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Galaxy S7 edge has its insides put on show for everyone to see

The iFixit team have got their hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and have carefully taken the smartphone apart to reveal just what kind of dark …

New York's public Wi-Fi hubs now have Android tablets

Starting today, New York City's first public Wi-Fi hubs are getting Android tablets, allowing New Yorkers to check their email, make a phone call, or find directions on Google Maps as easily as they once made a call on the public payphones the hubs are replacing. The tablets are going in a …

Bill de Blasio

Has a rampaging AI algorithm really killed thousands in Pakistan?

A killer machine-learning algorithm guiding the U.S. drone program has killed thousands of innocent people according to some reports. What’s the truth?<p>A killer AI has gone on a rampage through Pakistan, slaughtering perhaps thousands of people. At least that’s the impression you’d get if you read …

Machine Learning

NextBit Robin Review: An Aesthetic Escape

And the heavenly hosts of mobile declared, “At last a phone that isn’t just a boring black rectangle.”<p>This smartphone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, 3GB of LPDDR3 memory, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac [2.4 and 5 GHz dual-band], with Bluetooth 4.0 LE, 4G LTE Cat 4, NFC support, USB 3.0 Gen1 SuperSpeed [5 …

Gear & Gadgets

MIT’s New Algorithms Could Stop Catastrophic Drone Crashes

We’re still in the early days of commercial drones, but MIT is already working to end crashes for good.<p>Drones. They crash. A lot. Right now, they’re only as good as their pilots, which often means “not very.” As for so-called autonomous drones, they’re fine in well-documented open spaces, but have …

Drones

Best of Android 2015: Battery

<b>What is Best of Android?</b><p>In Best of Android, we take the hottest devices of the moment and compare them in-depth. For this first edition, we picked up the following Android flagships:<p>Sony Xperia Z5 Premium<br>• Nexus 6P<br>• Motorola Moto X Force<br>• Samsung Galaxy Note 5<br>• LG V10<br>• BlackBerry Priv<p>What about the Galaxy S6 …

Phones

Google is sending out this cool little Lego kit to Project Fi subscribers

Lego my charging dock<p>Google's Project Fi is an interesting twist on standard cell phone service, one that's full of promise — and it also comes with some surprisingly unique benefits. Google is sending out gifts to a number of Fi subscribers in the form of a Lego kit, one that works as a charging …

Lego

A tiny change in Apple's software could have brought about the 'app Renaissance' — but it's now looking unlikely

Right now, f.lux is only available for desktop computers and has been downloaded over 15 million times. For a brief period of time this week, though, it was also available to install on your iPhone and iPad — then Apple shut it down.<p>f.lux didn't arrive on the iPhone through the App Store. It never …

Apps

BlackBerry’s first Android phone may cost more than the best Android phones

<b>Read next:</b> The Blackberry Priv review.<p>Rather than announcing its first Android phone, BlackBerry has taken the odd strategy of just letting every detail about the device leak out and then casually referencing it in an official capacity every now and then. The latest detail to leak out is the …

Mobile Technology

Mark Zuckerberg explains why he thinks that critics of his plan to connect the world are wrong

Critics, particularly in India, have been calling Internet.org an affront to the principles of net neutrality.<p>Net neutrality is the idea that all internet traffic should be treated equally, no matter what service it comes from.<p>Internet.org's app, called Free Basics, allows users in developing …

Net Neutrality

Living with the Jolla Tablet: a promising device with few apps

There's no question that the Jolla Tablet is an odd duck. It's a crowdfunded, first-generation slate running an unfamiliar platform (Sailfish OS), and some of its features are based on your input -- if enough of the Sailfish community votes for an interface tweak, you're likely to see it become …

IPad Air

Microsoft Announces New Surface Pro 4 Hybrid Talet PC

With Surface Pen<p>Microsoft announced the new Surface Pro 4 at its Windows 10 event today, building on its line of hybrid computers aimed to bridge the gap between laptops and tablets. The new device has a 12.3-inch screen, with 267 pixels per inch. Microsoft claims that the Surface Pro 4 is 30 …

New research tool can improve battery life by 16%

Battery life is among the biggest concerns for smartphone users ever since screens started growing and technology within our cellphones evolved. So far our best solution is providing a larger battery, but until a new type of energy source shows up there are also plenty of software improvements that …

