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How Intel will move into micro servers and avoid cannibalizing its high end (interview)

Advanced Micro Devices has been talking a lot about its leadership in micro servers, the chips with simple cores and low power that can be densely packed into a hive of machines in Internet data centers. Naturally, that’s ruffled some feathers at Intel, AMD’s much larger competitor, which has a …

Japan Display joins the Quad HD phone screen party with two new LCDs

LG clearly doesn't have a monopoly on Quad HD smartphone screens -- Japan Display has unveiled two low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS) LCDs that offer the extra-sharp 2,560 x 1,440 resolution. The headlining 5.4-inch panel is ever so slightly denser than its Korean equivalent, at 543ppi; there's …

Samsung Galaxy S3 outpaces iPhone 5S, 5C in touch accuracy

Apple's<p>iPhone 5SandiPhone 5Chave a bit of improving to do on the touch-accuracy front, according to new data from OptoFidelity, a Finland-based tech test and measurement company.<p>OptoFidelity said that it used its own Touch Panel Performance Tester to measure the iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, and Samsung …

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Report: Former Apple CEO weighs BlackBerry bid

UPDATE: In a Facebook message to USA TODAY late Thursday, John Sculley declined comment "at this time."<p>There may be a new bidder for struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry.<p>The Globe and Mail reports John Sculley, the former CEO of Apple known for clashing with co-founder and Steve Jobs, is …

The smartphone companies that shook up India and China are ready to colonize the world

You’ve never heard of Micromax (slogan: “Nothing like anything“) but in just five years it’s gone from a standing start to commanding over a fifth of the Indian smartphone market, behind only Samsung. Its stated ambition to is to control a third of the market. Its swift rise mirrors that of China’s …

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Olympic Sponsor Samsung's First Order Of Business: Free Phones

As the official phone of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, Samsung’s first order of business is to give each athlete a free Galaxy Note 3. Not a bad perk for an Olympian — medal or not.<p>It’s a simple, yet clever move. The Opening and Closing Ceremonies alone, where an estimated 2,500 athletes will be …

Snapchat Is Mulling Another Huge Round at a $3.5 Billion Valuation

Only a few months after closing a Series B round of $60 million that valued the ephemeral messaging company at $800 million, Snapchat has been in …

Germany and Brazil Will Take NSA Spying Frustrations to the UN

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Germany and Brazil have decided to work together to push a UN resolution aimed at restraining the …

Researchers propose million-year storage disk that could 'outlast the human race'

Under ideal circumstances, traditional magnetic hard disks (and the data you store on them) will last at most a decade. And when it comes to preserving vital information about the human race and all that we've achieved, that's simply not good enough. At least, that's according to researchers at …

Garmin Tactix ruggedized GPS watch lets you play Navy SEAL for $450

Garmin's gone after swimmers, runners, pilots and golfers with its specialty watch lineup, and now battlefield-trained agents are getting some attention from the global GPS giant as well. The company's latest wrist-mounted machine is dubbed Tactix, and as you may have guessed from the design, it …

With $2.6M, BetterDoctor wants to use data to play matchmaker for patients and doctors

If you need to find a doctor, any number of consumer websites — from ZocDoc to Vitals to PatientFusion to even Yelp (s YELP) — can help you search …

Mobile advertising to grow 300%, hit $40 billion by 2018

In the next five years, mobile advertising will grow over 300 percent from about $13 billion today to just under $40 billion, Juniper Research says in a new report. Believe it or not, that guidance sounds too conservative, and too slow.<p>Consider just two data points:<p>In the 12 months ending July …

ESA Delays Launch Of Galaxy-Mapping Spacecraft Gaia

The craft has been undergoing tests before its original planned launch date of November 20.<p>The European Space Agency's galaxy-mapping spacecraft, Gaia, was originally scheduled to launch in less than a month. It looks like that date will be pushed back, however. The agency posted on the Gaia Blog …

