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In Displays, Samsung Galaxy S7's OLED Is Killing It, Apple is Lagging: Researcher

In display technology, Samsung is killing it. Apple is lagging. And Apple gets further behind with every new Samsung phone.<p>Raymond Soneira, the display expert at DisplayMate Technologies, has been making this case for a while now. And makes it again with his review this week of the Galaxy S7 and …

OLEDs

Google engineers have built a photo recognition system that can outperform the most well-travelled humans

Humans typically struggle to determine where generic photos were taken just by looking at them. If shown a picture of a white sandy beach, for example, they might assume it was taken in the Caribbean when in fact it was taken in the Maldives.<p>While many humans need a landmark to refer to — such as …

Artificial Intelligence

Lexus Unveils Its Working Hoverboard

At the only skatepark where it works<p>Lexus just unveiled what is by all appearances a working hoverboard. This concept was teased about way back in June. Every story about it comes with an obligatory reference to <i>Back To The Future Part II</i>, that 1989 film set in the distant and far-off future of …

Hoverboards

Target Rolls Out New Pilot Program To Track Customers In Stores

The company is testing a network of beacons in 50 of its stores that will be able to tell where customers are in the store and use that information to send targeted deals to their smartphones.<p>Target is rolling out a system of low-powered Bluetooth beacons to meld your physical in-store experience …

This new Xbox One hard drive looks like a cute little console

Storing digital games is becoming a big problem for console owners — so much so that both Microsoft and Sony have released beefed up, 1TB versions of their home consoles. If you don't want to buy a whole new console, though, Seagate might have just what you're looking for with its new Game Drive …

BlackBerry finds silver lining for Passport blues

Blackberry launched the squared-off Passport back in September 2014, just days before company CEO John Chen announced that the company had received 200,000 orders. Along with the BlackBerry Classic , released a few months later, the company hoped that this was the phone to reinvigorate interest in …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Netflix stock has surged to a new all-time high.</b> Shares were up 8%, continuing the rise that followed the company's Q2 earnings.<p><b>2. Apple is no longer the biggest smartphone seller in China.</b> Xiaomi and Huawei sell more phones, and have forced Apple into third place.<p><b>3. It looks like Apple is</b> …

Images of Microsoft's next flagship Lumia prototype leak out

If you've been hankering for some powerful new Lumia hardware, feast your eyes on the first images of a prototype of Microsoft's upcoming flagship phone, courtesy of a (soon to be fired) leaker on the WPXAP forums. For the past few years, Microsoft has focused more on delivering mid-range and …

Mobile Technology

LG’s Android flip phone gets global release as Wine Smart

LG’s Android Lollipop-powered Gentle flip phone is set to be released outside South Korea, with the company today confirming the handset will be known as the LG Wine Smart outside its homeland. Like others, LG is known to release a range of handsets exclusively for its home market and many expected …

Mobile Technology

Facebook is testing an online marketplace in Sydney and Auckland

In a move that could make eBay and Craigslist management lose sleep, Facebook is testing a new regional online marketplace feature in Sydney, …

iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro and Apple TV: The key points from Apple's event

Apple has refreshed most of its top products, adding new features to the iPhone and introducing a new version of Apple TV<p>Apple has unveiled a host of new products at an event in San Francisco, including new iPhone models and a new Apple TV.<p>As well as the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, the …

Tesla wants to power your home with a battery

Tesla will introduce a battery for your home during its highly anticipated April 30 event.<p>In a letter sent to investors and analysts on Tuesday, the electric car company said it will announce a "home battery" and a "very large utility scale battery." Similar products already exist on the market, …

Tesla

This umbrella will tell your iPhone where you left it

It's pretty bad news if you can't find your umbrella when heading out into a storm, so the company Blunt is making an umbrella that'll be much harder to lose. Blunt is partnering with makers of the location-tracking chip Tile to create an umbrella that you'll be able to locate from an iPhone app. …

Google introduces Android 5.0 Lollipop

After months of speculation on what dessert would take on the “L” name for Android 5.0, Google has announced it will be called Lollipop.<p>The latest version of Android has over 5,000 APIs and a new aesthetic style called Material Design that is supposed to create a consistent feel across multiple …

