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Google will soon let Glass users upgrade their hardware and invite their friends to buy one (updated)

Well, that was quick. Shortly after a <i>Financial Times</i> report to the effect, Google has confirmed that it is indeed preparing an invite system that will let current Glass owners invite up to three friends to join its Explorer program and buy a device of their own. The company isn't saying exactly …

Sony Xperia Tablet Z review: the company's best Android tablet yet

It wasn't all that long ago that every month offered up yet another Android tablet for review. While Samsung is still producing plenty, the output of Google-powered slabs has generally slowed, replaced by a steady stream of Windows 8 / RT hardware often from the very same manufacturers that were …

This Wacom Drawing Tablet Is Your Deal of the Day

Whether you're just getting started making memes or you're a seasoned digital artist, adding a drawing tablet is the one of the easiest ways to gain …

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Sony brings Android Open Source Project to Xperia Tablet Z (video)

Sony gifted its flagship Xperia Z smartphone with an Android Open Source Project (AOSP) build just last month, and now the stock operating system has made its way to the device's tablet counterpart, too. AOSP is now available for the Xperia Tablet Z -- it'll live on GitHub, along with instructions …

LG Nexus 4 shows up in white at Google I/O (hands-on)

A checkerboard-style glitter pattern with a white background? Yes, please. We've always been impressed by the elegant look and feel of LG's Nexus 4, announced alongside Android 4.2 last October, and now Google is making an ivory version of the device available to (hopefully) the masses. The twist: …

Python S3 is a new tablet that can't decide: boots Ubuntu, Android and Windows 8

Ubuntu tablets may not be particularly new, but thanks to its liberal build, things can get a bit more interesting when another OS is added to the mix. Ekoore's Python S3 tablet goes a little further, nestling Ubuntu, Android <i>and</i> Windows 8 behind its 11.6-inch screen. Specifications can be …

Google+ App For Android Quietly Switched To WebP Image Format A Month And A Half Ago, Saves 50% Bandwidth

About a month and a half ago, Google switched to its own WebP image format in its Google+ Android app, the company revealed at its I/O developer conference in San Francisco today. This, Stephen Konig, a Google product manager who focuses on WebP and Chrome Remote desktop, and Make the Web Fast team …

Tech on the Range Episode #30: “Of BlackBerries and Googles”

Welcome to the 30th official episode of Tech on the Range.Your hosts for this week’s show are Sean Aune and Todd Haselton.<p>You can find us each on …

This Week On The TechCrunch Gadgets Podcast: All Google I/O, All The Time

Google’s major developer conference, Google I/O, went down this week. Was it a bit of a letdown? Probably. Did cool stuff still come out of the event? Eh? Maybe? We discuss these topics and more this week on the TC Gadgets podcast. In fact, we even had Frederic Lardinois join as a guest, along with …

How To Turn Your Android Phone Into A Gaming Powerhouse

Your Android phone isn't just for widgets, talking, Google Now and photos. It can also be one of the world's best gaming platforms, if you're willing …

The Most Stunning Way To Start a Fire Since Lightning

The simple form and function of a Zippo lighter has made it an incredibly iconic design. But it could soon be supplanted by Alessi if the Italian …

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Firefox 22 beta enables WebRTC by default, HiDPI displays on Windows

Though Mozilla has long been a proponent of WebRTC for plugin-free video and voice chat, it hasn't been ready to enable the full protocol in Firefox as a matter of course. It's more confident as of this week: the newly available Firefox 22 beta turns on complete WebRTC use by default, allowing for …

Apple and Sony 'iRadio' Negotiations Stalling Over Skipped Songs

Earlier today a report suggested that the launch of Apple's upcoming streaming music service deemed "iRadio" may be delayed due to difficult negotiations with Sony Music and Warner Music Group.<p><i>CNET</i> is offering some additional information on Apple's trouble with Sony Music, explaining that the fees …

This week on gdgt: LG shows there's room for more than one mega-smartphone

Each week, our friends at gdgt go through the latest gadgets and score them to help you decide which ones to buy. Here are some of their latest picks -- along with a few you should probably avoid. Want more? Visit gdgt anytime to catch up on the latest, and subscribe to gdgt's newsletter to get a …

