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Got an iPad and this app? You’ve got a second Mac screen

Ever since the iPad first came out, people have wanted to use their Apple tablets as a second computer monitor, but most of the software that makes …

8 Common problems with the LG G3 and how to fix them

The LG G3 upped the ante in the specifications race by being one of the first mainstream Android devices to sport a Quad HD display. The LG flagship is one of the best high-end smartphones currently available, and has proved to be quite popular, but unfortunately, does have its fair share of …

Gear & Gadgets

Xbox One controller cost over $100 million to develop, smell-o-vision and built-in projector were considered

While Sony was content to toy with radical designs for the PlayStation 4's controller, it turns out Microsoft took a more conservative approach when building the Xbox One's gamepad. GamesBeat scored a look at the controller creation process and discovered that Redmond was reluctant to tweak the …

Get the KitKat launcher now

For most, getting your hands on Android 4.4 (KitKat) involves either buying a<p>Nexus 5or waiting for your carrier to give their blessing on an over-the-air update. Neither option thrills me.<p>If you're hungry for a taste of KitKat on your existing Android phone, CNET How To covers everything from …

Google will start Fiber installs in Provo this year, beating Austin to the punch

When Provo, Utah was announced as Google’s third Google Fiber city in April, it was surprising because Google had just announced Austin, Texas, would get it only weeks before.<p>Now Google has confirmed that Provo will be the second city after Kansas City to get Google Fiber, with installations likely …

Startups Apparently Do Not Care That Android Is Better

In a must-read post for the tech industry, Twitter experience designer and serial startup founder Paul Stamatiou writes: “Android is Better.” His op-ed serves as something of a wake-up call for the industry, where developers building the next generation of mobile applications still heavily prefer …

The Newest Epidemic Among College Kids: 'Sleep Texting' Syndrome

Mittens, to protect herself from her phone. To render her fingers unable to send those unconscious messages that are as embarrassing as they are senseless.<p>Yup: She's a sleep texter.<p>"It's a phenomenon occurring with the younger generation," says Elizabeth Dowdell, a nursing professor at Villanova …

Text Messaging

How Will Apple Handle Verizon’s iPhone Shortfall?

Verizon has an iPhone problem and it’s not going away.<p>Reporting second-quarter earnings Thursday, Verizon said that more than half of the 7.5 million …

iPhone

Apple and Samsung in renewed settlement talks, says WSJ

Apple and Samsung have renewed their talks to reach a settlement in the patent infringement case leading back to 2011, according to a report from <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. The case, which ended with a $1 billion verdict in Apple's favor last summer, was one of the highest profile patent infringement …

Activist Shareholders Are Demanding A Board Seat At Microsoft

ValueAct, which wants a say in the way the world's largest software company is adapting to the new world of mobile computing, is seeking to nominate a person from its own organization, the sources said.<p>The San Francisco-based fund, which manages more than $10 billion for clients, owned 33 million …

[Hands-On] Krome Pushes All Your Android Notifications To Desktop Chrome

Phones are always begging for attention – emails, text messages, app updates, and so on. Ideally, you might like to see what's going on in your …

Turn a cracked Nexus 7 into an e-book reader

Wondering what to do with a cracked Nexus 7 Android tablet? CNET's Donald Bell shows you how to turn the damaged tablet into a dedicated e-book reader.

Samsung launches 55-inch 'flawless' curved OLED TV in Korea

Just as the rumors foretold, Samsung has announced Korean availability of a 55-inch curved OLED HDTV. Priced at 15 million Korean won (around $13,000) Samsung claims its "Timeless Arena" design eliminates potential for defective OLED pixels. It also reiterates the claim LG made when it launched its …

How to transfer music from iTunes to Android

With modern technology, access to music has become quicker, easier, and nearly instantaneous. Especially with music-capable portable devices such as phones, laptops, and media players, which allow people to carry around thousands of songs in just one small device.<p>Music organizing software such as …

