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  • Samsung asks the US government to block NVIDIA's chips

    22 November 2014, 3:01 pm by: Jon Fingas

    The patent war between NVIDIA and Samsung isn't going to wind down any time soon. Samsung has backed up its countering lawsuit against NVIDIA with a US International Trade Commission complaint asking the agency to block imports of NVIDIA's GeForce graphics…
  • Google Maps offers more info about destinations and alternate routes

    21 November 2014, 5:17 pm by: Billy Steele

    Earlier this month, Google Maps for Android received the requisite Material Design update and tacked on in-app restaurant reservations for good measure (in the US). A new version is rolling out, and with it comes some handy features to lend a hand with those…
  • Amazon Fire HD 6 review: great value for a $99 tablet

    21 November 2014, 12:00 pm by: Dana Wollman

    Here's a question: How did Amazon know it was time to make a $99 tablet? Because of focus groups? Its ace marketing department? Close: user reviews. Let's not forget that Amazon is best known for its retail empire, so when lots of people start buying cheap…
  • Next Glass takes the guesswork out of beer and wine shopping (update)

    21 November 2014, 12:22 am by: Billy Steele

    Have you ever walked into a beer or wine store only to be overwhelmed by the vast selection, including many options you'd never even heard of? We've all been there, but there's a new app that should help recommend options you've yet to taste. Next Glass uses…
  • Google cuts a deal over old Nortel Networks patents

    20 November 2014, 8:06 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Remember the Rockstar Consortium? The group was formed by a handful of tech giants (including Apple, Microsoft, Ericsson and Sony) to buy a treasure trove of patents and promptly sue both Google and some Android partners, which promised one of the bigger legal…
  • Twitter lets you share public tweets in your direct messages

    20 November 2014, 3:57 pm by: Chris Velazco

    Well, that was fast. Twitter casually mentioned at its Analyst Day festivities last week that it'd soon give users the ability to share public Tweets in private conversations, and now a new update to its apps and web clients means you can do just that. Either…
  • Square's cash register app now handles your purchases worldwide

    20 November 2014, 12:50 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Square's Register app has done a lot to drag stores' payment systems into the modern era, but only in the US -- venture elsewhere and you've usually had to pay at a conventional (and often very limited) terminal. That might not hold true for much longer, since…
  • Dropbox Carousel comes to iPad and web today, Android tablets soon

    20 November 2014, 12:05 pm by: Brad Molen

    Ever since the first cloud storage services hit the web, they've been a prime destination for thousands upon thousands of uploaded photos. Unfortunately, many of those services don't have polished user interfaces that allow for easy viewing and sharing --…
  • AT&T refreshes its GoPhone lineup with $45 option and unlimited data

    20 November 2014, 8:52 am by: Mariella Moon

    AT&T is expanding its GoPhone prepaid choices by adding a $45 tier for those who think the $60 plan's offerings are too much, and the $40's not enough. The company originally launched this option back in April, though you could only get it at Walmart. Now the…
  • Gorilla Glass 4 shouldn't shatter when you drop your phone

    20 November 2014, 8:00 am by: Jon Fingas

    Plenty of mobile device screens can easily resist minor cracks and scratches, but let's be honest -- those aren't the biggest problems. No, the real crisis comes when you drop your phone and the display shatters into many pieces. Thankfully, Corning is…
  • Wearable data proves what you thought: we're less active when it's cold

    20 November 2014, 5:38 am by: Timothy J. Seppala

    It's hard to fight nature. We mammals have an instinctual urge to hibernate when the mercury starts dropping, and thanks to activity trackers we have some data to prove that theory holds true (if we actually get that sleep is another story). By correlating…
  • Why App Store apps are now labeled 'Get' instead of 'Free'

    20 November 2014, 4:35 am by: Matt Brian

    If you're searching on either the Mac or iOS App Stores today, you might notice a little change in the way Apple labels free apps. Before, even if such an app contained costly upgrades, it would carry the label 'Free.' However, following the company's latest…
  • Qualcomm wants to get into servers after conquering the mobile world

