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An anonymous tipster has leaked some information about Apple’s soon-to-be announced iPhone 5, including tidbits about onboard storage and device colors.
Today, for the first time since 1996, IBM is worth more than Microsoft.
In an attempt to promote its new social network, Google has placed a link to musical artist Will.i.Am’s Google+ profile on its search engine homepage.
The first-generation Kindle e-reader was a revolutionary device, but it was far from pretty.
Samsung has updated its 7-inch Galaxy Tab with better specs like a dual-core processor and Honeycomb Android OS, the company said today. It’s calling the upgraded device the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. The Galaxy Tab, first released at the end of 2010, was the first Android tablet Samsung brought to market in the U.S.
Ambitious search engine startup Blekko has closed a new $30 million funding round, the company announced today.
Famigo launched a review site that makes it easier to discover family friendly Android apps in July. Now it is adding support for Apple iOS apps today. The Family App Review is a web site with app reviews that makes it easier to discover mobile content that is appropriate for your kids.
Nanosys, the nanotechnology materials company, has really come through with a technology that makes flat-panel displays much brighter and more colorful without increasing their cost, energy consumption or size.
Google Chrome is well on its way to surpassing Mozilla Firefox’s No. 2 market share position and should overtake the fox no later than December, according to Irish analytics company StatCounter.
Relax, Justin Bieber fans, streaming music service Spotify rolled out a new version of its desktop application today that lets you hide your listening activity from Facebook friends.
Editor's Pick Who will save what’s left of Palm from HP’s bumbling? It could be Amazon, as the online retailing giant is in serious negotiations to snap up Palm from HP, VentureBeat has learned.
Guest Post Amazon.com. eBay. Facebook. LinkedIn. Many of us rely on these online communities to manage our personal commerce, relationships and finances. Now, with increasing frequency, companies are demanding similar tools to manage their business.
Editor's Pick The first time I met Box.net chief executive Aaron Levie, he showed me a magic trick with a deck of cards.
Electronic Arts launched its Battlefield 3 multiplayer open beta test today for fans of the combat series. EA opened the game to all players on the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in advance of the game’s official launch on Oct. 25.
2009-era Nokia feature phones
A small Detroit-based company has plans to reinvent the way restaurants, cafes and stores take money from customers.
Microsoft announced on Thursday that its Zune Music Pass will offer a more competitive $9.99 plan for all-you-can-stream music starting Oct 3. The company also said it will being offering Zune services in Canada the same day.
Samsung has announced a press event for Oct. 11, and many mobile pundits suspect it’s where the Nexus Prime smartphone and the next version of the Android operating system will be officially shown for the first time.
The number of mobile security exploits is on track to double year over year between 2010 and 2011.
Today in Shanghai, police cracked down on a fake iPhone production ring, making five arrests.
SweetLabs has raised $13 million in funding to bring the one-click app experience to the desktop computer.
Location-based check-in service Foursquare today revised how it handles people who choose to check-in at their home or other personal addresses (say, grandma’s house).
Twitter is on track for nearly $140 million in revenue for 2011, up from a reported $45 million just last year.
Editor's Pick Some crazy concept cars have emerged since the electric car frenzy hit the market in 2008. Where are they now?
Zynga has teamed up with international popstar Enrique Iglesias to promote its top social game CityVille.
Nokia plans to drastically reduce its workforce by another 3,500 positions, the company announced today.
Travel and hotel search service Hipmunk launched a new mobile app for Android devices today.
One lucky eBay buyer got to preview the new version of Google Android a little early when he bought a Samsung Nexus S preloaded with Ice Cream Sandwich. The buyer then sent a 2-minute video demo to Engadget.
As is customary in games, PapayaMobile depends heavily on the tiny proportion of users who pay for goods in social mobile games. But one of the surprises is that some of the most enthusiastic customers, known as “whales,” are for the most part women. Papaya found that 69 percent of its big spenders in games are women.
Socialbakers, a social media analytics company, announced a $2 million round today after launching a product at the DEMO conference only a few weeks ago.
Plantronics is announcing a smartphone headset today that lets you tweet or update your Facebook status with voice commands.