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By Daniel Sadjadian | All the latest from the world of Technology.

We compared hardware specs for every iPhone ever made

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, and what better way to celebrate than by taking a look back at how the hardware in Apple’s iconic smartphone has changed and evolved over time?<p>We’ve gone back and tabulated the specs on all 10 generations of iPhones (plus a couple of spinoffs) for …

Apple

LG's 77-inch Wallpaper TV is selling for the low, low price of $20k

LG's W-series "Picture-on-Wall" TVs wowed us at CES, but we knew the massive 65-inch and 77-inch hyperthin screens would cost a mint. Especially since last year's top-of-the-line G-series started at $5,000. Wonder no longer, screen aficionados: The larger 77-inch-wide W-series will retail for …

Tablets

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 450 makes $200 phones faster, last longer

The new chip promises better battery life, graphics and performance over its previous iteration, the Snapdragon 435.<p>Having shrunk the gap between premium and midrange phones, Qualcomm now wants to work on making budget phones snappier.<p>It plans on doing that with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 …

Mobile Technology

Nest’s new home camera is an interesting toy

The Cam IQ’s intelligence doesn’t justify its cost<p>I’ve never understood the fascination with connected home cameras, such as Canary, the Nest Cam, and others. They’ve always been a gimmick in my experience: not reliable enough for a proper security system, not practical enough to be a baby monitor. …

Smart Homes

Here's the fingerprint tech that will make home buttons obsolete

While Apple and Samsung race to be the first company to perfect a fingerprint scanner that resides under a smartphone's display, a Chinese company called Vivo has already done it.<p>Vivo is launching the technology jointly with Qualcomm at Mobile World Congress Shanghai on Wednesday, but Vivo shared …

Phones

Qualcomm finds new tech partners for its standalone VR headset

Qualcomm announced it has three new technology partners who will make components for its standalone virtual reality headsets.<p>The company is now going to work with more partners for its Head Mounted Display Accelerator Program (HAP), including sensor maker Bosch Sensortec, image sensor maker …

Virtual Reality

Samsung will reportedly revive the Galaxy Note 7 with a Korea-only ‘Fandom Edition’

Samsung is reportedly gearing to revive the Galaxy Note 7, its disastrous 2016 smartphone that was recalled after battery problems caused units to catch fire, with the limited release of a new model.<p>The company hinted a few months ago that it planned to make such a move, but now we have more …

Samsung

Companies, governments assess damage from latest malware

PARIS (AP) — Companies and governments around the world on Wednesday counted the cost of a software epidemic that has disrupted ports, hospitals and banks.<p>Logistics firm FedEx says deliveries by its TNT Express subsidiary have been "slowed" by the cyberattack, which had "significantly affected" its …

Cybersecurity

Twitch rolls out subscriptions for Affiliate streamers

Twitch Partners get a lot of perks, including extra emotes, 60 days of past broadcast storage, financial support and the ability for fans to subscribe to their channels for $5, $10 or $25 per month. Starting this week, Twitch Affiliates -- streamers who make money on the site but aren't yet …

Twitch

Ransomware attack causes disruptions across globe

Cyberattacks in Ukraine, Denmark and Russia, among others, target companies, banks and government offices.<p>A massive new international cyberattack via a ransomware virus dubbed Petya has paralysed businesses across Europe and is spreading elsewhere.<p>Several major corporations on Tuesday said they had …

Cybersecurity

Samsung will reportedly release Note 7 ‘fandom’ edition soon

Samsung continues to deal with the fallout from its exploding Note 7 devices. The company has been sued for the problem, and has issued short-term fixes, apologies and a hurried recall to try and contain the damage to its brand. Apparently it's working, as the Galaxy S8 has gotten a record number …

Samsung

Sony's unorthodox take on AI is now open source

When it comes to AI, Sony isn't mentioned in the conversation like Google, Amazon and Apple are. However, let's remember that it was on the forefront of deep learning with products like the Aibo robot dog, and has used it recently in the Echo-like Xperia Agent (above) and Xperia Ear. Sony is …

Artificial Intelligence

EU hammers Google with $2.7 billion antitrust fine for illegal search manipulation

The European Commission has wrapped up its antitrust investigation against Google, and has decreed that it must pay $2.72 billion to settle charges …

