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Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out as gay in new essay

1 hour ago | Posted in: Apple

Apple CEO Tim Cook has come out as gay in a new essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek. Although the fact has been widely known for some time, Cook has never before stated it publicly. He says that he is "proud to be gay," but admits that it "wasn't an easy choice" to come out. "Privacy remains important to me, and I'd like to hold on to a small amount of it," the essay reads later on. "I've made Apple my life's work, and I will continue to spend virtually all of my waking time focused on being the best CEO I can be. That's what our employees deserve - and our customers, developers, shareholders, and supplier partners deserve it, too. Part of social progress is understanding that a person is not defined only by one's sexuality, race, or gender. I'm an engineer, an uncle, a nature lover, a fitness nut, a son of the South, a sports fanatic, and many other things. I hope that people will respect my desire to focus on the things I'm best suited for and the work that brings me joy."

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LG Display develops screen for smartphones with 0.7mm bezel

1 hour ago | Posted in: mobile phones

LG Display has developed a new display for smartphones, one which has an extremely thin bezel. The 5.3-inch Full HD-resolution display has a thin 0.7mm bezel on the left and right-hand sides, allowing for smartphones using the display to have a narrower gap between the edges of the screen and the outer edges of the mobile device, similar to the Sharp Aquos Crystal.

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Motorola buyout deal closed, mobile device maker now Lenovo subsidiary

2 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry, mobile phones

Lenovo has completed the acquisition of Motorola Mobile from Google. The deal, according to Lenovo, makes the combined company the "world's third largest maker of smartphones." Motorola is a now wholly owned subsidiary of Lenovo, and will remain headquartered in Chicago. Lenovo is expecting profitability to return between four and six quarters from now.

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Briefly: Gold Moto 360 spotted, YouTube enables 60fps video playback

3 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, Graphics/Web Design

New color options of the Moto 360 are on the way, according to a leak on Amazon. The now-removed listings spotted by Android Police showed a champagne gold Moto 360, combined with matching 18mm and 23mm metal bands, with the existing black and brushed steel versions also shown by the online retailer as being sold with their respective-colored metal straps.

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Nintendo working with ResMed on non-contact sleep tracking device

4 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, gadgets

Nintendo is jumping on the fitness-related device bandwagon, with the creation of a sleep tracker. The game console producer is working with ResMed, a company which already produces products for the treatment of sleep disorders, to create a device to remotely monitor the user while they sleep, rather than a wearable device.

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Apple, Samsung still tops in smartphone market, but Xaiomi rising fast

10 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry, mobile phones, Apple

A new report from IDC again places Apple and Samsung at the top of the heap for smartphone manufacturers as it has for years now -- but there is nonetheless notable change in the air. Samsung saw a significant drop in shipments for its smartphones, dropping 8.5 percent from the year-ago quarter. Apple, in second place, saw a 16.1 percent increase in shipments. Though Samsung was dominant with 78.1 million units shipped, a new challenger from China is beating the Korean company on its home turf of low-end smartphones.

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Lenovo grows Yoga Tablet 2 series with 13-inch Windows version

13 hours ago | Posted in: computers

Lenovo unveiled another addition to the Yoga line of devices, trumpeting the arrival of a larger version of the Yoga Tablet 2. The new Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows jumps up in size with the addition of a 13.3-inch quad HD display, marking a large bump from the full HD 10-inch model Lenovo announced at the beginning of October. Like other devices in the Yoga line, the 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 features four modes for use, including stand, tilt, hold, and a new mode called hang.

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Microsoft Band fitness tracker leaks through companion apps

13 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Microsoft's rumored wearable device has appeared earlier than expected, leaked within a companion app on the Mac App Store. The Microsoft Band is, as rumored, a device with a thin display similar to the Samsung Gear Fit, with the accompanying app screenshots showing it will apparently be capable of a similar level of monitoring of the user's actions as other fitness trackers.

