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Good times roll: Samsung posts record Q3 earnings thanks to low-cost smartphones

Good times roll: Samsung posts record Q3 earnings thanks to low-cost smartphones

By Jake Smith

Samsung has made its earnings official for the third fiscal quarter of 2013, which break its personal best, beating its own expectations. The company announced 59.08 trillion won (roughly £34 billion) in revenue and 10.16 trillion won in operating profit,... Read more

Samsung patent tips Google Glass competitor

Samsung patent tips Google Glass competitor

By Jake Smith

Samsung may be gearing up with a rival to Google Glass, if a patent filing with Korean authorities eventually comes to market. The filing was first spotted by The Wall Street Journal and shows Samsung has taken a bit of inspiration from Mountain View... Read more

Android 4.4 KitKat tipped to have big TV focus to usher in 'Android TV'

Android 4.4 KitKat tipped to have big TV focus to usher in 'Android TV'

By Jake Smith

The next version of Android, dubbed KitKat, will have a focus on television with increased compatibility alongside smartphones, reports ETnews. A revamped interface for televisions is said to be included in the new version of Android, bringing a "greatly... Read more

Google Play shows 16GB Nexus 10 as out of stock, let next-gen speculation fly

Google Play shows 16GB Nexus 10 as out of stock, let next-gen speculation fly

By Jake Smith

The 16GB version of the Nexus 10 is now showing as "out of inventory" on Google Play. Time to let our speculation alarm sound.Google has been tipped to release the next-generation Nexus 10 in the near future and with stock shortages on Google Play now... Read more

Microsoft Q1 earnings look good: $18.53b revenue, $5.24b net income, Surface growth

Microsoft Q1 earnings look good: $18.53b revenue, $5.24b net income, Surface growth

By Jake Smith

Microsoft has reported earnings for its fiscal first quarter, beating analyst expectations in the process. The Redmond-based company garnered revenue of $18.53 billion (analysts expected $17.79 billion), net income of $5.24 billion, and operating income... Read more

Vine updates apps with better editing functionality, can now save posts for later

Vine updates apps with better editing functionality, can now save posts for later

By Jake Smith

Twitter-owned Vine has released a sizable update to its iPhone and Android apps, making it much easier to construct goofy six-second creations. With the new features, Vine says you can maintain multiple posts in progress over time and edit your posts... Read more

Instagram gives us first look at in-stream advertisements

Instagram gives us first look at in-stream advertisements

By Jake Smith

Instagram has released the first images of what advertising will look like on its platform. The Facebook-owned company previously announced advertising would land on its product later this year, drawing complaints from many users who want an ad-free experience. Looking... Read more

Tesla poaches Apple VP of Mac Hardware to pursue new vehicles

Tesla poaches Apple VP of Mac Hardware to pursue new vehicles

By Jake Smith

Tesla Motors has poached from Apple, hiring Doug Field to be its vice-president of vehicle programs - aka the man behind new vehicles.Field held an important position at Apple, serving as the smartphone/computer giant's VP of Mac design. He was at the... Read more

YouTube once again rumoured to roll out music streaming service by year's end

YouTube once again rumoured to roll out music streaming service by year's end

By Jake Smith

Google-owned YouTube is set to take on Spotify with its own music streaming solution, according to Billboard. The video network's new endeavour will have a focus on mobile, with both free and paid tiers offered to users similar to other streaming services.A... Read more

Samsung announces 40M Galaxy S4 sales to date, moves onwards to 50m

Samsung announces 40M Galaxy S4 sales to date, moves onwards to 50m

By Jake Smith

Samsung CEO JK Shin has announced impressive sales for the company in its march for smartphone dominance, following rumours sales were actually faltering.The company has sold 40 million Galaxy S4 units since the device's launch six months ago, Shin revealed... Read more

HP will launch in 3D printer market in mid-2014, wants to bring price down

HP will launch in 3D printer market in mid-2014, wants to bring price down

By Jake Smith

Having been a major player in the printer space for quite sometime, Hewlett Packard doesn't want to miss the next wave of technology. Meg Whitman, CEO at HP, confirmed the company will enter the 3D printer market in the middle of 2014, reports The Register."We... Read more

YouTube for Android code hints background audio to come

YouTube for Android code hints background audio to come

By Jake Smith

Listen up audio junkies and those who use YouTube to stream all of your music: the YouTube for Android app may soon be gaining much need functionality.An APK teardown of YouTube for Android software reveals Google is set to incorporate background audio... Read more

Hyundai and Kia vehicles to gain Android-based navigation systems by end of 2013

Hyundai and Kia vehicles to gain Android-based navigation systems by end of 2013

By Jake Smith

Car makers Hyundai and Kia (32.8 per cent owned by the Hyundai Motor Company) will become the first to incorporate Android into their in-car navigation systems, according to South Korean media reports. The two will move away from their own in-house software,... Read more

