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  • Rufus Cuff wants to dominate the wearable market and your forearm

    19 April 2014, 3:33 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    We told you to put on your disappointment pants for the Galaxy Gear 2, but for the Rufus Cuff we suggest rolling up your absurdity sleeves. Seriously, given its three-inch screen you might just have to. This wearable boasts a built-in mic, a camera, a speaker,…
  • OnePlus One phone and its swappable covers leak out in new pictures

    19 April 2014, 12:33 pm by: Richard Lawler

    Former Oppo exec Pete Lau announced his plans to make "the perfect smartphone" a few months ago, and now the OnePlus One is almost here. Its launch is scheduled for April 23rd, but Android Authority points out these pictures posted on a forum that claim to…
  • Beats Music update lets you subscribe from inside the iOS app

    18 April 2014, 11:34 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Odds are that you weren't riveted by Beats Music when it first arrived, but the streaming service has just delivered a pair of big updates that may give you a good excuse to tune in. For the iOS app, the biggest improvement is visible when you're signing up…
  • AT&T adds more data and a hotspot option to prepaid GoPhone plans

    18 April 2014, 4:52 pm by: Sarah Silbert

    AT&T is adding more data to its GoPhone prepaid smartphone plans without raising monthly fees in the process. If you're currently paying $60 a month for 2GB, your allotment will jump to 2.5 gigs, while those on the $40, 250MB plan will now get 500MB per month.…
  • HTC hires marketing exec who led Samsung to smartphone dominance

    18 April 2014, 3:36 pm by: Christopher Trout

    It's no secret, HTC has an image problem. Despite consistently creating some of our favorite phones, it's failed to reach the heights of popularity of manufacturers like Samsung. That could soon change. In what is almost certainly not a coincidence, HTC has…
  • FCC sets up the 'incentive auction' that will lead to better wireless internet for everyone

    18 April 2014, 12:36 pm by: Richard Lawler

    Last week at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) show, FCC head Tom Wheeler pushed broadcasters to loosen their grip on spectrum that the agency plans to auction off to give wireless internet room to grow. Now, he's laid out a draft of the rules for…
  • Sony Xperia Z2 review: a big, powerful slab of a phone

    18 April 2014, 12:00 pm by: Sharif Sakr

    It's been nearly three years since I reviewed the Xperia Neo, manufactured by what was then Sony Ericsson. The Neo represented just the second generation of Xperia phones running on Android, from a period when Sony was finding its feet in the world of mobile…
  • Samsung's Milk Music will soon cost $4 per month to listen ad-free

    18 April 2014, 10:11 am by: Jon Fingas

    You know what they say about all good things in life. Samsung has been offering an ad-free version of its Milk Music service for no charge since launch, but the company has posted a new infographic revealing that Americans will soon have to pay $4 per month…
  • Microsoft's now letting developers respond to app store critics

    18 April 2014, 8:32 am by: Daniel Cooper

    If a Windows Phone app disappoints you, it's probably right that you call out its failings and warn others to steer clear. Don't be surprised, however, if the minds behind the software start responding to your gripes directly. Microsoft is slowly rolling out a…
  • Watch Google test its 3D-sensing phones on robots in zero gravity

    18 April 2014, 5:54 am by: Jon Fingas

    Wonder what Google's Project Tango-equipped SPHERES robots will look like when they're in action aboard the International Space Station? The company is more than happy to show you. It has posted video of a recent test that took the machines on a zero gravity…
  • Optical zoom tipped to hit HTC handsets in 2015

    18 April 2014, 4:40 am by: Jamie Rigg

    Like most companies in the smartphone game, HTC wants to pack its top-of-the-range devices with powerful camera tech, and that's no longer just a case of adding more megapixels. The new HTC One (M8), for instance, hosts a pair of cameras on its rear that allow…
  • Rogers' widened LTE support gives Canadians speedier data indoors

    18 April 2014, 1:21 am by: Jon Fingas

    Canada got LTE relatively quickly, but that fast data currently has a big catch: since it doesn't run on low frequencies like in the US, you sometimes drop to 3G when you head indoors. Thankfully, those slowdowns won't be an issue for much longer. Rogers has…
  • UberX adds $1 charge to cover getting you home safely

