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Best Buy gift card deal: $50 towards any phone, on any plan (upgrades and port-ins)

If you are planning your next device purchase based on the available deals out there, Best Buy is bringing something to the table for you. But this new deal won’t help you make many decisions – get yourself a $50 Best Buy gift card to put toward the purchase of any new phone, on any plan, from any …

Is this Microsoft’s next big Windows Phone update? [updated]

Now that the Nokia acquisition is all but finalized, Microsoft is back at work improving Windows Phone. The latest leaked image from @evleaks shows …

Vivo officially unveils the Xplay 3S, the world’s first ‘2K’ smartphone

It was about a year ago that smartphone makers first starting introducing us to the first handsets with gorgeous 1080p displays. At the time there were many folks that felt such a jump from 720p was unnecessary, and yet there were others that warmly embraced the resolution increase.<p>It’s amazing …

Viber takes its battle against Skype to Windows 8

Earlier this year, the Cyprus-based mobile messaging firm Viber became a full-blown Skype(s msft) competitor by releasing a comprehensive desktop …

Qualcomm Employee: 64-Bit A7 Chip 'Hit Us In The Gut'

Earlier this year, after Apple released the first 64-bit chip for smartphones, a Qualcomm spokesperson claimed the A7 processor was a "marketing gimmick" and that there is "zero benefit" to the consumer from the chip. Those comments were later walked back before the executive who made them was …

Upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 features exposed in latest reports, detailing Cortana and more

On Cortana, the voice assistant program, the report mentions how it will learn location context and data from the phone, in addition to replacing …

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Microsoft’s ‘Cortana’ personal assistant will debut with Windows Phone 8.1 in April

Microsoft’s take on Siri is a few steps closer to reality.<p>With Windows Phone 8.1, set to be announced next April at Build, Microsoft plans to finally introduce “Cortana,” its own personal assistant software, as the Verge reports. The software, which sounds like a cross between Siri and Google Now, …

bq launches first Windows 8 tablet - meet the stylish and affordable Tesla W8

If you're wondering just how long you'll be able to hold the tablet for, it comes in at only 650g (Dell Venue 8 Pro is 395g), making it possible to …

Windows Phone

How the “internet of things” will replace the web

<i>The second in a series.</i><p>We’ve already written about why 2014 is really, finally the year that the “internet of things”—that effort to remotely control every object on earth—becomes visible in our everyday lives.<p>But most of us don’t recognize just how far the internet of things will go, from …

Windows Phone 8.1 includes notification center and Siri-like personal assistant

Microsoft is preparing to ship its Windows Phone 8.1 update with two significant changes: a notification center and a Siri-like personal assistant. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to <i>The Verge</i> that the company is currently beta testing copies of Windows Phone 8.1 internally, …

Key Microsoft engineer defects to rival Google

Blaise Aguera y Arcas, an engineer and imagery expert who played a key role in development of Microsoft's Bing, has left the company for rival Google, according to a The New York Times report.<p>Aguera y Arcas confirmed in tweet Monday that he is "going to Google" and wrote in a personal blog post …

Windows Phone 8.1 reportedly getting a Notification Center and personal assistant

With each new update, Microsoft's Windows Phone platform resolves more and more concerns that we've had ever since its initial launch three years ago. According to Tom Warren at <i>The Verge</i>, Microsoft has a new update in the works -- currently known to us as Windows Phone 8.1 -- that will implement a …

LG GX coming soon?