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Nintendo's streak of losses ends, helped by strong Smash Bros. sales

16 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, gaming

Nintendo posted surprising figures for it second quarter results for 2014, seeing an $85 million (¥9.25 billion) operating profit. The news comes on mixed analyst projections, with Thomson Reuters Starmine expecting a $33 million (¥3.7 billion) loss and Quick expecting a net profit of $63 million (¥62.4 billion). Nintendo posted a net profit of $222 million (¥24.2 billion) for the period ending September 30.

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Briefly: Tylt wireless charging devices, djay 2 released for Android

16 hours ago | Posted in: software, accessories

Tylt unveiled two new wireless charging solutions, adding the VÜ Solo and VÜ Wireless Car Charging Mount to its lineup. The VÜ Solo is a wireless Qi charging base powered by Micro USB, keeping it compatible with existing smartphone and tablet charging blocks. Only a single Qi coil is in the base, but Tylt includes a Micro USB cable that contains its Alin positioning system to ensure the device makes contact at the correct point. Devices that require 1A to charge can use the base, which also features a non-slip surface and suction base. Price for the VÜ Solo is set at $40.

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Last large wave of Microsoft layoffs completed, 3,000 jobs shed

17 hours ago | Posted in: industry

News of Microsoft's last large wave of layoffs hit today, with the company cutting an additional 3,000 jobs to reach its goal of 18,000. The final significant wave is larger than the number of positions released in September, but they continue to be spread across various parts of the company. Microsoft had set out to reduce its worldwide workforce by 14 percent with the layoff plan, beginning with nearly 12,500 employees of Nokia in July.

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CurrentC CEO, COO field questions about data breach, Apple Pay block

18 hours ago | Posted in: industry, security, iPhone apps, Apple

CurrentC governing company Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) held a conference call a bit earlier today. The company's lead executives took turns defending the company against some claims related to fines for merchants abandoning CurrentC, and also tried to explain away the email data breach it had suffered.

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HP outlines 3D Multi Jet Fusion technology for future 3D printers

18 hours ago | Posted in: industry, gadgets, enterprise

At the same time as unveiling the Sprout PC under its "Blended Reality" ecosystem, HP reveals it is looking to improve its standing in industry by creating 3D printers which use a new printing process. The company's 3D Multi Jet Fusion technology is said to be able to print out physical objects up to ten times faster than currently-available 3D printing methods, while at the same time making the printing process cheaper, and creating more detailed and durable objects.

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HP changing desktop computing with dual-display Sprout PC

18 hours ago | Posted in: computers, digital imaging

Hewlett-Packard (HP) is looking to change the desktop experience with its newest all-in-one PC, the Sprout. While costly at $1,900, the machine encourages the use of a PC outside of the traditional input means, using various pieces of imaging technology and sensors to give users a way to create in a "natural user interface." The Sprout is the first product from HP under its Blended Reality ecosystem.

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Apple in talks to bring iPhone to Iran

20 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry, Apple

Apple is talking to Iranian distributors about the possibility of selling the iPhone in the country, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. Senior Apple executives have reportedly met with the distributors at the former party's London headquarters. If the iPhone does become available in Iran, it will be through premium resellers, rather than Apple itself, which has no direct footprint to speak of. "Over a dozen" Apple employees -- including technical and marketing staff -- have been involved in the recent efforts, the Journal adds.

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Hands On: PluralEyes 3.5 (OS X, Windows)

20 hours ago | Posted in: software, digital imaging, audio

DSLR shooters often have a troublesome workflow when trying to put together videos recorded with the dual-purpose cameras. While many consumers might look to a dedicated camcorder to produce a short film or conduct an interview, DSLR cameras provide the necessary technology needing only an external audio recorder to do the job. But how do users bring video and audio together? In the past, filmmakers entered into a time consuming process to match peaks in waveforms. However, that is no longer needed as Red Giant offers a supremely better solution with PluralEyes 3.5.

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T-Mobile opens up iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 orders

21 hours ago | Posted in: iPad

Following up on earlier promises, the US branch of T-Mobile has officially launched the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 at its online and retail stores. People shopping online, at least, are being told that the 128GB Air 2 is currently unavailable, despite it being ready at Apple and other third-party vendors. Apple does typically produce fewer quantities of its highest-end models.

