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The 20 best smartphones in the world

You might wonder how there can possibly be so many different smartphones worth buying.<p>Well, believe it, because each phone here is a great choice. It was a big struggle to figure out how to rank them all.<p>And it's only going to get harder. This list doesn't include phones we haven't reviewed yet, …

Mobile Technology

Tonight's SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch: start time, live stream, and what to expect

The company is aiming for its second ground landing afterward<p>Tonight, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is slated to take off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying nearly 5,000 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station. And as usual, the company will attempt to land the vehicle back on Earth …

Space Travel

Inside Hummingbad, the Android virus infecting 10 million devices

More than 10 million Android devices – and 100,000 in the UK alone – have been infected by a particularly nasty malware dubbed Hummingbad.<p>First …

Mobile Devices

This is what it's like to use a $4 Android phone

Many were suspicious of Ringing Bells' unbelievably cheap Freedom 251, but a model we tested was a pleasant surprise.<p>Four. That's how many US dollars the Freedom 251 costs.<p>It's a shockingly low number, especially if you're used to doling out $600 for a flagship phone. And despite raising many …

Best Android TV devices – what are your options?

Let’s just be frank, Google TV failed miserably and simply improving it wasn’t good enough. The platform had to be shut down and replaced with something completely different. Now we have Android TV trying to take over your living room, and it seems to be doing reasonably well.<p>Android TV has been …

Android TV

Microsoft Surface Phone leak teases design and features for rumoured Windows 10 flagship

A possible leak for the Microsoft Surface Phone could have given us a glimpse of the company's make-or-break Windows 10 flagship – although recent …

AMD's Radeon RX480 is the cheapest VR-capable graphics card yet

$199 for a card that can handle games on Rift and Vive<p>Nvidia took to Computex to show off its recently announced GeForce GTX 1070 and 1080. These high-end graphics cards retail for north of $380, but longtime rival AMD chose a different approach at the Taiwanese show. AMD used its own Computex …

Get a DJI Phantom 3 4K quad-copter for $599

<i>CNET's Cheapskate scours the Web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. And find more great buys on the</i> <i>CNET Deals page.</i><p>About a year ago at this time, I was considering my quad-copter options. A higher-end model, …

Resumes are overrated for startup hiring

<i>Abhay Parekh is the co-founder and CEO of recruiting startup Lytmus.</i><p>As every entrepreneur knows, an idea is only as good as the team executing it. However, building the <i>right team</i> is often even harder than finding the right idea. So how does one build a great team quickly?<p>The most common approach is …

Employment

How to find the right freelancers to get your business off the ground

<i>This article is part of DBA, a series on Mashable about running a business that features insights from leaders in entrepreneurship, venture capital</i> …

This Google Patent Is Like Human Flypaper For Cars

It will make pedestrian strikes like hitting a really, really big bug.<p>If you are ever struck by a self-driven car in the future, then you might finally understand how a bug feels on your windshield--except you'll have a better chance of surviving.<p>Google has put through a patent for a new strategy …

Roads

Meet Vivo, the world's fifth largest smartphone maker

If you're the kind of person who pays attention to devices in movies, you might have noticed that the phones and tablets in Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War" all belonged to a brand called Vivo.<p>Vivo is not some fictitious brand created by the Marvel writers. It's actually some canny product …

Mobile

Kik already has over 6,000 bots reaching 300 million registered users

Messenger and WhatsApp may be the 800-pound gorillas in the chat space thanks to Facebook’s significant reach, but Waterloo-based Kik is rapidly building a young, dedicated audience of users that are already showing interest in bots.<p>Today, onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt NY, Kik CEO Ted Livingston …

And the winner of TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016 is… Beam

The competition has been incredibly fierce, but we now have a winner. At the very beginning, there were 22 startups.<p>We hand-picked all these great companies from the wild world of startup land so they could compete in our highly competitive startup competition — the Startup Battlefield. They all …

Startups

Fitbit acquires wearable payment assets from Silicon Valley firm Coin

Fitbit Inc. has acquired the wearable payments platform of Silicon Valley financial tech company Coin, setting its sights on the future of payment options.<p>The maker of wearable fitness trackers said the asset acquisition from Coin will enable Fitbit to develop mobile payment technology that could …

