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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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Level 3 blames Verizon for Netflix stream congestion, offers to help

07/18, 10:44am

The ongoing feud between Netflix and Verizon has stepped up, with a transit provider weighing in over Verizon's connection congestion claims. Level 3 claims the high utilization of the connection between Verizon and itself is Verizon's fault, as the Internet service provider is actively refusing to upgrade its connections at the point of the apparent congestion.

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Amazon launches Kindle Unlimited e-book subscription service

07/18, 9:29am

Following a leak from earlier this week, Amazon has launched its subscription e-book service. Named Kindle Unlimited, the service operates as a form of "Netflix for e-books," providing all-you-can-eat access to over 600,000 Kindle books and thousands of Audible audiobooks via Kindle devices or the Kindle apps on smartphones and tablets for $9.99 per month.

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Google CEO upset by Samsung investing in Tizen instead of Android Wear

07/18, 7:34am

Google is unhappy by Samsung's choice to use Tizen for its main smartwatch platform instead of Android Wear, according to a report. CEO Larry Page is said to have spent time earlier this month with Samsung Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee in a "tense private meeting" over the smartwatch software issue, with Samsung allegedly spending more on devices running Tizen than Google's new Android offshoot.

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Nvidia Shield Tablet appears in media render with Tegra Note styling

07/18, 6:30am

An image of what is believed to be Nvidia's next attempt at a gaming tablet has leaked. Thought to be called the Shield Tablet, tying into an earlier certification leak, the device appears to have a similar appearance to the company's previous Tegra Note 7 tablet, though apparently it will have a slightly different placement of front-facing camera and metallic sections covering the speaker grilles.

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Briefly: PureGear's flexible folio, Brother's new color inkjet

07/18, 2:25am

PureGear has announced its new offer of a versatile folio case for tablets and e-readers. The new Universal Tablet Folio can protect, prop, and provide multiple viewing angles for any seven- to eight-inch, or nine- to 10-inch tablet. Its flexible bands can hold virtually any tablet in place, and it utilizes built-in props for hands-free viewing and typing. The Folio has a magnetic closure for folding back while the tablet is in use. Pricing starts at $40, with the Universal Tablet Folio available for purchase online.

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MSI unleashes the GT72 Dominator Pro 'desktop replacement' notebook

07/17, 10:24pm

Computer hardware manufacturer MSI released a beefy new notebook today that's positioned to be a "desktop replacement" for gamers. The new 17.3-inch GT72 Dominator Pro notebook packs its power in a one-body aluminum case to give gamers the hardware they need to step into a game in any location.

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AMD posts expected loss on revenue of $1.44 billion

07/17, 5:38pm

Chip manufacturer AMD today announced revenue for the second quarter of 2014. The company posted revenue of $1.44 billion, with operating income of $63 million. However, as expected, the company still posted a net loss of $36 million, or $0.05 per share. The company remains affected by the soft computing market, but is expected to have profitability by the end of the fiscal year.

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Google profit continues to climb despite 'per click' prices falling

07/17, 4:31pm

Search engine and advertising giant Google has announced its second quarter 2014 quarterly financial report. The company reported consolidated revenues of $15.96 billion for the quarter that ended in June, an increase of 22 percent compared to the second quarter of 2013. Net income, including discontinued operations in the second quarter of 2014, was $3.42 billion, compared to $3.23 billion in the second quarter of 2013.

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Microsoft: Xbox One sales 'more than double' since dropping Kinect

07/17, 3:55pm

It seems that dropping the Kinect as a requirement for buying a new Xbox One is paying off for Microsoft. Posting on the Xbox Wire, an internal blog for Xbox news, Microsoft is boasting that sales of the new console have doubled since removing the sensor in June and reducing the price to $400. The increase could mean an gain in awareness and consumer desire for the console, which has lagged behind the PlayStation 4 in sales for months.

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