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Agreement means Google will back Samsung in spat with Apple

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:50

A legal agreement made between Samsung and Google means that the Android-maker is bound to lend a hand in the event that Samsung loses its current battle with Apple. In court today, Apple disclosed some terms of a Mobile Application Distribution Agreement (MADA) between Samsung and Google, including a clause that asks for Google to compensate Samsung. That agreement is designed to let Samsung offer Android some of Google's software out of the box, but there are strings attached.


Lytro unveils a more sophisticated 'light-field' camera

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:48
By Gerry Shih SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - In 2011, Lytro Inc dazzled the consumer gadget world when it introduced a pocket flashlight-sized gizmo that could take "living" pictures - images that could be refocused after the shutter clicked. The Lytro Illum, priced at $1,599, is marketed as a legitimate tool for commercial photographers and advanced amateurs who want to differentiate their work in an age of Instagram and "commodotized imaging," Lytro founder Ren Ng said. The original camera, which was priced at $399, was mostly a niche product that sought to prove the viability of light-field photography. Unlike the original Lytro camera, however, the Illum resembles a traditional DSLR, featuring a 30- to 250-mm equivalent F/2 lens, a 1-inch sensor and a sleek black body with a shutter button, SD memory cards and a 4-inch touchscreen display.

Lytro lays out its vision for the future of photography

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:41

Did you say the wrong thing to your significant other again? Was it something about their weight or a new outfit? Had trouble lying about liking his friends? Introducing the Polaroid Relationship Camera! Next time you say the wrong thing, simply pull out the camera and snap a quick pic. Immediately following the shutter closing, 'La Vie en Rose' by Louis Armstrong begins to play. Before you know it, the two of you won't even remember what you were fighting about as you get lost in the soothing melody of this romantic tune. Coming this summer for $1999.


Twitter's new profile pages are now available for everyone

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:32

After a few weeks of test drives, Twitter officially rolled out its new profile pages to the masses today. Besides the sexy new look, the update includes a few tweaks like a running tally of how many times you've ...


Twitter's new profile pages are now available for everyone

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:32

After a few weeks of test drives, Twitter officially rolled out its new profile pages to the masses today. Besides the sexy new look, the update includes a few tweaks like a running tally of how many times you've ...


Greenlight Capital down 1.5 percent in first-quarter, warns of second 'tech bubble'

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:27
David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital Inc closed the firm's money-losing short position in Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc, the $10 billion hedge fund said in a letter to clients on Tuesday, and the firm has started shorting a group of momentum stocks that he did not identify. "There is a clear consensus that we are witnessing our second tech bubble in 15 years," Greenlight said. "In our view, the current bubble is an echo of the previous tech bubble, but with fewer larger capitalization stocks and much less public enthusiasm." Losses in technology and biotech stocks have hurt a slew of hedge funds in March and April, with the Nasdaq Composite Index dropping more than 4 percent since March 5 when it reached the highest level in almost 14 years. Greenlight admitted that the firm's ongoing short position in Keurig Green Mountain Inc "was our only significant loser," as the stock jumped more than $30 in the time period.

Awesome Project Ara concept teases a bright future for mobile gaming

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:25

Google’s Project Ara modular smartphone will take the smartphone universe by storm next year and developers have already been given a glimpse at what such devices will have to offer. Module makers will be able to build a variety of smartphone components for Project Ara phones, with a new concept showing what a modular smartphone may bring to mobile gaming. Imagined by The Aether Technician, Flippypad is a game controller concept that snaps into one of the Project Ara’s modules on the back to offer gamers a better way to interact with their mobile games. “And so, I give you Flippypad! A hinged controller that turns the phone into a neat little clamshell gaming device,” the designer Samuel Herb wrote. “It has


Brazil conference will plot Internet's future post NSA spying

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:20

By Esteban Israel and Anthony Boadle SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) - A global conference in Brazil on the future of the Internet in the wake of U.S. spying revelations might be much less anti-American than first thought after Washington said it was willing to loosen its control over the Web. Bowing to the demands of Brazil and other nations following revelations last year of its massive electronic surveillance of Internet users, the United States has agreed to relinquish oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned of Names and Numbers (ICANN), a non-profit group based in California that assigns Internet domain names or addresses. "The focus has changed from a political reaction to the NSA allegations to one of more constructive criticism and talk about the future of the Internet," said William Beer, a cyber security expert based in Sao Paulo.


Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:20

The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday April 14, to Sunday April 20, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.


