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Nokia Teases Lumia 928 In Low Light Camera Test, Pits It Against Galaxy S3 & iPhone 5

Nokia is teasing the Lumia 928 — a phone it has not officially announced yet, despite all the leaks, rumours and, er, magazine ads — in a camera comparison video posted on its U.S. website. All this teasing smells like a new strategy for Nokia to try to manufacture a little hype for the forthcoming …

Adobe announces first hardware, the Project Mighty smart stylus and Napoleon ruler

Adobe has just announced its first hardware initiative, a pressure sensitive stylus and an electronic ruler that will tightly integrate with its software applications. The company's Project Mighty stylus and Napoleon ruler have been showcased connecting to an iPad and iPhone over Bluetooth. The pen …

Ruckus Ties Up With Sprint to Offer Better Wi-Fi for Schools and Businesses

Ruckus Wireless said on Monday that it is working with Sprint’s custom networking group to offer its suite of “Smart Wi-Fi” products to schools, …

Networking

The Money Shot

The sale of Instagram to Facebook for a cool billion in the spring of 2012 was the ultimate Silicon Valley fairy tale: 18 months from launch to offer. But, for co-founder and C.E.O. Kevin Systrom, it was more of a roller-coaster ride, with several missed opportunities, at least two “aha” moments, …

It's Not About New Icons: What Jony Ive Needs to Do for Apple's iOS

iOS 7 will be flat, as in flat design. After months of speculation on where Jony Ive would drive the look of the system software after the company …

Samsung says microSD slot makes up for Galaxy S4's storage shortcomings

Some buyers of Samsung's new Galaxy S4 have been disappointed to learn that the 16GB model offers only around 8GB of user-accessible storage. However, in a statement to <i>CNET</i>, Samsung is reminding irked customers that they can easily remedy any concerns with the help of the built-in microSD slot. …

Acer Iconia A1 crashes the Nexus 7 tablet party

Looks like $169 is the new sweet spot for Android tablets, and bringing the fight to Google’s Nexus 7 is the new Acer Iconia A1. Fronted by a …

Android News

Instagram Now Lets Anyone Tag You [Or Brands] In Photos, Adds Them To “Photos Of You” Profile Section

Today Instagram launches photo tagging, the feature that fueled Facebook’s early growth. New Instagram iOS and Android updates rolling out now let you tag any person or brand in your own photos, which then automatically show up in the “Photos Of You” section of their profile. You get notified when …

AT&T LG Optimus G Pro arriving May 10

AT&T has officially announced pricing and availability for the new LG Optimus G Pro, and as expected, the new flagship smartphone from LG will be …

Mobile

Facebook's Messenger Protocol Will Power the Internet of Things

One of the big problems with creating a connected house—where thermostats talk to light swtiches which talk to coffee-making robots—is that there’s a …

Google Glass Bulletproof lockscreen adds unofficial wearable security

Security concerns around Google Glass and what data access those casually – or nefariously – picking up your wearable might have has prompted the …

This Sensor Will Give Your Phone a 1080p, 60fps Front Camera

Most front-facing phone cameras suck. It's not their fault, though: they have to be squeezed in to a tiny gap, which puts obvious limits on their …

Apple Will Make A Phablet In 2014, And It Will Be The iPhone 6 [Analyst]

In Apple’s latest earnings call, CEO Tim Cook was suddenly equivocal about whether or not Apple would do an iPhone with a larger display.<p>“Our competitors have made some significant tradeoffs in many of these areas to ship a larger display,” Cook said on the earnings call. “We would not ship a …

iPhone

Apple iOS 7 overhaul may push core app refresh to 2014

Apple‘s comprehensive overhaul of iOS 7 could see some of the new features delayed until 2014, insiders warn, with the challenges in redesigning the …

iOS

Asian Chat App Line Passes 150 Million Downloads

Line, the free messaging app that was created in Japan, continues to grow at speed after it passed 150 million downloads of its app today. The service is one of the most popular of its type in Asia, and it is available in 12 languages and across the iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Nokia …

