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Lenovo said to buy Motorola from Google for up to $3 billion, announcement expected in hours

Lenovo said to buy Motorola from Google for up to $3 billion, announcement expected in hours

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Lenovo has plans to buy Motorola Mobility from Google for roughly $2 billion, according to China Daily. Reuters adds to the report, saying the deal will be worth $3 billion. TechCrunch and the New York Times confirm it too.  UPDATE: It's official:... >>

BBC iPlayer app saw 3bn streaming requests in 2013, rising tablet viewership

BBC iPlayer app saw 3bn streaming requests in 2013, rising tablet viewership

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The BBC is out with numbers on Wednesday showing its iPlayer app is gaining a lot of traction, specifically on tablets. According to the network, the BBC iPlayer app saw a record 3 billion requests in 2013, up 22 per cent from 2012. There were 2.2 billion... >>

Google releases first mini games for Google Glass

Google releases first mini games for Google Glass

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Google is hoping to inspire Google Glass developers with a new set of mini games for the platform. The games experiment with the features and tools of Glass, and the company hopes it demonstrates the possibilities of gaming using a wearable. The games... >>

Samsung's 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro hits the UK, now available to pre-order for £649

Samsung's 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro hits the UK, now available to pre-order for £649

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Samsung announced on Tuesday that its 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro is now available to pre-order in the UK, before it ships on 4 February. The oversized tablet is available to customers at £649 for the Wi-Fi model in black and white. Samsung is offering... >>

Google releases developer tools to port Chrome apps to iOS and Android

Google releases developer tools to port Chrome apps to iOS and Android

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Google wants to take Chrome apps beyond the desktop and on to iOS and Android, and released new developer tools on Tuesday to make it happen. Called Apache Cordova, the open-source mobile development framework will help developers wrap their Chrome App... >>

Another look at iOS in the Car, this time in-action

Another look at iOS in the Car, this time in-action

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A video released by developer Steven Troughton-Smith gives a closer look at Apple's unreleased iOS in the Car. He used the emulator found within the iOS 7.0.3 software to show us how the infotainment software will work, when it's presumably released... >>

Next-gen Apple TV could include built-in TV tuner, wireless router

Next-gen Apple TV could include built-in TV tuner, wireless router

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Apple will be taking its Apple TV set-top box a step further, moving beyond being just a deliverer of iTunes content, Netflix and Hulu. 9to5mac reports Apple is testing a built-in TV tuner within the next-generation Apple TV, a feature similar to what... >>

Amazon reportedly set to release Android console in 2014, priced under $300

Amazon reportedly set to release Android console in 2014, priced under $300

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Amazon has plans to release an Android-based games console to compete with Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, according to VG247. Not only will the console stream and download games, it will also provide music, movies and TV content to users for under $300,... >>

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 said to launch with curved screen, new design

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 said to launch with curved screen, new design

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The Galaxy Gear 2 will be significantly improved over the first generation, according to ZDNet Korea, as Samsung takes a second try in the wearables market.  The publication reports the smartwatch will feature a curved display, similar to the flexible... >>

Intel is planning conversational voice recognition that works offline

Intel is planning conversational voice recognition that works offline

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Intel's always-listening Jarvis headset unveiled at CES 2014 is similar to Apple's Siri, Google Now, and even Google Glass without the display. It's a personal assistant meant to be by your side all the time, able to have a conversation. But to differentiate... >>

Apple CEO Tim Cook intrigued by mobile payments, calls it 'big opportunity'

Apple CEO Tim Cook intrigued by mobile payments, calls it 'big opportunity'

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has expressed interest in the mobile payments space, an area the company hasn't yet ventured into, by saying mobile payment was one of the thoughts behind the technology.  "The mobile payments area in general is one that we've been... >>

Apple says iOS 7 now found on 80 per cent of iOS devices

Apple says iOS 7 now found on 80 per cent of iOS devices

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Apple's iOS 7 is now found on 80 per cent of iOS devices, according to Apple chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer on Monday.  iOS 7 was released alongside the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C in September, and now sits as the world's most popular mobile... >>

Apple announces Q1 2014 earnings: $57.6bn revenue, $13.1bn net profit, 51M iPhones, 26M iPads, 4.8M Macs

Apple announces Q1 2014 earnings: $57.6bn revenue, $13.1bn net profit, 51M iPhones, 26M iPads, 4.8M Macs

