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Windows Phone 8 Update 3 now available for developers (hands-on)

Microsoft promised it was planning to release Windows Phone 8 Update 3 early to developers, and it's now available to download. The software maker has published the required application in the Windows Phone Store, allowing Windows Phone 8 General Distribution Release 2 (GDR2) users to update to …

Android 4.4 KitKat will let you choose your own default texting app

Android users will be able to choose third-party apps to handle their text messaging by default when the operating system's next big update, version 4.4 KitKat, eventually launches. On its developer blog, Google notes that many third-party SMS and MMS apps have already been made using workarounds …

'Google smartwatch' could launch to rival Samsung and Apple

Google is rumoured to be close to releasing a smartwatch, making it the third major company to be linked with the latest tech device.<p>South Korean giant Samsung already launched its Galaxy Gear smartwatch last month, and Apple is thought to be producing an iWatch which could be released next …

Skit! Lets You Create Comedy Animations With Characters From Pacific Rim And Other Movies

Skit!, the comedy animation app that TechCrunch first met at Disrupt NY, is ramping up its monetization strategy with sponsored product placements. The latest one is timed to Pacific Rim’s Blu-Ray release on Oct. 15 and lets you insert monsters and other characters from the campy blockbuster into …

Sony's Latest Xperia Phones, SmartWatch 2 Launch in U.S.; No Carrier Announcements Yet

After making the rounds in Europe and Asia, Sony announced today the U.S. availability of its Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1 smartphones, and the …

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Sony SmartWatch 2, Xperia Z1, and Xperia Z Ultra go on sale in the US today

You'll need at least $1,500 if you want to own all three<p>Sony may be focusing its energies on Europe and Japan, but today it's bringing some of its latest Android hardware to the US market as well. The new flagship Android phone, the Xperia Z1, is going on sale at Sony's online store for $649.99 — …

Microsoft is not killing the Windows Phone back button

Recent rumors suggest that Microsoft may be planning to kill off the back button in Windows Phone 8.1. While the requirement for a hardware back button will likely be dropped, sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed to <i>The Verge</i> that the software maker will replace it with an onscreen …

Snapchat’s unopened messages can be shared with police

The reputation of Snapchat as an "ephemeral" photo messaging service took another blow Monday, when the app let it be known that it can — and will — share your snaps and (newly introduced) "stories" with the cops. There are two conditions, though: The snaps can't have been opened by the recipient …

OtterBox releases new Preserver Series waterproof cases for the iPhone 5/5s/5c

<b>Update</b>: Here’s the official word from OtterBox regarding Touch ID compatibility: “The Preserver Series for the iPhone 5s incorporates a thin layer of a specially formulated material that allows for full functionality of the Touch ID fingerprint scanner technology while keeping the case completely …

Samsung may launch wireless chargers that work from a distance by mid-2014

The development of wireless charging has been plagued so far by high-costs, immature technology, and competing standards.<p>Currently, industry players have grouped around two technologies, inductive magnetic charging and resonant inductive magnetic charging, but only the former has made it into …

Wireless Charging

A Dent, A Door – Wrecked Lamborghini Aventador

These photos were taken by our faithful reader, <i>Scandinavian Flick.</i> He also thoughtfully shook the camera just a bit to better protect the Lamborghini …

Cinnamon 2.0 released and installation instructions included

<b>Sponsored Link</b><p>Cinnamon is a GTK+ 3.6-based desktop environment. It originally started as a fork of the GNOME Shell, which is a user interface and was …

Ubisoft's Watch Dogs delayed until 2014

Ubisoft Montreal has announced the delay of Watch Dogs, its open-world stealth game based on hacking portable electronics. Originally slated for …

Ubisoft

World of Warcraft package now includes Cataclysm

Blizzard's <i>World of Warcraft</i> package now includes the game's third expansion, Cataclysm, for $19.99, the developer announced today.<p>The <i>World of Warcraft</i> Package — previously called the Battle Chest — already offers <i>World of Warcraft</i> and expansions <i>The Burning Crusade</i> and <i>Wrath of the Lich King</i>. …

HTC rumored to build three Amazon phones in 2014

Amazon phone rumors have been floating around for quite some time, but today is the first time that a rumor has suggested that HTC will be building …

Google's new gesture patents could let Glass users 'heart' things in real life

To many people, Google Glass already seems like something straight out of <i>Minority Report</i>, and newly granted gesture patents from the company will only reinforce that association. The patents outline an entirely new way of controlling Glass (or any other wearable computing device); one that tracks a …

Google Play Books v3 For Android Is Rolling Out, Brings Search For Scanned Pages And More [APK Download]

Article Contents<p>On Tuesday night, surprisingly ahead of the usual update-all-the-things-Wednesday, Google released a major revision of the Play Books …

Root Android: Everything you need to know!

One of the best things about Android is just how customizable and flexible it is. Android lets you use it the way you want to use it, whether that means changing the launcher or setting up a host of unique automatic functions with Tasker. But for some, that isn’t enough. That’s why many of us will …

Android News

'Monsters University' Deleted Scenes Offer Lessons in Drama and Recon – /Film

The completed <i>Monsters University</i> hit theaters this summer, but now director <b>Dan Scanlon</b> is back to earn some extra credit with two new deleted scenes. …

BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN Shoots This Weekend in Los Angeles

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 First Ride

Goal: To ‘Beat the ****’ out of Anything Ford Can Put on the Road’<p>The Z/28 arrives at dealerships around March 2014, and there are still a lot of unknown details about this car. Its price? More than the $56,000 Camaro ZL1. Its production goals? Only a couple of thousand each year. Its performance? …

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG 4MATIC

Warning: Weapons-grade four-cylinder underhood.<p>TESTED<p>When Mercedes-Benz sends a model to AMG for high-performance finishing school, it’s hardly news. But until the CLA, nearly every car to make the trip to Affalterbach was packing an engine with a “V” cylinder layout. (The C30 five-cylinder diesel …