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  • Vine's six-second slices of life get a big video-quality bump

    27 March 2015, 2:43 pm by: Chris Velazco

    Artists and comedians have been doing some truly amazing things with Vine since it launched as a Twitter product two years ago, but those mesmerizing slices of life that eat up your day in six-second increments have never really looked all that great. That's…
  • Watch Periscope livestreams on Windows Phone with unofficial app

    27 March 2015, 10:13 am by: Devindra Hardawar

    Live streaming apps like Twitter's Periscope and Meerkat are all the rage right now, but so far they've only been accessible to iPhone users. Enter Telescope, a third-party Periscope app for Windows Phone, which opens up the service's live streams to an…
  • Photos purportedly showing the LG G4 leak online (update: nope)

    27 March 2015, 4:52 am by: Mariella Moon

    The phone in these images looks like the LG G3, but you might notice some subtle differences. That's because it could actually be pictures of the brand's yet-to-be-released flagship, the G4. An XDA Developer user called s3rv1cet3ch posted a folder of images on…
  • The first Apple Watch apps are already here

    27 March 2015, 12:35 am by: Richard Lawler

    You can't actually buy an Apple Watch for another month or so, but Apple has already opened the gate for apps. 9to5Mac points out a slew of freshly updated apps, including Twitter, WeChat, Evernote and the weather app Dark Sky (shown above), among others.…
  • HTC's lead designer leaves after less than a year

    26 March 2015, 11:18 pm by: Richard Lai

    For a tech company that places so much emphasis on design, we can't help but think something's up when one of the key designers leaves. Today, we bring you the sad news that HTC's VP of Industrial Design, Jonah Becker, has announced his departure on Twitter.…
  • Google will fix Chrome's scrolling with Microsoft's help

    26 March 2015, 4:34 pm by: Aaron Souppouris

    Smoother scrolling is coming to Chrome, as Google will integrate Microsoft's Pointer Events API into a future version of the browser. To say that Google and Microsoft haven't had the best working relationship would be an understatement. The companies have been…
  • Lyft's answer to rideshare safety is befriending your driver

    26 March 2015, 11:28 am by: Aaron Souppouris

    While Uber is doing its best to make sure passengers feel safe with its drivers, Lyft just wants us all to be friends. Next week a new "Lyft profiles" feature is coming to the app that the company hopes will "humanize" the "ride experience," sparking…
  • Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will debut in the US on April 10th

    26 March 2015, 9:00 am by: Chris Velazco

    Yes, you can lay claim to an HTC One M9 of your very own at the stroke of midnight on March 27th, but what if your craving for a flagship leads you in another direction? No problem: Samsung has just announced that you'll be able to pre-order the Galaxy S6 and…
  • LG's Watch Urbane LTE will soon be available in South Korea for $590

    26 March 2015, 8:43 am by: Mariella Moon

    LG is releasing the Watch Urbane LTE in South Korea within the next few days, which means we now have an idea how much one will cost. Turns out the fancy mobile internet-connected smartwatch is priced at 650,000 won or $590 on LG's home turf. That's comparable…
  • Google Keep makes to-do lists easier to find with labels

    26 March 2015, 8:21 am by: Mariella Moon

    If you're the type who maintains a massive amount of to-do lists and notes, you likely need a system to organize the things that keep you, well, organized. That's probably why Google has introduced labels for its Keep note-taking app on Android. It's pretty…
  • HTC One M9 to go on sale for $649 unlocked tonight

    26 March 2015, 8:00 am by: Richard Lai

    Never mind that M9+ thing in China. Back in the US, it's all about the M9 for local HTC fans, as the device is about to hit the official online store at midnight ET for $649 unlocked (it'll have the same bands as the AT&T model). This may not mean much for…
  • Apple's music service may fight Spotify with exclusives, not price

    26 March 2015, 6:43 am by: Richard Lawler

    Subscription streaming music services are everywhere now, so what can Apple's potential offering bring to the table? Combining many previous rumors and adding on a few twists, a New York Times report puts Trent Reznor in a "major role" redesigning the Beats…
  • China's cracking down on naughty content being shared on WeChat