Microsoft Surface 2 gets teardown treatment, good luck getting inside

Microsoft Surface 2 gets teardown treatment, good luck getting inside

By Jake Smith

Microsoft's latest Surface tablet won't be easy to repair.The adventurous bunch at iFixit found the Surface 2 pretty much impossible to delve into if a user doesn't know what they're doing. It's so bad that Microsoft's latest tablet scored just 1 out... Read more

Galaxy S4 Mini launching in US next month on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon

Galaxy S4 Mini launching in US next month on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon

By Jake Smith

As expected, the Galaxy S4 Mini is finally making its way to the US market. Samsung has announced that the smaller Galaxy S4 handset will launch on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon in November, seemingly leaving T-Mobile out of the mix.No pricing or specific... Read more

Google brings parental controls to Chrome

Google brings parental controls to Chrome

By Jake Smith

Google has announced "supervised users" within Chrome, allowing parents to manage and see what web pages their children are viewing.The supervised user feature has not yet rolled out to the masses. Right now, it's only available in the beta channel of... Read more

Apple releases iOS 7.0.3 with motion sickness and iMessage fixes

Apple releases iOS 7.0.3 with motion sickness and iMessage fixes

By Jake Smith

Apple has released the next incremental update to iOS 7, this time dubbed version 7.0.3. The update was released shortly after Apple's iPad and Mac event on Tuesday, bringing several welcom changes to the iOS platform in the form of a 92.8MB update.The... Read more

iPad Air vs iPad mini with Retina display: The choice is harder than you think

iPad Air vs iPad mini with Retina display: The choice is harder than you think

By Jake Smith

Apple has taken the wraps off its new iPad line, with the full-sized and newly named iPad Air gaining a sleeker form and the iPad mini gaining Retina display.But if you look at the two new tablets, they not only look the same, but they're also almost... Read more

Retina MacBook Pro (2013) vs Retina MacBook Pro (2012): What's the difference?

Retina MacBook Pro (2013) vs Retina MacBook Pro (2012): What's the difference?

By Jake Smith

Apple has officially announced its next-generation Retina MacBook Pro, the laptop considered to be the go-to among students, professionals, and those looking for a bit of play. You may be curious to see what changes the new MacBook Pro brings over the... Read more

BBM for iOS and Android rakes in 10M downloads in one day

BBM for iOS and Android rakes in 10M downloads in one day

By Jake Smith

Following the long-awaited release of BBM for iOS and Android on Monday, BlackBerry is out with numbers. BBM has been downloaded 10 million times in 24 hours, according to the Canada-based company which is calling the launch successful."I’m also pleased... Read more

Apple's 2013 iPad event: We're live from London

Apple's 2013 iPad event: We're live from London

By Jake Smith

We've already been graced with an Apple event in September, but now it's time for another, with a different focus. We're live in London at Apple's second event of the autumn, where the company is set debut its latest plans in the tablet space. Apple... Read more

Icon theme pack brings iOS 7 to OS X since Apple won't

Icon theme pack brings iOS 7 to OS X since Apple won't

By Jake Smith

Many thought with the release of Apple's latest version of OS X, the company would bring more iOS elements over to the platform. But as we now know, Mavericks sticks to Apple's OS X routes. User "iynque" on the DeviantArt forums took matters into his... Read more

Ricoh GR goes limited edition with green 'wave-patterned' body, only 5,000 available

Ricoh GR goes limited edition with green 'wave-patterned' body, only 5,000 available

By Jake Smith

Ricoh is trying to make a name for itself in the high-end camera space, and in doing so, it wants to appease its fans with a limited-edition product. The company has introduced a new GR Limited Edition camera, available in only 5,000 units worldwide.You'll... Read more

Latest iWatch concept is stylish, brings FuelBand-like design with iOS 7

Latest iWatch concept is stylish, brings FuelBand-like design with iOS 7

By Jake Smith

We've become quite the fans of iWatch concepts, especially when done in an Apple-like fashion. Designer Thomas Bogner arguably has the best one we've seen yet. Apple isn't expected to unveil the iWatch, or whatever it chooses to call its smartwatch... Read more

Alleged iPad mini 2 leaks in gold with Touch ID ahead of Apple event

Alleged iPad mini 2 leaks in gold with Touch ID ahead of Apple event

By Jake Smith

A gallery with alleged photos of the iPad mini 2 in a gold colour option with a TouchID fingerprint sensor has made its way to the net, courtesy of NoWhereElse. The leaked photos come a day before Apple's Tim Cook takes the stage at the Yerba Buena Center... Read more

Microsoft releases fix for bricked Surface RT tablets, following faulty Windows 8.1 RT update

