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Partial Nexus 5 listing momentarily appears on Google Play store

10/17, 10:08pm

No confirmed specs, other than $349 price for 16GB model

Adding to the panoply of leaks about the new Google device, a detail-free listing for the Nexus 5 appeared with no fanfare, and has since been pulled, on the Google Play store. Other than an image, no details were made available, except for a price -- the anticipated phone is listed at $349 for 16GB of storage.

Microsoft Remote Desktop client for OS X update for connectivity

10/17, 9:43pm

First revision to software in three years delivers enhanced connectivity

Microsoft has issued a pair of updates to its Apple-oriented Remote Desktop applications. Earlier today, it released versions for iOS and Android. A few hours ago, Microsoft churned out a long-in-coming update with several improvements to the software for OS X, bringing some much-needed enhancement and fixes to the software.

Canon boosts security portfolio with four full-HD PoE cameras

10/17, 9:06pm

New cameras leverage Canon's DSP technology to boost performance

Canon USA added four new Full HD network cameras to its product lineup today -- the VB-S30D PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) Micro Dome Full HD Network Camera, VB-S31D PT (pan-tilt) Micro Dome Full HD Network Camera, VB-S800D Fixed Micro Dome Full HD Network Camera and VB-S900F Micro Box Full HD Network Camera. The new S-series network cameras have been designed for indoor environments that require sensitive monitoring of specific areas or items, such as in the retail, education, commercial and hospitality sectors.

IsoHunt.com to shut down by end of week, owner must pay $110 million

10/17, 8:25pm

Landmark settlement intended to send a message to future infringers

According to court records filed today, Canadian Gary Fung has until the end of the week to close his BitTorrent search engine IsoHunt in addition to related sites TorrentBox, and Podtropolis. Fung has also agreed to pay various movie studios and other media production groups $110 million in damages to end the seven year-old legal skirmish.

AMD posts $1.46 billion quarterly revenue, returns to profitability

10/17, 7:23pm

Boost comes from GPU sector, includes some next gen console payments

AMD today announced revenue for the third quarter of 2013 of $1.46 billion, operating income of $95 million and net income of $48 million, or $0.06 per share. The income greatly exceeded Wall Street's estimates for the company, which generally came in at $0.02 per share. The quarter marks the company's return to profitability after a series of unexpectedly bad results.

Report: iOS continues to dominate mobile enterprise, share rising

10/17, 6:56pm

95 percent of enterprise apps, 90 percent of tablets, 72 percent overall

A new report by Good Technology notes that in addition to dominating the competition in corporate adoption, Apple's iOS platform is also gaining share as it sees a new wave of enterprise device adoption and activation. Overall business mobile device activations are up 60 percent, while iOS percentage of the market has grown to 72 percent, up from 69 percent in Q2. Apple's platform is also responsible for an astonishing 95 percent of all enterprise app use, and holds 90 percent of the tablet share.

Archos and MediaTek ship mid-range Titanium smartphone line

10/17, 6:40pm

Line boasts four dual-core models ranging from 4 to 5.3 inches

Electronics manufacturers Archos and MediaTek have partnered to release the Archos Titanium smartphone line, with four mid-range fully-featured smartphones with prices starting at 100 ($137). The new Archos Titanium smartphones include dual-SIM support with HSPA+ speeds, and are fully Google certified running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, giving them complete access to the Google Play store.

Oracle updates cross-platform VM VirtualBox to 4.3, adds multitouch

10/17, 6:12pm

Update brings OS X 10.9 Mavericks support, USB improvements

Oracle VM VirtualBox has been updated to version 4.3. The newest revision of the virtualization environment for running non-native OS installations introduces a virtual multi-touch user interface, supports additional devices and platforms, and provides enhanced networking capabilities enabling developers to virtualize modern operating system features while maintaining compatibility with legacy operating systems.

Fitbug Orb fitness monitor shown, integrates with KiK 'digital coach'

10/17, 5:39pm

Orb interfaces with other products in Fitbug health tracking device line

Adding to the wearable fitness tracker market and growing its own line of health monitoring devices, Fitbug has launched the Orb. The Fitbug Orb combines technology that tracks movement and sleep patterns, with KiK, a digital coach that helps people set, monitor and where necessary prompts users to act to achieve preset goals.

