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The spat between Microsoft and Google is getting ugly

Google and Microsoft have been engaged in a protracted series of battles, using negative PR, cooked-up conferences, and pulling support on services for months on end. Both sides were at it again this week.<p>Microsoft struck first with an update to its long-running “Scroogled” campaign over the …

Software

OontZ Angle Ultra-Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker $40 shipped

Amazon has the OontZ Angle Ultra-Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker by Cambridge SoundWorks for only $39.99 shipped. That’s $20 less than anywhere else and 43% off the list price of $70. Amazon’s customers also gave the Oontz 4.5/5 stars with good reviews.<p>The Oontz features a 10 hour rechargeable …

Mirroring summer blockbusters, military creating gadget-draped future fighters

Hollywood’s summer of the super soldier — featuring tech-bedecked troops like Matt Damon in the No. 1 movie “Elysium” — offers a flicker of futuristic battle gear as the real U.S. military explores innovations from exoskeletons to advanced armor to outfit the next-gen combat fighter.<p>At the …

Military

Is Voyager 1 really out of the solar system?

Scientists split over whether Nasa probe has finally left the solar system after 36 years<p>It's 36 years since Voyager 1 was dispatched in 1977 on a mission to send back images of Jupiter's turbulent atmosphere and volcanic eruptions on one of its moons, Io. Then it was due to travel on to Saturn to …

Firefox OS faces brutal road ahead

Mozilla may have figured out a way to get its shiny orange and blue Firefox phones into the hands of fans in the U.S. and U.K. But that doesn't mean that analysts are any less skeptical about its chances.<p>Can a browser transform into a phone? Firefox maker Mozilla certainly hopes so, but skepticism …

'Halo: Spartan Assault' Available for all US WP8 Devices

Microsoft has finally released ‘Halo: Spartan Assault‘ for all Windows Phone 8 owners in the US, ending Verizon’s one-month-long exclusive grip on the flagship shooter game.<p>The company made the title available for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices worldwide back in July, but there was a catch …

Yelp’s Dev Team Beats NASA, Sends First 3D Printer to the Edge of Space

This slideshow requires JavaScript.<p>Gathering in a gravel lot alongside the train tracks and Delta waterway of Antioch, Calif., 45 miles east of San Francisco, a scrappy team of web engineers from Yelp spent the early part of this past Sunday morning organizing supplies to attempt to trump NASA’s …

Space Exploration

Out Of The Comics, Into Reality: Jet Pack Moves Closer To Market

From Buck Rogers to James Bond, we all have a pretty concrete mental image of a jet pack — a motorized backpack with little handles in front and smoke shooting out of the back.<p>The New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft Co. doesn't just think it's turned the jet pack of your imagination into a reality. …

Facebook To Partner With OpenTable To Make Restaurant Reservations Available On Mobile

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc<p>struck a deal with online restaurant booking service OpenTable Incthat will allow users to reserve tables at restaurants via a Facebook app, as the world's No. 1 social network continues to expand its mobile services.<p>In an announcement on its website, Facebook said the …

Tardis street view: Google Maps goes inside Doctor's blue box

Google Street View ventures all the way inside Doctor Who's Tardis, but the Doctor himself is out.<p>Doctor Who's Tardis has been making cameo appearances on Google Street View for quite some time. Not content to just sit there and gaze at the exterior, Google Street View now goes inside the time and …

The First Quantum Teleportation In A Computer Chip

In a milestone for quantum computing, researchers at ETH Zurich have demonstrated quantum teleportation in a solid-state circuit. Even more, they’ve broken something of a quantum speed record – they estimate that their system could teleport 10,000 quantum bits per second. This teleportation …

Tentative Samsung smartwatch design unearthed in Korean patents

While Samsung hasn't been shy about its desire to build a new smartwatch, we've had few clues as to what that wristwear could look like. However, <i>Moveplayer</i> has uncovered a trio of Korean design patents that, combined, could represent a design template. Registered between March and May, the patents …

Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (unlocked) review

<b>The Good</b> The Motorola Moto X Pure Edition lets you pick your design. It also has expandable storage, loud front speakers and charges quickly.<p><b>The Bad</b> The handset's bigger size may be unwieldy for some, its battery life is just average and it's hitting a market increasingly crowded with more …

Battery life and a sharp screen: A 'Mini' opportunity for Apple

The dynamics involving display quality and battery life on Google's second-generation Nexus 7 should be a lesson for Apple.<p>Maybe Apple should take its time on the iPad Mini Retina.<p>Last week I said Google trumped Apple with the release of the Nexus 7's eye-popping 323-pixel-per-inch display.<p>That's …