Batteries

Apple made the iPhone 6s nearly waterproof and didn't tell anyone

Leave it up to Apple to downplay a surprisingly useful engineering feat: A water-resistant iPhone. It turns out the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus sport a combination of new technology that makes them far more resistant to liquid damage than past iPhones, iFixit reports. Apple packed in a new gasket around …

Meet the man who owned Google.com for one minute

Update: Google has granted Sanmay Ved a generous reward for the discovery of the bug in its Domains service. In a heart-warming twist, Ved said he would donate the money (“over $10,000”) to a charity.<p>Former Google employee Sanmay Ved bought Google.com for $12 on September 29, 2015. He owned the …

Android News

Apple files patent for MacBook fuel cell that could last weeks

Apple has filed a patent application for a fuel cell system that could power a MacBook "for days or even weeks without refuelling".<p>In the patent …

Alternative Fuel

An early look at Nextbit's 'cloud first' Robin smartphone

Nextbit wanted to celebrate the launch of its debut smartphone today at a party in San Francisco, but it turned out to be a celebration of success as well. In just under 12 hours, the startup reached its $500,000 Kickstarter goal to fund the Robin, an Android phone that isn't only "cloud first," …

Mobile Technology

Samsung’s Gear S2 can make me a believer in smartwatches

This perfectly round smartwatch is like a porthole into the future<p><b>Read next:</b> The Samsung Gear S2 review.<p>A year ago, I was here at IFA in a state of exasperation. Every electronics company was throwing a diversity of awkward smartwatches at the wall and waiting to see what stuck. Nothing did, …

Wearable Tech

The Future Of The Internet, According To Its Father

Geeking out with Vint Cerf<p>The Internet has changed a lot over its 30-something years. That terrible dial-up noise is gone; the Ethernet cord has been cut; Tinder happened. What’s next? If anyone knows, it’s Vint Cerf, Google’s vice president and chief Internet evangelist. He is considered a “father …

Google announces OnHub, a $200 router focused on simplicity

Routers have never been particularly exciting pieces of technology, but now Google is trying to change that. It announced today that it's created a router called OnHub. OnHub is supposed to be easy to set up and manage, have high performance, and be able to tie together smart home accessories. The …

Smart Homes

Nintendo Wants To Turn Sleep Into A Game

And just filed a patent for a device that will monitor you while you rest<p>From the first narrative videogame to those that move games into 3D space, Nintendo has had a prescient, uncanny ability to understand our relationship with technology. Its most recent initiative is called Quality of Life, but …

Nintendo
Phones

Report: Apple and Samsung in talks to adopt e-SIM technology

<i>The Financial Times</i> reports that Samsung and Apple are both in talks with the GSMA, the mobile telecom telecom industry association, to begin employing electronic SIM cards in their mobile devices. Electronic SIMs (or e-SIMs) differ from their physical predecessors in that they don't lock users …

Latest Windows 10 Mobile preview offers more features and bugs

The new features sound cool, but bugs still abound in each new mobile preview release, and Microsoft has to squash them all in time for the final release later this year.<p>Microsoft has released a new Windows 10 Mobile preview build that adds new features, fixes previous glitches but adds some new …

Windows 10 Mobile

Steve Wozniak: In the future, robots will keep humans as pets

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is pretty certain artificial intelligence is taking over, but he's having a hard time deciding whether that's a good …

Google eavesdropping tool installed on computers without permission

Privacy advocates claim always-listening component was involuntarily activated within Chromium, potentially exposing private conversations<p>Privacy campaigners and open source developers are up in arms over the secret installing of Google software which is capable of listening in on conversations …

Google

Google is hosting an Androidify Pride parade, and you're invited

Sashay down the virtual runway with Tom, Conchita, and Kylie<p>Pride celebrations are kicking into gear around the world next week, and Google's getting in on the fun. The company has added a whole suite of Pride-specific wardrobe options to its Androidify character customization tool (available on …

Kylie Minogue

Taylor Swift has snubbed Apple Music

Taylor Swift has previously been an outspoken critic of free music streaming. She argues that it devalues artists' work, and she removed "1989" from market-leader Spotify late last year following a dispute over its free, ad-supported tier.<p>However, it had previously been thought that Swift's album …

Apple Music

How Google Is Making Chrome Less of a Battery Hog on Your Mac

A Chrome engineer outlines the tweaks that could make all the difference<p>Google Chrome has grown up from a stripped-down little browser into a beast that devours battery. Especially on Macs. The good news is that Google knows it. And on Google+, Senior Software Engineer Peter Kasting outlined some …