BERLIN — It’s a big day for Samsung. The Korean manufacturer is readying to launch its much-hyped Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, along with plenty of other gadgets, on Wednesday at the IFA 2014 tech conference in Berlin. The Mashable team will be bringing you all the updates you need to know in real time.
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Samsung is holding three simultaneous events for the launch: one in New York City, another in Beijing and its main global launch in Berlin. We'll be liveblogging the play by play of what’s unveiled on stage, with commentary from New York along the way. Read more...More about Mobile, Samsung, Ifa, Tech, and Ifa 2014
While smartwatches and bracelets are finding a foothold in the wearable-tech space, another device is also starting to heat up: smart rings
Following up on its sleek smart bracelet released in 2013, MOTA has unveiled a smart ring that takes up less space on your body, but still promises the same kind of smartphone-notification interactivity
Officially announced at Berlin's IFA consumer-electronics show, the MOTA SmartRing is designed as a notifications hub for your finger, delivering updates when you have new text messages, email, calendar events and incoming calls Read more...More about Gadgets, Smartphone, Wearables, Wearable Tech, and Tech
When you go home tonight after a long day of work, slide off your shoes and socks, and flip on the television for some “you time,” remember that you're never truly watching alone. You're watching with thousands of others — and they're tweeting about it. Social TV has turned the act of watching television into a communal, interactive experience, one that connects us with others
Nielson reports that 84% of smartphone and tablet owners say they use their devices while watching TV, and specifically, 1 million Americans turn to Twitter as their second screen companion. This new way of thinking about entertainment consumption has altered how we perceive a television series' success. How many tweets mentioned the show? Who was talking about the plot twists? What was the show's share of voice? These considerations have become more and more important as TV goes increasingly social
Apple acknowledged on Tuesday that celebrity accounts had been accessed and photos stolen, but it disavowed any systemic breach of its systems.
In the statement, the company says it was "outraged" by the leaked photos that began appearing Sunday and "immediately mobilized Apple's engineers to discover the source."
"After more than 40 hours of investigation," the statement continued, "we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet."
"None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple's systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved." Read more...More about Security, Apple, Icloud, Tech, and Apps Software
Reddit has launched a new app for its popular "Ask Me Anything" series, as the front page of the Internet works to expand beyond its desktop dominance.
The release, first reported by Variety, marks Reddit's re-entry into the mobile app market following an ill-fated 2011 effort. The site said in April on its job board that it had started to explore developing mobile apps.
The app is currently available on iOS in Apple's App Store, and will be coming soon to Android.
Reddit's interest in mobile comes as no surprise, as the site's massive desktop popularity has not quite carried over to mobileReddit's mobile presence is dominated by third-party apps including Alien Blue and BaconReader for Android. Read more...More about Reddit, Mobile, Business, Media, and Apps Software
You can now link your Netflix and Facebook accounts without every friend on your social network finding out about your High School Musical obsession.
Netflix is rolling out new social features today that give the video service's subscribers more control over how much of their viewing they share over Facebook and with whom, a departure from the current experience of sharing everything.
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By giving viewers more control, Netflix hopes more of their 50 million users worldwide will connect their accounts with FacebookFor Netflix, connecting with Facebook allows friends to recommend videos to one another. That's a more compelling way to find something to watch than the algorithm recommendations from Netflix or randomly typing titles or actor names into the search bar, Cameron Johnson, the company's director of product innovation, said in a phone interview. Read more...More about Facebook, Netflix, Friend Connect, Video Streaming, and Facebook Messenger
BERLIN — It's September, which means the gadgets are coming.
IFA 2014, which stands for Internationale Funkausstellung (and translates to the international radio exhibition), kicks off this week in Berlin and will usher in collections of new smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, giant TVs and home appliances. The trade show is one of the longest-running technology expos — with roots dating back to the 1920s — and it gets bigger each year.