Apple's OS X beta testing is now open to the public

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:16

Apple has released public beta tests of individual Mac apps in recent years, but OS X itself has largely been off-limits unless you've registered as a developer. That changes now that Apple has launched the OS X Beta Seed Program. Starting with OS X 10.9.3, you can try pre-release operating system updates by signing in with a garden variety Apple ID; oddly enough, you still have to sign a developer-style agreement promising to keep some details a secret.


Apple's OS X beta testing is now open to the public

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:16

Apple has released public beta tests of individual Mac apps in recent years, but OS X itself has largely been off-limits unless you've registered as a developer. That changes now that Apple has launched the OS X Beta Seed Program. Starting with OS X 10.9.3, you can try pre-release operating system updates by signing in with a garden variety Apple ID; oddly enough, you still have to sign a developer-style agreement promising to keep some details a secret.


Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:13

The following list represents the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, April 14, to Sunday April 20:


AT&T earnings unchanged, but revenue grows in 1Q

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:04
NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T said Tuesday that its first-quarter earnings were unchanged from the first three months of last year, but revenue grew as the wireless business added more than 1 million subscribers.

Everything We Know (So Far) About iPhone 6

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:53

Under Tim Cook, Apple’s innovation and launch process has taken a somewhat vanilla turn, but with the highly anticipated iPhone 6 in the works, there is hope for the tech giant to reclaim their mobile throne. The Wire poured through the rumors, leaks, and conjectures to put together this comprehensive list of what the tech world is expecting from Apple’s next round of mobile devices. Keep in mind, none of these details have been confirmed by Apple, but they are best educated guesses from Apple watchers who a have pretty a good track record about these things. The names being tossed around are: iPhone Air, iPhone phablet, iPhone 6


Video: Meet Kelso’s Quest, one of the hottest-looking iOS games we’ve seen this year

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:50

Kelso’s Quest is the latest creation from Avocoder, the mobile app developer behind Toasty Boy, a Flappy Bird parody that managed to crack the top 100 free games chart on the App Store last month. Unlike Toasty Boy, Kelso’s Quest is a completely original title, mixing in elements of the puzzle and adventure genres as the eponymous Kelso journeys through treacherous environments in search of his kidnapped son. At the end of each set of levels, Kelso will face off against a boss, learning more about the motivations behind the kidnapping as he takes down a variety of evil beasts. Kelso’s Quest is expected to launch on the App Store this week and Google Play in the future. The full trailer follows below.


Apple's letting anyone help test its next OS X update

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:44

Apple is suddenly taking a much more open approach to testing its desktop operating system. Apple says the OS X Beta Seed Program will allow anyone to "test-drive beta software and provide quality and usability feedback that will help make OS X even better." In recent years, Apple has offered beta tests for individual apps like FaceTime and Safari, but it hasn't offered a public OS X beta program since way back in 2000 — and even then it charged users $29.95 to take part. This time it's free and open to everyone, so long as you're 18 or older and have an Apple ID. "Don’t blog, post screen shots, tweet or publicly post information about the pre-release Apple software, and don't discuss the pre-release Apple software with or demonstrate it to others who are not in the OS X Beta Seed Program," warns Apple.


Air Berlin's latest iOS app can push boarding passes to your Pebble

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:35

Still carrying a paper boarding pass when you travel? Air Berlin's got a new way to go green this Earth Day. The airline's iOS app now sports Pebble integration, letting you display boarding passes and flight information on your smartwatch.


Air Berlin's latest iOS app can push boarding passes to your Pebble

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:35

Still carrying a paper boarding pass when you travel? Air Berlin's got a new way to go green this Earth Day. The airline's iOS app now sports Pebble integration, letting you display boarding passes and flight information on your smartwatch.


It's Easy Being Green with Wireless Tech

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:30
It was the great muppet philosopher Kermit the Frog who first proclaimed in 1970 that "it's not easy bein' green." While that may have been true decades ago, with the swipe of a screen to control your thermostat or the automatic rerouting of delivery vehicles to avoid traffic and save gas, wireless innovation is making a fibber out of one of America's most beloved environmental icons. Today, mobile technologies empower all of us--from small households to large businesses--to make little changes that add up to big savings for our environment and our wallets. Consider this one fact: Just a

See the Android Wear-powered G Watch from every angle on LG’s website

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:25

The next generation of Android smartwatches is right around the corner, and LG is first in line with the slick G Watch. A few images have made their way into the wild, but LG’s new preview site explores the wearable device in even greater detail, revealing a few features along the way. At the top of the page, you can see the color options for the device: Stealth Black and Champagne Gold. Further down, LG highlights some of the features of the Android Wear software that will power the G Watch, from reminders to GPS navigation. Android Wear will also retain the “Ok Google” voice command functionality of Android smartphones and tablets. One seemingly unannounced detail appearing on the page is the