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Nexus 5: The likely price, specs, camera tech (video)

When it was first glimpsed, the Nexus 4 looked pretty similar to other smartphones -- quad-core, with a high-res display and a decent camera, and the latest version of Android chucked in for good measure.<p>What we weren't counting on however was the simply astonishing $299 price, which let smartphone …

Android News

Dell confirms Blackstone drops takeover bid amid PC slump

Blackstone Group has withdrawn its proposal to buy Dell for $25 billion, citing the weak PC maker and poor financial results, Dell confirmed today.<p>The private equity firm last month launched a bid for the computer maker to rival a $24.4 billion buyout offer from Silver Lake and Michael Dell. …

Amazon Shows Off Its First TV Shows, and Wants to Know What You Think

This is the time of the year when the TV networks show off the programs they’ll be running next fall, via glitzy invitation-only presentations for …

Penguin to terminate ebook deal with Apple in bid to end European antitrust investigation

The European Commission's investigation into Apple and major book publishers over ebook price-fixing may soon come to an end after Penguin became the last agency to offer a settlement in the antitrust case. The Commission today published a new notice on its website inviting comments from …

Petition for Verizon to go contract-less gains steam

Verizon Wireless customers and, in some cases, critics have been signing a petition at a torrid pace, asking the company to go contract-less.<p>The petition on Change.org now has approximately 94,000 signatures, roughly 56,000 supporters shy of its goal of 150,000. The petition, created by "longtime …

T-Mobile

Google Fiber Is World-Changing! Or Maybe Not. Or Both!

Google has now announced plans to roll out its high-speed broadband service in three cities, which excites lots of people who get excited about the …

Google Fiber

Texting juror tossed in jail

It was the glow that gave him away.<p>Benjamin Kohler, 26, a jury member at a trial in Oregon, was sitting through testimony.<p>You might imagine that the testimony was interesting to a 26-year-old man. For the defendant was accused of armed robbery.<p>Indeed, the lights dimmed to show a surveillance video. …

Text Messaging

Lookout security announces “BadNews” Android malware family discovery

In an announcement that should have Android users having a double-check of the applications they’ve downloaded in the recent past, the mobile …

Survival Of The Fittest: iPhone Accessory Maker Fitbug Sues Fitbit For Trademark Infringement

Fitbug is a company that makes exercise accessories that work with iPhone apps. Fitbit is also a company that makes exercise accessories that work with iPhone apps. Their names are similar, and so are their products. It’s kind of like they’re the same company, except they’re totally not, and that’s …

Why the 2011 iPod Nano is still the sexiest smartwatch of all

After reviewing a handful of the latest and greatest smartwatches, I discovered something shocking. Out of my old electronics drawer I pulled out my iPod Nano, the 2011 clip-on MP3 player that's no longer even sold by Apple. It's attached to a Hex Nano metal watchband. I wore this for over a year, …

Smartwatches

Another Win For Flat Design As Facebook Gives Its F Logo & Other Icons A Flatter, Cleaner Look

Facebook has given its main “f” logo icon a makeover, flattening the design by removing the pale blue bar along the bottom, which gave the icon a reflective sheen/slight 3D effect, as well as moving the position of the f so it now bleeds right off the bottom. The overall effect is a simplified, …

What a hiring suggestion feature can teach us about LinkedIn and corporate recruiting

If LinkedIn (s lnkd) has become the quiet success of the major social web companies, LinkedIn’s Recruiter page is the quiet success — and cash …

Google wants utility companies to sell it more green power for data centers

Mountain View says power companies should provide new “renewable energy tariff."<p>In a company blog post published on Friday, Google argued that as it …

YouTube Network Big Frame Launches Multiplatform Apps Thanks To Beachfront Builder

Launched last June, Beachfront Media‘s Beachfront Builder platform was designed to allow video producers to quickly roll out apps across a number of devices. Those apps would have custom skins and could even serve ads, with videos streamed out either via the YouTube API or by connecting to …

Slowing Growth Industry Wide, Not Restricted to the iPhone

- Apr 19, 2013<p>Slowing year-over-year growth of sales for Apple’s iPhone appear to be part of the cooling off of sales for the entire smartphone …

Razer agrees to honor fake coupon code, sell thousands of items at 90 percent discount

Three days ago, gaming hardware manufacturer Razer found itself in a bit of a mess. By simply typing in "1234,"customers at Razer's UK online store discovered a rogue coupon code would give them an absurd 90 percent off any of the company's products. Needless to say, thousands of orders piled up …

LulzSec hacker gets prison sentence for Sony Pictures hack

This week the man known as Cody Andrew Kretsinger has been issued a prison sentence for his part in a 2011 attack on a Sony Pictures-owned website, …

Bing Questions Study That Claimed It Delivers 5x More Malware Than Google, Says It Blocks 94% Of Clicks To Malicious Sites

Last week, a study by German antivirus testing company AV-Test claimed that Microsoft’s Bing delivered “five times as many websites containing malware as Google.” Unsurprisingly, Microsoft does not agree with these findings and today, the company released a full rebuttal of AV-Test’s study. The …

Mobile and Global: 10 Minutes With eBay CEO John Donahoe

Photo Credit: eBay<p>As e-commerce has grown more competitive with the rise of startups like Square, micro-payments companies like Stripe and …

Apkudo Wants To Handle Android Fragmentation So Carriers And Developers Don’t Have To

Baltimore-based Apkudo is debuting its “Apkudo Approved” program this week, extending its existing work with making sure that Android apps and devices perform well for consumers. The company has positioned itself in a growth market, to act as a layer both between developers and devices, and between …

Megaupload says US trying to change rules to allow prosecution

Government is tacitly admitting it can't prosecute now, Megaupload says.<p>The shuttered file-sharing site Megaupload has accused the United States …

Why IBM might ditch servers and become Intelligent Business Middleware

The tides of enterprise IT have shifted. While there’s still money to be made in selling servers, the innovation is now happening higher up the …

The Natives Are Getting Restless

If you ask 10 marketers for a definition of “native advertising,” you are likely to get 10 different answers. While the concept is as old as …

Cheap Intel devices will run Google, Microsoft OSes, sources say

Some inexpensive Intel-based laptops and tablets will come with Google's operating system, and others with Microsoft's, according to sources and analysts.<p>Intel CEO Paul Otellini earlier this week said touch devices could debut at prices as low as $200, as CNET reported. But the cheapest devices may …

Microsoft Windows

‘Airbnb For Bikes’ Startup Spinlister Returns From The Deadpool, Now With New Management

If you’re a big fan of bikes and Airbnb-type sharing economy startups like me, you might have been disappointed to learn that Liquid (née Spinlister), the peer-to-peer bike rental startup, was shut down a few months ago. The service, which launched in New York City last spring, had just opened up …

iPad Still Dominates Tablet Ads With iPad Mini Gaining, Velti Finds

Mobile advertising firm Velti has released its monthly report on advertising impressions across its network. The iPad is far and away the leader when it comes to the tablet market, and is gradually chipping away share from the iPhone in terms of overall dominance among mobile ads. The iPad mini …

RadioShack Now Offering Mac Accessories

RadioShack has begun offering Mac accessories both online and at its retail stores. The electronics retailer has an existing partnership with Apple, having sold the iPhone, the iPad, and their accompanying accessories since 2010 and the iPod since 2005.<p>Mac products available on the RadioShack …

Yahoo Shuts Down Products That Nobody Was Really Using Anyway

Yahoo announced today on its corporate blog that it would shutter five products by the end of the month, and old versions of its mail service …