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LG beats expectations with strong TV sales in Q1

South Korean electronics giant records an operating profit of $487 million, an increase of 44 percent year-over-year.<p>LG Electronics beat analysts' prediction for its first quarter as demand for high-end TVs helped offset losses in its handset division.<p>The South Korean electronics giant posted an …

LG is making a webOS TV range just for John Lewis stores

John Lewis is a big fan of cornering retail exclusives on gadgets, and it now appears that this love is extending to smart TVs. <i>Pocket-lint</i> has noticed that the department store chain is teasing the JL9000 series, a line of self-branded, LG-designed webOS TVs that should be more than just a rehashes …

Glowdeck Preview: 3-in-1 Wireless Charger, Speaker, Notifications

Notification centers, Bluetooth speakers, and wireless charging docks are nothing new – but the concepts find a common place in the Glowdeck, a Kickstarter project that combines all three functionalities in one package – and a single price tag.<p>Until now, we’ve seen these three types of gadgets …

Aether's $399 Cone is a speaker that knows exactly what you want to hear next

It's a Saturday night and you're cooking dinner before some friends come over. You hit a button on the speaker in your kitchen and it starts playing Daft Punk. You didn't ask for Daft Punk, and the music isn't coming from your phone, computer, or any other device that's in your house; your speaker …

Janus Friis’ Next Act Is A Hardware Startup Called Aether, And A “Thinking” Music Player Called Cone

Janus Friis made his name founding a series of disruptive software startups such as Skype, Rdio, Joost and (much earlier) KaZaA — some more successful than others.<p>Now the Danish entrepreneur is moving into new territory: a hardware startup called Aether (formerly known by its in-stealth working …

Google announces Project Tango, a smartphone that can map the world around it

Google has built a prototype Android smartphone that can learn and map the world around it. The device comes from a new initiative called Project Tango, and it's ready to get the phone into developers' hands to see what the technology is capable of. Google says that the phone will learn the …

Fitbit Issues Voluntary Recall For Fitbit Force Due To Skin Irritation, New Version Coming “Soon”

Fitness tracking company Fitbit has just issued a recall (and stopped sales) of their popular product the Fitbit Force, a wrist-borne activity tracker that follows their Fitbit Flex but adds a display and more advanced features. The Force was a popular item according to most estimates, and was …

Foxconn's US manufacturing invasion could start with Vizio TVs

Foxconn looks likely to begin manufacturing large-screen TVs in the US. Last month the company's chairman, Terry Gou, said the manufacturing giant was "studying the feasibility" of opening a display manufacturing plant in the US, but according to a report from <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, Gou is now …

Lumo Lift Wearable Seeing Upwards Of 400 Pre-Orders Per Day As Campaign Nears $1M

The Lumo Lift is the second product from startup Lumo BodyTech, and the second to help users with their posture. The Lumo Back was the first, and it raised around $200,000 in 40 days on Kickstarter. This time, Lumo opted to do the crowdfunding themselves, and the trajectory of the latest device has …

China's Baidu Releases A Wireless Music Streaming Box

Baidu may be China’s search stalwart — but it has been quietly developing various options in the entertainment industry as well.<p>The company already owns a Baidu Music app — which is available only within China — with several million songs within its database that have received the necessary …

H.H. Gregg begins offering in-store pickup for Apple devices, celebrates by discounting iPad Air up to $60

Regional consumer electronics/home appliance retailer H.H. Gregg has just announced that it will be offering in-store pickup of Apple devices for the first time ever.<p>“With the addition of ordering Apple products to our site, our mobile phone and tablet product offering is now more expansive than …

YouTube reveals 4K video streaming plans ahead of CES

While we’re still skeptical that consumers really care about 4K video, Google is laying down plenty of ground work to make sure it’s prepared for the future.<p>Today, the media giant’s YouTube revealed to GigaOm that it will be showing off 4K video streaming using its VP9 video codex at next week’s …

iPhone does well in post-holiday Web traffic; iPad not so much

The iPhone beat other rivals in Web traffic following the holidays, but the iPad was outpaced by the competition, says Chitika.<p>Apple's iPhone saw the highest gains in post-holiday online traffic among the major smartphones, online ad network Chitika said on Thursday.<p>Measuring the online ad …

