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HTC Desire 500 arrives in UK

Carphone Warehouse has become the first UK retailer to start selling HTC’s mid-range Desire 500 smartphone.<p>The HTC Desire 500 runs on Android 4.1.2 and features a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, offering high-speed multitasking, fast web browsing and graphic-intense gaming on the move. It has a …

Freelance Marketplace DesignCrowd Raises $3M To Fuel Its International Growth

DesignCrowd, a crowdsourcing marketplace for freelance designers, has raised $3 million in new funding from investors led by Starfish Ventures. This brings the Sydney, Australia based company’s total raised to date to $6.3 million. DesignCrowd will use the proceeds to open a U.S. office and scale …

Smartphone Pin revealed by camera and microphone

<b>The Pin for a smartphone can be revealed by its camera and microphone, researchers have warned.</b><p>Using a program called PIN Skimmer, a team from the University of Cambridge found that codes entered on a number-only soft keypad could be identified.<p>The software watches your face via the camera and …

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The English-language internet just grew by a third—but you probably won’t notice

On Jan. 29, 2014, you will be able to navigate over to your friendly neighborhood domain registrar and register a website on any (or indeed all) of nine new top-level domains (TLDs). So far, the English-language internet has gotten along just fine with a mere 22 TLDs, the best known of which are …

Google Play might be coming to BlackBerry with next update of BB10

It’s no secret that BlackBerry(s bb) lags behind iOS(s appl) and Android(s goog) when it comes to apps, but that might soon change. No, BlackBerry …

A Brooklyn Bodega Owner Told Us Why All Merchants Should Start Accepting Bitcoin

The latest deal at Brooklyn's Greene Avenue Market is an unusual one: 10% off if you pay with Bitcoin.<p>We were tipped off to this by Marc Hedlund, the VP of engineering at software firm Stripe, who Tweeted the following photo this morning from one of the market's locations:<p>We just got off the phone …

The Big Reveal In Apple's Upcoming iPhone 6

Bloomberg reports Apple will launch two larger screen phones next year but the more significant aspect of the report is the likelihood of an iPhone with a curved screen. The Wall St Journal picked up on it too – it means, most likely, that Apple will be transferring its screen technologies from LCD …

Samsung's NX300M smart camera is its first to run Tizen OS

Samsung's refreshed NX300M smart camera has already been on sale for more than a month in Korea, but only now is one of its features coming to light. At a recent developer summit, the company confirmed that the 20.3-megapixel shooter is actually running a camera-focused build of its open-source …

Smartphones take lead with 55% of mobile phone sales

The astronomic growth in the mobile arena has been due in large part to the increasing popularity of smartphones, new data from Ericsson reveals.<p>The communications technology company on Monday released mobile phone sales data for the third quarter, and revealed that smartphones accounted for 55 …

The Twitter IPO in Pictures

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Twitter Ends First Day of Trading At $44.94, Up 72.84% But Below Open Bid

In the United States, the stock markets have closed for the day. It also marks the end of Twitter’s first day as a public company and it has seen its stock close at $44.94, up 72.84 percent for the day, but slightly below its opening trading price.<p>This morning, Twitter started writing its next …

A Like Is Not Enough: Facebook Tests Star Ratings Displayed On Pages

Facebook is apparently testing displaying star ratings, out of a possible five in total, on Pages on the desktop version of its site, according to a reliable tip received by TechCrunch this morning. Screenshots and live testing show that Facebook has turned on the star rating display for at least a …

RIP Blockbuster (Or: Why Can't I Watch Indiana Jones?)

It's a near-guarantee that you haven't been to a Blockbuster this year, or possibly this decade. And after today's announcement that the company is …

Airlines implement gate-to-gate handheld device rules faster than expected

United and American have joined Delta and Jet Blue in permitting gate-to-gate use of portable electronic devices, following the FAA ruling making it legal to do so.<p>The FAA had said at the time that airlines would need to perform individual tests to demonstrate that the use of electronic devices …

GoCoin Wants To Help Bitcoin Go Mainstream In Asia And South America

As Bitcoin starts to gain traction as an alternative payment method, the role of a middleman to facilitate the purchase of goods and services across the world bought with the virtual currency becomes more important.<p>GoCoin, a US- and Singapore-based company, is entering this space as it seeks to …

