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  • The 11th Annual Engadget Awards: Who will be best in show?

    6 March 2015, 4:15 pm by: Jon Turi

    It's a dog-eat-dog world, and the tech industry is no exception. Given the break-neck speed of innovation, today's game changers are tomorrow's dinosaurs. It takes dogged determination to stand out in a crowded market, and as always we're turning to you to…
  • Banks respond to fraud with improved verification for Apple Pay

    6 March 2015, 3:16 pm by: Billy Steele

    Reports of thieves using stolen payment info with Apple Pay surfaced earlier this week, and banks are already stepping up security measures. In fact, the culprits used the software to employ credit card details stolen during Target's massive breach in 2013.…
  • Apple Watch battery life and low-power mode details leak out

    6 March 2015, 2:45 pm by: Devindra Hardawar

    With only a few days to go until Apple's next big press event, where it's expected to reveal final pricing and availability details for the Apple Watch, we're hearing even more about how its first smartwatch will function. Sources tell 9to5Mac (which is…
  • Jony Ive isn't too concerned about your iPhone battery life issues

    6 March 2015, 11:02 am by: Devindra Hardawar

    Tired of recharging your iPhone several times a day? That's just because the iPhone's thin and light design is encouraging you to use it more, according to Apple's design guru Jony Ive. In an interview with the Financial Times today, Ive dove deep into the…
  • Apple expects you to use its Watch in 10-second bursts

    6 March 2015, 2:03 am by: Timothy J. Seppala

    Apple doesn't want you to spend a lot of time with Watch apps. Specifically, if you're looking at your Cupertino-device adorned wrist for more than 10 seconds, that isn't ideal according to Bloomberg's sources. In addition to quick bursts of info, Watch apps…
  • Vuzix's VR headset adds earphones and supports multiple devices

    6 March 2015, 12:32 am by: Mariella Moon

    Yet another VR headset? We wouldn't be surprised if that's what you're thinking after all the VR headset news these past few days. This one is the latest device out of Vuzix's headquarters called the IWear 720, which can do more than just block the world and…
  • Wankband charges gizmos with a flick of the wrist

    5 March 2015, 10:38 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    Pornhub thinks it has a sexier solution for the age old problem of a gadget running out of juice prematurely, and the secret is in the (hairy) palm of your hand. Say hello to the Wankband: a wearable that straps on to your forearm, capturing the energy from a…
  • Google's 'Nexus' phone network might only be for Nexus 6 phones

    5 March 2015, 7:08 pm by: Richard Lawler

    This week at MWC Google exec Sundar Pichai confirmed rumors that the company plans to launch its own wireless service, but a Wall Street Journal report claims it will only work with Google's Nexus 6 smartphone. Pichai stressed that the service would not…
  • Fitbit bought a personal training app to improve your workouts

    5 March 2015, 5:32 pm by: Billy Steele

    Fitbit announced a trio of new fitness trackers back in the fall, and today, the company is making moves to improve how those gadgets tackle workouts. The wearable maker acquired FitStar, an app that serves up video-based personal training sessions on your…
  • LG's G Flex2 is the newest phone in our buyer's guide, what should be next?

    5 March 2015, 5:00 pm by: Jon Turi

    There's nothing like new gadgets to step up your spring swagger and indeed, we've got a couple of fresh faces in this month's buyer's guide to help shake off those winter blues. After spending some time with LG's G Flex2, we grew fond of its design,…
  • The best smartphones from MWC

    5 March 2015, 4:27 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    The 2015 edition of Mobile World Congress is coming to a close today and, as much as we'd like to stay longer in lovely Barcelona, it's time to say goodbye. While this year's event may have seemed a little underwhelming, we did see major announcements from HTC…
  • Apple will reportedly debut its music streaming service at WWDC

    5 March 2015, 3:54 pm by: Billy Steele

    If you're hoping that Apple will launch its retooled music streaming service alongside a smartwatch next week, you'll have to wait a bit longer. 9to5Mac reports that Monday's "Spring Forward" event won't include details on the next phase of iTunes/Beats Music.…
  • Gmail's iPhone app adds iOS 8 features, makes notifications interactive