Silicon Valley

4 things Android N can do that iOS 9 can't

During Google's annual developer's conference, Vice President of Engineering at Android Dave Burke introduced a handful of new features coming to the company's latest mobile operating system. Known (for now) as Android N, the mobile software will feature beefed-up security updates and new …

Yahoo could be bought for as low as $2B

It's no secret that Yahoo has been on the hunt for a buyer for some time now. Companies and individuals as diverse as the UK's Daily Mail and US billionaire Warren Buffett have all been mooted as potential purchasers.<p>Verizon is the current favorite, but the US-based communications carrier might pay …

Apple iOS 9.3.2 Has A Great Secret Feature

iOS 9.3.2 has a nasty surprise and my upgrade guide recommends you skip it for now. But if you have already installed the update (or will do regardless) there is good news: it hides a great secret feature…<p><i>‘Great Features’ and ‘Nasty Surprises’ are my regular columns investigating operating system</i> …

10 things you should know about Volvo's new compact cars

We got a good preview of what Volvo has in store for its new small cars yesterday in Sweden. While the company isn't providing many details about production versions of the concepts it unveiled, we were able to unearth some more info about what to expect from the new 40-series compact range. Here's …

Plug-in Hybrid EVs

Google echoes Amazon's Echo, opens new virtual-reality door

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google wants to play an even bigger role in managing people's daily lives, while also nudging them into an alternate …

Google Home vs. Amazon Echo, round 2: Google strikes back

<b>Editors' note, May 18, 2017:</b> <i>Since I updated this piece a month ago, both Google and Amazon have announced major upgrades to their respective smart speakers. The piece has been updated accordingly, though these latest changes won't be heavily factored in until they launch and we have time to test</i> …

Everyone chill, Android N won’t be named ‘Nazi’ (or those kinds of N-words)

Google has conventionally named its Android versions after desserts, but earlier today, the company announced it would let users choose what the ‘N’ in Android N stands for.<p>For a brief moment, it seemed like a fun idea to make users to feel involved in Android N’s release. Then the Internet …

Dessert

Google announces Android Wear 2.0 with standalone app support and a tiny keyboard

And new fitness and messaging capabilities<p>Google today announced Android Wear 2.0, the biggest update to its wearable operating system since its release back in September 2014. The biggest change with the software, which releases this fall, is apps can be run standalone without the need for a phone …

Huawei announces support for Daydream, Google’s new platform for VR on Android

At Google I/O‘s keynote yesterday, one of the highlights of the final unveiling of Android N was all about Virtual Reality. While no “Android VR” headset was announced, the search giant introduced Daydream, a VR platform that will be available within Android N.<p>According to Clay Bavor, which debuted …

Virtual Reality

The 8 biggest new features in Android N

Android’s lack of splitscreen multitasking felt especially pressing last year with the underwhelming release of the productivity-focused Pixel C tablet, and now N is putting things right. The splitscreen feature works on phones, too, and is accessed by holding down the task-switching button. It’s …

Microsoft is selling its feature phone business to Foxconn for $350 million

Microsoft is selling its feature phone business to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Foxconn, for $350 million. The deal will see 4,500 employees transfer over to Foxconn's subsidiary, and Microsoft handing over the rights to use the Nokia brand, feature phone software, services, and other contracts and …

Why Apple Is Spending Crazy Amounts of Money On New Ideas

One of the hallmarks of Silicon Valley companies is that they tend to increase their research and development (R&D) budget during tough times, not …

Apple's Secret Weapon Can Create A Seductive iPhone 7

Every week seems to bring another indication from the supply chain about Apple dropping another key feature from the upcoming iPhone 7. With many popular features from rival handsets not expected to arrive until 2017′s presumptively titled iPhone 8, it’s nice to read about one technology that I …

EgyptAir Flight 804 Crash Increasingly Looks Like Terrorism

It now appears a sudden, complete explosion caused by a bomb brought down the Airbus over the Mediterranean—but that doesn't mean it was</i> …