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The New Apple Store In Istanbul Is Absolutely Beautiful

According to Dezeen, Foster first started working for Apple in 2009, when he received a cold call from Steve Jobs himself. Jobs reportedly told the architect, "Hi Norman, I need some help." Apple was looking for someone to design its new campus at the time, and Foster + Partners was soon …

San Francisco

Apple looking to ban sale of Samsung products

Early-May trial verdict found Samsung infringed three Apple mobile patents. Apple wants gadgets using the features banned.<p>Apple is looking to ban the sale of Samsung gadgets yet again.<p>The company filed papers Friday related to the patent-infringement trial that was brought to a close in California …

Gear & Gadgets

The Crazy Genius Behind Solar Roadways

Here’s an idea crazy enough that it just might work: Pave the streets with solar-powered panels that have their own built-in heat and LED lights. That’s what Scott and Julie Brusaw hope to accomplish with their ongoing Solar Roadways project, which they just funded through a hugely popular …

Sitting all day is bad for your brain, too

We know that spending all day hunched over laptops is shortening our lifespan and expanding our waistlines. Still, the threat of never growing up to be an Anderson Cooper-caliber silver fox may not be enough to motivate young tech workers to switch to a treadmill desk and sign up for some daily …

Apple buys LuxVue for its low-power, micro-LED display tech

Apple may soon tap micro-LEDs for its next generation of devices.<p>Apple tacitly confirmed its purchase of LuxVue, a low-power, micro-LED display maker, in a statement today, following a TechCrunch report about the acquisition.<p>“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we …

Apple's iPhone-like Dashboard Interface 'CarPlay' Demoed by Volvo

In-car touchscreen systems aren't known for their great usability, but a new one modeled on Apple's iOS may prove a more worthwhile platform. CarPlay, designed by Apple in concert with car makers, was shown off by Volvo this week at the New York International Auto Show.<p>The interface will be …

Auto Shows

Optical zoom could be coming to HTC smartphones next year

“Huge advances” in camera optics are coming to HTC devices within 12-18 months, said the company’s top camera specialist.<p>In an interview with Vodafone’s UK blog, Symon Whitehorn, Director of Special Projects at HTC, said optical zoom on smartphones is within reach for the Taiwanese company. …

Phones

Someone made real Spider-Man web shooters and they’re amazing (video)

The Internet age has brought us many treasures, including a non-lethal version of Thor’s hammer, a non-functional suit of Iron Man armor, and even the beginnings of a full-scale Millennium Falcon of <i>Star Wars</i> fame.<p>So, it’s about time someone made Marvel Comics’ signature character Spider-Man’s web …

Google kicks off Chromecast offers program with £5 of free Play credit

With Google's Chromecast streaming dongle now fully settled in the UK, the great provider (of search results) has kicked off a promotional program rewarding new and old customers alike. You'll find the offer highlighted in the Play store, where (browser) window shoppers are being tempted with …

Analysts predict decline in iPad sales

The average analyst estimate puts Apple's iPad sales at 19.3 million units, down 0.7 percent compared with the same period last year.<p>Here's something you don't hear often: Apple's year-over-year iPad sales may have dipped during the first three months of 2014, according to analysts.<p>A bevy of …

IPad Air

Steve Jobs evidence latest battleground in Silicon Valley's no-hire case

Plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe say they should be able to use all Jobs-related evidence to make their case.<p>Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is the subject of debate in a case involving major technology companies and their alleged efforts to not poach …

Silicon Valley

Microsoft Xbox One Sales Top 5 Million

One day after Sony posted sales of 7 million for the PlayStation 4, Microsoft has released numbers for its Xbox One console: 5 million in sales.<p>The …

HTC taps ex-Samsung exec for marketing muscle

Paul Golden, the former head of marketing for Samsung's mobile division, will serve as an adviser to HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang.<p>HTC is looking for a little of that Samsung Electronics marketing magic.<p>The Taiwanese smartphone maker has hired Paul Golden, the former head of marketing for Samsung's US …

Mobile

Goccia Is the World's Smallest Activity Tracker

It’s time for us to face the facts. Bluetooth is holding wearables back. The new Bluetooth LE standard is certainly a step up from earlier power-hungry versions, but the need for a wireless radio just isn’t practical for many types of wearable categories.<p>G-Wearables’ Kickstarter campaign for the …

Facebook to share ads based on location history with advertisers -- but won't say when

With Nearby Friends, your location history is private to you and only you -- until the social network decides otherwise. Surprised? Don't be. Facebook is in the advertising business.<p>With its brand-new Nearby Friends feature, Facebook is collecting a log of your travels so that it can one day pass …

Selling

Google Starts Making The New Google Maps The Default For Everybody

After just under a year in preview, Google today announced that it is now rolling out the new Google Maps to all of its users as the default option.<p>Since Google announced the new version of Maps at its I/O developer conference last year, users were able to switch between the two versions. Still, …