Heather Shott

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Android this week: Software updates for all; Android Wear apps; Better battery life

Google(s goog) hasn’t been sitting idle since its developer event last week. Instead, it has started to push an update to Google Play Services out …

Android Circuit: Samsung's new Galaxy Smartphones, Android Is The Top OS In The US, And The Home Screen On The Front Line

Taking a look back at the week in news across the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit focuses on Samsung’s new Galaxy handsets; Android tops the US market share; the Android ‘L’ changes; Google Play Services’ update for Android Wear support; Android Wear apps arrive in the Play Store; the …

The evolution of the PC: A decade of design

Computers have gone through nothing short of a renaissance in the decade since Engadget was born. When we started in 2004, desktops still ruled the roost; laptops were frequently clunky; and tablets were niche devices for doctors.<p>That state of affairs didn't last for long, though. Netbooks briefly …

Why Apple just hired a Swiss-watch salesman

Last year, Apple poached Angela Ahrendts, the CEO of Burberry, a British purveyor of luxury-goods. Today, Apple added a senior sales director from Tag Heuer, a Swiss purveyor of luxury watches, CNBC reports, citing Jean-Claude Biver, the head of watch brands at LVMH, a company that owns lots of …

TAG Heuer

Microsoft Surface Pro 3: Good news, bad news

The Surface Pro 3 has held up well after two weeks of constant use, but it's not the Holy Grail of hybrids.<p>First, the bad news -- which is old news, in a way, because it's about Windows 8.1.<p><b>Standalone tablet -- not:</b> Maybe the US Internal Revenue Service has -- by some freak string of unintended …

This little Sony will pump up the sound of your headphones

I have to hand it to Sony -- the PHA-2 is far and away the best-looking portable headphone amplifier/digital converter I've seen.<p>Its sleek extruded metal casework feels like it can take a beating, and the front "handles" don't just look cool -- they protect the volume knob and headphone cable from …

Samsung Revamps its Galaxy Apps Store

Samsung has upgraded its Samsung Apps store with a redesigned user interface and a new name — Samsung Galaxy Apps — as it seeks to put the focus on exclusive content, discounts and promotional offers.<p>The Korean company’s app store is accessible on all of its Galaxy smartphones and tablets. The …

BBM Messenger Is Finally On Windows Phone In Open Beta

If you thought that BlackBerry’s messaging service landed on iOS and Android several years too late, its (late) arrival on Windows Phone takes it to the next level. BlackBerry teased the launch of its BBM messaging service on Windows Phone back in February, and now users can finally get their hands …

Bill Gates Backs Birth Control With Wireless On-Off Switch

First Bill Gates brought us a better condom. Now, the billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft founder is taking birth control to an even more amazing level.<p>Gates is backing a long-lasting implantable birth control device that can be turned on and off with a remote control. With this device -- a …

Cubot S208 Review - 5" quad core smartphone for under $135.

A quick browse of any online Chinese electronics wholesaler will quickly turn up devices by Cubot. I have often seen them for sale, but I have never had a chance to test one, until now that is!<p>The Cubot S208 is a slim, 5 inch, quad-core Android smartphone which can be purchased for under $135. That …

Samsung Galaxy Tab S review: a rival for the iPad?

The Galaxy Tab S is Samsung’s no-holds-barred attempt to beat Apple and its dominant iPad. With an incredible screen, slim build and snappy processor Korea might finally have something Apple should worry about.<p>The stakes are high: my understanding is that if this doesn’t sell well against the iPad …

LG Display unveils flexible TV panel that can be rolled up to 3cm

LG Display has come up with a new flexible TV panel that people can roll up just like a newspaper.<p>The South Korean company on Thursday unveiled two 18-inch OLED panels -- one that's rollable and another that's transparent. This means televisions using this type of technology can be easily hidden on …

Gear & Gadgets

Playing with Fire: What it’s like to make an app for Amazon’s smartphone

<i>[This is a guest post from Dave Cotter and Bruno Botnivik, co-founders and CEO/Chief Architect of family social network</i> <i>SquareHub,</i> <i>detailing their</i> …

Apple Patents Stronger Sapphire Displays And Illuminated Sapphire Controls

Apple has a few new patent applications with the USPTO (via AppleInsider), all relating to sapphire glass displays and elements for its use in mobile devices. The patents cover a method for making sapphire glass display covers stronger, a way to create illuminated buttons with sapphire, and a way …

Tag Heuer Introduces World's First Self-Charging Phone

What happens when one of the world’s leading watchmakers sets its sights on mobile? You get a $12,000 “infinite-power” phone that runs on light.<p>Why, you might be asking, would Tag Heuer—known for its opulent chronographs, Brad Pitt ads, and general bling—suddenly venture into the mobile world with …

The first Chromebook with a Core i3 processor is here

Even more Intel inside<p>Chromebooks are best known for being simple, pared-down devices that browse the web and don't do much else. As a result, aside from the exhorbitantly expensive Chromebook Pixel, most Chromebooks have underpowered processors when compared with more fully featured laptops. …