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Wednesday, April 16

Samsung extends Gear 2, Neo, Gear Fit compatibility to 20 devices

Samsung has added more devices to the list that will work with the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit smart devices. A total of 20 Samsung mobile devices are now compatible with the smart watches, with the list of eight tablets and 12 smartphones including a large number of recent releases, as well as some of the more prominent best-sellers from the last few years. ...

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Apple vs Samsung, day seven: You can't infringe an invalid patent

Not only did Samsung not infringe on Apple's patents, a parade of witnesses for Samsung told the jury today in the Apple-Samsung trial, those patents aren't valid even if Samsung did copy them. With some help from Apple's very light cross-examination, Samsung again flew through a lengthy list of experts who testified on the relative worthlessness of Apple's patents for "data detectors" (also referred to as "quick lin...

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Tuesday, April 15

Briefly: Gmail's Insert Photo button, Corning's USB 3.Optical cables

Google today announced its latest addition to Gmail's email message composition tools, with the release of the Insert Photo button for its web version. Allowing users to access and insert photos that have been uploaded to their Auto Backup from their phone, including photos in emails through a web application is now simplified. Entire albums can also be shared, if images are uploaded and organized on Google Photos. W...

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Briefly: LaCie's malware breach, Pono Kickstarter exceeds $6 million

LaCie, a major retailer and tech company from France, has confirmed that its website has experienced a security breach for over a one-year period. Informed about the security violation on March 19 by the FBI, transactions between March 27, 2013 and March 10, 2014 are thought to have been affected. Customer names, addresses, email addresses, and payment card numbers with their expiration dates are at risk, in addition...

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Apple, Samsung, others sign on to wireless industry anti-theft plan

Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft, among others, have joined with the top five US wireless carriers to create an industry group dedicated to fighting smartphone theft and implementing multi-platform technology to aid that cause by next summer. HTC, Huawei, Motorola and Nokia are also part of the group, which is aiming to create a "baseline anti-theft tool" similar to the steps Apple has already taken in its own iP...

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Intel posts $1.9B net income; sees large drops in mobile, PC divisions

Intel Corporation today reported first-quarter revenue of $12.8 billion, operating income of $2.5 billion, net income of $1.9 billion and earnings per share of 38 cents. This is a dramatic drop from the company's fourth quarter results, with a drop of 26 percent in net income, with a drop of eight percent of the company's revenue....

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Alpine confirms plans to launch aftermarket CarPlay-ready receivers

Following a Nikkei report to the effect earlier this week, Alpine has officially confirmed plans to ship aftermarket receivers compatible with Apple's CarPlay. The units will roll out in the US and Europe towards the end of 2014, but apart from a concept image, no other details are available. The Nikkei account suggested prices would fall between $500 and $700....

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Yahoo meets muted quarterly earnings expectations, makes $312M

Yahoo has released its first quarter earnings report, with mixed successes. The company posted revenue of $1.13 billion for the first quarter of 2014, a one percent decrease from the first quarter of 2013. Net earnings for the first quarter of 2014 was $312 million, a 20 percent decrease compared to $390 million in the first quarter of 2013. However, search revenue climbed to $445 million from $425 million in the yea...

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Toshiba shipping Satellite P55t 4K notebook next week for $1,500

Toshiba will be shipping its notebook with a 4K-resolution display in the United States starting from next week, the company has revealed. Going under the Satellite P55t name instead of the P50t it was initially unveiled as at CES, it will be available from April 22nd, and will offer a native resolution of 3,840x2,160 on its 15.6-inch TruBrite touchscreen display. ...

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Ricoh deploys new medium format Pentax 645Z DSLR with HD video

Today, Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation has revealed the new Pentax 645Z magnesium alloy-bodied, medium-format DSLR. The new camera features a 51.4-megapixel CMOS image sensor, tiltable LCD, and is the only camera so far in the medium-format category to offer video recording capabilities. The new camera has a shutter speed of up to 1/4000th of a second, and has an top ISO of 204,800....

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Photos of rumored Amazon smartphone prototype with six cameras leak

Photographs of what is believed to be Amazon's first smartphone have surfaced. Encased in what appears to be a protective casing to prevent the external appearance from being leaked, the images of an alleged prototype device seem to suggest that the smartphone will have a 3D interface powered by multiple front-facing camera sensors. ...

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Microsoft creates Office 365 Personal subscription for individuals

Microsoft has launched a new cheaper tier of its Office 365 subscription service, aimed at individuals wanting to use the productivity suite. Hinted at last month, Office 365 Personal allows for the software to be installed and used on one PC or Mac and one tablet, including the iPad version, rather than the five computers and five tablets provided in the more expensive Office 365 Home Premium, renamed to Home, subsc...