Briefly: Motorola's iCloud migration, glass screen protector launches

10/17, 5:30pm

Moto X users receive web tool for transferring iPhone handset data from iCloud

Motorola has announced its latest web tool for Moto X users, which allows iPhone owners to transfer handset data to their Moto X smartphone. Once consumers make their purchase of a Moto X, they will be prompted to migrate their data if applicable. Data that can presently be migrated consists of contacts and calendar entries only. Included in the web tool is a help page that outlines how the data fields will translate between iOS and Android.

Google growth slows, still beats street with $14.89 billion in revenue

10/17, 4:38pm

Search engine monolith sees increase in ad clicks, drop in cost-per-click

Google today reported consolidated revenues of $14.89 billion for the quarter that ended September 30, an increase of 12 percent compared to the same quarter of 2012. Traffic acquisition costs came in at $2.97 billion, 24 percent of advertising revenue. Operating income in the third quarter of 2013 was $3.44 billion, or 23 percent of revenues. Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities grew to $56.52 billion in the quarter.

WSJ: Lenovo looks at BlackBerry's books ahead of possible buyout bid

10/17, 4:37pm

Examination performed under non-disclosure agreement

Lenovo has reportedly signed a non-disclosure agreement to take a close look at BlackBerry's finances, unnamed sources have told Wall Street Journal (sub. required). The leak is the second report pointing to such talks, fueling speculation that the Chinese company is still considering a potential bid for the struggling smartphone maker.

Apple starts decorating Yerba Buena Center for October 22 press event

10/17, 4:11pm

Yerba Buena Center for October 22 press event

Decorations for Apple's October 22 press event are beginning to go up at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, photos show. Images on the Center's windows copy the look of the email invitation sent out to the press, which features a white Apple logo against a backdrop of multicolored leaves. So far, no photos of any indoor decorations have emerged.

iPhone holds first place in JD Power smartphone satisfaction survey

10/17, 3:32pm

AT&T retains top spot among US carriers

Apple and the iPhone have topped JD Power's smartphone satisfaction study for the 10th time in five years, according to a newly-released chart. With a score of 856, the company beats out rivals like Nokia (840), Samsung (839), and and HTC (829). AT&T remains the US carrier with the most overall customer satisfaction, garnering a score of 843; trailing behind are Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Among iPhone users, though, Verizon is the top carrier.

Microsoft brings Remote Desktop app to iOS

10/17, 2:29pm

Supports Windows 8 multi-touch gestures

Microsoft has released a promised iOS version of its Remote Desktop app. The title lets people connect to a remote Windows PC, and gain access to both its data and apps through a secure connection. Microsoft is promising support for the multi-touch gestures in Windows 8, and high-quality audio and video through optimized compression and bandwidth. For presentations, the app can help push content to external monitors or projectors.

Verizon drops cable/wireless bundle partnership with Comcast, TWC

10/17, 2:24pm

Changes expected as Vodafone removed from picture

Verizon has reportedly confirmed that it has ended a joint venture with cable companies Comcast, Time Warner and Bright House Networks. In a conference call following the company's quarterly earnings report, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo suggested the partnership was terminated in August in response to developments in technology and changing market conditions.

Briefly: LG G Pad 8.3 reaches US, Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro now available

10/17, 2:15pm

LG releasing G Pad 8.3 in United States on November 3rd

LG has put its G Pad 8.3 Android tablet heading to the United States, following its release in the United Kingdom and South Korea. The tablet, with an 8.3-inch 1920x1200 display, 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 4,600mAh battery, will go on sale from November 3rd priced at $350.

Nokia patent, video show multi-screen 'Facet' smartwatch prototype

10/17, 12:55pm

Prototype integrates six displays

Nokia recently submitted a patent filing for a smartwatch concept that features modular display components. The application describes a wearable device with up to six displays, each capable of showing separate content as the band is rotated around the wrist.

Verizon Q3 results show over half of smartphone sales are iPhones

10/17, 12:14pm

Verizon earns $30.3B revenue, 1.1M more wireless customers

Verizon has beat Wall Street expectations in its third quarter financial results, adding more than 1.1 million new customers to its wireless service in the period. Overall Verizon revenues of $30.3 billion marks a year-on-year increase of 4.4 percent, with the wireless business increasing its contribution to the total to $20.4 billion, up by 7.2 percent compared to last year.

