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In an op-ed at Bloomberg Businessweek today, Apple CEO Tim Cook reveals he's proud to be gay. "So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me." Cook explains that "plenty" of Apple employees know he’s gay and "it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me." Cook admits the choice to come out wasn’t easy as privacy is important to him, but the trade-off to inspire equality is clearly something the Apple CEO has considered.

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Everyone who has seen Sharp's Aquos Crystal smartphone has been impressed by it. Thanks to incredibly thin bezels on three sides of its display, that Japanese phone looks like a prop from a sci-fi movie rather than a real device. But LG already has something even better in the works with a new Full HD smartphone display that takes the bezels down to an unprecedented 0.7mm. That's only for the left and right edges of the screen, though looking at the images provided from LG Display shows a sufficiently futuristic panel that should make for some fine competitors to Sharp's smartphone.

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The Microsoft Band packs in a range of features including a colour touchscreen, heart rate tracker and GPS.>

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Google tells CNET about its choice to go with a more traditional distribution approach as it pushes its flagship smartphone to mainstream consumers.>

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Motorola Mobility officially becomes part of Lenovo today. Lenovo’s acquisition was announced back in February for $2.91 billion, and today marks the finalization of the deal. Motorola is now "a Lenovo company," but the brand will remain as a subsidiary of Lenovo, headquartered in Chicago. "The iconic Motorola brand will continue, as will the Moto and DROID franchises that have propelled our growth over the past year," explains Rick Osterloh, Motorola president. ...

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Samsung's earnings this past quarter have been exactly as downbeat as the company predicted: operating profit is down 60 percent and income from sales is now 20 percent smaller than a year ago. In other words, Samsung's spending more money to generate smaller revenues. This has all been down to Samsung's most lucrative and important mobile devices business, which has been struggling to adapt to a new competitive environment.

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Just as previously rumored, Microsoft is also interested in the wearable space, and the company just launched a smart device for your wrist that’s supposed to offer health-related features at an affordable price. The Microsoft Band is not a smartwatch, but rather a fitness… well, band, that’s supposed to let users track workout data. FROM EARLIER: Microsoft just stuck a dagger into Google Drive and Dropbox The Microsoft Band is powered by Microsoft’s Health app, which lets users track heart rate, steps, calorie burn and sleep quality. Furthermore, the band offers notifications, such as incoming calls, texts, emails, calendar alerts, social updates and others, “right on your wrist,” just like other similar devices. The device comes with “cutting-edge” technology, Microsoft

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(Reuters) - Time Warner Cable Inc , the second-largest U.S. cable TV operator, lost more residential video customers in the third quarter than in the preceding quarter. Net income attributable to common shareholders also fell to $499 million, or $1.76 per share, in the quarter ended Sept. 30, from $532 million, or $1.84 per share, in the same quarter last year. Revenue rose to $5.71 billion from $5.52 billion. Time Warner Cable lost 184,000 residential video customers in the quarter, more than the 136,000 that market research firm StreetAccount had estimated. ...

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Lenovo Group Ltd said Thursday it has closed its $2.91 bln acquisition of the Motorola handset unit from Google Inc , paving the way for a fresh assault on the U.S. smartphone market. The purchase comes as Lenovo, the world's leading PC maker, ramps up its effort to diversify its business and establish itself as a smartphone maker with global appeal. Google acquired the iconic smartphone brand and its prized patent portfolio in 2012 for $12.5 billion but struggled to reverse Motorola's years-long decline. ...

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A pair of influential US film industry organizations on Wednesday put out word that movie theaters should ban smart watches or eyewear that could be used to record movies.

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Over the past three months, more than 327 million new smartphones were shipped out from factories around the world, and young Chinese company Xiaomi has been responsible for more than 5 percent of them. Xiaomi's rise has been remarkable both for how quick it has been and for the fact that the company still operates primarily in its home market of China. It has recently broadened its reach to adjacent countries in Southeast Asia like India and Singapore, but its growth remains testament to the incredible explosion in smartphone demand that China is experiencing.

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The engineers behind Project Ara are trying to make the last smartphone you'll ever need. It's an ambitious scheme, but engineers working at NK Labs in Boston have already produced a working prototype, which they showed off to modular smartphone evangelist Dave Hakkens during a recent visit. At the moment only half of the prototype's space is open to developers, but NK Labs says it has already improved on the Spiral 1: the Spiral 2 will use special Toshiba chips that will open up much of the phone's modular space for developer functions.

