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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Leaked Photo and Specs

The early rumors had the Note 3 (or Note III) pegged at having a 5.7-inch display, but an alternate version may also be offered with an even larger 5.99-inch display. What's more, we're hearing that some versions of the giant smartphone will use the Super AMOLED tech that we've come to love from Samsung, whereas other versions will get Super LCD.

HTC Expects to See Q3 Operating Loss of Up to 8%

In its official quarterly report for the Q2, HTC warns its investors that they should expect to see their operating margin fall into the red for Q3. Indeed, they're saying that they could see an operating loss of as much as 8%.

Daily Deals: Verizon Galaxy S4 for $199 with Contract

When it comes to the world of Android smartphones, one of the most popular choices these days has to be the Samsung Galaxy S4. If you're looking for a deal on the Galaxy S4 with Verizon, it looks like Amazon is helping you save $100 when you sign a new two-year service agreement with Big Red.

Get Rid of Rockets with HyperV Slingatron Space Launcher

Working to significantly reduce the potential costs of space travel is the Slingatron space launcher from HyperV Technologies Corporation from Chantilly, Virginia. Instead of using conventional rockets that simply propel you toward the stars, it is a "mechanical hypervelocity mass accelerator."

Hubble Captures Stunning Photo of Comet ISON

The scientists of NASA leveraged their Hubble Space Telescope on April 30 to take give photos of the Comet ISON in deep space, stiching together these images to create the photo that you see here.

24% of Surgical Errors Can Be Blamed on the Machine

If you're worried about the robot apocalypse and how our metallic creations are going to take over all of our jobs, this is going to sound like some good news. If you enjoy living and would like to survive your next visit to the hospital, then this is going to sound pretty grim.

Daily Deals: Panasonic LUMIX FZ200 Camera for 25% Off

If you're looking for a good deal on an ultrazoom, Newegg has a sale on the Panasonic LUMIX FZ200 for 25% off the regular price.

Sunlight Coming to Dark Town Via Massive Mirrors

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest of them all? I can't tell you, because I can't see. The town of Rjukan doesn't actually get any sun whatsoever for almost half the year, but that's about to change.

Samsung Supplying Smartphones with 3GB RAM Next Year

If you feel like your flagship smartphone with 2GB of RAM and a quad-core chip isn't fast enough, wait until you get your hands on a smartphone with 3GB of RAM next year.

Daily Deal: ASUS VivoBook X202E-DH31T Touchscreen Notebook for $399.99

When I was shopping around for a new Ultrabook a few months back, this was one of the front-runners on my short list. Now that its price has been slashed by $200, this 11.6-inch touchscreen notebook from ASUS is looking like a better and better deal.

Android Gaming Gets Social with Google Play Games

Seemingly following in the footsteps of Apple's Game Center service, Google has just announced its Play Games app for Android that essentially combines the games you get from the Google Play Store with the Google+ social network.

New Boeing Space Capsule to Fly NASA Astronauts to ISS

Most of us are familiar with the Boeing name, having flown on one of their planes to get to this place or that, but the Chicago-based corporations also has ambitions that take us beyond the Earth's atmosphere. Near NASA's Johnson Space Center is Boeing's Houston Product Support Center and it was there that they revealed the full scale version of the CST-100 spacecraft.

Daily Deals: Nikon Coolpix S100 Camera for $190 Off

Summer is here and that means you might be going on a camping trip, you might be heading to the beach, or you might simply be having some good times with some good friends. Whatever the case, you'll probably want to take some pictures to capture those memories.

Daily Deal: Coby Kryos 9.7-Inch Android 4.0 Tablet for $137.99

If you're in the market for a new Android tablet and don't have a ton of money to spend, the $137 Coby Kryos could be for you. It might not be the fastest tablet in the market, but it is certainly one of the most affordable.

Video: The Touch-Sensitive Light-Up Robotic Skin from UC Berkeley

In order to have the most amazing robot ever, you need all sorts of cool technology to culminate into that one electronic companion. You want it to have lifelike movement. You want it to have speech recognition. And you want it to have skin that lights up when touched. Wait... what?

