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Maybe Yahoo is worth $8 billion after all

It’s round two for Yahoo.<p>At the moment, telco operator Verizon appears to be the leading contender to buy Yahoo with a $3 billion bid for Yahoo’s core business, reports the Wall Street Journal.<p>At first glance, that’s a fraction of the $6 billion to $8 billion analysts thought Yahoo’s business would …

Nintendo's mobile games hoping to make 17 million a month

DeNA has been talking up its upcoming mobile games with Nintendo, specifically mentioning just how much money it wants to make (a lot) and the game …

Lenovo’s new Vibe Shot is a phone designed to look like a camera

Lenovo is focusing on the camera for its latest smartphone: the Vibe Shot. While it’s late to the game after Samsung and Nokia have both experimented with smartphones that look more like dedicated cameras, Lenovo thinks it has its own solution. The Vibe Shot is a regular Android phone with a …

Mobile Technology

BlackBerry plans to launch a sliding 'dual-curved display' phone this year

The portrait slider returns<p>During a press conference at Mobile World Congress today, BlackBerry revealed that it plans to launch a new touchscreen slider device later this year. The new phone doesn't have a name, price, or exact release date, but it has what BlackBerry calls a "dual curved display" …

Apple beats Samsung to become the world's top smartphone manufacturer in Q4, says Gartner

iPhone sales have been on a tear recently, while Samsung's smartphone lineup has shown its first real signs of struggle in many years — a trend that led some analysts to believe that Apple had retaken the lead as the world's largest smartphone manufacturer. Now, Gartner, one of the industry's top …

Google begins rolling out Android 5.1 update

Bug fixes, HD Voice, and a new anti-theft feature are bundled in<p>The first major update to Android 5.0 Lollipop is here. Google just announced that version 5.1 is rolling out now to supported devices including Motorola's Nexus 6 and HTC's Nexus 9. The software update "improves stability and …

You can now design a custom Moto 360 using Moto Maker

Three finishes, nine bands, 11 faces<p>As expected, Motorola's Moto Maker website can now be used to customize the Moto 360 smartwatch. Visiting the Moto Maker site will let you design a smart watch with one of three finishes for the case: dark metal, light metal, or "champagne gold." You can then …

Kickstarter, Etsy, GameStop, and Marriott are getting behind Apple Pay

More retailers are moving to support Apple Pay, with Kickstarter, Etsy, and GameStop the latest to join a growing list. With an update released yesterday, Kickstarter's iOS app now lets you crowdfund any US-based project with Apple Pay. So if the Apple Watch is too expensive for your blood, it's …

The next iPhone could be pink and have a pressure-sensing screen

Force Touch and a new color may come later this year<p>Apple is planning to release new iPhones later this year with Force Touch-equipped displays, according to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. Force Touch was one of the key themes at Apple's event on Monday; the Apple Watch uses the pressure-sensing …

Sony is closing its failed PlayStation Mobile platform

PlayStation Mobile, Sony's initiative to build a store for indie games and PlayStation classics that could be played on both the PS Vita handheld and certain Android phones, is coming to an end. No further content will be published after July 15th, and come September 10th you won't even be able to …

There is now a VAIO phone

Will VAIO make smartphones for longer than Sony?<p>VAIO Corporation was formed when Sony sold its laptop business, but now the new company is entering a product category in which Sony still remains: smartphones. The VAIO phone was announced today through Japanese MVNO B-mobile, which is pricing it to …

Apple launches public beta for iOS 8.3

But not everyone's able to sign up at the moment<p>For the first time ever, Apple is inviting regular users to test out an upcoming iOS update. The company has launched a page where interested iPhone owners can sign up to trial iOS 8.3 before it's released to all consumers later this year. Apple's …

iPhone 6 vs. Galaxy S6: a pixel-perfect size comparison

I'll let you in on a little secret: I'm <i>really</i> looking forward to the Galaxy S6. After years of underwhelming flagship Galaxy devices, Samsung once again has a phone that people can be legitimately excited about. I spent only a few moments with the S6 at Mobile World Congress, but it was enough time …

Apple reportedly hopes to lure Android switchers with trade-in program

According to a new report from <i>9to5Mac</i>, Apple will soon make perhaps its most aggressive push yet to court Android users and get them switched them over to iPhone. The company hopes to accomplish this through a trade-in promotion that will be offered at Apple retail stores. For the first time, that …

These are the five apps that every smartphone must get right

I was going through my review pictures of the LG G Flex 2 last week when I noticed this particular shot, showing a quintet of apps in the Android task switcher. My five most recently used apps were Gmail, Twitter, Chrome, Maps, and the camera. It seemed like a random selection at the time, but …

