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Samsung’s Galaxy S7 makes it a design leader

Finally filling Nokia’s big shoes while trying to avoid its missteps<p>When Nokia’s cellphone star faded, it was Samsung that stepped into the role of the world’s biggest phone vendor while others took over the mantle of being design leaders. The most copied designs today still come from Apple, but …

Samsung Galaxy S6 can be Upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshmallow

The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge were released with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box and Samsung will start rolling out the latest 6.0.1 …

Leaked iPhone SE screen assembly shows it’s missing one key feature

Earlier today, we heard some disappointing news: The 4-inch iPhone SE probably won’t come with 3D Touch, Apple’s new force-sensitive touchscreen technology. Now, a leaked screen assembly purported to be of the iPhone SE seems to confirm that report as being true. Bummer!<p>The leaked iPhone SE …

Mobile Technology

Game of the Year goes to postapocalypse game Fallout 4

Zombies are out. But the apocalypse is still in. Fallout 4 won Game of the Year at the DICE Awards, the equivalent of the Oscars of gaming.<p>Bethesda Game Studios and parent ZeniMax shipped 12 million copies so far of Fallout 4, the blockbuster role-playing game for the PC and home consoles.<p>The DICE …

U.S. government declares hoverboards unsafe

No hoverboard currently on the market can be deemed safe.<p>That's the startling conclusion the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reached …

Smartwatches now more popular than Swiss watches, thanks to Apple

The venerable Swiss wristwatch industry may have a smartwatch problem.<p>Global shipments of smartwatches outpaced those of Swiss watches in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to figures released Thursday by market researcher Strategy Analytics. This marks the first time the wearable tech devices …

Twitter suspensions may actually be curbing ISIS propaganda

Twitter’s efforts to suspend the accounts of suspected ISIS sympathizers is having an effect on repeat account offenders' activity levels and reach, according to a new report from researchers at George Washington University’s Program on Extremism. Although Twitter’s work to get rid of the accounts …

Social Media

Uber competitor says its drivers will own the company

Juno is a stealth new startup that's gearing up to take on Uber with a laser focus on keeping drivers happy.<p>Juno will give its drivers equity in the company. On top of that, Juno will take a smaller cut off every ride: Just 10% compared to Uber's 20% to 25%.<p>It's not trying to undercut Uber -- it …

Startups

Apple releases software update to correct 'error 53'

Apple has released a new version of its iOS mobile operating system that fixes iPhones disabled by the infamous error 53.<p>The error, first reported by The Guardian two weeks ago, affected users who had used a third party to fix a cracked screen or a failing Touch ID-enabled home button. Error 53 …

iPhone: What the ‘i' in Apple’s handset name stands for

It’s perhaps one of the most important letters in the world — but nobody’s entirely sure what it means.<p>The i at the start of iPhone is one of its …

Gear & Gadgets

A $7 smartphone is about to change the game in India

The Freedom 251 will be accompanied by a price tag of under Rs. 500, around $7, as NDTV reports. For Indian people living on a very low income and unable to come close to affording a pricier smartphone, the device could prove to be a game changer.<p>Ringing Bells hasn't revealed much about the phone …

India

iPhone is a one-note piano, says Google

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Over the years, many brands have tried to insult the Apple's products.<p>Samsung has suggested the iPhone's battery is embarrassing. LG had a laugh at the iPhone 6 Plus allegedly being a touch bendy.<p>Somehow, …

Piano

Opinion: With Android Marshmallow, the Moto X Play is born again [Video]

A few months ago, as soon as it was officially launched in the UK, I checked out the Moto X Play. Price and spec-wise it stood halfway between the Moto G and the Moto X Style/Pure. Although it undoubtedly had its positives, there were some elements of the experience that left me disappointed. It …

Mobile Technology

OutSystems Raises $55M For Its Rapid Application Delivery Platform

OutSystems, an Atlanta-based service that helps enterprises quickly build line-of-business apps, today announced that it has raised a $55 million funding round led by North Bridge Growth Equity. Previous investors in the company include ES Ventures and Portugal Ventures.<p>OutSystems isn’t exactly a …

Think You Stink at Math? Amazon Wants to Change That.

The initiative, called "With Math I Can," hopes to change the mind-set around learning math.<p>“I stink at math.”<p>If you have kids, you’ve probably heard that phrase — or maybe you’ve even uttered some variant of it yourself. But in a world where good jobs increasingly require good math skills, that …

Microsoft starts downloading Windows 10 automatically through Windows Update

Software update upgraded to ‘recommended’ status, meaning those with automatic updates set will see it downloaded in the background and a request to install Windows 10 over Windows 7 and 8<p>Microsoft has followed through with its plans to push adoption of Windows 10 by downloading it in the …

Apple has an idea to let you control your iPhone without touching it

In the patent, Apple describes devices using proximity sensors to detect your hands hovering or waving above the device. The proximity sensors would be similar to those that detect your face and turn off the screen while you're holding up an iPhone to your face for a phone call.<p>Apple also describes …

Android Phones

Dutch National Police working to train anti-drone eagles

As remotely-controlled drones become smaller and more sophisticated, authorities are working to counter the potential security and privacy …

Ohlala, An Uber For Escorts, Launches Its ‘Paid Dating’ Service In NYC

New Yorkers sick of the uncertainties of the urban dating scene can now turn to a new app designed to reduce the complexities of dating to dollars and cents.<p>Ohlala, a controversial<p>on-demand escort dating app popular in Germany, is launching its services today in its first American market, New York …

New York City

The Apple Watch Is No Longer Impact Resistant

When the Apple Watch was launched the device was advertised as ‘impact resistant’, Apple has not changed this description after a recent court ruling …

Google says Comodo's 'secure' browser isn't safe to use at all

In an advisory published today, a Google engineer has pointed out that security firm’s Comodo suite of tools to stay safe online actually exposes users to possible attacks.<p>Tavis Ormandy, an information security engineer at Google, reports that the Comodo Internet Security suite installs a new …

Hybrid Polymer breakthrough could lead to self-repairing materials

Today’s high-end smartphone customers may whine at the very thought of plastic cases, but in the future plastics may be very much back in fashion, albeit with far more interesting properties than what we are familiar with today. A completely new class of material called a hybrid polymer has been …

Nanotech

Turing Phone Will Ditch Android For Sailfish OS

The Turing Phone, which is designed to be a secure smartphone was due to ship with Google’s Android OS and now the company behind the device has …

Uber gets new look

Let’s say you updated your Uber app Tuesday. And let’s say that when you did, you no longer saw the traditional black and white, stylized “U” logo. …

Kangaroo Plus Mini PC Now Available For $170

If you are in the market for a Pocket PC you might be interested in a new system that has been launched by InFocus the form of the Kangaroo Plus mini …

Microsoft confirms it has acquired SwiftKey, creators of the predictive mobile keyboard app

After a day of rumors, Microsoft has now confirmed that it has acquired SwiftKey, the London-based company behind the popular predictive keyboard app of the same name.<p>Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but according to a <i>Financial Times</i> report yesterday, Microsoft was looking to pay in the region …