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Is This the Google Nexus 5?

Hot on the heels of leaked photos of what is apparently the soon-to-launch Nexus 5, the next Google flagship smartphone looks to have been caught on video.<p>First spotted by the folks at Android Police, this purported Nexus 5 hands-on video from Smartphones.sfr is seven minutes long and includes the …

Fujitsu's Factory Farm: Can Cloud Computing Displace GMOs?

Chiba, Japan—Think of this as an industrial plant for plants.<p>Fujitsu is in the midst of turning a mothballed semiconductor fab in Aizu Wakamatsu, Japan into a facility to grow low-potassium vegetables, said company representatives at Ceatec, a technology conference that took place earlier this …

Themer will make your Android phone look amazing

One of the benefits of Android is its customisability, but that process isn't always easy for average users. An app called Themer is trying to change …

House Of The Future: How Automation Tech Is Transforming The Home

In the late 2000s, while he was building himself a “green” home in Lake Tahoe, Calif., Tony Fadell, one of the creators of the iPod, went looking for a thermostat, and was unimpressed by the limited features and dated technology he found.<p>Fadell teamed up with former Apple colleague Matt Rogers in …

Twitter to Dick Costolo in 2010: You're fired...sort of

Twitter's beginnings -- and its accompanying power struggles -- are becoming ever more complex as the details come to light.<p>According to Nick Bilton's forthcoming book, "Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal," current CEO Dick Costolo was briefly fired during a …

Social Media

Like The Evolution Of Apple's iPod And iPhone, Nest Is Building One Product At A Time

Today Nest officially unveiled the follow up to its popular learning thermostat with a smoke and carbon monoxide detector called the “Nest Protect.”<p>Getting a look at it in person, co-founder and VP of engineering Matt Rogers showed me why this smoke alarm is a little more exciting than what …

Twitter Succeeding Where Facebook Failed

As Twitter grows beyond its 140-character limitation and prepares for an IPO, we could be witnessing the rise of a platform that succeeds where Facebook has failed.<p>Remember the Facebook platform? Its debut was May 2007, and it was a big deal at the time. “Right now, social networks are closed …

Why developers should build on iOS before heading to Android

<i>Paul Gaubil is the chief executive and co-founder of Sensopia, the maker of home improvement app MagicPlan.</i><p>Recently, there has been much debate as to whether developers are better served beginning mobile software production iOS- or Android-first.<p>While this may be different for each developer, and …

Seene for iPhone Lets You Create and Share 3D Photos

Computer vision R&D startup Obvious Engineering has released Seene, an iPhone app that aims to be a “3D Instagram” by using depth capture technology to let you create photos with a parallax effect.<p>Seene records an image from four different angles in order to generate its 3D images. The recording …

How can I search US suppliers on Google?

Try adding a NoCountryRedirect code to the .com address, suggests Rick Maybury.<p><i>I am from the USA but I have been living in the UK since 1982. I spend a considerable amount of time in America and frequently want to research products on sale in the US. Even though I put US in Google I still get</i> …

Google Home

Apple working on large screen iPhone, Android makers right all along

For several years Apple was the industry leader for display technology innovations and managed to bring these advancements regularly to the consumer market. It was the first company to release a smartphone with a pixel density greater than 300 ppi, and it was the first company to release a tablet …

LG curved G Flex smartphone 'to rival Samsung Galaxy Round'

LG is reportedly planning to release a curved screen smartphone to rival Samsung’s Galaxy Round.<p>The South Korean company is understood to be launching the curved Android phone, called G Flex, next month.<p>Pictures of the six-inch smartphone were released to <b>Android Authority</b>, although the specs and …

HTC launches One Max with huge 5.9-inch display and fingerprint scanner

The bigger the phone, the harder it is to hide. After a slew of detailed leaks, HTC is finally ready to announce the HTC One Max: an enlarged version of the original One that boosts the size of the 1080p LCD panel up to 5.9 inches while attempting to keep the One's classy aluminum look and feel. …

