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A first look at BlackBerry's giant Z30 and cross-platform BBM app

While BlackBerry seems to be preparing for the worst, it's also readying two of its more interesting new products: a cross-platform version of its classic BBM service and the 5-inch BlackBerry Z30, a more powerful and larger cousin of the Z10. The two don't come out for two days and a week, …

iOS 7 Bug Lets Anyone Bypass iPhone's Lockscreen To Hijack Photos, Email, Or Twitter

Forget the debate around the security or insecurity of the iPhone 5s’s fingerprint reader. The latest version of the iPhone’s operating system currently offers a gaping hole in its old-fashioned passcode lockscreen.<p>Jose Rodriguez, a 36-year-old soldier living in Spain’s Canary Islands, has found a …

Apple’s edge is that the iPhone remains the best place to access Google’s services—for now

Is Apple innovating or not? Is the company even capable of it anymore? The launch of the iPhone 5S and Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS7, along with a just-released conversation between Apple’s leaders and Businessweek, has reinvigorated this debate. But it’s possible that it misses the …

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“Grand Theft Auto V” Made $800 Million In 24 Hours

Take-Two Interactive Software’s highly anticipated video game <i>Grand Theft Auto V</i> went on sale Tuesday at midnight, but it has already broken records by surpassing $800 million in global sales in its first 24 hours, setting a new record for the highest-grossing launch day sales of any entertainment …

iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C launch to 'brighten everyone's day', says Apple

Apple's invitation to an event at its Cupertino headquarters on Tuesday promises to "brighten everyone's day". Shown via satellite link in Europe it will, for the first time, also be shown to a select group of guests in China.<p>Even though the iPhone maker has said nothing about what is ahead, its …

PS Vita TV is a mini console that brings games and services to your TV, arrives November for around $100 (video)

This tiny 60mm x 100mm wonder is the PlayStation Vita TV. Not only is it a miniature console that plays Vita games and connects to PlayStation controllers, it also offers access to Sony's Music Unlimited, Video Unlimited service, karaoke and more -- all for 9,954 yen (around $100). It's a knowing …

What Will the iPhone 5C Cost?

Martin Hajek<p>At a special event on Tuesday morning, Apple is expected to unveil two new iPhones — the first, a marquee device; the second a mid-tier …

New Videos Depict 'Champagne' and 'Graphite' iPhone 5S Casings

Two new videos published today give a detailed look at the casings of the "champagne" colored iPhone 5S and the "graphite" 5S, which first showed up in photos earlier this week.<p>While there has been a non-stop stream of images and videos depicting the gold iPhone 5S, a video from <i>TLD</i> offers a good …

Xbox One vs PS4: All you need to know

Ahead of their release later this year, see how the launch titles, bundles and hardware for the Xbox One and PS4 compare.<p>Techradar takes a look at the latest information on the Playstation 4 and XBox One following the Gamescom gaming convention, including launch titles and bundles.<p>From the design …

iPhone 5S release dates, specs keep pouring in

We have iPhone 5S release dates, colors, and specs. Did I leave anything out?<p>Oh yeah, I forget to mention that they're all just rumors. But there's little left to the imagination these days when Apple rolls out a new product.<p>Apple is widely expected to hold an event unveiling the new iPhone on …

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Sprint scores exclusive red HTC One superphone

HTC announced on Thursday that Sprint will soon offer the HTC One in an exclusive red color.<p>Set to arrive on August 16, the red HTC One features all of the same hardware and software of its black or silver brethren. Pricing remains the same as well; the smartphone costs $199 with a two-year service …

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Yahoo's beautiful new weather app comes to Android

Yahoo's redesigned weather app for iOS has been receiving praise and accolades for its gorgeous design and usability all year. In fact, the updated weather app included with iOS 7 appears to borrow more than a few ideas from Yahoo's version. Apple even went so far as to recognize Yahoo's design …

Twitter Is Testing Out A New ‘TV Trending’ Box At The Top Of Your Timeline

Twitter is betting big on TV, both as a source of traffic and as a potential source of lucrative advertising revenue. And that’s leading the company to test out new ways of bringing even more TV content — and traffic — to its platform. In the latest move, the company appears to be is testing out a …

Apple Reported to Announce Next iPhone on September 10

Speculation about the next iPhone -- presumably called the iPhone 5S -- have been mounting over the last few months, and now, a launch date may be at …

Yahoo will unveil a new logo next month

Yahoo is proving that it can make the headlines for more than its voracious appetite for acquisitions. The company is introducing a new logo next month and is sending off the old one in style.<p>The new logo is intended to “reflect this spirit of innovation” and the “renewed sense of purpose and …