Microsoft releases fix for bricked Surface RT tablets, following faulty Windows 8.1 RT update

By Jake Smith

Following a faulty Windows RT 8.1 update for some Surface RT users, Microsoft has released a fix for those whose devices bricked. "We have made recovery media available for download along with actionable guidance for affected customers," Microsoft said.... Read more

Netflix Q3 earnings show 40M registered users, growth isn't slowing

Netflix Q3 earnings show 40M registered users, growth isn't slowing

By Jake Smith

Netflix is out with its Q3 financial earnings, which show growth isn't slowing down for the video streaming giant. The company beat analysts' expectations for the quarter, reporting revenues of $1.1 billion, up from $905 million in the year-on-year quarter,... Read more

Another Nokia phablet: Lumia 1320 leaks for the mid-range

Another Nokia phablet: Lumia 1320 leaks for the mid-range

By Jake Smith

Another alleged Nokia handset/phablet has leaked, this time with the name Lumia 1320. It comes courtesy of evleaks, ahead of Nokia's autumn media event to debut six handsets. Details of the Lumia 1320 first hit earlier this month, codenamed Batman, when... Read more

Qualcomm uses 130 HTC Ones to recreate Matrix-style bullet time (video)

Qualcomm uses 130 HTC Ones to recreate Matrix-style bullet time (video)

By Jake Smith

Given the Snapdragon 600 processor is the powerhouse behind the HTC One, chipmaker Qualcomm wants to show it off. In a marketing stunt, Qualcomm has set up the "Ultimate Smartphone Photobooth" using 130 HTC Ones to capture 540 degrees of a moment.The... Read more

Apple releases first iPhone 5S ad, wants to sell you on gold

Apple releases first iPhone 5S ad, wants to sell you on gold

By Jake Smith

Apple has released the first for the iPhone 5S, following an ad spot for the iPhone 5C in September. The two main features of Apple's new iPhone are highlighted - TouchID and the gold colour option. The ad first aired in the US during Sunday football... Read more

FiftyThree's developers behind Paper for iOS making own stylus

FiftyThree's developers behind Paper for iOS making own stylus

By Jake Smith

FiftyThree, the development firm behind popular sketchbook app Paper, is working on its own branded stylus. If your sketchbook app wins awards from Apple, a stylus only makes sense right? A filing with the Federal Communications Commission takes the wraps... Read more

Nokia Lumia 1520 alleged specs leak: Snapdragon 800 processor, 1080p, 20MP camera

Nokia Lumia 1520 alleged specs leak: Snapdragon 800 processor, 1080p, 20MP camera

By Jake Smith

We're less than a day from the announcement of Nokia's first phablet - the Lumia 1520. Subsequently, evleaks is out with alleged specifications for the handset, making the wait time for Nokia fans feel a bit longer.On Tuesday we'll reportedly see Nokia... Read more

Twitter Music reportedly sent to die six months after launching

Twitter Music reportedly sent to die six months after launching

By Jake Smith

Twitter is considering killing off its Twitter #Music app for iOS, according to AllThingsD. The move comes six months after the music tracking app was launched. It was Twitter's first product to break away from its main Twitter timeline app. With an IPO... Read more

Apple launches MacBook Air replacement program for failing flash drives

Apple launches MacBook Air replacement program for failing flash drives

By Jake Smith

Apple has launched a free-of-charge MacBook Air flash storage replacement program for affected units sold between June 2012 through June 2013. The issues that prompted the scheme revolve around dying SSDs, causing users to lose crucial data.Apple has... Read more

Windows RT 8.1 temporarily pulled by Microsoft following issues

Windows RT 8.1 temporarily pulled by Microsoft following issues

By Jake Smith

Microsoft has temporarily pulled Windows 8.1 for Windows RT tablets from its servers, following a launch to the masses on Thursday. The Windows 8.1 version for all other devices not on the RT platform is still available for download from the Windows Store.The... Read more

BlackBerry acquisition: Top suitors to buy out the company

BlackBerry acquisition: Top suitors to buy out the company

By Jake Smith

BlackBerry's push for BlackBerry 10 devices was thought to boost the company's outlook earlier this year. We now know that's not the case. BlackBerry lost almost $1 billion in just 90 days, with 3.7 million BlackBerry smartphones sold. The majority were... Read more

Google Hangouts for iOS updated with free voice calls in the US

Google Hangouts for iOS updated with free voice calls in the US

By Jake Smith

It's been since late-May when Google unveiled its major Hangouts revamp, and now the company is out with a sizable update for iOS users. Available from the App Store, the updated Hangouts app should give carriers a run for their money - especially for... Read more

PS3 top-selling console last month in the US, as Xbox 360 sales pass 80 million

PS3 top-selling console last month in the US, as Xbox 360 sales pass 80 million

By Jake Smith

Microsoft has reported a milestone, with the Xbox 360 maker saying its console has racked up 80 million in sales to retailers around the world since its launch in 2005.The announcement followed the release by NPD Group of figures it said showed that... Read more