Apple: 170 million iPads sold to date

Pointing out that it was once mocked as something that would "never replace netbooks," Apple CEO Tim Cook boasted that the company has sold 170 million iPads since the device's launch. "Remember netbooks?" He quipped. According to Cook, there are 475,000 iPad apps, and they're not those "stretched …

iPhone 5S Touch ID Likely On iPad 5 Even Though Performance Is Erratic

Am I the only one disappointed by Touch ID on the new iPhone 5S? Apparently not. My own experience has been that it worked great the first day after I got the phone and almost not at all since. So I feel a little like I’ve been duped into actually using a passcode (which I never did before) so that …

Facebook Removing Option To Be Unsearchable By Name, Highlighting Lack Of Universal Privacy Controls

“Who can look up your Timeline by name?” Anyone you haven’t blocked. Facebook is removing this privacy setting, notifying those who had hidden themselves that they’ll be searchable. It deleted the option from those who hadn’t used it in December, and is starting to push everyone to use privacy …

Yelp updates iOS app's interface, launches mobile reviews for Android

Yelp's latest iOS update might be a minor one, but it could make finding new haunts and publishing reviews via mobile app easier. First thing you'll notice is that the familiar Home page's nowhere to be seen -- "Nearby" takes its place as the default tab, displaying establishments within your area …

Three more Android devices now support BBC iPlayer app's offline viewing

Only 11 devices supported BBC iPlayer's offline viewing feature when it arrived on Android, but now three more have passed the network's thorough testing process. Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 mini are joining that initial list, thanks to the app's latest update on Google …

As Google Eyes ‘Android’ Branding For Smart TV, The Question Is Where Android Won’t Be

Google is reportedly in the process of rebranding its Google TV efforts as “Android TV,” according to a new report from GigaOM’s Janko Roettgers. The switch reflects the fact that Google TV is already an Android-based product, and the new name is apparently in use with developer and OEM partners …

PayPal Unveils Yet Another Way to Pay in Stores. Now It Has to Get People to Use It.

Another day, another announcement of a product aimed at getting shoppers to buy stuff in retail stores using an app on their phone instead of a …

Google's new 'Chromebook for everyone' is a sleek 11-inch HP laptop

At an event in New York City this morning, Google announced the new HP Chromebook 11. The Chromebook 11 is a low-cost Chrome OS laptop, with an 11-inch, 1366 x 768 pixel IPS display and Chromebook Pixel inspired design. The new laptop, which Google is selling for $279, is available to order from …

Square doubles in size in a year; now boasts 600 employees

In 2012 Square had 300 employees, but as of today that number has blossomed into 600. That forced the mobile payments startup to move out of its …

Samsung Hopes Obama Administration Will Veto Smartphone Ban

Back in August, the Obama administration overturned an import ban that Samsung had won against Apple’s older iPhones and iPads found to infringe one …

Curved Handheld Displays Almost Ready for Market

Both LG and Samsung plan to release phones that feature curved displays in the near future, reports <i>Reuters</i>. Flexible curved displays, which have been utilized in television sets, are a developing technology for smartphones and other consumer electronic devices.<p>Curved displays are in the early …

LG mass-produces first-ever flexible OLED smartphone display

When it comes to modern smartphones, it is easy to feel underwhelmed. After all, they are mostly just rectangular touch-friendly slabs at this point. …

LG confirms production of 'bendable and unbreakable' smartphone displays

It's been a long time coming, but LG's foray into elastic smartphone displays is finally going mainstream. The company has confirmed that it will begin mass-producing a new lightweight 6-inch panel that, it claims, is the world's first flexible OLED panel for smartphones. The display is built from …

Horizon System Provides a Revolutinary New Way to Travel

The Horizon System is a revolutionary new concept that aims to relieve the headache that comes from air travel. Created by several design students at the University of Glasgow, the Horizon has six pod-like trains that attach to the underside of the craft. The Skylink trains carry passengers from …

Funerals for Fallen Robots

New research explores the deep bonds that can develop between soldiers and the machines that help keep them alive.<p>When Boomer was lost on the battlefield in Taji, Iraq, his brothers in arms gave him a funeral. The tribute involved a 21-gun salute, and the awarding of both a Purple Heart and a …