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New Snowden Leak Reveals The NSA Planted Agents Inside 'World of Warcraft'

The Guardian recently said they have only published a very tiny percentage of the NSA documents provided to them by the now-infamous leaker Edward Snowden, and now a new revelation has taken a strange turn into the video game realm.<p>Documents provided by Snowden from 2008 say that the NSA and the …

NSA Spied on World of Warcraft

A prototype of Motorola's Ara modular smartphone is almost ready

Back in October, Motorola announced that it is working on the Phonebloks concept of a modular smartphone called Project Ara. Today, Dennis Woodside, CEO of Motorola confirmed in a Google+ hangout that the prototype of Ara is “pretty close” to being completed and that a final product — while still …

Xbox owners tricked into destroying consoles

Online trolls tricked Xbox One owners into “bricking” their new consoles with instructions promising to unlock new features but actually sending devices into an endless loop of reboots that renders them useless<p>Online trolls have convinced Xbox One owners to “brick” their brand new consoles with a …

Samsung eyes 20 megapixels for 2014 smartphone, report says

A report out of Korea suggests that Samsung is already looking beyond the rumored 16-megapixel camera coming to the expected Galaxy S5.<p>Samsung is indulging in the mobile camera craze, according to a new report.<p>The handset maker is working on a 20-megapixel camera it'll bundle into mobile devices in …

Mobile

Samsung’s patent could make big smartphones easier to use for everyone

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: WIPO<p>I like the idea of big smartphones more than I actually like using them. That’s because, even though I have …

Samsung reportedly developing 20-megapixel smartphone camera

Samsung may soon include an impressive new camera in its flagship mobile devices.<p>The Korean electronics giant is currently developing a 20-megapixel mobile camera, according to an ET News report that cites industry sources familiar with the company’s plans. Samsung aims to bundle the camera inside …

iPhone 5C snags half its buyers from rival brands

The cheaper iPhone convinces a broader range of users to take a bite out of Apple, says Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.<p>The iPhone 5C has lured almost half of its users from Samsung, LG, and other rival smartphone makers, according to research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.<p>Many Apple analysts and …

Mobile

Graphic content: do Xbox One and PS4 games really look better?

The words "next generation" have always held a lot of promise — and a lot of hype — in the world of video games. Consoles like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 that herald the arrival of a new generation are said to offer stunning graphics that unlock gaming experiences like never before. That’s an …

Nexus smartphones can reportedly be forced to reboot through SMS attack

The latest Nexus smartphones can be forced to restart, freeze, or lose network connection because of an issue with the way they handle a certain type of SMS message, reports <i>PC World</i>. Security researcher Bogdan Alecu reportedly discovered that the Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus 4, and the Nexus 5 all …

Apple's PrimeSense buy: It's all about the maps

Apple reportedly is keen on improving its mapping technology with PrimeSense, rather than going after motion technology.<p>Apple's recent decision to acquire PrimeSense, the company behind Microsoft's motion-detecting Kinect game console, had little to do with motion and a lot more to do with mapping, …

Maps

Motorola dropping off-contract Moto X to $349 on Cyber Monday

For one day only, Motorola will be lowering the cost of all off-contract Moto X smartphones by $150. That means the 16GB model will be just $349.99. The Cyber Monday discount is valid for all carriers, both 16GB and 32GB storage capacities, and the special Developer Editions available only via its …

Xbox One owners report compatibility problems with UK TV providers

Nothing tests a stiff upper lip like a next-gen console launch. Having already been spooked by inaccurate pricing on the PlayStation Network, some Brits are now discovering that the Xbox One's heavily promoted TV functions aren't readily compatible with their set-top boxes. Whether on Freeview, …

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Back to the Future

The $299 Blu Life Pro is aimed at the selfie set with a 5-megapixel front cam

When we first spotted the decently spec'd Blu Life series, it seemed like a nice Android handset option for folks on a budget. However, the times they have a-changed, and the former KIRF company's latest device, the Blu Life Pro, is now looking decidedly less cheap. Spec-wise, it's packing a 720p …

Microsoft’s Xbox One Costs $90 More to Build Than Sony’s PS4, Teardown Shows

With the recent release of two significant game consoles, research firm IHS has been working a little extra overtime these days. After dissecting …

