Ken Calvert

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What's killing your battery? Android's top 10 performance-sapping apps

Is your phone or tablet battery constantly reduced to a sliver of red on the screen? New research has found the worst performance-draining apps on Android devices, and Facebook is the biggest culprit.<p>It may seem to consume every spare moment of our lives, but the world's most famous social …

Apps

Bango Inks Global Samsung Deal To Power Carrier Billing In Galaxy Apps Store

One more deal in the bag for Bango, the UK-based startup that enables carrier billing services for mobile users: it has signed an agreement with Samsung for the handset giant to preload its services on to all Samsung devices running the Samsung Galaxy Apps store — letting consumers charge games, …

Essential security apps for your smartphone and tablet

Hackers would love to weasel their way on to your smartphone or tablet, just like they try to do your computer. That's how they steal sensitive information like account details, passwords, important texts, intimate photos and whatever else possible.<p>Unfortunately for them, mobile gadgets are a bit …

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review: big, powerful and now metal

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the fourth iteration of Samsung’s popular phablet series that features a new metal body, a good camera and less gimmicky software<p>Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 is all the phablet anyone could ever need, and while it might be a stretch to operate with one hand, it does promise …

Acer rolls out pair of gamer-geared monitors with Nvidia G-SYNC

The Acer XBO displays come in a 28-inch high-end 4K model and a full HD 27-inch version.<p>Acer added a slick pair of Nvidia G-SYNC-featuring displays to its lineup. The 28-inch XB280HK and 27-inch XB270H are geared toward gamers, thanks to the new technology that synchronizes the monitor's refresh …

Consumer Tech

Edward Snowden Reveals NSA's MonsterMind Program

It's a cyberwar robot that always hits back.<p>In the high desert near Bluffdale, Utah, there lurks a creature made entirely of zeroes and ones. Called "MonsterMind", the project is an automated cyber weapon, perched atop the data flows into the National Security Agency's Mission Data Repository. …

Surveillance

Edward Snowden Wants You To Ditch Dropbox For This Service

He thinks Dropbox, the cloud storage firm with over 200 million users, is "hostile to privacy," and urged people to switch to what he calls more-secure storage services like SpiderOak.<p>"Dropbox is a targeted wannabe PRISM partner," Snowden told The Guardian. "They just put Condoleezza Rice on their …

It's Actually Cheaper To Buy Digital Storm's New Gaming PC Than To Build It Yourself

In a sure sign that the world is ending — or that perhaps a boutique PC vendor is actually making use of economies of scale to benefit their customers — Digital Storm’s newly released Vanquish II gaming rig is cheaper to outright buy off the shelf than it is to build yourself.<p>For the sake of …