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Touch+ turns any surface into a gesture controller for your PC

Haptix (now Ractiv) promised a cheap sensor that would turn any surface into a multi-touch PC controller, and it's making good on its word today by shipping the device worldwide. The $75 add-on has received a new Touch+ name and a sleek redesign, but it otherwise uses the same basic concepts we saw …

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Rumored to Come With Exynos 5433 Processor and 12MP Camera

Not too long ago, we heard that Samsung Galaxy Alpha will see the daylight on August 13th, and will feature a different design with a metal frame and …

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Microsoft Sues Samsung Over Android Patent Royalty Dispute

Samsung stopped paying its patent bills late last year, following Microsoft's announcement of the Nokia acquisition.<p>Microsoft said Friday that it has sued Samsung in the hope of settling a contract dispute over the patent royalty payments that the Korean company pays the software giant.<p>“Today’s …

How wearables are driving the rethinking of notifications

At their recent developer conferences, Apple and Google introduced new facilities in their mobile operating systems that will serve as aggregation points for a rich stream of data from wearables. But the more important stream to manage may be the path back from the phone.<p>In these early days of …

A weird copper shrub keeps this computer totally silent

Silent Power's tiny computer doesn't even really look like a computer. It looks more like a pot with some strange hedge growing out the top of it. But in fact, the whole package is half computer, half heat sink, with an oversized copper blob on its top side being used to cool the entire machine, …

Samsung's new UHD TV is the first to go from flat to curved on command

Samsung's new TVs have pressed 4K and curved frames as features, but what if you want one that's only curved sometimes? That's where a bendable TV comes in, and Samsung says it will release the industry's first one on August 1st in Korea. We got a peek at an 85-inch version in January at CES (check …

NomadPlus is an external battery that uses your Apple power plug

External batteries come in all shapes and sizes, few of which are as handy as the NomadPlus. This particular portable battery is aimed at Apple …

Sony makes money on movies and games, but not on smartphones

It wasn't long ago that Sony, almost inexplicably for a company of its size and heritage, was losing money everywhere it went. After a few years of pain, however, things have begun to look up, with the company posting a first quarter net profit of around $265 million. The bulk of the good news …

Google Releases the Source Code of Its I/O 2014 App

Google today published the source code for its I/O 2014 app in hopes of teaching developers some of its best practices for Android apps.<p>While you may have used the I/O 2014 app to plan your schedule at the conference, Google had bigger plans for the app. It’s designed to serve as a kind of template …

LG G Vista to come to Verizon with a massive screen and battery

Verizon subscribers are soon to be blessed with a brand new affordable smartphone, if the latest murmurs are to be believed. New rumors suggest an LG G Vista is to be announced by Verizon this Thursday, July 31st. It should carry a $499 price tag as an off-contract device, or $99 under a 2-year …

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Twitter acquires deep learning startup Madbits

Twitter has acquired a stealthy computer vision startup called Madbits, which was founded by former New York University researchers. Clément Farabet …

Facebook Gives Up on Gifts

The move comes amid an e-commerce strategy overhaul at the social network.<p>Say goodbye to those messages on Facebook asking you to send your friends a gift on their birthdays.<p>A year ago, Facebook killed off the part of its Gifts service that allowed users to order physical presents through the …

Samsung Expands its Kids Store App Selection

Fresh from revamping its own Galaxy App Store, Samsung has upgraded its Kids Store which – as the name suggests – covers apps that cater for youngsters and is part of the ‘kids mode’ on two of its newest devices.<p>The store is limited to the Galaxy S5 smartphone and Galaxy Tab S tablet at this point, …

Samsung's phone market share takes a bruising as Chinese rivals surge

Samsung warned that its smartphone sales weren't that great this spring, and now we have the numbers to show just what the company meant. IDC estimates that Samsung's smartphone shipments saw a rare year-over-year drop in the second quarter, taking it from a lofty 32.3 percent market share down to …

Stunning Video Shot with GoPro Camera on Car Tire

GoPro cameras are small, tough and fairly inconspicuous. Filmmakers and action sports enthusiasts regularly strap them to drones, helmets and surfboards, but car tires? That’s new to us.<p>Ryan Fox, a Vimeo user from Milwaukee, Wisconsin attached his GoPro with duct tape before cruising around the …

