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Google Glass becomes more useful with new Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr apps

Until now only two third-party apps have been available for Google Glass: <i>The New York Times</i> and Path. Thankfully that's about to change. Today at Google I/O we learned that several new apps (or "glassware" as the company refers to them) are coming to Google's headset including Facebook, Twitter, …

Apple: Should Rivals Fear This Slam-Dunk Deal?

There continues to be growing pessimism about Apple’s “it factor” and whether or not the company still has the swagger that elevated Apple to the height of the tech sector. While Apple’s growth momentum has indeed slowed, this does not mean that the company has suddenly forgotten how to innovate …

Windows 8 Mail update now available, Google Calendar support removed for existing users

Microsoft has started pushing out its latest Windows 8 Mail, Calendar, and People app updates to users today. A little ahead of the schedule, the application updates are now available in the Windows Store, bringing performance enhancements and a whole host of new features. Mail has been updated to …

T-Mobile's 4G LTE goes live in Phoenix, San Jose

T-Mobile has started to roll out 4G services in the Phoenix and San Jose ahead of a press gathering today, according to our tipsters. Screen grabs show the service alive and kicking out speeds in the 20-30Mbps range, though we've yet to verify it for ourselves. The company already outed its …

T-Mobile Aims to Remake Itself With New Network, New Plans and New Devices

After spending months getting its network and business ready, T-Mobile USA is ready to show its new look to the world.<p>The revamped No. 4 carrier is …

iPhone 5S expected to launch late June, says analyst

Apple will likely bring out its next iPhone in late June, projects Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.<p>Assuming that forecast comes true, Munster believes Apple will sell 4 million units of the new phone before the month and the quarter are over. That estimate compares with the 5 million iPhone 5 …

Windows Phone 8 update to activate FM radios, enable double-tap to wake Lumia 920

Microsoft is currently preparing a new Windows Phone 8 update, <i>The Verge</i> has learned. Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed that the software maker plans to support FM radio hardware in its latest update, returning a hardware feature that the company dropped with its latest mobile …

Sharp, Foxconn to continue talks as deadline sails by

The deadline has passed for Sharp and Foxconn to agree on investment terms, but the companies apparently are still trying to resolve their differences.<p>A one-year deadline was set to give both companies time to reach an agreement on a potential investment that would save Japan-based Sharp, which is …

Samsung and Apple nearly tied for total computer, tablet, and smartphone shipments last quarter

By now, it's no surprise that Apple and Samsung are slugging it out for dominance in the tablet and smartphone markets, not to mention more "traditional" computing platforms like laptops and desktops. However, Samsung has always been a little bit cagey about giving away exact numbers, so noted data …

T-Mobile Will Sell The iPhone On April 12 For $99 Down, $20 Monthly Payments For 2 Years

The iPhone has been make-or-break for carriers. AT&T had exclusivity for a while, hurting Verizon and Sprint until they got their hands on the iconic device. But T-Mobile is still in the dark, even as companies like U.S. Cellular nab Apple’s smartphone. But no longer.<p>At today’s T-Mobile Uncarrier …

T-Mobile Launches 4G LTE Network

T-Mobile announced it was launching its 4G LTE network at an event this morning in New York City. The network will come online in seven cities to …

How one journalist cracked 8,000 passwords in 24 hours

In the name of journalism, Ars Technica's Nate Anderson trained himself to crack passwords. In a detailed longform piece, Anderson describes his journey into the world of script kiddies, using a program called Hashcat to crack a list of passwords left circulating online after an earlier leak. It's …

Buyer of 1m BlackBerry BB10 handsets revealed as distributor to Verizon

Brightstar, an electronics distributor to carriers including Verizon, was the recent buyer of a record 1m handsets running BB10 software from …

Google To Send Out Invites To Its Glass Explorer Program Over The Next Few Days, No Word On When It Plans To Ship Them

