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Foxconn is buying up to 60,000 used iPhones per day to sell in China

Looking for more evidence that China is set to take over from the U.S. as Apple’s biggest market?

According to a report from the Chinese-language news outlet Tencent, Foxconn is currently buying 50,000-60,000 second-hand iPhones per day through worldwide channels, and then selling these on to the …

Asia

Phantom Cyber Lands $2.7M Seed Round To Automate Cybersecurity

Phantom Cyber, a cybersecurity startup with an ambitious idea, announced a $2.7M seed round with backing from some of the biggest names in computer security.

Investors include John W. Thompson, former CEO of Symantec, Thomas E. Noonan, former CEO of Internet Security Systems (ISS) and John C. …

Cybersecurity

Future iPhones could advise your friends to quit bugging you

The iPhone is more advanced than it’s ever been, but there’s one thing Apple’s smartphone can do no better than the Nokia 3310 I had when I was a teenager: stop you getting calls at inappropriate times.

That may be about to change, however, as a newly-published patent describes an Instant …

iPhone

Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge is ridiculously expensive to make

It's no secret that Samsung's curvy Galaxy S6 Edge costs a pretty penny, but there's now a good explanation as to why. IHS estimates that the raw price of assembly for a 64GB Verizon model is $290. That's more expensive to make than not just the Galaxy S5 ($256 when new), but also the 128GB iPhone …

Samsung Galaxy

Nokia Confirms It Is in Advanced Talks to Buy Alcatel-Lucent

Nokia confirmed on Tuesday that it is in “advanced discussions” to acquire rival network equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent.

The move follows a Bloomberg News report of the talks.

“In relation to recent media speculation, Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent confirm that they are in advanced discussions with respect …

Nokia

How Your iPhone’s Music App Is About to Change

Changes could be paving the way for new streaming service

Apple is planning a big redesign for the Music app on your iPhone and iPad.

The new version featured in a preview version of an upcoming update is based heavily on the current design of iTunes for the Mac, according to a hands-on preview by …

iPhone

Twitter’s new plan to placate Wall Street

Twitter chief financial officer Anthony Noto recently revealed that the social network is thinking about creating a new feature called the Twitter Daily Edition to curate and share the best tweets of each day.

“If you sleep for five to eight hours like most people do and when you wake up in the …

Samsung Galaxy S6: Questions That Need Answers Before Considering

I attended the Samsung Electronics product launch event in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress (MWC). It was a huge launch, intended to win the global audience over with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. Samsung had a lot riding on a successful launch as they have lost significant market …

The Apple Watch event: What we already know and what to expect

Apple is hosting a media event Monday morning to launch its Apple Watch, and we'll be in San Francisco to give you all the details as they're announced.

Chief Executive Tim Cook revealed the watch product for the first time during its September iPhone 6 announcement, so we already know a bit about …

Apple Watch

Eero thinks its tiny box can fix all your WiFi issues

While many of the devices we use every day depend on WiFi -- everything from our smartphones to our TVs -- most home WiFi networks are still woefully slow compared to their wired alternatives. Enter Eero, a small San Francisco startup that aims to bring home WiFi into the future. How? By combining …

Wi-Fi

Watch out Google, Uber may be making its own self-driving cars

The ride-hailing service partners with Carnegie Mellon University to build a high-tech lab that focuses on mapping, vehicle safety and autonomy …

Google

New Adware Found In Google Play Apps With Millions Of Downloads

A new report from security firm Avast out this morning reveals the discovery of a new form of malware on the Google Play store, which begins to display advertisements disguised as warning messages to end users when they unlock their Android smartphones. What’s interesting about this malware – or …

Google

Are driverless cars the future of Uber?

Taxi app Uber is taking its biggest steps yet towards a driver-free world, launching the Uber Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh “to do research and development, primarily in the areas of mapping and vehicle safety and autonomy technology”.

It’s a massive investment in the future from a …

Transportation (UK)

Samsung Galaxy A5 and A3: Sleek, slim, fully metal (hands-on)

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Side by side on a table, the two nearly identical rectangular handsets look innocuous enough and extremely familiar. Yet two …

Samsung Galaxy

Cops can make you unlock your smartphone with fingerprint, says judge

Cops can force you to unlock your smartphone with your fingerprint — but they can't force you to unlock it with your passcode, according to a judge in Virginia.

