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Samsung's latest invention looks suspiciously like the Apple Watch

In fact, Samsung submitted several pictures of what looks like the Apple Watch as part of a patent application published on Thursday.<p>Most of the pictures in the patent application depict a generic smartwatch. But two figures clearly depict Apple's smartwatch, not a Samsung device. Samsung's …

Smartwatches

Malicious smartphone apps turn your phone into tracking device

Be careful what you download.<p>Four apps available on the Google Play Store were spying on users in secret, according to research released Friday by Mobile security company Lookout. Running a malicious code that Lookout has dubbed Overseer, the apps could track your latitude and longitude and collect …

The iPhone's new chip should worry Intel

It is Apple, not AMD, that threatens Intel’s hegemony<p>In a game of chess, there are occasions when you’ll have almost your entire army of pieces still on the board, but positioned in such a way that their systematic downfall is all but assured. As <i>The Matrix</i>’s Agent Smith put it to an overweening …

IPhone 7

Xiaomi's phone sales in 2015 were below its lowest expectations

When Xiaomi told the media last December it would decline to reveal its smartphone sales for 2015, observers assumed the worst—the company probably had missed its target of “80 to 100 million” devices sold.<p>Today Xiaomi proved its doubters correct. According to a post on Sina Weibo (link in Chinese) …

Here's why the iPad Pro's processor is so fast

Whatever you think of Apple's products, there's little doubt that the A9X processor in the iPad Pro is quick -- in a few cases, it rivals the performance you'd get from a laptop. But why is it so quick, especially when Apple tends to shy away from high clock speeds, many-core processors and other …

IPad Pro

New strain of Android malware is 'virtually impossible' to remove

Do you remember the bad old days of computer viruses so invasive that it was easier to nuke your software and start over than fix the problem? They're back... in mobile form. Lookout has noticed a trend toward Android malware that masquerades as a popular app, but quietly gets root-level access to …

4K is boring and other musings on the failures of innovation

The cardinal rule of technology is simple: It must never, ever, under any circumstances, be boring. The engine that motivates consumers to spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on a device that's not essential to furthering our lives is all down to the excitement it gives us. That's why IFA …

9 Topics for…Apple iOS 9

Apple will announce its latest operating system on Wednesday at an event in San Francisco. The latest unveiling from the tech giant is expected to include new iPhones, new iPads, revamped Apple TV, new bands for the Apple Watch and the Apple News app, among other changes and enhancements. The Apple …

Apple Pay

Scared OPEC members want meeting, but Saudis call the shots

The plunge in oil prices is scaring some members of OPEC.<p>Nigeria's oil minister told the <i>Financial Times</i> Monday that the crash in crude oil prices could cause the cartel to hold an emergency meeting.<p>OPEC isn't scheduled to hold a regular meeting again until June. The last time it met, on …

Oil

Tim Cook just obliterated Apple's critics

After all, $18 billion in net income on $74.6 billion in revenue thanks to 74.5 million iPhones sold seems difficult to beat.<p>Apple CEO Tim Cook has a message for anyone who thinks Apple can't top its numbers: You're nuts.<p>Speaking at a Goldman Sachs technology conference on Tuesday, Cook coolly …

The best Gmail app for the iPhone is now made by Microsoft

Outlook. Yes, Outlook.<p>Gmail is the world's most popular email service, and the iPhone, as if this week didn't make it abundantly clear, is the world's most popular smartphone. The two have been around for years and years, however the experience of using them together has never been particularly …

Android turns five: a brief look at its history

Yesterday, Android turned five-years-old. It’s hard to believe, isn’t it? They grow up so quick.<p>Although I didn’t personally jump on the Android …

Livescribe 3 smartpen appears in FCC filing, can't wait to digitize your doodles

Now that we've got those naming suits out of the way, it's time to get down to brass tacks. With "brass tacks" involving a new smartpen, in this particular instance. The Livescribe 3 has just made itself known in a public FCC filing today, showcasing a svelte writing utensil whose main purpose in …

How To Decide Between The New Apple iPhone 5s And iPhone 5c

Apple is launching two new iPhones, the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 5s, and the big question for many is going to be which is worth their hard-earned clams. Both present attractive packages, as detailed in our reviews, but is there a strong reason to choose one over the other? Here’s a breakdown of …

11 ways to trick Android into using less data

Apps are moving to the cloud. Streaming services like Netflix and Spotify are big. And just about every one of us is addicted to social networking.<p>There's just one thing standing in the way: your data plan.<p>With unlimited plans dwindling, most smartphone users are stuck with tiered options that …