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Tentative Samsung smartwatch design unearthed in Korean patents

While Samsung hasn't been shy about its desire to build a new smartwatch, we've had few clues as to what that wristwear could look like. However, <i>Moveplayer</i> has uncovered a trio of Korean design patents that, combined, could represent a design template. Registered between March and May, the patents …

Digital media set to overtake TV viewing

Americans will watch more online and mobile media than television this year for the first time, says research firm eMarketer.<p>If the obesity epidemic weren't clue enough, new estimates about U.S. media-viewing habits underscore that Americans are a lazy bunch. And it may be music to the ears of of …

Televisions

Hashtag creator leaves Google to join a 6-person startup

Google developer advocate Chris Messina is leaving the search giant to join a tiny startup.<p>During his 1300 days at Google, Messina spearheaded a number of community-focused initiatives, including the Google Developers site. He also developed the “hashtag,” which flourished on Twitter and Facebook. …

YouTube opens up live streaming to anyone with 100 or more subscribers

YouTube is opening up its live streaming service to anyone with 100 or more subscribers, putting smaller, independent creators on the same footing as larger productions. The announcement comes less than three months after YouTube lowered the bar on live streaming to channels with 1,000 or more …

Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (unlocked) review: Customization champ, but middle-of-the-pack phablet overall - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The Motorola Moto X Pure Edition lets you pick your design. It also has expandable storage, loud front speakers and charges quickly.<p><b>The Bad</b> The handset's bigger size may be unwieldy for some, its battery life is just average and it's hitting a market increasingly crowded with more …

Mobile Technology

The materials breakthrough that might lead to computers thousands of times faster

As the technology for making silicon circuitry smaller, faster and less power-thirsty approaches the limits of physics, scientists have tried out many materials in the search for an alternative to silicon. New research by a team at the US Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory …

Nanotech

Ping elected officials every time your commute sucks with the 'I'm Stuck' app

"Call your representative!" We've all heard it before, but actually picking up the phone (or shooting over an email) is always harder than it looks. Infrastructure advocacy group Building America’s Future wants to make that process a bit easier so citizens can let their representatives know that …

Battery life and a sharp screen: A 'Mini' opportunity for Apple

The dynamics involving display quality and battery life on Google's second-generation Nexus 7 should be a lesson for Apple.<p>Maybe Apple should take its time on the iPad Mini Retina.<p>Last week I said Google trumped Apple with the release of the Nexus 7's eye-popping 323-pixel-per-inch display.<p>That's …

iPad Mini

Woman Pays For Two iPhones, Reportedly Tricked Into Buying Two $600 Apples Instead

There are apples, and then are Apples. One hapless phone customer in Australia reportedly found this out the hard way, when she paid for what she thought was a pair of iPhones and ended up with two very expensive pieces of fruit.<p>The unidentified 21-year-old woman had negotiated to buy the phones on …

Examining The Effects Of Patent-Troll Legislation On Startups

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Sid Venkatesan is an IP partner specializing in high stakes IP disputes and IP counseling for technology companies in the Silicon Valley office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.</i><p>Non-practicing entities (NPEs), or patent trolls, have largely stayed off the political radar for the …

Bar Facebook-shames man over unpaid $100 tab; man jailed

A Reno bar is so frustrated that a customer allegedly left an unpaid tab that it posts his picture on Facebook and shames him publicly. He is then arrested.<p>Should you happen to be thirsty and wander into the Brewer's Cabinet bar in Reno, Nev., in the next few days, I have a suggestion: please pay …

Social Media

ATD Week in Review: Microsoft Partner Woes and Samsung’s Steroid Specs

In case you missed anything, here’s a quick roundup of some of the news that powered <b>AllThingsD</b> this week:<p>Starbucks said it would bring wireless …

Obama Administration

Simulating 1 second of real brain activity takes 40 minutes and 83K processors

Advertisement<p>32 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / StudioSmart<p>A team of Japanese and German researchers have carried out the largest-ever simulation of …

Samsung Galaxy Folder flaunts its dual-screen flip design for the camera

Samsung may have already spoiled the Galaxy Folder's upcoming launch, but it hasn't given us a peek at a real, live device. Contributors to <i>Clien.net</i>'s forums claim to have what we're missing, however -- they've posted a trio of photos that appear to reveal the dual-screen Android clamshell in …

Apple iPhone and iPad patent ban overturned in US

<b>A ban on sales of older models of Apple's iPad and iPhone in the US has been overturned by the Obama administration.</b><p>In June, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that Apple infringed a patent of rival Samsung.<p>President Barack Obama's trade representative has now vetoed that decision …

Zynga Sues 'Bang With Friends' For Trademark Infringement

Social gaming company Zynga Inc. is suing the makers of casual sex app "Bang With Friends" for trademark infringement.<p>Zynga, the California-based company behind popular social games "Words With Friends," "Chess With Friends," "Matching With Friends" and "Farmville," is suing Bang With Friends Inc. …

This Radical iPhone 6 Concept Completely Reimagines The World's Favorite Smartphone

Graphic designer and artist Johnny Plaid has envisioned a drastic update for the iPhone 6 which takes advantage of an edge-to-edge display, multi-touch sensors in the bottom of the device that get rid of the home button, and a brand new charger that integrates MagSafe technology.<p>While it's highly …

Mobile Technology

Move to mobiles and share rebound leaves Facebook sitting pretty

Shares soared along with revenue as Facebook users accepted its new model for mobile advertising. It's a remarkable turnaround, but challenges remain<p>When Facebook was preparing to float in May 2012, former analyst Henry Blodget – now the high-energy editor of the Business Insider website – was …

Digital Seen Surpassing TV In Capturing Our Time

It's finally happening, folks. This year, the average time Americans spend with digital media each day will surpass traditional TV viewing time. That's according to eMarketer's latest estimate of media consumption among adults.<p>The average adult will spend more than five hours per day online and on …