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SmartThings opens up its home automation platform to developers

To say SmartThings' Kickstarter campaign was a success is an understatement: the Internet of Things outfit, which offers a clever array of home automation sensors, routers and smartphone apps, raised more than $1.2 million (over four times the company's original goal), nabbed over 6,000 backers and …

Kaz Hirai says the PS4 is 'first and foremost' a game console, more features to be revealed

Sony and Microsoft launched their next-gen consoles in very different ways: the Xbox One was pitched as a complete living room device, while the PS4 event was a nonstop series of game demos. That's important, Kaz Hirai told reporters at the D11 conference today. "The most important thing we need to …

Apple says it only makes one phone because the iPhone is already perfect

In its current state, the iPhone is Apple’s diligent attempt to create the Platonic ideal of smartphones, says mobile analyst Horace Dediu. This was Dediu’s observation regarding a question asked of Tim Cook: why does Apple only make one model of smartphone, as opposed to competitors like Samsung, …

Alcatel's One Touch Idol now available in the US for $300 unlocked (update: correction)

Alcatel announced today that its One Touch Idol smartphone is now available for the US market, but without a carrier. Weighing in at only 110 grams, the supposed "world's lightest" handset will be sold unlocked for $300 via the company's website. Meant as an entry-level device, the specs betray its …

Report: Apple picks Pegatron to build low-cost iPhone, not longtime partner Foxconn

The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> is reporting that Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn, which has been Apple’s biggest and most important manufacturing partner, …

OttoCat makes Apple's app store useable again for indie developers — and app buyers

In the good old days, Apple’s app store had a few thousand apps, and you could probably browse all of them to find what you wanted.<p>That lasted about 30 seconds.<p>Today, the iOS app store has probably 775,000 apps. It’ll hit a million in June or so, right behind Google Play. And while Apple is …

EU regulators reportedly probing Apple's iPhone sales tactics

The European Commission is reportedly investigating whether Apple is using anticompetitive sales tactics to muscle out rival handset makers.<p>While no formal investigation has been announced, European regulators sent a nine-page questionnaire to several European wireless carriers last week to …

Samsung uses their components business as a weapon against competition

So often, we decry Samsung for being proprietary. Their TouchWiz, apps, and services are all very much geared toward people buying Samsung devices. This isn’t wrong or nefarious, it’s just not what we’d like to see from such a well known brand. Android is proudly open source, and the development …

Rumor: Galaxy Note 3 camera to include optical image stabilization technology

Galaxy Note 3 concept<p>A new report says that the Galaxy Note 3 could feature an improved camera capable to offer users optical image stabilization (OIS) features.<p>According to <i>etnews</i>, Samsung is apparently working on including OIS capabilities in the unannounced Galaxy Note 3, a feature that should …

Galaxy S4 camera beats the iPhone 5’s in DxOMark benchmark

The camera on the Samsung Galaxy S4 has topped the iPhone 5’s in recent tests by the prestigious camera experts at DxO Labs.<p>Considered an industry standard, DxO’s benchmark suite DxOMark provides independent camera and lens image quality measurement and ratings.<p>DxO Labs has recently put the Samsung …

What is happening to all-in-one PCs? A photo essay

How Sony and Nintendo can battle the Xbox One

Microsoft's Xbox One is out of the bag, and the next-gen console war's in full swing. So what happens next? Truthfully, the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Wii U are still big boxes of mystery -- even though one's already been out in stores for months.<p>So, how will this new gaming landscape shake out? …

More sources say Intel Atom to power Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3

Intel has scored a mobile win with Samsung and will power at least one Galaxy tablet in the near future says VentureBeat. The site’s sources on …

Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo, We're In A Console Rut

Something occurred to me as I reflected on this week’s Xbox One announcement. The “best” part of the hour long presentation was near the beginning, when it was demonstrated that the Xbox could flip seamlessly between television and the console with a simple voice or gesture command. The audience …

How Xbox One opens the door for the next Apple TV

Imagine this.<p>It's 2014. Apple has gathered everyone together for a special event. As Tim Cook presents, he says, "Today we're introducing three revolutionary new products. The first one is a cable box. The second one is a revolutionary streaming-media device. The third is a new way to play games on …

Android this week: Nexus 7 cloned for $149; Google Edition HTC One; Chrome beta updated

Small slate shoppers have a new option to choose this week: Hisense debuted a tablet that looks like a Nexus 7. The Sera 7 Pro tablet uses the same …