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Google holding second Project Ara developer conference in January

21 hours ago | Posted in: developer, mobile phones

The second set of developer conferences for the Project Ara modular smartphone will be taking place in January, Google has declared. Called DevCon2, Google's ATAP team hopes to use the time to show off developers the latest iteration of the Ara Module Developers Kit (MDK), as well as early plans for a market pilot, due to take place in 2015.

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CurrentC payment system customer emails stolen

22 hours ago | Posted in: security, iPhone apps, mobile phones

Contactless payment platform CurrentC has fallen victim to user information theft. Merchants Consumer Exchange (MCX), The company behind the mobile payment system is informing beta users of the service that "that unauthorized third parties obtained the e-mail addresses of some of you." The company claims no other data has been stolen, but the theft calls into question the data security of the not fully operational payment system.

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Briefly: Xtreem's Atom RC Drone; new Cooler Master mouse, keyboard

22 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, gadgets

Xtreem, a range of remote controlled toys designed by Swann, has announced the release of its new Atom RC Mini Drone. Focused on precise maneuverability, the drone uses an infrared signal to communicate with its joystick remote control, which offers eight-way multi-dimensional movement, and heights of up to 100 feet in the air. The helicopter's Li-poly battery provides up to four minutes of continuous flight time, and can be recharged via its remote control or by plugging it into a USB port. Priced at $40, the Atom Mini RC Drone is available at Fry's.

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CurrentC partners banned from supporting Apple Pay, other rivals [u]

23 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry, security

(Updated with news of CurrentC hack) Retailers partnering with MCX on the upcoming CurrentC mobile payment system are contractually obligated to use CurrentC exclusively, according to the New York Times. Several of the retailers say that if they break their contracts, there are steep fines in place. This will block several popular payment platforms, namely Apple Pay, Softcard, and Google Wallet.

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Huawei brings Honor 6 to Europe, launches Honor 4X in China

23 hours ago | Posted in: mobile phones

Huawei has introduced one of its smartphones to Europe, at the same time as unveiling another in the same product line. The Honor 6, originally launched in China four months ago, is making the trip to European markets, while the Honor 4X boasts a 64-bit Qualcomm processor alongside a claimed usage time of up to 72 hours from a single charge.

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Verizon testing FiOS bundles with year of Netflix in NYC area

23 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry, networking

Surprisingly given the public animosity between the two companies, Verizon has begun offering a year of video streaming service Netflix to some of its new customers. Customers who sign up for FiOS Internet and television bundles in the immediate vicinity of New York City are being offered the deal. Packages including a year of Netflix start at $80 a month and include a free year of Netflix.

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White House unclassified network infected with malware, purge ongoing

Wed October 29, 2014 | Posted in: security, networking

Late Tuesday, the White House information technology department detected what it calls "unusual activity" on an unclassified network used by employees. While administration officials claim that there were no indications that classified networks had been penetrated, Electronista has learned that the entire IT suite for the Executive Office of the President (EOP), classified and not, is being swept and examined for malware suspected to be from a foreign source.

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Oppo launches N3 with rotating camera, 4.85mm-thick R5 smartphones

Wed October 29, 2014 | Posted in: mobile phones

Chinese mobile phone manufacturer Oppo has revealed two new smartphones it is planning to ship in the near future. Teased earlier this month, the Oppo N3 has a revolving camera module at the top capable of rotating on it's own, while the Oppo R5 aims to take the slimmest-smartphone crown, with its metal body measuring just 4.85mm thick.

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LG shipping 31-inch Digital Cinema 4K Monitor to US this week

Wed October 29, 2014 | Posted in: peripherals, digital imaging

LG has introduced another high-resolution monitor to its computer display range, one which is able to display a higher-than-Ultra HD image. The Digital Cinema 4K monitor offers a resolution of 4096x2160, higher than the 3840x2160 resolution of a standard 4K television or display, all packed into a screen measuring 31 inches diagonally.

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