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Nintendo 2DS hands-on introduction – video

Guardian games editor Keith Stuart gets to grips with the latest Nintendo handheld, this time a stripped-down version of the 3DS, designed as a budget-friendly option for younger gamers. But the re-positioning of the buttons has some possibly unintended advantages for gamers with big hands

Nexus 5 accessories listing hints at 30 October release date

Amazon's Italian site has listed a protective case for the Nexus 5 with a 30 October release date, suggesting that this may be the day we see the …

Samsung's Smart Bulb edges closer to launch as it gains US approval

Philips may be at the forefront of connected lighting with its Hue range, but could soon have a competitor in Samsung's "Smart Bulb," which has just popped up at the FCC. The Korean outfit first revealed plans for a wireless bulb earlier in the year, and expected to launch a three-piece kit during …

Samsung says Galaxy S4 battery woes 'limited', offers free batteries

Is your Galaxy S4 losing charge like a decelerating rhino? Fear not, smart phone fans, as Samsung has offered to swap your dodgy battery for a shiny …

Mobile

Samsung may launch wireless chargers that work from a distance by mid-2014

The development of wireless charging has been plagued so far by high-costs, immature technology, and competing standards.<p>Currently, industry players have grouped around two technologies, inductive magnetic charging and resonant inductive magnetic charging, but only the former has made it into …

Tech Trends

T-Mobile moving old, grandfathered plans over to its new 'Uncarrier' options in November

It's been a big 2013 for T-Mobile — the fourth-largest wireless carrier in the US has turned its back on its larger competitors and embraced a new role as the "uncarrier," eliminating contracts and subsidies, pushing unlimited data, and other things to differentiate itself. The key component of the …

Samsung's curved smartphone is the Galaxy Round, launches in Korea tomorrow (video)

Samsung's concave phone is very much real, and after being teased in leaks hours earlier, SK Telecom has announced it'll launch the Galaxy Round on its network as soon as tomorrow. The device's highlight is obviously the gently curved 1080p 5.7-inch OLED screen, and Samsung is also promising a …

Purported Android 4.4 KitKat OS version seen running as Key Lime Pie on a Nexus 4 (image gallery)

An extensive image gallery reportedly showing Android 4.4 KitKat running on a Nexus 4 has been posted online, with the OS still identifying itself as Key Lime Pie, Easter Egg included (screenshot above).<p><i>Gadget Helpline</i> is the publication that supposedly managed to score a hands-on tour of Android …

Samsung intros 'Shape' wireless audio system, starts at $400 for one speaker

It's not like Samsung's new to the home audio space -- it already sells speaker bars and the like -- but somehow, it's only just getting into wireless speaker systems. The company today announced its very own Sonos competitor, the Samsung Shape system. Named mostly after their triangular hardware, …

Raleigh-Based Team Aims To Make Shoes That Will Last You For LYF

Aly and Beth Khalifa have a vision: to “establish the new cutting edge of sustainability.” They’re doing it by creating products that can be easily broken down, repaired, or recycled and they’re starting with a simple pair of shoes. Called LYF, these odd-looking clogs are completely recyclable and …

Are these the first Android 4.4 KitKat screen grabs?

Nearly two dozen photos landing online may prove to be our first look at the upcoming Android 4.4 upgrade, also known as KitKat.<p>Tech blog GadgetHelpLine has shared a small gallery of images alleging to be an early build of Android 4.4. Judging by its impressions of the platform, the next version of …

Samsung's chief mobile product officer leaves the company

It isn't offering many details for the time being, but Samsung has confirmed to <i>The New York Times</i> that Kevin Packingham, one of its top mobile execs, has left the company. In a statement, Samsung would only say that "we thank Kevin for his contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors," …

This could be the clearest image yet of the Nexus 5

A forum post on <i>MacRumors</i> offers what could be the clearest glimpse yet of the next Nexus phone. Nearly a month after a Google employee appeared in a promotional video for Android Kit Kat holding what appeared to be a new Nexus, a single close-up image of a slate-gray phone has emerged. In response …

Xbox One Kinect sensor can understand two people talking at the same time

Microsoft has revealed that the Kinect sensor will ship with the Xbox One can detect two people talking at the same time. Speaking at the Eurogamer Expo in London, Microsoft's Phil Harrison revealed further details about the new Kinect. Coupled with the Xbox One, Kinect will now be able to hear and …