Apple Watch on display for ‘one-day only’ event during Paris Fashion Week

Colette, an upscale fashion boutique, is proudly displaying the Apple Watch at its flagship store on Rue Saint-Honoré street in Paris. Apple is partnering with Colette to show off the company’s upcoming Watch for an exclusive “one-day only” event during Paris Fashion Week.<p>Photos posted on social …

AirPlay no longer requires a Wi-Fi network in iOS 8

Apple has made yet more improvements to AirPlay in iOS 8 by enabling compatible devices to make direct connections with each other for content streaming. This eliminates AirPlay’s reliance on a Wi-Fi network and fixes one of its biggest limitations.<p>In previous versions of iOS — including the latest …

Your Future British Airways Flights May Be Powered By Garbage

A new production plant will soon crank out jet fuel made from trash. As airlines seek to lower their carbon footprint and cities struggle with growing piles of waste, it could be a match made in heaven.<p>In a few years, your flight from London to New York may be powered by trash. A new production …

LG releases new G Watch video and announces three new G Pad tablets

LG "defines the smartwatch," according to a G Watch promo video released on Sunday. Set to inexplicably dramatic background music, the clip highlights the upcoming smartwatch's Android compatibility, waterproof exterior, and potential to be "ready for anything, anytime with a single charge." …

Colorful Pipes In The Dalles

These pipes carry water in and out of Google's The Dalles, Ore., data center. The blue pipes supply cold water and the red pipes return the warm water back to be cooled.

Eastern Oregon

Rumor: Apple will launch 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in Sep, but 5.5-inch model later in the year

It seems to be the season for sketchy rumors, with Taiwan’s <i>Industrial & Commercial Times</i> (cited by <i>EMSOne</i>) claiming that the 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6 will enter mass-production in July, suggesting the usual September/October launch date, while the 5.5-inch model will only do so in September, …

LG reveals final design of G Watch, with no buttons and an interchangeable strap

After previously posting a photo of the watch following earlier spec leaks, LG has now shown the final design of its G Watch Android Wear smartwatch to <i>PocketLint</i>. The watch has no buttons at all, everything controlled via the touchscreen, and has an interchangeable strap.<p>Although the watch has a …

Facebook Buying WhatsApp For $19B, Will Keep The Messaging Service Independent

Facebook is purchasing messaging giant WhatsApp for $16 billion in cash and stock, according to a regulatory filing. The deal is being cut for $12 billion in Facebook shares, $4 billion in cash and an additional $3 billion in RSUs for employee retention.<p>A termination fee is attached to the deal …

Analyst: Apple’s iWatch could generate $17.5B in first year

Apple(s aapl) could be sitting on a potential goldmine, according to Morgan Stanley analysts. In a research note to investors on Tuesday, the firm …

Report: Leaked image shows Razer's take on iPhone gamepad

Peripheral maker Razer is looking into creating a game controller for the iPhone, if a set of images posted on Twitter by @evleaks is to be believed.<p>The images for the "Razer Kazuyo" show a case that wraps around the iPhone, providing a direction pad on the gamepad's left side, four action buttons …

The iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display: what's new?

Apple took care of the cycled iPhone refresh last month at its headquarters in Cupertino, California, and thus it was logical for the company to move on to the iPad lineup next. As such, Tim Cook and Co. today revealed a new generation of tablets, including a redesigned, thinner and lighter iPad …

PayPal smartphone app could replace credit cards

PayPal's head of retail services says a payment system that recognises customers by their first name and picture via a mobile phone app will let consumers leave their wallets at home.<p>The PayPal app is being used by retailers in Richmond, London, allowing customers to leave their wallet or purse at …

Credit Cards

Microsoft files patent for augmented reality glasses

Microsoft may be working on a pair of augmented reality glasses for Xbox gaming, according to a patent application published last week.<p>In an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office, dated 1 August 2013, Microsoft describes “a system and related methods for inviting a potential player to …

Augmented Reality

Plastic Casing For Apple’s Low-Cost iPhone Gets Confirmed In A Supplier Responsibility Investigation

Apple’s plans to release a low-cost iPhone got a solid confirmation from a new report by China Labor Watch this morning. The unlikely source of the new product info was an undercover investigation into Pegatron to shed light on working conditions at the Apple supplier (which also acts as a partner …