Daily Deal: Save $200 on Lenovo IdeaPad K3 Lynx 11.6-Inch 64GB...

Are you in the market for a real tablet that runs real Windows 8 and not that half-baked Windows RT? It looks like Lenovo has a good deal for you, because its IdeaPad K3 Lynx is on sale for $200 off.

Canada’s First 1Gbps Fiber Internet Coming to Olds, Alberta

We want faster Internet and we want it cheaper. If you're in Canada, it looks like you might have to move to a rural town in Alberta to get it, but it means that you can bathe in 1Gbps fiber Internet for only $57 a month.

Daily Deal: OtterBox iPad Mini Case for 44% Off

If you're looking for a great way to protect your Apple iPad Mini and you don't want to break the bank to do it, the OtterBox Defender Series is now on sale for almost half price.

NASA Has a New Search and Rescue Robot Monkey

But what about our primate cousins? It looks like NASA isn't monkeying around, because they're developing an incredibly advanced robot primate that they call the RoboSimian.

Run Android Apps on Google Glass with GlassBridge

GlassBridge aims to fix that by effectively acting as a bridge between the native Android experience and what you get with Google Glass.

Pricing Leaked for Next-Gen Nexus 7 Tablet

We all know that the next-generation Google Nexus 7 tablet should be right around the corner, but now we've received a leak on how much the new Android tablet is going to cost.

Verizon VZ Edge Allows Hardware Upgrades Every Six Months

Likely inspired by their magenta-colored competitor, Verizon is apparently working on an early upgrade program of their own and its called VZ Edge.

Here’s What Will Happen to Our Sun When It Dies

While our friends in the Star Trek universe venture out to explore strange new worlds and to seek out new life, back here in the real world, we're still trying to figure out what's going to happen closer to home. And NASA has come a little bit closer to understanding and observing the death of our very own sun.

Daily Deal: Asus MeMO Pad 16GB Tablet for $109 with Free...

Remember when it was the norm to spend at least $500 to get a halfway decent tablet? Times have changed and prices have dropped. In fact, you can now get your hands on an Asus tablet for as little as $109.

Microsoft Windows Smartwatch Features Translucent Tech?

Not to be outdone, it looks like Microsoft is working on a smartwatch of its own and it just so happens to come with some extra tricks up its sleeve.

T-Mobile Jump Program Offers Phone Upgrades Every Six Months

Wouldn't it be great if you could upgrade your phone twice a year without a hassle? The new Jump program from T-Mobile is designed for exactly that.

New Details on 2013 Amazon Kindle Fire HD Tablets

We've learned a few juicy details about the next-generation Kindle Fire HD tablet that should be released later this year.

Video: SpaceX Grasshopper Reusable Space Rocket Shoots Up and Down

Conventional space rockets operate in multiple stages that separate during the liftoff sequence, meaning that they can only really be used once. The Grasshopper rocket being tested by SpaceX is entirely different, because they want it to be the future of reusable spacecraft.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD Reduced to Just $169

Are you in the market for a reasonably priced and reasonably capable seven-inch tablet? The Kindle Fire HD was originally listed at $199, but it has just received an official $30 price cut down to just $169.

Special Google Event Won’t See Moto X Unveiling

Laporte figured that the event had to do with "the phone," but sources have indicated to CNET that Motorola has "something else to share" at the event and they're not providing any further details.

Le PRISM: French Government Monitors Citizen Phone and Internet Too

Unsurprisingly, the United States government is not the only one putting on the Big Brother act, because the French government appears to be doing much the same.

Dell Exploring Its Smartwatch Possibilities

And so, the next frontier that Dell is now trying to approach is the smartwatch. At least, that's according to some ramped up R&D investments in wearable technology.

Confirmed: Samsung Buys Boxee for $30 Million

In a corporate world where everyone is busy buying everyone else, this news doesn't exactly come out of left field. Samsung has officially confirmed that it will be acquiring popular set top box-company Boxee.

