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Eye-tracking cameras reveal secrets of peacock's tail feathers

When a peacock fans his plumage and struts his stuff, it's an impressive sight. Or so it appears to us humans. What really matters, of course, is …

White House telecom advisor brings together privacy code of conduct for apps

The White House's main telecom adviser, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), has issued a first draft of a mobile apps code of contact, with the goal of giving consumers more control of their privacy. It facilitated its creation over several years by stakeholders …

Asian Mobile Makers Squeeze Apple’s Global Smartphone Share To Its Lowest For 3-Years In Record 230M Unit Q2

More proof, if proof were needed, that Apple needs a low cost iPhone to get its smartphone momentum mojo back: Cupertino’s share of the global smartphone market fell to its lowest for three years in Q2, according to Strategy Analytics, with just 31.2 million iPhones shipped in the quarter and …

Android 4.3 code reveals granular app controls and 4K support are coming soon

As developers get their hands on the latest version of Google's operating system, Android 4.3, we're discovering some hidden features of the platform that hint at what's to come. <i>Android Police</i> reports on one such gem, "App Ops." According to the site, the application, which isn't quite ready for …

Where are Samsung’s high resolution tablets?

The Nexus 10 is currently Samsung’s only high-resolution tablet offering.<p>Most people would agree that behind battery life and performance, the display is the most important component in a mobile device. Even more so in a tablet, where the display is especially crucial. A screen resolution which …

Nokia offers augmented reality job search

Mobile phone giant Nokia is enlisting Britain’s young entrepreneurs to build new businesses using its career services app, JobLens.<p>Launching in the UK today, JobLens is a Windows Phone 8 app that helps users search for jobs in their local area. The app uses augmented reality to show the user …

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Google abruptly ends 'limited' Netflix promotion for Chromecast buyers

Google is no longer including three free months of Netflix with Chromecast purchases. Just one day after introducing its minuscule streaming device, Google has quickly ended the promotion that made Chromecast's already cheap $35 price seem like even more of a bargain. "Due to overwhelming demand …

The age of the connected car will bring new safety, comfort — and threats

How do you reduce the number of highway accidents? Just tell all the cars to look out for each other.<p>As far out as that may sound, that's exactly what the National Transportation Safety Board recommended this week, following a fatal bus crash, and it's part of a fundamental shift in the automotive …

Google Plans To Rival The Apple TV

Google’s Chromecast dongle stole the headlines this week with its neat ability to play content from a mobile device to a TV, but the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> is saying Google actually has something more interesting on the way. It is working on a set-top box that streams content and also includes a camera …

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Xiaomi To Announce Partnership with Tencent QQ Next Week

Rumors typically abound in the Chinese tech scene, and Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has been bombarded by plenty recently — with one report a few days back notably saying that Xiaomi had received an investment of $2 billion from Internet giant Tencent via Russian investment firm DST.<p>In a …

All of LA's 640,000 schoolkids will get iPads by the end of 2014

After signing a $30 million iPad deal with Apple in June, the Los Angeles School Board of Education has revealed the full extent of the program that will provide tablets to all students in the district. CiteWorld reports that the first phase of the program will see pupils receive 31,000 iPads this …

New Nexus 7 to arrive today at Best Buy, ahead of schedule (update: confirmed)

A tipster has told us that the latest Nexus 7 from Asus and Google will hit Best Buy stores today, and a pre-order we placed earlier for the device seems to confirm that. We put our money down for one when the order page first went up, and while the confirmation originally said it would arrive on …

David Cameron’s internet porn filter is operated by Huawei

The filtering system promoted by Britain’s prime minister to protect sensitive eyes from the horrors of internet pornography is run by the controversial Chinese technology company Huawei, according to the BBC, in partnership with the UK telecoms provider TalkTalk.<p>David Cameron praised TalkTalk on …

Apple Takes Home Three Brand of the Year Awards

Here’s an achievement certain to be trotted out at Apple’s next big media event. Harris Interactive on Thursday declared the company the top U.S. …

5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3 to pack Android 4.3, 3GB of RAM and Snapdragon 800 CPU, report says

A new Galaxy Note 3-related report from South Korea reveals some of the specs of the upcoming smartphone, including a 5.7-inch display.<p>Until recently, it was widely believed that the handset will have a 5.99-inch display but then a series of reports claimed that the handset will have a 5.7-inch …

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