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Wanna chat? You now have to download Facebook's standalone Messenger app

Facebook is phasing out messaging on its Android and iPhone apps. Essentially, the company is forcing users to download its Messenger app.

Tech July 31, 2014

Nvidia Shield tablet is a gaming device for sure

The Nvidia Shield proves good for productivity and is great for gaming. The gaming tablet will help shape the future of video game hardware.

Tech July 29, 2014

4.7-inch iPhone 6 available for pre-order from luxury retailer for $4,495

A luxury retailer has kicked off pre-orders for Apple's upcoming iPhone 6. Price of admission for a 4.7-inch 128 GB gold finished iPhone 6 starts at $4,495.

Tech July 31, 2014

Asus PadFone is a whole new kind of hybrid

Will PadFone be a revolution in mobile to replace the awkward phablet? AT&T has waged quite a large bet on Asus to find out.

Tech July 29, 2014

Bolt to Facebook/Instagram: Pick another photo-messaging app name

Bolt calls for Facebook to choose another name for the social networking company's upcoming app. 'Bolt' has already been claimed.

Tech July 29, 2014

Android Fake ID flaw puts smartphones, tablets at risk

A design flaw in Android OS versions 2.1 through 4.4 could allow malware to steal financial data, private information and generally take over operation of an Android-based mobile device. Google has a patch, but getting the word out to owners of nearly every Android device since 2010 is problematic.

Tech July 29, 2014

OkCupid: Yes, we experimented on users and we're not sorry

Online dating and matchmaking site OkCupid has admitted to administering social engineering tests on unwitting users. Although some of the tests were innocuous, the company states it is not easing back on experiments any time soon.

Tech July 29, 2014

Cortana mocks Siri as Windows pokes at Apple (Video)

A new ad from Microsoft is a battle over the better virtual assistant. Of course, Microsoft's Cortana mocks and defeats Apple's inferior Siri in the head-to-head fight.

Tech July 29, 2014

Apple MacBook Pro is cheaper, faster and boasts double the memory

MacBook Pros get better Haswell hardware, memory upgrades and price cuts. With IBM's Broadwell processors still out of reach, Apple offers value to feed the back-to-school surge.

Tech July 29, 2014

HTC One M8 running Windows Phone 8.1 for Verizon release date, features and pricing revealed

A report backs claims that HTC is preparing a Windows Phone 8.1-based version of its HTC One M8 for Verizon. The aluminum-clad flagship could hit the market as early as August.

Tech July 30, 2014

Facebook to users: Move to our Messenger app now!

Facebook tells users it's time to make the switch to its standalone Messenger app. That means the in-app messenger service will be coming to an end in the very near future.

Tech July 29, 2014

BlackBerry battens down mobile security with Secusmart acquisition

BlackBerry, on the comeback trail, acquires a German firm specializing in mobile data security and encryption. With this deal, BlackBerry hopes to re-establish its security bona fides with the business community.

Tech July 29, 2014

Apple rolls out updated Retina MacBook Pros with faster Haswell chips

Apple has updated the MacBook Pro with Retina Display line. No significant change on pricing but the models have been given a significant hardware boost.

Tech July 29, 2014

$100/month, four-line wireless family plan? T-Mobile's latest offer best yet

T-Mobile's latest promotion is dubbed the 'Simple Choice' plan. It is a limited-period offer which, at a $100 monthly cost, will enable a family of four to take advantage of unlimited talk, text and up to 10 gigabytes of data.

Tech July 29, 2014

LinkedIn gives mobile profiles a facelift, goes more visual

LinkedIn updates its mobile app for iOS and Android. A user's profile is more visual and can show career highlights at the forefront.

Tech July 30, 2014

Swatch Touch will feature fitness tracking functions starting 2015

Swatch joins the market for wearable gadgets with its line of plastic watches dubbed as the Swatch Touch. The Swiss company is equipping their latest watch models with electronic functions.

Tech July 30, 2014

Yo creator launches Mirage, takes on Snapchat

A new app from Mobli has just officially launched. Dubbed as “Mirage,” the app is a photo-messaging app that has features similar with Taptalk and Slingshot of Facebook.

Tech July 30, 2014

iPhone 6 will not get sapphire glass, report suggests

The rumor that the upcoming iPhone 6 is sporting the sapphire glass will remain just a rumor. Issues such as lower yield rates and sapphire glass processing have been cited.

Tech July 30, 2014

MeowChat is a hybrid dating and instant messaging app. What you should know

Social networking app MeowChat takes instant messaging to the next level by adding Tinder elements to the mix, annoys users' friends with spam invites.

Tech July 30, 2014

T-Mobile taunts competition with new, cheap family plan

T-Mobile takes an opportunity to bash competition and turns it into a chance to announce new promotion. New four-line family plan for as cheap as it can get. Here's what you need to know.

Tech July 30, 2014

Rhapsody gets 2 million paying subscribers. Thanks, T-Mobile unRadio

Rhapsody International and T-Mobile team up to bring unRadio to subscribers to expand music streaming service in the U.S. Paid subscriptions also now at all-time high for Rhapsody.

Tech July 29, 2014

Coopetition: Hortonworks teams up with Pivotal for Hadoop management tool

Hadoop software and services rivals Hortonworks and Pivotal are teaming up to further develop the Apache Ambari cluster management tool.

