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Electronics Industry

Amazon says it will 'do no harm' to Goodreads after acquisition

When news broke earlier today that Amazon would be acquiring Goodreads, many users of the social reading site were worried that it might spark unwanted change. In a joint interview with <i>PaidContent</i>, however, both Goodreads CEO Otis Chandler and Amazon's VP of Kindle content Russ Grandinetti sought …

Facebook Messenger free calls now available outside of US and UK, too

Facebook made quite some buzz when it quietly launched free calling through the Facebook Messenger app for iOS and Android. While initially available in the US and Canada, Facebook recently rolled out voice calling in the UK, too, with promise to launch in more countries. If you’re living …

Apps

Apple Byte - A sneak peek at parts for the iPhone 5S?

Facebook Is Going To Release Its Own Android-Based Operating System — Reports

Facebook sent out invitations for a media event next Thursday at its headquarters which read "Come see our new home on Android."<p>This immediately set off a wave of speculation about what Facebook would announce. The initial thought was that Facebook simply had a new, updated Android application.<p>But …

Social Media

How do I contact Amazon?

The Amazon website doesn't make its phone number very obvious, but Rick Maybury can help<p>Amazon seems to be incommunicado and I find there is no way of contacting them. I have been trying to order a DVD for over a week but the website will not accept my password. I had a similar problem some time …

Automation

Three arrested for trying to cut undersea Internet cable

Attacks on the submarine cables running along the ocean floors carrying massive amounts of Internet traffic aren’t terribly uncommon. A series of the …

Net Neutrality

Google Chrome update brings better spell-checking and some bug fixes

The latest Google Chrome update on the stable release channel reached version 26, with the most important change it brings being the improved spell-checker.<p>Namely, the “Ask Google for suggestions” feature has been significantly improved, as it now offers spelling suggestions, whether we’re talking …

Google

Windows Blue public preview planned for Build developer conference

Microsoft is gearing up to release its first public preview version of Windows Blue at its Build developer conference in late June. Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed that the company started work on a "milestone preview" version of Windows Blue earlier this month. The code, a …

San Francisco

Samsung Received The Most Mobile Patents In 2012, Now Leads The World Overall

Samsung lost out big to Apple last year in a mobile patent blowout in the U.S., but it’s been slowly building up an arsenal of patents that potentially will keep it from falling into the same situation again. Samsung, also currently the world’s biggest mobile company, received the most mobile …

Google and Sweden in war of words over ogooglebar

There's now officially no word for "ungoogleable", meaning "impossible to find via web search" in Swedish – although there was a term until this week.<p>…

BlackBerry’s Android Bet Is Paying Off

BlackBerry’s App World now touts 100,000 BB10 applications. An impressive number for a platform just months old. But out of those 100,000 applications, roughly 20% are Android apps, simply ported over rather than being coded specifically for BlackBerry 10.<p>This is a win for BlackBerry. It’s a big …

Some iOS 6.1.3 users hit by battery drain and Wi-Fi issues

The latest iOS update seems to be creating trouble for a number of users chiming in on Apple's support forums.<p>Another iOS update, another round of complaints.<p>Released last week, Apple's iOS 6.1.3 was designed to fix a security hole that let someone access the iPhone by sneaking past the lock …

Meet The 3 CEOs Of Samsung, The Most Important Tech Bosses You've Never Heard Of

The company also promoted two of its presidents to CEO.<p>J.K. Shin, the company's mobile boss, and Boo-Keun Yoon, the appliances boss joined current overall CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon.<p>That's right. Samsung now has three CEOs.<p>However, the move appears to be more of a title bump for Shin and Yoon than a move to …

South Korea

Apple iWatch or Google Glass - Finally Taking Wearable Computing Mainstream?

With both the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and Mobile World Congress behind us, in the coming weeks and months some of the announced devices will start to hit the shelves. Reception thus far for <b>Research in Motion-Blackberry’s</b> (BBRY) new Z10 device is mixed and has people questioning what may or …

Nokia not happy with Google for trying to force VP8 codec on the world

Google has been pushing its VP8 codec for a couple of years now, and together with Vorbis audio encoding, the two codecs are the base of the royalty-free WebM format (also known as RFC 6386) that is designed for use with HTML5 video. However, Nokia isn’t too happy that Google is getting all the …

Mobile Technology
Mobile

HTC One Review

After a series of well designed phones that nonetheless were poor sellers, HTC has adopted an all-or-nothing approach with its latest flagship, the somewhat confusingly-named HTC One. Does the One have what it takes to bring the company out of its slump? Read on to find out.<p>In a hurry? Check out …

Phones
MacBook Pro

HTC One faces possible stock shortages in Taiwan

It seems everyone wants a piece of the HTC One. The “unprecedented demand” for the phone – as well as the Ultrapixel shortages – has caused release delays in several markets, including HTC’s home turf of Taiwan. While the device will still hit stores this week, the stock apparently will be quite …

Cellular Networks
Phones

Sony Xperia Tablet Z to launch in the UK on May 20, priced at £499

Sony's Xperia Tablet Z has been out in Japan for sometime, and now we've got the first details of the new Sony tab's UK arrival. British online …

Mobile Technology

Deal of the Day: Samsung Flip Cover for Galaxy Note 2

The March 27 ShopAndroid.com Deal of the Day is the Samsung Flip Cover for Galaxy Note 2. The Flip Cover replaces your Galaxy Note 2 battery cover to …

Operating Systems

Can a build-your-own-phone save Motorola's bacon?

Could the teased, custom-built Moto X smartphone be enough to get Motorola back in the Android game? I have my doubts.<p>Don't look now, but we're finally going to see what Motorola does in the post-acquisition era. Nearly two years since Google signaled its intent to buy Motorola Mobility, we find …

Latest tech multimillionaire is still in school - Money

Nick D'Aloisio, 17, became a multi-millionaire when he sold his app, Summly, to Yahoo. The teenager talks about the big sale, saying "it will be different" working for the tech giant, and that he's excited about the future of his technology.<p>Meet Nick D’Aloisio, a regular 17-year-old and possibly …

'Minecraft' developer's new game 'Scrolls' out in beta next month

<i>Minecraft</i> developer Mojang is about to release its second computer game, <i>Scrolls</i>, a digital trading card game. As with <i>Minecraft</i>, Mojang will release Scrolls in beta, giving eager players an early look at the game<i>.</i> <i>Polygon</i> reports that the game will be available for purchase at a discounted rate for …

Mojang

Apple's broken promise: why doesn't iCloud 'just work'?

Frustrations mount as developers deal with Apple's inability to manage another cloud service<p>iCloud, perhaps more than any Apple software product, is meant to "just work." When Apple introduced iCloud, it made clear its hopes to eradicate settings menus and file systems in favor of automation. Steve …

iCloud