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Samsung ads poke fun at everything from Apple's stream to its Watch

Now that Apple's new iPhone 6 Plus is ready to play in the Galaxy Note 4's size territory, Samsung is taking the competition on with a few new ads. It's revived the "It Doesn't Take A Genius" tagline, and first up is a segment making fun of Apple's glitchy live video stream during yesterday's …

Want To Make $1 Billion? Just Solve One Of These Huge Tech Problems

There's a lot of room for improvement when it comes to things like artificial intelligence, mobile payments, internet speeds, and even how we think and communicate.<p>So here's our list of the ten biggest problems in tech right now. Solve one of these, and you're on your way to billions.

Artificial Intelligence

The Day Google Had to 'Start Over' on Android

Google was building a secret mobile product to fend off chief rival Microsoft. Then Apple announced the iPhone, and everything changed.<p>In 2005, on Google’s sprawling, college-like campus, the most secret and ambitious of many, many teams was Google’s own smartphone effort—the Android project. …

2013's Biggest Tech Moments, Told In Photos

Octocopters, hyperloops, bitcoin — in the tech world, this is what we call an "eventful year." But you needn't fear information overload. Looking back, these are the innovations and tech moments to remember from 2013.<p><i>This story appears the special Year in Photos issue of our weekly iPad magazine,</i> …

Smartphone smackdown: the best (and worst) of 2013 – video review

It's the end of 2013 and there have been a lot of smartphones released this year, from the likes of Blackberry, Sony, Motorola, HTC, Apple and Google. But which ones are the dogs and which ones are the winners? Charles Arthur and Samuel Gibbs try and test the best – and the worst. They also cast …

Apple only the 16th best tech company to work for, say employee reviews

Apple dropped to only the 16th best tech company to work for, and 35th overall, in Glassdoor’s annual ranking of the 50 Best Palaces to Work – down from 3rd in tech and 10th overall last year.<p>Based on over half a million reviews written by employees, Apple took 35th place, with fifteen tech …

Jolla Hands-On: A Closer Look at the First Sailfish OS Smartphone

Jolla was founded by a group of ex-Nokia employees who strongly believed that MeeGo deserved a second chance. Two years on, the Finish startup is launching its first smartphone with a new take on the forgotten platform, called Sailfish OS.<p>I went hands-on with an early version of the Jolla …

Fly Or Die: Tylt Energi Backpack

The holiday season is nearly upon us, and we’re all scrambling to find each other the best possible gifts.<p>Well, if you’re close with someone who carries the world on their shoulders and always seems to be low on battery, the Tylt Energi backpack may be a good option.<p>The Tylt Energi backpack is …

Snapchat rejects $3bn Facebook buyout

The messaging system, which registers 5 million daily users, would have been Facebook’s most expensive ever acquisition<p>Snapchat, the fast-growing messaging system, has reportedly rejected a $3bn buyout offer from Facebook.<p>The Wall Street Journal, citing sources close to the negotiations, said the …

Gartner: 456M Phones Sold In Q3, 55% Of Them Smartphones; Android At 82% Share, Samsung A Flat Leader

Last year, Strategy Analytics made the prediction that we may have approached “peak Android” for how big a market share the operating system may be able to attain in the U.S. market. Fast forward to today, and it’s clear that Android is continuing to grow worldwide — although its biggest OEM, …

JPMorgan cancels Twitter Q&A after tirade of abuse

More than two-thirds of tweets using #AskJPM were negative, according to research<p>JPMorgan Chase has become the latest company to cancel a question and answer session on Twitter after it prompted a tirade of verbal abuse from thousands of people on the site.<p>At least two-thirds of 80,000 tweets sent …

How to easily root an Android device

Free utility KingoRoot makes it a snap to take total control of just about any Android smartphone. Here's how to use it.<p>Rooting is the Android equivalent of jailbreaking, a means of unlocking the operating system so you can install unapproved apps, deleted unwanted bloatware, update the OS, replace …

Android News

Vatican to display remains of St. Peter to public for first time

His soul may be waiting at the gates of Heaven, but the bones of St. Peter will be on display for the first time ever later this month at the basilica that bears his name, according to the Vatican.<p>The beloved saint's remains, discovered during excavations of the necropolis under St. Peter's …

Meet the first company cashing in on its Google Glass app

The Fancy lets users shop what they see<p>The exciting promise of Google Glass was that it would be a wearable technology allowing users to merge the physical and digital worlds, to craft a layer of information on top of what the user was seeing around them. So far, however, most of the apps on the …