Which ear you hold your cell phone to may reveal brain dominance

Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit say that, similar to handedness, most people who hold their cell phones to their left ear are right-hemisphere dominant and vice versa.<p>It has long been understand that right-handed people -- who make up about 90 percent of the population -- have …

Intel kicks off ultrabook road trip in New York

The chipmaker is traveling the globe to show consumers some of the newest PCs and tablets.<p>NEW YORK -- Intel on Friday kicked off its ultrabook world tour in New York, hoping to make consumers excited about the latest PCs and curb a drop in the computing market.<p>The chip giant opened a temporary …

Watch the tiny teaser trailer for Batman: Arkham Origins

It's less than a minute long, but the trailer for the next Batman game introduces at least one new antagonist.<p>Batman: Arkham Origins, as the name suggests, is a prequel for the other two Arkham games, set a couple of years before Batman: Arkham Asylum.<p>Although Origins is being made by WB Montreal …

Air Force Expects iPad Deployment to Save $50 Million Over 10 Years

The U.S. Air Force is expecting to save a serious amount of cash as a result of deploying 18,000 iPads.<p>With the iPads brought in to replace heavy, …

Apple iRadio Service Held Up By Dispute Over Skipping Songs

Apple’s upcoming iRadio service is still being held up by negotiation breakdowns, with the iPhone maker still unable to reach an agreement with Sony …

Forced to live with BB10, and kind of liking it

After losing my HTC One, which runs Android, I had to rely solely on BlackBerry 10.<p>ORLANDO, Fla. -- Irony may be funny to the gods of Olympus, but it's a cruel lesson for us mortals. I found this out the hard way at BlackBerry Live 2013. Within minutes of arriving at my hotel I managed to misplace …

Formlabs ships first Form 1 3D printer, Kickstarter backers should see theirs next week

Some might say it's been a long, long while since October -- with "some" referring to the swath of Kickstarter backers who've been waiting oh-so-patiently for a Form 1 to call their own. Formlabs has just confirmed via a company blog post that the very first Form 1 3D printer shipped out today, as …

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 Specs and Image Leak

Samsung has always championed the benefits of choice, selling millions of devices covering an array of sizes, specs and OSes. Entering soon into the …

How to handle OS X firmware updates that won't install

If you've got an OS X firmware update that just refuses to install properly, there are a few things you can try to remedy the situation.<p>When Apple releases Mac firmware updates, the system undergoes a special installation procedure in which it shows a progress bar on a gray screen and then reboots. …

Making sense of Google's high Galaxy S4 price tag

When Google announced its exclusive version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 at Tuesday's keynote, many were left wondering about its $649 value.<p>On Tuesday, when Google's Vice President of Android Product Management Hugo Barra told a crowd of nearly 6,000 attendees that the online giant would be releasing …

Dell's Project Ophelia will turn any HDTV into an Android computer this May

Dell introduced Project Ophelia to the world at CES back in January, and now it's revealed shipping timeframes for the Android-powered MHL stick. Ophelia will ship in May to developers, with cable providers and telecoms able to buy it in July. A consumer release will follow shortly thereafter. When …

Lenovo's Intel-powered K900 smartphone on sale now in China, ships internationally this summer

It arrived with a bang, but it's been dead silence ever since. Lenovo's Intel Clover Trail+ smartphone, the Android-based K900, is finally ready to make its grand entrance into the consumer realm. The 5.5-inch powerhouse will ship with a dual-core Atom Z2580 CPU (2.0GHz) within, a PowerVR SGX …

'Bang With Friends' Gets Booted From App Store

We might need to call it "Banned With Friends." A week after debuting the new mobile client for anonymous friend banging, the iOS version of Bang …

Google TV: silent but not forgotten at I/O 2013

Android is coming to our TVs, but has Google already lost the battle for the living room?<p>It's easy to miss the Google TV booth here at I/O 2013, hidden in the corner of the third floor. That may not be an accident: there was apparently no room in the company's sprawling three-and-a-half-hour …

BlackBerry Messenger Won’t Support iOS or Android Tablets

When BlackBerry’s upcoming BBM client launches for iOS and Android, it’ll only be available for smartphones. That means no love for your iPad or …

Rumor Roundup: iPhone 5S New Colors and Galaxy S4 Mini

On This Week's Episode<p>Earlier this month we covered a rumor that suggested Microsoft’s new and smaller Surface tablet will launch in June with a …