Nexus 5 listing appears on Google Play, says handset will start at $349

Nexus 5 listing appears on Google Play, says handset will start at $349

By Jake Smith

Google has had trouble keeping the Nexus 5 under wraps, and it gets worse. The unannounced Nexus 5 by LG has appeared on the Google Play Store a tad early, without any official announcement from either company. The Nexus 5 is not yet available to buy,... Read more

Consumer version of Oculus Rift won't make you sick, 4K version to come

Consumer version of Oculus Rift won't make you sick, 4K version to come

By Jake Smith

Early Oculus Rift users quickly noted experiencing motion sickness after using the gaming headset. It's something we felt at CES 2013, too. But according to Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe, the consumer version of the headset will completely get rid of any... Read more

Nexus 5 press renders keep the excitement in the air, show KitKat launcher

Nexus 5 press renders keep the excitement in the air, show KitKat launcher

By Jake Smith

New press renders of Google and LG's upcoming Nexus 5 collaboration have leaked, providing a solid look at the handset and a clear view of Android 4.4 KitKat's launcher. We've seen plenty about the handset before, it's really not a secret at this point,... Read more

World's smallest USB flash drive is almost too small

World's smallest USB flash drive is almost too small

By Jake Smith

If you haven't noticed, we're a big fan of flash drives. They're neat. That's why PKparis's claim of having the world's smallest USB 3.0 flash drive intrigued us.Available in 32GB and 64GB capacities priced at $48 and $89 (£30/£55)respectively, the... Read more

Not digging Android? Stable Ubuntu Touch OS build launched

Not digging Android? Stable Ubuntu Touch OS build launched

By Jake Smith

Canonical has launched Ubuntu Touch OS - a slick mobile version of Ubuntu. The public release follows testing with developers over the summer, in an effort to squash bugs and prepare the mobile OS for a general release. But don't expect every Android... Read more

Acer unveils 8-inch Iconia W4 tablet running Windows 8.1

Acer unveils 8-inch Iconia W4 tablet running Windows 8.1

By Jake Smith

Acer has taken the wraps off its second 8-inch tablet: the Iconia W4, a follow-up to the Iconia W3. Soon to be available in the US, the Iconia W4 will join the likes of the Toshiba Encore, Dell Venue 8 Pro, and the Lenovo Miix2. It packs a price tag of $330... Read more

Global Android 4.3 rollout for Samsung Galaxy S4 begins

Global Android 4.3 rollout for Samsung Galaxy S4 begins

By Jake Smith

Several people across social media are noting Android 4.3 has begun rolling out to the global version of the Galaxy S4 on Thursday. The update has reached the Snapdragon 600 processor version, not Samsung’s octa-core version, and hasn't reached all... Read more

Motorola launches iCloud migration tool for Moto X, hoping to lure iPhone users

Motorola launches iCloud migration tool for Moto X, hoping to lure iPhone users

By Jake Smith

Google-owned Motorola has launched an iCloud migration tool for its Moto X, hoping to lure iPhone users away from Apple with an easy feature to change ecosystems.You can transfer contacts and calendars from the iPhone to your Moto X after buying it on... Read more

Twitter reportedly planning stand-alone app for direct messaging

Twitter reportedly planning stand-alone app for direct messaging

By Jake Smith

Twitter has plans to bring its direct messaging feature to the forefront of its service. According to AllThingsD, the soon to go public company is testing a new app that separates direct messaging from its public timeline, @replys and profiles. It sounds... Read more

Adidas announces fitness smartwatch, launching 1 November for $399

Adidas announces fitness smartwatch, launching 1 November for $399

By Jake Smith

The list of wearables in the sports fitness space keeps growing. Adidas has taken the wraps off its a new fitness smartwatch during GigaOm's Mobilized conference in San Francisco, telling attendees it will be made available for $399 (£250) on 1 November. Adidas's... Read more

iPhone 5S-optimised Nike+ Move app launches 6 November

iPhone 5S-optimised Nike+ Move app launches 6 November

By Jake Smith

Nike has announced that its iPhone 5S-optimised Nike+ Move app will be available on the App Store from 6 November. The Nike+ Move app is the first to take advantage of the new M7 processor found in the iPhone 5S, which enables the handset to gather... Read more

Samsung tipped to use long distance wireless charging beginning mid-2014

Samsung tipped to use long distance wireless charging beginning mid-2014

By Jake Smith

Samsung is working to incorporate magnetic resonance wireless charging into its future smartphones, ET News reports. The company is said to have invested in the New Zealand-based PowerbyProxi to explore how to roll out the long-distance wireless charging... Read more