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Roku's Android app updated with user-created video streaming

Just over a month after its iOS debut, video support for "Play on Roku" is now available for the streaming box's Android app. You'll need a second gen or newer Roku running at least software version 5.1 to push hand-crafted video from your Google gizmo, and then it only works with "select" Ice …

SlickLogin Aims To Kill The Password By Singing A Silent Song To Your Smartphone

The password needs to die, and SlickLogin is trying to help kill it.<p>Launching into closed beta in the Disrupt SF 2013 Battlefield today, SlickLogin lets you log into a website on your computer by holding your phone within a few inches of it.<p>Here’s the idea: as a user, you’d go to whatever …

5 best sites to trade in your iPhone

Now that Apple has announced two new handsets, you're probably scrambling to get rid of your old iPhone to make sure you can get your hands on the …

Mobile Technology

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Blue HTC One to arrive as Best Buy exclusive on September 15th

Don't feel blue if you've missed one of the first HTC One units in, well, <i>blue</i> when they started trickling out -- it's officially launching as a Best Buy exclusive on September 15th. What's more, the oceanic phone will be available on Sprint, AT&T and Verizon. On-contract pricing details have yet to …

Xiaomi: Global plans for Chinese smartphone maker

Chinese firm Xiaomi, which makes smartphones and other consumer electronics, has seen robust growth in recent years.<p>It has become a dominant player in the Chinese smartphone market.<p>The company, which recently hired Hugo Barra - one of Google's top executives, has now set its sights on global growth.<p>…

Mhoto analyzes any image, gives it an appropriate, customized soundtrack

When we see a picture of the Notorious B.I.G., the hook from Hypnotize starts streaming in our heads. Imagine if you will, an app that analyzes your picture and creates a soundtrack suited to you. Mhoto does just that, and it can synthesize an appropriate tune for <i>any</i> digital photograph. Mhoto's …

CyanogenMod accounts coming in next nightly builds

Folks who download the coming nightly builds of CyanogenMod may notice something new to play with in their settings: an option to add an account for the popular Android ROM. Once users register and sign in on their device, they'll have access to a service that can pinpoint their handset's location …

Maingear adds high-performance Ivy Bridge-E processors to its desktop lineup

Roughly two years have passed since Intel released its first LGA-2011 E series processors, but now that its 22nm Ivy Bridge-E silicon is in the wild, PCs have a new high-horsepower option. With the outfit's latest unlocked six-core chips ready for action, Maingear's adding them as an option to …

Arcade Fire's 'Just a Reflektor' music video takes cues from your smartphone

Arcade Fire already knows how to immerse its fans in a web music video. For its new "Just a Reflektor" video, though, it's also bringing smartphones into the action. The band's Chrome-based project links a PC to a mobile device through a webcam, turning the handheld into a visual effects controller …

Joyent founder Jason Hoffman steps down

Jason Hoffman, who co-founded Joyent 10 years ago, is stepping down from his post as CTO. In a blog post Monday night, Hoffman noted that his …

Google streamlines Gmail for featurephone web browsers

Google may focus much of its attention on smartphones, but it knows that featurephone owners deserve a good online experience as well. Accordingly, it just launched a revamped Gmail web app for devices where modern browsers and touchscreens aren't guaranteed. The new client requires fewer button …

Alleged iPhone 5S render shows new home button / 'Touch ID sensor'

We're just a few hours away from Apple's big iPhone press conference, and <i>Nowhereelse.fr</i> has just posted this render (from a "very reliable" source) that claims to show the iPhone 5S. The most notable change shown is of course, the home button, seemingly minus the usual squarish target and called …

Live blog: Apple announces powerful iPhone 5s, colorful iPhone 5c

I attended Apple’s iPhone event in Cupertino Tuesday, and live-blogged the proceedings here. Like everybody else, I was expecting two new iPhones and …

Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa CPUs will be able to use all eight cores at once in Q4

We'll have to change our terminology for Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa mobile chips now. We've been calling them "not-quite" eight core CPUs since they can't actually use all eight at once, but the company's new Heterogeneous Multi-Processing solution is going to change that. Once it's available in Q4 it …