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Samsung's Galaxy Gear isn't really a smartwatch

Prior to the reveal of the Galaxy Gear today, we'd reported that it wouldn't be a standalone phone. After today's announcement, I can conclusively say it's not a smartwatch, either.<p>A smartwatch is, quite literally, a smart wristwatch. It's a timepiece with a brain, capable of processing and …

Pocket for Galaxy Gear gives a glimpse of how apps will work on Samsung's smartwatch

Listen to Pocket with your phone in your pocket<p>Revealing its new Galaxy Gear today, Samsung proudly announced the smartwatch will have 70 apps available to users at launch. What it hasn't shown us in detail yet is how third-party apps will look and function. The popular read later service Pocket …

Samsung gets creative with Galaxy Gear, but smart watches remain toys

Samsung just unveiled its new, $300 Galaxy Gear smart watch, and its long list of features is impressive. Here are the ones that differentiate it from other smart watches, which have so far been mostly disappointments:<p>Gear has a tiny camera in the wristband, which makes taking pictures as simple as …

Smartwatches

The one thing that hasn’t leaked about the next iPhone is the only thing that matters

On Sept. 10, Apple is expected to announce a new iPhone and a (rumored, but essentially confirmed) “cheap” iPhone 5C. The price of the forthcoming “iPhone 5C” will determine its success in both the US and China, and will tell us a great deal about which market Apple is prioritizing, says mobile …

Mobile Technology

LA Game Space's Experimental Game Pack available next week

The Experimental Game Pack, an "experimental game and prototype pack with 30 original games from indie game makers, media/net artists, authors, filmmakers, architects, and comic creators," will be available next week to those who backed the LA Game Space Kickstarter, according to an update on the …

Facebook for Windows Phone Now Supports 256MB RAM Phones

Microsoft has updated the Facebook app for Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 with support for phones with 256MB RAM, as well as performance enhancements and bug fixes for all devices.<p>Given that Facebook is used by more than 1 billion people worldwide each month — and mobile usage is growing fast …

How to spot if people are lying in texts

"Had a few drinks, went straight home."<p>"Working late."<p>"Let's elope."<p>If you get any of these texts -- and if they're a little longer in coming than usual -- it's very possible that your Chosen One is lying.<p>No, I don't want to break up your relationship. Well, not unless you need my help. But I've …

TECH NOW: Best new gadgets for women

Take a look at this gear thoughtfully designed with women in mind, from fashionable earbuds to handy charging devices and totes.<p>When it comes to great gadgets for gals, tech companies have been slow to realize they can't just make the same old gadgets and slap some pink paint on them.<p>According to …

Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (unlocked) review: Customization champ, but middle-of-the-pack phablet overall - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The Motorola Moto X Pure Edition lets you pick your design. It also has expandable storage, loud front speakers and charges quickly.<p><b>The Bad</b> The handset's bigger size may be unwieldy for some, its battery life is just average and it's hitting a market increasingly crowded with more …

Google To Supply Free Wi-Fi Hotspots For All 7,000 U.S. Starbucks Locations

Google has just announced via a blog post that it will be offering free, faster Wi-Fi hotspots at all U.S. company-operated Starbucks locations, which will get up and running sometime within the next 18 months. Google says that its speeds should beat the existing hotspots at the coffee shops by at …

Samsung Denies Inflated Galaxy S4 Performance for Tests

Samsung has denied claims that it tweaks its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone to help create inflated perform scores during benchmark tests.<p>AnandTech claims the company set the device to yield an 11 percent performance enhancement for benchmarking applications, which does not carry over into regular …

Samsung Busted Boosting International Galaxy S4 Benchmarks

Powered by a new Exynos 5 Octa system on a chip, the international version of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 boasts some impressive benchmarks — a graphical …

SK Hynix teases 4GB LPDDR3 RAM for high-end mobiles due end of this year

Samsung is already pressing ahead with its own high-density 20nm LPDDR3 modules, but SK Hynix reckons it can go one better. Instead of the stingy, piffling, retro 2GB stack offered by Sammy (pah!), the Korean memory specialist says it's sampling 20nm 8Gb (1GB) chips that can be stacked to provide …

Mad Catz joins the Android micro-console battle with Project M.O.J.O.

Technology startup Ouya made waves in 2012 when it raised $8.6m on Kickstarter to make an Android-powered games console that would be sold for less …

MOGA launching new Power Series controllers, will charge your phone as you play

Back in April, MOGA released its PowerA Pro Android gaming control, promising an improved experience over their previous generation controller. Now the company has announced they are back at it again, with plans to launch a new generation of MOGA Power Series controllers at E3.<p>So what’s new? The …

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