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Now Microsoft's Cortana can help you place a Skype call

A Skype for Windows Phone update integrates the virtual assistant. You can make a call by saying. "Skype, get Mom on the screen," Microsoft says.<p>Microsoft has added its virtual assistant software to Skype -- though it's limited to the Windows Phone platforms.<p>Update 2.19 for Skype on Windows Phone 8 …

Windows Phone

Walmart to cut iPhone 5C and 5S prices on Friday

The price of the iPhone 5C falls to $29 and the 5S to $99. Does this mean the iPhone 6 launch is nearing?<p>In a move that could signal the imminent launch of iPhone 6, Walmart is drastically cutting its iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S prices.<p>A Walmart spokesperson told CNET that as of Friday, the iPhone 5C …

Mobile Technology

Boot up: Android's next billion, Pichai v Samsung, MonkeyParking acts up

Plus more thought on Amazon and Firephone, why the protesters interrupted I/O, Technorati dies and more<p>A burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team<p>Android and the next billion >> Tech.pinions<p>Ben Bajarin:<p>Developers make more money with iOS than Android (even though the …

Get an Aries Matrix wireless HD transmitter for $149.99

That's half off the regular price of this top-rated adapter, which is especially great for wall-mounted TVs and ceiling-mounted projectors.<p>Planning to mount your TV on a wall? Hope you like cables, because you're probably going to be looking at a lot of them snaking out from the back. And even if …

Wireless

This nifty Kickstarter project will make it easier to charge all your Apple devices

If you’re looking for a way to charge your Apple devices in the simplest, most hassle-free way possible, you may want to check out the new Kickstarter project, MOS Reach.<p>Acting as an extension of the traditional wall outlet, MOS Reach is a rectangular device that includes a standard socket …

ASUS is reportedly making the cheapest Android Wear smartwatch yet

If the first crop of Android Wear smartwatches falls <i>just</i> outside of your price range, don't fret -- ASUS may soon come to your rescue. <i>TechCrunch</i> claims that the Taiwanese firm is developing Google-powered wristwear with a target price between $99 and $149, or at least $50 less than LG's relatively …

Disney Infinity's Toy Box Summit celebrates its top creators and everyday fans

Disney Infinity was one of the best-selling games last year, and now Mickey Mouse’s gaming division is holding a fan-appreciation event with the developer.<p>Disney Interactive announced the first Disney Infinity Toy Box Summit today. This event will take place Aug. 15 to Aug. 17 in Salt Lake City, …

Facebook reaches 69M users in Indonesia, one of its largest markets

Facebook just saw its active user base in Indonesia rise to 69 million, according to a statement from Facebook’s Indonesia head, Anand Tilak.<p>Two quarters back, the company reported 65 million active monthly users in the country pointing to a 6-percent increase.<p>Indonesia is actually one of …

Facebook now lets UK users choose from over 70 gender options

Four months after it did so in the US, Facebook is now letting UK users choose new gender options. After working with two UK organisations, Press For Change and Gendered Intelligence, the social network added over 70 new terms, allowing you to select one of the new custom genders or add your own. …

YouTube exposes hundreds of private emails in Fan Funding beta mix-up

The private email addresses for hundreds of YouTube video creators were made public this week when the Google-owned company temporarily forgot to lock down the beta sign-up form for its upcoming Fan Funding feature.<p>"For a short time yesterday, email addresses and channel names of creators using our …

A Tale Of Two Patents: Why Facebook Can’t Clone Snapchat

Facebook released Slingshot, its second attempt at an impermanent sharing app, last Tuesday. The app borrows heavily, in concept and features, from Snapchat, as well as smaller startups like Frontback and Look.<p>Slingshot and Facebook Messenger feature the same photo and video recording interface–a …

MIT's Local Warming system warms you while you wander

Thought experiment time, folks: what would do you if you wanted to warm up a few people in a big, chilly room? Prevailing logic says to crank up the heat, but let's be honest here: sometimes the prevailing logic sucks. The folks from MIT's Senseable City Lab project have cooked up a more efficient …

HP wins dismissal of lawsuit linked to ex-CEO Hurd's ouster

(Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co has won the dismissal of a lawsuit accusing the computer maker of securities fraud for misleading shareholders about its commitment to ethics while its chief executive was allegedly engaging in sexual harassment.<p>A Hewlett-Packard logo is seen at the company's …

