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Microsoft gets $1bn in Android royalties from Samsung

<b>Samsung paid Microsoft about $1bn (£626m) last year to use its technology in gadgets running Google's Android.</b><p>The figure is revealed in court documents Microsoft has filed to help legal action taken against Samsung.<p>The case revolves around the licensing agreement that generated the $1bn …

Gear & Gadgets

Ello – and goodbye to the new social networking site?

The internet can seem like a winner-takes-all game – which you win when your brand becomes a verb. There is only one search engine, one auction site, one encyclopedia… and one social network. Since Facebook shrugged off Bebo and Myspace, it has had few direct competitors. Twitter succeeded with a …

The End Of Passwords? This Bracelet Unlocks Computers And Doors With Your Heartbeat

Bionym’s Nymi offers a glimpse of the future of wearable biometric authentication.<p>This much we can all agree on: Passwords suck.<p>With that in mind, companies are hard at work developing other forms of user-friendly authentication. Fingerprinting is already being used to unlock iPhones and the PayPal …

Hands On With Ping, The New App From Secret

The company behind anonymous sharing app Secret is back with a new app, Ping, which tries to be your new best friend.<p>The app, available for iOS and Android, is simple and mysterious, with even the App Store listing offering only “you’re going to like me” for the description. Once you launch, you …

Evernote Updates Mac app With Inline Image Resizing

Evernote updated the Mac version of its note-syncing application today. The update brings a plethora of new features to the application that you’ve been adding your grocery list to.<p>In addition to improved syncing and larger checkboxes, the update brings the ability to dynamically resize images …

iPhone 6 Plus Owners Are Reportedly Complaining That The Phone Bends When You Put It In Your Pocket

When Apple initially unveiled its biggest iPhone to date — the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus — many worried the device would be too big to stuff in their pockets. Now, as it turns out, those who can fit the phone in their pocket are reportedly complaining that the phone bends after being stored there …

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Can’t wait for Photos for OS X? Photos app likely coming to iCloud.com for desktop viewing

With Photos for OS X not being released until early next year, it seemed like there would be no way to view your photos backed up in iCloud Photo Library away from an iOS device for Mac customers. However, screenshots and error messages from iCloud.com show that a Photos app is in development for …

Getty Images releases free iOS app for browsing and sharing millions of images

Putting a new business model into action<p>Six months after shifting its business model to embeddable photos, Getty Images has released an iOS app designed to help you browse and share its massive collection. The app, called Stream, lets you search Getty's archives to find images that you can legally …

How Smart Devices Can Be Disruptive without Being Intrusive

<i>Gilles Bouchard is the CEO and Chairman of Livescribe, Inc.</i><p>The tech industry is obsessed with innovation – there’s a reason “disruption” is such a big buzzword. When it comes to wearables, the gadgets that are winning are not only innovative, they also integrate into people’s lives without being …

Withings Takes Fitness Tracking One Step Further With Activite

NEW YORK, June 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Withings, the leader in the connected health revolution, puts a new face on the activity tracker and smart …

MacTrast Deals: Learn Swift – Apple’s New iOS Programming Language

- Sep 16, 2014<p>Apple’s latest and greatest mobile operating system, iOS 8 will soon hit the streets, and here’s your chance to learn how to develop …

Tim Cook Speaks on Privacy in New Interview: 'We Try Not to Collect Data'

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke with Charlie Rose in a two part-interview, and the second segment of the show is airing tonight. In the second half of the interview, Cook focuses on the driving force behind Apple, his own personal values, and the company's thoughts on privacy.<p>Cook's first comments are on …

Hands on: This is how awesome widgets are going to be in iOS 8

Apple has fought the idea of adding widget support to its iOS platform for years, in theory because the company decided battery life was more …

6 great features coming to both old and new iPhones this week in iOS 8

Maybe you weren’t one of the four million people who pre-ordered an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus last week. And perhaps you don’t want to stand around …

The 5 Most Fascinating Things Tim Cook Told Charlie Rose

Apple CEO Tim Cook is likely riding high on news today that pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus -- despite a seemingly botched rollout process -- have thus far shattered all previous sales records.<p>All told, after 24 hours, 4 million units have already been spoken for -- a number so far …

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Jony Ive discusses Apple Watch design in new ABC News interview clip

Earlier this week, ABC News teased an exclusive look at Apple’s newly-revealed product lineup. Today, the network put the first clip from that segment online, giving viewers a peek at an interiew with Tim Cook conducted right after the press event. Now ABC anchor David Muir has posted another clip, …

Tim Cook Says Apple Working on Products That Haven't Even Been Rumored Yet

In an interview with Charlie Rose, Apple's CEO talks about the company's interest in TV, the legacy of Steve Jobs, and the acquisition of Beats.<p>With all the leaks around the latest iPhones and Apple Watch, it’s easy to assume that Apple can’t keep a secret anymore.<p>Easy, but wrong.<p>Apple CEO Tim Cook …

Did Tim Cook deliver? CoM says ‘Heck yeah’ on CNBC

There are a lot of Apple skeptics out there. CNBC thinks the new iPhone 6 models are nothing special, and dis the Apple Watch because it doesn’t work with Android. Watch Cult of Mac editor and publisher Leander Kahney set them straight in the video above. See also our report card for Tim Cook’s …

8 Things You'll Love About Apple's New iOS 8

Paul Thompson—FPG/Getty Images<p>Keystone/Holton/Getty Images<p>Kypros/Getty Images<p>Lyn Alweis—Denver Post/Getty Images<p>Bill Dow—NBC/Getty Images<p>Mark …

Apple understands the difference between a pocket watch and a wrist watch

Once upon a time (around the 17th century), gentlemen wore pocket watches. Stylish, rounded, and no sharp corners. It showed the time, sometimes even the date, and that was all there was to it.<p>It wasn’t until much later that men started wearing “arm watches.” The switch came at the end of the 19th …

This is Healthbook, Apple’s major first step into health & fitness tracking

Seven years out from the original iPhone’s introduction, and four years past the iPad’s launch, Apple has found its next market ripe for reinvention: the mobile healthcare and fitness-tracking industry. Apple’s interest in healthcare and fitness tracking will be displayed in an iOS application …

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