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Coming Soon To The iPhone 7s, 0% To 100% Battery Charging In Under A Minute?

Sick of waiting for your iPhone to finish charging? By 2017, your iPhone could completely charge from 0% to 100% in just 5 minutes, in a portable, consumer-friendly package that will make long charging times a thing of the past.<p>An Israeli startup called StoreDot has demonstrated new technology at …

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Lenovo ThinkPad 8 Review: A Classy Windows Tablet, with Quirks

At one point, Lenovo’s ThinkPad 8 and I had a moment.<p>I was sitting in bed one evening, doing some writing, when I remembered that Windows 8 had an …

Microsoft turns to Seth Green, Sarah Silverman, and Michael Cera for Xbox shows

Microsoft is partnering with Hollywood talent including Seth Green, Sarah Silverman, and Michael Cera as it prepares an onslaught of original programming set to arrive on Xbox beginning in June. Green's Stoopid Buddy Stoodios will produce a stop-motion animated show not unlike <i>Robot Chicken.</i> Cera …

HTC loses $62 million as the One bows out to the M8

Farewell HTC One , we hardly knew ye. In its final months as HTC's flagship, the excellent One couldn't reverse a Q4 net loss of T$1.88 billion ($62.06 million) for the Taiwanese company.<p>Between January and March 2014 HTC's total revenue fell by more than a fifth since the previous quarter.<p>It's …

Samsung's rumored Bond-like smartwatch may make and take calls

What if a smartwatch were more than just an accessory for your smartphone?<p>Samsung may be testing that possibility with an upcoming smartwatch that can send and receive calls thanks to its very own SIM slot. And it seems Samsung has come up with just the right name for the standalone smartwatch: …

Digitimes: Apple working on in-house baseband chip design to appear in 2015 iPhone

Apple is reportedly putting together a new engineering team that would focus on creating baseband hardware for future iPhone models, according to Digitimes. Apple’s current chips are supplied by Qualcomm, but is said to be considering a move to an in-house design as it did with its mobile …

HTC One (M8) has fastest display touch response time, under 50ms

Sitting in between the 5-inch display and the all metal curved casing of the new HTC One (M8) is a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of Ram – all contributing factors to HTC’s latest claim to fame, a record smashing 46ms display touch response time.<p>Smartphone …

Sony Xperia Z2 camera wins top spot by DxO benchmark

The folks over at DxO Labs like to put our favorite smartphones through some rigorous photography and videography tests. They recently put the Sony Xperia Z2 through the ringer, and with a score of 79, it came out in top spot of all mobile devices tested to date.<p>The Xperia Z2 is Sony’s flagship …

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Samsung might have fixed the Gear Fit's biggest problem

Enabling vertical orientation addresses the fitness band's most glaring flaw<p>The Gear Fit is the first wearable device from a major manufacturer to truly look like it's come from the future, though its warm reception was colored by one universal complaint: the orientation of the screen. Displaying …

Samsung heads downmarket as profits expected to slide for second successive quarter

<i>Reuters</i> is reporting that a decline in Samsung’s high-end handset sales means that the company is expected to report its second successive quarter of declining profits.<p>Samsung is likely to estimate a 3 percent year-on-year decline in January-March operating profit to 8.5 trillion won ($8.1 billion) …

'Iron Man' Robert Downey Jr. back with HTC One M8 spot

Iron Man is back touting the HTC One M8.<p>Actor Robert Downey Jr. has a new YouTube video up promoting HTC's latest flagship smartphone. The video takes a stripped-down approach, with Downey Jr. speaking directly to the viewer about his love for the new M8.<p>Downey Jr.'s commercial follows a series of …

LG Android Wear smartwatch to go on sale in July

South Korean manufacturer LG will launch its much anticipated Android Wear LG G smartwatch for no more than £180 in July<p>LG's first Android-powered smartwatch will go on sale in July, priced at £180.<p>The announcement, made at the company’s UK showcase in Weybridge, is the first price to be revealed …

Samsung Galaxy S5 reviews suggest a mostly positive evolution, not revolution

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is due to hit stores in the U.S. later this week, and the early reviews are in. As the fifth iteration of Samsung’s Galaxy …

Microsoft is finally catching up to the future

Satya Nadella sets the stage by backtracking on Windows 8's design and rolling out a free operating system<p>"We started out as a company that was focused on developers…we’re again in that era now," proclaimed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on stage at the company’s Build conference last week. The stakes …

Samsung announces new entry-level Galaxy Ace Style

Samsung has now officially taken the wraps off the latest member of its Galaxy Ace family, dubbed the Galaxy Ace Style. As you’d expect from Samsung’s budget line, the handset features relatively modest specs combined with a fairly affordable price tag.<p>The Ace Style is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core …

