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Will Samsung always be Pepsi to Apple's Coke?

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Mobile

Today’s Apple Event: iPad 5, Mini retina, OS Mavericks, Mac Pro, and maybe ‘one more thing’

<b>Apple’s iPad event is happening now, follow our live blog here!</b><p>Tomorrow could almost be the collision of the tablet titans, as Apple will be unveiling new models, Nokia will be launching a tablet in Abu Dhabi (because those Abu Dhabians are massive tablet buyers), and Microsoft’s new Surface tablet …

Samsung Reportedly Introducing Galaxy Gear Android Smartphone Wristwatch In September

What’s weird about reporting on the potential introduction of smartphone watches is that they actually aren’t anything new – every few years it seems some OEM comes up with a wrist-mounted phone that makes for an interesting demo but doesn’t go anywhere, like the LG GD910, for instance, the talk of …

Samsung unveils first SSDs with 3D V-NAND memory, but only for enterprise

Well, that was quick. Samsung said it was producing the world's first 3D vertical NAND memory just a week ago, and it has already started building the first SSDs based on that memory. Unfortunately, they're not meant for the enthusiast crowd: the new 480GB and 960GB drives are instead designed for …

Qualcomm's Snapdragon: Not Your Granddad's Mobile Processor

You may know — or think you know — what a mobile processor is. It’s the brains inside a phone. It runs everything else. And that’s about right for a first pass.<p>But what we have today inside a smartphone is not your granddad’s processor. Not at all.<p>First, a mobile processor is not a brain, but a …

ITC will reconsider previous ruling that Samsung infringed Apple text-selection patent

Back in April we noted that the International Trade Commission had handed down a preliminary ruling that Samsung infringed an Apple patent related to a text-selection feature in a number of its Galaxy devices and other smartphones. Today, Reuters reports that an ITC trade panel will now reconsider …

Xbox One will track viewers' TV habits and reward them for watching ads

Microsoft’s new Xbox will track what users watch on TV, but also reward them for watching adverts, a new patent application suggests.<p>Digital credits or physical rewards could be awarded for watching adverts or TV series, and the patent suggests that eye tracking and even heart-rate monitors could …

Televisions

SoftBank Gets Key Regulatory Okay for Sprint Deal

Sprint said on Wednesday that the government’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has given clearance for its plan to sell a …

Telecoms

GE CEO Jeff Immelt’s Big Data Bet

The name General Electric today calls to mind locomotives, jet engines and electrical grids, so-called “big iron.” But a decade from now it will call …

Manufacturing

Apple Announces 2013 iTunes Festival in London Scheduled for September

Apple today announced that it will once again hold its monthlong iTunes Festival in London this year, with 30 nights of concerts at The Roundhouse during the month of September. The full schedule of performances is yet to be announced, but Apple has revealed that the lineup will include Justin …

Crazy popular Dots iPhone game moves to the iPad with multiplayer mode

Dots came out just a month ago, but it has turned into an enormously popular game. And tomorrow Betaworks, the startup that created it, is releasing an iPad version of the game with a brand new multiplayer mode.<p>The game is beyond simple. You move dots around the screen, attempting to connect as …

Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 desktop sync app now out of beta

A preview build of the Windows Phone 8 app for desktop has been around, but today Microsoft has released a full-fledged version and thrown in some new features to boot. In addition to bug fixes, the stable build comes with the capability to sync files from any folder in your computer (even if it's …

Report: Apple picks Pegatron to build low-cost iPhone, not longtime partner Foxconn

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> is reporting that Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn, which has been Apple’s biggest and most important …

Apple says it only makes one phone because the iPhone is already perfect

In its current state, the iPhone is Apple’s diligent attempt to create the Platonic ideal of smartphones, says mobile analyst Horace Dediu. This was Dediu’s observation regarding a question asked of Tim Cook: why does Apple only make one model of smartphone, as opposed to competitors like Samsung, …

Batteries

Apple discontinues fourth-generation iPod touch, replaces with iSight-free 4-inch model

Late Wednesday night, Apple quietly removed the fourth-generation iPod touch from their online store, replacing it instead with a modified version of the current generation. The new model features only a few differences from the fifth-gen, but the omissions are significant.<p>The updated music player …

Samsung Unveils Galaxy S4 Mini Ahead of June 20 Premiere Event

A little more than a month since the launch of the Galaxy S4, Samsung has unveiled its smaller brother in the form of the Galaxy S4 Mini, a new mid-range Android smartphone with a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display (16:9 aspect ratio).<p>The device is powered by a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, alongside …

Huawei Windows Phone appears in render, said to be the Ascend W2

It feels almost unfaithful to the Ascend W1 to be looking at a potential sequel already, but that's what <i>evleaks</i> claims this is. How he got the image we have no idea, and neither do we have any price or specs to go with it -- it's just this lone render of a Huawei handset running Windows Phone 8 in …

LG Optimus G Pro Launching Across Asia in June

Good news for folks in Asia seeking an alternative to the iPhone or Samsung’s Galaxy range. LG has announced plans to make its flagship Optimus G Pro smartphone available across the region during June, expanding the device’s presence in Asia beyond its home market of South Korea.<p>The 5.5-inch phone …

Tim Cook's Interview At D11 Sets Low Expectations For Apple In 2013

Tuesday evening, Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg interviewed Tim Cook, Apple CEO, at the D11 conference. What inferences can be made for Apple through the end of 2013 from Tim Cook’s commentary?<p><b>Apple still cares more about creating the best product, not selling the most products.</b> The inference here …

5 Ways To Use LinkedIn That Aren't About Finding A Job

I’m not going to pretend that you have no idea that most people use LinkedIn for networking and job hunting. But if you think that’s <i>all</i> the “professional” social network is good for, you’re missing the boat.<p>LinkedIn was the 22nd most visited website in the world as of March 2013 (according to …

Apple and the DOJ face off over e-book prices (FAQ)

The Department of Justice and Apple head to court Monday over allegations of price fixing. CNET breaks down the case and what's at stake.<p>Apple and the U.S. Department of Justice head to a Manhattan court Monday to begin a trial over whether the Cupertino, Calif., electronics giant colluded with …

Google makes Android design decisions using 'jars of emotion'

According to the noted psychologist Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, it takes three positive emotions to balance out a single negative. As <i>Fast Company</i> reports, Fredrickson's findings are at the heart of Google's Android design philosophy. When considering any user interface decision, designers working on …

BlackBerry Q10 available for pre-order on Verizon, $200 with a two-year contract

For those of you who wouldn't touch a tactile screen if we gave you one, Verizon's just put a smartphone up for pre-order that might be preferable: the Blackberry Q10. Big Red will carry the regular black model and has exclusive dibs on the dapper white Q10 we saw earlier, both of which are on …

Google Replaces Computers With Tablets in Cybercafé

Rumor has it, tablet shipments are on course to overtake PCs by 2015. While a quick look around your local train station or coffeehouse may well add credence to this, it seems Google is setting out to accelerate this transition.<p>The Internet giant is looking to increase Internet usage in Africa, …

Updated Apple Patent Application Details Gaze Detection Tech Similar To That Found In Samsung Galaxy Line

Apple appears to have renewed interest in investigating gaze detection similar to what Samsung offers as “Smart Stay” tech on the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4, which can stop a screen from dimming and going to sleep when a user is actively watching it. A new patent application (via Unwired View) …