A Look Back At The PS4 That Might Have Been

PS4 excitement is reaching a fever pitch ahead of Sony launching the system in the US at the end of the week, and I thought I’d take a brief break from the console wars to take a look back at how far we’ve come.<p>All throughout the past console generation, people have been speculating what the …

Apple maps: how Google lost when everyone thought it had won

ComScore research shows that while Apple suffered a PR disaster over maps, Google lost 23m iPhone users in the US<p>Apple's maps have turned out to be a hit with iPhone and iPad users in the US - despite the roasting that they were given when they first appeared in September 2012.<p>But Google - which …

Latest Asus Hybrid Blends Power, Stamina for Bargain Price

For this week’s review, I test-drove a convertible. Not the kind where I can put the top down and feel the wind blowing through my hair as I drive …

Gear & Gadgets

Dell's Venue 11 Pro tablet now available in the US, starts at $500 with Bay Trail inside

After some mystery surrounding an American release date, Dell's Venue 11 Pro is now available in the US. The 10.8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet starts at $500 with a modest, Bay Trail-based 1.5GHz Atom chip as well as 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Those who need more processing grunt can step up to …

Android 4.4 KitKat review: designed by Google, for Google

In 2011, Google introduced Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich," which took some of the design direction it had begun on tablets and moved it to phones. In the intervening two years, we've only seen "point" updates for the platform: some subtle refinements and a few big new features, but never a big …

The $13 Billion JPMorgan Settlement Deal Could Fall Apart

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The JPMorgan deal isn't done yet. The bank and the Justice Department are still quibbling about …

JPMorgan Strikes $4B Mortgage Settlement

The regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced a $4 billion settlement with J.P. Morgan Chase (JPM) on Friday, closing a lawsuit related to mortgages sold during the housing boom.<p>The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which regulates the two mortgage-finance companies, initially sought $6 …

Samsung Gears Up For The Galaxy S5, But Does It Get Lifestyle Computing?

The rumors are flying thick and fast around the Samsung Galaxy S5, with a possible launch date in January now mooted, which would mean accelerating Samsung’s already warp-speed innovation and underline its paranoia about being left behind by Apple.<p>Will the S5 have fingerprint security? Probably …

Cover promises contextual lock screens and smarter task switching for Android

Lock screen replacements for Android aren't exactly new -- some even come as part of a larger overlay that customizes your home screen experience entirely. However, few lock screen replacements do as much as Cover, a new invite-only solution that launches today, promises to do. Not only is Cover …

Marvel Creativity Studio Stylus lets you discover your artistic superpower on iPad

You may not have been bitten by a radioactive spider, but thanks to Marvel's new Creativity Studio and its accompanying stylus, you can at least draw the person who <i>did.</i> The app and pen combo, which is the fruit of a collaboration between Marvel and eKids, is a tool for those young imaginations out …

Microsoft Surface 2 review: a second chance for Windows RT?

We get the sense Microsoft wants to distance itself from the original Surface RT. After taking a $900 million hit on unsold inventory, the company held a press event where it saved the Surface 2 for last and billed it as a major redesign. "Surface 2 is not subtle, but a revamp," Panos Panay, …

Gadgets News | The Next Web

All stories in Gadgets<p>Where's the killer app for smart glasses?<p>Smart glasses are coming, but what will they be good for? The answer lies beyond bringing notifications and Star Wars holograms ...<p>Abhimanyu Ghoshal<p>Amazfit's new Bip smartwatch promises 45-day battery life for just $100<p>Amazfit's new …

JP Morgan close to agreeing $13bn settlement with US authorities

America's largest bank, JP Morgan, is close to finalising a $13bn (£8bn) record settlement with the US authorities over a number of issues related to the subprime mortgage crisis.<p>The settlement, described as tentative in some reports, is even greater than the $11bn that had been expected and is …

Android Co-Founder Rich Miner on How He Is Spending Google’s Money

Rich Miner set out a year ago to make sure that Google Ventures had its hand in more mobile deals.<p>And it’s fair to say that is happening. Among its …

Fragments of time: the wild, messy state of smartwatches

As Samsung's Galaxy Gear commercial illustrates, the desire for a truly smart wrist-worn device is as old as the electronics industry itself. We've lusted after smart watches for so long that we've melded the two words into one utopian noun: a <i>smartwatch</i>. 2013 has been an undeniably good year for …