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10 million people are trying to tweet, text, and phone home to the storm-ravaged Philippines

The massive Philippine diaspora fuels everything from global shipping to US medical care to Hong Kong maid services, and a huge proportion of those workers are desperately trying reach their family and friends after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the island nation this weekend.<p>The storm is known …

Asia

Playstation, Xbox And Wii In A Tight Race

The gaming industry is set to receive its eighth generation of consoles this month, and customers considering purchasing a console are tied between market leaders Xbox and Playstation.<p>A nationally representative poll of US consumers found that Playstation is the most popular console out of Xbox and …

Report: GlobalFoundries Apple tie-in not as big a deal as it sounds, might be overflow supply line

Suggestions that Apple is looking to chipmaker GlobalFoundries to reduce its reliance on Samsung chips are rather wide of the mark, according to sources cited by <i>AllThingsD</i>. The rumors followed a story in the <i>Albany Times Union</i> that Apple might be looking to the Malta, New York, chipmaker to make …

Google sells out of black 16GB Nexus 5 smartphones

After shipping dates gradually increased over the last two weeks, the black 16GB model of Google's new Nexus 5 smartphone is sold out.<p>"We are out of inventory. Please check back soon," the Google Play store said of the 16GB black model on Monday.<p>Shipment times have increased for other models, too. …

Google Nexus

Bing rolls out new music video search, complete with hover-over previews

Bing's just received a big revamp to make scouring the web for music videos a cinch. This is the latest in the website's string of updates, which include adding image collections, highlighting trending social topics and retaining Twitter posts in search results. Whenever you query an artist's name …

Apple’s Top Secret Deal With Samsung To Build A-Series Chips In Upstate New York

With the new Mac Pro, Apple has proven its serious about bringing at least some manufacturing back to the States. The next step, though, is chips, and a new report says that Apple is bringing chip fabrication of its A-series chips stateside at a new $6 billion facility in upstate New York. And …

The economics of selling expensive phones to rich people in poor countries

The standard narrative about mobile in the poor world is one of ever-cheaper phones for more and more people. This is broadly true. But there are rich people in the poor world too, and for them, the economics of phones are reversed.<p>The iPhone 5s, the high-end version of Apple’s latest phone, …

Mobile Technology

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema camera now supports RAW video for better dynamic range

After releasing its $995 Pocket Cinema Camera last summer with ProRes422 support only as it warned, Blackmagic Design has finally unleashed RAW CinemaDNG video recording with a firmware update. The format losslessly compresses each frame like a .zip file to capture 1080p video from the Super 16mm …

Google Glass Expanding Into Music

The futuristic online glasses known as Google Glass will add music functions over the next two weeks for the few thousand “Explorers” beta-testing …

Google Glass

Samsung and Intel find 36 more companies to back Tizen, their Android competitor

Open source Linux-based operating system Tizen is now in partnership with 36 companies including eBay, Konami, McAfee, Panasonic, and The Weather Channel. The deal was announced by the Tizen Association, which says it aims to broaden support for the OS.<p>The operating system is born from the ashes of …

Many millions at stake in new round of Apple-Samsung trial

The latest round in Apple and Samsung's bitter global battle for supremacy in the more than $300 billion smartphone market begins Tuesday in a courtroom a few miles from Apple's Silicon Valley headquarters.<p>In courts, government tribunals and regulatory agencies around the world, Apple Inc. has …

Apple Starts Shipping iPad Mini With Retina Display Today

Apple said today that shipping of the iPad mini with the Retina display is getting under way. Announced on Oct. 22 without a specific launch date, an …