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Samsung sees its lowest profit in two years as smartphone sales languish

When Samsung took the time to update investors ahead of its upcoming quarterly earnings report, it warned 'weak demand' for phones and an increased marketing spend could hit the company hard. That report hit today, and it's as bleak as the company...
Published on: Thursday, July 31, 2014 | link

Sony makes money on movies and games, but not on smartphones

It wasn't long ago that Sony, almost inexplicably for a company of its size and heritage, was losing money everywhere it went. After a few years of pain, however, things have begun to look up, with the company posting a first quarter net profit of...
Published on: Thursday, July 31, 2014 | link

Shazam takes its music discovery powers to the Mac

Shazam has already covered ground on mobile platforms such as iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8, but now it is prepared to bring its media identification software to more devices. And it all starts with Apple's line of personal computers. The newly...
Published on: Thursday, July 31, 2014 | link

HTC's latest J Butterfly is a supercharged One M8 in a waterproof body

Japanese carrier KDDI has just announced a new HTC J Butterfly, a handset which resembles the HTC One in specs, but with features aimed at KDDI's home market. Like a lot of other Japanese devices, the 5-inch, full HD handset is waterproof in case you...
Published on: Thursday, July 31, 2014 | link

Google Fiber hardware is being streamlined: fewer boxes, same functionality

Remember that new Google Fiber box we spotted in the FCC last month? It's almost here. According to Kansas City residents in Google's beta program, a new router is on the way that combines the service's existing network and storage boxes into a...
Published on: Thursday, July 31, 2014 | link

Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan want to save the future of movies on film

The movie industry has seen its share of struggles as we transition into a digital future, and likely no one has felt the pinch more than film company Kodak. The struggling outfit is getting a life-raft, though, in the form of several studios...
Published on: Thursday, July 31, 2014 | link

Danish researchers achieve fastest single-laser data transfer speeds ever

Looking for wicked fast internet? You may want to move to Denmark: researchers in DTU Photonics' High-Speed Optical Communications Group (HSOC) have set a new world record for single-transmitter data transfer. Using a new kind of optical fiber, the...
Published on: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 | link

Samsung's new UHD TV is the first to go from flat to curved on command

Samsung's new TVs have pressed 4K and curved frames as features, but what if you want one that's only curved sometimes? That's where a bendable TV comes in, and Samsung says it will release the industry's first one on August 1st in Korea. We got a...
Published on: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 | link

Twitch streams its first live concert tonight

If this weekend's Lollapalooza festival doesn't have enough electronic music for you, tonight you can catch a live DJ set from Steve Aoki (above) as he spins from Ibiza, Spain. The Twitch broadcast starts at 10 p.m. Eastern, so you might have to pull...
Published on: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 | link

Samsung's paid Milk Music Premium service arrives with offline listening

Samsung has spent months promising a paid tier for Milk Music that takes the gloves off. Well, it's here at last -- an update to the Android app for its exclusive (if Slacker-based) streaming service offers a $4 per month Premium tier that brings...
Published on: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 | link