A Massive 87% Of Users Are Running iOS 7

The figure is up from 85% at the end of March, and 83% one month ago, when Apple introduced iOS 7.1. This update added several new features such as CarPlay, and also tweaked iTunes Radio, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and Siri.<p>After iOS 7, Apple’s latest figures indicate that 11% of active users …

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Sony Xperia Z2 crowned new king of mobile photography

The Sony Xperia Z2 has supplanted Nokia's 808 Pureview as the best smartphone for mobile photographers, according to an organization that analyzes camera quality.<p>Sony's latest flagship handset scored a 79 out of a possible 100 on the DxOMark Mobile scale, beating out Nokia's 808, which landed a …

iPhone 6 Renderings Based on Leaked Schematics Highlight Larger Displays

Late last month, a set of alleged design drawings was published by Japanese magazine <i>MacFan</i>, showing dimensions for upcoming 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch iPhone models. It's not uncommon for us to see design and case leaks in the months leading up to the new iPhone release.<p>In some cases, as with the iPhone …

'Gear Solo' is Samsung's standalone smartwatch, report says

Samsung's rumoured standalone smartwatch -- that would make calls without needing to be synced to a smartphone -- could be called the 'Gear Solo', according to a fresh report concerning the South Korean tech giant's wearable tech plans.<p>The 'Gear Solo' moniker is likely to be applied to the …

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Apple Expected to Unveil iWatch in September as Suppliers Deliver Circuit Board Samples

Three Apple suppliers have delivered samples of flexible circuit boards for the iWatch as the device is now expected to be unveiled in September, reports <i>DigiTimes</i>.<p>Screen-centric iWatch concept by DesignerEI<p>Flexible PCB suppliers Flexium Interconnect, Zhen Ding Technology Holding and Career …

First UK Google Glass trial gives Parkinson's sufferers more independence

Before Glass becomes a publicly available product, Google's quietly embarked on a campaign to get its iconic eyewear into the hands of those who can use it to tackle complex issues. After it gifted five pairs to researchers at Newcastle University, Google's allowed its wearable to undergo its first …

HTC One M8 on Sprint update brings extreme power saving mode

Sprint customers who've picked up HTC's swanky new One M8 will soon be enjoying a new feature, as a fresh update brings the flagship's 'extreme power saving mode' to bear.<p>The update is number 1.54.651.8, and adds the missing mode, which conserves CPU usage, cranks down the screen brightness, turns …

Impossible Road arrives on Android after long iOS exclusivity

The intense and addictive, iOS-exclusive action game Impossible Road has finally arrived on Android. The game hit the Google Play Store last Monday and can be bought for $1.99.<p>Impossible Road involves guiding a white ball, also known as “the Vessel,” along a blue, descending, infinite, and winding …

Marvel’s iPhone App Turns Sketches Into Tappable Mobile App “Prototypes”

Marvel, a UK startup founded last year by ex-employees of Enpocket (acquired by Nokia), is on a mission: to put creating a mobile app “prototype” within the reach of almost anybody.<p>The company’s first offering, built on top of Dropbox, lets you turn sketches, wireframes, and Photoshop files synced …

Windows 8.1 Update is the update all your future updates will need

Microsoft's major Windows 8.1 Update is available for download, and the software giant is pressuring users to install its software refresh more so than ever before. The update brings many improvements for non-touch Windows users alongside a selection of smaller tweaks, including an interface change …

Mass Production of 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Set for July, 5.5-Inch Version Beginning in September

According to Japanese website <i>EMSOne</i> [Google Translate, via <i>G for Games</i>] citing Taiwan's <i>Industrial and Commercial Times</i>, Apple is planning to begin mass production of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in July with the larger 5.5-inch version to enter mass production in September.<p>The report notes that both …

HTC One KitKat update causing mono sound camcorder bug

HTC has steadily been rolling out its Android 4.4.2 KitKat update to original HTC One (M7) over the past month or so, but it looks like the update may have brought an issue or two along with it.<p>Some users have been reporting that stereo audio isn’t working correctly when recording video via the HTC …

Apple’s expert witnesses explain why Samsung owes Apple $2B for patent infringements

With Samsung having argued in its opening statement that the $2B sum being claimed by Apple for five alleged patent violations was “a gross, gross exaggeration,” Apple called two expert witnesses to explain why it believes the sum is reasonable.<p><i>Re/code</i> reports that first MIT professor John Hauser …

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Microsoft’s stock has stagnated as investors have lost faith in the company’s plans for its future. After peaking at just under $60 a share in early 2000, Microsoft’s stock fell to about $22 later that year and has traded mostly between $25 and $40 a share in the 14 years since then. While revenue …