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  • iPad, I choose you: 'Pokémon' officially hits the App Store

    1 October 2014, 2:08 am by: Timothy J. Seppala

    Remember that Pokémon iPad game that was teased not too long ago? Well, if the mere mention of it stoked a fire inside that made you want to abandon Blizzard's Hearthstone forever, Joystiq has spotted that the pocket monster trading card game is available on…
  • Pavlok needs you to shock more people into breaking bad habits

    30 September 2014, 11:37 pm by: Mariella Moon

    There's no way you'd use a shock collar to train your beloved dog, but you wouldn't mind using one on yourself if it means breaking your nastiest habits, eh? If that's the case, then your day has come: Pavlok (a wearable band that can zap you with electricity)…
  • MSN's simpler, mobile-savvy homepage is rolling out to everyone

    30 September 2014, 6:55 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Well, that was quick -- after just a few weeks in preview mode, the revamped MSN homepage is rolling out to everyone. You should see Microsoft's simple, desktop-like web portal in your browser sometime within the next three days. If you're using Windows…
  • Spotify goes live in Canada

    30 September 2014, 1:36 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Canadians: you no longer have to jump through hoops (or hope for an early invitation) to check out Spotify. The streaming music service has finally launched in Canada, complete with an extensive collection of domestically-made tunes. As elsewhere, you can play…
  • Pebble drops prices by $50 and adds continuous fitness tracking

    30 September 2014, 1:00 pm by: Brad Molen

    If you've been thinking about getting a smartwatch but haven't been persuaded to plunk down a lot of cash, Pebble's trying to make the decision a little easier for you. The watch maker is lowering the price of its full lineup by $50, which means you can now…
  • O2 now lets you charge iTunes credit to your phone bill

    30 September 2014, 11:44 am by: Jamie Rigg

    O2 already has a number of deals in place that allow its customers to buy digital wares and charge the cost straight to their phone bill. It now has a new partner in Apple, as the carrier's "Charge to Mobile" program has been expanded to include iTunes…
  • Is this wrist-worn smartphone on Indiegogo a hoax or a fever dream?

    30 September 2014, 9:49 am by: Daniel Cooper

    One downside of Indiegogo's lax attitude to projects is that there's no requirement for a prototype or any proof that the device being pitched could even exist. In fact, the site is so laissez-faire, that a creator could probably promise a hoverboard powered…
  • Premier Inn's new smart hotel lets you book, check in and get cosy with an app

    30 September 2014, 4:40 am by: Matt Brian

    More than four years in the making, Premier Inn has taken the wraps off its first smart hotel rooms. The UK's biggest hotel chain has embraced mobile with both hands, letting you book your stay, check in and play with various room settings using its official…
  • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus coming to China on October 17th

    30 September 2014, 1:58 am by: Steve Dent

    Apple has finally revealed the date that its new iPhones will be available to eager users in mainland China: Friday, October 17th. The devices had been delayed pending regulatory approval, but Apple was granted a license earlier today by the Chinese government…
  • You can hot-swap nearly all Project Ara modules on the fly

    30 September 2014, 1:04 am by: Mariella Moon

    Back in April, Project Ara's Module Developers Kit revealed that the phone's battery will be hot-swappable; in other words, you can replace it without having to switch the phone off. Nifty trick, right? Well, the feature's apparently not limited to the…
  • Cortana makes sure you don't miss nearby concerts

    29 September 2014, 10:57 pm by: Billy Steele

    Microsoft's virtual assistant comes in handy for lots of things -- especially reminders. Now, thanks to a hand from SeatGeek's ticket engine, Cortana will alert you when bands you listen to on the regular have a tour stop close by. As you might expect, in…
  • Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests spur growth for secure messaging apps

    29 September 2014, 3:12 pm by: Aaron Souppouris

    Social media and civil unrest have long gone hand-in-hand, from coordinating revolution during the Arab Spring to repressing corruption in Turkey. Amid pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, locals have taken to the location-based messaging app FireChat to…
  • Google is bringing fullscreen ads to an app near you

    29 September 2014, 2:14 pm by: Terrence O'Brien

    Advertisers aren't always a fan of investing in mobile. Part of that reason is that the ads you see on phones and tablets don't command the same amount of attention that ads do on desktops. Google is working on new ad units though that could lure in the big…
  • How would you change Huawei's Ascend Mate?