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Pioneer to join list of aftermarket CarPlay upgrade makers

Audio specialist Pioneer has announced plans to ship five Apple CarPlay-compatible receivers this summer. The new models in the NEX series will all have large LCD displays, but come in at very different price points. The cheapest model, the AVH-4000NEX, is set to cost $700. Higher-end models will ship for $750, $900, $1,200, and $1,400. Pioneer is also promising various non-CarPlay related improvements; the units...

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Samsung patent shows design for Glass-style heads-up display

Samsung may be working on a wearable display in a similar vein to Google Glass, based on patents uncovered at the Korean Patent Office. Described as an "Earphone" in the filing, the device appears to provide a small display in front of one eye, with the attached earpiece being used not only for sound, but also to hold the entire apparatus on the head by clipping around the ear. ...

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Photos show supposed front panel, batteries for iPhone 6

New photos may have revealed more components for the next-generation iPhone, usually nicknamed the iPhone 6. An image from Chinese site Sina Weibo shows what's claimed to be a front panel for the device. Next to it for comparison is an iPhone 5s; while the panel has similar cutouts, it's also considerably larger, and sports thinner side bezels. This is consistent with most reports about the new iPhone. Apple is a...

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Google updates terms of service to clarify Gmail scanning stance

Google has updated its terms of service, adding an explanation for its content scanning efforts. The new paragraph, one of relatively few changes to the document, specifically notes that Google scans e-mails in order to provide "personally relevant product features," including "customized search results, tailored advertising, and spam and malware detection." ...

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Microsoft updates Office Online, adds apps to Chrome Web Store

Microsoft has made a number of updates to its Office Online web apps, just over a month after its rebranding and relaunch. Changes to the online versions of Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and OneNote apply to all users of the online productivity suite, with Chrome users also benefiting from the addition of the Office Online apps to the Chrome Web Store. ...

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Google prepares Android KitKat update for Glass, removes video calling

Google has revealed it will be updating Glass to Android KitKat later this week. While the update introduces a number of changes, including a more refined photographic experience, Google has decided to remove its video calling function from the wearable device, claiming that it has received poor user feedback over the function, and that less than ten percent use it in the first place. ...

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Apple vs. Samsung, Day 6: It's not copying, it's 'benchmarking'

Over the weekend, Judge Lucy Koh turned down Samsung's request for a summary judgement in the Samsung-Apple second patent trial, claiming that Apple had failed to prove its case during its presentation. Judge Koh rebuffed the claims and thus the trial continued on Monday, with Samsung still presenting its defense. Continuing its strategy of saying the case is about a dispute between Apple and Google rather than Samsu...

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Monday, April 14

Briefly: TransferWise native Android app, Yahoo and Vevo partnership

London-based startup TransferWise has launched a native Android app, allowing users to transfer money between currencies. A peer-to-peer service, TransferWise facilitates direct money transfers to users in other countries. Six months earlier, TransferWise had released an iOS native app, with the "app" for Android users available on Google Play until today being only a shortcut to its website. Free to download, Transf...

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Briefly: Xbox One system update, Shift's self-serve Twitter ad tool

Microsoft's Xbox One console has received another update, rolling out beginning today. Now including notifications for when friend players arrive online, users will be able to identify friends who are playing multiplayer games. The console's Kinect voice and motion detection has also been improved, reducing false positives on non-hand objects that trigger gesture commands. Other features in the update include improve...

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Microsoft starts accepting universal apps in Windows app stores

Microsoft has started to accept submissions for "Universal Apps" in its Dev Center. Developers can now link apps made for the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store to create a single Windows app listing, allowing users to buy once on one platform and for it to be downloadable and usable on other Windows devices they also own. ...

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Chris Beard appointed as interim Mozilla CEO, replacing fallen Eich

The Mozilla foundation has selected a new interim CEO and appointee to the Mozilla corporation Board of Directors. Long-time Mozilla employee Chris Beard has been chosen for the position while a search for a permanent appointee is undertaken. Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker says Beard has a "vision and sense of Mozilla equal to anyone's."...

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Google purchases 'atmospheric satellite' company Titan Aerospace

Google today announced that it has purchased drone manufacturer Titan Aerospace. The purchase will bolster Google's Project Loon effort to provide Internet access to remote areas wirelessly from the upper atmosphere, in addition to other services. The terms of the deal are unknown....

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Windows Phone 8.1 supports iOS Passbook files

The Windows Phone 8.1 preview version of Microsoft Wallet actually supports Passbook files from iOS, reports say. iMore notes that Microsoft has developed a method of extracting information from a Passbook file. The individual passes are said to be composed of generic data, and simply rendered by the container app, much like a browser renders a webpage....