Apple

Nintendo wows gaming fans with surprise release of Classic Mini: Super Famicom

Nintendo Co. has finally unveiled its long-rumored Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Famicom gaming console — to be released in Japan on Oct. 5 — in a …

Japan

Amazon Echo Show review

It's more Echo than Show<p><b>The Good</b> The Echo Show offers everything you love about Alexa, complete with new video and touchscreen controls. It shines best as a dedicated, hands-free video calling command center.<p><b>The Bad</b> The uninspired design feels dated. At launch, the touchscreen visuals don't do …

Amazon

iPhone 2007, meet 2017: Using the original, 10 years later

Digging out the original iPhone to give it a spin in today's world.<p><i>Editors' note: The story below was first published on January 9, 2017, to mark the 10th anniversary of Steve Jobs announcing the original iPhone. We're republishing it to mark the June 29 anniversary of that first iPhone going on</i> …

Apple

'Google facing $1.2bn fine by EU'

<b>The European Union is reportedly fining Google a record $1.2 billion this week over the internet giant’s anti-competitive practices.</b><p>Multiple reports …

Google

Acer Predator XB272 covers the basics

Laptops

Google Wifi launches in France, available in single and two-pack configurations

Following a Canadian launch in April, Google Wifi is available in France starting today. Announced back in October with the rest of the Made by Google line-up, the mesh networking solution can be purchased at several French retailers, including the Google Store.<p>A single unit comes in at €139 …

Wi-Fi

Amazon Echo family becomes your home’s intercom system

Echo users can communicate with each other using calls and messages, but the online retailer claims people have been requesting a feature that takes communication to another level. Amazon introduced “drop-in” via the Echo Show, which pretty much turns the unit into an intercom system for your home. …

Amazon

First look: Nvidia Now brings premium gaming to Mac

Video<p>AppleInsider goes hands on with the latest beta version of Nvidia Now, a cloud gaming service that promises to deliver high-end gaming …

Nvidia

PromoRepublic raises $1.2M for AI which creates social media for small businesses

As AI slowly seeps into various sectors, it was fairly inevitable that we would start to see the “AI for X” startups begin to appear. Thus “AI for small business social media” is now a thing, in the shape of PromoRepublic, a US/Finnish/Ukrainian startup which has now raised a $1.2M investment round.<p>…

Small Business

Amazon Echo Show review: Seeing is believing

Siri may have ushered in the era of the digital assistant, but Amazon's Echo (with Alexa) really took that concept and put it in our homes. The Echo wasn't an immediate, breakout hit -- but having Alexa around to ask questions, manage smart-home devices, play music and much more has turned out to …

Amazon

Logitech MX Master 2S & MX Anywhere 2S Mouse Review

Logitech

The clueless parent's guide to understanding Snapchat

Confused about Snapchat? You’re not the only parent. Snapchat is perhaps the most misunderstood of all social media apps. Is it a social network? A photo platform? A means for frustrated millennial expression? The short answer is yes, to all of those things. The longer answer, well…<p><b>What is Snapchat</b> …

Snapchat

155 chatbots in this brand new landscape. Where does your bot fit?

Since we started building bots at KeyReply more than two years ago, the industry has seen massive interest and change. This makes it hard for companies and customers to figure out what’s really happening — so we hope to throw some light on this industry by creating a landscape of chatbot-related …

Chatbots

5 things to consider before buying a Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is an extremely affordable computer, but there are some things you should know before you jump into the world of project boards.<p>Raspberry Pi computers are incredibly fun to tinker with and make it both affordable and possible to have a computer dedicated to one or two very specific …

Raspberry Pi

Augmented reality studio castAR reportedly closes its doors

When Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson left their engineering posts at Valve, they took their augmented reality research with them and built an ambitious company called castAR. They had big plans, including the general release of their AR glasses later this year. For a while, they also had the money …

Augmented Reality

Samsung revamps Smart Switch website as it targets iPhone owners among others

Samsung has revamped the website for its Smart Switch app, designed to make it easy to transfer data and settings to Galaxy devices from competitor phones – including iPhones …<p>The website illustrates the three ways you can transfer data to a Samsung device:<p>wirelessly<br>• via USB cable<br>• from a Mac or PC<p>The …

Samsung