Popular mobile photography app VSCO Cam coming to Android

Camera and photography apps are a dime a dozen on the iPhone, but apart from a few big names such as Instagram, they are much less common on Android. VSCO Cam, one of the hottest new photography apps for iOS, is bucking that trend, however, as it has announced plans to bring its app over to Android …

Android dominates the tablet market, with 67% of global shipments

We already know that Android is, and has been for a while, the most dominant force in the smartphone market, but the tablet market is an area which has typically been a bit harder to crack. However, the latest research put together by <i>Strategy Analytics</i> shows that Android is also breaking away from …

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Roku CEO On Google’s Chromecast: Who Wants Their Phone To Be A Remote Control?

Chromecast may be a fresh take on television streaming, but Roku isn’t worried that it will take over the market.<p>“There are many of these dongles out in the market but they are not gaining consumer adoption because they don’t provide a good experience,” says Anthony Wood, the CEO of Roku.<p>Google’s …

Pope Francis Twitter Beats Obama For Top World Leader Spot

A recent study by Twiplomacy reports that Pope Francis is the most influential world leader on Twitter, with the highest number of retweets from his @Pontifex account. Pope Francis gets an average of 11,100 retweets for every Spanish tweet and 8,200 retweets for each English tweet, whereas …

iOS 7 still 'a work in progress' alleges The Next Web

No matter your opinion on iOS 7, there's no denying it's a radical departure from any Apple design that came before it. And if you believe <i>The Next Web</i>, that may be no accident. According to the blog, as Jony Ive has taken the software design reins, he has reportedly approached design and …

Nexus 7 finds Apple napping

Google has beat Apple at its own Retina-display-thumping game. Meet the Nexus 7, the eye-popping 323-pixels-per-inch wonder.<p>It is, in a way, the (rumored) iPad Mini Retina wrapped in Android 4.3.<p>Here's the deal: If you can find most of the apps you need on Google's Play Store and would like a small …

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Ubuntu Edge smart phone nabs over £2m funding overnight

Ubuntu Edge, the conceptual smart phone that's looking for funding, has raised over 2 million quid since its debut yesterday.<p>Proving that lots of …

BlackBerry Q5 review

This is probably the most important smartphone that BlackBerry will launch in 2013. You see, the Z10 and Q10 were designed for diehards, gadget lovers and those who desired a like-for-like replacement for their aging Bolds. Unfortunately for CEO Thorsten Heins, those people were never the total sum …

Follow the Pope on Twitter and spend less time in purgatory, says Vatican

The Vatican has taken another step in its efforts to embrace social media by offering "indulgences" to followers of Pope Francis' (@Pontifex) Twitter account. Italian newspaper <i>Corriere della Sera</i> reports that the church will reduce the time Catholics have to spend in purgatory if they follow …

Could the NSA use Microsoft's Xbox One to spy on you?

Skype swore wiretaps weren't possible before recent reports. Is Kinect next?<p>You close a laptop when you're not using it. Your phone faces the inside of a pocket, a purse, or lies flat on a table. But the Microsoft Kinect, a camera that will come connected to every new Xbox One game console, gets a …

iPhone 5S hit by fingerprint sensor issues, claims report

Problems with Apple's fingerprint-recognition technology might trigger a cut in shipments for the iPhone 5S, according to the Taiwan-based DigiTimes.<p>Citing sources, DigiTimes claims that poor production yields of the chips for both the fingerprint-recognition and LCD drivers will force Apple to …

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You Can Now Buy A Microsoft Surface RT for $349

Following news that a price cut was planned for the Surface RT tablet, Microsoft has made the change today, and is now selling its 32GB model for $349 — down from $499.<p>Available at this price in the Microsoft store and elsewhere, the drop is a clear — if not painful — attempt by Microsoft to boost …

Meet the man who started the game console revolution

When looking back at gaming's shift from the arcade to the living room the venerable Atari 2600 stands out as a major milestone, but it was beat to market five years earlier by the <i>first</i> home game console: the Magnavox Odyssey. Ars Technica takes a look at the man beyond the innovative device, …

Apple reportedly signs Samsung for next-gen iPhone chips

Apple and Samsung's relationship is apparently not so strained as to prevent the South Korean electronics giant from providing the chips that will power future iPhones, a recent report claimed.<p>Samsung will supply Apple with A9 chips based on a 14-nanometer process node starting in 2015, the Korea …

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