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Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy Alpha: What Buyers Can Expect

Samsung is gearing up to launch two major smartphones next month. One being the highly anticipated Galaxy Note 4 which is expected to be unveiled on …

HTC is bringing its apps to other Android phones, Zoe coming this week

Bring a bit of Sense to your TouchWiz<p>A few months ago, HTC outlined plans to release apps like BlinkFeed and Zoe, long exclusive to its own lineup of smartphones, for <i>all</i> Android devices. And it's about to execute on that plan: HTC will release a beta of its Zoe camera software later this week. The …

It’s nearly impossible to spy on iPhones, according to top surveillance firm

iOS has always been more secure than Android, and new information that’s leaked out of one of the world’s leading surveillance companies reiterates that fact.<p>The Gamma Group has a piece of spyware called FinSpy that can hook into just about any Android, Blackberry, and older Microsoft phone. But it …

Nexus 6 Specs Tipped in Benchmark

While rumors of a Google Nexus 6 have been floating around for months, last month they took a major turn when reports suggested a 5.9-inch Nexus 6 …

Kyocera Brigadier hands-on, first impressions and sapphire screen test

A rugged phone with a near-indestructible screen that doesn't compromise on performance and usability<p>Kyocera is probably best known for making "those …

Mobile Technology

Microsoft files legal complaint against Samsung

Microsoft took steps on Friday to protect the multibillion-dollar stream of royalties it earns on the back of Google’s Android operating system, …

Mobile

NASA successfully tests microwave thruster, paving the way for speedier space travel

As with airplanes and many other self-powered machines, the fuel a shuttle engine requires can weigh nearly as much as the object it's propelling, increasing costs while significantly limiting range. It's a challenge we're going to need to overcome before launching long-distance treks through …

iPhone 6 Said to Launch on Tuesday, October 14, Part of 'Incredibly Busy' Month for Apple [Updated]

Apple may be planning to launch the iPhone 6 on Tuesday, October 14 as the month itself will be an incredibly busy one for the company, according to a source that spoke to <i>MacRumors</i> citing an internal Apple Retail Store meeting.<p>The source notes that a senior Store Leader mentioned October 14th as …

Details and image released for EXO's new show 'EXO 90:2014' http://www.allkpop.com/article/2014/07/details-and-image-released-for-exos-new-show-exo-902014

iOS 8 & OS X Yosemite said to launch separately despite tight integration

Even though Apple will begin integrating iOS and OS X in new, mutually beneficial ways with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, Apple currently plans to stagger the releases of the two operating systems, according to people briefed on the plans. iOS 8 will launch in September alongside the iPhone 6, and OS X …

APOD: A Solar Filament Erupts (2014 Jul 20) Image Credit: NASA's GSFC, SDO AIA Team http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140720.html Explanation: What's happened to our Sun? Nothing very unusual -- it just threw a filament. Toward the middle of 2012, a long standing solar filament suddenly erupted into space producing an energetic Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). The filament had been held up for days by the Sun's ever changing magnetic field and the timing of the eruption was unexpected. Watched closely by the Sun-orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory, the resulting explosion shot electrons and ions into the Solar System, some of which arrived at Earth three days later and impacted Earth's magnetosphere, causing visible aurorae. Loops of plasma surrounding an active region can be seen above the erupting filament in the ultraviolet image. Over the past week the number of sunspots visible on the Sun unexpectedly dropped to zero, causing speculation that the Sun has now passed a very unusual solar maximum, the time in the Sun's 11-year cycle when it is most active. http://www.nasa.gov/ http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/ http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140720 #APOD

Nokia's Venture Into Android Deserved to Die

Nokia XL Review<p>Windows Phony<p>Tiled Grid<p>Fastlane<p>One Touch<p>Removable Back<p>Buttons<p>Top View<p>Bottom View<p>Bare Left<p>The Nokia XL is an enigma. It's a handset …

How would you change the Lumia 720?