Apple preps shoppers for Black Friday

The company jumps on the very large bandwagon to offer discounts on some products starting at midnight Friday.<p>Apple will join the countless number of retailers looking to score some cash on Black Friday.<p>The company on Tuesday sent out e-mails and published a page on its site teasing its Black …

Black Friday

Android has secret camera features, but Google won't let you use them yet

Buried deep inside Google's mobile operating are hidden two features that would make for a far more refined Android photography experience. Raw image …

Tablets to carve out nearly half of PC market next year

Apple and Samsung will lead the charge, but may face challenges from smaller rivals, says research firm Canalys.<p>Tablets will come close to outshipping notebooks and desktops in 2014. At least, that's the latest forecast from research firm Canalys.<p>In a report released Tuesday, Canalys predicted that …

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HTC reveals another gold-colored One, this time without the 18-carat finish

It seems a limited edition 18 carat gold One just isn't enough for HTC. Today, the Taiwanese smartphone maker unveiled another golden variant of its Android flagship, swapping the soft and expensive exterior of its MOBO-themed One for a familiar aluminum chassis. We first saw the front half of …

HTC One Google Edition handsets now getting official Android 4.4 KitKat updates

Earlier today, HTC posted the Android 4.4 KitKat kernel source and framework files for the HTC One Google Play Edition, which usually means an official OTA update is imminent. Sure enough, a user on <i>XDA Developers</i> has now reported that he's received the update the safe way, over-the-air. That means …

Early demand for Xbox One rivals that of PlayStation 4

Arrival of Xbox One pits Microsoft and Sony head-to-head for heart -- and pocketbook -- of video game lovers.<p>Now, it's officially a console war.<p>Microsoft's $499 Xbox One, which hits stores at midnight, is expected to sell as briskly as the Sony PlayStation 4, which sold more than 1 million in the …

Motorola lets unlocked Developer Edition handsets keep their warranties, reinstates old ones

If you're one of a few who obtained a Developer Edition handset, you're likely the type who'd want its bootloader unlocked so that you could tinker with it as you so please. Unfortunately, requesting such an unlock code would often void your warranty, which seems rather strange and unfair. Motorola …

Xbox One teardown reveals it’s even more like a PC than the PlayStation 4

Both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are basically powerful PCs in game-console clothing.<p>But in the Xbox One’s case, this is even more so, according to a teardown by the venerable repair geeks at iFixit.<p>The Xbox One’s enormous and boxy case actually makes it seem like you’re shoving a computer …

Larger-Screen iPhone Rumors Continue with 4.9-Inch iPhone 6, iPhone 5c Successor

According to Chinese site <i>C Technology</i> [Google Translate, via <i>Unwired View</i>], Apple has begun testing a next-generation iPhone prototype with a 4.9-inch display, along with an iPhone 5c successor sporting a larger screen. The claim is somewhat different from one made by <i>Bloomberg</i> earlier this month …

Xbox One teardown reveals replaceable hard drive, off-the-shelf parts

The chip-obsessed gadget archaeologists at <i>iFixit</i> already have an Xbox One, and they're already ripping it apart. Those monsters! While they're not done dissecting and analyzing every single piece just yet, they've already found some interesting tidbits: for one, the Xbox One's 500GB HDD is a …

Xbox One SmartGlass app for Android available for download

Microsoft has released its Xbox One SmartGlass companion app for Android, which is available as a free download from the Google Play Store.<p>The Xbox One console is officially launching later this week, so potential buyers that also own Android devices can already grab the Xbox One SmartGlass app – a …

Android News

The US And Afghanistan Inked A Deal To Keep The War Going Through 2024

The U.S. and Afghan governments have agreed to a final draft in a bilateral agreement that lays out the relationship between the two nations and the end to the war in Afghanistan, this according to Richard Engel with NBC News.<p>According to a draft copy of the resolution obtained by NBC News, the …

National Security

US and Afghanistan wrangle with deal to keep troops in place after 2014

White House plays down talk agreement has been reached, while Afghan officials say it must include US apology<p>The US and Afghanistan are close to reaching a draft security agreement that would allow American forces to stay in the country past 2014, Afghan officials have claimed. The deal is critical …