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Firefox OS for the world! ZTE to sell $80 Open smartphone through eBay

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Have you been jonesing for a chance to play with Mozilla’s Firefox OS smartphone operating system, but you don’t live in one …

3DS owners get tired of searching for StreetPasses, build their own Nintendo Zone relays

Unless you live in a densely populated city, you probably struggle to make the most of the 3DS' StreetPass feature -- it's why Nintendo implemented a StreetPass Relay program earlier this month. Now, less than a week after the Mii-sharing setup launched, the gaming community has found a way to …

Google Tests Internet-Filled Balloon in California as Bill Gates Criticizes the Project

With its Project Loon Google has grand plans to bring the Internet to the developing world with balloons. The company first began testing the large …

Here’s what connected cars will be doing by 2020

<i>Pavan Mathew is Global Head of Connected Car for Telefonica Digital.</i><p>Many of us dream of autonomous cars. Just imagine the relaxation of completely hands-free driving that is both seamless and safe, unlocking new time for us to work, talk, and learn while going from point A to point B. A recent …

Crowdfunded cups and straws quickly detect 'invisible' date rape drugs

The odorless and tasteless nature of "date rape drugs" can make them impossible for victims to detect before it's too late. But soon your drinking glass may able to warn you if dangerous chemicals have been slipped into your cocktail. Next month, DrinkSavvy will begin shipping plastic cups and …

Jeff Bezos' big bets: From Washington Post to candle holders

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' personal acquisition of The Washington Post on Monday represents his largest yet. Find out what else he's invested in.<p>The sale of The Washington Post to tech heavyweight Jeff Bezos came as a surprise on Monday for many reasons, not the least of which is that he has never …

Venture Capital

Backed By Social+Capital, Brilliant.org Is Finding And Challenging The Brightest, Technical Talent In The World

Pharrell Wu began doing math at age one and was trading stocks at age three. Living in the Philippines, Wu became bored with the math curriculum at his school and started Googling for hard math problems on the one computer his parents owned at home. He came upon Brilliant.org, a recently launched …

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Check out the all-new poster for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.LD., premiering September 24th on ABC at 8 PM /7c! Plus replay yesterday’s liveblog to get the full scoop on the upcoming show: http://bit.ly/16uJqvC! What are you excited to see in the series premiere?

What the Pope Meant by His Gay-Priests Comment

Francis' quiet push toward inclusiveness continues.<p>As has become his trademark, Pope Francis is making changes without changing anything.<p>On the papal plane on the way back from Brazil, the pope took questions from the press corps (a sign that John Allen, of <i>New Catholic Reporter</i>, suggests is …

RANKED: These Are The Best Smartwatches You Can Buy Right Now

Apple, Google, Samsung, and Microsoft are all expected to release their own smartwatches.<p>Just last month, Foxconn showed off an iPhone-compatible smartwatch that can measure the wearer's vital signs like heart beat and respiration.<p>Thanks to David Schmidt of comparison shopping platform FindTheBest, …

Smartwatches

'Imperceptible electronics': robotic skins unveiled

Super-thin integrated circuits could have practical healthcare applications, according to researchers<p>Japanese researchers have developed the world's lightest and thinnest integrated circuits, which in the future could be used in a range of healthcare applications – including ‘robotic skins’.<p>Sensors …

Backup Service IDrive Now Ships 1TB Hard Disks To Users Who Want To Back Up Large Amounts Of Data

Online backup service IDrive today announced a new service that allows its users to back up large amounts of data to the cloud. Instead of waiting around for days to upload what are often hundreds of gigabytes of data, IDrive now ships hard disks to its users so they can back up to a terabyte of …

How To Prep Your PC For SHIELD, NVIDIA's Handheld Game Console

SHIELD, the dedicated Android gaming handheld from NVIDIA, launches tomorrow in the United States and Canada, and it packs some sophisticated streaming features inside its Tegra 4-powered shell. If the concept of enjoying controller-friendly Android games <i>and</i> your library of Steam Big Picture games …

Grid, An App That Helps You Organize Ideas And Projects, Announces A Seed Round From Jerry Yang, Phil Libin And Others

Grid, an “Excel minus the equations” app that helps you plan and organize more effectively and beautifully, announced today that it has raised a seed round. The app, made by a former Microsoft Excel designer, is an interesting take on the way many people use Google Docs or Excel …

Do we really need eight core processors?

With Samsung upgrading its Exynos 5 Octa to make use of all eight cores at once, and MediaTek recently announcing its own true eight core processor, it looks like octa-core processors could soon become the new norm in high end mobile devices. But do we really need all those cores?<p>There are …

Mobile

Kickstarter-funded 'Dick Figures The Movie' to be released September 17th

While familiar television shows and well-known actors have been stealing the Kickstarter spotlight in recent months, crowdfunding has also given life to more niche properties — and now one of last year's most successful animated projects has an official release date. <i>Dick Figures The Movie</i>, which be …

Microsoft Releases Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview

As expected, Microsoft today announced the release of Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview, which builds on the Windows 8.1 Preview released in June with additional mobility, security, management, and virtualization features for businesses. You can download the preview now directly from TechNet.<p>The …

President Obama praises Amazon in jobs speech at one of its controversial warehouses

Are these really the jobs that will rebuild America?<p>President Obama will deliver a speech on rebuilding middle-class American jobs today from an Amazon warehouse in Tennessee, but a look at the facts about employment at the giant internet retailer may work against the White House's intended …

Starbucks Rolling Out Wireless Charging Stations

Sick of looking for an outlet to charge your phone while you sip on your venti latte? It may be a thing of the past, if Starbucks has anything to say …

Microsoft Only Generated $853 Million In Revenue From Its Surface Tablet Last Year — Apple Did $25 Billion In The Same Time Frame

According to the company's 10-k, it only did $853 million in sales from the Surface between October of last year and June of this year.<p>It's not exactly a fair comparison, but over the same time frame Apple did ~$25 billion in iPad sales.<p>Microsoft's Surface was an attempt to create a strong Windows …

Selling

Google Partners Pilot Launches for Businesses in Canada

Google on Monday announced a new program called Google Partners, aimed at agencies and Web professionals who help businesses succeed online. The new initiative is kicking off as a pilot in Canada, but will expand to more countries if it is deemed successful.<p>Google Partners brings together the …

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 …

Phones

Foxconn and Mozilla join hands over Firefox OS, may show off new devices next week

In a Chinese invitation we received earlier today, Foxconn Technology Group and Mozilla confirmed an upcoming press conference that will detail and make their Firefox OS partnership official. The event will take place in Taipei next Monday (just a few days before Computex truly kicks off), and …

Colorful drawing app hides a secret: a hidden tethering mode (Update: removed from App Store)

<i>Update: Surprise! The app has been removed from the App Store.</i><p>Yet another iOS app developer has managed to sneak an app to unlock iPhone Internet Tethering into the App Store.<p>This time, the app is not a flashlight, but a colorful drawing app called “Little Artist Canvas“.<p>The tethering setup process …

Open Source Blogging Platform WordPress Turns Ten, And Its Community Gets To Blow The Candles Out

Ten years ago today, WordPress, the open source blogging software, was born. It’s amazing to think that it’s been that long, but considering it had all of the elements that other startups and projects have tried to emulate over the past 10 years, then it makes sense.<p>When speaking with WordPress …

Umeox X5 handset gets photographed, shows off its 5.6mm-thick body

Umeox isn't exactly a household name in the smartphone market, but the company's apparently getting ready to introduce the world to its most recent creation: a handset with an extremely slim profile. And while other details about the Umeox X5 remain light, rumors on the interwebs peg this …