LG may be working on a new smartphone or phablet marked as GX. We’re not 100% sure what this device is all about, and all we have is the leaked ad …

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As The Microsoft CEO Race Tightens, The Company’s Satya Nadella Sits In The Spotlight

Ford’s Alan Mulally was going to save Microsoft from obsolescence through his storied leadership and management skills. Until he wasn’t. For a hot minute Qualcomm COO Steve Mollenkopf was on the list. Until he, too, was not — about seven seconds later.<p>As Bloomberg noted before Qualcomm hung a …

The Best Ultraportable Laptops of 2018

Need a featherweight laptop that lasts all day on a single battery charge? Thin, light, and power-efficient, these ultraportables are our top …

Google Maps 7.5 for Android brings Gmail integration for flights, reservations (download)

Android Police<p>Google is getting ready to update its Google Maps Android application to version 7.5, which will apparently support Gmail integration, and which is already available for unofficial download.<p><i>Android Police</i> has gotten its hands on the APK, which can be downloaded for Android devices …

Do you think Microsoft should change and/or drop Metro UI in favor of something else, or do you think Metro UI is one of Windows Phone's strongest selling points? http://www.phonedog.com/2013/12/13/microsoft-doesn-t-need-to-change-their-metro-ui/

The Future Of The iPhone, If Unbound By The Requirements Of Reality

Apple has taught us to dream.<p>When the company launched game-changing products like the iPod, iPhone and iPad, Apple made us feel like the future we picture in our minds will one day be a reality. And here we are, with Elon Musk working on flying cars while Pebble and friends put your smartphone on …

Samsung Galaxy S5 Rumors: 5 Tips for Buyers

As we move deeper into the month of December, Samsung Galaxy S5 rumors are bound to pick up as the company starts working harder towards its future …

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite rumored for January, but are there any corners left to cut?

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab family of Android tablets has proved to be, if nothing else, incredibly inconsistent over the years. While things started out …

Samsung reportedly prepping two tablets with AMOLED displays

You know the big, bright, beautiful displays in Samsung smartphones that people just can’t get enough of? At least two new Samsung tablets set to …

Amazon, Applebee’s and Google’s job-crushing drones and robot armies: They’re coming for your job next

<b>(Ociacia, MaraZe via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>It’s inescapable: We’ll be replaced by robots or turn into them. What happens to waitresses and taxi drivers then?<p>Andrew Leonard<p>December 6, 2013 7:45pm (UTC)<p>Alienation comes easy when you stumble into the glare of a modern airport off a red-eye flight. …

Understanding Marissa Mayer's Huge About-Face On Yahoo Layoffs

It’s difficult to discuss Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer without talking in terms of perception versus reality. Throughout her career, Mayer has done an artful job of managing the former, as a new profile by Vanity Fair’s Bethany McLean reminds us.<p>During her years at Google, Mayer, whether by design or …

Why is Microsoft scared of Chromebooks?

Something has Redmond spooked<p>"It’s pretty much a brick," says <i>Pawn Stars</i>’ Rick Harrison as he rejects a Samsung Chromebook brought in by an actor playing a customer. Microsoft really doesn’t want you buying this thing.<p>But why? Just how big of a threat are Chromebooks, Google’s oft-ridiculed web-only …

Know this about Windows 7 sales, support cutoff dates

The long, slow march toward end-of-life of Microsoft's currently most popular operating system is under way.<p>As of October 30, 2013, Microsoft ceased selling boxed copies of Windows 7 at retail. (ZDNet's Ed Bott posted back in April of this year about the pending October 30 cut-off date, but a few …

Duracell Powermat GoPower Review

Duracell Powermat’s GoPower is an external battery pack that can work as a standalone solution to charge any of your USB-powered gadgets or one that …

Samsung to challenge Apple with AMOLED tablets -- report

Samsung is cooking up a couple of new high-end tablets outfitted with AMOLED displays. At least, that's the scuttlebutt from a story at South Korean Web portal Naver.<p>Citing an unnamed industry source, Naver said on Friday that Samsung is prepping two tablets, one with an 8-inch screen and the other …

KitKat looks like Jelly Bean, but under the hood it’s a whole lot better

After far too much speculation, Android 4.4 KitKat has finally arrived. Those who have a Nexus 5 got the latest version of the operating system right …

Oppo Find 7 could be a beast: Snapdragon 805, 2560 x 1440 display

A few weeks back we heard Qualcomm announce its most advanced mobile SoC to date, the Snapdragon 805. With a new GPU, it sounded pretty great, but a …