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Could this be our first look at the much larger iPhone 6?

<b>Update:</b> These appear to be fake…<p>Sonny Dickson has posted images today which claim to show the casing for the next generation iPhone. The metal shell, which closely resembled both the industrial design of the current iPod touch and iPad Air, appears to be of unibody construction. While it’s …

How do I renew a French SIM card?

<b>Josette Carter writes</b><br>I have a mobile phone that I bought in France three years ago. The SIM card has expired. It says: “Orange” on it. Can I buy a SIM card online? How will I activate the phone once I get to France? Do I have to be in France and go to an Orange store to buy the SIM card and …

Telecoms

Gartner: Smartphone Sales Finally Beat Out Dumb Phone Sales Globally In 2013, With 968M Units Sold

2013 was the year when the inevitable happened: worldwide sales of smartphones surpassed sales of the more basic (and generally cheaper) feature phone devices for the first time, according to Gartner’s latest market estimates — with 968 million smartphone device units sold to end users in 2013 out …

Images of Apple's First Brazilian Retail Store Surface Ahead of Opening

Photos of Apple's first Brazilian retail store in Rio de Janeiro have surfaced by way of website <i>MacMagazine</i> [Google Translate]. The store, which is located at the VillageMall luxury shopping center, is notable for taking on a unique "pavilion" look with a single floor and a curved glass exterior. …

LG Confirms Its G Pro 2 Flagship Phablet, Yet Another Phone That’s Mostly Screen

Say hello to the G Pro 2, LG’s new flagship smartphone — leaked aplenty up to now but officially confirmed today by the mobile maker. The Android 4.4 KitKat powered 4G quad-core device packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.26 GHz processor, 3GB of memory and a 13MP rear camera with an optical image …

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 specs leaked, rumored for MWC unveiling

According to insider sources who have been in contact with <i>ZDNet</i>, Samsung is preparing to unveil its new Galaxy Tab 4 and Galaxy Gear 2 at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.<p>There have also been leaks regarding the new Galaxy Tab 4’s hardware, which cropped up on <i>MySamsungPhones</i> the …

Phones

iOS dominating Enterprise, despite Android market share

A report by mobile enterprise specialist Good Technology shows that while iOS devices may be falling behind in overall market share, they are the devices of choice in the enterprise market.<p>iOS activations made up 73 percent of total device activations in Q4, up from 72 percent in Q3 and 69 percent …

Here’s the enormous hangar Google bought to fill with robots

<b>Update, 11/11/2014:</b> NASA announced today that it had approved Google’s plans to lease Moffett Airfield for 60 years, in exchange for $1.16 billion in rent, $200 million in capital investment and responsibility for maintenance.<p>Planetary Ventures, a Google shell company, will lease an airport—and an …

Pacific Ocean

BBM Update Adds Voice Calls, Channels, Dropbox And Location Sharing For iOS And Android Users

A new update to the BBM apps for iOS and Android add a laundry list of anticipated features to the messaging platform. BBM Voice makes its first appearance on the Android and iPhone clients, allowing users to make direct voice calls to their BBM contacts via either Wi-Fi or cellular networks; BBM …

U.S. Customers Are Hoarding $13.4bn Of Old iPhones

Around half of U.S. consumers are hoarding their old iPhones in cupboards and sock drawers — representing an inventory worth around $13.4 billion in total.<p>According to the annual “Mobile Mountain Study” conducted by research group OnePoll for resale site SellCell.com, this figure is down from the …

Mobile

Motorola's rockstar CEO jumps ship as Lenovo promises smartphone profits - ExtremeTech

Motorola’s rockstar CEO jumps ship as Lenovo promises smartphone profits<p>By on February 13, 2014 at 3:48 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions …

Mobile Technology

Two alliances team up to win the wireless charging war

Why can't you just place your phone on a table and have it wirelessly charge? Until today, there were three competing standards that couldn't agree on how the proven technology should work. The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), the Power Matters Alliance (PMA), and the Alliance for Wireless Power …

Virgin Atlantic testing Google Glass and Sony Smartwatch 2 to bring “sheen” back to air travel

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: SITA<p>Feel like flying has lost its luster? Well, what if airline staff could update you with weather information and …

An Apple watch? The hints have been out there

commentary If you know where to look, there have been signs aplenty of Apple gearing up to launch a watch and of the kinds of content we might expect to see on it.<p>Apple has strongly hinted that it will enter new product categories in 2014. And it's about time -- not in the sense that it's been too …

Widgets

The US is switching from credit card signatures to PINs, but banks need to get on board

