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Sprint Adds LG G3 And Samsung Galaxy Note 4 To Lease Program

Sprint Lease is a program where customers can purchase the latest devices at affordable prices over the course of 24 months. After the 24 months, you can turn in the current leased device and lease another phone with zero down. You can also purchase the leased device or continue leasing the device …

Galaxy Note 4 (left) iPhone 6 Plus (right)

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New Galaxy S5 video continues "the next big thing is here" theme

Samsung has uploaded a new video to YouTube highlighting the features of the Galaxy S5, while taking a gentle poke at the iPhone. The Samsung Galaxy S5 was announced back in February and became available this month. Following its “the next big thing is here” theme, the new S5 video highlights the …

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Samsung explores a stripped-down take on wearable displays

Samsung must want to keep an open mind when it comes to wearable displays. Just a short while after it explored the possibility of smart sports glasses, the company is back with a patent for a heads-up display with a built-in earpiece. In some ways, it resembles a stripped-down version of Google …

Amazon’s Smartphone To Feature Unique But Limited 3D Effects

TechCrunch has learned that Amazon’s upcoming flagship smartphone, running a forked version of Android, will have head-tracking capabilities offering up limited 3D effects. This key feature will be reserved to just a few built-in gestures, according to a source with first-hand experience of the …

Samsung designer: We didn’t steal Apple’s precious gestures

Locked in a legal tussle with Apple, Samsung strongly denies swiping patented features from the iPhone maker.<p>Yesterday in a San Jose, Calif. court, the two tech giants butted heads over five Apple patents, including one covering Apple’s slide-to-unlock feature, reports Recode. Apple is suing …

Amazon’s smartphone reportedly breaks cover for the camera

It hasn’t even been a week since rumors popped up about a June announcement for Amazon’s(s amzn) smartphone, but there are already leaked photos of …

Microsoft launches personal Office subscription, including iPad editing, for $7 per month

According to a tweet from Microsoft(s msft), 12 million people downloaded the Office iPad(s AAPL) app in the first week since it launched on March …

Get ready to pay for things with your veins

Fingerprint scanners like those on the latest iPhones could soon give way to another biometric identifier: The geometry of the veins in your hands.<p>Hackers in the Chaos Computer Club last year fooled the Apple TouchID, which unlocks the iPhone 5S when presented with a familiar finger, by creating a …

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Smartphone industry commits to antitheft measures amid calls for 'kill switch'

The wireless industry committed to making a number of antitheft measures available for smartphones, a move that some regulators said fell short of fully protecting the devices and their owners.<p>The CTIA trade group announced on Tuesday its "Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment" program. It …

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WordPress.com Creator Automattic Seeks $1 Billion Valuation: Report

Who says bloggers don't make any money?<p>Automattic, which runs the popular blogging service WordPress.com, is in the market for a new round of funding …

DARPA is turning drones into wireless hotspots

Google and Facebook aren't the only ones trying to beam down connectivity from the sky: DARPA, the US Defense Department's advanced research agency, is trying to turn drones into hotspots for high-speed wireless networks, and it recently completed an initial testing and development phase on a …

Google embeds camera in smart contact lens

Earlier this year, Wired.co.uk wrote about Google's invention of a smart contact lens that could monitor blood glucose levels through tear fluid. …

Apple CarPlay coming to Pioneer's in-dash systems this summer

Apple CarPlay in an aftermarket dash system? You bet! And you may not even need to spend a dime. Pioneer's NEX line of five in-dash head units, priced from $700 to a whopping $1,400, will score CarPlay compatibility through a firmware update in early summer. NEX owners with an iPhone 5, 5c or 5s …

Pinterest Plans “Choose Your Own Adventure” Product Announcement For April 24

A more personalized way to pin may be on the way as Pinterest has announced a big press event in San Francisco on April 24th with the teaser image above. We’ve confirmed with the company that this will be a product announcement and CEO Ben Silbermann will speak. So what will Pinterest unveil?<p>The …

Microsoft Makes The Case For Mobile With A Comprehensive OS Update In Windows Phone 8.1

The recent release of Windows Phone 8.1 to developers and the media this week has shown Microsoft at its iterative best, but the underlying story is a simple one. Microsoft have managed to establish themselves as one of the main players in the mobile and smartphone place, and Windows Phone 8.1 will …

Xyo powers contextual app search for T-Mobile in US and Europe

Berlin-based app search startup Xyo has a penned a deal with Deutsche Telekom to provide an alternative to Google Play for T-Mobile Android phones in …

