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Battery offers renewable energy breakthrough

A team of Harvard scientists and engineers has demonstrated a new type of battery that could fundamentally transform the way electricity is stored on …

Angela Ahrendts to Join Apple Next Week

- Apr 24, 2014<p>During yesterday’s Q2 earnings call, Tim Cook announced that Apple’s new new retail and online head, Angela Ahrendts, will be joining …

Apple Researching Temperature, Pressure, and Humidity Sensors for Mobile Devices

A pair of patent applications published today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and spotted by <i>AppleInsider</i> describes how an electronic device such as an iPhone, iPad or even a wristwatch could be used to detect ambient conditions such as temperature, pressure, humidity and sound. The …

New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Hide From Russian Radar

America’s gazillion-dollar Joint Strike Fighter is supposed to go virtually unseen when flying over enemy turf. But that’s not how things are working …

Microsoft kicks in $1 billion to help students buy under-$300 devices

Microsoft's announcement was made in tandem with the Obama administration's ConnectED initiative to get more technology in schools.<p>Microsoft is donating $1 billion to help school districts buy Windows devices for under $300.<p>Monday's announcement is being made in tandem with President Obama's …

Alerts over faulty Apple and Samsung handsets

<b>Apple and Samsung have issued alerts about faults on some of their phones.</b><p>Apple has begun a replacement programme for some of its iPhone 5 handsets that have a faulty sleep/wake button.<p>Separately, Samsung has revealed that some of its flagship Galaxy S5 handsets have been shipped with a …

Comcast confirms plan to shed nearly 4M cable customers

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Comcast(s cmcsa), the country’s largest cable company, announced Monday that it will divest 3.9 million subscribers to …

Nokia ‘Superman’ will be the best Windows Phone for selfies

One of the first Windows Phone 8.1 devices due for release after Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s phone business will be focused on the front-facing camera capabilities. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell <i>The Verge</i> that a Nokia ‘Superman’ device is currently in development with a …

Apple Maps adds ancient Stonehenge monument to 3D Flyover

Nobody is quite sure why or how Stongehenge was constructed, but the stone circle constructed sometime between four and five thousand years ago has long fascinated visitors.<p>As a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the closest most visitors can get to it these days is a …

iPhone makes gains but Android remains dominant

Apple captured a healthier chunk of smartphone sales across Europe, Japan, and Australia last quarter, says research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. It's a different story in the US.<p>The iPhone gained some lost ground in its global share of smartphone sales last quarter but continues to lag behind …

Burberry’s ‘wicked smart’ Ahrendts poised to make over Apple’s stores

Former fashion CEO Angela Ahrendts joins Apple this week as head of retail and online stores. Expectations are high that she'll bring a new burst of pizzazz.<p>Angela Ahrendts might not, at first glance, fit in with Apple's jeans-and-button-down dress code. But the former CEO of British luxury …

Apple has at least twice as many credit cards on file as Amazon

If one chart could show just how well-positioned Apple is to make a move into mobile payment, this tweet from Horace Dediu is it. iTunes has four times as many active accounts as Amazon – and since we know from Tim Cook that “the majority of those have credit cards behind them,” that means Apple …

Iwata Reiterates Nintendo's Mystery Pledge To Move Beyond Video Games

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata left a lot of heads spinning when he said in January that Nintendo would “expand into a new business area” over the next ten years with products that increase “quality of life” that aren’t necessarily games.<p>We’ve heard next to nothing about that idea since then, with …

Microsoft's Elop: Nokia brand soon to vanish from smartphones

Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, now head of Microsoft's devices group, shares his thoughts on the future of smartphones and the promise of a transcendent "colorful personality."<p>Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, starting his new job as head of Microsoft's devices group Monday, doesn't see the Nokia name …

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FORTUNE — There is little doubt that today’s smartphones offer room for improvement. Ubiquitous and beloved though they may be, the portable devices are fragile, offer limited choice, and generate a growing mass of e-waste that’s been called nothing short of a “global time bomb.”<p>Google’s Project …

Xbox shows off lineup of original TV shows

<b>When Microsoft launched the Xbox One, it made a big deal about the prospect of original TV series being made specifically for the console.</b><p>They even …

Yahoo announces first two original TV series

Yahoo, one of the latest tech companies trying to cash in on original TV programming, is banking on comedy with two series from the creator of "Freaks and Geeks" and a veteran of "The Office."<p>Yahoo has announced the first two shows in its line of original TV series that will come to Yahoo Screen, …

As Global PC Game Revenue Surpasses Consoles, How Long Should Console Makers Keep Fighting?

We’ve established repeatedly that PC gaming isn’t remotely close to being dead or dying, so perhaps it’s time to redirect that argument to consoles? DFC Intelligence owner David Cole tells PCR that revenue from PC gaming has surpassed that of consoles on a global scale. But beyond the claim, there …

​AT&T to take on GoGo with in-flight Wi-Fi service

The wireless carrier partners with aerospace leader Honeywell to bring airline passengers a 4G LTE connection.<p>AT&T customers will soon be able to use a 4G LTE data connection midflight, the wireless carrier announced Monday.<p>The company said it hopes to launch a high-speed 4G LTE-based in-flight …

How an Underappreciated iOS 7 Feature Will Change the World

A curious download hit Apple’s App Store this week: a messaging app called FireChat.<p>It’s a new kind of app because it uses an iOS feature unavailable until version 7: the Multipeer Connectivity Framework. The app was developed by the crowdsourced connectivity provider Open Garden and this is their …

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Apple Has Dazzling Sideshow, But Main Event Is Boring

Imagine. Steve Jobs comes onstage, firing up his iPad to project beautiful tables and charts of money. From the stage sofa, he announces Apple’s stock split (“Now the little investor can buy 70 shares instead of only ten”). He then tells about the big dividend money being distributed to …

Dear Texas: Enjoy The Oil Boom. Just Don't Blow It This Time.

You used to see a bumper sticker from time to time on old trucks trundling down Texas highways. The top line read: “Please God, give me one more oil boom.” Underneath: “This time I promise not to piss it away.” But it’s been a long time since I’ve spotted one — for the simple reason that the Great …

Why VC Firms Are Snapping Up Designers

Irene Au, former head of Google’s user interaction team, is the latest designer to make her way to a venture capital firm. Here’s why VCs are so hot for designers and how consumers could ultimately benefit from the trend.<p>Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, one of the world’s most prominent VC …