Vladimir Zhukovskiy

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The Only Smartphones Worth Buying Right Now [RANKED]

Plus, there are a bunch of relatively new devices that have launched in recent months from just about every big name in the smartphone business.<p>Here's what you should be looking at.<p><i>Note: We update this list approximately once a month. Our rankings are based on a variety of factors including design,</i> …

Nokia

Will Smith Just Invested In Fancy, The Social Commerce Site Apple Wanted To Buy

We first saw the news on Bloomberg.<p>The filing did not name the investors, but people familiar with the round told Bloomberg's Sarah Frier that it included American Express billionaire Len Blavatnik and actor Will Smith.<p>Fancy brings in about $3 million in revenue every month. To date, the New …

Jack Dorsey

Why your next iPhone should probably be the budget one

Techdy<p>Apple has never been afraid to disrupt itself, and as the mass of budget iPhone rumors piles up, a picture of a device that will cannibalize existing iPhone sales but help guarantee Apple’s future is starting to emerge.<p>First, the rumors: The following video, produced as an advertisement for …

iPhone 5

Android still leads in U.S., but iOS grows stronger

Android remains the top dog for U.S. smartphone sales, though Apple's iOS is creeping up.<p>Google's mobile OS took home 52 percent of all U.S. smartphone sales from March through April, showing little gain from the same period last year, Kantar said on Monday.<p>At the same time, iOS grabbed 41.9 …

iOS 7 beta 3 released, brings a bundle of bug fixes and improvements

iOS 7 was revealed less than a month ago, and already Apple has pushed out its third beta release for the operating system. Yes, mobile devs, that means you've got a new download coming to you from Cupertino that'll fix a plethora of problems found in beta 2, <i>and</i> add a few improvements as well. The …

LG Plans an August 7 Event for New York

It seems that hot and muggy New York is the place to be this year for smartphone events. Nokia and T-Mobile both have events there this week, and LG …

Google, Amazon and Apple Pump Up Ad Spending as Tablet Wars Heat Up

Looks like the battle for the hearts of consumer electronics lovers is increasingly playing out in advertisements.<p>Ad Age recently released its list …

Almost every major consumer electronics manufacturer is now working on a smart watch

Something about the ailing PC industry, competition among makers of smartphones and the endless quest for the next big thing has nearly every major consumer electronics manufacturer working on a smart watch or at least contemplating it. The latest is Dell, whose global VP of personal computing just …

Mobile

Somali American found out his website was caught in a Pentagon 'psyops' campaign from Google Alert

The military's shadowy "counterpropaganda" efforts, known as psychological operations or "psyops," have historically been limited to war zones outside of the domestic United States and tasked with strategically spreading information (and misinformation) in order to disrupt US adversaries. But …

Beats reportedly trying to partner with AT&T for streaming music service launch

Beats Audio is planning to launch Daisy, its foray into the streaming music market this fall — and there's no question it wants to make a big splash when it does. To that end, the company is working to partner with AT&T and use the wireless carrier's marketing muscle to steal mindshare from …

Samsung Said To Launch Four Versions Of The Galaxy Note III By The End Of The Year

Talk about trying to cover bases. Korean news outlet ETNews reports that Samsung’s Galaxy Note III isn’t going to be an only child when it launches later this year — instead, it will be joined by up to three siblings that will apparently debut at the same time.<p>The Google translation makes it bit …

To Take On Google, Facebook’s Graph Search Engine Needs More Data, Better Signals

As Facebook begins rolling out its Graph Search engine more broadly to its U.S. English-language user base today, it faces new challenges that were perhaps not at the forefront of our minds when the service was officially announced. Currently, the on-site search engine aims to make the people, …

Microsoft allegedly tried to acquire Zynga before Xbox chief became CEO

Don Mattrick, the former Microsoft executive who ran the company's Xbox business, left for the Zynga CEO position earlier this month, but a new report claims he tried to acquire Zynga while he was still at Microsoft. <i>Bloomberg</i> reports that in 2010 Mattrick held negotiations with Zynga founder Mark …

Six Surprising Tips & Tricks For iOS 7 Beta [Feature]

iOS 7 is chock full of new things to discover and explore. We’ve been spending some time with it on our iPhones and iPads, and have found a bunch of surprises hidden within–features and new ways of doing things that are new, different, and just plain interesting.<p>Here, then, are six of those …

