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T-Mobile and Sprint will merge to create a 5G powerhouse

After years of on-again, off-again talks, it's official: T-Mobile and Sprint have announced plans to merge. The all-stock, $26 billion deal values Sprint at $59 billion (the combined company would be worth $146 billion) and will give T-Mobile the reins, with the carrier's John Legere serving as CEO …

Quick Review: AirPods alternative that charge via USB-C and actually stay in for $28 Prime shipped

Although they cost $159 and can still be hard to find, there’s a lot to love about Apple’s AirPods. The W1 chip makes it easy to pair with Apple devices and they just work…unless they just fall out of your ears like mine. (You can pop some Earbuddyz on them but then you have to remove to charge …

What happens when a patient says, 'Doc, help me die'

<b>(CNN) —</b> "But can't you help me die, Doc?"<p>My 54-year-old patient was alone in the intensive care unit, with no family or friends in his life. He slumped in his bed, gasping, staring up at me. Admitted with lung fibrosis and pneumonia, he had scars and infection aggressively replacing his airways, …

Empathy

More Trouble In Paradise; Wireless Charging Wears Out The iPhone X's Batteries Much Quicker Than Traditional Means Suggest Tests

It's no secret. Apple had huge expectations for the iPhone X, and so far, the smartphone does not meet them. Not only did the device fail to meet …

Apple confirms your iCloud photos are actually stored in Google's cloud

On the surface, it's always looked like Apple and Google are mortal enemies. Android vs iOS, Siri vs Assistant, mythical AR glasses vs Google Glass — …

LG’s V30S ThinQ is a V30 with more RAM and AI

Smartphones don’t get much more repetitive than this<p>LG is usually one of the big hitters of Mobile World Congress. In 2016, the company used this show to debut its radical LG G5 modular flagship. In 2017, we saw the LG G6, which was among the first phones with an almost bezel-free display. But in …

Is a New iPhone with Digital ‘Force Touch’ Side Buttons in the Works?

Back in August of 2016, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published an Apple patent titled “Electronic devices with sidewall displays” …

News: Why the Galaxy S9's Dual Aperture Camera Is a Milestone for Mobile Photography

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ have a new camera feature that Samsung is calling "Dual Aperture." On the surface, that may sound like your typical …

Google’s New AMP Stories Bring Snapchat-Like Content to Mobile Web

The format doesn’t support advertising yet, which could slow its adoption among publishers<p>By<p>Benjamin Mullin<p>Benjamin Mullin<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@benmullin<p>benjamin.mullin@wsj.com<p>Alphabet Inc.’s GOOGL -2.06% Google unveiled new technology that lets publishers create visual-oriented stories …

Social Media

Text messaging from desktop coming to Android Messages

In a bid to keep up with some other popular messaging platforms, Google appears to be on track to introduce texting from the desktop as part of their …

PSA: Biting Your iPhone Battery Is Dumb

A man in China took a bite out of his iPhone battery only to watch it explode.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate …

Google poaches a key Apple chip designer

Google is still snapping up Apple's chip design talent as part of its ongoing quest to create custom processors. <i>The Information</i> has learned that the search giant has hired John Bruno, the designer who founded and ran Apple's silicon competitive analysis group -- that is, the team that helped iPhone …

11 iPhone email tips you'll wish you'd known all along

I can't quit the stock iOS Mail app. I've had brief dalliances with the Gmail app and a handful of other email apps that promise to improve my life, but I keep coming back to the Mail app. As a result, this long-time Mail app Gmailer has picked up a few tricks along the way.<p>1. Archive vs. …

New Twitter Scam Spamming Feeds: What to Do

I can't believe I'm typing this, but: do not click on the baby poop. Seriously. A new fake viral video scam with the tantalizing title "Baby Poops in …

Fingerprint sensors under the display are going to be a real thing in 2018

Synaptics announces mass production of optical in-display fingerprint sensors<p>Synaptics, the company responsible for handling the touch input on millions of laptop trackpads and smartphone screens, has announced this week that it’s entered mass production with its first optical in-display …

Best of Android 2017: Which camera LOOKS the best?

This year saw the release of some of the best and most interesting smartphone cameras to date. Dual lenses have become the norm among high-end devices and camera software is giving users more power. But which is best?<p>The answer is very complicated, as this is a very subjective topic, but some …

Synaptics Clear ID in-display fingerprint scanner to go on a “Tier 1” phone

Too late the hero perhaps? Synaptics has just proudly announced that its Clear ID FS9500, which is perhaps the world’s first commercial in-display …

10 iPhone texting tips you'll wish you'd known all along

If your iPhone ($500 at Cricket Wireless) is constantly binging and buzzing and you are continually apologizing for missing texts and not responding in a timely fashion, then it might be time to dig in to some of the features in iMessage that can help prevent your texts from taking over your life. …

Text Messaging

This app adds a much-needed 'Mark as Read' button to your Gmail alerts

Here’s an app you hopefully won’t need for long: AutoNotification lets you mark Gmail messages as read – without archiving them – straight from the Android notifications panel.<p>That’s handy, because it’s often easy enough to scan an entire email right from an alert. Gmail’s Android app presently …

A Band Without a No. 1 Hit Is Outselling Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran

An old New Wave rock band that’s never released a No. 1 song in the U.S. is selling more concert tickets than the biggest pop stars in the …

Life Without The iPhone Is Pretty Damn Great

A lot has happened to me in the past month. I had a beautiful baby girl. I started cold brewing coffee. And after micro-slicing my thumb open for the …

5 signs that you’re ready to upgrade your smartphone

It seems like the next must-have smartphone is never more than a week or two from launch. This constant stream of snazzy new flagships might make you assume people are finding it harder and harder to stick with a single phone for very long.<p>Surprisingly, most users get about two years out of their …

These Shapeshifting Metals Could Be the Future of Flight

Humanity may be divided on a great many issues, but most would agree that it would be very cool to have airplane wings made of shapeshifting metal. …

Engineering

ZTE's chunky new device looks out of place in 2017, but it's the most intriguing phone of the year

Rival devices such as Samsung's Galaxy Note 8, the OnePlus 5T, and Apple's iPhone X are beautiful and sleek, have powerful processors, are made with premium materials, and include advanced features and cameras. By contrast, the Axon M is chunky, heavy, and kind of slow.<p>But looks — and even speed — …

Mobile Technology

Latest OnePlus 5T update delivers improved camera UI and image quality

The OnePlus 5T was released only a few weeks ago at the end of November, but it has already seen a couple of updates. The first of these arrived a couple of days after the smartphone’s global release, delivering some early enhancements and fixes. The latest, Oxygen OS 4.7.4, was outlined yesterday …

Gmail's Priority Inbox and this search trick will fix your email headache

There's no shortage of ways to manage your email, but if you use Gmail, here's a one-two punch that'll quickly clean up your inbox.<p>The crux of our …

Apple Retakes the Wearables Crown and Nudges Developers Forward

Earlier this week, we got word that Apple is once again at the top of the wearables heap. Analyst firm Canalys released their quarterly report on this up and coming category of devices, showing that Apple regained the top spot they had occupied earlier this year. They had been passed up by both …

Prepare to be shocked: Android companies plan to copy the iPhone X

Guess which iPhone X feature will probably be copied by every other company in the industry? If you said “the notch” you’re right. But I’m not …

The iPhone X price wars have begun: Save up to $350 on 2017’s hottest phone

The iPhone X will be available for preorder later this week, but the price wars between carriers have already started. T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon …