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Sony releases SmartEyeglass developer kit

Sony has launched an SDK for its SmartEyeglass head-mounted display, another step toward challenging Google Glass.

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BitTorrent opens Bleep peer-to-peer encrypted chat program to public testing

Nine months after revealing plans to develop a decentralized and encrypted chat application, BitTorrent opened public testing for Windows, Mac and Android versions of the program. Called Bleep, the application supports voice...

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Have a spare $9,000? Join Facebook for the rich

Want to talk about your Porsche, your takeover of a company or your new jet but uncomfortable doing it on Facebook? There's a new social network for you.

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What Apple knows about smartwatches that Google doesn't

Instead of just being a peripheral device for your smartphone, the Apple Watch also functions as a peripheral to you, says columnist Mike Elgan.

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Is Panasonic's CM1 a camera or a smartphone?

You'd be forgiven for thinking Panasonic's latest gadget is a smartphone. It's a slim rectangle with a touchscreen and LTE connectivity.

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Wi-Fi group acts to simplify peer-to-peer video, printing and other tasks

The Wi-Fi Direct standard for linking two devices without a LAN is about to get easier to use.

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Apple Watch under scrutiny for privacy by Connecticut attorney general

Connecticut's attorney general is concerned about the privacy implications of Apple Watch's handling of consumers' health information.

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Update: Microsoft buys Minecraft maker Mojang for $2.5B

Microsoft has agreed to buy Mojang, the Swedish developer of a top selling PC and console game, for $2.5 billion, the companies announced Monday.

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Google debuts first low-cost Android One phones in India

Three Indian vendors have launched smartphones based on a Google reference design starting at around $100 without operator subsidy, in a bid to grab a share of a growing but competitive segment of the country's smartphone market.

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Moto X, pure as the driven snow, to be presold out on Tuesday!

Motorola mobiles and watches are taking the world by storm! The Pure Edition and 360 (but not quite) available for presale on Tuesday! What do bloggers think?! In IT Blogwatch, bloggers get close to going around and around.

Ericsson buys Fabrix Systems for $95M to help put TV on any screen

Ericsson plans to buy Fabrix Systems, which sells a cloud-based platform for delivering DVR (digital video recorder), video on demand and other services for $95 million.

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Sharp to mass-produce low-power mobile displays in 2017

Sharp has set 2017 as its target for mass production of a new display it says will reduce power consumption in smartphones and tablets. The MEMS-IGZO display, being developed under a 2012 tie-up with Qualcomm subsidiary...

Smartphones under $100 with Intel chip could ship next year

Intel will ship its low-cost Sofia mobile chip to device makers by the end of this year, so smartphones and tablets priced less than $100 could be on the market early next year.

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Google buys 'smart' spoon maker Lift Labs

Google has acquired Lift Labs, which makes a mechanical spoon for people suffering from tremors, in a move giving Google new technology for combating neurodegenerative diseases.

5 things Apple Watch can do, and 5 it can't

There's fitness tracking and shopping tools, but no built-in GPS or Wi-Fi

Sleek iPhone 6 and 6 Plus feature big displays, NFC payments and new chips inside

Both phones run Apple's new A8 processor and are due to be made available Sept. 19

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Yale engineer creates smartphone case that's 3 times tougher than steel

An engineer and researcher at Yale University has developed technology to enable manufacturers to easily build smartphone cases that are lightweight, thin and tougher than steel.

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FireChat's developer wants to give IoT a mesh-network boost

Internet of Things devices that are too small to reach the Internet by themselves will get help from a vast network of nearby smartphone users if the latest plan from FireChat vendor Open Garden succeeds.

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