Twitter boss Dick Costolo was briefly fired in 2010

Dick Costolo, the chief executive of Twitter, was briefly fired by the firm just weeks before he was promoted from chief operating officer to his current job, according to a new book by the New York Times’ Nick Bilton.<p>In September 2010, Bill Campbell, a former Apple vice-president who had been …

Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update out in 'weeks', report claims

Samsung's flagship Galaxy smart phone could be mere days away from receiving the long-awaited Android 4.3 update.<p>The latest version of Jelly Bean …

In Call For Startups To Build Apps For The Super Broadband Highway, BT And TechHub Launch Infinity Lab

More evidence that major telcos have caught the startup bug. This time it’s the turn of BT, which this morning unveiled a partnership in the UK with startup workspace and community TechHub to support startups who want to create new applications and services to take advantage of Blighty’s burgeoning …

Google augmented-reality game Ingress to expand to iOS in 2014

Ingress, an augmented-reality Android game from Google's Niantic Labs unit in which players try to conquer territory in the real world, will come to iOS in 2014.<p>Arriving on the scene a year ago, the closed-beta software Ingress has been gradually updated with bug fixes and new features. One thing …

Augmented Reality

Sonos announces the Play:1, its most affordable wireless speaker yet

The wireless audio pioneer makes a strong play into the $199 speaker market<p>Sonos has been selling its wireless speaker system for the home for years, but generally, its products have been out of the reach of many consumers just looking for an easy way to listen to the music on their phones or …

Uh-Oh: Snaphack Lets You Save Snapchats Without The Sender Knowing

Here's just one more reason not to send any embarrassing (or naked) Snapchats to anyone.<p>A new app called Snaphack allows you to save any and all photos and videos you receive through Snapchat without informing the person who sent it. The app is not affiliated with Snapchat and is currently …

Prisons turn to computer algorithms for deciding who to parole

Prison parole boards are turning from intuition to computer assessments as states look to cut costs at correctional facilities, reports <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. At least 15 states have begun requiring some type of risk assessment tool to help parole boards judge whether or not an inmate should be …

Forget Big Data: The future is Small Data, and Facebook just bought it

This morning, Onavo, an Israeli start-up, announced it was being acquired by Facebook. Onavo’s flagship product is a data compressor. When you browse a web page or use an app on your phone, Onavo routes the traffic through its servers, where it compresses and optimizes the data before sending it on …

Mobile Devices

Why both the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 are likely to have an “always listening” function

Among the many leaked screenshots, videos and lists of specifications for the Nexus 5(s goog), the most interesting anticipated feature to me is the …

GroupMe updated with video sharing and new design for iOS 7

GroupMe, the Microsoft-owned group messaging app, has today been redesigned for Apple's iOS 7. The latest update brings a flatter, more minimalistic appearance, though the app remains largely unchanged as a whole. There is one significant addition, however, and that's video. With the new version of …

Hadoop startup Zettaset sues Intel over trade secrets [updated]

Zettaset, a Mountain View, Calif.-based startup, has sued Intel, claiming the microprocessor giant and recent Hadoop-industry entrant has …

Lessons from Silk Road: don't host your virtual illegal drug bazaar in Iceland

When it comes to protecting your virtual black market from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), some countries are better than others. As it turns out, Iceland is probably not where you want to be. While the country may have protected WikiLeaks from the Americans, it's not harboring the …

Why keeping internet traffic within borders is a tall order

In the wake of this year’s surveillance scandal, it is to be expected that some governments and national telecommunications operators want to steer …

The LSD Avengers, Silk Road’s self-appointed drug inspectors, announce retirement

The group tested batches of acid and posted ratings online<p>Acid is a freaky drug; it can make you feel like you’re a kid again, or trap you in a real-life horror movie. So when you buy it off the internet, there’s understandably some trepidation: is this going to make me completely lose my mind …