While the Consumer Electronics Show (Las Vegas) and Mobile World Congress (Barcelona) are arguably the two biggest tech conferences of the year — front-loaded in the earlier months to set the stage for what will hit stores later — IFA is becoming an increasingly important launching ground for tech giants. It serves as an annual hub for Eastern and Western manufacturers to show off their goods to the world and is the only major show right before the holiday shopping season. Read more...More about Mobile, Smartphones, Tablets, Tech, and Ifa 2014
Apple has for the first time acknowledged reports of an untold number of nude or compromising photos allegedly stolen from celebrities' Apple iCloud accounts.
"We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report," Apple representatives told Mashable.
While that doesn't admit any kind of culpability in the attack, which was first reported Sunday, security experts are already pointing the finger at not one but two flaws in iCloud security.
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According to a report in TheNextWeb, a hack called iBrute was posted Saturday on GitHub by mobile security firm HackApp. Though technically a mere proof of concept, it showed hackers how to exploit an apparent "brute force" vulnerability in the Find My iPhone API. Read more...More about Hacking, Security, Iphone, Apple, and Celebrity Pictures
Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Ariana Grande are among the high-profile celebrities who apparently fell victim to a massive alleged iCloud hack late Sunday night, when someone exposed collections of nude photos that they had purportedly saved on their Apple devices.
What iPhone owners might not realize is that they may have already told Apple to back up all of your photos on its iCloud servers. It's easy enough to enable the "My Photo Stream" feature — then forget that it's running in the background, uploading every picture you take.
If hackers gain access to your iCloud account, they could easily download all your photos without ever laying hands on your iPhone or iPad. And as we've seen time and time again, hackers can and do obtain passwords and break into such accounts. Read more...More about Security, Iphone, Apple, Tech, and Mobile
According to new reports from Bloomberg and other outlets, Apple has partnered with Visa, MasterCard and American Express to create a mobile payment platform, allowing users to pay with their iPhones in brick and mortar stores
Last week Wired reported that the next iPhone will likely include a near field communication chip (NFC), which would make these types of mobile payments possible.
With an NFC chip, a small amount of data can be transferred between devices held near each other. Google Wallet is an NFC-enabled mobile payment platform that has been around for a while now but just hasn't quite caught on. Retailers could be partly to blame as some have been slow to adopt the new technology. Read more...More about Apple, Visa, Mobile Payments, American Express, and Mastercard
The use of mobile technology has likely helped to improve your business in many ways, but are you saving room in your budget for it? Probably not, according to a new study from accounting solutions provider Sage North America.
Businesses in the construction, food and beverage; and manufacturing and distribution industries overwhelmingly agreed that mobile technology has positively impacted their businesses, the study reported. However, the vast majority of those businesses are simply purchasing mobile solutions when they need them, without setting an annual budget for them.
In the manufacturing and distribution sector, 74% of those surveyed said they do not set a budget for mobile technology, even though 51% of business owners in the industry reported using mobile devices and applications to access work-related materials while they're away from the office. In addition, 72% of manufacturing and distribution businesses felt that mobile technology positively impacts customer service Read more...More about Entrepreneurship, Business, Small Business, and Mobile
We may have to wait another week and a half to see what Apple has in store with the iPhone 6 and a possible iWatch, but one drone pilot managed to capture at least one Cupertino secret early: the new Apple spaceship campus
Looking like the unearthed remains of a grounded Death Star or the ancient ruins of an alien civilization, the early stages of Apple's new campus construction reveal that the ambitious architectural project is on track
The footage was shot by a YouTuber using a GoPro Hero 3+ Black edition and a DJI Phantom 2 drone, which flew from the construction site's perimeter and then over the site itself to deliver the footage Read more...More about Apple, Design, Tech, Gadgets, and Mobile
A trove of celebrity nude images — purportedly of some major celebrities — spread across the web Sunday evening. Although the veracity of many of the images in question is unclear, a number of celebrities have confirmed that they are the victims of this violation of privacy.
