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The maker of Candy Crush could be the most profitable tech company to go public since Facebook

King, the Swedish company behind the insanely addictive Candy Crush mobile game, is firming up its IPO plans. This morning it released an updated regulatory filing, setting the price range for the offering, which implies a valuation of up to $7.6 billion for the business.<p>But before jumping to …

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Pacific Crest Upgraded Apple Based On $299 4.7" iPhone 6

Pacific Crest’s Apple analyst, Andy Hargreaves, raised his rating on Apple from Sector Perform to Outperform based on the iPhone 6 having a 4.7 inch screen and selling for a subsidized price of $299. He also believes that given the low valuation of the shares at 6.5x Enterprise Value/Earnings …

Vivint will use a Gigabit Wi-Fi mesh to power its Utah home broadband service

More details are emerging about home security and automation company Vivint’s plans to connect Utah homes wirelessly. It plans to use the gigabit …

VLC's media player hits Windows 8 in beta form

Let's say you bought a new laptop and wanted to check out a few videos that you <i>legally</i> downloaded without leaving Windows 8's touch-focused UI -- until now, your options have been pretty limited. If you're feeling a little adventurous though, the beta version of VLC's media player that <i>Microsoft …

Digital Storm's Vanquish II makes the 'Ultimate' gaming PC affordable

Digital Storm took the wraps off of its new Vanquish II PC today, a desktop gaming rig with a hurricane of features designed to give you a custom-built feel without actually having to assemble your own computer. Prices start at $699 for the"Good" version, which comes with a Core i3 4330 processor, …

Toyota says its first cars with Apple's CarPlay won't arrive until 2015 (update)

Among the cavalcade of Apple CarPlay launch partners that demoed working implementations at last week's Geneva Motor Show, Toyota was just a name on a list of other automakers that planned to add it to vehicles "down the road," as Apple put it. Now, the company says it plans to have the first new …

Google fixes 7 Chrome security holes just before CanSecWest

Google has fixed seven security flaws in Chrome, just a day before the annual, real-time hacking competitions Pwnium and Pwn2Own.<p>The new security update for Chrome on Windows, Mac, and Linux patched four flaws labeled as High, below the more important level of Critical; three flaws in its rendering …

'Candy Crush Saga' company forecasts $613 million IPO

MOBILE GAMES<p>'Candy Crush' firm set for IPO<p>The company behind the addictive blockbuster game "Candy Crush Saga" believes it could raise nearly $613 million in an initial public offering.<p>In a regulatory filing Wednesday, King Digital Entertainment, which has offices in San Francisco, said it plans to …

Google Is Working On A “Chromoting” App For iOS Users, Too

A message spotted on Chromium.org, home to the open source browser project Google Chrome is based on, states that a “Chromoting” application is in development for iOS devices. This would allow users to control their computers from their iPhone or iPad, for example. An Android version of this same …

Nexus 5 might soon come in red (update: more pictures)

Currently, you can get the Nexus 5 in any color you want, so long as it's black... or white. Those two options may have satisfied Henry Ford, but the modern consumer sometimes wants something a little racier. Twitter's @artyomstar appears to have found a consignment of the smartphone clad in …

Google's partnering with Samsung and others for new educational devices this spring

Google began its play for the education market late last year with a student-oriented version of the Play Store. Since then, partners of the Google for Education program have provided their classes with learning software and tools on select Chromebooks and Android-based tablets. Today, Mountain …

Google sells Motorola unit to Lenovo for $2.9B

Google is unloading Motorola Mobility onto Chinese PC maker Lenovo.<p>Google confirmed on its site that it has sold Motorola for $2.91 billion, consisting of $660 million in cash and $750 million in Lenovo shares, with the remaining $1.5 billion paid in the form of a three-year promissory note. …

Google to keep Motorola's Advanced Technology group, including Project Ara modular phone

The best part of Motorola is moving to the Android team<p>Google's blockbuster $2.9 billion sale of Motorola Mobility to Lenovo won't include the Advanced Technology and Projects group led by former DARPA director Regina Dugan. The news was confirmed today on a conference call with Lenovo, and sources …

It’s now possible to run Android 4.2.2 on the BlackBerry Z10, sort of

An update for Blackberry’s not-so-popular BB10 has started rolling out, and with the update to 10.2.1 comes the ability to easily run Android apps. Although BB10 has been able to run Android apps for a while now, previously .APK files first had to be converted to the .BAR format before they would …