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Tokyo Designers Week is one of the Japanese capital's biggest calendar events in art, culture, architecture, and design, and it gets bigger every year.

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp said on Thursday it would appoint senior vice president Hiroki Totoki as the new president of Sony Mobile Communications on Nov. 16, replacing Kunimasa Suzuki at the top of its troubled smartphone business. Totoki is currently serving as corporate planning director after Sony Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai pulled him back from a subsidiary to headquarters as one of his closest confidantes along with Kenichiro Yoshida, chief financial officer. ...

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Anita Sarkeesian, the creator of feminist video game critique Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, appeared tonight on The Colbert Report to discuss the Gamergate movement. Ostensibly a "consumer revolt" focused on ethics in video game journalism, Gamergate has been criticized for focusing much of its attention on harassing and threatening prominent women in the gaming industry, with Sarkeesian herself the focus of much of the vitriol.

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By Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - China's dominant search engine Baidu Inc said it would continue to invest significantly to adapt its business to the mobile era, a transition that has tripped up other Internet peers born in the desktop PC era like Google Inc . Sometimes known as the "Google of China," Baidu reported lower-than-expected 52 percent increase in third quarter revenue, and said it expected revenue growth in the fourth quarter to slow down marginally. The results pushed shares of the U.S.-listed company down 1.6 percent to $221. ...

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Xiaomi Inc has become the world's third-largest smartphone vendor just three years after first hitting the market, trailing only Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc, according to a new industry study. Strategy Analytics said Xiaomi accounted for 6 percent of all 320 million smartphones shipped during July-September. Samsung made up 25 percent, down from 35 percent a year earlier due to rising competition from several directions. Apple's share also fell slightly to 12 percent. ...

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(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp launched a device called "Microsoft Band" that will allow users to monitor their fitness and exercise regime, marking the world's largest software company's debut into the wearable technology market. The wrist-worn device has sensors that monitor pulse rate, measure calorie burn and track sleep quality, Microsoft said in a blog post. (http://bit.ly/10AbJdJ) Microsoft said the device will be available in the United States in limited quantities from Thursday for $199. Apple Inc unveiled a smart watch on Sept. ...

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A Chinese billionaire couple's $10 million gift to Yale University sparked controversy among the country's Internet users Thursday, with some arguing that the money would be better spent on schools in China. The endowment marks the latest gift to a prestigious US university by Pan Shiyi and Zhang Xin, the husband-and-wife duo behind real estate giant SOHO China. In July, the couple gave Harvard University $15 million in the first stage of a $100 million programme that Pan and Zhang say will fund disadvantaged Chinese students at top institutions across the globe. "The SOHO China Scholarships aim to provide the best possible educational opportunities to the most outstanding students from Mainland China, enabling them to maximise their potential in their contribution to mankind," he added.

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BEIJING (AP) — Chinese search engine Baidu Inc. said Thursday its quarterly profit rose 27 percent as user traffic for its mobile operation surpassed passed its desktop computer-based search business.

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LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - The ridesharing company Uber gained ground in Las Vegas Wednesday when a District Court judge ruled against a restraining order that would have temporarily prohibited it from operating in Clark County, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Taxi drivers around the world have urged lawmakers to regulate or ban such services, which allow users to use apps on their smartphones to hire a private driver, rather than calling a taxi company. ...

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The B4RM4N is a smart cocktail shaker and app combo that incorporates sensors so that you mix a perfect cocktail, every time.>

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Finding the right news to read is hard. That’s why hundreds of companies have jumped into the game offering different takes on what you might want to read, and why you might want to read it. Some apps offer expert-level curation, like Yahoo News Digest, which bundles ten stories into a simple package that comes every morning and evening. Other services like Circa hope to actually rewrite the news into tiny, bite-sized pieces. Then, there's Flipboard, the comparatively ancient older brother that does a great job aggregating news your friends post across all of your social networks.

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Although Nintendo reported encouraging Q2 earnings yesterday, the company has been clear about its need to expand into new areas of business. At an investor briefing today, CEO and president Satoru Iwata announced that Nintendo is working on a sleep-tracking device that uses radio waves to monitor users' nighttime activity. The news represents the first solid details we've heard about Nintendo's "Quality of Life (QOL) platform, which Iwata first mentioned back in January with talk of mysterious "non-wearable" technology.

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Increased focus on emerging markets drive a 25 percent year-over-year increase in global shipments in the third quarter, according to IDC.>

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