T-Mobile announces 'Uncarrier' plans for businesses

T-Mobile's about to put a bigger focus on business customers. At today's Uncarrier 9.0 event, CEO John Legere announced a simple lineup of plans targeted at business customers that package unlimited talk, unlimited text, and 1GB of LTE data to start. Businesses can cover 10 lines for a total of …

T-Mobile guarantees it will never raise the price of your rate plan

T-Mobile's doing even more to try prying wireless customers away from Verizon and AT&T. At this morning's Uncarrier 9.0 event, John Legere announced the "Un-contract," a commitment on T-Mobile's side that guarantees customer bills will go down, but never increase unexpectedly. "I'm bringing back …

Microsoft's new Lumia 430 is its cheapest Windows phone yet at just $70

Microsoft is continuing its push into the low-end smartphone market today with the launch of the Lumia 430. At just $70 before taxes, Microsoft labels it the "most affordable Lumia to-date," and its basic specifications clearly help achieve that impressive price point. For the money you’ll get a …

Mobile Technology

Gucci will make wearables with will.i.am in spite of his calamitous Puls debut

Tech companies might not know luxury, but luxury brands seem even more clueless about tech<p>The first smart wearable from will.i.am, the Puls smart band, was irredeemably bad, but that's not stopping Gucci from partnering with the musician-turned-tech-visionary for a new line of wearable devices. …

Android Wear is coming to luxury watches

Tag Heuer will be the first Swiss watchmaker to use Google's wearable platform<p>Announced one year ago, Google's Android Wear software is available on a half-dozen different smartwatches, ranging in price from $200 to $300. All of those smartwatches, whether they're the Motorola Moto 360, LG G Watch …

The Galaxy S6 hits U.S. carriers on 4/10, and you can pre-order starting tomorrow

The S6 Edge will run about $100 more<p>Samsung today announced that the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be available on US carriers starting April 10th, the same time as they are scheduled to be available for sale across the world. Additionally, customers in the US will be able to pre-order the phones …

Nuzzel for Android lets you know what stories your friends are talking about

The iOS and web-based social RSS feed is now available on Android, too<p>Nuzzel is basically a free social RSS reader for news stories shared by your friends. The service — which is already available on the web and iOS — launches on Android today. It curates the links being shared by your Facebook or …

Gmail for Android finally has a unified inbox that puts every email in one place

Gmail for Android can finally show all of your emails from every account in one place. Today, Google announced that the latest update to its email app includes a new "All Inboxes" option which, just as it sounds, will list every message across your email accounts in one central spot. Since every …

WhatsApp finally adds voice calls for all Android users, iOS coming soon

Android users can finally make voice calls on WhatsApp, thanks to a quiet but major update. The feature has been teased for months, with the update hitting select users a few weeks ago. Now, however, it seems it's available to all, with the latest version of WhatsApp offering a new, cleaner layout, …

Living life on the S6 Edge

Samsung is back atop the Android throne with its new Galaxy S6. The hotly contested title for Android’s best was more open than ever last year, with credible contenders from Sony, Motorola, and HTC, but 2015 is starting out with Samsung clearly in the ascendancy. And the Korean company is doing it …

An Attack on Titan game is coming to the Nintendo 3DS

Get ready to fight huge, people-hungry giants on your handheld — a video game adaptation of manga <i>Attack on Titan</i> is headed to the Nintendo 3DS this May. Called <i>Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains</i>, the new game is headed to both North America and Europe. The third-person action game will feature both …

Mario Kart 8 is getting even faster with new 200cc mode

The best <i>Mario Kart</i> will soon be the fastest, as well. Nintendo has announced an upcoming update that adds a new, faster mode to the Wii U racer. Traditionally <i>Mario Kart</i> games offer three classes for racing, 50cc, 100cc, and 150cc. But the new update adds the fastest mode yet with a 200cc mode. It …

First Click: Nintendo could learn a lot from Netflix

Nintendo DS and N64 games are finally coming to the Wii U! Great news, right?<p>Well. Kind of?<p>Look, <i>Super Mario 64</i> is one of the greatest video games of all time. It did for 3D gaming what <i>The Wizard of Oz</i> did for color cinema. It’s important that it remain available on modern hardware, and it’s …

Boxboy is an adorable Nintendo 3DS puzzle game about boxes

The studio behind Kirby swaps pink for black-and-white<p>Boxes are perhaps gaming's most utilitarian item. You can push them around to hit switches or access higher areas, and they make for great cover when you're under fire. They feature in everything from blockbuster action games to retro classics. …

New trailers: Spectre, Fantastic Four, Poltergeist, and more

Maybe it's true every week, but there really were some great trailers that came out this week. Head below for 15 of the best, with a good mix of comedy, drama, action, superhero, and documentary throughout.<p><i>This</i> is how you make a trailer. The first look at James Bond's next adventure, <i>Spectre</i>, is …