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The Apple Watch’s April 24th launch date is a misleading joke

When Tim Cook first unveiled the Apple Watch this past September, nailing down a release date for the device quickly became a murky mess. At first, …

Apple Watch mania sees 13 new health care apps announced in the past week

With the HIMSS (2015 Healthcare Information Management Systems Society) show going on in Chicago this week and the Apple Watch set to debut on April 24, health and health care companies of all kinds are coming out of the woodwork to show off their new Apple Watch apps.<p>Some of these apps sound very …

Try out Samsung's newest software features with the Galaxy S6 Experience app

Samsung has just released it’s new Galaxy S6 Experience app in the Google Play Store, which lets users demo the handset’s best software features without the need to have the phone. The app, which is free to download, will give users a good look at GS6’s new camera sensor, revamped S Health …

Review: Lenovo W550s — an ultraportable workstation

Lenovo has been busy rolling out all manner of flexible, slim, and otherwise noteworthy laptops and tablets, but that doesn’t mean it has turned a …

Mortal Kombat X Review Roundup

The latest entry in the Mortal Kombat series, Mortal Kombat X, is now available, and it brings with it new characters, refinements, and game modes. But are those changes for the better, and are they enough?<p>Mortal Kombat X--pronounced "Ex," not "ten"--features a reasonably large roster of characters …

Here are the world's first USB Type-C 'Superphones' from China

Following the Nokia N1, the new Chromebook and the new MacBook, who knew the world's first USB Type-C smartphones would come from a Chinese company? The brand in question is LeTV, who has today unveiled three new Android 5.0 "Superphones" that feature the reversible socket. The flagship aluminum Le …

iOS 8.4 beta moves audiobooks to iBooks app, dedicated CarPlay app

In redesigning the iOS Music application for iOS 8.4, Apple removed support for audiobooks from the app, electing to move it to the iBooks app. iBooks itself has gained an all-new audio player with support for swiping gestures to fast forward or rewind, view a chapter list, and more.<p>The Collections …

LG's Google Cast speakers are ready to take on Sonos in the US

We may have gotten a closer look at LG's latest audio gear back at CES, but now the collection of speakers and soundbars is shipping in the States. If you'll recall, the company's Music Flow line of gadgets is equipped with Google Cast -- the same tech that allows you to beam video to a TV via …

Apple’s latest acquisition could revolutionize iPhone camera

Apple is looking to ramp up its camera technology with the acquisition of Israeli company LinX.<p>The two companies reached a deal that will see Apple paying about $20 million for the startup, but if the company’s multi-aperture cameras are actually as stunning as advertised, future iPhones could gain …

Microsoft Facing New Criticisms Over Xbox One Energy Consumption

In the wake of a recent report from the Natural Resources Defense Council, Microsoft last week published a blog post that outlined the various steps the company has taken and will take to improve the Xbox One's overall energy consumption. Now, NRDC senior scientist Noah Horowitz has published a …

Samsung’s partnership with Microsoft might not be enough to save its sinking profits

We were initially taken aback when rumors began to spread that Samsung would be entering into a partnership with Microsoft to preload some of the …

How to set up the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge

The new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge both offer a new and much improved fingerprint reader, making it more convenient to store your personal information by locking your device.<p>Place your finger on the home button, and a few milliseconds later your device is unlocked. The fingerprint reader is sure to be …

Information Systems

Vizio confirms pricing, availability on new M-Series 4K TVs, highlights 43-inch 4K for $600

It appears the cat may be out of the bag when it comes to Vizio’s 2015 M-series TVs. Pricing and basic specs for the popular series were leaked today …

This adorable alarm clock reminds me of the Sony I used to love

I've waxed poetic on Weird Sony in the past — the Sony I knew as a child of the ’80s and ’90s, the Sony that wasn't afraid to make really bizarre and amazing gadgets simply because it could. It wasn't just about making an endless stream of high-margin crap; there was an obvious and obsessive …

Gear & Gadgets

Will Apple be able to clean up its Apple Watch launch date mess in time?

Apple is apparently concerned with the Apple Watch launch mess it created: For the first time ever, one of its products won’t even be available for …

Samsung Galaxy S6 teardown reveals difficult repairability

In their teardown, the folks at iFixit gave the Galaxy S6 a repair score of just 4 out of 10. While they gave the smartphone props for the modular …

The best protective covers, cases, & bags for Apple Watch

Now that you’ve ordered an Apple Watch or two, you’ll want to start pre-ordering any accessories that you want to have by the time your watch arrives. Most of the products on this list of protective covers, cases, and bags are shipping around the same time as the Apple Watch — sometime between …

Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge Is More Expensive to Build Than Apple's iPhones

In a competition with Apple, Samsung's costs to build its flagship phones are going up.<p>Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S6 Edge, is the most costly yet to build and assemble, according to a teardown analysis of the device by the research firm IHS.<p>According to a report due out later …

Mobile

After comparing Apple to Hitler, Chinese company reveals Le Superphone

'Hello US'<p>Two weeks ago, to build buzz for the Android smartphone it announced today, Chinese tech company Letv turned to Hitler. A poster teasing the phone shows Hitler giving the Nazi salute while wearing an armband marked with the Apple logo. Apple, explained Letv CEO Jia Yueting in an …

Spec-heavy Le Superphone coming to the US from China's Letv

The hardware specs for Le Superphone sound very impressive on paper, and could offer an alternative to devices like the Samsung Galaxy S6 if Letv …

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D review: hard knock life

<i>Xenoblade Chronicles 3D</i> is a slow burn.<p>True to the Japanese role-playing game genre, it weaves through complicated plot points and cliches in an effort to play out an epic, sometimes seemingly never-ending adventure. But this is a journey players might have taken before — <i>Xenoblade Chronicles</i> was …

Xenoblade Chronicles