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This Chinese tech giant just unveiled a stunning new line of smartphones

In an era when all smartphones start to look alike, innovation makes all the difference when it comes to picking a device. China-based technology company Lenovo is catching on.<p>The company just unleashed a slew of new smartphones at an event in San Francsico, from a massive, 6.4-inch phablet that …

Mobile Technology

Google has a crazy idea for injecting a computer into your eyeball

A patent filed in 2014 and published Thursday describes a device that could correct vision without putting contacts in or wearing glasses everyday.<p>But to insert the device, a person must undergo what sounds like a rather intrusive procedure.<p>Here's how it would work: After surgically removing a …

Contact Lenses

Ad-block software is approaching 200 million users — here's how publishers are reacting

Ad-block software usage may be more common than previously thought. There are nearly 200 million monthly active users (MAU) of ad-block software globally, according to data from a new study by PageFair and Adobe included in our latest ad-blocking report.<p>That represents a big uptick in ad-block …

Digital Advertising

The Shock Clock band uses fear and electricity to wake you up

How hard is it to get up in the morning? When you have a job -- and want to keep it -- most of us can usually haul our sleepy asses out from beneath the duvet, even if that's at the last minute. I'm not exactly Mr. Sunshine in the mornings, but is an electric shock really the answer? Pavlok, the …

46 Killer Android Tips for Google Fans

You know how to use your Android phone. But there are certainly a few bells and whistles you have yet to discover.<p>PCMag reviews products …

GTA Online's $500M In Microtransactions Could Mean A Very Different 'GTA 6'

It’s hard to understate just how ridiculous of a success <i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i> has been for Rockstar. There’s the obvious tally, the 60+ million copies of the game sold, but what’s been unexpectedly impressive is how Rockstar bred a perfect golden goose in the form of <i>GTA Online</i>.<p>Initially, the mode …

How to use Google search to find your lost Android phone

We've all lost our mobile phone at one point or another -- sometimes in our homes, sometimes in the car and sometimes out in the wild unknown. Now instead of searching everywhere to track it down, you can rely on Google for help.<p>This little-known Google feature lets you find your Android phone or …

Cutting-edge theatre: world’s first virtual reality operation goes live

Medical experts hope surgery live-streamed in VR will make healthcare fairer and boost training<p>Stretched out on a table in a large, bright operating theatre at the Royal London hospital, a patient is awaiting Shafi Ahmed’s first incision in a procedure that will remove cancerous tissue from his …

Facebook launches Messenger platform with chatbots

Facebook will now allow businesses to deliver automated customer support, e-commerce guidance, content and interactive experiences through chatbots. By providing utility through its huge developer and business ecosystem, Facebook could boost loyalty with Messenger, one-up SMS and keep up with chat …

Microsoft Beefs Up Its Outlook Calendar For Android and Apple Devices

Microsoft is trying to make its Outlook email app more of a team player.<p>The business technology giant said on Thursday that it released a new Outlook …

Yik Yak’s CTO drops out as the hyped anonymous app stagnates

Is Yik Yak a thing anymore? Not so much, according to download stats, traffic charts, surveys and a source that says the college app’s monthly user count has been declining. That source — with intimate knowledge of the company — also tipped me off that Yik Yak‘s original CTO Tom Chernetsky has …

Apple's copycats are turning into true iPhone competitors

From the very beginning of Android, Apple has been complaining that its Android competitors are ripping off its iPhone designs. Whether the culprit is the Samsung Galaxy S, the HTC One A9, or the ZTE Whatever, Apple is all too happy to remind the world that it's the leader and Android device makers …

How to choose the right microSD card for your Android

There are a lot of microSD cards to choose from, but not all of them will work with your Android phone or tablet. When you're choosing between SDHC and SDXC, or a Class 10 and UHS-I Class 1, here are a few tips to help you make sure you're choosing the best one for your device and your …

Google removes Taliban app from the Play Store, alleged ISIS app remains

The <i>BBC</i> reports that Google has removed an Android app used by the Taliban to post propaganda.<p>Alemarah, an app for Android phones created by Islamist fundamentalist group the Taliban, has been removed from Google’s Play Store […]The hardline group blamed “technical issues” for its disappearance …

Apps

Report: Samsung to release foldable smartphone in 2017

There’s no question that the Samsung Galaxy S7 is a success from a revenue standpoint. The device is slated to be one of this year’s biggest sellers in the flagship tier, but there are a few who are less than thrilled with the Galaxy line’s current direction. A stay-the-course philosophy has come …

