$100 Google Nexus Smartphone

New report says sub-$100 Google Nexus smartphone is coming

New report says sub-$100 Google Nexus smartphone is coming

By about 1 min ago.

Google may be working on a new kind of Nexus device that could be even more affordable than its predecessors, a new report from Asia says. However, the device won’t be a high-end model like the others, but rather an entry- to mid-range device that would sell for under $100, thus being significantly more affordable than any previous Nexus handsets. More →

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iPhone 5s Lowest Price $99

You can now get the iPhone 5s for just $99 on contract

By about 36 mins ago.

You can now get the iPhone 5s for just $99 on contract

The launch of the iPhone 6 is still months away but that doesn’t mean you can’t get some incredible deals on the iPhone 5s. Case in point: MacRumors points out that RadioShack is now selling the iPhone 5s for just $99 with a two-year contract from Verizon, AT&T or Sprint, which happens to be one of the lowest prices we’ve ever seen for Apple’s latest flagship phone. The new price for the 5s at RadioShack is the same on-contract price that Apple originally charged for the iPhone 5c, so now it looks like interested buyers now have even less reason to pick up a 5c than they did before. What makes this deal even better is that MacRumors says that you can get $100 off the iPhone 5s at RadioShack if you trade in your iPhone 4s, which means that you can basically get the device for free as long as you’re willing to swallow a two-year service agreement.

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Hit List

HTC Hires Samsung Marketing Chief

HTC scores a major coup against Samsung, hires the man behind its killer ad campaigns

By about 1 hour ago.

HTC scores a major coup against Samsung, hires the man behind its killer ad campaigns

Is HTC finally, at long, long last, going to get a decent marketing campaign? The Wall Street Journal reports that HTC has officially brought on Paul Golden, Samsung’s former U.S. marketing chief, to be a consultant to HTC chairwoman Cher Wang. During his time at Samsung from 2008 through 2012, Golden was instrumental in establishing the company’s Galaxy brand as the main alternative to Apple’s iPhone through a series of first-rate ads that often took humorous shots at Apple fans’ expense. What this means for HTC’s future marketing efforts is unclear but we can bet that there won’t be any more horrendous Robert Downey Jr. spots or ads about Hipster Troll Car Washes going forward.

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Michaels and Aaron Brothers Malaware Hack

‘Highly sophisticated malware’ stole credit card data from 3M Michaels customers

By about 2 hours ago.

‘Highly sophisticated malware’ stole credit card data from 3M Michaels customers

After LaCie announced earlier this week it was the victim of a massive credit card breach that lasted for a year, crafts store Michaels revealed in a press release that hackers may have stolen credit card data for 3 million of its customers, including buyers that shopped at its Aaron Brothers subsidiary. The company has hired two independent security firms to conduct an extensive investigation, which revealed that payment systems in Michaels and Aaron Brothers stores were attacked by “highly sophisticated malware” that had not been seen before by either firm. More →

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Game Changers

Xbox One Titanfall Sales

Titanfall not strong enough to keep Xbox One sales on par with PS4

By about 3 hours ago.

Titanfall not strong enough to keep Xbox One sales on par with PS4

Sony on Thursday announced that it sold over 7 million PlayStation 4 units, significantly more than what it envisioned for its fiscal year 2013. Microsoft made its own announcement yesterday as well, highlighting the strong sales of Titanfall, a shooter game that’s not available on the PS4, and which was named the number one selling game in March according to NPD numbers. However, while Titanfall has helped Microsoft sell more Xbox One units, it wasn’t enough to keep Xbox One sales on par with PS4 sales. More →

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MIT FingerReader Wearable Gadget

Video: Awesome tiny wearable gadget could help the blind read

By about 9 hours ago.