Google Now for iPhone and iPad: It's Here, and It's Great (UPDATED)

Rumors have been swirling that Google Now (the Big G's super-useful personal assistant application) would be coming to the search page on Google.com, …

Free Chat App Messaging Has Officially Overtaken Costly SMS In Popularity

Carriers have made a killing over the last decade by charging customers absurd rates on SMS texting plans, but the times are quickly changing.<p>To avoid SMS fees, smartphone users have embraced free chat app messaging via apps like iMessage, WhatsApp, and Kik. As a result, SMS is starting to die a …

Does it make sense to buy a PC with a touch screen?

Smartphones with touch screens? Great! Tablets with touch screens? Duh. But PCs with touch screens? Meh.<p>Recently I purchased a Lenovo IdeaPad U310 ultrabook, my first-ever touch-screen-equipped computer. I didn't necessarily want the feature, but figured I might as well give Windows 8 the benefit …

Lab-quality microscope now mounts onto most Apple iOS devices

To my fellow geeks who've long dreamed of having a lab-quality digital microscope that mounts to your phone, the time has come.<p>Oregon-based optics manufacturer Bodelin will begin shipping its brand-new ProScope Micro Mobile on May 1. One version fits the iPhone 4, 4s, 5, and iPod Touch; another the …

Apple to release OS X 10.9 with new power-user features, more from iOS later this year

OS X 10.9, which is internally codenamed “Cabernet,” will focus on various “power-user” enhancements and take core features from iOS, according to our sources. Unlike operating system updates such as OS X Leopard and OS X Lion, OS X 10.9 will likely not be an overhauled approach to how the …

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Mark Zuckerberg joins the $1 salary club

Facebook confirmed in a filing that Mark Zuckerberg, the social network’s founder and CEO, is making a salary of $1 this year and foregoing any bonuses, as well.<p>But he’s not exactly taking a vow of poverty. When Facebook went public last year, Zuckerberg exercised 60 million stock options, then …

Silicon Valley

New Artificial Electric Skin Will Let Robots Feel for Real

There are plenty of robot arms out there, but what about robot skin to cover them in? A new kind of piezotronic transistor mesh could make for …

'MorePhone' prototype uses a flexible, shape-shifting display to notify users

Flexible display technology has long been touted as a differentiating factor for the smartphones of the future, but many of the use cases we've heard about have focused on increased durability. Researchers at Queens University's Human Media Lab are looking at a different use with a prototype device …

Your Facebook Like Is Worth $174.17

Are you generous with your Facebook Likes? Do you click that thumbs up button for anything that even just slightly amuses you? Maybe you should start …

Galaxy S4 vs iPhone 5 drop test: not again, Samsung!

Eight months ago we brought you the world’s first Galaxy S3 versus iPhone 5 drop test. As much as we hated to admit it at the time, the iPhone proved superior to the Galaxy S3 when it comes to build quality and sturdiness. The S3’s plastic cover popped open upon impact with the ground, and its …

Phones

Samsung May Launch A Rugged Galaxy S4 This Summer, Could Counter New Moto Phones

Samsung is working on a dust-proof and water-proof Galaxy S4, which will essentially resemble the S4 but with environmental superpowers, says the Wall Street Journal. The paper also reported that Samsung is launching its next-generation Galaxy tablet in June, as well as a compact S4 at “just” …

Google Glass Has Already Been Hacked By Jailbreakers

With a name like Glass, it was just asking to be cracked.<p>Just days after its release to developers, Google’s Glass headset has already been hacked to give users full control of its Android operating system, according to Jay Freeman, a well-known Android and iOS developer who tested a known exploit …

HP Slate 7 overcomes delay rumors, is available now

We got a look at HP‘s then-unreleased Slate 7 tablet at Mobile World Congress earlier this year and liked what we saw. HP had said the device would …