Just like the <i>Star Trek</i> movies, we've mostly preferred the even-numbered ranges of Nokia Lumia handsets to the odds. We heaped praise on the 620, for example, with equal vitriol being poured onto the 520 that nestled beneath it. The Lumia 720 suffered the same fate when we reviewed it, finding that …

Google's augmented reality turf war, 'Ingress,' arrives on iOS

Google's Niantic Labs grew the potential audience for <i>Ingress</i> in a big way late last year, when it put out the finished Android version of its augmented reality game. Today, the studio is taking the next (if fairly obvious) step toward grabbing more players: it's releasing the long-promised iOS …

Bittorrent tests the waters with paywall bundles for TV and music

BitTorrent is set to dabble in paywalls by teaming up with an independent producer for a sci-fi series called "Children of the Machine." Rapid Eye Studios will produce and fund the $1 million pilot, which will revolve around teenagers, global warming and technology gone awry. BitTorrent has worked …

Scientists: We're 'very close' to finding another Earth

Scientists looking for signs of life in the universe -- as well as another planet like our own -- are a lot closer to their goal than people realize.<p>That was the consensus of a panel on the search for life in the universe held at NASA headquarters Monday in Washington. The discussion focused not …

Microsoft Continues 'Unconventional' Experiments: Launches new Climatology App

Microsoft seems to have taken a deep interest in 'all things unconventional.'<p>The company, of late, has been dishing out bizarre offerings (both at …

Here’s Why PlayStation 4 Had A Slow Start in Japan

Earlier this year, the PlayStation 4 made its debut in Japan. It’s been almost 4 months since it went on sale in the region, but the sales didn’t …

Sony

FCC Filings Reveal Apple's First-Party iBeacon Hardware

FCC filings discovered by electronics company Securifi (via <i>TUAW</i>) have revealed Apple's plans for first-party iBeacon hardware to go along with the microlocation technology found in iOS. The transmitter is registered as the "Apple iBeacon" and carries a model number of A1573, which is in line with …

Germany Wins World Cup on Late Goal

Russia's new tram is a Batmobile on the outside, tech hub on the inside

Many trams are memorable, but they tend to evoke nostalgia rather than embrace the future. You can't accuse UralVagonZavod (UVZ) of being behind the times with its new Russia One, though. To begin with, it looks like the Batmobile on a closed track -- and for good reason. The forward-tilted …

Has The End Of The Banana Arrived?

Researchers fear that a relentless and virulent fungus could cripple the world's banana monoculture<p>Two weeks ago, at a conference in South Africa, scientists met to discuss how to contain a deadly banana disease outbreak in nearby Mozambique, Africa. At fault was a fungus that continues its march …

iOS 8: will Apple's new Message leave users confused?

Apple is tweaking its message app - and risks being left with wreckage<p>Apple is taking a calculated risk with its iOS 8 software, due in autumn. It's tweaking the Messages app, normally used to send text messages, with pictures or videos attached if you want, so that it can also send short voice …

Hollow Earth conspiracy theories: the hole truth

For centuries, Hollow Earth conspiracy theorists have tried to prove that there’s a whole other world beneath our own. But first they need to find the way in...<p><b>Late at night, on October 4 2002, a strange guest appeared</b> on a cult American <b>radio</b> show. Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell had a reputation …

Seahorses Growl When They're Stressed

Dogs and bears aren't the only animals that give off warning growls. Seahorses do, too.<p>For the first time, researchers have recorded seahorses …

Organic Food Has More Antioxidants, Less Pesticide Residue: Study

Organic food really <i>is</i> better for your health than its conventional counterparts. At least, that's the conclusion of a new study conducted by researchers at Newcastle University and published this week. But not everyone is convinced.<p>Specifically, the researchers said that organic fruits, vegetables …

The Fourier transform lets you have your cake and understand it

Teasing apart the ingredients of a jumble helps scientists to study complex things that change over time or space<p>If there's a mathematical idea that applies itself to almost everything in everyday life but is almost unknown outside the scientific world, the Fourier transform has to be the most …

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Planetary Nebula NGC 2818 from Hubble

<b>NGC 2818 is a beautiful planetary nebula, the gaseous shroud of a dying sun-like star. It could well offer a glimpse of the future that awaits our</b> …

Cosmology

Google expands along San Francisco's Embarcadero

Technology giant Google is once again snapping up more real estate for its employees.<p>The company has inked a deal to purchase 188 The Embarcadero, a eight-floor building with views of the San Francisco Bay, and has leased space at the 1 Market St. building two blocks away, according to a report …