Melanie Hulsey

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Samsung, in a race to build your next smartphone chip, may just win

Samsung, the world's biggest maker of smartphones and TVs, is also dead serious about chips.<p>So serious that it will spend about $15 billion to open a new semiconductor factory in South Korea by 2017. That's big bucks even compared with the rest of industry, which spends closer to $10 billion for …

Mobile

Microsoft Releases 'Halo' Spinoffs For iOS, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 And Steam

Microsoft has released <i>Halo: Spartan Strike</i> today for iPhone, iPad, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Steam. The game was created by Microsoft Studios and 343 Industries in conjunction with Vanguard Games. You can digitally download <i>Halo: Spartan Strike</i> for a price of $5.99.<p>“Halo: Spartan Strike tells a …

Google Has a New Handwriting Keyboard and It Actually Works

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Samsung estimates Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge sales could reach 70 million

Samsung might have had a rough year in 2014, but things are certainly looking up for 2015 so far. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are both finding warm reception across the globe. In particular, the Galaxy S6 Edge is said to be surpassing expectations, thanks to its unique design that helps it …

Poor internet for poor people: Why Facebook’s Internet.org amounts to economic racism

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>Perhaps you’ve been following the news from the digital front in India—there’s been a significant movement in support of net neutrality.<p>This is the concept that holds, among other things, that all bits and bytes should be treated the same on all telco and carrier …

Net Neutrality

Soundbrenner Pulse Helps You Get Down To Your Own Sick Beat

If you find yourself staying out too late with nothing in your brain, perhaps you could use the Soundbrenner Pulse. This haptic smartwatch won’t make calls or manage your calendar for you but it will buzz out time while playing a musical instrument, allowing you to stay on the beat while you’re …

OftenType for iOS Pastes in Commonly Used Phrases Fast

Typing on your phone can be a drag, especially when you have to key in names, addresses and other info over and over. A new iOS keyboard aims to make it a cinch to paste text snippets you use often, and it’s actually kind of neat.<p>OftenType eschews the standard keyboard layout for a row of large …

The seven deadly sins of mobile games

We love our mobile games, but there are a few tendencies -- annoying, manipulative, or sometimes both -- that need to go away.<p>Always online<p>If you're designing a game for a mobile device, it makes sense that the game is, in fact, mobile. Not every mobile device has internet connectivity -- iPods and …

This Tiny Sensor Turns Your Thumbnail Into A Trackpad

Like the football phone or the Dick Tracy two-way wrist radio, humankind has always dreamt of melding two technologies together to create a synergistic improvement on our meager, exhausting existence. Today we have NailIO, a solution that adds a ray of light to our user interface needs by melding …

The internet just helped ‘Success Kid’ raise money for his dad’s kidney transplant

The best kind of success<p>Justin Griner, father of the child who shot to internet fame as the "Success Kid" meme, has raised nearly $100,000 through a crowdfunding campaign to pay for a kidney transplant. Griner, 39, became ill in 2006 and suffered full kidney failure in 2009, forcing him to go on …

Amazon's Android appstore loses one of its best features

Free. It's a price we love. Ironically, free usually comes at a price. Today, that price, is the loss of Amazon's try-before-you-buy TestDrive service for Android apps. It turns out, with more and more apps being free (at least to download), there was less demand for a service that let you test 'em …

Apps

Apple Is Offering Classes to Learn How the Apple Watch Works

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Smell-o-phone creator attaches scents to eBooks and songs

The Harvard professor that brought us a real life smell-o-phone has announced that he's expanding his olfactory-focused products to include eBooks, songs and clothing. Now clothes that give off a scent isn't that weird, but eBooks and songs? How does that work? Professor David Edwards is calling …

Beauty

Review: Aircharge Qi wireless charging case for iPhone 6 (and 5/5s)

As a founding member of the Wires Are Evil club, I’ve been waiting impatiently for wide-area wireless charging, where any device on a desk or within a certain area of a room is wirelessly charged. That still seems a way off yet.<p>A good halfway house would be inductive charging powerful enough to …

Google Chrome for iOS gets easier to use with one hand

Don't like that Chrome makes you use two hands to comfortably surf the web on your iPhone 6? Your life just got a bit easier. Google has updated Chrome for iOS so that you can pull down to not only refresh web pages, but open and close tabs. At this rate, you might only have to reach up when you …

Google Chrome

Verizon Will Let You Choose TV Channel Bundles for $65

Verizon is launching a new TV plan that lets its FIOS customers choose channel bundles to add to its standard package for $65 a month, reports Reuters.<p>In addition to the 36 channels available in the fixed package like CNN, HGTV and AMC, Verizon Custom TV subscribers can add on any two bundles of …