Nest devices start talking to Google, washing machines and your car

Nest's Learning Thermostat and Protect smoke detector are now part of a much, much larger universe. The company has just launched a developer program that lets third-party apps and devices talk to Nest hardware, making it do things that aren't possible through official software. The initiative is …

LeBron James exercises option to become free agent, per report

James will opt out of his contract with the Heat and become a free agent, although that doesn't necessarily mean he's leaving Miami.<p>Miami Heat star LeBron James has exercised his early termination option, making him a free agent this summer, SB Nation has confirmed. The news was originally broken …

Scientists simulate time travel using light particles

We may never see practical time travel in our lifetimes, if it's possible at all. However, a team at the University of Queensland has given the Doc Browns of the world a faint glimmer of hope by simulating time travel on a very, very small scale. Their study used individual photons to replicate a …

Ten-man Italy are out of the #WorldCup after they concede late on in a 1-0 defeat by Uruguay: http://uefa.to/1lnvsnM What was your view on the game and Italy's performance throughout the competition?

'iPhone 6 production starting next month'

Apple's new larger-screened iPhone 6 is rumoured to be heading into production as early as next month<p><b>Apple</b>'s next <b>iPhone</b>, which is said to feature a larger screen than previous incarnations, is reported to be heading into production next month.<p>The next model, dubbed the iPhone 6, will come in two …

Google's Nest Is Buying a Home-Monitoring Camera Company

Google-owned smart home company Nest is acquiring home-monitoring startup Dropcam for $555 million, in a move that expands the Google-owned Nest’s …

Home Automation

New Apple TV Could Be A HomeKit Hub

Apple announced their new Apple HomeKit at WWDC earlier this month, it is a collection of tools that can be used to control things around your home, …

Apple, Google, Samsung to take on diabetes with wearables -- report

The companies are seeking ways to integrate health sensors and apps into their wearable devices, including those to measure glucose levels in a non-invasive way.<p>Apple, Google, and Samsung are exploring sensors for wearable devices that could measure glucose levels for diabetics, according to a …

Wearable Tech

Samsung's Latest Tablet Boasts Sleek Hardware, Confusing Software

Samsung's answer to the iPad Air is thin and light, and boasts a bright, sharp screen.<p>Last fall, Apple scored an engineering coup when it managed to shrink its full-sized tablet down to just one pound in weight and 0.29 inches in thickness, while retaining and even expanding its longtime lead over …

Twitter says it hasn't blocked Russian extremist accounts

The company does say, though, that it's taught Russian officials how they can report illegal tweets for possible removal.<p>Twitter will not unilaterally block extremist Russian accounts, but the company will remove tweets that are deemed inappropriate, according to a new report.<p>Russia, which finds …

Internet

Apple iPhone 'kill switch' cuts thefts – and Microsoft and Google are to follow

'Activation lock' introduced with iOS 7 has cut thefts- prompting similar version from Samsung and moves by Microsoft and Google to follow suit<p>Apple's introduction of a "kill switch" in its iPhone software last September has cut thefts of the phones across the board, according to data from London, …

What To Expect Tomorrow During Google's Biggest Event Of The Year

Google I/O is the company's developers conference, but it's also the event that sets the tone for most of the company's consumer products for the next year or so.<p>Here's a breakdown of what to expect.<p>Android Wear<p>Android Wear is Google's new wearable computing operating system that it introduced a …

Android News

Samsung Galaxy Tab S review: slim design, long battery life, stunning screen

It'd be silly of me to talk about tablets in the past tense -- we still write stories about them daily and clearly, we review them, too. But of the ones we've seen lately, most have been low-end; mid-range at best. The market for high-end slates, once crowded with companies big and small, now looks …

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Google's smart home springs to life: Mercedes, Jawbone, & more tap new Nest API

Google today debuted the Nest smart thermostat developer API with launch partners Mercedes-Benz, Jawbone, IFTTT, Logitech, LIFX, and Whirlpool.<p>Nest announced plans to debut a developer program last year. At that time, Nest senior product manager Greg Hu stressed that Nest always intended to offer a …