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Samsung Ranks First for Smartphones Sales in Q1 2013

Samsung was the world’s number one smartphone seller for the first quarter of this year in terms of revenue, overtaking Apple, data from Strategy Analytics show.<p>According to a report from Yonhap News, sales of Samsung’s smartphones topped $23.63 billion during the first three months of 2013, …

This High-Tech Backpack Is Mapping the Remotest Corners for Google

Most people know about the fleet of Google cars that go around filming streets.<p>But what about the submarines and the tricycles and the backpacks? At …

Google Stock Price Closes At 52-Week High Of $915 On First Day Of Google I/O As Apple Takes Another Drop

Google’s stock price came close to its 52-week high on the first day of Google I/O today, hitting $915 per share at close. In comparison, Apple today dropped 15 points to close at $428 per share, 277 points off its 52-week high.<p>This morning, Google stock jumped to $909 per share from its opening …

This is the new Nexus: a first look at Samsung's Galaxy S4 with stock Android

The best cellphone hardware has been crippled by manufacturer and carrier bloatware and skins, and Google's Nexus lineup has been hamstrung by a lack of LTE and somewhat inadequate specifications. But we've just gotten a look at the big surprise of Google's I/O keynote, a Samsung Galaxy S4 running …

ZTE Grand X2 In Intel-powered flagship smartphone unveiled

In Monaco earlier today, ZTE officially unveiled its ZTE Grand X2 In Intel-powered flagship smartphone, once again eschewing its stigma of peddling …

Google has rebuilt Maps from ‘ground up,’ with iPad version coming this summer

We knew Google would unveil new updates on Google Maps today at I/O, but we didn’t expect it to be <i>this</i> substantial. Google claims it has completely rebuilt Maps with a new interface, search abilities, and faster performance.<p>You can request access to a preview of the new Google Maps here.<p>One big key …

Google Launches Hangouts Messaging Service for iOS, Android and Web

Google has today announced Hangouts, a new messaging service that replaces the numerous Google services that currently help you have real-time conversations with other users, such as Google Talk, Google Voice and Google+ Hangouts.<p>It will launch on most major platforms later today, including iOS, …

Spur-of-the-moment spacewalk a first for NASA, space station

An impromptu spacewalk triggered by the sight of ammonia flakes drifting past a window of the International Space Station wraps up with a replaced pump and a plan for "additional detective work."<p>Saturday saw a first for NASA and the International Space Station, as two astronauts conducted an …

Space Science

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

FEATURE-EMPTY<p>M&A Blackstone buys majority stake in key unit of Thomson Reuters<p>B.C. moves to block Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion Subscriber content<p>Streetwise Big banks face scrutiny as same-broker stock trades rise Subscriber content<p>Streetwise Starwood Capital’s Sternlicht to …

US: Russia Withheld 'Crucial' Intel on Boston Bomb Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev

Citing unnamed US officials, the Journal said on its website that the information consisted of text messages between the mother of Tamerlan Tsarnaev and a Russian relative.<p>Tsarnaev died in a shootout days after the April 15 twin blasts that killed three people and wounded more than 260 near the …

Terrorism

Bus Brawl Caught on Tape, Driver Allegedly Set Up Fight

Raw: 40 Dead in Turkey Car Bombings Near Syria

Google's VP9 video codec nearly done; YouTube will use it

One of the biggest video sites on the Net will use Google's next-generation video compression technology after it's fully defined on June 17.<p>Google plans to finish defining its VP9 video codec on June 17, providing a date on which the company will be able to start using the next-generation …

Google

Let Firefox understand your mistyped URLs

With the Nbar extension, Firefox will understand what you mean when you make a typo when entering a URL in its Awesomebar.<p>Are typos slowing down you and your Web-surfing ways? If you are typo king or queen, give Nbar a whirl. It uses fuzzy string matching to guess the meaning behind incorrectly …

Software

Torrented 3D-printed gun blueprints shows Internet can’t be silenced

In case you missed it, yesterday the Department of Defense went after the much-publicized “The Liberator” 3D-printed gun, which has been successfully …

Apple reportedly expands two-step authentication to Canada and 11 more countries

In late March, Apple introduced more secure two-step authentication for Apple ID / iCloud accounts, just before a major exploit temporarily allowed passwords to be reset with only an email address and date of birth. Initially, though, it was available only in the United States, the UK, Australia, …

Apple deluged by police demands to decrypt iPhones

ATF says no law enforcement agency could unlock a defendant's iPhone, but Apple can "bypass the security software" if it chooses. Apple has created a police waiting list because of high demand.<p>Apple receives so many police demands to decrypt seized iPhones that it has created a "waiting list" to …

Privacy

Hackers stole $45 million in ATM card breach

NEW YORK — They didn't use guns, masks or even threatening notes passed to bank tellers.<p>But an alleged international gang of cyberthieves managed to steal $45 million from thousands of ATMs in carefully coordinated attacks conducted in a matter of hours, federal authorities charged Thursday.<p>A …

14-Year-Old Discovers iPad Smart Cover Magnets Can Shut Off Implanted Defibrillators

A fourteen-year-old has discovered that the tiny magnets inside the iPad can inadvertently shut off implanted defibrillators if the device is left on the chest, such as might happen if the user falls asleep with the iPad lying on them.<p>Apple builds magnets into every iPad it sells for use with its …

By Acquiring This Company You Never Heard Of, Aaron Levie Just Punched Dropbox In The Gut

You probably never heard of Crocodoc. It's a seven-person startup and class of 2007 Y-Combinator alum that raised a little over $1 million.<p>Terms of the acquisition were not announced but we bet the team made a pretty penny. That's because, despite its small size, Crocodoc had a handful of huge …

Startups

Should famous people use Kickstarter? Kickstarter says 'yes'

After high-profile projects by Zach Braff, Amanda Palmer, the <i>Veronica Mars</i> creators, and other celebrities, there's been ongoing controversy over whether such projects are true to the spirit of Kickstarter. Is it ethical to turn to crowdfunding when you could easily get money through more …

Will Waze Be Facebook’s Next Instagram?

As has been widely reported and according to sources we have confirmed it with, Facebook is indeed in serious talks to buy Waze for $1 billion, the …

Amazon building smartphone with a 3D screen, says WSJ

It's been long rumored that Amazon is working on a phone, but according to a new <i>Wall Street Journal</i> report, that phone may have a 3D display. Anonymous sources say that Amazon is actually working on two phones, including a high-end model with a glasses-free 3D display, a concept that was tried some …