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Can the Huawei P10's 'Leica-style' portraits beat the iPhone 7 Plus?

At Huawei’s Mobile World Congress event on Sunday, CEO Richard Yu couldn’t stop saying one particular phrase when talking about the P10’s camera: “Leica-style portraits.” Huawei has put portrait modes into its cameras for a while, and started its Leica partnership last year, but with the P10 the …

Synaptics Announces All-In-One Fingerprint and Facial Recognition System for Mobile Devices

Ahead of CES 2017, Synaptics today announced a new multi-factor biometric engine for use in smartphones, tablets, and notebook PCs. The new platform, made in partnership with facial recognition company KeyLemon, incorporates both fingerprint and facial recognition, allowing a mobile device to be …

BlackBerry's success led to its failure

With a little help from Apple and Google<p>It’s mobile prehistory at this point, but there was once a time when the ultimate smartphone you could get was a BlackBerry. Before Apple’s iPhone arrived, Google’s first Android prototypes were basically BlackBerry clones. It’s easy to think of the …

Apple is in talks with McLaren for a potential acquisition, report says

Apple, the tech company, is negotiating with McLaren, the car manufacturer, according to the Financial Times. Yes, you’ve read that correctly. These negotiations have been ongoing for months and could lead to an acquisition, or at least a strategic investment.<p>More precisely, Apple is talking with …

Apple lays off Project Titan employees, rethinks self-driving car business strategy

Apple’s flagship autonomous vehicle initiative dubbed as Project Titan is getting a massive reboot and refresh under the leadership of Bob Mansfield. …

Monster's lawsuit against Beats has gone very poorly

Monster's claims that Beats Electronics fraudulently ended their relationship were dismissed in a Los Angeles Superior Court today, leaving Beats and Apple off the hook. The judge ruled that Beats was allowed to end their partnership, meaning its actions were not, as Monster and its CEO Noel Lee …

There is no shortage of Teslas at Apple’s headquarters

<i>Update: The Apple employee that took the picture asked that we take it down. Above is a picture of the same spots (only 4 Teslas) from Google Streetview.</i><p>Apple and Tesla have had a rocky relationship when it comes to poaching employees from each other, but that doesn’t mean Apple employees aren’t …

SoftBank is buying ARM for $32 billion — because everything’s a computer now

It’s SoftBank’s first big bet in the post-Nikesh Arora era.<p>Japan’s SoftBank is buying U.K.-based chip design firm ARM Holdings for about $32 billion, according to the FT.<p>Why? Everything is a computer now, and ARM has been one of the winners of the mobile revolution.<p>ARM designs chips — but doesn’t …

Monster's new wireless headphone is prepared for the digital-only revolution

The Elements transmit wireless audio over Bluetooth and also feature a Micro-USB port on the ear cup for universal compatibility with devices that only have a digital connection (like Lightning).<p>While the rest of us are waiting to see if Apple has the nerve to get rid of the headphone jack on the …

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If we were to pick a moment that marked the beginning of the smartphone age, the great transformation that has upended how people communicate, shop and work, we would probably choose January 9, 2007, when Steve Jobs held up a small black rectangular device called the iPhone and declared that Apple …

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The Chinese company alleging patent infringement by Apple is essentially defunct – WSJ

Shenzhen Baili, the Chinese company that last week managed to win a Beijing patent office ruling that the iPhone 6 copied its own Baili 100C smartphone, is effectively defunct, reports the <i>WSJ</i>.<p>[Parent company] Digione had collapsed, brought down by buggy products, mismanagement and fierce …

Steph Curry, Warriors' collapse completes rough year for Under Armour athletes

Jordan Spieth, Cam Newton, Steph Curry all were toppled on the biggest stage.<p>Under Armour had itself quite a year. The underdog apparel brand seemed …

There Isn't a Clear Winner Between Apple and Google Maps

At least, according to a deep analysis by a former Apple Maps engineer<p>A former Apple Maps project leader has done a deep comparison of that product compared to Google Maps, and found a surprising result: while both maps offer detailed location information, they are radically different in what …

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Apple prepping thinner MacBook Pros with OLED screen above keyboard, Touch ID for Q4

According to a new note from reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities and corroborated by our sources, Apple plans to introduce a dramatically overhauled MacBook Pro later this year. Kuo says the device will have a new “thinner and lighter” design with design cues taken from the …

Why Trump Wasn't Crazy to Say That Apple Should Make iPhones in the U.S.

