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How Google Used Motorola To Smack Down Samsung -- Twice

Samsung is giant. It employs 427,000 staff, has an annual turnover in excess of $270bn and assets of $600bn spread across over 80 business units. And Google just floored it twice using Motorola as a baseball bat.<p><b>Why?</b><br>On the surface having 81 per cent of Android marketshare would seem to make Google …

Nest Protect review: a smoke detector for the smartphone generation

Back in 2011, Nest did the impossible: It made thermostats sexy. Apple veterans Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers applied their iPod-designing expertise to the largely utilitarian world of home-climate control, creating the Learning Thermostat, an appliance aimed squarely at the gadget-obsessed citizens …

4 Reasons Why Apple's iBeacon Is About to Disrupt Interaction Design

You step inside Walmart and your shopping list is transformed into a personalized map, showing you the deals that'll appeal to you most. You pause in …

Why Wearable Tech Will Be as Big as the Smartphone | WIRED

These days Thad Starner, a wearables pioneer who now serves as technical lead for Google Glass, cuts the figure of a casual-chic tech executive, with …

The Day Google Had to 'Start Over' on Android

Google was building a secret mobile product to fend off chief rival Microsoft. Then Apple announced the iPhone, and everything changed.<p>In 2005, on Google’s sprawling, college-like campus, the most secret and ambitious of many, many teams was Google’s own smartphone effort—the Android project. …

Contextual Lockscreen Cover Hits Google Play Boasting Less Battery Drain And 100 More Upgrades

Cover is bringing its situation-aware lockscreen to more Android users today after its beta test launch six weeks ago. It’s now available in the Google Play store to Android 4.1+ users in the US, Canada, and Europe. Cover’s 100 new improvements include cutting down battery drain and being better at …

Report: China Has 270 Million Android Users

The number of daily active Android users in China has surpassed 270 million, according to a new report from Baidu, China’s dominant search company. To give an idea of the significance of that number, Google announced in September that it had activated a total of 1 billion Android devices to date — …

MediaTek launches world's first true octa-core mobile chip, first devices due end of year

Qualcomm's nightmare has finally come true. Earlier today, MediaTek officially introduced the world's first true octa-core mobile processor, MT6592, and the first devices to feature it are expected to arrive as soon as end of year. This 28nm chip packs eight low-power Cortex-A7 cores, and courtesy …

Oppo’s First Cyanogen-Modded Smartphone Will Launch In December

As much as I love stock Android sometimes you just need something <i>different</i>, and that’s essentially been the guiding mission of the folks over at Cyanogen Inc.<p>They’ve made plenty of strides with their customized version of Android over the past few months, but now they’re on the verge of a big …

Screw Snapchat: Here’s tech that’s actually making a difference in the world

Don’t you get a little tired of all the picture-sharing, cab-hailing, first-world crap that pops up on your radar every day?<p>Yeah, we do, too. Here’s a refreshing look at technology applied to some of the world’s most pressing problems: poverty, homelessness, clean water, and rural medicine. We live …

Samsung's 2014 phones will have nearly double the pixels

To be joined by foldable displays in 2016<p>It's time to start getting used to discussing WQHD resolution, or 2560 x 1440 pixels, in relation to smartphones. Samsung's Analyst Day gathering today shed some light on the company's future plans, and the display category was highlighted by the promise of …

The 40 Must-Have Android Apps for the Power User

For the longest time, Android was an operating system that eschewed visual flair in favour of giving flexibility and power to the user, and since third party developers took their cues from the OS itself, their apps tended to be complex and unabashedly ugly.<p>Somewhere along the way, right around the …

Anne Frank's Amsterdam: A Then and Now Photo Series

Anne Frank was born on June 12, 1929, in Frankfurt, Germany. She lived in Amsterdam with her family during World War II. Escaping Nazi persecution of …

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Nimbuzz Launches Low-Cost International Calls in India

India’s telecom industry is getting a big shakeup today after messaging service Nimbuzz introduced cheap international calling for domestic users, becoming the first Web-based calling service to take advantage of a relaxing in telecom legislation last year.<p>Nimbuzz is allowing users based in India — …

Square, Airbnb and why experience really is design

Advertisement<p>20 Comments<p>I have re-kindled my love affair with fountain pens and as a result, there have been a few new additions to my collection of …

Xiaomi M2S with Snapdragon 600 revealed in curtailed China Telecom listing

China Telecom looks to be getting a supercharged flavor of the small-ish but powerful Xiaomi Phone 2, if an inadvertent listing for a Xiaomi M2s proves accurate. <i>MyDrivers.com</i> grabbed some screenshots before it was pulled, revealing the same 4.3-inch, 720p resolution screen and other specs but with …

China Telecom Teamed Up With Alibaba To Launch Cloud Data Center

China Telecom inked strategic cooperation agreement with Alibaba on Sept. 13, shortly after it partnered up with another Internet giant NetEase to …

Apple's Hire Of Burberry's Angela Ahrendts Shows Its Future Is In Lifestyle, Not Tech

When Apple announced its hiring of Burberry CEO (and Forbes Power Woman) Angela Ahrendts, they scored one of fashion’s great turnaround artists as their new head of retail and e-commerce.<p>They simultaneously added a welcome dose of diversity to their c-suite leadership. Ahrendts is the first woman …

Alibaba Is the Gift That Keeps on Giving to Yahoo — Once Again

If you have to turn in a weak report to Wall Street investors, it’s nice to have a pretty little gift to deliver to investors to pull out of your …

Miracast: Everything to know about mirroring Android

Get to know the wireless tech that lets you duplicate your Android device's screen on your TV so you can watch HD movies, play music, or supersize your favorite apps.<p>Every so often, another device is touted as supporting "Miracast." Fighting its way into the mainstream, Miracast is a killer feature …

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The Smartphones That Will Herald The End Of Their Platform

With a careful look back at the history of any recent major mobile platform, it’s possible to identify the handset that drove the platforms to success. It’s also possible to see the handsets where it started to go wrong. With half an eye on history, are any of today’s leading smartphones signalling …

Indian Streaming Music Dhingana Claims 9 Million Monthly Unique Users As It Hones Its Competitive Strategy

Indian streaming music service Dhingana says it now has 9 million unique users per month from around the world. As music streaming services around the world face down the international expansion of Spotify and Deezer, Dhingana CEO Rohit Bhatia says the startup is hedging its bets on a mobile-first …

Jim Sciutto on Twitter: "Why Apple is in trouble in China (+beyond) RT @niubi: Xiaomi’s budget smartphone redefines what you get for $130 http://t.co/qfK9EAFDf3"

Add this Tweet to your website by copying the code below. Learn more<p>Add this video to your website by copying the code below. Learn more<p>Hmm, there …

Mobile In Brazil, India And China — The 5 Keys To The Massive Growth Wave In Tablets And Smartphones

Smartphone growth is showing signs of exhaustion in heavily penetrated markets like the U.S. and Europe.<p>But not in emerging markets. Many of these are already mobile-first economies where mobile phones are more ubiquitous than either land-line telephones, PCs, or fixed Internet connections.<p>Mobile …

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Cyanogen hints of Oppo partnership ahead of September 23rd event

Cyanogen has grand visions for its customized version of Android. The company has raised $7 million in hopes that its popular CyanogenMod will eventually vault past Windows Phone and BlackBerry to become the third most-popular mobile OS. But to accomplish that ambitious goal, Cyanogen can't go it …