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Nissan Debuts 'Futuristic' Murano With NASA-Inspired Seats

3 hours 22 min ago

Nissan took the wraps off it latest version of the Nissan Murano SUV at the New York International Auto Show in New York on Wednesday

On hand to introduce the vehicle to the American public was Nissan's senior vice president and chief creative officer, Shiro Nakamura

See also: Nissan Plans to Offer Driverless Cars by 2020

According Nissan, the slightly futuristic design aesthetic of the 2015 Murano is inspired by the Nissan Resonance concept vehicle unveiled back in 2013

"At Nissan, we create concept vehicles with an eye toward production, rather than just for entertaining auto show audiences," says Nakamura. "Likely few people who saw Resonance in its North American International Auto Show debut imagined that we could build such a futuristic design. But here it is, ready to hit Nissan showrooms less than 24 months later.” Read more...

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8 Smartphone Models Will Soon Support Anti-Theft ‘Kill-Switch’

3 hours 52 min ago

Apple, Google, Samsung, HTC, and a handful of the other companies operating in the smartphone industry have entered into a voluntary agreement to add a global anti-theft "kill-switch" in their handsets from July 2015.

The news reached us from Re/code, which explains in a recently published report that "devices going on sale after July 2015 will have the ability to remotely wipe data and be rendered inoperable, if the user chooses, to prevent the device from being reactivated without the owners permission." If a handset is then recovered data can be restored, the publication adds.

Companies on board include Apple, Google, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Microsoft, Nokia, and Samsung. Carriers have also agreed to "facilitate these measures," Re/code notes. Read more...

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Is This Amazon's 3D Smartphone?

5 hours 2 min ago

Amazon has reportedly been working on its own collection of branded smartphones for years, and now, we're finally getting closer to seeing its first design

The tech website BGR.com has posted a picture of what it says is one of at least two Amazon smartphone prototypes built by the company

An alleged photo of the 3D Amazon smartphone, obtained by BGR.com.

Image: BGR

If the photo is real, the design looks like many others on the market. However, Amazon is said to be planning custom 3D interface. It wouldn't be the first phone with a 3D-enabled display; 3D phones, including the HTC Evo 3D appeared a few years ago, but they failed to get any traction. Read more...

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Zuckerberg on Mobile Apps: 'Facebook is Not One Thing'

7 hours 18 min ago

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company's latest mission is to "unbundle the big blue app" and provide disparate experiences on mobile with or without the Facebook name

"Facebook is not one thing, he told The New York Times. "On desktop where we grew up, the mode that made the most sense was to have a website, and to have different ways of sharing built as features within a website. So when we ported to mobile, that’s where we started — this one big blue app that approximated the desktop presence."

See also: What Facebook Will Look Like by 2024

Chief among Facebook's efforts to diversify its mobile portfolio is the $19 billion bid to purchase WhatsApp. Zuckerberg justified the expense by noting that the messaging space is bigger than the company realized and that consumers use it differently than Facebook's Messenger. Read more...

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Samsung to Launch Android Wear Device, Tizen Phone This Year

11 hours 29 min ago

Samsung plans to launch an Android Wear device as well as a Tizen smartphone in 2014, Reuters reports

The first Tizen phone from Samsung will be a high-end model, and should launch around the end of Q2 2014, Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung's product strategy team, told Reuters in an interview. It will be followed by a mid-range device, which will launch at an unspecified date

See also: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo: Hands On

Samsung was slated to launch a Tizen-based phone as early as 2013, but the device was delayed

On the wearables front, even though Samsung's Gear smartwatches are Tizen-based, the company still plans to launch an Android Wear wearable device this year. Google officially launched its wearables platform in March 2014, and several major consumer electronic brands, including Samsung, jumped on board Read more...

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Apple, Google, Microsoft Embrace the Fight Against Smartphone Theft

12 hours 51 min ago

Some of the biggest companies in the mobile industry have signed a pledge to include new anti-theft technology in phones starting July 2015.

The Wireless Association (CTIA) announced the signing of the "Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment" on Tuesday. Among the signees are Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung, Nokia, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular

See also: Senators Propose 'Kill Switch' Law to Curb Smartphone Theft

The signees agree that new models of smartphones, manufactured after July 2015 and sold in the U.S. will have a pre-loaded or downloadable anti-theft tool Read more...

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Witness Friends' Reactions to Your Photos With This App

14 hours 51 min ago

Sharing moments with friends and family just got a little more personal with Reactr, an app that captures a user’s reaction after sharing a photo or video with him or her

A Reactr user sends a picture, video or text message to a friend. Before sending it, they choose the type of reaction they want to receive from the friend -– either a recorded video or photo. The friend then opens up the app, chooses whether they want to share their reaction, and if they do, the reaction is sent back to the user

See also: The 7 Best Apps for When You're Sitting on the Toilet

The reaction app, similar to others such as React Messenger and Samba, connects people visually with the messages they send Read more...