Google sells out of ‘Cotton’ Glass model in hours

Google's one-day Google Glass sale has proven to be a success. In just a few short hours, the white "Cotton" version of the wearable has sold out.<p>"Wow, what a morning! We're happy to see so many new faces (and frames) in the Explorer Program," the Google Glass team wrote on its Google+ page. "Just …

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Keep Steve Jobs' personality out of trial: tech companies | Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Witnesses at an upcoming trial over no-hire agreements in Silicon Valley should not be allowed to offer evidence that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was “a bully,” four major tech companies argued in a court filing.<p>Apple CEO Steve Jobs shows the new MacBook Air during the …

Google, Samsung and others agree to anti-theft remote kill-switch

Most smartphones will have the ability for users to remotely wipe and lock them down in case they’re stolen after July 2015 thanks to a new industry initiative.<p>Google, HTC, Motorola, and Samsung joined the top five U.S. carriers and other companies like Apple, Microsoft, Huawei, and Nokia in …

Here's Amazon's phone: six cameras and a 4.7-inch screen

Rumors of an Amazon-made phone are nothing new, but today the rumors enter reality more firmly: what you see above is what <i>BGR</i> claims is the Amazon's first phone. "Whoa, that's super ugly!" you might be saying. <i>Cool it</i>, that's just an enclosure around the device itself preventing prying eyes (like …

Healthy Snack Startup NatureBox Raises $18 Million Series B Led By Canaan Partners

Founded in early 2012, NatureBox set out to become synonymous with providing healthy snacks direct to consumers. It’s made great strides toward that goal, and will continue to push forward with $18 million in new funding led by Canaan Partners.<p>Existing investors General Catalyst and Softbank …

Asia suppliers chat up 12-inch Apple tablet, large iPhones: Report

Asia-based suppliers are chatting up a 12-inch Apple tablet as well as the oft-rumored larger iPhone, according to a Chinese-language report.<p>The online version of the China Business News (Yicai) includes a story dated Monday that cites a manager at Taiwan-based plastic mold maker as saying that …

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CarPlay Is Coming To The Third-Party Stereo Market

iPhone fans will not have to buy a new car to get in on the CarPlay fun if a report from a Japanese business newspaper is correct. Alpine is reportedly planning on releasing an aftermarket stereo sporting CarPlay this Fall.<p>According to <i>MacRumors</i>, Clarion is also working on a CarPlay-enabled headunit …

Oculus Rift Shares Developer Hardware Sales Data

Were you to judge success by the response of “The Internet” when Facebook acquired nascent virtual reality hardware company Oculus Rift, developers didn’t like the deal. But were you to judge success by its actual sales, it may be a different story.<p>Oculus Rift tells TechCrunch that it’s sold about …

Ditch That Laptop Brick With FINsix’s New Tiny Notebook Charger

Many aspects of computing have changed, but the laptop charger has remained sadly stable over the years; no matter what, we never seem to be able to ditch the lumpy power brick, that mid-cable eyesore that takes up tons of space in your bag and presents a ready hazard for stepping on. MIT project …

How to make the Samsung Gear Fit work with other Android devices

Samsung’s new Gear Fit smartwatch, fitness band combo is a pretty impressive little device. If you’re interested in purchasing one, Samsung has already stated that its fitness tracker will work with 17 different Galaxy handsets, including the Galaxy S5. But what if you own a handset from a …

Elgato Thunderbolt Dock Review: Supercharge Your Laptop Workspace

As laptops become increasingly powerful, more people are incorporating them into their home or office workspace. With an external monitor, anyone can create a pseudo-desktop environment and enjoy the benefits associated with a larger display.<p>If you’ve built a setup like this before, you’ll no doubt …

New Photo of Alleged iPhone 6 Manufacturing Mold Hints at 4.7-Inch Display

Over the weekend, several photos surfaced reportedly showing details on manufacturing molds for the iPhone 6. While the manufacturing mold photos left it unclear as to the size of the device body it would yield, a new photo shared by <i>Nowhereelse.fr</i> [Google Translate] shows a nearly identical mold …

Biometric Startup Quixter Demos Pay-By-Palm Tech

NFC for mobile payments has struggled with adoption. Not least because the user needs to have an NFC-enabled phone in order to be able to make these contactless payments — in addition to the retailer itself being set up to accept NFC payments.<p>Well, here’s an alternative payment technology that …