Video: Awesome tiny wearable gadget could help the blind read

FingerReader is the name of a wearable gadget that could help visually impaired people read printed text in books and even on electronic devices, thus opening up additional possibilities to them. Developed by MIT researchers, FingerReader wants to help the blind access more resources than what’s already available in braille format. TechCrunch reports that, according to a recent study from the Royal National Institute of the Blind in Britain cited by one of the researchers, in 2011 only 7% of books are available in large print, unabridged audio and braille. More →

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Mi.Mu Glove for Music

Video: Incredible computerized glove lets you make music with the flick of a wrist

By about 10 hours ago.

Video: Incredible computerized glove lets you make music with the flick of a wrist

Wearable tech has a lot of promise, but the endless parade of smartwatches from every company with the means to create one has diluted the field. One of the more fascinating projects that exists far outside of this box is Imogen Heap’s Mi.Mu Glove, a musical tool that allows musicians to create music without confining themselves to a computer. By simply moving a gloved hand, the user can change countless aspects of the sound created with the Mi.Mu Glove, from the pitch and the volume to the instrument being emulated. More →

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OnePlus One Invites System

You’ll have a hard time getting your hands on a OnePlus One

By about 11 hours ago.

You’ll have a hard time getting your hands on a OnePlus One

Even though the OnePlus One, one of the most exciting high-end Android handsets set to release so far this year, will soon be available to customers in many markets at a very affordable price compared to competitors, not all interested buyers will be able to get one as easily as expected. More →

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Why Is Aereo Being Sued

Aereo goes on the offensive against broadcasters ahead of SCOTUS hearing

By on April 17, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

Aereo goes on the offensive against broadcasters ahead of SCOTUS hearing

In a last effort before its April 22nd hearing, Aereo is defending its service in a “media blitz,” as Re/code calls it, whose purpose is to better inform everyone that its business isn’t infringing on any copyright laws. The company will explain next week to the Supreme Court why its services are legal, in its view, and why they aren’t violating the copyright o broadcasters. More →

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Android malware targets Facebook users

Scary Android malware uses Facebook to bypass two-factor authentication

By on April 17, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

Scary Android malware uses Facebook to bypass two-factor authentication

Android users have yet another piece of malware to worry about. PC World points out a technique that is specifically targeting Facebook users who use mobile banking. On computers infected with this trojan, users will see a message when visiting Facebook’s website alerting them that “due to a rising number of attempts in order to gain unlawful access to the personal information of our users and to prevent corrupted page data to spread Facebook administration introduces new extra safety protection system.” More →

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Apple Refurbished Retina iPad mini

You can now buy a Retina iPad mini from Apple for as cheap as $339

By on April 17, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

You can now buy a Retina iPad mini from Apple for as cheap as $339

If you’ve been holding out for a discount on the latest line of iPads, you’re in luck. 9to5Mac noticed on Thursday that refurbished Retina iPad minis are now available on Apple’s website, starting at $339 for a 16GB, Wi-Fi-only model in silver and space gray. 32GB Wi-Fi models are listed at $419 and 64GB models will run you $509. Each of these prices represents between a 15-16% discount off of the standard price for a new device. More →

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Facebook Nearby Friends Feature

You can see exactly where your Facebook friends are in real time, but only if they let you

By on April 17, 2014 at 5:15 PM.

You can see exactly where your Facebook friends are in real time, but only if they let you

Facebook on Thursday took the wraps off of a new feature that, depending on your perspective, is either incredibly cool or incredibly creepy. For this reason, the company has wisely decided to make this new feature strictly an opt-in affair to avoid completely freaking out users who are sensitive to privacy. More →

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Time Warner Cable Hotspot 2.0

Time Warner Cable launches Hotspot 2.0: Log in once, then never again

By on April 17, 2014 at 4:30 PM.

Time Warner Cable launches Hotspot 2.0: Log in once, then never again

It looks like Time Warner Cable just simplified the Wi-Fi hotspot once and for all. Gigaom reports that Time Warner enabled Hotspot 2.0 capabilities across its public Wi-Fi network this week, allowing customers to log in a single time and then remain connected any time their devices pick up a signal in the future. The upgraded software has been available to broadband customers since March, but this marks the first large-scale implementation of the software. More →

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