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Microsoft Expects To Make Another Xbox

Will we see a Playstation 5? How about an Xbox…um…two? As soon as Sony and Microsoft announced the PS4 and Xbox One, complete with robust cloud capabilities, pundits such as myself started wondering if this would be the last generation of traditional video game consoles. The tech to stream games …

Chinese app store Wandoujia raises $120M to triumph over its 200+ rivals

The app store market in China, like its cities, is incredibly crowded.<p>One of China’s leading app stores — Wandoujia — raked in $120 million in new funding today to support its strong growth and fuel its efforts to rise above that crowded market.<p>Wandoujia runs an Android app store featuring over a …

PayPal starts testing seamless online store checkouts

PayPal can be a hassle for online shopping when you have to leave a store's site just to finish your transaction. Purchases should be much simpler once PayPal finishes rolling out its new In-Context Checkout, though. The technology lets you enter all your billing and shipping info through a pop-up; …

Microsoft and GoDaddy partner to bring Office 365 to small businesses

Microsoft announced today that it will partner with GoDaddy to bring Office 365 services to small businesses owners more easily. GoDaddy will offer users the option to choose one of three Office 365 plans that will be connected to their domain name. Users in the US and Canada will gain access to …

Nokia's Android phone appears in prototype form

Images of Nokia's Android phone — code-named Normandy — were published in November, showing what purported to be a low-cost smartphone that would run with a custom implementation of Android. Now another picture of the phone has appeared on Twitter, showing an apparent "engineering prototype" with a …

Griffin and ShopKeep POS Announce 'ShopKeep Mobile' POS Case for iPod Touch

Following the release of an iPad point-of-sale (POS) stand last year, accessory manufacturer Griffin and ShopKeep POS have once again partnered up to announce the ShopKeep Mobile, a specialized POS case designed for the iPod touch. Using Griffin's Olli technology and the ShopKeep POS app, the case …

Dropbox Apologizes and Explains Recent Outage

Dropbox suffered an extended outage that affected some users for over 48 hours, and — now that the service is “back up and running” for all — the company has explained exactly what happened, and confirmed that no data was affected.<p>Initially, there was suspicion that the cloud storage service had …

Samsung foldable AMOLED display secretly show-off at CES

There was plenty on show at this year’s CES, but it seems that Samsung was also sneaking around the event with some new secret technology. Samsung was reported showing off a prototype foldable AMOLED display to selected guest behind closed doors.<p>Samsung Display showcased a 5.68 inch high resolution …

Nokia’s Android phone isn’t what you think: It’s a likely upgrade for Asha

Last week the first reported pics of Nokia’s Android software appeared and on Monday, additional images surfaced, showing a little more of the …

SoundCloud Revamps its Messaging Platform on the Web

SoundCloud introduced a revamped messaging system for its site today, making it easier for creators and listeners to share their favorite tracks and playlists with one another.<p>Using the envelope icon at the top of the screen, you can now review your inbox and compose a new message from scratch. …

Galaxy S5 specs purportedly confirmed: “2K” display, 16MP camera, metal and plastic versions

Never one to do things small, Samsung looks like it is really planning to push the envelope with the Galaxy S5. SamMobile claims to have information …

Hobbyists are now building tablets using a $35 computer brain

Hobbyists have been assembling personal computers from their components for decades, buying the processors and other parts and putting them together in their basements. Now they’re doing the same for tablet computers.<p>Among them is Michael Castor of Make, the publisher of geek do-it-yourself …

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Goodbye Twitter fridges, hello 3D-printed food

At CES 2014, the smartest home appliances aren't smart at all<p>CES has long been the best place in the world to find a bunch of insane and impractical home appliances. Last year saw the category reach its drunk-on-tech nadir, best exemplified by Samsung's incongruous efforts to push Evernote onto …

IPO Underwriter Goldman Sachs Boosts Its Twitter Target 41% To $65

Goldman Sachs boosted its share price target this morning for Twitter, a company that it helped go public as its lead underwriter. Goldman raised its price target a whopping 41.3 percent to $65 from a prior estimate of $46.<p>That change sent Twitter up as much as 4 percent today, to a share price of …

Zoute’s New Transit App Brings Real-Time Departure Info, Detailed Schedules To Android