    17 April 2014, 11:16 pm by: Emily Price

    Sure, UberX might get you to your destination for less money than a taxi, but do you want to arrive safely? That will be an extra dollar. Not really, but sort of. Uber has added a $1 surcharge to UberX rides. Called a "Safe Rides Fee," the company says the…
  • Twitter's new Windows Phone beta ties into your photo collection

    17 April 2014, 7:58 pm by: Jon Fingas

    A handful of those eager to install the Windows Phone 8.1 preview just got an additional perk for being early adopters. NokiaNewsIreland has discovered an unannounced (and now unavailable) open beta for Twitter's Windows Phone 8.1 app that makes much better…
  • RunKeeper gets into the step-tracking game with Breeze

    17 April 2014, 7:32 pm by: Terrence O'Brien

    When it comes to being fit, it's really the small stuff that counts. You can go to the gym as much as you want, run five miles every morning -- but if you eat like crap, drive yourself to the corner store and take the elevator every morning to your 2nd floor…
  • Don't wait for SportsCenter, SlingPlayer update brings the highlights in real-time

    17 April 2014, 5:06 pm by: Emily Price

    Slingbox has pushed out a handful of updates for SlingPlayer on iOS and Android, adding new features on both platforms. On the Android side, Slingbox joined forces with sporting-app Thuuz. Now if you have to skip watching the Giants game for work, SlingPlayer…
  • KnowRoaming review: This SIM 'sticker' makes it easy for travelers to save on data

    17 April 2014, 2:00 pm by: Zach Honig

    Thanks in no small part to T-Mobile's free global data initiative, US carriers have begun to lighten the fee load when it comes time to roam. But you'll still pay an arm and a leg in many countries, and discounted plans from AT&T and Verizon, while more…
  • Facebook's Nearby Friends feature keeps track of your pals, but only if they want you to

    17 April 2014, 1:33 pm by: Billy Steele

    If you're of the sort that likes to plan those otherwise impromptu encounters, Facebook has just announced a optional new feature that will certainly help with that. Nearby Friends will show you if your friends are close by, so you can reach out about meeting…
  • Flickr wants to become your new Instagram with its latest app update

    17 April 2014, 11:26 am by: Sarah Silbert

    ‚ÄčToday Yahoo is rolling our Flickr "3.0," a completely redesigned approach to its photo-sharing apps on Android and iOS. In addition to offering improved sharing through Dropbox and Google+, Flickr on mobile now features Instagram-like filters and in-depth…
  • Eyefi's new service sends your camera's photos to the cloud as soon as you shoot

    17 April 2014, 5:00 am by: Jon Fingas

    There are plenty of cameras that send their photos to your phone, but you frequently have to transfer those pictures yourself -- and it's another hassle to get the pics to other devices. Eyefi thinks it can solve these headaches by launching its own online…
  • Amazon's making a custom Kindle store for Samsung Galaxy devices

    17 April 2014, 4:16 am by: James Trew

    Samsung seems to be on a roll with bagging media partnerships for its Galaxy line of phones and tablets. First music streaming service Deezer, and now it's getting a custom-built Kindle book store in a deal with Amazon. Announced this morning, the service also…
  • Bloomberg: Apple wants to plug Shazam directly into iOS

    17 April 2014, 12:46 am by: Jon Fingas

    It's easy to track down iPhone apps that name catchy tunes, but it now looks like Apple wants to spare you from having to search in the first place. Bloomberg sources claim that a future version of iOS will incorporate Shazam's song recognition in the same way…
  • Buy Halo: Spartan Assault on one Windows 8 device and kill Covenant on the others you own

    16 April 2014, 11:58 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    One of the big promises that came out of Microsoft's Build conference this year were apps that'd work across a number of Windows devices with a single purchase, and Redmond is using Halo to lead that charge. The first group of applications includes Halo:…
  • Aio Wireless takes a cue from Sprint's Framily plan with new group discounts

    16 April 2014, 11:21 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    Cheesy moniker aside, Sprint's newly minted Framily plan is not one to be ignored. It allows you to save money by sharing an account with, well, friends and family, all while being billed separately on up to 10 lines. Following in similar footsteps, AT&T's…
  • Google earnings focus on the search and ads that actually pay the bills

    16 April 2014, 10:38 pm by: Richard Lawler

    With all the modular phone concepts, balloon internet projects, robots and drones it can be easy to forget Google's main business angle: search and advertising. Google reported its first quarter earnings today and didn't have much to say about our favorite…

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