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Samsung reportedly unveiling Galaxy S5 this month, without iris scanner

Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S5 smartphone at an event later this month, reports <i>The New York Times</i>. The unveiling will reportedly come during Samsung's Unpacked event on February 24th, which is being held at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona. Samsung sent out invitations to the …

Google finally opens Chromecast SDK, invites developers to get hackin'

The Chromecast is already a pretty easy sell: It's $35 and brings most of the biggest names in streaming media to your TV with minimal hassle. So, now that Google has opened the SDK to developers, it's pretty much a no-brainer. While there are no specific apps to announce at the moment, it's safe …

Google Wallet update lets you scan in your loyalty cards more easily

Google Wallet has long let you store physical loyalty cards inside its app, but having to type in a long series of numbers likely discouraged people from adding them. An update that rolled out on iOS today (and on Android last week) uses your smartphone's camera to take a picture of the barcode and …

How 'Flappy Bird' Went From Obscurity to No. 1 App

The developer behind <i>Flappy Bird</i>, a simple but rage-inducing game that recently went viral, says his success was just luck.<p><i>Flappy Bird</i>, which first …

Report: Samsung could launch “Galaxy Glass” smart glasses at IFA

Samsung is reportedly developing smart eyewear, with a target launch at the IFA Berlin show in September.<p>According to an unnamed company official cited by the <i>Korea Times</i>, Samsung hopes to benefit from an early mover advantage in the budding wearable devices industry and is currently developing a …

Android ends 2013 on a high note

The Android mobile OS finished 2013 with a rise in market share in 12 major regions around the world, research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech said Monday.<p>For the three months ending December 2013, Google's mobile OS showed market share gains in the US, Europe, Latin America, China, and Japan. In …

Samsung's Next Galaxy Phone Will Probably Have A Fingerprint Sensor Just Like The iPhone 5S

According to a research note from KGI Securities, which has a great track record of predicting future products, the two Galaxy S5 phones will be designed to attack both the high and low ends of the market. 9to5Google first had the report.<p>The entry-level device will have a 5.2-inch screen, 16 MP …

CEO of Bitcoin exchange charged for laundering $1 million for drug users

Charlie Shrem, the CEO of Bitcoin exchange company BitInstant and a well-known voice in the virtual currency community, has been charged with scheming to sell and launder $1 million worth of Bitcoin to users of the illegal drug website Silk Road.<p>The criminal complaint, unsealed today in Manhattan …

Samsung And Google Bury The Apple Hatchet, Sign 10-Year Patent Agreement

Some breaking news in the patent world. Samsung, the world’s biggest handset maker, has announced that it has signed a 10-year patent deal with Google, the maker of Android, the world’s biggest mobile operating system, covering all current and future technology patents.<p>There are a few key reasons …

This Apple iWatch Concept Design Is Simply Incredible

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Everyone's hearts go aflutter at iWatch rumors, the supposed wearable wrist computer that Apple could launch as early as this year.<p>A designer named Todd Hamilton took a stab not only at what the still-speculative watch might look like, but how it …

South Korea's 5G Network Will Let You Download a Full Movie in a Second

South Korea has announced a $1.5 billion plan to upgrade its network to 5G capability by 2020.<p>“We helped fuel national growth with 2G services in the …

Xbox One Will Stream Sports At Mind-Blowing 60 Frames Per Second

Microsoft recently partnered with streaming specialist NeuLion to bring the high-speed streaming service to Xbox One. They will be able to deliver …

The death of Windows XP will impact 95 percent of the world’s ATMs

Microsoft’s 12-year-old Windows XP operating system powers 95 percent of the world’s automated teller machines, according to NCR, the largest ATM supplier in the US. While the idea of Windows powering ATMs may surprise consumers, XP runs in the background powering the software that bank customers …

Netflix subscriptions rise as HBO and Showtime lose viewers, report finds (update)

<b>Update:</b> The NPD Group has retracted portions of its report, now stating that while its conclusion that premium subscription channels are losing subscribers is true as a whole, it should not have concluded that specific companies such as HBO and Showtime were losing subscribers. HBO and Showtime …