Starbucks' CTO brews personalized experiences

Despite its strong reputation for customer service, it's no longer enough that Starbucks baristas know your name and what pastry you like to pair …

Coffee

Surprise! iOS 9.3 Is Actually Most Stable iOS In Years

A quick run through Apple’s Support forums and a look over Twitter suggests iOS 9.3 is a buggy mess. But that’s simply not true, according to a new …

What Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and 13 other highly successful tech people were doing at age 25

At the time, many were already founding or making deals with multimillion-dollar companies, or simply dreaming up how they could make their dent in the universe.<p>In other words, it varied from tech titan to tech titan, and it all goes to show that there's no one path to success.<p>To underscore that …

Bill Gates

Cellebrite is the FBI's go-to phone hacker

All signs are pointing to Cellebrite, an Israeli company, as the mysterious "outside party" that helped agents unlock the iPhone used by the San Bernardino terrorist.<p>An elite group of engineers at Cellebrite -- led by a "brilliant" hacker in Seattle -- helped the FBI crack the iPhone 5C last week, …

Forensics

BMW gets into the virtual assistant game with its ConnectedDrive app

BMW is one of the more tech-focused car companies out there, and today the company announced an expansion of its ConnectedDrive in-car systems at Microsoft Build. The new BMW Connected app for the iPhone is powered by Microsoft's Azure platform and is BMW's take on a always-on assistant, not unlike …

The complete list of 'OK, Google' commands

With Google Now, you can use voice commands to create reminders, get help with trivia questions, and, yes, even find out "what does the fox say?"<p>And, with the recent update from Google, the voice assistant's reponse will sound more natural than ever. (Though, of all the voice assistants, Google Now …

Google tackles simple 360 content embeds with VR View, introduces Cardboard SDK for iOS

Virtual reality is great for gaming and movies, but when it comes to real-world use cases there’s still quite a bit of room for VR to prove itself.<p>Google is hoping to kickstart this process by making 360 VR content a bit more simple to implement and, in the process, way more spontaneous for users …

Facebook gives in to BlackBerry’s begging, creates web-based app after killing native app

BlackBerry will take its victories where it can get them these days, no matter how small they may be.<p>Today, the company announced a modest reprieve for users of its BlackBerry 10 and BBOS devices when it said it had reached a compromise to keep a web-based version of the Facebook app available on …

Apps

iOS 9.3 Link Glitch Is Ruining Some iPhones

People are not pleased.<p>There are a few good reasons to update to the newest version of iOS. (A great sleep-boosting feature is one of them.) But there's a more compelling reason to hold off for now.<p>Some users who update to iOS 9.3 are finding that they can't interact with links in many apps …

Get virtual courtside tickets for the NCAA Final Four and National Championship with Gear VR

The NCAA has announced that the Final Four and National Championship will be broadcast in live VR to owners of the Samsung Gear VR. When game time arrives, users can launch the dedicated app and transport themselves to court-side seating. More than just a virtual reality experience, this stream …

Virtual Reality

7 tips to make more money from your games

With the costs of user acquisition hitting an all-time high, game publishers find themselves struggling with how to profit, and profit big, from their gaming apps. With only 2 percent to 7 percent of freemium gamers actually converting to paying users, publishers are in desperate need of …

In-App Purchases

Massive Snapchat revamp brings real voice and video calling

The Snapchat revamp you’ve been reading so much about in recent months has landed. Dubbed “Chat 2.0,” and available today on Android and iOS, it …

Apps

Google Fiber just announced a home phone service inspired by Google Voice

Google is now a triple play provider — just like your local cable company<p>Google has just announced Fiber Phone, confirming rumors that the company would be adding a home telephone service to its existing Fiber high-speed internet and cable TV offerings. "While mobile phones have pushed us toward …

Samsung rolls out its ad-blocking Android browser

Owners of certain Samsung devices now have a new browser option: Samsung's very own "Internet" app. Wait, don't go! You may have given up on the app long ago, but version 4.0 has some pretty interesting features. All versions of Android on Samsung devices (not just Marshmallow) now get content …

Infographic: How Mobile and Social Are Changing the Way We Shop for Cars

The days of browsing an auto lot—or even a website on your desktop—seem to be fading as more car shoppers turn to social media and mobile to make …