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White House reportedly planning years-long campaign to destroy ISIS

The Obama administration is reportedly preparing a campaign to destroy the Islamic State militant group that could outlast the president's remaining time in office, according to a published report.<p>The New York Times, citing U.S. officials, reported late Sunday that the White House plan involves …

50 percent of wireless calls to 9-1-1 are caused accidently by your butt

Gawker<p>Recently, Federal Communications Commissioner Michael O’Rielly visited 9-1-1 call centers in New York and Anchorage. While at the centers, O’Rielly learned that about 70 percent of calls to 9-1-1 come from wireless numbers. He also learned that half of those wireless calls were the result of …

Ebola Vaccine Would Likely Have Been Found By Now If Not For Budget Cuts: NIH Director

BETHESDA, Md. -- As the federal government frantically works to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and as it responds to a second diagnosis of the disease at home, one of the country's top health officials says a vaccine likely would have already been discovered were it not for budget …

What Would Keep Ebola from Spreading in the US? Investing in Simple Research Years Ago.

Author: Maryn McKenna. Maryn McKenna Science<p>Date of Publication: 10.13.14.<p>Time of Publication: 11:38 am. 11:38 am<p>There’s a thing you learn, when …

Sharp Aquos Crystal arrives to Boost and Sprint Prepaid, $150 outright

When you think of smartphone brands, Sharp probably isn’t a name that comes to mind, at least not for those of us in the United States. In Japan and a few other markets, however, the brand produces some pretty epic devices under its Aquos moniker that are known for their ultra-thin bezels. And now …

Misfit releases lower-priced version of its flagship Shine health wearable

Health wearables company Misfit has released a second fitness- and sleep-monitoring wrist wearable, the “Flash,” a lower-priced version of its flagship Shine health wearable.<p>The new device has the same shape and functionality of the Shine but is housed in a “durable soft touch plastic” instead of …

iPhone 6 and 6 plus: Apple goes thinner, bigger and faster

Apple has announced two new, larger iPhones as it aims to meet consumer demand for larger “phablet” smartphones.<p>The iPhone 6 and iPhone Plus have bigger screens, fingerprint sensors and mobile wallet services for allowing smartphones to be used like contactless debit and credit cards.<p>The new …

Apple Unveils Its Hotly Anticipated Watch

The device marks Apple's entry into the wearable market.<p>The rumor mill has been working overtime leading up to Apple's event today and fewer …

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iWatch could cost as much as $400 for highest end model

Apple could charge an upwards of $400 for its highest end iWatch, according to Recode. Apple executives have reportedly “discussed charging around $400 for the company’s new wearable device,” although there will also be different models set at lower prices.<p>Does that mean the top-of-the-line iWatch …

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Report claims Apple is setting low expectations for iWatch battery life

A new report from The Information claims sources that have spoke with Apple employees say the company is setting low expectations for its upcoming wearable’s battery life. Little details have leaked out regarding specific specs or the design of the device, but today’s report from The Information …

Report claims that both 4.7 and 5.5 inch iPhone 6 will launch on September 19th

iGen.fr, who has proved reliable in the past with Apple launch dates, is now claiming that sources informed the site that the new iPhones will launch on the 19th. This is generally to be expected, following historical patterns. Apple traditionally puts new iPhones on sale the Friday the week after …

The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will have a 2,915mAh battery, but don’t expect better battery life

In just a little over 24 hours, Tim Cook and Co. will take the stage of Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California and unveil at least one 4.7-inch iPhone 6. From previous leaks, we know that this iPhone 6 will have a 1,810mAh capacity battery, a 14% beefier battery than the …

Eat That, Apple: Study Says Google Is Now the World's Most Valuable Brand

Google and Apple have been fighting for the title of the world's most valuable brand for years now, but last year Apple has been dominating the lists …

Daily Deals: 28″ HDTV DVD Combo $150, Logitech UE 6000 Headphones $59, Galaxy Camera $200, Bluetooth Speakers, more