Samsung's Galaxy S5 home screen might look a lot like Google Now

After tweeting purported screenshots of Samsung's next-generation phone user interface, Evleaks has released images giving a closer look at one of the UI's elements. The shots show a detailed view of a lock screen and home screen widget that featured in the original images, hinting that it may be …

80,000 People Have Broken Up With Their Carriers and Jumped in Bed With T-Mobile

Bad Boy T-Mobile CEO John Legere is quite the home wrecker it seems. The NSFW head of T-Mobile initiated a war on all major carriers last week when …

Steve Jobs’ biographer Walter Isaacson says Apple less innovative than Google, suggests Tim Cook vulnerable

Walter Isaacson, author of the biography <i>Steve Jobs</i>, said in a CNBC TV interview that Apple is now less innovative than Google, and that while securing the China Mobile agreement was a big deal, it was less important than Google’s acquisition of Nest.<p>Google buying Nest shows an amazingly strong, …

Xbox One was the top-selling console in the US last month

Market research firm NPD has now recorded a full month of console sales for the PS4 and Xbox One in the US, and it's revealing today that Microsoft’s latest console topped the sales charts for the month of December. Microsoft has long dominated with the Xbox 360 in the US, and it appears that …

Nokia’s Android phone includes Windows Phone-like UI

Images of Nokia’s Android phone, codenamed Normandy, were originally published in November, but a number of recent leaks have provided a closer look at the hardware and its software. Vizileaks has published what appears to be a near-final hardware unit, and some of the early Android apps that run …

Google still best company to work for, says Fortune

Google is once again the best company to work for in the United States, at least according to Fortune.<p>The magazine's 2014 list of its 100 favorite employers placed Google on top for the third year in a row after leaping ahead of software developer SAS in 2012. The companies are ranked based on how …

Hershey and 3D Systems team up to make 3D-printed chocolate candy

The chocolate in the candy aisle could soon begin to look a lot weirder. 3D Systems announced today that it will partner with the Hershey Company to develop "innovative opportunities" in 3D-printed food. The multi-year agreement will have 3D Systems working with Hershey to come up with new ways of …

Apple Patents Mobile Payments Method With Secure Element For Protecting Account Info

Apple has filed for a new patent related to mobile payments that might provide more insight into how they’re thinking about implementing that kind of tech with the USPTO, AppleInsider notes. The patent is for an entire “touchless” phone-based payment system, which resembles existing ones in many …

NPD: iPhone Hit 42% US Smartphone Share in Q4 2013, Samsung 26%

In Q4 2013, Apple and Samsung were the clear winners in the US smartphone race. iPhone ownership increased from 35 percent in Q4 2012 to 42 percent in Q4 2013 while Samsung Android phones increased from 22 percent of smartphones owned in Q4 2012 to 26 percent in Q4 2013.<p>The latest figures come from …

Google Now alerts come to Chrome on the desktop (for developers, at first)

To further unify peoples’ desktop and mobile experience, Google has brought its Google Now notification service to the Chrome browser.<p>Google Now cards are available in the latest Mac and Windows build of Chrome Canary, a pre-release version of Google’s desktop web browser for developers. You can …

How a trash-talking, gate-crashing CEO made T-Mobile cool again

Not that long ago, T-Mobile was the laughing stock of America’s wireless telecommunications industry. Its network was still stuck in the pre-smartphone era, its customer service was considered shoddy, and its handset line-up was woefully inferior to those of its rivals (incredibly, it wasn’t until …

For Super Bowl, Nike Uses 3-D Printing to Create a Faster Football Cleat

Football players are highly engineered athletes—everything from their stride, to their stance, to the shoes on their feet have been carefully honed …

First Game of Thrones Season 4 Trailer Promises War, Death, Hell

If there's one thing <i>Game of Thrones</i> is not, it's subtle. So in order to prove the show can out-do its last season, which was a messy and bloody …

iOS 7.1 Update Breakdown (iPhone, iPad)

At some point in the future, Apple will release yet another iOS 7 update in the form of iOS 7.1. We know this because iOS 7.1 currently sits in the …

CyanogenMod announces 'GalleryNext' to handle photos in future versions

New interface and cloud service integration highlight beta release<p>It's no secret that the stock Gallery app from AOSP is rather simple, but …