BlackBerry BBM Smartwatch App

BlackBerry is ‘researching’ wearables but don’t expect a BerryWatch

By on September 11, 2014 at 6:20 PM.

BlackBerry is ‘researching’ wearables but don’t expect a BerryWatch

Is the world ready for a smartwatch with a full physical QWERTY keyboard? Probably not but that’s the first thing that popped into our heads when we read this report from Computerworld in which John Sims, president of BlackBerry enterprise solutions, says that the company is doing research into wearable computers. However, from the sound of his comments, it seems that BlackBerry is only looking for a way to bring BBM to wearable computers such as smartwatches and smart glasses. More →

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Microsoft Smartphone Leaked Picture

Leaked pic may show the front panel of Microsoft’s first-ever smartphone

By on September 11, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

Leaked pic may show the front panel of Microsoft’s first-ever smartphone

Well wouldn’t you know it — Microsoft might be planning to release a flagship Windows phone sometime soon after all. Nowhereelse.fr has posted a picture that it says might be the front panel of Microsoft’s first-ever self-branded smartphone — and no, we’re not counting the legendarily awful Kin as an actual smartphone. More →

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iPhone 6 Vs. iPhone 6 Plus Battery Life

The iPhone 6 made Apple fans’ wishes come true… except for one

By on September 11, 2014 at 3:10 PM.

The iPhone 6 made Apple fans’ wishes come true… except for one

It’s safe to say that Apple fans are very happy with what they’ve seen from the iPhone 6 so far since it features a bigger display, a 128GB option and a promising new mobile payments system. However, there is one way that the iPhone 6 didn’t deliver on a much-desired feature: Battery life. More →

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Apple Watch Vs. Android Wear

Side-by-side comparison shows Google may have designed a cleaner watch UI than Apple

By on September 11, 2014 at 2:11 PM.

Side-by-side comparison shows Google may have designed a cleaner watch UI than Apple

One thing that Apple has always done exceptionally well is to make clean, intuitive user interfaces that don’t overload you with too many unnecessary distractions. That’s why it’s somewhat surprising to see, at least at first glance, that Apple’s Watch UI looks much busier and cluttered compared with the more minimal approach taken by Google with Android Wear. More →

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Windows 9 Leaked Pictures Start Menu

This is the Windows 9 leak we’ve been waiting for

By on September 11, 2014 at 11:25 AM.

This is the Windows 9 leak we’ve been waiting for

At long last, Windows users, the Start menu will be coming back. A new series of leaked pictures provided by German website ComputerBase give us our best look yet at Windows 9, including the newly redesigned Start menu that users have been begging for since the release of Windows 8 in 2012. More →

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Apple Watch Vs. Swiss Watches

Switzerland shouldn’t fear the Apple Watch right now… but that will soon change

By on September 11, 2014 at 10:41 AM.

Switzerland shouldn’t fear the Apple Watch right now… but that will soon change

It’s safe to say that executives for Swiss watch companies slept soundly last night after seeing the debut of the Apple Watch. While many were hoping for a piece of luxury craftsmanship that would leave Switzerland scrambling, what Apple actually delivered was a square-shaped device that looks very bulky on your wrist. That said, this is no time for Swiss execs to get complacent — after all, that’s what Nokia and BlackBerry did just after the launch of the first-generation iPhone. More →

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Facebook Messenger App Privacy

Security researcher finds Facebook Messenger is loaded with ‘spyware type code’ [updated]

By on September 11, 2014 at 9:51 AM.

Security researcher finds Facebook Messenger is loaded with ‘spyware type code’ [updated]

As if you didn’t already have enough reasons to hate Facebook Messenger, now you have another one. Security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski tells Motherboard that he spent some time picking apart Facebook Messenger earlier this week and found that it’s positively loaded with “spyware type code” designed to track everything you do. More →

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Amazon HTC Smartphone AT&T

Amazon could have released an awesome smartphone… but then AT&T got involved

By on September 11, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

Amazon could have released an awesome smartphone… but then AT&T got involved

Amazon’s Fire Phone is hands down the biggest bomb of 2014 and it turns out we have AT&T to thank for it. The Information reports that Amazon and HTC started collaborating on a budget smartphone last fall but that AT&T stepped in to kill the device by saying it wouldn’t support Amazon’s higher-end Fire Phone if it didn’t get an exclusive on the budget phone as well. More →

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Apple Watch Vs. Samsung Gear S

Samsung and Diesel Black Gold team up to make the wildest looking smartwatch yet

By on September 10, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

Samsung and Diesel Black Gold team up to make the wildest looking smartwatch yet

It seems that the Apple Watch’s design has been somewhat polarizing so far — indeed, our own unscientific poll of our readers showed roughly a 50-50 split between readers who loved it and readers who thought it was hideous. However, you can leave it to Samsung to take design choices for its gadgets to crazy new levels, as we can see from the new Diesel Black Gold editions of Samsung’s Gear S. More →

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Microsoft Windows 9 Windows Phone

New reports confirm Microsoft’s plan to kill the ‘Windows Phone’ brand, call everything ‘Windows’

By on September 10, 2014 at 7:55 PM.

New reports confirm Microsoft’s plan to kill the ‘Windows Phone’ brand, call everything ‘Windows’

When we started hearing reports in the last week that Microsoft planned to kill the Windows Phone and Windows RT brands and instead call everything “Windows,” we were very skeptical that Microsoft would really make such a move. After all, if someone bought a “Windows” tablet, they might easily get confused about it whether runs the full desktop-centric version of Windows or the mobile-centric version. However, we now have two new reports confirming that Microsoft really is planning to put the “Windows Phone” brand out to pasture and just refer to every single software platform it puts out as “Windows.” More →

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Why Does The Apple Watch Exist

Apple still hasn’t answered the most burning question about the Apple Watch

By on September 10, 2014 at 3:30 PM.

Apple still hasn’t answered the most burning question about the Apple Watch

So now that we know the Apple Watch’s probable (disappointing) battery life, there’s still one more burning question whose answer we need to know: Why does the Apple Watch even exist? Ben Thompson, who has in the past worked on strategy and marketing for both Apple and Microsoft, writes that one key difference between the Apple Watch’s unveiling this week and big Apple unveilings in the past is that Tim Cook never gave a detailed explanation about why Apple decided to make a wearable computer in the first place. More →

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Gmail User Name Password Leak

5 million stolen Gmail user names and passwords have leaked online

By on September 10, 2014 at 12:54 PM.

5 million stolen Gmail user names and passwords have leaked online

No, iCloud isn’t the only popular online service that runs into security problems every now and then. FreedomHacker brings us word that roughly 5 million different Gmail user names and passwords have been posted online on a Russian Bitcoin forum and it looks like phishing scammers are already using the leak to lure in unsuspecting users to enter in their user names and passwords into websites that purport to help them figure out if their passwords have been compromised or not. More →

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