Google just announced that it will send out invitations in the next few days to those who participated in its #ifihadglass campaign. Later this week, it will contact those who had the best ideas through Google+ and Twitter and invite them to purchase Glass for $1,500 and then pick up their devices …

Once and for all: Tech is not a meritocracy

I’ve had it with meritocracy.<p>Not because it’s not a wonderful concept. Of course it is.<p>My problem is with the belief many people seem to hold that the world (or some part of it) is already a meritocracy, or even that it’s an achievable and realistic ideal, rather than a platonic one. This mythology …

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Chrome update brings improved spell checking to Windows, Linux and Chrome OS

A new stable release of Chrome is out today, bringing improved spell-checking to Google's browser. Mountain View announced the update on the <i>Chrome Blog</i>, explaining that it refreshed the dictionaries for all supported languages -- and adding support for Albanian, Korean and Tamil. Additionally, the …

Spotify previews new Windows app, bringing its web interface to the desktop

Spotify has begun testing a new version of its Windows app, bringing its web interface to the desktop. Currently, the new app is only available to a small set of users, but it marks a shift towards a format used by rival streaming services like Rdio, with Spotify borrowing from its the …

Yelp offers new tool for business owners to gauge its value

Yelp has a new tool in place for business owners to gauge the value of its service.<p>The company yesterday announced a new tool, called "Revenue Estimate," that helps business owners determine the amount of revenue they're generating from their Yelp listings. The free tool multiplies the number of …

Facebook Hits 250m Monthly Gamers and Introduces New Games Feed

Facebook has released a whole slew of new figures at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco today, showing significant growth in the number of people playing social games and completing microtranscations.<p>The company also revealed that it will be launching a new Timeline section later this …

Verizon Launches Social Gaming Platform For Android Phones

Starting in the second quarter, Android phones on the Verizon Wireless network will launch with a social gaming platform. The platform is powered by Playphone, which is already available on Google Play and iOS.<p>“People will be able to see what games their friends are playing,” Playphone CEO Ron …

Havok Announces Project Anarchy, A Totally Free Engine For 3D Mobile Games

Even if you’ve got no idea what the Havok engine is, you’ve probably seen it in use before. Name a best-selling video game, and the odds that it’s using Havok in one way or another are pretty huge. Halo 4? Check. Assassins Creed? Check. Skyrim, Uncharted, or Call Of Duty? Check, check, check.<p>This …

Coming soon: Verizon Games Portal for Android devices

Announced today, Verizon's Android devices will soon come loaded with a new Games Portal, a standalone app marketplace for games (separate from Google Play) combined with a social network similar to Apple's Game Center.<p>Powered by PlayPhone, an experienced builder of gaming networks, Verizon's Games …

Google Play starts offering devices in India, starting with the Nexus 7

Google Play Books recently launched for India; it's only fitting that locals get some hardware to read with. Accordingly, Google just opened device sales for India through Google Play, beginning with the Nexus 7. The initial offering is decidedly modest and includes just the 16GB WiFi version of …

Apple's broken promise: why doesn't iCloud 'just work'?

Frustrations mount as developers deal with Apple's inability to manage another cloud service<p>iCloud, perhaps more than any Apple software product, is meant to "just work." When Apple introduced iCloud, it made clear its hopes to eradicate settings menus and file systems in favor of automation. Steve …

DICE+ launches $99 developer kit, pre-orders for $40 consumer model start this summer

Game Technologies, the Poland-based company behind the little electronic die that is DICE+, has just announced a $99 developer edition that bundles a transparent-cased model along with its software development kit. As a reminder, the DICE+ is an inch-sized rubberized cube packed with Bluetooth, an …

T-Mobile Tears Up Service Contracts And Adds The iPhone

Underdogs must make bold moves to stay in the game. America’s third-place operator Sprint has been backing progressive wireless companies like Republic Wireless and FreedomPop. But T-Mobile, which is even further behind in fourth place, is taking “bold moves” to a new level. On Tuesday the carrier …