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First Pictures of Sony’s Groundbreaking Lens Cameras Surface

There’s been a lot of doubt surrounding recent rumors that Sony is working on a couple of revolutionary “lens cameras.” The smartphone-attachable …

Why Microsoft’s 3D Printing Partnership Makes Sense

Microsoft has to remain relevant to hardware hackers. While they are necessary – no one can dispute the strength of Windows in the business world – they have, for the past decade, fallen slowly in esteem in the eyes of designers, makers, and artists. That’s why their recent partnership with …

Leaked images show a lime green Apple iPhone 5C

With the launch of Apple’s(s aapl) iPhone 5S reportedly less than a month away, the rumor mill for the iPhone 5C is heating up as well. The latest …

New Windows 8.1 build addresses first-time user complaints

Microsoft is expected to finalize its Windows 8.1 update in the coming days, but a near-final build has leaked online offering a closer look at some of the improvements. The 9471 build, a test version of the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build that will be made available later this month, includes …

Who made Snapchat? Upcoming court battle will decide

Snapchat may be one of the hottest apps ever to hit the iTunes Store, but it's also the background for a huge legal battle over the company's intellectual property. <i>Business Insider</i> tells the whole story of how three Stanford University friends hatched the idea and launched the app — and how two of …

The iPhone's 'tri-tone' text message alert was made for a 90s MP3 player

Ah, Apple origin stories. We've heard about the Swiss railway company behind Apple's Clock app, the inspiration for the iOS Calculator, the voice of Siri, and now, we know about the unlikely inventor of the omnipresent "tri-tone" alert sound popularized by iTunes and the iPhone.<p>"I was looking for …

Microsoft: Xbox One will still function without Kinect sensor

Yes, you can unplug the Kinect sensor without your Xbox One turning into a useless brick. In an update to an ask-me-anything style Q and A hosted by <i>IGN</i>, Xbox One Chief Platform Architect Marc Whitten was asked if the console would still work if the previously mandatory Kinect sensor were to fall …

Katy Perry’s New Music Video Is Told Almost Entirely Through WhatsApp

Katy Perry uses WhatsApp all day — on the elliptical, in the bath and even on the toilet.<p>Here’s proof. The video for Perry’s new song “Roar,” …

Apple iPhone 5S and 5C: all the news and rumors

It might not be the iPhone 6, but Apple could have some surprises this year<p>Apple’s next iPhone is approaching fast. A new phone is all but certain to be revealed at Apple's September 10th event, and there have been hints that a big surprise may be in store: since as far back as January, rumblings …

Photos of Potential 'iPhone 5C' Volume Buttons Surface

Australian writer Sonny Dickson has shared some images of what he claims are the volume buttons for Apple’s upcoming low-cost plastic-shelled iPhone, dubbed the "iPhone 5C." The buttons are shown in bright shades of green, yellow, red, and blue, matching previous descriptions of the device.<p>The …

Windows 8.1 to be made available in October

Microsoft is currently testing near-final versions of Windows 8.1, but the company won't release the final update publicly until October. According to sources familiar with Microsoft's plans, the software maker will finalize, or Release to Manufacturing (RTM), Windows 8.1, but the update will not …

Sony packs entire camera into snap-on smartphone lens

<b>Sony's rumoured snap-on lenses for Android and iPhone will pack in an entirely separate image sensor, according to Sony Alpha Rumors.</b><p>Two rumoured …