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  • Google gives you the tools to build apps for Android 5.0 Lollipop

    19 October 2014, 11:59 pm by: Jon Fingas

    The official Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade for your phone may be weeks away, but Google has delivered all the ingredients for you to make Lollipop-ready apps. The search firm has released both the finished Lollipop developer kit and a fresh batch of…
  • How would you change Huawei's Ascend W1?

    19 October 2014, 10:18 pm by: Daniel Cooper

    When I reviewed Huawei's Ascend W1 last summer, I was surprised at how much I liked it, considering its bargain-basement price. Microsoft clearly deserves plaudits for getting Windows Phone 8 to work on such low-power hardware, and Huawei made a real effort to…
  • Leak gives a clearer look at Motorola's upcoming Droid Turbo

    19 October 2014, 8:04 pm by: Jon Fingas

    So far, the pictures we've seen of Motorola's soon-to-launch Droid Turbo have been... incomplete. You won't have to wonder exactly what this Verizon-only smartphone looks like any longer, though. Evan Blass (@evleaks) has posted a press image (available…
  • Here's every device getting Android 5.0 Lollipop so far

    19 October 2014, 5:03 pm by: Jon Fingas

    If you're a die-hard Android fan, you're probably champing at the bit waiting for that Lollipop upgrade -- when will you get it? Are you going to get it? Thankfully for you, a number of companies have already promised to upgrade some of their devices to this…
  • FCC starts the process for making '5G' gigabit mobile data a reality

    18 October 2014, 11:42 am by: Timothy J. Seppala

    We're barely seeing 4G take hold here in the States and the FCC has begun the process to push into 5G for mobile data. The government's communications council voted unanimously to start looking into accessing the higher-than-24GHz frequency spectrum that was…
  • Flickr chooses a great time to launch its iPad app

    18 October 2014, 3:30 am by: Richard Lawler

    Apple has chosen to focus on the iPad's camera abilities with the upcoming Air 2 (we wish they wouldn't) and apparently, finally snagged Flickr's attention. Yahoo's photo sharing service somehow managed to beat Instagram to the punch so perhaps the…
  • Amazon UK and Google open Nexus 9 pre-orders: prices start from £319

    17 October 2014, 11:58 am by: Matt Brian

    Google may have finally made its latest Nexus devices official, but it's kept UK pricing for the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player under wraps. Fortunately for us, Amazon is keen to highlight that it'll range the 8.9-inch HTC tablet, and has now started taking…
  • The FBI wants access to your encrypted phone data

    17 October 2014, 7:25 am by: Steve Dent

    The FBI isn't happy with recent decisions by Apple and Google to secure communications by default, saying it could lead to "a very dark place." That was the gist of a recent talk by director James Comey, who expressed frustration at the inability of law…
  • Where to buy Samsung's Galaxy Note 4

    17 October 2014, 6:20 am by: Jamie Rigg

    A week later than Samsung had originally planned, the new Galaxy Note 4 has today officially landed on UK shores. As far as we're concerned, the 5.7-inch behemoth is the best big-screen phone you can get your hands on at the moment, with a gorgeous,…
  • Local multiplayer is coming to Android games

    17 October 2014, 3:31 am by: Timothy J. Seppala

    Ever wish that you could just whip out your Android device and harass a passer-by to play games with you? It's the sort of thing that Nintendo 3DS users, for example, have been using thanks to that company's StreetPass feature, but, until now, hasn't been…
  • Galaxy Note 4 owners get three months free of OnLive gaming

    16 October 2014, 9:29 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    Ahead of the Galaxy Note 4's release in the US tomorrow, Samsung has a last-minute incentive for potential buyers as well as those who have already pre-ordered. The company just announced a new partnership deal with OnLive, which gives owners of its fresh,…
  • NYC brings carrier and WiFi coverage to more subway stations

    16 October 2014, 8:34 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    For the most part, New York City's underground transportation system is solid and reliable. It gets locals from point A to point B with ease, and that's the only thing which should matter -- never mind the strange things that occasionally transpire while…
  • Apple's 2014 iPad event: A closer look at the numbers

    16 October 2014, 5:00 pm by: Christopher Trout

    There are a few things you can count on when Apple releases a new iPad: it will be thinner, it will be faster and there will be a LOT of hyperbole. Amidst the claims of magical devices, record-breaking sales and "very cool stuff" there are also a lot of…
  • Apple's new iPads choose LTE at will from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or EE