    5 March 2015, 2:58 pm by: Devindra Hardawar

    It's hard out there for Gmail addicts on iOS, who still don't have an app that's as robust as Gmail on Android. But at least things are getting a bit better: Google just released version 4.0 of its Gmail iOS app, which finally takes advantage of some useful…
  • Glympse for Auto shares your car's location without distractions

    5 March 2015, 6:27 am by: Jon Fingas

    You no longer have to fiddle with your smartphone (or an in-car interface) to share your location while on the road. Glympse has trotted out Glympse for Auto, an Android app that lets you send your position with a minimum of distractions. You only have to tell…
  • After Swype, HTC taps China's TouchPal for new Android keyboard

    5 March 2015, 2:42 am by: Richard Lai

    Tech-savvy users may have already come across TouchPal when trying different keyboards on Android and iOS 8 (and maybe even Windows 8), but it looks like a whole lot more people will be introduced to it soon. According to the Shanghai-based keyboard developer,…
  • Hyundai lets owners control their cars with smartwatches

    4 March 2015, 11:42 pm by: Mariella Moon

    Hey, Hyundai owners, it's finally here: the Blue Link companion app for smartwatches that the automaker promised back during CES this year. And yes, you can use it to remotely lock/unlock doors, start/stop the engine, flash lights or honk any Blue Link-enabled…
  • The big US carriers will shut down their mobile wallet this month

    4 March 2015, 10:02 pm by: Jon Fingas

    There was no question that AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon gave up on their Softcard mobile payment service when they agreed to pre-install Google Wallet, but it's now apparent that they're beating an especially hasty retreat. Softcard is telling users that its…
  • FTC offers a $25,000 prize if you can trap robocallers

    4 March 2015, 9:15 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Yep, the Federal Trade Commission still hates robocalls as much as you do. The agency has launched a contest where you'll get a $25,000 top prize if you develop technology that sends illegal automated telemarketing to a honeypot system, which makes it easier…
  • YotaPhone 2 will come to the US via Indiegogo

    4 March 2015, 6:50 pm by: Daniel Cooper

    The second generation of YotaPhone's dual-display smartphone is finally coming to the US, but not in the way you may expect. In an interview with PhoneScoop, the company's Matthew Kelly said that the e-ink display-toting device will be made available to…
  • HTC's design lead on the One M9, criticism and the promise of VR

    4 March 2015, 4:00 pm by: Aaron Souppouris

    The story of HTC's recent fortunes is one of the more bizarre tales in modern technology. What other company releases award-winning flagship after award-winning flagship, only to see revenues and market share drop? For a while, HTC's phones truly stood out in…
  • Instagram's carousel ads let brands post multiple photos at once

    4 March 2015, 3:14 pm by: Billy Steele

    If you're looking to post multiple photos to Instagram at once, you have to employ another app to create a grid of snapshots. Well, that's about to change... for brands. The filter-driven app announced today that "carousel ads" will soon appear in your feed,…
  • Here's what our readers think of the iPhone 6 Plus

    4 March 2015, 3:00 pm by: Kris Naudus

    Though the iPhone has always been a good (if not great) product, one area where it was lacking was size. If you wanted a bigger screen, you had to pick up an Android device. And plenty of people did, which is why Apple finally entered the fray last year with…
  • Waze now alerts you to nearby child abductions

    4 March 2015, 1:45 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Waze is mostly meant to help you avoid traffic snarls and speed traps, but it's now performing a valuable public service. Effective immediately, the navigation app will notify you about AMBER Alerts for abducted children wherever you're driving. Stop for at…
  • Facebook's Slingshot lets you explore and follow popular user accounts

    4 March 2015, 11:33 am by: Mariella Moon

    As much as you'd like to give Facebook's Slingshot a try, most of your friends still prefer Snapchat, huh? If you don't mind slinging photos or videos with strangers, the app's new Explore feature can help connect you to people who do use it regularly. It…
  • Super-efficient 'Vulkan' leaves your games more graphics power

    4 March 2015, 2:03 am by: Jon Fingas

    Psst: the games you play might not look as good (or run as smoothly) as they could. In many cases, the overhead from graphics standards gets in the way -- Apple went so far as to develop its own technology just to make sure that iPhones and iPads could live up…

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