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The top 15 smartphones you can buy right now

OK, so it <i>usually</i> doesn't cost as much as a car, but a smartphone is still an important lifestyle purchase. And it will probably be at your side 24/7 (if you're anything like us). There's always a bit of hemming and hawing, for sure, but we've distilled the options down to a short list of the top …

This Is How Drastically Your Windows Computer Has Changed Over The Years

We've come a long way from the aging, chunky monitors we used to play "The Oregon Trail" in elementary school.<p>And, as computers have become slimmer and more sleek, so has the software that goes along with it.<p>Here's a look at how Windows has changed throughout the years.

Instagram's Kevin Systrom: People Keep Asking If My $1 Billion Was Too Small

Short answer: If he could have predicted the future and he was interested in making more money, then yes, maybe he sold too soon. Long answer: He's still pretty happy with his decision, he said at the Fortune Brainstorm conference in Aspen, Colorado, last week.<p>Facebook bought Instagram in April, …

German spies want $400M to play catch-up with the NSA

Ah, Germany: the home of data protection law; a bastion for the privacy-minded in these crazy days of international surveillance and hackery. Or is …

Beats by Bezos? Amazon reportedly launching streaming music service for Prime subscribers

Amazon is planning to launch a music streaming service for people who subscribe to its Prime service, according to a report by Buzzfeed. The service …

Oignons doux en croûte de sel & farcis au fromage de chèvre

La cuisson en croûte de sel… Voilà une méthode de cuisson intéressante ! Mais que je pratique peu, principalement parce que j’oublie d’acheter du …

Pâte à tartiner petits pois menthe & cream cheese

J’adore les <b>petits pois</b>, j’adore la <b>menthe</b> et j’adore le <b>cream cheese</b>, donc forcément, j’adore les trois ensemble. Bon, d’accord ça ne fonctionne …

RANKED: The Best Smartphones In The World

In the last few months, both HTC and Samsung launched new flagship phones that are pretty good. And there are plenty of solid older devices that you can buy at a steep discount.<p><i>Note: We update this list approximately once a month. Our rankings are based on a variety of factors including design,</i> …

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How can we trust the internet of things?

The internet of things (IoT) promises us a world of intelligent fridges that automatically order groceries from the supermarket, smartwatches that …

Android KitKat Reaches 8.5% Adoption

KitKat, the newest version of Google’s Android mobile operating system, continues to make slow and steady progress after reaching 8.5 percent adoption among Android smartphones and tablets that use the Google Play app store each month, according to the latest data from the search giant.<p>Adoption of …

Magnificent Lego Acropolis Is Made of 120,000 Bricks

Over 300 hours of hard work went into creating this Lego Acropolis. Starting tomorrow, builder Ryan McNaught—AKA TheBrickMan—will be displaying his …

How France inspired Junichi Masuda in making Pokémon X and Y

<i>Pokémon</i> <i>X</i> and <i>Pokémon Y</i>director Junichi Masuda is a keen Francophile, so much so that the new in-game region is almost entirely based on that country.<p>France too has an unusual affinity to Japanese culture. It's the largest market for manga and anime in Europe, and host of the annual Japan Expo, …

The Top 10 Video Games Of 2013 (January - June)

<i>The very best video games of 2013 all in one handy list.</i><p>This has been a good year for video games, and 2013 promises to remain a very interesting year as both the Sony PlayStation 4 and the Microsoft Xbox One prepare for holiday release.<p>A reasonably long list of games for both these systems, the …

Looks like Europe’s getting on board with in-flight Wi-Fi

British Airways will test out in-flight Wi-Fi as well as GSM-based cellular connectivity on some of its flights according to a blog that follows the …

Google reportedly paid Adblock Plus not to block its ads

Google has reportedly paid the makers of Adblock Plus, the single most popular browser extension on Chrome and Firefox, to look the other way when it comes to its web advertisements. According to the German news site <i>Horizont</i>, Google and other unnamed companies are paying to be included on a …

