Get the latest Tech news headlines from Yahoo News. Find breaking Tech news, including analysis and opinion on top Tech stories.
Updated: 48 min 59 sec ago
Apple Inc invited media to a "special event" in its hometown of Cupertino, California, on Sept. 9, when the iPhone maker is expected to unveil the latest versions of its best-selling smartphones. Apple's typically cryptic invitation read: "Wish we could say more." It came on a simple black-and-white background dominated by the company's familiar corporate logo. Apple was expected to unveil larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens for iPhones, a move thought to be driven in part by the success of larger devices by rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. Tech blog Re/code also reported Apple may introduce its long-awaited smartwatch. Apple uses its September events to showcase its most important products.
Despite being one of the standout console exclusives of 2014, Infamous: Second Son had one egregious flaw — we never got to know any of the secondary characters. Some of the best moments of the Infamous series revolve around the interactions between the protagonist and his companions, but Sucker Punch failed to flesh out the colorful cast in Second Son. Infamous: First Light is how they’re going to fill in the blanks. First Light is basically a condensed version of Second Son (…hence the name). There’s the (scaled-back) open world environment, the side missions, the collectables and even the melodramatic narrative. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the story — it just doesn’t have much time to breathe. First Light
No one is more aware of how hard it is to live with ALS than Stephen Hawking, the world’s most famous physicist who has been suffering from an ALS-related condition for decades now. Because of this, we knew it was only a matter of time before we saw Hawking pop up in an “Ice Bucket Challenge” video of his own to help raise funds for finding a cure for ALS. FROM EARLIER: Elon Musk engineers the most elaborate ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ contraption we’ve yet seen Unfortunately, Hawking said that he couldn’t take the Ice Bucket Challenge himself because he had pneumonia last year. However, he did recruit his three children Robert, Lucy and Tim to take the challenge on his
Hyperlapse is the newest standalone app from Instagram, and it's attracting plenty of praise for bringing easy time-lapse capabilities and unmatched image stabilization to the mobile world in a simple way. It's not only the newest way to make the mundane look cool, it's inspiring fresh takes on mobile videos — and it's only two days old.
Apple on Thursday sent out invitations to an event on September 9 near its Silicon Valley headquarters, amid rumors the tech giant will unveil a new iPhone and maybe a wearable device. Rumors about Apple's plans have been swirling for months, with many observers convinced a new-generation iPhone with a larger screen could be on the cards. Technology news website Re/code on Wednesday fueled flames of speculation with a report that Apple will finally embark on a foray into wearable computing. Apple typically updates its product cycle in the second half of the year, getting a lift from holiday sales.
Today, Amazon Studios posted a fresh batch of five TV pilots as part of its year-old, semi-crowdsourced production efforts. This third season, which includes two hour-long dramas and three half-hour comedies, indicates a stepping up on Amazon’s part, particularly in terms of who’s behind the camera: this time around, the roster includes Shaun Cassidy, creator of American Gothic, Marc Forster (World War Z), and Steven Soderbergh, who in his return from “retirement" has really taken to the small screen. As it’s done before, Amazon Studios is soliciting feedback from the pilot’s viewers and says it will use that input to decide which shows go on to produce full seasons — basically, a more transparent version of the big advantage companies like Amazon and Netflix have when it comes to measuring their users’ interest in real-time. See below for our picks — Hi, Amazon! More of Ron Pearlman’s craggy forehead, please! — and our best guesses as to what the Great TV Algorithm picked up on that led to these shows.
By Jim Finkle, Marina Lopes and Alina Selyukh BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - (This story corrects 12th paragraph to clarify that 59 percent of Time Warner Cable customers, not all cable customers, are unsatisfied with service; The outage came at a critical time for Time Warner, which is working to win FCC approval of a $45 billion proposed merger with Comcast Corp, the largest U.S.
Netflix adding a TV show to its streaming library isn't usually a big deal, but things are a little different when that show is one of a major network's biggest new titles. Deadline reports that Netflix is picking up streaming right for NBC's The Blacklist, which became a breakout success last year and reportedly saw around 12 million viewers on each episode. Its first season will reportedly begin streaming next weekend on Netflix, which is the only place that it'll be found online for a while. The series, which follows a fugitive who partners with the FBI to track down other criminals, will begin its second season on NBC in late September.
Even if you have no intention of buying Samsung’s latest smartwatch, you should at least step back and appreciate what a marvel of engineering it actually is — and we’re not just talking about the nifty curved display. Analyst Neil Shah points out that many of the Gear S’s key hardware specifications are nearly identical to those of the iPhone 4S, the hugely popular Apple smartphone that was released less than three years ago. FROM EARLIER: The first non-Android Samsung smartphone is here and it actually goes on your wrist Indeed, the Gear S’s major specs — a dual-core 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 3G, 802.11n Wi-Fi and A-GPS connectivity — do match up exactly with the iPhone 4S, although
Apple has a lot to showcase on September 9th, and apparently it's not sparing any expense for the big occasion. MacRumors reports that Apple has quietly been building a massive, three-story structure at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts, the venue that's hosting Apple's event. The area, which is on De Anza College's Cupertino campus, has been barricaded off and is said to be surrounded by security. Could Apple be planning some high-production demonstrations for its latest products and software like HomeKit? With over 2,000 seats, the Flint Center dwarfs other venues that Apple typically chooses for these events.
The prevailing argument among media types is that Apple's $3 billion purchase of Beats makes sense if Apple is trying to transform from primarily a technology company to a fashion brand, perhaps akin to Yves St. Laurent and Burberry (both companies from which Apple hired big name executives). A New York Times piece on the back-to-school shopping habits of the coveted teen demographic reveals that, in fact, technology is quickly becoming more of a status symbol than fashion. "Clothes aren’t as important to me," said Olivia D’Amico, a 16-year-old from New York, as she shopped at Hollister with her sister and a friend.