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This Site Predicts Your Success on Kickstarter

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 23:00

Millions of people donated to Kickstarter in 2013. In total, three million donors gave $480 million to 19,000 projects that were successfully funded, according to the site.

But all that success masks the fact that most projects fail. Kickstarter campaigns have a 43% success rate. Donors pledged, but did not pay, $122 million to 76,000 campaigns that failed to reach their goals. Now one site is looking to improve those numbers.

See also: Kickstarter Backlash: Early Oculus Supporters Hate Facebook Deal

Prefundia is a platform for product developers to gauge interest in their project before launching a Kickstarter or IndieGoGo campaign. Using a mix of data points, such as page views and followers, Prefundia predicts the odds of a project reaching its funding goals Read more...

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Apple CarPlay Coming to Pioneer In-Car Systems This Summer

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 21:29

The reach of CarPlay, Apple's in-car app system, will extend even further than before, thanks to a new arrangement with Pioneer

Soon, when Pioneer users plug their iPhones into their vehicles, CarPlay will automatically launch and offer access to its full suite of apps

See also: Watch Apple CarPlay in Action

“By providing an aftermarket option, Pioneer’s 2014 in-dash multimedia systems give many iPhone owners the ability to add CarPlay to their current vehicles,” Ted Cardenas, vice-president of marketing for Pioneer's car-electronics division, said in a statement

The CarPlay option will be made available this summer through a firmware update to Pioneer's line of five 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers Read more...

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Post Congressional Hearing, GM CEO Barra Unveils New Vehicles

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 20:20

Huddled inside a cavernous presentation space in Manhattan, away from the rain-soaked streets of Midtown, a select group of media and industry professionals were given a look at GM's latest

Unveiled on Tuesday, GM rolled out its 2015 convertible Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and the U.S. version of the 2015 Chevy Trax

See also: GM Recall Hearing: CEO Apologizes to Victims' Families

First revealed at January's Detroit Auto Show, the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 did not disappoint up close, looking every bit the supercar GM has been promoting it as. Equipped with carbon ceramic brakes and a performance data recorder, the company claims the car can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than 3.5 seconds Read more...

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Google Previews New Designs for Its Modular Smartphones

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 19:56

Google revealed new details about its plans for Project Ara, the company's highly anticipated Android-powered modular smartphone at its Project Ara developers conference Tuesday.

The conference aims to give developers a better understanding of how they can take advantage of the platform, and elaborates on the guidelines revealed to them last week when Google released its Module Developers Kit.

See also: Google Moves One Step Closer to Modular Smartphones

Paul Eremenko, head of Project Ara, said two more developers conferences are planned for July and September of this year, and the first smartphones are expected to ship next January. Android will be updated in December, prior to the release of the phones, to support Ara's modular components. Read more...

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Ford to Put Mustang Atop Empire State Building for 50th Anniversary

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 18:44

Half a century ago, before the Internet and viral-video stunts, Ford took one of its brand new Mustang convertibles, cut it into three pieces, stuffed it into the Empire State Building's tiny elevator and sent it all the way up to the 86th floor. Then the company reassembled the car, and drove it around the the Manhattan landmark's observation deck. Now, to mark the Mustang's 50th anniversary — and because Ford apparently had so much fun the last time — the automaker is doing it again.

Of course, Ford is not chopping up a priceless old Mustang. Instead, the company is using one of its freshly minted 2015 models (you can see them slicing and dicing it in the video, above). Unveiled late last year, the 2015 Ford Mustang is both a throwback, with lines and curves reminiscent of the late 1960s Mustang Mach II, and an update, as the front shows hints of the futuristic-looking Ford Fusion with its slit-like headlights. Read more...

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Land Rover and Virgin Galactic Partner Up, Unveil High-Tech Car

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 17:45

Land Rover and Virgin Galactic announced a partnership on Monday that will integrate the luxury automaker's current line of vehicles with the latter's space tourism efforts.

The pairing of the transport companies means that Land Rover will provide vehicular support for Virgin Galactic's test center in the Mojave Desert in California.

See also: Virgin Galactic Now Accepting Bitcoins for Space Travel

As part of the partnership, Land Rover vehicles will be used at Virgin Galactic's New Mexico astronaut training facility and at nearby Spaceport America, an 18,000 acre launch facility that serves Virgin Galactic, SpaceX, as well as a number of other suborbital launch missions Read more...

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Report: iWatch to Get LG-Made Flexible Display

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:11

The much-anticipated Apple iWatch may come with a flexible display manufactured by LG, a new report suggests.