Smartphone market share consolidates at top, study shows

The smartphone market leaders are more entrenched, and that's bad news for the underlings, based on a new study from ComScore.<p>ComScore's latest MobiLens report had no shifts in status among the major phone manufacturers and mobile operating systems in the three months ended in May, but the top two …

Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest ‘Drive As Much In Store Purchasing As Online Purchasing'

This research gathered more than 5,900 responses over a series of four online surveys to determine how social media influences the consumer's path to purchase.<p>It was discovered that Facebook was best for motivating consumers to make purchases offline and online; while one in three individuals who …

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How Do You Break Into iPhone App Store Top 50? Try 23K Free Daily Downloads, 950 Paid, Or $12K In Daily Revenue

An iPhone app needed 23,000 free downloads per day to reach spot number 50 in the top Free charts in the Apple App Store, says mobile app analytics firm Distimo, based on research performed during the month of May 2013 aimed at discovering what it takes to break into the App Store’s top Free, Paid, …

Leaked Details Of Facebook’s New Chat Rooms Feature

Facebook has built a new feature codenamed “Host Chat” that lets people set up chat rooms their friends can join without an invitation, a source familiar with the feature tells us. I’ve contacted Facebook and it confirms it has begun testing this feature in the wild. Reminiscent of the old AOL chat …

Vine shares on Twitter plunge after video debuts on Instagram

Instagram video may be putting a dent in Vine's growth. As noted by <i>MarketingLand</i>, in the week since Instagram added video, Vine links on Twitter seem to have dropped precipitously. Data from the analytics firm Topsy, which has access to the full firehose of Twitter data, showed the number of shared …

Google Street View adds abandoned Japanese island that inspired 'Skyfall'

Google Street View has extended its reach to the abandoned island of Hashima, Japan, which served as the setting for Raoul Silva's "Dead City" retreat in <i>007: Skyfall</i>, the latest James Bond movie. Also known as Gunkanjima (Battleship Island) because of its resemblance to a warship when seen in …

Does Instagram Video pave the way for the future of digital advertising?

The new snack-sized video is a logical next step for Instagram, as it provides another channel through which the media-sharing platform can help …

The digital revolution still needs to be translated

In a couple of months Apple will release their next version of iOS, when it does one new feature will be more important to me than all the others: the ability to teach an Apple device to pronounce my name correctly. It's such a tiny thing, but for me and millions of others who don't have names like …

What’s in a ‘G’? Why terms like 5G and LTE-Advanced are important

I’ve used a lot of digital column inches railing against the mobile industry and tech media’s use and abuse of the terms LTE-Advanced and 5G. But …

Adobe's VP of Experience Design Michael Gough on Paper dependency and the omniscient gadget

<i>Every week, a new and interesting human being tackles our decidedly geeky take on the Proustian Q&A. This is the Engadget Questionnaire.</i><p>In this week's edition of our regular answer sessions, Adobe's VP of Experience Design Michael Gough discusses digital sketching and six-fingered spies. Head to …

Using Pinterest’s social cred to get in-store shoppers to make purchases

It’s pretty common now to see a local restaurant post Yelp reviews or Zagat ratings on their storefront windows, showing the number of stars they got …

Hurry up and put a projector in my phone, Intel

For several years now, Intel (s intc) has used its annual Research@Intel event to showcase an interactive projected display. The idea is that any …

Explore a 360-degree 3D model of the PS4

<b>Unless you were at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), you won't have had any hands-on time exploring the next generation of gaming consoles —</b> …

Marketers Have Found a Way to Use Vine

Marketers pushing summer blockbusters are aggressively seeding Vine, Twitter’s nascent mobile app for six-second videos, into their social media …

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Saudi Arabia may block WhatsApp within weeks

Saudi Arabia plans to block WhatsApp in coming weeks if the makers of the mobile chat app don't comply with local regulations.<p>The warning comes after the Communications and Information Technology Commission blocked popular voice and messaging app Viber last week.<p>"We have been communicating with …

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