    28 September 2014, 10:40 pm by: Daniel Cooper

    Can a 6.1-inch smartphone ever be accepted in the mainstream? That was what Jonathan Fingas asked while reviewing Huawei's Ascend Mate, and found the answer to be a resounding "no." The handset offered a lot of things that did impress him, including a…
  • SoftBank wants to break into movies by acquiring DreamWorks

    28 September 2014, 12:08 pm by: Jon Fingas

    SoftBank may have already bought both a major mobile game studio and one of the US' largest carriers, but it apparently isn't done expanding its turf just yet. Both Hollywood Reporter and the Wall Street Journal claim that the Japanese carrier is now in talks…
  • Vine now lets you use your Android phone's existing video clips

    27 September 2014, 7:02 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    Not too long ago Vine blessed iOS users with the ability to import pre-existing videos into the app, and now Google fans can get in on the action. Any clips in your Android camera roll are viable subjects to be trimmed down to six seconds or shorter now, and…
  • Secret's developers launch Ping, a simple app that keeps you up to date

    27 September 2014, 5:01 pm by: Mariella Moon

    The creators of controversial app Secret have just launched a new product, but this time, it has nothing to do with airing your dirty laundry anonymously. They call their new application Ping, a simple software that displays a list of topics (such as movies…
  • AT&T's latest promo doubles your data on shared phone plans

    27 September 2014, 4:00 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Given the avalanche of new smartphones this fall, there's a good chance that your data use is about to spike as you put that fresh hardware through its paces. If so, AT&T might just have you covered. It's running a promo between September 28th and October 31st…
  • 3G-capable LG smartwatch appears in an FCC filing

    27 September 2014, 2:49 pm by: Mariella Moon

    LG's apparently gearing up to release a new smartwatch in the US other than the G Watch R -- one that's 3G-capable, just like Samsung's Gear S. A document that's just passed through the FCC points to an oval/rectangular LG smartwatch (57.7 x 35.5 mm) slightly…
  • The extended Nexus family: Google's golden Android standard

    27 September 2014, 11:30 am by: Jon Turi

    Google's Nexus line has long stood as the company's ideal vision of its widely adopted, open-source Android operating system. The devices, be they smartphones, tablets or even one-off media streamers, are built in conjunction with select hardware partners and…
  • Bid adieu to 'Airplane Mode' on European airlines

    27 September 2014, 2:58 am by: Nicole Lee

    Want to continue that scintillating game of Words with Friends throughout the entire flight? Well, that might soon be a possibility if you're flying in European airspace. Late last year, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) had decided to permit personal…
  • Consumer Reports weighs in on iPhone 6 bending

    26 September 2014, 10:16 pm by: Richard Lawler

    As much as Apple would like for this discussion to be over, controversy and conversation over whether the iPhone 6 / 6 Plus has a durability problem is continuing. Just as it tested out antenna reception for the iPhone 4, Consumer Reports has forced Apple's…
  • iOS 8's WiFi location privacy isn't as powerful as you might think

    26 September 2014, 4:14 pm by: Jon Fingas

    If you were hoping that iOS 8's ability to hide your device ID from nearby WiFi networks would render you invisible to nosy hotspot operators, you'll want to dial back your expectations a bit. AirTight Networks' Bhupinder Misra has found that Apple's hardware…
  • Google to require more of its apps on Android devices

    26 September 2014, 2:06 pm by: Billy Steele

    According to a report by The Information, you may be seeing a few more Google apps preloaded on future Android devices. Confidential paperwork on new contract requirements details raising the amount of pre-installed software. Under the new guidelines, the…
  • Where to buy Sony's Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact

    26 September 2014, 11:35 am by: Jamie Rigg

    It's a pretty interesting time to be in the market for a new mobile. Over the past month, we've seen Samsung's Galaxy Alpha and Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch, not to mention Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 will join that list in a few weeks. And as if you didn't…

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