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Seoul seeks ban of Uber, develops own taxi-booking mobile app

07/22, 7:09am

South Korean capital Seoul could potentially ban Uber in the city, in favor of its own still-in-development app. The city government advised that it would try to ban the car-hailing app, as current South Korean law makes it illegal to provide any sort of fee-based transportation service via privately-owned vehicles not registered to do so with local authorities.

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Xiaomi launches Mi 4 smartphone, low-cost Mi Band fitness tracker

07/22, 6:06am

Chinese mobile device manufacturer Xiaomi has unveiled two new items for the Chinese market. The Xizomi Mi 4 continues the Mi device line with a 5-inch display and a hint of iPhone styling, while the Mi Band is a low-cost fitness band which can be used as a proximity security system for the smartphone, allowing the Mi 4 to automatically unlock when it is held in the same hand that is also wearing the band.

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NPD: Console sales up, PlayStation 4 tops chart for sixth month

07/21, 6:30pm

After Microsoft provided internal figures that saw sales for the Xbox One double since dropping the Kinect and $100 off the price, NPD confirmed that the increase still wasn't enough to catch Sony's PlayStation 4. For the sixth month in a row, the PlayStation 4 claimed the top spot for console sales as the hardware market increased to $292.7 million.

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Report: Yahoo buying ad platform and mobile analytic company Flurry

07/21, 4:23pm

Yahoo could be looking for aggressive growth in its mobile platforms, as reports from Recode and TechCrunch indicate that the search company is acquiring mobile analytic and advertising startup Flurry. While official news of the deal has yet to be announced, sources say that the news is expected to come in later today.

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Western Digital extends WD Red NAS drive range, launches WD Red Pro

07/21, 1:09pm

Western Digital has updated its Network Attached Storage-focused WD Red range of hard drives with new capacities and models. The main WD Red line now includes drives with 5-terabyte and 6-terabyte capacities, while the new WD Red Pro drive line is aimed at medium to large businesses, including a few additions to help in an enterprise environment.

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Microsoft Windows 8.1 Update 2 rumored for release August 12

07/21, 11:58am

The next scheduled major update to Windows 8.1 could be coming as early as next month, according to a rumor. Windows 8.1 Update 2 could arrive on the next "Patch Tuesday" on August 12th, a month suggested in earlier speculative reports, and though the exact contents of the update remain unknown to all but Microsoft, it is believed it could feature the return of the Start Menu.

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Motorola Moto G successor image leak shows Moto E-inspired design

07/21, 11:04am

Motorola may be preparing to launch an update to the Moto G, according to a leaked photograph and report. Aside from working on the Moto X+1, Motorola's follow-up to the Moto G could end up being a slight improvement on the original, with alleged specifications suggesting the 8-megapixel rear camera is the biggest upgrade for the entire smartphone.

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Verizon FiOS receives upstream bandwidth boost matching download speed

07/21, 9:58am

Verizon is updating its bandwidth tiers for FiOS, by giving customers higher uploading speeds. Starting from today onward for new and existing Verizon FiOS residential customers, the Internet provider will be upgrading lines at no extra charge, with subscribers being able to upload data at approximately the same speed as they are paying to download content.

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Briefly: Google Now reminders in search, Netflix privacy mode testing

07/21, 6:57am

Google is now allowing for the creation of reminders in Google Search. Similar to the vocal method using Google Voice Search and Google Now on smartphones, Google Operating System reports users can set a reminder by typing "Add reminder" or "Create Reminder" in the search box. A reminder card with extra settings will then appear, with a "Remind me on Google Now" link finalizing the notification.

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Gionee smartphone spotted at Chinese regulator with 5mm-thick body

07/21, 5:54am

China could soon see the release of what may be the world's thinnest smartphone. A listing with Chinese regulator TENAA confirms an Android device from Gionee with the model number GN9005 is on the way, with its thickness of just 5mm (0.2 inches) being half a millimeter thinner than the company's own Elife S5.5, and two thirds of the thickness of the iPhone 5s.

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Review: Patriot Fuel+ 6,000 and 9,000 mAh mobile backup batteries

07/19, 10:03am

Mobile device batteries are better than they used to be, but there's always a scenario where users could use more juice. Upgrade manufacturer Patriot has a solution -- it has a line of portable batteries intended for charging devices on-the-go, called the Fuel+. In theory, a booster battery is easy -- implement a battery, some ports, and a way to charge the battery, and done. In actuality, proper execution of an external battery is a bit more complex. Does Patriot have the balance right? Check our review to find out.

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EU: Apple failing to make 'true cost of apps' clear on App Store [U]

07/18, 6:34pm

[Updated with Apple rebuttal] Despite both Apple and Google being asked to take measures to make the "true cost of apps" clearer before they're downloaded from an app store, Apple is providing "no firm commitment and no timing" for action, according to a statement from the European Commission. At issue are so-called "free-to-play" or "freemium" apps, which are technically free to use, but often require in-app purchases to make real use of them. Some games, in particular, have exploited lax authorization measures around those purchases to lure children into buying dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of dollars' worth of digital content without their parents' consent.

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Dell starts accepting Bitcoin for online computer puchases

07/18, 4:09pm

Dell is following the lead of other online retailers, in allowing US customers to buy computers with Bitcoin. The notebook and server producer will now accept the cryptocurrency as a form of payment on its website, with chief executive Michael Dell proclaiming that the move makes Dell the "world's largest ecommerce business to accept bitcoin."

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Google explores possible Internet service in United Kingdom

07/18, 12:54pm

Google may be considering expanding its Google Fiber Internet service outside the United States, according to a report. The search company was reportedly speaking to CityFibre in the United Kingdom about a possible launch in the country, though negotiations apparently broke down over a possible conflict of interest between CityFibre and BSkyB.

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Lenovo retracts eight-inch Windows tablets from US market

07/18, 10:52am

Lenovo has ceased sales of sub-10-inch Windows-based tablets in the US. The cessation is not from a manufacturer's defect or recall, but because the company is seeing little demand for the devices in the North American market. Devices affected by the pullout are the company's ThinkPad 8, and the smaller size of the Miix 2 tablet.

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