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iPhone Phablet on the way? Apple is exploring bigger iPhones with up to 5.7″ screens

While we’ve been hearing quite a bit about Apple’s plans for a cheaper iPhone over the past few months, the company’s plans to go bigger have been more cloudy.<p>Now it sounds like Apple aims to go into phablet territory, a term for giant smartphones over 5-inches that may as well be tablets. Apple is …

Designers Think Apple's New Flat iOS Look Is 'Ugly' and 'Harsh' and Blinding

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>After years of complaints about Apple's cheesy, outdated, and decidedly "skeuomorphic" iPhone …

Man of Steel: does Hollywood need saving from superheroes?

Twenty years ago, after appearing in two phenomenally successful, visually opulent and generally brilliant Batman movies, Michael Keaton decided he …

Google confirms it is acquiring Waze to add real-time social data to its maps

After widespread rumors that the two were close to a deal, Google (s goog) has confirmed on its official blog that it is acquiring Waze, a real-time …

PlayStation 4: Sony outmaneuvers Microsoft on price, design, and common sense

Xbox One controversy reaches its climax as Sony twists the knife<p>Before yesterday's E3 keynotes from Sony and Microsoft, opinion was split on the very different paths each company is taking. Some found the PlayStation 4 the more appealing proposal on paper — a more powerful, developer-friendly box …

Google’s Inroads For Waze Could Roadblock Facebook And Apple

In the ever-raging Map War, Google seems to be not only a first mover, but the boldest mover.<p>According to the Globes, an Israel-based publication, Google is reportedly set to acquire the Israeli transit and navigation company Waze for $1.3 billion, making it one of the larger Google acquisitions in …

Apple's WWDC 2013: Rumors and expectations

Apple's 24th annual developers conference kicks off next week, and will be the company's first event in more than seven months.<p>The conference lasts the entire week, but the highlight is Monday's keynote address, where Apple typically announces new products and services. This year, Apple has only …

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare leaked through E3 promotional materials

<i>Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare</i>, an apparent upcoming installment of PopCap Games' franchise packed with plants and undead, was outed today in a photo published by Gamekyo showing promotional materials from E3 2013.<p>The photo for the unannounced game shows a classic series zombie decked out in …

Now Intel Wants To Become Your Cable TV Provider

But Intel has yet to close any programming deals, said the sources, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to comment.<p>CBS, News Corp and Viacom have reached agreements with Intel on certain details over how their content would be distributed on the service the chipmaker plans to …

Google may not like it, but facial recognition is coming soon to Glass

Startup founder outlines facial recognition for Glass, calls device a "car for the mind."<p>PALO ALTO, CA—Even while sitting in a café on University …

The Xbox One Might Let Sony's PS4 Win By Default

Last night, Microsoft dumped a pile of information into our laps about some of the more controversial specifics of the Xbox One. We heard confirmation about its practices for always on, used game resale, and game ownership in general. Some of the highlights:<p>- Your Xbox must check in via the …

PopCap Games teases 'even more' Plants vs. Zombies at E3 2013

<i>Plants vs. Zombies</i> developer PopCap Games is teasing "even more PvZ" for Electronic Arts' upcoming E3 2013 press conference.<p>The developer released a 31-second video, which you can watch above, that scrolls through a numer of places spotted with green and purple goo. Further details are expected on …

Apple 'plans iPhone trade-in scheme'

Apple is starting an iPhone trade-in program this month aimed at getting users to upgrade to the iPhone 5 and turn in older models, people with knowledge of the plans said.<p>Apple has teamed up with Brightstar, a mobile-phone distributor, to run the US-based exchange program, said the people, who …

Man of Steel game trailer for iOS and Android revealed, release is June 14th

Warner Bros has revealed the Man of Steel game for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android smartphones and tablets. The game will be available from June 14, 2013 on the App Store, Google Play and Amazon Appstore for Android. We’ll keep you updated<p>More here.

GamePop Adds iPad And iPhone Game Support, Giving The Console Access To iOS Exclusives

BlueStacks is hoping to take the clear early consumer interest in a home gaming console built with mobile technologies and make that into big business, and today it’s announcing what could become a huge advantage for its GamePop console over other similar offerings. GamePop will support iPhone and …

iOS 7, Mac OS X Updates, MacBooks and More: What to Expect at Apple's WWDC

It has been nearly nine months since Apple has held its last big event. In that time the company has suffered from some issues on Wall Street, been …

Mad Catz announces Project Mojo Android gaming console, will go on sale later this year

The Ouya console may not have been all that everyone had hoped for, but that's not stopping other companies from getting in on the game: peripheral designer Mad Catz has its own Android-based gaming console it's calling Project Mojo. Aesthetically, it's a small black slab with an HDMI output and …

Apple puts up '7' banner in advance of WWDC, likely confirms new version of iOS (update: OS X too)

Well, we were pretty sure that Apple was going to out a new version of iOS next week, and a banner just went up at the Moscone Center in San Francisco (the venue for WWDC) seems to confirm the rumors. As you can see, it shows only the number '7', which all but confirms that we'll be seeing Jony …