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Facing margin pressure, Samsung makes cheaper versions of its nicest phones

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>On Thursday, Samsung reported quarterly earnings that indicated its mobile division is headed in the wrong direction, thanks …

Gear & Gadgets

Homophobic politician wants to ban Tim Cook from Russia for life

It was only a matter of time. Just a few hours after Tim Cook bravely and historically made his sexuality open, the gay-bashing has already begun.<p>Where? In Russia, where Vitaly Milonov, the politican behind Russia’s anti-gay laws and the politican who threatened to arrest gay athletes at the Sochi …

LGBTQ

Amazon will develop Fire phone sequels despite the first's failures

Amazon's Fire phone has been doing so badly on the market, that the company took a $170 million hit in the third quarter of 2014 and is currently sitting on $83 million worth of unsold devices. But even all those millions aren't enough to make the retailer throw in the towel -- Amazon SVP of …

Mass protests convince Hungarian government to drop internet tax plans

Prime Minister Viktor Orban says government will revisit internet taxation and regulation next year<p>Hungary has decided to suspend a controversial plan to tax internet data transfers, after the proposed policy sparked large protests earlier this week. As Reuters reports, Prime Minister Viktor Orban …

Sony Writes Off $1.5B From Its Mobile Division As It Cuts Smartphone Sales Target Again

Sony replaced the head of its mobile division yesterday, and today its latest earnings report gave a clearer indication of why. Sony’s mobile unit increased its revenue in the last quarter (its fiscal Q2 2014) by 1.2 percent to $2.83 billion, but the company wrote down the valuation of the business …

Samsung Launches Slimline A3 and A5 Mid-range Smartphones

Samsung has today announced two new mid-range smartphones that will go on sale in China and other markets from next month.<p>The devices both offer a full metal chassis design and a middling spec list aimed at the ‘youth’ end of the market. Both also have 5-megapixel forward-facing cameras too for the …

U.S. court rules that phone passcodes are protected by the 5th Amendment, but fingerprints aren’t

While Touch ID makes sense for most of us as a secure and convenient way to protect our phones, there is one group of people who may want to stick to good old-fashioned passcodes: criminals.<p>A Virginia District Court has ruled that while phone passcodes are protected by the 5th Amendment, which says …

Android co-founder Rubin leaving Google to lead startup incubator

Andy Rubin leaves Google and its ambitious robotics projects behind to return to another of his passions: building successful startups.<p>The robots have a new leader.<p>Andy Rubin, who founded Google's Android mobile software, and less than a year ago was tapped to run the company's nascent robotics …