US banks and merchants may finally shift to a more secure way of authorizing credit card transactions in which customers will enter a personal identification number (PIN) at checkout instead of signing a receipt.<p>The US is the last major market in the world using the signature system, which is part …

Samsung developing Context, a service that gathers user data and shares it with other apps

Samsung is said to have created a service that collects data like the text you type and the apps you use and shares it with other applications.<p>The report comes from <i>The Information’s</i> Jessica Lessin and is rather light on details. Moreover, the service might not even make it to a product, as Samsung …

Apps

Leaked image might reveal Galaxy S5 design

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Credit: Sonny Dickson<p>Mobile World Congress is less than two weeks away, but Samsung might have nothing new to show by then if …

Webee: A home hub that’s all about the algorithms

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Webee<p>The smart home is fine, but I’m still waiting for the anticipatory home. A home that not only accepts programs …

Samsung's Smart Galaxy Glasses Could Be A Boon For Google Glass

Google Glass will not be the preeminent smart glassware for much longer.<p>According to a report from <i>The Korea Times</i>, Samsung will unveil its own smart glasses later this year called Galaxy Glass, which will extend the wearable gadget market later this year. The report also says Samsung plans to …

Yahoo Mail resets user passwords after discovering an attempted breach

A bad month for Yahoo Mail just got worse. The company said today that it has detected "a coordinated effort" to hack into Yahoo Mail accounts, and reset passwords for the accounts that are affected. A spokeswoman declined to say how many accounts were affected, and said the company is working with …

Can Lenovo save Motorola?

$2.91 billion buys you a storied history and a challenging future<p>With Google and Samsung developing a closer partnership than ever, this week might not be the best time to try and make inroads in the hypercompetitive Android smartphone business. The Korean company already enjoys a vast lead over …

Microsoft's Xbox Team Caught Tweeting from Android Device

We laugh when celebrities promoting companies do so using a rival product — remember Oprah sending a tweet praising Microsoft’s Surface from her iPad, or BlackBerry’s one-time Creative Director Alicia Keys tweeting from an iPhone? — but what about when companies themselves do it?<p>The team behind …

With Motorola sale and Samsung peace, Google finds practical exit to an unconventional (and expensive) deal

Advertisement<p>10 Comments<p>In the nearly ten years Google (s GOOG) has been a public company, it has been defined by a curious mixture of ambition, …

Intel’s voice recognition will blow Siri out of the water—because it doesn’t use the cloud

There’s a problem with today’s voice recognition systems: They’re just too slow. Anyone who has waited in frustration while Siri or Google’s Voice Search “thinks” about even the simplest commands knows what I’m talking about.<p>The problem isn’t voice recognition software per se, which is more …

Artificial Intelligence

Korean carriers to launch broadband-shaming 300Mbps LTE-Advanced network this year

Most of us in Europe and North America try not think about how much we're getting smoked by Asia in terms of internet speeds, but here's another reminder: residents in South Korea will soon enjoy 300Mbps wireless on carriers SK Telecom and LG's U+. That follows a similar effort by CSL in Hong Kong, …

Why The All-In-One Smartwatch Isn't Happening Any Time Soon

Call me a dreamer, but I want it all. I want a watch that can receive notifications and make phone calls while also tracking my heartbeat and fitness activity—and without needing a recharge every day or so. Sadly, this watch does not yet exist.<p>And it’s not likely to hit shelves any time soon, …

Humin Offers a More Human Way to Manage your Contacts

The contacts app that ships with iOS is a pretty straightforward affair that doesn’t offer much more than the handwritten address books we used to keep next to our landline phones. Humin is a new app that will be launching in beta this week that aims to be a smarter way for iPhone users to manage …

What Does Google's Purchase Of Nest Mean For The Internet Of Things?

The Internet of Things (IoT) seemed to be an underlying theme of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), with companies showing off cloud-connected Crock-Pots, heart monitors, and even bed mats that monitor how a person sleeps.<p>As wearable technology and home automation increasingly seep into …

Candy Crush Saga Has Trademarked Candy And Apple's App Store Is Helping Enforce It

Candy Crush Saga is the most pervasive casual game phenomena since Angry Birds and it seems intent on crushing any potential competitors—at least those that use the word “candy” in their titles. King.com Limited registered claim with the US trademark office almost a year ago, to the word ‘candy’ as …

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is selling SIM cards for charity

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is taking on a new endeavor, serving as chairman for a new UK-based wireless carrier called The People's Operator. Operational since 2012, the carrier donates ten percent of every phone bill to a charity of the user's choice, as well as setting aside a quarter of …