California Smartphone Kill Switch Bill Signed Into Law, Goes Into Effect on July 1 of 2015

Starting July 1, 2015, smartphones sold in the state of California will be required to be sold with theoretical “kill switch” software baked in. Thanks to the bill, which was signed into law today, buyers who have their phones stolen will be able to remotely render their device unusable, with the ultimate goal being to help drastically cut down on theft of smart devices.  (more…)

Monday Poll: Which OEM Would You Rather Purchase a Round Smartwatch From?

2014 was looking like the year of smartwatches thanks to Android Wear’s unveiling, but now OEMs are trying to make it the year of round smartwatches. The first and only notable smartwatch was the Moto 360 from Motorola, but new info from LG and Samsung has them both looking to introduce round watches in the upcoming future.

Given that consumers will now have multiple choices in this space, we would like to know which OEM you would prefer to give your hard earned money to. While we know exactly what to expect from Motorola’s premium smartwatch offering, LG and Samsung’s are a bit of mystery, but might feature a tad more plastic when compared to the Moto 360.

Below in the comments, feel free to give us an idea as to how you chose between the three OEMs.

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Forget Google, Amazon Buying Twitch Streaming Service for More Than $1 Billion (Updated)

Update:  It’s official – Amazon is buying Twitch for $970 million.

According to two sources of The Information, as well as a source of the Wall Street Journal, Google is no longer set to acquire Twitch, the livestream network for roughly $1 billion. Instead, Amazon is now the buyer, reportedly all set to sign the paperwork and announce the deal as early as today.  (more…)

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Samsung Releases Another Teaser for Galaxy Note 4 Ahead of Next Week’s Unveiling

Just as they did last week, Samsung continues its teasing of the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 with another brief promo video posted to YouTube.

In this video, which is much like last week’s, Samsung continues to sell S-Pen as the phone’s defining feature. In fact, to Samsung, the S-Pen is as notable of an invention as the pen itself, which just goes to show how in love Samsung is with the little stylus.  (more…)

Sony Slips, Shows Off Unannounced Tablet and Smartwatch in Promo on Facebook

With IFA kicking off next week, the week before is usually packed with unintentional leaks. The newest leak is from Sony, who may have accidentally shown off two upcoming products in one promo that was placed on its Facebook page.

In the promo, which looks to have been taken down by now, a man sitting poolside is pictured using an unknown tablet, while also wearing an unknown smartwatch. The smartwatch, could either be an upcoming SmartWatch-branded device, or even better, Sony’s first Android Wear-powered smartwatch. The design, to us, gives off a Samsung vibe, especially in the clasp region of the bands.  (more…)