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  • 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…
  • You can unlock this smartphone with the blood vessels in your eyes

    4 March 2015, 12:49 am by: Nick Summers

    Tired of punching in numbers or swiping strange patterns to unlock your smartphone? Fingerprint and facial recognition have been tried before with varying levels of success, and now ZTE thinks it can offer something better. The company's Grand S3 smartphone in…
  • Apple now ships more smartphones than Samsung, if you ask Gartner

    3 March 2015, 11:13 pm by: Jon Fingas

    When we last checked in on the battle for the top spot in the smartphone market, Apple and Samsung were neck and neck. If you ask Gartner, though, it isn't quite so evenly matched. The analyst group estimates that Apple managed to edge past Samsung in the…
  • Pebble's color smartwatch is the most-funded Kickstarter project ever

    3 March 2015, 3:56 pm by: Jon Fingas

    You knew it was going to happen -- just days after Pebble's Time smartwatch topped the company's previous Kickstarter record, it's now the most-funded Kickstarter project ever at more than $13.3 million. Almost all of the pledge money has gone toward the…
  • Square's restaurant delivery service arrives on Android

    3 March 2015, 2:00 pm by: Jon Fingas

    You no longer have to carry an iPhone just to check out Square's restaurant delivery service, Caviar -- it's now available for Android. Like before, you can both order fine meals and track the couriers in real-time as they bring that dining to your door.…
  • Android Wear watches are reportedly getting iPhone support

    3 March 2015, 12:59 pm by: Jon Fingas

    If you carry an iPhone but would rather accessorize it with a Moto 360 than an Apple Watch, you might just get that choice without resorting to unofficial tricks. Sources for French outlet 01net claim that Google is "preparing to launch" an iOS version of its…
  • Taking the plunge with BlackBerry's cheap Leap

    3 March 2015, 10:20 am by: Chris Velazco

    BlackBerry spent a long, long time courting the world's business buffs, and for a while its phones were corporate icons as much as they were communicators. Now the folks in Waterloo are making another play for all the "young, mobile professionals" out there...…
  • BlackBerry will release a curved-screen slider phone later this year

    3 March 2015, 4:00 am by: Daniel Cooper

    BlackBerry's recovery relies on the company's reinvention as a software and services business, which has enabled its hardware designers to go a little bit wild. At Mobile World Congress, BB's handset chief Ron Louks just pulled out a prototype of a handset…
  • Sony will equip Virgin Atlantic engineers with its wearables

    3 March 2015, 3:48 am by: Mariella Moon

    Who'd ever be dorky enough to wear a smartglass and a smartwatch at the same time? Virgin Atlantic employees, apparently. The company has partnered with Sony to equip its plane engineers at Heathrow Airport with the Sony SmartWatch 3 and the SmartEyeglass…
  • BlackBerry aims at young professionals with the low-cost Leap

    3 March 2015, 3:38 am by: Chris Velazco

    We're here at BlackBerry's cozy MWC press event waiting anxiously for CEO John Chen (or anyone, for that matter) to pull back the curtain on the oft-rumored BlackBerry Leap. So far, all we've gotten is a recap of progress to date and some security-minded…
  • Google OKs pre-installing Waze on Android devices

    3 March 2015, 1:55 am by: Mariella Moon

    Next time you buy an Android phone, you just might find Waze among its pre-installed apps. See, it's now part of Google Mobile Services, or what you call the list of Android apps that manufacturers and carriers can install before shipping devices out to…
  • Google won't force Android encryption by default (update)

    2 March 2015, 9:37 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    Not too long ago, Mountain View was trumpeting that new gadgets with Lollipop would have encryption turned on by default, but, as Ars Technica reports, that isn't the case. The Nexus 6 handset and Nexus 9 tablet offer it, but third-party devices aren't…
  • 'Mortal Kombat X' for mobile rewards your victories with konsole kred

    2 March 2015, 7:46 pm by: Jon Fingas

    After a lengthy hiatus, Mortal Kombat is coming back to the mobile world -- and it's giving you a few extra incentives to brutalize fighters while you're waiting for the bus. Mortal Kombat X will reach Android and iOS users on April 14th with not just the…
  • Your phone now doubles as an Android TV game controller

    2 March 2015, 4:53 pm by: Jon Fingas

    So you want to play games on your Android TV set, but you'd rather not shell out for a gamepad? You might not have to in the near future. Google has revealed that an upcoming update to Google Play Services will let you use your Android mobile devices as…

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