Olloclip 2X Telephoto Lens Comes With Backward-Compatible Polarizer

I love my Olloclip, but there’s one thing I find myself wishing more and more often: that it came with a telephoto lens. Well, as you can probably guess that this post is about just that – a new telephoto from the makers of probably the best add-on lens for the iPhone.<p>The Olloclip is that clever …

Mobile Photography

Big iOS Titles Go Free As App Store Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

As the App Store’s fifth anniversary approaches, a whole host of developers have begun makes some of their most popular apps and games for iOS completely free. Some of the titles included in the sale are <i>Infinity Blade II,</i> Disney’s <i>Where’s My Water?,</i> and Traktor DJ, which is usually priced at …

Apps

Apple Moves Up To 19 In Fortune Global 500 Survey

Apple has moved up to number 19 in the latest Fortune Global 500 survey thanks to its financial performance throughout 2012, which saw the Cupertino company collect $157 billion in revenue. The iPhone 5 and the iPad mini have been credited for its success over the past 12 months.<p>Apple was ranked …

Teach Yourself: Start A Project

I wrote this for High School Students, but it’s applicable to anyone. It’s an address to education and self-fulfillment.<p>More high school and college students should start projects. Projects are a means to bite-size, practical, and self-driven education. They help you navigate interests and learn …

Everything Gmail knows about you and your friends

MIT Media Lab<p>When Google hands over e-mail records to the government, it includes basic envelope information, or metadata, that reveals the names and e-mail addresses of senders and recipients in your account. The feds can then mine that information for patterns that might be useful in a …

E-Mail

Where Chefs Eat And You Should Too

With more than 2,000 recommendations from 400 top chefs (including Gabrielle Hamilton, David Chang, and Daniel Boulud, among others) around the …

Typography

Digitimes: iPad 5 on for September while Apple still considers Retina iPad mini with even slimmer bezel

In a new report, the hit-or-miss <i>Digitimes</i> shares some very unsurprising details about the next full-sized iPad: a slimmer bezel design and a single LED light tube to power the display. Back in January, we posted photos of shells for the next full-sized iPad, making claims of a slimmer, iPad-mini …

ISS Backs $24.4 Billion Dell-Silver Lake Buyout Plan

The $24.4 billion buyout plan for the struggling computer maker Dell got a major endorsement today, as the proxy advisory firm Institutional …

Cable and satellite companies pushing for rights to stream TV over the internet

As it looks into purchasing Hulu, DirecTV is also making a push to secure over-the-top (OTT) rights from cable channels and other programmers according to <i>The Los Angeles Times</i>. The OTT distribution model would allow subscribers to receive TV content over the internet without any need for a set-top …

Who will get the third place? LG, Sony, and Huawei duke it out

<i>Credit: Gold medal/Shutterstock</i><p>We are at a point in the mobile industry where the battle for the third place has become more interesting than the competition for the first position in the world market. Samsung and Apple are clearly ahead of the pack, and it’s hard to believe that anyone could …

Siblings

Partying Google Interns Annoy Neighbors

Zynga's new CEO reportedly discussed buying the company while still at Microsoft

Don Mattrick might still be arranging his desk stationery and getting his nameplate fitted on his new office door, but the former Microsoft Studios boss was apparently eyeing up Zynga for at least three years prior. According to <i>Bloomberg</i>, Mattrick discussed the idea of buying the company with …

LG teases G2, an Android phone with Qualcomm’s fastest superchip

The race for phones with Qualcomm’s(s qcom) best mobile chip is on and it appears that LG will cross the finish line on Aug. 7. LG is teasing an …

Why Samsung Is Creeping Me Out

Samsung is a great company that makes great products. But its over-the-top Apple obsession and weird marketing ideas are really starting to creep me out.<p>The latest Samsung marketing weirdness: A TV commercial in Iceland for the Galaxy S4 appears to be a journey inside the corporate psyche of …

Galaxy S4

American redux: Apple, Motorola, Lenovo and the pulse of stateside manufacturing

Google introduced the Nexus Q close to a year ago. It was an intriguing device with a standout design, but its high asking price and limited functionality meant it wasn't long before the Q was pulled from virtual shelves. A peculiar product and, perhaps, a cautionary tale, but the sphere was also …