Wal-Mart to sell iPhone 5c for $27 with contract on Friday

As part of a holiday sale starting Friday, Wal-Mart plans to offer the iPhone 5c for $27 with a two-year contract from AT&T or Verizon.<p>That's a huge discount on the iPhone 5c, a $99 model that Apple introduced just three months ago.<p>The iPhone 5c has struggled to sell and Wal-Mart has been …

Walmart

Walmart to Sell iPhone 5c for $27, iPhone 5s for $127 Beginning Friday

Walmart will begin a holiday sale on Friday that will see the retailer drop price of Apple's iPhone to just $27 with a two-year contract, reports the <i>Los Angeles Times</i>. Though the iPhone 5c is normally priced at $99, Walmart and other retailers have been selling the phone at a discount since shortly …

Moto G: Motorola launches £135 phone

The new Moto G aims to compete with the iPhone for a fifth of the cost, Motorola claims.<p>Motorola’s first phone to launch in Europe since the company was acquired by Google will aim to undercut all its rivals on price, the company has revealed.<p>The much-rumoured, mid-range Moto G launched today at …

Mobile Technology

Sprint Won’t Bid in Upcoming Spectrum Auction

iStockphoto | italianestro<p>Sprint won’t bid in an upcoming Federal Communications Commission auction for a chunk of wireless spectrum known as the “H …

Cellular Networks

Samsung launches Galaxy Core Plus with curious step backwards in specs

When is a smartphone upgrade not an upgrade? When it's the Samsung Galaxy Core Plus, which has quietly launched in Taiwan. Although it does use Android 4.2 where the original Galaxy Core ran 4.1, it's carrying just 768MB of RAM and 4GB of expandable storage -- both steps <i>down</i> from the 1GB of RAM and …

SoftBank Snags $1.26 Billion Stake in Brightstar

Japan’s SoftBank said on Friday that it is investing $1.26 billion to take a majority stake in wireless distributor Brightstar as part of an effort …

Telecoms

More iPhone 5c Supply Chain Rumors

Has Apple reduced orders for its new iPhone 5c? A growing chorus of reports suggests that it has.<p>Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal reported …

iPhone

Verizon Customers Face Final Deadline For Requesting Refunds For Fraudulent Third-Party Billing Charges

If you’ve ever looked at your phone bill and been mystified by a third-party billing charge that you didn’t authorize, chances are good you’ve been a victim of a practice known in the telco industry as “cramming.”<p>Typically, your options for relief have been limited. Unlike credit cards, phone bills …

At Apple, gold iPhone 5S is known as 'the Kardashian phone'

No, it didn't merely have some secret code name with numbers and letters. Apparently, the (relatively) blingiest of the iPhones was associated from the beginning with, well, a lack of taste.<p>Apple employees are often accused of excessive reverence for the brand and even for themselves.<p>They are said …

What To Expect From Apple’s October 22 iPad Event

iOS

iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C Coming to US Cellular on November 8th

Back in May, it was announced that US Cellular may join the ranks of the top US carriers by offering Apple iPhone to its customers. It seems the day …

Mobile Technology

Verizon begins beefing up LTE network with acquired AWS spectrum

Verizon is finally starting to take advantage of the all AWS spectrum it acquired in a controversial deal with cable providers. <i>GigaOm</i> reports that, at least in New York City, the carrier has quietly flipped the switch and enabled LTE signals on the 2.1 GHz AWS band. Thanks to the beefed-up network, …

Internet

Apple reportedly cuts production of iPhone 5C as market opts for pricier 5S

Advertisement<p>10 Comments<p>Apple(s aapl) has reduced its fourth-quarter orders for the new iPhone 5C due to relatively weak demand, according to …

Mobile Technology

Scratch Wireless offers 'free' mobile service that uses WiFi for calls and text

If you've ever struggled with a monthly cell phone bill, you've probably looked for cheaper alternatives like prepaid plans from big box stores or startup carriers like Zact and Ting. Well, what's cheaper than free? That's exactly what Scratch Wireless aims to offer with what it claims is the …

Verizon Testing Same-Day Delivery for Phones Ordered Online

Verizon Wireless is trying out a program that offers customers the option of same-day delivery for phones ordered from its website.<p>The company is …

Telecoms