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Heartbleed facilitates identity theft from Canada Revenue Agency

Canada's tax administration has reported that around 900 people have had personal data stolen, with the miscreants making off with the data using the Heartbleed bug. Taken by the hackers are social insurance numbers (similar to Social Security numbers in the US), and potentially other data. The breach is the first directly pointing at the Heartbleed bug as the main vector of attack....

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Facebook reportedly plans money transfer, storage service in Europe

Facebook is working to provide financial services, such as allowing users to send money to each other, according to a report. The social network is said to be applying to regulators in Ireland to begin offering money storage and transmissions, something which could receive approval within weeks, and would directly place Facebook in competition with PayPal, Google Wallet, and other similar services. ...

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Hands On: Linksys WRT1900AC 802.11ac router

The proliferation of 802.11ac routers has begun in earnest. After an initial deployment by Apple, the second wave of refined devices has begun to hit the market. Linksys' new high-end home and small business Wi-Fi router, the WRT1900AC, has arrived. Where does it sit in the range of available devices?...

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T-Mobile abolishes excess usage fees from all plans starting in June

T-Mobile will be eliminating overage fees on all of its consumer plans, the carrier has revealed in its third day of Un-carrier announcements. Following the launch of the Simple Starter plan and the Tablet Freedom introduction on Wednesday and Thursday last week, the new announcement is accompanied by a call by president and CEO John Legere for other carriers to remove excess charges from their plans. ...

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Apple considering hiking price of iPhone 6 by $100, says analyst

Apple has been asking carriers for approval to raise the base subsidized price of the iPhone 6 from $199 to $299, claims Jefferies analyst Peter Misek. The carriers have allegedly balked at the idea so far. Apple could potentially justify the increase due to the phone's bigger size; it's unclear in fact if the hike would apply to the 4.7-inch model or the 5.5-inch one, since Misek refers to just one iPhone 6. Many...

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Photos show alleged schematics, molds for iPhone 6 [u]

(Updated with Nowhereelse mold photo) Photos posted to Chinese site Sina Weibo show what appear to be schematics and case molds for a next-generation iPhone. The schematics indicate a design roughly consistent with current iPhones, including touches like chamfered edges and thin bezels. It's difficult to determine size, but one obvious difference is the phone's depth, which is even thinner than the iPhone 5s. ...

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Briefly: BlackBerry 'Heartbleed' updates, Amazon gains BBC shows in UK

BlackBerry has added itself to the list of companies working to fix issues caused by the 'Heartbleed' OpenSSL security flaw. Senior vice president Scott Totzke told Reuters that, though the majority of BlackBerry products are unaffected, by not using OpenSSL, it will still need to issue updates to Secure Work Space corporate e-mail and the BlackBerry Messenger clients for iOS and Android. ...

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Alpine to launch aftermarket CarPlay add-ons in fall

Car audio and navigation company Alpine will start selling its first aftermarket CarPlay upgrade in the fall, according to Nikkei. Details are relatively scarce, but the unit will reportedly cost between $500 and $700, and "likely" measure 7 inches. Given the nature of CarPlay, the unit will presumably need to be dealer-installed....

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Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview available to download

Windows Phone 8.1 is now available to download as a developer preview, allowing users to try out the Cortana virtual assistant on their own devices. The latest version of the mobile operating system, which Microsoft officially debuted on April 2nd at its Build conference, can be installed on smartphones owned by developers enrolled in Microsoft's Windows Phone Developer program....

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Hands on: Sony Portable Headphone Amplifier (PHA-2)

Just as Apple seems to have switched its attention away from standalone music players in favor of its iPhone and iPad businesses, Sony has made a play for the burgeoning high-resolution audio market. One of its latest high-resolution audio devices is the PHA-2 portable headphone amplifier that has been designed to work particularly well with Macs and Apple's iPhone and iPads. Not only does the device sport an in-buil...

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Samsung event invite hints at Galaxy S5 zoom launch under 'Galaxy K'

Samsung will be launching a new device on April 29th, with invitations sent to an event in Singapore. The invitation asks to "Kapture the Moment," which could be related to a rumor that Samsung is not only looking to reveal the Zoom version of the Galaxy S5, but it could be offered as a new product line and under the name "Galaxy K" instead....

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LG G3 will have 1440x2560 display, claims two new leaks

Specifications for what is believed to be LG's follow-up to the G2 have surfaced again in reports. A leaked User Agent Profile on Sprint's website and a photograph showing part of the smartphone's display strongly suggest the LG G3 will have a resolution of 1440x2560, as well as hinting at the remainder of the flagship mobile device's internal details. ...

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