is the legacy of successful software development on the web. Most developers today grew up in the …

Clamor for new gold iPhone gets serious

Some shoppers abandoned Apple's flagship store on Friday morning after being told there were no more gold iPhone 5s models for sale.<p>When Apple unveiled the new gold iPhone 5s earlier this month, late-night comedian Conan O'Brien quickly mocked the device's bling factor in a hilarious video.<p>But on …

Windows RT looking more likely to “merge” with Windows Phone

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Windows Phones could get bigger while Windows RT tablets get smaller. In fact, the two platforms are likely to share apps, …

iPhone 5 Scores Twice As Fast as Android Devices in Touchscreen Test

A new report from cloud gaming company Agawi has found the touchscreen response time on Apple’s iPhone 5 to be more than twice as fast as competing Android devices and a Lumia smartphone from Nokia.<p>Agawi’s TouchMarks Minimum App Response Time benchmark pegged the iPhone 5 at 54 milliseconds. …

Smartphone video calling has tripled since 2011, says Pew Center

Video calls on cellphones are rapidly growing in popularity in the US. According to a new poll from the Pew Center, the number of adults making video calls has tripled over the last three years, rising from seven percent to 21 percent. Currently, about 91 percent of US adults have cellphones — …

Apple allows developers to offer multiple app versions

Apple has announced that developers can now offer older versions of their apps to customers with older devices.<p><b>Apple has announced that developers</b> …

Dow Jones, AllThingsD go separate ways

WSJ, AllThingsD not renewing contract that expires at year-end; Walter Mossberg departing.<p>Dow Jones, publisher of <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, said Thursday it will not renew its contract with technology news site AllThingsD when it expires at the end of the year and will launch a similar site.<p>Walt …

Layoffs abound at HTC America as 20 percent of employees are let go

HTC America ended its Friday evening on the somber revelation that 20 percent of its workforce would be terminated. In all, roughly 30 employees and contractors were let go from the 150-member division, which stands as the latest sign of the company's financial struggles. A representative …

iPhone 5S: Apple’s golden ticket?

Two new iPhones, the 5C and 5S, have divided opinion – Matt Warman assesses their chances<p>Sometime this week, queues will begin to form outside Apple’s stores around the world. Two new iPhones go on sale on Friday, and just when people first start camping out, as they surely will, is likely to be a …

Nuclear options: Microsoft was testing Surface Phone while Nokia experimented with Android

Things might have turned out very differently<p><i>An example of what a Surface Phone might have looked like. Image credit: Jonas Daehnert (deviantART)</i><p>Microsoft and Nokia need each other more than you'd expect. While Nokia was testing Android in a variety of different ways, Microsoft was busy …

Nokia's interim CEO addresses the 'next 150 years'

Microsoft might be buying Nokia's phone business for $7.2 billion, but the company will live on focused on mapping and network technologies. Interim CEO Risto Siilasmaa is upbeat about the changes, and believes "this is the beginning of the next 150 years of Nokia’s story." The Finnish company may …