Woman Pays For Two iPhones, Reportedly Tricked Into Buying Two $600 Apples Instead

There are apples, and then are Apples. One hapless phone customer in Australia reportedly found this out the hard way, when she paid for what she thought was a pair of iPhones and ended up with two very expensive pieces of fruit.<p>The unidentified 21-year-old woman had negotiated to buy the phones on …

TECH NOW: Best new gadgets for women

Take a look at this gear thoughtfully designed with women in mind, from fashionable earbuds to handy charging devices and totes.<p>When it comes to great gadgets for gals, tech companies have been slow to realize they can't just make the same old gadgets and slap some pink paint on them.<p>According to …

ATD Week in Review: Microsoft Partner Woes and Samsung’s Steroid Specs

In case you missed anything, here’s a quick roundup of some of the news that powered <b>AllThingsD</b> this week:<p>Starbucks said it would bring wireless …

Samsung Galaxy

Move to mobiles and share rebound leaves Facebook sitting pretty

Shares soared along with revenue as Facebook users accepted its new model for mobile advertising. It's a remarkable turnaround, but challenges remain<p>When Facebook was preparing to float in May 2012, former analyst Henry Blodget – now the high-energy editor of the Business Insider website – was …

PlayStation: Mid-Core Gamers Are the Future of Mobile

“<b>Midcore</b>: ‘I play games regularly, favouring immersive games. I do not spend great lengths of time gaming and don’t not spend a large amount of money …

Candy Crush Saga

Apple said to use Samsung components on A7 chip

A deeper look at iOS 7 code reveals that at least some Samsung components may be used for Apple's new A7 processor, sources tell 9to5Mac.<p>After much back and forth, it is now rumored that Apple's forthcoming A7 processor will have at least some Samsung components.<p>A developer told 9to5Mac that he …

Apple power adapter security flaw to be patched in iOS 7

Security hole in current versions of the mobile operating system could allow malware to be uploaded to iOS devices via a malicious USB charger.<p>A security flaw in Apple's iOS 6 that could theoretically allow malware to be uploaded to iOS devices via a malicious power adapter will be patched in the …

Living rooms become digital hubs as millions more buy a tablet

Living rooms have now become digital hubs as more than half of all adults browse the web, shop online or tweet about programmes while watching television with the rest of the family.<p>An annual report by Ofcom, the communications regulator, said that the increased use of smartphones and tablets such …

Televisions

Galaxy S3 and Note 2 beat the iPhone 5 in customer satisfaction survey

Customer satisfaction surveys have long been touted by supporters of one company or another as clear indicators of success in the market. While these surveys are clearly not the best way to decide which product is better, they do provide us an idea about how the “average consumer” regards a certain …

Mobile

Usain Bolt becomes the world's fastest in-app purchase

Usain Bolt, the world record holder for the 100- and 200-meter sprint, is now available as a limited-time in-app purchase in <i>Temple Run 2</i>. The sprinter comes with a special "Bolt" ability. Activating the special ability makes Usain invincible, turns on auto-guidance, and also adds a coin magnet. …

Microsoft beefs up Windows Phone voice recognition technology

Good news for Windows Phone owners in the US: you can now shave 0.5 seconds off the time it takes to find a decent pizza in Seattle by speaking to …

Apple Adds iTunes Radio to Apple TV, but Not Much Else

New video for Apple hobbyists, obsessives and completists out today: Poorly lit footage of new Apple TV operating software, which will incorporate …

Smart TV

The Offline Glass Ensures You Talk, Not Text, At The Bar

Tired of your friends texting on their phones while they should be getting schnockered? This clever hack is called the Offline Glass and it’s designed to ensure that you and your friends don’t sit at the bar checking Wikipedia for who starred in <i>The Greatest American Hero</i> and whether Tabitha will …

Patients Lead The Way As Medicine Grapples With Apps

Christine Porter is hooked on the MyFitnessPal app. In October, after deciding to lose 50 pounds, Porter started typing in everything she eats, drinks and any exercise she gets.<p>"This is my main page here," says Porter. "It's telling me I have about 1,200 calories remaining for the day. When I want …

Google Drive now stores your stuff in 18 more languages

Although Google Drive has spread far and wide, its localization hasn't always kept pace. The service just took a few needed strides forward, however, with the addition of 18 new languages. Asia gets the most recognition with support for Hong Kong Chinese, Khmer, Lao, Malaysian, Nepali, Persian, …

The World's Last Telegram Ever Will Be Sent From India

It's one of about 5,000 such missives still being sent every day by telegram - a format favored for its "sense of urgency and authenticity," explains a BSNL official.<p>But the days of such communication are numbered: The world's last telegram message will be sent somewhere in India on July 14.<p>That …

India