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Android 'started over' the day the iPhone was announced

Apple's boast that the iPhone changed everything about the mobile industry has received some support from one of Android's original software architects. Chris DeSalvo, who worked alongside Andy Rubin at Danger before joining Google to build its mobile OS, says that the iPhone's announcement forced …

China is using legions of untrained amateurs to steal US weapons

China is reportedly trying to acquire the US military's latest technology, but according to Reuters, it's not using traditional methods of espionage to do so. The world's most populous nation has eschewed the use of spies and shadowy double agents, deciding instead to recruit a mass of amateurs to …

Samsung may bring stitched leather look to laptops

Galaxy Note 3 style wrapped around an Ativ Book 9 chassis<p>The Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 introduced a new faux leather aesthetic for Samsung, which may now be making the jump to the company's Windows notebooks as well. A new Ativ Book 9 Style laptop has been pictured over on Korean site …

Who needs a controller? 'Republique' is iPad gaming without compromise

"Console quality" is a phrase that gets tossed around quite a bit in mobile development. Both players and creators seem eager for something a bit bigger and more substantial than <i>Angry Birds</i> — but we've yet to really see a game that meets those lofty standards. Titles like <i>Deus Ex: The Fall</i> and</i> …

Google puts an offline Moto Maker in the pages of Wired

Despite reports of a sales shortfall, the customizable Moto X has some dedicated fans, and it's fair to say they overlap pretty well with the target audience of <i>Wired</i>. And so, for anybody who hasn't yet tried their hand at designing a phone in the Moto Maker, Google is making the process a little …

Nokia's Lumia Black update rolling out to AT&T Lumia 1020s today

Nokia has started distributing its Lumia Black update to AT&T Lumia 1020 owners today. The update includes all the improvements in Windows Phone 8 Update 3 and the latest Nokia Glance Screen software with support for notifications. Microsoft’s Update 3 includes rotation lock, custom tones for …

Valve kicks off Steam Holiday Sale with 75 percent off 'Dishonored' and 'Bioshock Infinite'

It's only been three weeks since the last Steam Sale ended, but Valve is back at it again, giving gamers another chance to stock up on downloadable PC games at deep discounts. The Steam Holiday Sale is here, running through January 3rd, and there are already a number of great buys, including last …

The US military's budget is huge, and it's only getting bigger

The United States already spends a good deal of money on defense, but that spending continues to grow at an enormous rate. This year the Pentagon was up in arms about the impending sequestration that was set to strip its budget of $1 trillion over the next decade — but that's when US Senator Patty …

Facebook Home for Android gets a redesign, but will anyone notice?

Facebook Home, the social network's lock screen replacement for Android, was just redesigned to make it look a bit more familiar. What was once a chromeless "Cover Feed" of Facebook statuses and photos now looks like a conventional lock screen, bearing a clock, the date, and the weather. In order …

Vine launching web profiles 'soon'

Vine profiles are heading to the web. Though you've long been able to view individual videos on Vine's website, there's been no way to learn more about a clip's creator or to see other videos that they've uploaded. Vine will ostensibly be addressing all of that with the launch of web profiles, …

Motorola releases Android 4.4 update for Moto G ahead of schedule

The inexpensive, yet surprisingly good, Motorola Moto G has only been on the market for a couple of weeks, but it's already getting its first major software update. Motorola announced today that Android 4.4.2 KitKat, the latest version of Android available from Google, is now available for the …

HP redesigns Chromebook 11 power adapter to avoid overheating

The HP Chromebook 11 isn't a terribly good laptop — you'd probably be better off with an Acer C720 or an HP Chromebook 14 — but the worst part of the computer was easily its micro USB charging adapter, which was prone to overheating. The problem got so bad that Google and HP had to recall the …

Google's antitrust settlement proposal 'not acceptable' to European Commission

The European Commissioner for Competition Joaquín Almunia has deemed Google's proposal to halt an antitrust investigation unacceptable. Speaking on Spanish radio, Almunia was clear that Google's offer does not solve the Commission's concerns that Google abuses its dominant position in search. "The …