According to Korean website Naver (and a translation via G for Games, LG will be the exclusive supplier for the iWatch's flexible display. This coincides with other reports that surfaced in January, indicating LG would be a major player in developing displays for the connected smartwatch

SEE ALSO: Animated iWatch Concept Is the Most Realistic You've Ever Seen

Also in line with rumors, the sources said the iWatch will come in two sizes: 1.3 inches and 1.5 inches. We could also see the smartwatch debut with various material options, which could put some models into the thousands of dollars bracket Read more...

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Gmail Makes Sending Mobile Photos Much Easier

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 08:37

Google users who back up their smartphone and tablet photos on Google+ will be able to add them to Gmail messages much more quickly

Now, you can insert an assortment of pictures or photo albums directly into email, resize them within the message and make sharing with friends and family less of a time-consuming process overall.

See also: 14 Google Tools You Didn't Know Existed

The catch, of course, is that you have to use Google+'s Auto Backup feature for photos.

Google launched a new feature on Monday within the "Insert Photo" button on the bottom of Gmail messages that brings up photos backed up from mobile devices Read more...

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The Rufus Cuff 'Wrist Communicator': A Step Above the Smartwatch?

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 19:56

Although we're still far off from the year 3000, one new gadget is straight out of Futurama.

The Rufus Cuff claims to be a step above the smartwatch because it offers users a connected experience similar to one they would get on a smartphone.

See also: 6 Creative Hacks for Your Smartphone

Aesthetically, it may resemble recently released gadgets such as the Pebble Steel or Samsung's Galaxy Gear, but the device — which will include a 3-inch screen, and run on Android — aims to offer more functionality.

"Smartwatches are cool — a good start to where we should be going — but this is where we should be," Gabe Grifoni, CEO and co-founder of Rufus Labs, the accessory's parent company, told Mashable. "We are a category beyond the smartwatch." Read more...

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Report: Samsung Galaxy S5 Sales Double S4's Launch-Day Record

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 09:04

The Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone just launched on Friday and is already showing a much stronger start than its predecessor, a new report suggests.

Launch-day sales of the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone are reportedly double those of the Galaxy S4's launch-day numbers from 2013 in some markets, according to ZDNet Korea.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S5 Is the Upgrade You Can Skip

In other markets, launch-day sales of the new flagship device were up to 30% higher than launch-day sales of the S4. The S5, which launched in 150 countries, is also reportedly sold out in various global markets

Although Samsung hasn't confirmed launch-day sales, the report quoted a spokesperson saying the numbers were in the millions. Last year, the Galaxy S4 topped 10 million in sales in one month, marking a new record for Samsung smartphone growth. In comparison, it took the Galaxy S3 smartphone about 50 days to reach the same sales milestone. Read more...

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5 Virtual Assistants That Are More Productive Than Siri

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 04:30

Siri, Apple's sometimes snarky virtual assistant, is supposed to be able to help you streamline appointments by knowing where you are supposed to be and when. While I've found Siri can be useful for this, I've discovered several alternatives that have their own advantages.

There are several third-party apps that are stronger for personal productivity and organization, especially given that much of what Siri performs is pretty consumer-focused. Here are some choices that will prove to be a good virtual assistant for the day-to-day business user.

Speaktoit Assistant

This app offers much that you would find in a service like Siri - talk to it and it will perform actions. You can dictate an iMessage, open web site, create calendar entries, and a myriad of other tasks. Read more...

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Another Google Glass Wearer Attacked in San Francisco

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 18:51

The perils of wearing Google Glass became apparent yet again when a man wearing the device was attacked on the streets of San Francisco on Friday

Kyle Russell, a 20-year-old journalist, was wrapping up a day of covering the local Google protests and on his way to the 16th Street BART train station when a woman yelled out "Glass!" and snatched the device off his face

See also: When Google Glass Haters Attack

Russell and his friend gave chase, the trio running in and out of traffic, but the woman ultimately got away, smashing the device on the ground before making her escape

"The tone of how she yelled 'Glass!' and the way she smashed Glass gave me the impression that its destruction was her intention," Russell told Mashable when asked if he thought the woman only intended to steal the device rather than just break it. "But my interpretation could be skewed by my place in the incident." Read more...

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'Hypercharger' Juices Your Phone Twice as Fast as a Regular Battery

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 14:31

Battery life: It's the wall our gadgets are always running up against. Today's smartphones and tablets can do wonderful things, but staying connected and running apps consumes power, which is why portable batteries and charging cases are increasingly popular.

There's a trade-off with batteries, though: You can either have something big and bulky that charges your device fast, or something small that takes hours to finish juicing your gadget.

See also: Get Lost in These 19 Fascinating Maps

Enter the LithiumCard, which recently completed a successful run on Indiegogo. The battery, which is about the same size as three credit cards stacked on top of each other, is a so-called "hypercharger," pumping out electrons as fast as a biggie battery. Read more...

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