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Nokia issues Samsung a KitKat death threat on Twitter

Have a break, tear a Galaxy in half<p>Nokia just sold its devices and services unit to Microsoft this week, and it's clearly feeling fairly confident about its future prospects. In a Twitter post from its German account, Nokia is issuing a KitKat themed death threat to Samsung's Android handsets. An …

Whoops. Was that the Nexus 5 in Google’s own promotional video?

Google(s goog) defied expectations earlier today when it announced Android 4.4, otherwise known as KitKat. Yes, the Nestle kind. In fact, you might …

The U2 iPod: A Lesson from Apple to Android on Product Placement

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Watching then CEO Steve Jobs introduce the U2 branded music machine now is admittedly anti-climactic …

Moto X prices dropping just weeks after release

Looks like Google doesn't need as much of our money as previously estimated. This week the company dropped the price of the Nexus 4 by $100, and now the latest "it" smartphone from Google-owned Motorola, the Moto X, is beginning to see its price tumble just a few weeks after its initial release.<p>The …

8GB Nexus 4 sells out on Google Play, and it isn't coming back

After Google gave its Nexus 4 a $100 price cut last week, the 8GB version of the phone is now sold out on the Play store. It appears that the price reduction was more of a clearance sale, however, as Google tells <i>The Verge</i> that the cheaper model will not be restocked.<p>The 16GB variant is still …

Apple confirms event for Sept. 10

Apple has made it official. The company is holding a media event at its Cupertino corporate campus on September 10, presumably to introduce a new iPhone, and we'll see what else.<p>Apple's invitation lacked the cryptic clues you sometimes see prior to one of the company's product unveilings. Colorful …

Android KitKat unveiled in Google surprise move

Technology reporter<p>Google is calling the next version of its mobile operating system Android KitKat.<p>The news comes as a surprise as the firm had previously indicated version 4.4 of the OS would be Key Lime Pie.<p>The decision to brand the software with the name of Nestle's chocolate bar is likely to …

Android News

Microsoft's new employee is a man of two reputations

The man who could be Microsoft’s next CEO doesn’t shy away from a challenge.<p>When Stephen Elop was a college student in the 1980s in Hamilton, Ontario, he was frustrated by the limited data-sharing methods available at the time. So he decided to lay Ethernet cable around the campus to create one of …

Apple Seeks Patent For Skype-Style Away Status For Phone Calls, But Set Automatically

In a new patent filing published by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider), Apple describes a system for setting essentially an “Away/Available/Busy” style status for receiving phone calls on a smartphone device, but one that updates said status intelligently and automatically using data gathered about …

New iPad 5 images emerge, show potential redesign

Apple(s appl) is expected to release a new iPad this fall, and if the leaks and rumors are true, it might be getting its biggest physical redesign …

Apple Planning New R&D Facility in Taiwan?

According to <i>VR-Zone Chinese</i> [Google Translation] (via <i>BGR</i>) Apple is currently recruiting a development team in Taiwan, in order to establish a new research and development facility.<p>The Taiwan R&D center will supposedly focus its efforts on future iPhones, but may also work on other future products …

IOS 7's controversial new feature: Frequent Locations tracking map

Want to know what place you visit most, how often you visit and for how long? There's an iOS 7 feature for that.<p>Apple this week rolled out a new version of iOS 7 beta, and inside there is a feature called Frequent Locations that shows users a map of the places they visit most.<p>Using little blue …

Microsoft says it’s providing Office 365 performance stats, without actually doing it

My head just exploded a little bit. On Thursday, Microsoft(s msft) said it wants to be upfront and honest about how well (or not so well) its Office …

Acer betting on Android, Chromebooks to offset slow Windows 8 sales

“We are trying to grow our non-Windows business as soon as possible.”<p>It doesn’t get more blunt than that comment, which was said Thursday by Acer …

A look at what an iOS 7-inspired OS X could look like [Gallery]

In light of the upcoming launch of iOS 7, designer Stu Crew and other designers have imagined what a version of the OS X operating system with iOS 7 design principles could look like. Crew’s design matches iOS 7 by removing the heavy, metaphoric textures from OS X. The image above showcases a look …