Hacking into cell phones or online accounts to access nude or personal photographs from celebrities is hardly new (remember when Paris Hilton's SideKick was hacked?), but what makes this incident potentially more disturbing are the rumors that this cache of images is associated with a broader attack on iCloud and its Photo Stream feature. Read more...More about Security, Apple, Passwords, Icloud, and Tech
Put that hammer away! Don't smash your poor, inadequate watches just yet
As it turns out, an earlier report that said Apple's iWatch will arrive in September has been updated with a very important caveat: You'll have to wait to buy it
Re/Code, the same website that revealed Apple's wearable device will debut at the company's now confirmed September event, reported on Friday that the so-called iWatch will only be "announced," and not offered for sale at the event.
Citing an anonymous source with knowledge of the situation, Re/Code said the iWatch is “not shipping anytime soon,” with actual retail availability not coming until sometime after the holidays, possibly early 2015. Read more...More about Gadgets, Apple, Wearables, Iwatch, and Wearable Tech
Nokia may be abandoning Android on the hardware side, but the company isn't giving up on Android entirely.
Nokia is partnering with Samsung to bring its Here Maps app to Samsung Galaxy smartphones, the two companies announced in a blog post on Friday.
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The free app includes maps for 200 countries, with support for driving and walking route guidance for 100 of those. When used with a data connection, it also includes real time traffic and transit schedules for dozens of countries
But the app's most impressive feature, and the one most likely to lure Google Maps users, is its robust offline capabilities. As with Here's Windows Phone counterpart, users can download maps for entire countries, or specific regions, for offline use. Read more...More about Android, Samsung, Nokia, Tech, and Android Apps
The future is here, and his name is Chris Dancy
Dancy, who was the subject of a recent Mashable Spotlight article, describes himself as the most connected guy in the world; he uses between 300 and 700 tracking and life logging systems at all times of day and night.
Do you have any questions for the world's most connected man? Share them in the comments below or tweet them using the hashtag #MashTalk, and we'll try to address them during the live Hangout. Read more...More about Technology, Tech, Wearables, Google Hangouts, and Apps Software
Apple meticulously manages every detail when it comes to product roll outs, even down to venue choice. So the selection of the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California, raised more than a few eyebrows when the invitations for the Sept. 9 event went out on Thursday
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A historic component is at work here. The Flint Center is a place where Apple might want to launch another groundbreaking device or twoIt could also mean that Apple wants to put on a bigger show with a bigger audience. Read more...More about Iphone, Apple, Iwatch, Tech, and Apps Software
Is it finally time for NFC mobile payments to explode? Maybe if you trust the latest report from Wired, which claims the next version of the iPhone will come with a mobile payment platform based on near field communication.
The report is scarce on the details, besides claiming the payment platform will be one of the new iPhone's most important features
Is it possible? Definitely — rumors about Apple building a mobile payment platform have been around seemingly forever. And Apple already has 800 million iTunes accounts on file, most with registered credit cards, and it offers features like Passbook, which allows users to store coupons and event tickets on their phone. Read more...More about Mobile Payments, Nfc, Iphone 6, Tech, and Mobile
Microsoft is making it easier for mobile users of its OneDrive cloud storage platform to access both business and personal files simultaneously.
The company plans to roll out improvements to its OneDrive app on Android, iOS and Windows Phone on Thursday.
The biggest updates will be to OneDrive's Android app, which will allow users to access files from both personal and work accounts. The app will distinguish which account each file belongs to in order to avoid potential mixups, but users can view and back up files to both accounts. Read more...More about Microsoft, Tech, Android Apps, Ios Apps, and Apps Software
LG will launch a second Android Wear-powered smartwatch at the IFA 2014 tech conference in Berlin, a round device called the LG G Watch R.
The device is one of the products LG is teasing ahead of next week's festivities. Earlier this week, it confirmed the arrival of its including the G3 Stylus smartphone and also posted a video to YouTube for a smartwatch, which we now know as the LG G Watch R.
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The device features a 1.3-inch circular Plastic OLED (P-OLED) display, which LG says can be easily viewed even in the sun. Under the hood is 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, as well as 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM and a 410mAh battery. It can also be dunked in water for up to 30 minutes. Read more...More about Mobile, Lg, Tech, Gadgets, and Smartwatch