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iPhone patent flags phone status before calling

iPhone patent flags phone status before calling

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent from Apple today that details a way for iPhone users to tell if other users are available before they even attempt to make a call. The patent is called "Methods to determine availability of user based on mobile phone status," and describes how it would use similar server-controlled status updates to instant messaging products like iMessage in order to clue people in on when might be best to call their iPhone-owning friends and family.

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Canonical Ubuntu Edge smartphone production still a possibility

Canonical Ubuntu Edge smartphone production still a possibility

Earlier today, we reported that Canonical's Indiegogo campaign to fund an Ubuntu-based smartphone missed its crowdfunding goal by a mile. However, we're now learning that Canonical has every intention of moving forward in another capacity, calling the campaign a success and noting that the $12.8 million they did manage to raise was the largest amount raised for a crowdfunding campaign ever.

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Yahoo reclaims top web property spot from Google in ComScore US report

Yahoo reclaims top web property spot from Google in ComScore US report

For the first time in over two years, Yahoo came in at number on on ComScore's list of Top 50 US Web Properties. The list, which was just released today, is a bit of a surprise, as Yahoo hasn't claimed the top position since May 2011. While initial speculation made it seem like the acquisition of Tumblr had something to do with this boost, that is not the case.

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Archos 101 XS 2 tablet revealed in FCC filing

Archos 101 XS 2 tablet revealed in FCC filing

A lot of announcements are on the docket for Archos at IFA this year, including several smartphones, but it looks like we've gotten a peak at what one of those items will be specifically: the Archos 101 XS 2. Thanks to an FCC filing, we now know they will be revealing this tablet as a part of their product lineup, a clear follow up to the Archos 101 XS, which was released around this time last year.

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LG G Pad confirmed for 2013; flexible display and smartwatch in 2014

LG G Pad confirmed for 2013; flexible display and smartwatch in 2014

An exec at LG gave a bunch of details today about the company's plans for the rest of the year and much of 2014, revealing a tablet is in the works and due to be released this year. A smartwatch, that may include previously teased flexible display tech that may act as a direct competitor to Samsung's, and larger phablets are also in the queue.

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Google Glass augmented reality gets real-time demo

Google Glass augmented reality gets real-time demo

We already saw augmented reality on Google Glass last month as developer Brandyn White created an augmented reality UI that uses Mirror API to display information over still images. Now White and fellow OpenGlass developer Andrew Miller have now been able to demonstrate AR in real-time. This opens the door for displaying useful info over what you see immediately in front of you, as you see it, like restaurant ratings, product reviews, and more.

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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls expansion adds new character class

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls expansion adds new character class

With the arrival of Diablo III to consoles just around the corner, speculation was high at the Gamescom conference about what Blizzard would be adding to the game. Live reporting by Eurogamer shows an expansion called Reaper of Souls is set to add a new character class called the Crusader into the mix. Changes and additions to the loot system, story, and endgame options round out this expansion's feature set.

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Google Play Services 3.2 update brings performance boosts

Google Play Services 3.2 update brings performance boosts

Google just finished rolling out its Google Play Services 3.2 update, affecting anyone who uses a device running Android 2.2 Froyo or later. The app listing is easy enough to find but updates are typically ignored. Not this time around. In fact, the 3.2 boost comes with power saving and performance enhancements that make this update downright noteworthy.

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ZTE Open Firefox OS smartphone sells out

ZTE Open Firefox OS smartphone sells out

Though it just went up for sale on Friday, the ZTE Open is already sold out on eBay after just a weekend's availability. Both US and UK eBay stores no longer have any stock of the Firefox OS-running phone, the Telegraph reports, which means consumers will need to wait until another production run is made before they can get their hands on one. Let it be known, however, there has been no announcement as to what the original stock numbers were.

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theQ social sharing camera packs 3G for instant uploads

theQ social sharing camera packs 3G for instant uploads

It's the 21st-century version of the Polaroid: Q Lifestyle's theQ camera launches today, a chunky point-and-shoot that's designed to get your shots off the memory card and into the cloud as quickly as possible. The digital camera is optimized for sharing the photos you take across the popular social networks with a single button-press, while Q Lifestyle claims it also delivers more fashion sense to the camera as an object, too.

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The Bureau: XCOM Declassified launch hits USA today; overseas August 23rd

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified launch hits USA today; overseas August 23rd

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is now available in North America. Developed by 2K and 2K Marin of BioShock 2 fame, The Bureau combines typical strategy and action game elements into a story-driven tactical shooter that expands the world of XCOM all while still staying true to the brand's reputation and traditional themes.

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Amped Wireless REA20 Wi-Fi Range Extender set to hit market

Amped Wireless REA20 Wi-Fi Range Extender set to hit market

Amped Wireless will be releasing a new product tomorrow, the REA20 High Power 700mW Dual Band AC Wi-Fi Range Extender. It's the first to come to market that features 802.11ac tech, expanding the reach of wireless communication further for both home and office applications while offering speeds previously unseen in range extenders of this type.

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