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Any color as long as it's black: smartphone preferences

Whether from the UK, US China or France, smartphone owners all appear to have one thing in common -- they prefer black to any other handset color.


Mini model smartphone sales falling short

If reports are to be believed, handsets like the HTC One Mini and Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini, which look like smaller versions of flagship smartphones but with lesser specifications, are failing to attract consumers.


Wearables: report sheds light on what wearers want

Business analytics firm First Insight released a report on wearable technologies in which 15 new and soon-to-be-released gadgets were picked apart and put back together in an advanced gamification mechanism to find out what it takes to have the edge in the increasingly competitive industry.


Android grabs 85% of smartphone market: survey

Smartphones powered by the Android operating system captured 85 percent of the worldwide market in the second quarter, threatening to marginalize rival platforms, a new survey shows.


Facebook unveils free Internet app, starting in Zambia

Facebook on Thursday unveiled an app to allow people around the world with mobile phones but no Internet access to access online services for health, education and basic communications.


Apple TV next gen premiere delayed

The launch of the eagerly awaited next generation of the company's set-top-box that allows consumers to cut the TV viewing cord, download film, watch TV on demand and access a host of apps might not go on sale until 2015 due to problems with US cable companies.


Samsung launches world's first flexible TV

If you want an ultra-high-definition TV but can't decide on a flat or curved screen, the Samsung UN78S9B might be just the thing.


Square chipping away at traditional credit card payments

The mobile payments market is about to get interesting. Square, the company that allows virtually anyone with a smartphone to accept credit card payments, has unveiled a new card reader that will work with the chip-embedded cards that are commonplace across Europe and that will finally be coming to US consumers' wallets in 2015.


More new Macs on the way?

Documents seem to suggest that Apple is planning to update its Mac mini flagship 27-inch iMac consumer desktop PC in the coming weeks.


Connected devices have huge security holes: study

The surge Web-connected devices -- TVs, refrigerators, thermostats, door locks and more -- has opened up huge opportunities for cyberattacks because of weak security, researchers said Thursday.