The decision, one of the first ones to deal with fingerprints and cellphones, confirms the fact that law enforcement agents can get access …

Fingerprints

iPhone 6 Reservations in China Top Four Million in One Day

Demand for Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets in China appears to grow stronger every day, as reservations for Apple’s new flagship device have reached four million in just one day.

MacRumors:

…This figure tops the two million in six hours reported yesterday and is based on information

iPhone

Behold The Best Slow-Motion Camera On The Market

At 25,000 frames per second, the Phantom v2511 can practically stop time.

In the time it takes to blink, the Phantom v2511 has already captured more than 7,500 frames of video. Expand that rate to one second, and the v2511 captures 25,600 frames at a resolution of about 1 megapixel. That’s still a …

HealthKit Apps Appear in The App Store After iOS 8.0.2 Release

Apple introduced a few health-related features in the new iOS 8, and even released the HealthKit tool to help the developers integrate it within …

Alcatel OneTouch's Fierce 2 and Evolve 2 are now available on T-Mobile

Alcatel OneTouch may have displayed a number of new devices last week at IFA, but it turns out the company is not quite done showing off its goods just yet. Here at CTIA, the company showed us two more handsets -- the Fierce 2 and the Evolve 2 -- both of which were actually announced a couple of …

T-Mobile

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Features and Specs – Stuff you Should Know Before you Preorder

Much to nobody’s surprise, Apple has officially announced the iPhone 6. Not just the 6, though. An even fancier (and costlier) model, the iPhone 6 …

When and where to buy the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Everything you need to know about buying Apple's new iPhones.

Updated:

There are two new iPhone models that will be available for purchase soon. The …

iPhone

Sony Xperia Z Android 4.4.4 Update Released, Plus Other Devices

Sony has announced that it is rolling out the Android 4.4.4 update to the Sony Xperia Z, the update brings a range of new features to the Xperia Z. …

As the Tinder lawsuit wraps up, CMO Justin Mateen leaves the company permanently

Tinder CMO Justin Mateen is out permanently following Monday’s settlement of the sexual harassment lawsuit he was at the center of. He had been suspended in July when the suit came to light, but the departure is now permanent, according to an unnamed Los Angeles Times source. A Tinder spokesperson …

Lumia 735 and 830 Coming To The US Soon

Earlier this week, Microsoft unveiled a number of new Windows Phone devices at IFA 2014 in Berlin. Both devices are expected to launch by the end of …

Twitter’s latest experiment turns favorites into retweets (and it’s annoying lots of people)

Twitter is back in experimental mode, but its latest test is annoying people. A sizable number of users are seeing tweets favorited by others in their timeline, just like retweets. They are also getting notifications when others follow someone new.

This was first brought to my attention a couple of …

Social Networks

Microsoft teases new camera-focused Windows Phones on September 4th

You won't have to wait long if you're hoping for a new round of Windows Phones with powerful cameras. Microsoft has just sent out a save-the-date notice that asks the media if it's ready for "more face time" at a Berlin event on September 4th, just ahead of the IFA technology show. There's a Lumia …

Microsoft Windows

Microsoft launches Bing-powered celebrity stalking app

Microsoft today is rounding out its portfolio of apps for iOS with a new program called Snipp3t. The awkwardly named free app is essentially Microsoft’s solution for stalking celebrities like Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, and Miley Cyrus. As Microsoft explains:

SNIPP3T (pronounced “snippet”) is an app …

Microsoft

Benchmark Hands Over 5.3 Million Twitter Shares to Investors

Benchmark is spreading the wealth following Twitter’s recent financial success on Wall Street.

The Silicon Valley venture capital firm returned roughly 5.3 million shares of Twitter stock to its limited partners on Friday, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on …

Investing

Square introduces Appointments online scheduling system for small businesses

Square is no longer satisfied with just having businesses use its Square Reader to process credit card transactions. Now it wants to help businesses offer online appointment scheduling as it moves to position itself as the one-stop-shop for all small business needs.

Announced today, Square …

Scheduling

Twitter Paid $134 Million for Gnip

Twitter pulled back the curtain on the financial details of its Gnip acquisition on Monday. The total: $134 million in stock and cash for the Boulder, Colorado-based startup. The package, outlined in a 10-Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, included more than $107 million in cash …

Financial Regulation