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Apple’s set to reveal the next generation of the iPhone

It's all over but the waiting for Apple fans, who should get to see two new models of the iPhone unveiled Wednesday in San Francisco.<p>The launch event may provide some clues about Apple's future, as the company deals with a slowing smartphone market. Apple's iPhone sales have dropped over the past …

Apple

LG introduces the V20, the first Android Nougat phone

LG today is unveiling its V20 smartphone, which follows up on the V10 that LG introduced last year. The new version of this large 5.7-inch handset has a newer chip, more sophisticated dual rear cameras, more battery capacity, and a more elegant feel. Oh — and it’s the first phone to ship with …

Mobile Technology

BYU and Memphis Fight at End of Wild Miami Beach Bowl

The BYU Cougars and Memphis Tigers played in a wild Miami Beach Bowl on Monday, but what happened after the final play will overshadow the great game.<p>Memphis pulled out a 55-48 victory in double overtime thanks to an interception to end the game.<p>As some of the Tigers began to celebrate the victory …

College Football

This Chart Shows How the Camera Market Has Changed Over the Past Decades

How have camera sales changed over the past 60 or 70 years? The chart above offers an interesting look at this question. It shows camera production …

Apple Patent Hints at Cracked Screen Prevention

<i>AppleInsider</i> reported on a new patent picked up by Apple that might save your iPhone from a cracked screen. If you drop your phone, a motor and sensors determine the point of impact and shift the positioning of the device in midair to save sensitive areas, like the screen and camera.<p>While patents …

Patents

How Facebook's Tor service could encourage a more open web

A Tor URL is an economic opportunity for Facebook, but it may also help citizens who face government control over freedom of speech<p>Technology that anonymises web browsing is enabling million of people to access Facebook and circumvent censorship in countries where the social network is banned, …

Torque, Microsoft’s Alternative To “OK Google,” Now Works On Android Smartphones

Microsoft this morning has released an app for Android smartphone users called Torque that allows you to shake your phone in order to perform a voice search, similar to Google’s “OK Google.” The difference is that instead of waking up the app with a standard keyword command, it’s the shaking motion …

iPhone 6 Plus dominated US phablet market in October, says Kantar

Samsung recently ran a PR campaign to remind people it created the phablet genre (well, give or take a Streak or two). The Galaxy Note was largely ridiculed when it came out for being way too big and tablet-like. Steve Jobs was so disgusted in particular, that he tried to make it the punch line of …

Gear & Gadgets

Instacart Is Raising North Of $100 Million At A $2 Billion Valuation

Instacart, the home grocery delivery service that launched back in 2012, is close to raising a massive Series C round of funding north of $100 million, according to sources. The raise will value the startup at $2 billion, or more than quadruple the $400 million valuation of its Series B financing …

Microsoft Cortana expands to French, Italian, German and Spanish

New languages are available to Windows Phone developers willing to help Microsoft's voice assistant learn how to better communicate.<p>Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant is traveling to more countries so it can chat in more languages.<p>Slated to roll out on Friday, an update to Microsoft's Windows …

Windows Phone

Steve Jobs may take the stand today as iPod plaintiffs scramble

The star witness in an Oakland federal court Friday is expected to be the late Steve Jobs, testifying in a deposition videotaped six months before …

Microsoft's Android voice search app now works without a watch

Microsoft's Torque is handy if you want to search the web through a quick shake of the wrist and a voice command, but you've had to use an Android Wear smartwatch to try the Bing-powered app. That's not much help if your wrist is bare, is it? You won't have sit on the sidelines any longer, though. …

100 Artists Reimagine Their Favorite Classic Album Covers

"Thirty Three & 1/3" is the name of George Harrison's seventh studio album, released in 1976. The series "33 1/3" is a famous collection of books dedicated to individual albums, published by Bloomsbury Publishing beginning in 2003. And "33 and a Third and a Third" is an exhibition, out this week in …

Meet the new Bond car

Revealed on the 007 stage at the historic Pinewood Studios, the first new member of the Bond 24 film cast is the "built for Bond" Aston Martin DB10. The aggressively styled new sports car has been designed in collaboration between Aston Martin and the film's producers. Director Sam Mendes pulled …

The strange case of the man with two hearts

When a man was fitted with a new heart, his mind changed in unusual ways. Why? The answer reveals a surprising truth about all our bodies, says David Robson.<p>Every second or so, Carlos would feel a small “bump” hitting his tummy. It was the beating of his “second heart”.<p>The small mechanical pump was …

Psychology

Artist Uses the Power of the Sun to Etch Pyrography Drawings

Philippines-based artist Jordan Mang-osan harnesses the power of the sun to create striking pyrography drawings. The artist, who is an ethnic Igorot hailing from the mountainous Cordilleras region, stays close to his roots by working with raw, indigenous materials and focusing on subject matter …

Drawing

Meet Garfi, the Angriest Cat in the World

If you thought Grumpy Cat looks permanently displeased with the world, then Garfi the Persian cat must be seething with rage. Thanks to a permanently furrowed brow, this fluffy orange cat (who does bear a resemblance to the iconic Garfield) always looks about ready to sharpen his claws on …

Pets

6 Mouth-Watering Cheeseburger Recipes You Can't Swiss Out On

Swiss, blue cheese, Monterey Jack— it all tastes so much better when melted over a giant, juicy burger cooked on your very own home grill.<p>In honor of …

Say Goodbye to the Original Yahoo Directory

Yahoo has announced it will finally, officially shut down the Yahoo Directory on December 31, 2014.<p>No, we didn't know the Yahoo Directory was still a …