Zoute is the latest application to join the competitive transit app space, which this past year saw Apple scooping up services like Embark and HopStop to beef up its own Maps product. But Zoute is taking a different approach than most, by launching on Android first, with an app that delivers both …

China: Looming iPhone Price War To Boost Apple

Chinese media are buzzing with anticipation as dominant mobile carrier <b>China Mobile</b> (HKEx: 941; NYSE: CHL) prepares to finally offer the latest iPhones for its network next week, after becoming the last of the country’s 3 telcos to sign a deal with <b>Apple</b> (Nasdaq: AAPL). The move will almost certainly …

After A Troubled 2013, The PC Market Looks For Stability

Today Gartner released a preliminary set of results for the global PC market in the fourth quarter of 2013, indicating that PC sales fell 6.9% to 82.6 million units.<p>2013 has certainly been a historically tough year for PCs and the industry that builds and sells them. Gartner, with its fourth …

Nintendo 3DS Game Sales up 45% to 16 Million in 2013

While Nintendo failed to make much headway with the Wii U, sales of its 3DS, 3DS XL and 2DS portable gaming consoles and associated software continued to climb in 2013.<p>More than 16 million 3DS games were sold in the 12 month period, an increase of over 45 percent from 2012. The figure covers both …

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 Neo purportedly appears in leaked photo

Specs for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 Neo just appeared earlier this week, and now we might be seeing the first image of the phone itself. SamMobile …

will.i.am on changing the world one 3D printer at a time

We were skeptical, too. The trend of gadget manufacturers putting rockstars on the payroll in figurehead "creative director" roles has gotten a bit out of hand in recent years. Again, if Alicia Keys and BlackBerry taught us anything, it's that all the piano playing in the world can't help right the …

Xiaomi said to be hawking $50 smartphones in the near future

Leave it to Xiaomi to come up with a $50 smartphone. The Chinese smartphone maker is said to be looking to bring uber-cheap phones to Japan in the near future, according to Nikkei Asian Review.<p>Xiaomi is considered China's high-end smartphone maker that sells sleek devices at low prices. In 2012, …

Leap Motion Brings Its 3D Gesture Controller To Japan

Leap Motion is branching out into new markets today. The smart 3D gesture control hardware and software company has formed a partnership with BB Softservice Corp., a SoftBank group company. This deal will see Leap Motion’s Controller distributed exclusively through BB Softservice and gives Leap …

Fitbit Force adding caller ID feature next month

The Fitbit Force is about to become a little bit smarter than your typical fitness tracker. This February, an update to Fitbit's software will allow the band to notify iPhone owners of incoming calls, vibrating to alert them and displaying the caller's name right on its tiny display. You might not …

PAC-MAN goes freemium for this week’s App Store promotion

As noted on our sister-site 9to5Toys, the paid version of PAC-MAN has gone free on the iTunes App Store for the first time. The price decrease is in honor of Apple’s weekly App of the Week promotion. Last week’s app was Scanner Pro by Readdle. In its Apple Store app, Apple is promoting a fitness …

Good deal: Motorola offers free Chromecast with $399 Moto X purchase

Is Motorola having trouble selling the Moto X? It certainly seems like a possibility. Only one week after a permanent price drop to $399, the company is now throwing a Google Chromecast in for free. The offer is only valid on the $399 16GB and $449 32GB off-contract models, and it's only good until …

Closing Windows: Microsoft and its platforms are nowhere to be found at CES

For over a decade, Microsoft was the dominant presence at CES. But since pulling out of the show in 2013, the company has faded almost completely from view this year: the biggest Microsoft story at CES 2014 is that first-choice CEO candidate Alan Mulally has declined the job.<p>Since it’s not at the …

Nook sales plummet for 2013 holidays

Barnes & Noble's Nook didn't have a very happy holidays. Over the nine week period from just before Halloween to just after Christmas, sales of Nooks and Nook accessories totaled only $88.7 million, a major drop of 66.7 percent from last year's sales, while overall Nook revenues were $125 million, …

CloudApp, Droplr both updated with new design, features on Mac

Popular (and competing) cloud sharing services CloudApp and Droplr both announced big updates to their Mac apps this week with new features and designs.<p>CloudApp 2.0 (seen above) now features thumbnail previews, the ability to share links before an upload is complete, Notification Center support, …