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- iPhone 5S users are total data hogs.

- AOL lands with Gravity.

- A new strategy for Nintendo?

- TiVo lays off most of its hardware team.

- Texting while walking makes you a big dummy.

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TiVo reportedly lays off much of its hardware team

TiVo is apparently preparing itself for a future beyond DVR hardware.

The company has laid off the majority of its hardware team -- five engineers -- as it focuses on a future based instead on the cloud and software licensing, according to a Wired report. The company has reportedly retained two engineers in the division to handle support for current and planned third-party devices running TiVo's software.

A TiVo representative confirmed that the company made personnel moves on Wednesday but disputed the characterization that it was abandoning the hardware business. While declining to discuss specific numbers, TiVo spokesperson Steve … Read more

Xiaomi Wi-Fi router makes 'some assembly required' a perk, not a problem

The words "some assembly required" are rarely auspicious, but Chinese electronics company Xiaomi is betting the idea can be a selling point.

Customers buying unassembled flat-pack furniture or bicycles usually get extra work in exchange for a lower price. For Xioami's new Mi Wi-Fi 802.11ac router, the company apparently thinks building it will be half the fun.

"We're shipping the new Mi Wi-Fi router to our first 500 beta users unassembled in a beautiful wooden box, complete with white anti-static gloves," said Hugo Barra, vice president of Xioami Global and Google's former … Read more

Turnabout is fair play: Bitcoins mined with Adafruit's miner used to buy Adafruit products

When Adafruit Industries, a leader in open-source hardware manufacturing, published a Bitcoin mining tutorial last summer, helping people mine the controversial digital currency to purchase Adafruit products was not the goal.

"We didn't think about that at all," said Phil Torrone, Adafruit's co-founder. "I wish we were that clever."

But that's just what happened. Yesterday, New York's Adafruit, which sells a wide range of tools and equipment designed to help people learn electronics, began accepting payment in Bitcoins, and already, its customers have used Bitcoins they earned using Adafruit's mining tutorialRead more

Premium Mathematica software free on budget Raspberry Pi

Not since Steve Jobs' Next computers did Wolfram Research offer Mathematica, its premium mathematics, processing, and analysis software, for free.

The Next was an expensive, higher-end workstation. This time around, Wolfram is giving away Mathematica for computers at the opposite end of the spectrum: the diminutive, $25 Raspberry Pi.

It's a nice horse to hitch your cart to. Two million Raspberry Pi machines have been sold so far, and they're popular in the educational circles that Wolfram also targets.

Wolfram Research founder and Chief Executive Stephen Wolfram said Thursday that Mathematica is now available for Raspberry Pi computers … Read more

Samsung plans increased investment in software

Samsung might be best known for its hardware, but the company is moving more of its money into software.

Speaking at Samsung's Analyst Day in Seoul, Korea, Wednesday, Samsung CFO Lee Sang-hoon said that the company is modifying its investment strategy, "shifting from hardware to software," according to the Wall Street Journal, which was in attendance at the event. The decision follows industry-wide movement from hardware to software, according to Lee.

Samsung's goal in software is to "reinforce our competitiveness," he said, adding that the company will specifically focus on "software platform, design, … Read more

Ballmer: Microsoft's best days are still ahead

Steve Ballmer has penned his final shareholder letter as CEO of Microsoft. With a bittersweet air, Ballmer writes about the company's success over the past year and says that it's just the beginning.

"With the decisions we've made this year, the strategy we've put in place, the organization we've designed, the world-class talent we have, and the devices and services we are creating, we are well-positioned to deliver growth and world-changing technology long into the future," he wrote in the letter, which Microsoft released Monday.

Giving a nod to Microsoft taking a different … Read more

Heads up, Intel: TI chips bring ARM to Arduino gadget market

Watch out, Intel, because Texas Instruments wants to get its ARM-based processors into the Arduino market aimed at tinkerers, experimentalists, and hardware hackers.

At the Maker Faire in Rome on Saturday, Arduino movement co-founder Massimo Banzi, along with Texas Instruments' Jason Kridner and Gerald Coley, described a new Arduino electronics board called the Arduino Tre that increases the computing power of the diminutive devices a hundredfold. Their presentation comes shortly after Intel announced its Arduino-compatible Galileo boards.

The Arduino Tre speed boost comes from its Texas Instruments Sitara AM335x processor, which is based on the Cortex-A8 design from ARM Holdings. … Read more

Intel's Galileo aims x86 chips at Arduino hardware hackers

Determined to carve out a niche for itself in the low-power device market, Intel on Thursday announced a partnership to bring its small Quark processors to the Arduino world of hardware hobbyists.

Intel missed out on the first years of the mobile-phone and tablet revolution, which has been powered instead by processors whose designs are licensed from ARM Holdings. Arduino devices use even smaller, less powerful devices today, Atmel's 8-bit microcontrollers.

Through a partnership with Arduino announced at the Maker Faire in Rome, though, Intel will build Arduino-compatible electronics boards called Galileo that use its 32-bit Pentium-class Quark processor. … Read more

Logitech's iPhone game controller pictured again in new leak

It's no secret Logitech, and others, are working on hardware for iPhones and iPads that will work with iOS 7's new controller features. However, it's been a bit of a mystery as to just what those devices will look like.

A new photo, posted by Evleaks, shines some light on that with a very finished-looking device that cradles what looks like an iPhone 5. It sports a D-pad, four action buttons, and shoulder buttons, along with what looks like a large pause button. In the back, there's a cut out so that the camera can still … Read more