    16 October 2014, 3:17 pm by: Richard Lawler

    After years of rumors that Apple would introduce its own type of SIM card, it appears to have snuck the tech into today's new iPad announcement (there's a history here, the original iPad introduced the Micro SIM). The Apple website says LTE-equipped models of…
  • OS X Yosemite review: a solid upgrade for everyone (especially iPhone users)

    16 October 2014, 3:00 pm by: Dana Wollman

    Apple's latest desktop operating system, Yosemite, is available today as a free download for anyone with a reasonably new (or not-so-new) Mac. Here's the thing, though: Many of you are already using it. In an unusual twist, Apple not only gave us a sneak peek…
  • A first look at the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

    16 October 2014, 2:39 pm by: Brad Molen

    Unlike last month's Apple event, today's shindig was held in a tiny auditorium on the company's campus, nary a single gigantic white box in sight. Arguably, the size of the venue matched the importance of the products being announced -- minor iPad and iMac…
  • iPad Air 2 is Apple's thinnest tablet ever

    16 October 2014, 1:41 pm by: Ben Gilbert

    Apple's got a new iPad, and it's a sequel to last year's ultra-svelte iPad Air: It's called the Apple iPad Air 2. CEO Tim Cook announced as much this morning from Apple's Cupertino, California, headquarters with a video of a pencil being shaved down, a nod to…
  • Apple to roll out WatchKit for developers in November

    16 October 2014, 1:14 pm by: Mariella Moon

    Apple wants developers to start tinkering and creating apps for its new smartwatch ASAP. So, the company's launching WatchKit in November, a few months before the upcoming wearable starts shipping early next year. WatchKit, along with HomeKit and HealthKit, is…
  • HP calls time, will shut down webOS support on January 15th, 2015

    16 October 2014, 11:38 am by: Daniel Cooper

    Still hauling that Palm Pre around without a care in the world? Sorry to say but there's a nasty surprise coming your way just after the holidays. HP has quietly announced that it'll pull the plug on the catalog and cloud services that support webOS devices…
  • You can now get a 7-inch 3G Android phablet for just $54 in China

    16 October 2014, 7:32 am by: Richard Lai

    No, that's not a bulk purchasing price. According to the folks at Beijing chip designer NuFront, some Chinese retailers are now selling 7-inch 3G phablets -- powered by NuFront's TL7689 chipset -- to consumers for as low as CN¥330 or about $54 per piece (the…
  • EE's newest 4G tablet only costs £99

    16 October 2014, 6:15 am by: Matt Brian

    When Vodafone announced its first own-brand LTE tablet, the £125 Smart Tab 4G, earlier this week, it suddenly made EE's £209 Eagle look a little pricey. Knowing that cost is key in the lead-up to Christmas, the UK's biggest carrier isn't resting on its…
  • Reddit snaps up Alien Blue, makes it the official iOS app

    16 October 2014, 5:44 am by: Mariella Moon

    Despite being one of the biggest websites today, Reddit didn't have an official app. Instead it relied on the many, many third-party options to satisfy its mobile users. We say "didn't" and "relied," because that's not the case anymore. The social news site…
  • Facebook 'Safety Check' lets friends know you're OK after a major disaster

    16 October 2014, 2:18 am by: Richard Lawler

    Despite the frivolous nature of most social media interactions, Facebook's latest new feature is intended for use only in serious situations. Unveiled today in Japan, Safety Check notifications are pushed to users when a natural disaster hits and area you have…
  • Verizon's Edge program changes make you wait longer to upgrade

    15 October 2014, 10:28 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Eyeing an upgrade to the Droid Turbo? An iPhone 6? Maybe the One M8 for Windows? If you're on Verizon's Edge payment program, you're going to have to be more patient than usual -- or at least, open your wallet a little wider. The carrier has confirmed a…
  • Lenovo is building a new smartphone brand to compete with Xiaomi

    15 October 2014, 6:09 pm by: Sean Buckley

    Samsung and Apple may be the two biggest names in smartphones in the western world, but in China it's all about Lenovo and Xiaomi. The two companies are among the most recognizable brands in the region, but Lenovo wants more: it's about to create a new…

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