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Apple has announced its fiscal Q1 2014 earnings (Q4 2013 on the calendar), breaking revenue, iPhone, and iPad sales records.  The company saw $57.6 billion in revenue and $13.1 billion in net profit during the three-month period. Christmas sales fuelled... >>

Tesla Model S owners can now drive coast-to-coast in the US

Tesla Model S owners can now drive coast-to-coast in the US

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Tesla has expanded its "Supercharger" network in the US to allow Model S drivers to make it all the way from New York to California for the first time. The plan was first announced in May of 2013 and has now been completed. “Tesla Supercharger network... >>

Samsung ‘Galaxy Glass’ said to launch in September

Samsung ‘Galaxy Glass’ said to launch in September

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Samsung plans to launch "Galaxy Glass" smart glasses at the IFA trade show in September, according to Korea Times. The functionality of Galaxy Glass sounds similar to the Google Glass project made available to members of Google's Explorer program in 2013.... >>

LG G Pro 2 phablet officially launching in February, specs still remain a mystery

LG G Pro 2 phablet officially launching in February, specs still remain a mystery

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LG has made the LG G Pro 2 official, announcing on Monday that the phablet will launch in February, presumably at Mobile World Congress. LG didn't share any specific details about the handset,  but rumours detail the LG G Pro 2 as being the company's... >>

Samsung and Google sign big ten-year patent partnership

Samsung and Google sign big ten-year patent partnership

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Samsung announced on Sunday that it and Google have entered a ten-year partnership to license each other's current patents and those filed in the future. It marks a significant move within the patent space, as Samsung will now have access to the patents... >>

Samsung Galaxy S5 to launch in two plastic versions with fingerprint scanner, says analyst

Samsung Galaxy S5 to launch in two plastic versions with fingerprint scanner, says analyst

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Samsung has plans to launch two versions of the Galaxy S5 this spring, and both will be in plastic instead of one in aluminium as previously believed, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. We typically stay away from analyst reports here... >>

Foxconn considering 'advanced display' TV factory in US, perfect for Apple's iTV

Foxconn considering 'advanced display' TV factory in US, perfect for Apple's iTV

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Foxconn, the company who assembles gadgets for Apple and other companies, is looking into launching a manufacturing plant in the US to build advanced displays. Foxconn chairman Terry Gou told reporters on Sunday a US plant would be made up of high-tech... >>

Apple CEO Tim Cook jokes about iRing in interview with ABC

Apple CEO Tim Cook jokes about iRing in interview with ABC

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It's not often Apple executives sit down for an interview, but to celebrate the Mac's thirtieth anniversary on Friday, Apple CEO Tim Cook talked candidly with ABC News. It's a rare look inside such a secret company.  Cook, along with Apple executives... >>

Apple said to be working on mobile payment service to rival Google Wallet, others

Apple said to be working on mobile payment service to rival Google Wallet, others

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Apple is set to launch a mobile payment service that would allow users to pay for physical goods and service from iOS devices, according to The Wall Street Journal.  There's no word on when the mobile payment service may launch - presumably iOS 8 - but... >>

Samsung posts first quarterly profit decline in two years

Samsung posts first quarterly profit decline in two years

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Samsung has posted its first quarterly operating profit decline in two-years, creating concerns about growth ahead of its next-generation flagship launch in the spring. The company reported operating profit of $7.7 billion during the fourth calendar... >>

Nokia's first Android handset to be called Nokia X?

Nokia's first Android handset to be called Nokia X?

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Nokia's first Android-based handset will be called the "Nokia X", if EvLeaks is to be believed. The mobile tipster tweeted "Project Normandy = Nokia X" on Thursday, indicating the name of the device for when it hits the market. We've seen several leaked... >>

Apple exec says converging iOS and OS X would be 'waste of energy'

Apple exec says converging iOS and OS X would be 'waste of energy'

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On the eve of the Mac's 30th anniversary, Apple marketing executive Phil Schiller says he doesn't think converging iOS and OS X into one is a good idea, as pundits and users have long dreamed.  “We don’t waste time thinking, ‘But it should be... >>

HTC One users in the US should see Android 4.4 KitKat update soon, no word on UK

HTC One users in the US should see Android 4.4 KitKat update soon, no word on UK

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HTC announced on Thursday that the majority of HTC One users in the US are one step closer to seeing Android 4.4 KitKat on their handset. HTC has rolled out its KitKat update to Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile for final carrier testing, and certification... >>