Tech July 31, 2014

OKCupid admits experimenting on users a la Facebook. All for love?

OKCupid CEO Christian Rudder admitted that the website carried out experiments on its users, which brings to mind Facebook's similar experiments that are now mired in controversy.

Tech July 31, 2014

Facebook will kill messaging on iOS, Android app. Users need to download Facebook Messenger

Facebook will be removing messaging from Facebook on iPhone and Android devices, forcing users to download the standalone Messenger application.

Tech July 29, 2014

The Pirate Bay has gone mobile: Owners looking to the future

The Pirate Bay is making moves that gives us the impression the website is here to stay for the long haul. The owners have created a mobile centric website, and plans are in the works for more.

Tech July 31, 2014

HTC rumored to be working on Windows Phone 8 version of the One (M8): HTC needs a boost

After what seems like forever, HTC appears to be finally returning to the Windows Phone platform with a device that is similar in construction to the well-received One (M8).

Tech July 31, 2014

Breakthrough seen as 'Holy Grail' of battery design: Could improve smartphone and electric car battery life

New battery design could finally allow for longer battery life in our smartphones and tablets. Researchers are using anode, a metal, to create smaller and lightweight batteries with more power capacity.

Tech July 29, 2014

Stop mobile cramming charges: FTC tells wireless carriers

More mobile carriers are found to be billing their customers for unauthorized charges from third-party services, and the FTC is stepping up its efforts to combat this practice.

Tech July 29, 2014

OS X Yosemite public beta a huge hit with Mac users

Apple’s beta release of OS X Yosemite spurs more web traffic than Mavericks beta ever did, which could be due in part to big changes in Apple’s latest desktop OS.

Tech July 30, 2014

Windows Phone 8.1 update features detailed: Expect folders, smart cases and 7-inch displays

Technology blogger Paul Thurott has gotten hold of the patch for Microsoft’s next update for Windows Phone 8.1, which will deliver a slew of new features taken iOS and Android.

Tech July 31, 2014

OKCupid: 'We experiment on human beings'

OKCupid has come clean about performing experiments on its users. However, instead of expressing regret, it is telling people that being a lab rat is part of the reality of using the Internet.

Tech July 30, 2014

iPad decline not a big worry for Apple and it's biggest fan, CEO Tim Cook

While the iPad's shrinking sales have drawn pessimism from resellers and analysts, Apple CEO Tim Cook remains upbeat about the tablet. Everyone should work from their tablet as much as he does, Cook says.

Tech July 28, 2014

Apple rumor update: Is there a 5.5-inch iPhone coming?

Rumors are swirling regarding a 5.5-inch iPhone, in addition to the impending 4.7-inch iPhone 6. A logic board photo is among the images in question.

Tech July 28, 2014

Windows Phone 8.1 update: Smart cases, support for big screens

The Windows Phone 8.1 update will bring Smart Cases and Smart Cover features and support for larger phablet and tablet screens, bringing the OS level with newer Android features. Additional support for folder on Windows Phones will also be included.

Tech July 28, 2014

Print your own 3D bobblehead at Amazon custom print shop

Amazon gives users the option to get a custom bobblehead. It is part of new efforts in 3D printing.

Tech July 28, 2014

Apple buys BookLamp, aims to beat Amazon in the recommendation game

Apple acquires BookLamp, a book-recommendation tool from a startup that was launched at the University of Idaho. The iBooks store will have the power to make recommendations on par with the likes of Amazon and Pandora, according to reports.

Tech July 28, 2014

Google study aims to find out everything about the human body

The search company claims it doesn't want to be in the health care industry, but it's embarking on one of the most ambitious health research efforts ever seen. Google promises to provide the data to scientists.

Tech July 28, 2014

Samsung Z launch postponed again: RIP Tizen OS?

Samsung has shelved its plans to compete against Android as it struggles to generate developer support for its Tizen OS. The smartphone's future is now in doubt.

Tech July 28, 2014

Microsoft China offices get unexpected visit from regulators

China is miffed at Microsoft. Whether it is justified, just business or political posturing, there's nothing inscrutable about the scrutiny the company is facing from government regulators.

Tech July 28, 2014

Microsoft set to release new Surface tablet in October with Surface Pen support and thin and light case

Microsoft is reportedly planning to introduce a new Surface tablet in October. The device will reportedly feature a 10.6-inch display, include Surface Pen support, and its body will be thinner than the Surface Pro 3.

Tech July 29, 2014

Bose sues Beats over noise-cancelling patents

Bose has filed a lawsuit in federal court against Apple and Beats Electronics over patent infringement. The case centers around noise-cancellation headphones.

Tech July 28, 2014

What reviewers are saying about Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4

The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 doesn't move too far ahead of its predecessor. Reviews are still positive for Samsung's latest tablet.

Tech July 28, 2014

Xbox free games with Gold on tap for August

Microsoft announces the free games for August for users with an Xbox Live Gold subscription. The selections this month include 'Crimson Dragon' and 'Dishonored,' among others.

Tech July 28, 2014

Apple lets bitcoin app back into App Store

Apple appears to be lifting a ban on bitcoin apps. UK firm Blockchain claims its app has been allowed back in the App Store and is ready for download.

Tech July 28, 2014

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