Not just for phone nerds: Google calls Nexus 5 a sales winner

Chromecast also popular last quarter<p>Rumors that Google is planning to kill off its Nexus device program have been circulating recently, but if the company's comments today are any indication, it doesn't look like the program is going away anytime soon. During a conference call for the company's …

The Motorola gambit: what Google really got by selling an American icon

Mostly fails, but one potentially huge victory<p><i>By Nilay Patel and Ben Popper</i><p>Google’s romance with Motorola was star-crossed from the start. With the $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola it wasn’t just taking on an ailing manufacturer — challenge enough — but simultaneously competing with Google’s own …

KitKat Android Adoption Remains Below 2%

Google officially introduced the latest KitKat version of its Android operating system in October last year, and despite three months passing, it continues to be installed on less than 2 percent of all active Android devices worldwide, according to new data.<p>KitKat is installed on 1.8 percent of all …

Android stats: Gingerbread still on 20 percent of devices, KitKat only on 1.8

Google(s goog) might be doing the best it can to combat Android fragmentation, but it’s still alive and well according to the latest statistics. The …

OpenTable Now Piloting Mobile Payments In San Francisco Restaurants

OpenTable is taking its restaurant reservations service into a new vertical today, the company says: mobile payments. According to a post on the OpenTable blog, a pilot program is currently underway in San Francisco which allows diners to not just book a table, but also pay for their meal right in …

Facebook Flaw Allegedly Prevents Revoking App Permissions on Mobile

A new Facebook flaw reportedly allows a hacker to stop mobile users from being able to disconnect a mobile app connected to the social network. In other words, once you give a mobile app permission to access your information on Facebook, it is allegedly impossible for you to revoke those rights on …

What the hell is going on with Xbox One updates?

<b>Microsoft's updates for the Xbox One continue to be a source of great confusion (and some concern) for Nic Healey.</b><p>Back towards the end of January, …

Mozilla Releases Beta of Firefox for Windows 8 Touch

Mozilla has finally released a beta version of its Firefox for Windows 8 Touch browser, which is ready for users to download, test and subsequently share feedback and file any bugs (hat/tip Engadget).<p>The beta has a new tile-based Firefox start screen with one-tap access to Top Sites, Bookmarks and …

Twitter vows fight to disclose more government data requests

The US government is giving tech companies more freedom to disclose government data requests. But for Twitter, it's not enough.<p>In a blog posted Thursday, Jeremy Kessel, Twitter's manager for Global Legal Policy, said the company sees the current restrictions against disclosure as a violation of its …

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Plants vs Zombies 2 gets an update, sees the return of Doctor Zomboss

<i>Plants vs Zombies 2</i> has been available on Android for just a few months, and in that short time it has already become a pretty big success in its own right. For fans of the original game, however, you’ll be happy to know that a new update is bringing back the main villain, Doctor Zomboss.<p>According …

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Steve Wozniak suggests Apple could find success with an Android-powered phone

Even if you don’t like Apple, it’s hard to not like Steve Wozniak. The Apple co-founder is no longer part of the day-to-day operations of Apple, but he always has plenty to say.<p>Wozniak is a major Apple fan but he’s also not afraid to call Apple out on its weaknesses. Whether he’s talking smack …

Sony Xperia Z1 and Z1S – 5 Reasons to buy and 5 Reasons to pass

The Sony Xperia Z1, with its beautiful design aesthetics and high-end specifications, is easily one of the best smartphones of 2013. While only an unlocked variant was available in the US so far, which you’d have to pay full price for, the Sony flagship device, called the Xperia Z1S in this …

Flappy Bird dev makes $50,000/day from the collective frustration of 50 million people

Let the games begin! Sorry, not those games, I am talking about the free to play indie smash hit, Flappy Bird, that is reportedly pulling in over $50,000 per day from in-app advertisements. Game developer Dong Nguyen of .GEARS Studios says that he chose the ad-supported, free to play app style …

Google Glass can be hacked using Javascript

A security vulnerability in Android which allows attackers to execute arbitrary code (i.e. their own code) has been tested on Google Glass and found present. The actual vulnerability dates back to the latter part of last year when security researchers discovered that apps compiled against the …