Apple bans app that wants you to throw your phone in the air

Citius. Altius. Fortius. Ridiculous.<p>These seem to be the Olympic principles upon which a new, allegedly playful app was created.<p>This app rewards you for tossing your phone as high as you possibly can. And, well, catching it again. Otherwise, you won't know your score, will you?<p>It's called Send Me …

Apps

T-Mobile CEO Says More Apple Products Coming

T-Mobile CEO John Legere says that it is the company’s message, not the arrival of the iPhone, that is behind a recent surge in new customers.<p>In an …

Mobile

BlackBerry BB10 update reportedly deleting text messages at random

A new over-the-air update meant to improve the operation of BlackBerry 10 smartphones includes a flaw that affects SMS on some devices. <i>N4BB</i> reports that the BlackBerry 10.1 MR update, billed as a maintenance release that helps users "keep moving," includes bugs that wipe content from text messages, …

The Ubuntu Edge campaign is in trouble, and here’s why

The more I track how Canonical is handling the crowdfunding campaign for its Ubuntu Edge smartphone, the more I think it’s going to fail. I get this …

Moto X Won’t Be the Second Coming, but It’s Too Soon to Count Out Google’s New Hardware Unit

The formal launch of the Moto X is still a day away, but it’s easy to predict the response from some corners.<p>With so much anticipation built up — …

Android Phones

Microsoft Office Arrives On Android Smartphones For Office 365 Subscribers

Microsoft released the long-awaited iPhone version of its Office productivity suite recently, and now it’s showing that it’s not picky about platforms with the Android version, out now. Office for Android is smartphone-only, just like how Office for iPhone doesn’t come with an iPad version, and …

Google To Supply Free Wi-Fi Hotspots For All 7,000 U.S. Starbucks Locations

Google has just announced via a blog post that it will be offering free, faster Wi-Fi hotspots at all U.S. company-operated Starbucks locations, which will get up and running sometime within the next 18 months. Google says that its speeds should beat the existing hotspots at the coffee shops by at …

Samsung Denies Inflated Galaxy S4 Performance for Tests

Samsung has denied claims that it tweaks its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone to help create inflated perform scores during benchmark tests.<p>AnandTech claims the company set the device to yield an 11 percent performance enhancement for benchmarking applications, which does not carry over into regular …

Amazon doubles down on pilots for original kids shows

Amazon Studios, the entertainment production arm of the e-commerce giant, said it would make five more original pilots for kids, including the first pilots for older, grade-school-age children.<p>Amazon, and its bigger rival in online streaming video, Netflix, have been one-upping each other over kids …

HP’s Slatebook X2, its second Android tablet, actually looks decent

After debuting a remarkably mediocre Android(s goog) tablet in April, HP(s hpq) is ready to try again. Only this, time the product looks and sounds …

Microsoft forced to rename SkyDrive following trademark case with broadcaster

A UK court recently ruled that Microsoft's SkyDrive name infringed on a trademark owned by British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB), and the software maker has agreed to change the name of its cloud-based service worldwide as a result. In a settlement issued on Wednesday, BSkyB notes that Microsoft …

App Store becomes EA’s biggest retail partner by sales for the first time in June

As noted by VentureBeat, EA revealed today during its earnings call with investors that for the first time, Apple has become “EA’s biggest retail partner as measured by sales” as a result of the App Store. It’s a big announcement for the publisher that previously sold the majority of its content …

Apple’s China dream may be fading, but India remains a fantasy

Despite cheerful iPhone numbers from Apple, there has been some chatter this morning about the company’s performance in China: Revenue there is down 14% year-on-year, settling in at $4.6 billion for the three months that ended in June.<p>The rest of the world, meanwhile, seems to be doing pretty well …

Tim Cook

Made in America 2.0: behind Google and Apple's sudden patriotism

Tech giants are making innovative electronics in the US again, but why?<p>The Moto X is on its way. The long-anticipated Android phone — expected to be the first truly Google-influenced product from Motorola since Google acquired the company back in 2012 — is due to be unveiled in New York City on …