    26 March 2015, 3:05 am by: Chris Velazco

    Life for China's porn aficionados is about to get a little tougher -- a recent Reuters report points out that the country is cracking down on all the naughty content that's being shared on WeChat. It's not just photos and videos that'll be targeted either. The…
  • Bloomberg: Apple will let Foxconn buy and resell used iPhones in China

    25 March 2015, 11:20 pm by: Richard Lai

    Thanks to the consistently high local demand, the iPhone resell business is rather lucrative in China, to the point where even the company who actually manufactures the devices wants in as well. According to Bloomberg, Apple is about to launch an iPhone…
  • Samsung's Gear VR makes its retail debut on Friday

    25 March 2015, 5:57 pm by: Chris Velazco

    Starting on Friday (or March 27, if you prefer) you'll be able to stroll into one of about a hundred Best Buys and walk out with a Gear VR Innovator Edition to combine with your Galaxy Note 4. This isn't the first time Samsung and Best Buy have tied up to…
  • Facebook Messenger will soon let you chat with stores

    25 March 2015, 1:53 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Facebook's Messenger won't just be for chatting with family and friends in the near future. The social network has unveiled a business feature for Messenger that lets you talk to a store about your orders. The option not only spares you from a flurry of email…
  • I tried to live with a high-end feature phone. I can't.

    25 March 2015, 11:06 am by: Mat Smith

    The feature phone. Still big in Japan. Still being sold in the millions. Still relevant, though? And does it even matter what a 30-something tech writer at a Western tech site thinks? Japan's large elderly population -- people who haven't even heard of Angry…
  • HTC's beefier M9 for China leaks with sharper screen and fingerprint reader

    25 March 2015, 7:15 am by: Richard Lai

    Rumor of a beefier HTC One M9 variant -- aka "M9+" -- had been floating around for some time, but we've remained skeptical until we came across the latest batch of leaks. Better yet, some of these are backed up by an official (poorly made but actually legit)…
  • BT gets back into mobile with a trio of SIM-only 4G plans

    25 March 2015, 5:50 am by: Jamie Rigg

    It's already been quite the week for the UK's mobile battleground, with Three UK's owner Hutchison Whampoa announcing its plan to acquire O2 for a cool £10 billion. And today, confirming recent rumours, BT is ready to re-enter mobile ten years after…
  • ITV snatches rights to new 'Family Guy' episodes from the BBC

    24 March 2015, 2:00 pm by: Jamie Rigg

    For as long as we can remember, BBC Three has been home to the animated comedy shows Family Guy and American Dad. The channel is being taken off the airwaves later this year, morphing into an online-only brand to save the Beeb some dough, and leaving a…
  • Oppo's next phone has a crazy slim screen bezel

    24 March 2015, 5:22 am by: Richard Lai

    The folks over at Oppo sure know how to tease. Well, that's my guess, anyway, based on the fact that several Chinese tech writers received the above photos from "anonymous" sources yesterday. This mysterious smartphone -- running on Oppo's ColorOS Android ROM…
  • Facebook wants to save you a click by hosting other sites' content

    24 March 2015, 4:08 am by: Timothy J. Seppala

    As if Facebook couldn't get any bigger, it's looking like The Social Network wants to start natively hosting content from news organizations. As The New York Times' sources tell it, Zuckerberg and Co. have been in talks with at least six media companies about…
  • Hulu's former leader makes his answer to YouTube available to everyone

    24 March 2015, 3:00 am by: Jon Fingas

    Want to know how the former CEO of Hulu would build a video service that could take on YouTube? You now have an easy way to find out: after a couple of months of invitation-only testing, Vessel is available to everyone. As promised, Jason Kilar's newly…
  • Twitter helps verified users keep trolls out of their tweets

    23 March 2015, 8:14 pm by: Jon Fingas

    It's not all sunshine and roses for Twitter's verified users. They may have more features, but that blue checkmark also makes them a bullseye for trolls, spammers and people who simply have a chip on their shoulder. This group should have an easier time having…
  • Amazon Prime Music now offers radio stations on iOS

    23 March 2015, 6:53 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Dig Amazon Prime Music on your iPhone, but would rather not go sifting through songs or playlists when you just want to start streaming? You don't have to after today. At long last, Amazon has updated Prime Music's iOS app to bring in Prime Stations, ad-free…

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