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Chinese iPhone buyers desperate for gold turn to $2 stickers

The new gold color option for the iPhone 5s might be driving higher demand over the 5c in China, but for those unable to find or afford the more expensive model, gold stickers and skins have quickly become an inexpensive alternative. The Wall Street Journal reports that a long list of retailers in …

Argentina arrests teen hacker who netted $50,000 a month

<b>Police in Argentina have arrested a 19-year-old man accused of heading a gang of hackers who targeted international money transfer and gambling websites.</b><p>Dubbed "the superhacker", the teenager was making $50,000 (£31,500) a month, working from his bedroom in Buenos Aires, police say.<p>The arrest …

8 Major World Figures And Their Smartphones

It’s the weekend, and we’re rounding out this week chock full of new smartphone announcements with a roundup of world leaders and their smartphones of course. Inspired by a Chinese media report, here are a couple of dignitaries across the world and their favorite gadgets.<p>US President Barack Obama<p>US …

Bookless Public Library Opens In Texas

An all-digital public library is opening today, as officials in Bexar County, Texas, celebrate the opening of the BiblioTech library. The facility offers about 10,000 free e-books for the 1.7 million residents of the county, which includes San Antonio.<p>On its website, the Bexar County BiblioTech …

Microsoft's Answer To Apple's Siri May Be Halo's 'Cortana'

I don’t usually dabble into the phone wars here, as I’m far more concentrated on Microsoft vs. Sony vs. Nintendo in the console game, rather than Microsoft vs. Apple vs. Google in the phone OS arena. Sometimes however, there’s crossover in unexpected ways.<p>According to a report for ZDnet, Microsoft …

Bluetooth-powered Dice+ now available for digital gaming

Digital game die Dice+ is finally available to purchase. Announced last year, the six-sided die features LED lights and uses Bluetooth to speak directly to your tablet or smartphone. In practice, this means you can play a handful of iOS and Android board games by rolling a die. Right now the number …

Google, Pitting Itself Against Samsung, Prepares For Device War

News that Google acquired a significant competency in Smartwatches, a year ago already, is as close as you can get to setting a cat among the device-ware pigeons. Google has transparently been developing a device strategy now for years but couched it with an element of stealth - almost as if its …

This is Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch: A blocky health tracker with a camera

<i>Editor’s Note Sept. 4: Samsung announced the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch as expected. We’ve got all the details on the Galaxy Gear smartwatch right here on VentureBeat.</i><p>Samsung is set to reveal its Galaxy Gear smartwatch next Wednesday, Sept. 4, in Berlin. But this weekend, we got a first look at the …

BlackBerry Q10 sales abysmal, says report

One carrier says the Q10 units he ordered were eventually sent back to an equipment vendor after no demand for the smartphone.<p>BlackBerry's Q10 smartphone was supposed to bring the old days of BlackBerry's physical keyboard into today's touch-screen-obsessed world. But according to a new report, few …

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HTC Reportedly Building New Mobile OS Specifically For China Market, In Partnership With Chinese Government

HTC’s Hail Mary play might not take the form of another new smartphone: The Taiwanese company is reportedly working with Chinese government officials to build a mobile OS that includes “deep integration” with China-specific services like Weibo, aimed specifically at the Chinese market. The project …

These Are The Android Phones That Are Clobbering Apple In China

That company is called Xiaomi, and it is often referred to as the "Apple of China" because a lot of its success comes from mimicking Apple's marketing strategy.<p>Its best-selling phones are based on Android, but Xiaomi rewrites most of the operating system to fit its own needs. Xiaomi's "forked" …