Samsung's teased curved phone may not be what you think

If Samsung's reveal of a forthcoming smartphone with a curved screen sends shivers down your spine and visions of bendable handsets dancing through your head, you may want to rein in your excitement.<p>While Samsung (and LG and Nokia and Apple) are all experimenting with kinetic displays that move …

Phones

See 1.2 Billion Facebook Users' Photo on One Page

The fact that Facebook has more than 1 billion users is pretty insane, but things just got a whole lot crazier thanks to The Faces of Facebook, a project that visualizes over 1.2 billion Facebook users on one page.<p>The initial image that greets you is a fuzzy matrix of TV static-like dots. You click …

Samsung looks to resolve EU antitrust concerns with new concessions

In a bit to appease EU regulators and possibly avoid being saddled with major fines, Samsung has submitted a concessions package designed to alleviate growing antitrust concerns. "After lengthy discussions, Samsung has sent us a set of commitments seeking to address our concerns," said EU …

Samsung to unveil smartphone with curved glass in October

Samsung plans to introduce a smartphone with a curved glass display next month, the company announced at a media event Wednesday in Seoul.<p>"We plan to introduce a smartphone with a curved display in South Korea in October," D.J. Lee, Samsung's mobile business head of strategic marketing, said at an …

Samsung Galaxy F super-phone could have curved screen

Two little tidbits of Samsung news could combine to become a fabulous new phone. The Korean giant is reportedly working on an even more expensive …

Nexus 5 could be the new Android phone to beat

It still isn't quite official just yet, but a growing Great Lake of leaks points to a powerful new Nexus 5 that will hold its own against the iPhone 5S and other top Android phones.<p>A few leaked benchmark tests have the Nexus 5 scoring at the head of the class in graphics performance. The Nexus 5 is …

Android Phones

Samsung exec admits Galaxy Gear smartwatch 'lacks something special'

In an unusual bout of frankness, a Samsung official has acknowledged that the Galaxy Gear smartwatch lacks, you know, whatever the Korean is for <i>je ne sais quoi</i>. As reported by the <i>Korea Times</i>, the unnamed official said:<p>"We've acknowledged that our Gear lacks something special. With more investment …

Samsung to introduce 'curved display smartphone' in October

At an event today in Seoul, Korea dedicated mainly to showing off the Galaxy Gear and Galaxy Note 3, Samsung executives said that the company plans to "introduce a curved display smartphone in October," but declined to give any further details — including price, exact release date, or even what …

Galaxy S5 metal casing rumoured, flex-screen Note 3 too

Samsung's next smart phone could arrive sporting a swanky metal jacket, if fresh rumours are to be believed.<p>The South Korean tech giant is …

Get Paid to Use Your Phone by Putting Advertisements on Your Lock Screen

According to the data, most look at their phone's lock screen more than a hundred times a day. With a new app, every one of those looks or swipes …

Nexus 7 refresh imminent according to leaked photos, retail documents (update)

Is a proper successor to the Nexus 7 coming at next week's Google event? Internal OfficeMax documents obtained by <i>Engadget</i> suggest it's a very real possibility. The leaked visual planning instructions make specific mention of a new 32GB version of Google's 7-inch tablet, complete with a unique UPC …

8 Popular Tooth Myths Debunked

Nothing but the tooth.<p>You've probably heard that Coke can dissolve a tooth or that bleaching your teeth weakens them. But what's the truth behind these tooth myths?

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active review: Sporty, splashy fun, but not truly rugged - CNET

<b>The Good</b> <b>Samsung's Galaxy S4</b> Active has a sporty design, takes strong daylight photos, and delivers the majority of Android 4.2 features. It also has a great speakerphone.<p><b>The Bad</b> Aqua mode is fixed focus, the S4 Active takes weak low light shots, and the phone isn't as durable as its name suggests. …

Phones

Rumor: Android 4.3 coming to Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2, not Android 4.2.2

<i>Galaxy Note 2 vs Galaxy S3 vs Galaxy Nexus</i><p>A new report says that Samsung is already working on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for some of its top devices, with the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 said to make the jump directly to Android 4.3 and skip Android 4.2.2.<p>We will remind you that this is …