A Twitter for Android beta listed as version 5.0 has renewed the old layout and design, with a sliding panel side menu using the user’s cover photo as a blurred background. There are 7 columns instead of 4 and numerous other tweaks.
Apple unveiled the iPhone 5s at the same price as the 5, with a new A7 64-bit processor, home button with fingerprint sensor and new camera. An iPhone 5c comes in 5 colors with similar internals to the 5. iOS 7 will be available on September 18.
The New York Times reported on a partnership between federal and local law enforcement agencies and AT&T called the Hemisphere Project which began in 2007. The government pays for AT&T employees to be placed inside drug investigation units so agents can have quick access to phone data that has passed through all AT&T switches.
Sundar Pichai, Google’s head of Android and Chrome has confirmed that the next version of Android, 4.4, will be called KitKat rather than the rumored “Key Lime Pie”. He also said there were now more than 1 billion Android activations.
Verizon Communications agreed on Monday to pay $130bn to buy Vodafone Group’s 45% stake of its U.S. wireless business. Vodafone will return 71% of the net proceeds ($84bn including stock) to its shareholders.
Microsoft has agreed a deal to buy Nokia’s mobile phone business for 5.4bn euros ($7.2bn; £4.6bn). Nokia will license its patents and mapping services to Microsoft. The deal is to be completed in early 2014, when about 32,000 Nokia employees will move to Microsoft, and news of it made Nokia shares jump 45%.
According to City A.M., the reflections from a London skyscraper are so strong they are melting cars parked on a nearby street. A Jaguar XJ was said to be smelling of melting plastic, with significant body distortion. The developers of the under-construction building are looking into the matter.
Sony Alpha Rumors has leaked more of the rumored Sony lens cameras. It has images of the QX10 in a champagne gold and silver finish and says it will cost $250, whilst the QX100 will cost $450. They will attach to iOS and Android and act as wireless lenses over Wi-Fi.
Cube26 offers software giving gesture controls (“look away to pause”, “touch-less swipe to answer”, and others) to many phones with a front-facing camera. The startup has already found buyers including 6 of India’s leading OEMs, representing 25% of the fastest growing smartphone market on the planet.
Veteran broadcaster Sir David Frost has died aged 74 after a suspected heart attack on board a cruise ship. He will be remembered internationally for his revealing interviews with former US President Richard Nixon.
A species of shark that uses its fins to “walk” along the sea bed, to find small fish and crustaceans, has been discovered off the coast of Indonesia. It grows to a maximum length of 30 inches and is harmless to humans.
In an interview with IGN, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime responded with “Meh” to the PS4 and Xbox One launch lineups, and said he felt good about Nintendo’s lineup of games and “the value proposition we’re putting out there for the consumer”.
Local authorities in Colcored, Oklahoma are distributing pallets of bottled water to residents, who are being ordered not to use tap water due to the presence of blood worms. Unfortunately, the worms are extremely resilient and resist both chlorine and bleach.
YouTube has shown a new logo with a two-tone red and white design that comprises of a flattened play icon with thin lettering below. YouTube says the main logo is not going away, but the new play button is being used for apps and icons.
According to South Korean reports, Kim Jong-un’s ex-girlfriend Hyon Song-wol - a singer with the Unhasu Orchestra - was among a dozen who were arrested and later machine-gunned for violating laws against pornography.
The NFL has agreed to pay $765 million in a settlement deal with over 4,500 former players, to fund medical exams, concussion-related compensation and medical research. It was accused of hiding the dangers of brain injury while profiting from the sport’s violence.
Fernand has weakened to a tropical depression, as its maximum sustained winds dropped to around 35mph on Monday. However, it is still bringing heavy rain to eastern Mexico. 7.7 million residents of Veracruz state have been advised to stay at home.
A reddit poster has revealed that Microsoft will gift a special edition white Xbox One with an “I made this” engraving to employees who have worked on it, as well as one year of Xbox Live, games, and a special achievement on launch day.
After closing at $40 on Friday, Facebook stock was up another 2% in early morning trading yesterday. Shares of publisher Take-Two were up nearly 2% in pre-market trading, possibly relating to the upcoming release of highly-anticipated Grand Theft Auto V on next-generation consoles. Take-Two stock has nearly doubled in the past year.
Google has applied for a patent that would allow your smartphone to be locked to different levels depending on your location, for example swipe-to-unlock at home or work but a pattern when travelling elsewhere.
SimilarWeb’s analysis of web traffic in July has shown that Google has beaten Yahoo for visits globally, with 21.4 billion vs Yahoo’s 6.8 billion. Their data shows Google had 9.4 billion visits just in the U.S. vs Yahoo’s 2.4 billion.
English Liberal Democrat and pensions minister Steve Webb, has claimed that God must be a liberal. He added: “I believe that there is no other conclusion that can be drawn from a reading of the New Testament.”
According to top coach Nick Bollettieri, the 17-time grand slam champion is “in a very vulnerable state” ahead of his opening match at the U.S. Open. He added that Federer is in “a vulnerable position because he’s moved down to No. 7 now”.
Differences in a sound’s timing and loudness between ears give a Barn Owl the left-right and up-down position of prey. This brain map is stored in the owl’s optic tectum, in the midbrain, which handles all of these computations and keeps auditory, visual, and motor maps synchronised. Other animals have similar maps, though details differ.
Over 30 petitions have requested Ben Affleck be banned from the role of Batman, with one featuring more than 10,000 signatures. One petition on the White House’s “We the People” system asked for the actor to be banned from the role of any superhero for 200 years.
In a project called Hollywood and Vines, Airbnb is making a short film from user-submitted Vines. It has begun tweeting shot directions with the hashtag #AirbnbHV. Clips will be judged and compiled into the film which will be posted online on Sept. 12.