Geohot Successfully Roots Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Yes. That same guy that went around hacking the PS3 and jailbreaking the iPhone has taken his skills over to the realm of Android and it looks like he has taken the newly released Samsung Galaxy S4 Active and rooted it.

Apple Patents Bezel Touch Controls for iWatch and iPhone 6?

Before you say that having touch controls on the bezel has already been done before with devices like the Palm Pre and the BlackBerry PlayBook, the patent that Apple has just been granted is actually a little different.

Verizon Wireless Looking to Buy Mobilicity and Wind Mobile

The spectrum auction that eventually saw the launch of Wind Mobile and Mobilicity was supposed to do that, but the two new entrants have faced a lot of growing pains and they're both reportedly on the market. And a big possible buyer for both Wind and Mobilicity is none other than Verizon Wireless.

How to Play the Ouya with a PS3 Controller

The good news is that it is actually pretty easy to pair the PlayStation DualShock 3 wireless controller from the PS3 to your Ouya game console.

Android Key Lime Pie Extends Beyond Smartphones and Tablets

Known internally within the hallowed halls of Google as "K release," what we refer to as Key Lime Pie is going to be the next version of Android and it's set for release later this year.

Security Exploit Discovered on LG Android Smartphones

If you own any of more than 40 different Android smartphones from LG, you might want to a pay attention. A vulnerability has been discovered that could effectively allow a hacker to compromise your device remotely.

Judge: Galaxy S4 Cannot Be Added to Current Apple Lawsuit

Over in San Jose, Apple is in the middle of suing Samsung (again) over patent infringements with a series of Galaxy device and they wanted to add the Galaxy S4 to that list. However, Judge Paul S. Grewal has denied that addition

Hum App for iPhone Caters to Musicians and Songwriters (Video)

Hum's developers promise that the app will keep users "in time, in tune and in sync," working as a musically-inclined combination of the Notes tool and the iPhone's Voice Memo tool.

NASA Wants You to Wave to Saturn, Come July 19th

Come July 19th, Cassini will be taking a picture of Saturn's rings - and Earth will show up as a reflection within the rings. NASA wants you to wave!

Daily Deal: EasyAcc 10,000mAh Portable Battery Pack Only $27.99, 12,000mAh $36.99...

There are some external battery packs out there that might range from 2,000mAh to maybe 5,000mAh, but what if you need even more power? And what if you want to score an awesome deal on said battery? Well, you're in luck.

Cheap 3D Color Holograms Enabled By MIT Technology

Researchers at the Media Lab at MIT have apparently developed some technology that allows for color 3D holographic video displays and it can do this on the cheap.

Video: Over 20 Million Americans Willing to Wear Google Glass Everyday

That's according to a new report published by Forrester Resarch, which found that 21.6 million US online consumers are willing to wear the augmented reality glasses on a daily basis.

Huawei CEO Says They “Can Be Third By 2015”

With Samsung and Apple clearly taking the first two spots in smartphone market share, Huawei CEO Richard Yu says his company can take bronze in just a couple more years. This is coming from a cell phone company that nobody even knew up until not that long ago.

Use Smartphones and Tablets During Plane Takeoff and Landing Soon?

We've got some awesome news for all the frequent flyers in the audience. Soon, when you're sitting on the tarmac and waiting for your plane to leave the ground, you'll still be able to keep playing Angry Birds on your iPad.

Poster Reveals Sony PS4 to Launch on November 13

In the case of the PS4, it has apparently been leaked that Sony's next-generation home video game console will be available at retail stores starting on November 13.

Will Online Gambling Finally Be Legal in US Again?

While online gambling has effectively been legalized at the state level in places like New Jersey and Nevada, it hasn't been explicitly legalized at the federal level. But that could be changing.

Video: Google Project Loon Balloons Connect Remote Areas to the Web

Project Loon has been launched (no pun intended) by Google to provide high-speed Internet to more remote areas on the planet. And they're doing it with balloons.