    20 November 2014, 3:36 am by: Jon Fingas

    Qualcomm is sitting pretty right now. Its Snapdragon processors and cellular chips are present in most of the big-name mobile devices you can use today, whether it's the Nexus 6 or the iPhone. However, the company isn't content to stop there -- it just…
  • Unsure about buying an EV? This Heads-Up Display may someday help

    19 November 2014, 4:09 pm by: Brad Molen

    Say you've thought about getting an electric vehicle but didn't want to take the plunge until you were absolutely certain that you wouldn't wind up on the side of the highway with a dead battery. It's a legitimate concern known as "range anxiety," but…
  • T-Mobile add-on gives you unlimited international calls for $5 per month

    19 November 2014, 3:34 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Calling people outside the US isn't as expensive as it used to be, but the charges can still add up; even the better deals at big American wireless carriers have you paying both a monthly rate and by the minute. T-Mobile thinks it can shake things up a bit. It…
  • Barnes and Noble debuts Nook Audiobooks app on Android

    19 November 2014, 3:03 pm by: Billy Steele

    For those times you'd rather have someone else read to you, Barnes and Noble is outfitting Android devices with an app that does just that. Nook Audiobooks taps into the retailer's library of over 50,000 titles via the aforementioned phones and tablets,…
  • iPhones may soon come with Beats Music already installed

    19 November 2014, 2:31 pm by: Billy Steele

    Since Apple nabbed Beats earlier this year, we've been wondering what would come of the latter outfit's streaming service. Financial Times reports that the folks in Cupertino plan to lump Beats Music (or whatever it'll be called in the future) in to iOS. Yes,…
  • Meizu MX4 goes Pro with '2K+' screen and 'Retina Sound'

    19 November 2014, 1:58 pm by: Richard Lai

    It wasn't all that long ago when China's Meizu unveiled its latest phone, the MX4, but the real flagship is actually what the company announced today. As you can tell from the name, the new MX4 Pro is a beefed-up version of the earlier model, yet it's still…
  • Moto makes lost keys and phones a thing of the past

    19 November 2014, 1:01 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Motorola isn't done releasing small yet convenient accessories this year, apparently. It just unveiled the Keylink, a Bluetooth key fob that helps you find both your smartphone and your keys. If you lose your phone between the seat cushions, you can push a…
  • Samsung's streaming video service comes to US Galaxy phones today

    19 November 2014, 9:00 am by: Brad Molen

    Over eight months after releasing Milk, its own take on streaming music, Samsung's unleashing an online video service in the US called Milk Video. Just as its music service seemed to take on competitors like Spotify and Rdio, its movie counterpart is similar…
  • EE TV review: a decent set-top box with too many strings attached

    19 November 2014, 8:05 am by: Jamie Rigg

    EE has evolved rapidly since it became a household name two years ago after switching on the UK's first 4G mobile network. Today, it's more than just a carrier, with a home broadband business and a selection of own-brand mobile devices, among other things. And…
  • O2 launches shared data plans for gadget-lovers and families

    19 November 2014, 6:35 am by: Jamie Rigg

    New mobile tariffs often aren't the easiest things to get your head around, but thankfully, O2's not putting too much pressure on our grey matter this morning. Joining EE and Vodafone, O2 has today launched a couple of relatively simple data-sharing plans for…
  • Ofcom's opening up more spectrum to cope with UK mobile data demands

    19 November 2014, 4:40 am by: Matt Brian

    While Ofcom is busy soliciting opinion on whether it should open up more 4G spectrum to carriers, it's already taking the necessary steps to ease mobile data congestion in the UK. The regulator today announced that it will open up the 700 MHz spectrum,…
  • Opera Max can now save Android mobile data in 16 more regions

    18 November 2014, 11:36 pm by: Richard Lai

    Over the last few months, Opera's been slowly rolling out Max across the world to save mobile data -- apparently by up to 50 percent, including images and videos -- on Android devices, and its recent collaboration with MediaTek is no doubt a big boost to the…
  • Nokia's simple yet smart Android launcher reaches Google Play

    18 November 2014, 5:34 pm by: Jon Fingas

    If you've been eager to put Nokia's adaptive Z Launcher home screen on your Android phone, you'll be glad to hear that you don't have to jump through quite so many hoops to give it a try. The ex-phone maker has released a free beta version of Z Launcher on…

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