Google Takes Street View Inside Gatwick Airport, Its Largest Indoors Maps Use In Europe

Airports are perennially filled with exhausted people trying to figure out where they need to go to get to the gate/toilet/perfume counter (ok, maybe not the last one). So enter stage left Google Street View. Google has stitched together more than 2,000 images taken inside the U.K.’s second busiest …

Lenovo shows the PC is not dead yet | Financial Times

Who says the PC is dead? Lenovo’s notebook sales rose 8 per cent year-on-year in the three months to September, a period when global industry …

PlayStation 4 entertainment apps detailed ahead of launch

Sony Computer Entertainment America has just revealed its launch lineup of entertainment apps for PlayStation 4 and there aren't many surprises. Established names in video on demand (VOD) like Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Instant Video are all there, joined by a number of fringe players including …

At Twitter HQ on IPO Day, Business Almost as Usual

Eli Langer/CNBCTwitter’s biggest public day yet has come. But you wouldn’t know it by the looks of things at and around Twitter HQ.The company, which …

Sony reveals PlayStation 4 innards a week before its release

Earlier this year, Sony famously made its PS4 announcement without actually showing anyone the hardware. We all had to wait months for E3 in Los Angeles to see the new black box — even hardware architect Mark Cerny was kept in the dark — but now everyone knows of the sharp, angular new look. What …

Sony details 11 PS4 entertainment apps available at launch, includes the ones you want

As Sony continues to stoke the PS4 promotional fires, it's detailed eleven apps that'll deliver a mix of TV and movie content to the next-gen console from launch. The usual suspects from the PS3 era are here, but we've got no complaints, as the likes of Netflix and Amazon Instant Video are our …

Review: Fitbug Orb Activity Tracker

Nike+ FuelBand SE, Withings Pulse, Jawbone UP, Fitbit Force. You can take your pick from the myriad of activity-trackers permeating the fitness sphere, each offering broadly similar feature sets, but with their own nuances to cater for different tastes.<p>With such a saturated market, is there really …

Lenovo, smartphone dark horse? Its shipments surge 78%

Lenovo's earnings jumped by 36 percent last quarter thanks to rising sales of its mobile phones and tablets.<p>Earnings for the quarter ended September 30 came in at $220 million, while revenue rose by 13 percent to $98.8 billion. Smartphone shipments grew by 78 percent from the prior year, while …

Purported HTC M8 photos leak, offer first look at HTC’s next flagship

HTC used to roll out flagship phones on a seemingly monthly basis, but so far we haven’t seen a major follow-up to the six-month-old HTC One. The HTC …

The Xbox One Resolution Saga Showcases An Underlying Next-Gen Frustration

Another day, another announcement that the resolution of an upcoming Xbox One launch title isn’t what everyone was hoping it would be. Dead Rising 3 has been revealed to be native 720p and locked at 30 FPS.<p>The game can now be added to the list many of Microsoft's launch games that are some mixture …

Bitcoin value goes up, now accepted in China

<b>(123dartist/Shutterstock)</b><p>“If James Bond, Sergey Brin and Paul Volcker…designed their ideal currency, it might look a lot like bitcoin.”<p>Olga Kharif<p>November 7, 2013 1:38pm (UTC)<p>Bitcoin’s price hit a record at $261 on the Bitstamp online exchange, driven by wider acceptance of the virtual currency.<p>The …

Backed By $5.6M From NEA, a16z And More, ThirdLove Launches iOS App That Uses Selfies To Find The Best Bra For You

ThirdLove — the first brand to come out of the longtime-stealth, well-backed MeCommerce group — entered the world with a bang earlier this year with a promise of a new app that uses smartphone data, by way of two selfie photos of the customer’s chest, to revolutionize how women buy bras. Now, after …

Apple to offer in-store iPhone repairs, says report

Break the touch screen on your iPhone and your local Apple Store may soon be able to replace just the screen rather than charge you for a whole new phone.<p>Apple is prepping its stores to repair and replace parts for the iPhone 5S and 5C, "sources with knowledge of the upcoming initiative" told …

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