Marian Amurao

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USB Condom protects your devices from nasty ports

Charging your phone through an unfamiliar USB port can lead to some nasty surprises on your device, but a new attachment called the USB Condom should be able to keep it safe. Made by int3.cc, the protective layer fits on top of a USB plug and cuts off access to the pins that allow it to transmit …

Twitter Might Be Testing Push Notification Ads

Though Herrman said he follows Dropbox, he was not mentioned in the tweet, leading him to believe he received an advertisement sent directly to his phone.<p>Several other Twitter users reported similar experiences, with one saying he'd been receiving the push notifications from the professional …

Nokia was testing Android on Lumias before Microsoft sale

Before Nokia bet its smartphone ambitions on Windows Phone, the idea of an Android-powered Nokia device was not so hard to believe. Now, according to a new report from <i>The New York Times</i>, it turns out Nokia engineers did develop Lumia phones that ran Google's Android operating system. The report, …

Sony’s new Smart TV stick combines Google TV apps with live TV, Hulu Plus

After previously popping up in FCC filings, Sony (s SNE) teased its new smart TV dongle late Friday afternoon (hat tip to Engadget). The Bravia Smart …

Apple’s M7 chip is the Trojan Horse for its wearable computing plans

Could the iPhone 5S’s new M7 chip be something of a trojan horse, leading the way for Apple’s wearable-tech debut?<p>As expected, Apple’s Town Hall …

8 Major World Figures And Their Smartphones

It’s the weekend, and we’re rounding out this week chock full of new smartphone announcements with a roundup of world leaders and their smartphones of course. Inspired by a Chinese media report, here are a couple of dignitaries across the world and their favorite gadgets.<p>US President Barack Obama<p>US …

Sony reveals its own Chromecast-like BRAVIA Smart Stick device

Sony is set to debut a brand new streaming media device tomorrow that should have most of the same features available on Google’s new Chromecast streaming stick.<p>The device is one of many that hardware manufacturers are making after the apparent success of Google’s ultra low-cost streaming stick. …

Grand Theft Auto Online Details Revealed

Over 500 missions will be available.<p>Exit Theatre Mode<p>Rockstar has revealed the hope behind Grand Theft Auto Online is "to create an entire Grand …

Layoffs abound at HTC America as 20 percent of employees are let go

HTC America ended its Friday evening on the somber revelation that 20 percent of its workforce would be terminated. In all, roughly 30 employees and contractors were let go from the 150-member division, which stands as the latest sign of the company's financial struggles. A representative …

Google Maps updated for Android with sponsored hotel details, better navigation

Now that Google has finished updating its Map app's UI, the company can focus on the finer details: navigation, documentation and monetization. The Android app's latest update tweaks hotel search results by adding sponsored rate and booking links, which places a tiny "ad" icon next to services that …

Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation Duo: All day charger for mobile gadgets

I bought this USB charging unit because I have a lousy sense of direction. I get lost in buildings and in cities, even ones I’m familiar with. My …

Why PS Vita TV Could Be a Game Changer

Is the set-top box one of Sony's most exciting new products?<p>Last night, Sony surprised the world with the PS Vita TV — a $99 or $150 console that …

Apple's new iPhone 5S and 5C ads are colorful (and not)

It's the day after the day before when not much happened.<p>Now the marketing begins.<p>So ads for both the iPhone 5C and 5S have appeared on YouTube.<p>The 5C ad was shown Tuesday by Apple CEO Tim Cook. I don't recall whether he called it "incredible," "amazing," or merely "cool," but I can tell you it's …

Alienware 14 and 17 review: Dell's new gaming laptops are fast, powerful and well-lit

Picking a gaming laptop is a difficult task these days: machines can be found in all shapes and sizes, from pricey thin-and-lights to oversized behemoths. That wide selection is a good thing, allowing buyers to pick and choose the best machine from dozens of manufacturers, possibly even finding a …

Grand Theft Auto 5 street date reportedly broken

Rockstar Games is "investigating" early arrivals of <i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i> from online retailer Amazon, Games Industry International reports.<p><i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i> is set for an official release Tuesday, Sept. 17. Some buyers who pre-ordered the game received it as early as this weekend, according to photos …

World's Thinnest Glass Created Accidentally By Researchers In U.S., Germany

Researchers accidentally discovered the world's thinnest sheet of glass, just two atoms thick.<p>Their chance finding — now immortalized in the 2014 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, out this week — gives scientists a glimpse into the puzzling properties of glass, which behaves like both …

Google Glass no longer requires tethering plan for smartphone data sharing

An Explorer Edition of Glass is already a pricey piece of tech, and smartphone tethering plans required to give it a mobile internet connection have only made ownership that much more expensive. However, there's good news for Google's guinea pigs: the latest update to the headgear quietly …

HTC Confirms Job Cuts at U.S. Operations

Struggling Taiwanese phone maker HTC cut more than two dozen jobs at its U.S. offices on Friday.<p>The company said in a statement that the cuts were “a …

Nearly two years after launch, Siri seems to exit ‘beta’ with iOS 7

With the iPhone 4S launch nearly two years ago, Apple introduced the Siri voice control system to its customers. At launch, Siri was a gimmicky feature at best, being released with bugs, a highly-computerized voice, sluggish content loading, and unreliable servers. In addition, Siri of 2011 was …