Huawei reporting 62% growth, shipped 34 million Smartphones in first half 2014

Huawei has just released some of their numbers for the first half of 2014. Smartphones only account for about half of Huawei’s global business, but business is good, reporting a 62% year-on-year increase in phone shipments, bringing them to 34.27 million units shipped.<p>Huawei’s total global business …

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Swiftkey for Android Updated With Several Performance Improvements, New Languages and More

Swiftkey is one of the best keyboard apps for Android devices, which is now available as a free app in the Google Play Store — used to cost $3.99. …

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New Mac Mini Appears On Apple’s Support Site

Yesterday we saw the new 2014 Retina MacBook Pro range, and now it looks like Apple has another new mac on the way, a new Mac Mini.<p>The last Mac Mini …

With This Vision Correction Technology, Your Screen Wears the Glasses

Billions each day interact with electronic displays, and a large proportion of those people have less than perfect vision — but new research from the University of California, Berkeley may soon mean that it's your phone that will wear the glasses, not you. It's not quite a pair of spectacles stuck …

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2014 Retina MacBook Pro Gets Benchmarked

Yesterday Apple released its new 2014 Retina MacBook Pro range, both 13 inch and 15 inch models of the MacBook Pro got updated with the latest …

32 of the Best Chromecast Apps

Google Chromecast is an unusual device. Unlike most streaming set-top boxes, it doesn’t come with a remote, a bevy of pre-loaded apps or even an obvious menu system.<p>Instead, the Chromecast acts as a conduit for the apps and content you might find on your PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet. The latter …

Driverless cars get green light for testing on public roads in UK

The UK is to encourage the development of driverless cars on its roads, it was announced on Wednesday, with a multimillion-pound research fund and a review into the relevant laws around road safety.<p>The business secretary, Vince Cable, said a £10m fund will be made available for driverless car …

Canvas fingerprinting is tracking you, and you don't even know what it is

Canvas fingerprinting?<p>Popular, heavily trafficked websites are increasingly turning to “canvas fingerprinting” in order to track your online movements. Canvas fingerprinting is extremely hard to block, hard to detect, and has become a unique identifier that logs your ‘Net history as you jump from …

Blink Wireless Monitoring And Home Security System (video)

Blink a new monitoring and home security system has this week launched on the Kickstarter crowd funding website and is already looking as though it …

BlackBerry buys encrypted voice firm Secusmart

Troubled phone maker BlackBerry has attempted to expand its security offerings with the acquisition of voice encryption provider Secusmart, though onlookers aren’t convinced it will reverse the company’s fortunes.<p>The deal to acquire the young German company, announced on Tuesday, forms part of …

Square Reveals A Reader For Chip Payment Cards Ahead Of Coming U.S. Launch

Square is set to bring its payment card reader for mobile devices in line with modern tech used most places in the world outside of the U.S. – today it revealed its upcoming EMV and chip-compatible dongle, which will be available soon for pre-order with an estimated ship date of sometime in …

The HTC One E8 is a plastic phone in search of its metal soul

Plastic phones have a bad reputation and HTC is partly to blame. The company that defines itself as “a global leader in mobile innovation and design” has, for two years running, built the finest Android smartphone with an all-aluminum thing of beauty it calls the One. First the One M7 swept up the …

Apple leaker predicts December launch for iWatch, iPhablet

Production issues continue to plague the 5.5-inch iPhablet, and while the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is on target to launch in September, Apple may have just decided to pair the launch of its first wearable alongside its first foray into phablets, says one of Weibo’s top Apple leakers.<p>The launch of the …

London to pioneer 5G technology, the city's mayor promises

5G is still only in its early stages, but Mayor Boris Johnson has promised that London will have the world’s first major 5G network.<p>The University of Surrey will be the driving force behind the developments which were announced as part of the capital’s long-term infrastructure plan from now until …

TouchPico - Android powered pico projector puts a touchscreen anywhere

Every once in a while a truly great and innovative campaign lands on the crowd funding websites. This time out we find a pico projector on IndieGogo. The project is called TouchPico and it is no ordinary projector; aside from being almost completely wireless in operation and housing its own full …

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