This offer has expired!<p>Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest deals and more. Sign-up for our newsletters and have our best offers delivered to your inbox daily.<p>The Daily Deal Roundup pulls the best <i>Daily Deals (meaning you only have until Midnight)</i> from our <b>Daily Deal</b> finder every morning at …

Get a SlideStand stick-on smartphone stand for $5.59

In my ideal universe, pizza is a health food, "The Matrix" sequels were never created, and all smartphones come with built-in stands.<p>It's getting there. I order my pizza with light cheese and extra sauce (it's less unhealthy, anyway), and I pretend those two "Matrix" abominations don't exist.<p>As for …

Forget speed, T-Mobile has started building a more resilient LTE network

T-Mobile(s tmus) has begun upgrading its LTE network with a new kind of antenna technology that will help fix one of the biggest problems in mobile: …

This Is Why We Don’t Have Google X Hoverboards Yet

Yes, Google X tried to design a hoverboard.<p>If <i>Back to the Future</i> has taught us anything, it’s that hoverboards are amazing, and it is one of 2014’s inexcusable tragedies that they are not yet real.<p>Which isn’t to say that some very smart people haven’t tried to build them. In this month’s inside look …

HTC taps ex-Samsung exec for marketing muscle

HTC is looking for a little of that Samsung Electronics marketing magic.<p>The Taiwanese smartphone maker has hired Paul Golden, the former head of marketing for Samsung's US mobile division, as an adviser to HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang, CNET confirmed. The hiring was first reported by Bloomberg.<p>HTC …

Selfies ... in Space! First Instagram Post From ISS

Social Media<p>American astronaut Steven R. Swanson has boldly gone where no one else in space has gone before: Instagram.<p>Read more here.

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A Massive 87% Of Users Are Running iOS 7

The figure is up from 85% at the end of March, and 83% one month ago, when Apple introduced iOS 7.1. This update added several new features such as CarPlay, and also tweaked iTunes Radio, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and Siri.<p>After iOS 7, Apple’s latest figures indicate that 11% of active users …

Sony Xperia Z2 crowned new king of mobile photography

The Sony Xperia Z2 has supplanted Nokia's 808 Pureview as the best smartphone for mobile photographers, according to an organization that analyzes camera quality.<p>Sony's latest flagship handset scored a 79 out of a possible 100 on the DxOMark Mobile scale, beating out Nokia's 808, which landed a …

Windows Phone 8.1 update available on April 14th

Designed for developers, but anyone can get the update<p>Microsoft is planning to release its Windows Phone 8.1 update to developers in April. While the software maker unveiled a number of new features in the update during its Build conference this week, no official date was provided. Neowin has …

Samsung Selfie Stunt Backfires as Obama Administration Upset Over Pic

- Apr 3, 2014<p>Samsung’s problems with their sponsored celebrity “selfie” campaign continue, as a report says the White House is unhappy with Samsung …

A Week Into His New Job, Controversy Forces Mozilla CEO To Resign

Brendan Eich, embattled co-founder of Mozilla and creator of the JavaScript programming language, has stepped down from his new role as CEO of Mozilla, the nonprofit foundation and tech company behind the Firefox browser.<p>After being appointed to the chief position last week, Eich became embroiled …

Google reportedly wants to offer mobile phone service in Fiber areas

Many see Google Fiber as an attempt to disrupt the stagnant world of internet service providers, and it now sounds like Google wants to shake up the wireless industry, too. Sources for <i>The Information</i> claim that the search firm wants to offer mobile phone service in Fiber areas. It's not yet clear …

Behind Cortana: How Microsoft aims to stand out with its personal assistant

SAN FRANCISCO — You might not know when you use a Windows Phone with Microsoft’s new Cortana personal digital assistant, but lots and lots of computing is happening silently to make it all work.<p>After listening to you speak into one of these Cortana-equipped phones, Microsoft is matching your words …