USPTO confirms all claims in key 'Steve Jobs' iPhone patent

10/17, 11:27am

Re-establishes foothold for Apple lawsuits

The US Patent and Trademark Office has finished a re-examination of Apple's so-called "Steve Jobs patent" and upheld all 20 claims as patentable, reports note. The patent is 364 pages in length, and covers many of the core concepts of the iPhone. Last year it was challenged anonymously, however, and in December the USPTO issued a preliminary invalidation.

Intel CEO: Expect $99 tablets, $299 Haswell notebooks, $349 hybrids

10/17, 11:11am

Chip executive hints at holiday pricing

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has reportedly hinted that the company's OEM partners are preparing to embrace aggressive pricing strategies ahead of the holiday shopping season. Speaking during a conference related to the company's quarterly earnings disclosure, the executive is said to have referenced Intel-powered tablets for as little as $99, Haswell notebooks starting at $299, and convertible hybrid tablets with prices as low as $349.

Samsung proposes five-year patent lawsuit ceasefire to avoid $18B fine

10/17, 10:44am

Proposal sees Samsung avoiding standard-essential patent lawsuits

The European Commission is requesting feedback on an offer by Samsung to stop suing other device manufacturers over specific types of patents. The proposal would prevent Samsung from suing over standard-essential patents (SEPs) for a five-year period, in order to cease the antitrust proceedings it is embroiled in, and to avoid a potential fine from the EC of $18.3 billion.

Apple raises French prices for iPhone 5s, 5c

10/17, 10:30am

Company may be shifting tax burden to shoppers

Apple has silently raised prices for the iPhone 5s and 5c in France, reports note. 16, 32, and 64GB versions of the 5s previously cost 699, 799, and 899. Now, however, they cost 709, 811, and 911, making even the cheapest 5s worth about $968. French iPhones are sold unlocked, but in the US, an unlocked 5s still starts at just $649.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom with 16MP camera for AT&T leaked

10/17, 7:47am

Smartphone with 10x optical zoom allegedly heading to AT&T this year

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom will be heading to AT&T in the future, according to a new rumor. A leaked image of the hybrid compact camera and smartphone shows it as having icons for AT&T services on its screen, as well as connected to AT&T, strongly hinting that the carrier will soon be offering a subsidized version on its network.

Microsoft globally launches Windows 8.1, update available to download

10/17, 7:14am

Free, paid downloads of Microsoft operating system upgrade commence

Windows 8.1, Microsoft's upgrade for Windows 8, is now available to download and buy. The update, which reintroduces the Start Button to the desktop among other changes, can be downloaded from Microsoft directly or bought as an installable DVD, with current Windows 8 users able to download it via the Windows Store at no charge.

Acer Iconia W4 unveiled, full Windows 8.1 Intel Atom-based tablet

10/17, 7:03am

Acer offers free Microsoft Office for purchasers of new device

Acer today debuted the new eight-inch Iconia W4 tablet that features an IPS display and Zero Air Gap technologies for a sharper display with enhanced clarity and brightness. In addition, the Iconia W4 is also equipped with the Windows 8.1 operating system and a fourth Generation Intel Atom processor, offering faster tablet performance than its predecessor as well as battery life up to eight hours for video playback and up to 10 hours for web browsing.

Nikon adds built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, GPS to D5300 Digital SLR

10/17, 6:02am

Updated image processor allows for optical low pass filter removal in D5300

Nikon is updating its consumer-level Digital SLR range, by upgrading the D5200. The new D5300 retains much of the design and workings of its predecessors, but still manages to introduce some changes to the product line, with the most notable being that Wi-Fi and GPS are built into the camera instead of taking the form of extra attachments.

Panasonic launches 16MP Lumix GM1 mirrorless Micro Four Thirds camera

10/17, 5:07am

Maximum 40fps burst mode, ISO 25,600 in compact retro Lumix GM1

Panasonic has added another retro-styled compact camera to its Lumix line, in the form of the Lumix GM1. The mirrorless Micro Four Thirds camera sports a 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor with Venus Engine image processing, which offers a maximum ISO of 25,600, shutter speeds of between 60 seconds and 1/16,000th of a second, and claims of sharp images in low-light situations.

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