Android Phones

How to install Android apps on your BB10 phone

No matter how slick the new hardware is or how hard BlackBerry strives to convince us that its new BB10 handsets are the cat's meow, there's still one massive stumbling block -- quality apps. Apparently even the BlackBerry faithful agree and intrepid tweakers have stepped in to fix the situation …

Expensive Mobile Data Plans Will Soon Be a Relic of the Past, Says Cisco CEO

Asa Mathat / AllThingsD.com<p>As data traffic increases 300 percent over the next five years and non-PC devices become more than 50 percent of usage, …

Cellular Networks

Pioneer AppRadio 3 debuts with MirrorLink connectivity

Pioneer pulls the wraps off of the third generation of of its app-powered series of car stereos this week with the announcement of the AppRadio 3. The new model adds a surprising new feature and a few others that I feel the line of receivers should have had all along.<p>AppRadio 3's biggest new party …

Verizon's Galaxy S4 gets rooted almost instantly

Modders and ROMmers rejoice, almost as soon as it reached the hands of consumers, Verizon's Galaxy S4 has been rooted.<p>Instructions for rooting Big Red's S4 were posted on the xdadevelopers forum this week, allowing folks who want to take full control of all that sweet new hardware to do so and get …

Girl's winning Google Doodle shows her dad home from war

A picture depicting a girl's reunion with her father returning from war has won the top award in a Google Doodle contest.<p>On display Thursday at Google's home page, "Coming Home" is a simple but powerful piece of art that portrays a young girl holding an American flag and running to reunite with her …

Use Google Drive on Android to save receipts

Do you keep the receipts for everything you buy? Like me, you've probably noticed that the ones printed on thermal paper can begin to disappear over time. Soon, you're left with only a blank piece of paper that can't act as a proof of purchase or help you at tax time.<p>Wednesday's update to Google …

Pad this, Apple! Microsoft blasts iPad yet again in new ad

The story so far: Microsoft has dispensed with defense and is throwing at least five (very) wide receivers at Apple -- and Google, Samsung, and whoever else stands in the way of it and nirvana.<p>Wednesday, Redmond released an ad in which it kidnapped Siriand persuaded her to denigrate the iPad, as if …

GM and AT&T demo LTE-enabled OnStar connected vehicle (hands-on)

GM and OnStar were on hand at CTIA to demonstrate a few ideas of what its new service could look like once bolstered with AT&T's LTE network. The system, which we originally heard about in February at Mobile World Congress, is still in its infancy, but with all the ideas being bounced around during …

Northrop Grumman's MQ-4C Triton long-range drone completes first flight (video)

Northrop Grumman's MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft is one step closer to serving the Navy in reconnaissance and surveillance missions, having just completed its first flight. The drone spent 80 minutes in the air, reaching an altitude of 20,000 feet. That's child's play compared to the aircraft's …

Samsung announces Galaxy S 4 sales of 10 million, new colors coming this summer (video)

Just as CEO JK Shin predicted, Samsung has announced its new Galaxy S 4 topped 10 million units sold in record time. That beats the 50 days it took the Galaxy S III to sell that many, a mark it took 5 months for the Galaxy S II to pass and 7 months for the original Galaxy S. Samsung has been able …

Pioneer's AppRadio 3 adds MirrorLink, Siri Eyes Free and more

While Pioneer did announce at CES 2013 that its AppRadio 2 smartphone-powered in-dash unit would support the iPhone 5, the company was hush on any additional updates. Now, however, it has finally unveiled AppRadio 3, which is set to arrive in two models oh-so-descriptively named SPH-DA110 and …

AT&T to carry Samsung Galaxy S 4 in Aurora Red on June 14th

Looks like there are more smartphone-loving vampires than we first thought. Following Samsung's plans to offer the Galaxy S 4 in multiple new colors, AT&T has scored a US exclusive for the smartphone in a very distinctive Aurora Red. The crimson-hued Life Companion will be available for pre-order …