Trump raised an intriguing question about whether Apple -- and other American companies -- could bring manufacturing back to the United States.<p>Originally published by <b>Vivek Wadhwa</b> on LinkedIn: "Donald Trump's Demand That Apple Must Make iPhones in the U.S. Actually Isn't That Crazy."<p>Donald Trump has …

OS X update could use the iPhone's Touch ID to unlock Macs

As we approach Apple's annual WWDC conference that starts on June 13th, the rumors about upcoming iOS and OS X features are sure to ramp up. This week, <i>MacRumors</i> is reporting that the company is working on a way for you to unlock a Mac using your iPhone's Touch ID feature. The security measure is …

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More evidence Apple is working on the buttonless iPhone of our dreams

We’ve often discussed Apple’s intention of removing the home button from the iPhone since there are many clues suggesting the radical design is in …

Apple Has Patented Some Crazy Upgrades to Touch ID

Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor could get a meaningful upgrade, if a recently revealed patent is any guide.<p>The patent, awarded to Apple on …

Lenovo and Motorola are repeating the mistakes of HP and Palm

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it<p>I started writing this editorial during Mobile World Congress in February, following a Lenovo press roundtable that was almost entirely dedicated to explaining the peculiar way the Chinese company was killing off the Motorola brand. We …

6 ways to pay off your mortgage faster

Buying a home is one of — if not <i>the</i>— biggest expenses a person will ever have, says Kalyn Brooke in her book, "31 Days of Radically Reducing Your Expenses."<p>Brooke, founder of lifestyle site Creative Savings Blog, was content with making the minimum payments for her mortgage, but soon realized how …

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LG just developed an invisible fingerprint sensor

Fingerprint sensors are about to get a lot less obtrusive. LG’s Innotek, which specializes in creating new hardware components, just announced a fingerprint sensor that could live under your screen’s glass.<p>While that doesn’t make it the first button-less implementation – the Nexus 6P and HTC 10 use …

Everything I Wish I Knew Before Buying a House

From qualifying for a mortgage to closing on my new home.<p>Owning a home is supposed to be part of the American Dream, but the buying process can seem …

Gartner: Global PC shipments fell 9.6% in Q1 2016, the first quarter below 65 million units since 2007

No surprise here: The PC market started 2016 off poorly. Both Gartner and IDC have noted PC shipments were down globally, again.<p>Gartner estimates worldwide PC shipments fell 9.6 percent to 64.8 million units in Q1 2016. In fact, the firm notes that this is the first quarter to see fewer than 65 …

Meet the Guy Paying $400 to Live in a Literal Wooden Box Inside Someone Else's Apartment

In true San Francisco spirit, Peter Berkowitz is already turning the idea into a startup.<p>Peter Berkowitz graduated from the prestigious University of Chicago and made his name in New York City as a freelance illustrator with gigs at the fanciest magazine in America. Today, he lives in an 8' x 4 …

Never pay for an overweight suitcase again

An overweight suitcase can run you $100 in fees, but what if you could weigh your suitcase by simply lifting it off the ground?<p>That's just one of many utilities that's built into a new smart luggage brand called Raden, which launches Tuesday.<p>Raden charges your phone, gives you details about TSA …

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This Spring, Expect Higher Home Prices

As we enter the busy season of home selling, buyers can expect lower inventories and higher prices, experts say, but low interest rates take away some of the sting.<p>As winter draws to a close, homeowners coming out of hibernation are looking for new homes. And those who sleep too late can expect to …

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Greeted like a rock star, Lovie Smith acts like he belongs at Illinois

As new Illinois football coach Lovie Smith weaved through a thick crowd of supporters Monday after an impressive introductory news conference, a student reached out his hand with hope.<p>Much to the kid's delight, Smith gripped it firmly.<p>"Oh, my God, Lovie Smith shook my hand!" freshman Matt Hogan of …

Sports Authority files for Chapter 11 protection, plans store closings

Sports Authority filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection early Wednesday and will close or sell about 140 stores and two distribution centers, including several Chicagoland locations.<p>The Englewood, Colo.-based sporting goods chain has 463 stores in 41 states and Puerto Rico. The store closings …

These 2 things will pop the housing bubbles in San Francisco and Silicon Valley

Which creates an absurd situation: only 11% of the households in San Francisco can afford to buy a median home, according to Paragon Real Estate's report on "affordability." In other Bay Area counties, it's similar. In the Silicon Valley counties of San Mateo and Santa Clara, 14% and 20% of the …

All the Hidden, Unexpected Costs of Buying a Home

Your home is probably the most expensive thing you’ll ever own, and that expense goes beyond the closing price. There’s the cost of the house, but …