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Review: Razer Blade Gaming Ultrabook (2013)

Razer turned heads last month when they announced having manufactured the world’s thinnest gaming laptop, boasting the most power-per-cubic-inch of any notebook released to date. Phrases like “insanely powerful” and “impossibly thin” are littered across the product’s marketing copy. Are these just …

Comcast's new set-top box moves DVR to the cloud

In its battle against the growing trend of cutting the cord, Comcast instead wants TV viewers to ditch the DVR.<p>The cable TV giant on Tuesday took the wraps off X2, an upgrade to its X1 entertainment platform, which includes a new compact set-top box that will store recorded programs in the cloud. …

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Gmail’s People Widget Now Lets Brands Highlight Their Google+ Profiles And Posts

Google today launched a small but nifty new feature for its Gmail people widget that allows brands and businesses to highlight their Google+ profiles and recent Google+ posts right in their customers’ inboxes.<p>Once they have connected their Google+ accounts and email addresses, Gmail users will be …

Mad Catz confirms M.O.J.O. Android 'micro console'

​<p>Mad Catz CEO Darren Richardson may have already let slip about the forthcoming Android M.O.J.O. console, but now it's been made official. The firm stopped short of giving us all the specifications, but we can tell you that it supports Bluetooth 4.0, and will ship with the company's GameSmart …

Console Makers at E3 Weigh the Impact of Casual and Mobile Games

Free. Mobile. Casual. Zynga. These words are likely to draw the ire or outright disgust of core gamers at an event like E3.<p>But, like it or not, …

U.S. Schools Are Dumb About Their Smart Devices, Report Finds

Just having an iPad for every kid isn't enough.<p>U.S. schools are spending money on laptops and tablets for their students, but they aren't checking what kinds of returns on investment they're getting, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress.<p>In addition, many schools end up …

The next version of Android will be aimed at low-end phones and emerging markets

Google’s Android mobile operating system, which powers the majority of smartphones on the planet, may be about to go on a crash diet that will shrink it to a size it hasn’t been since 2010. The results could be a leaner, faster mobile operating system that reinvigorates older Android phones and …

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IHS: Nexus 7 II to come with 1920 x 1200 display, July launch likely

Nexus family – Nexus 7 on the right<p>The launch of the new Nexus 7 is “not far”, according to a recent <i>CNET</i> report that quote Ricky Park, the man keeping an eye on TV, Tablet, Monitor, and Notebook displays at market researchers IHS.<p>The IHS analyst has provided some more interesting information about …

How Box, Salesforce, & Workday are building mobile apps you’d actually want to use

Mobile design has never been more important than it is now. Just this week, we saw Apple — one of the world’s most profitable companies — bet that a new design for iOS 7 would appease fans and analysts who claim Apple isn’t innovating like it should on the mobile front.<p>Apple may not have won over …

How big cable uses its muscles to prevent online competition

Rumors that Apple (s AAPL) may launch a full-fledged TV set to finally take on the TV business have been around for years. So why hasn’t Apple …

Google+ gets updated, notifications now sync across devices

Google+ has been updated with a host of useful features, including syncing of notifications across devices and improvements to the Android app.<p>According to a post shared on Google+ by Vic Gundotra, SVP of Engineering at Google, Google+ is now syncing notifications across your devices, thus solving …

Google Fiber Could Reach 8 Million Homes By 2022

How much would it cost Google to become a significant broadband provider and how quickly could that happen?<p>Google’s steps to expand its superfast 1-gigabit-per-second Internet service to Austin, TX and Provo, Utah have prompted financial analysts to fire up their spreadsheets in search of an answer.<p>…

Samsung might launch its anti-theft feature for smartphones in July

Samsung, along with other tech industry giants, met with New York Attorney General Erich Schneiderman recently to discuss the implementation of the smartphone kill switch that we’ve talked about before in order to reduce the number of device thefts that keep occurring in the U.S. Now, it looks like …

Report: China Now Has The World's Fastest Supercomputer

Tianhe-2, a supercomputer developed by China's National University of Defense Technology, achieved processing speeds of 33.86 petaflops (1000 trillion calculations) per second on a benchmarking test, earning it the number one spot in the Top 500 survey of supercomputers.<p>The tests show the machine …

Vintage Apple computer goes on sale at Christie's

It's the kind of electronic junk that piles up in basements and garages - an old computer motherboard with wires sticking out.<p>But because it was designed by two college dropouts named Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, it could be worth more than half a million dollars (£323,000).<p>An Apple 1 from 1976, …

Ubuntu mobile OS now guided by an advisory group comprised of carriers

Canonical, the folks behind the Ubuntu OS, have cobbled together eight mobile service providers to guide the development of their upcoming mobile OS. While the list doesn’t include any major US carriers, Canonical notes that any “major” carrier may join this alliance.<p>As for who has currently signed …

Agawi Uses Its Cross-Platform Gaming Tech To Launch A Mobile Ad Unit That You Can Actually Play

Pretty much everyone agrees that mobile advertising isn’t very good (or outright sucks). Here’s an interesting solution from Agawi — an ad unit for mobile games called AppGlimpse, which functions as a playable demo for the game.<p>The startup, formerly known as iSwifter, has developed technology for …

Samsung Unveils Galaxy S4 In Purple, Red, Brown and Pink

Samsung unveiled five new colors for the Galaxy S4, its flagship Android smartphone, at its ‘Premiere 2013′ event in London today: Blue Arctic, Purple Mirage, Red Aurora, Brown Autumn and Pink Twilight.<p>There was no word on when or where the new color variants would be available, but it’s a …

HTC One review (2013)

One. In literal terms, it's a number. To HTC, however, it's a branding strategy -- the foundation upon which the entire company is now based. Just take one look at the One lineup and you'll easily understand this is the manufacturer's pride and joy. There's a very good reason for that: in a crowded …

Samsung Galaxy S 4 review

This is the story of a little smartphone series that grows up and, three years later, positions itself to take over the world. The device in question, the newest addition to that lineup, doesn't really need much of an introduction thanks to some of the most successful marketing campaigns in the …

Root exploit unearthed for Snapdragon-based Galaxy S 4

Inventory delays may stifle prospective Galaxy S 4 owners, but such pesky hurdles appear to have little effect on Android's development community. An <i>XDA-Developers</i> member by the name of "djrbliss" has constructed a root exploit for Snapdragon-powered variants (see: all US carrier versions) of …

Engadget's smartphone buyer's guide: spring 2013 edition

Stepping into a carrier's store can be like a visit to the candy shop for the gadget junkie, but once playtime is over and it's time to choose just one, the decision can get a bit overwhelming. You'll find Android phones that range in size from tiny to massive, Windows Phone handsets that cover the …

ASUS PadFone Infinity review: the convertible phone goes full HD and beyond

Almost exactly two years ago, Motorola's Android-in-Webtop-OS solution was kicked off the stage by ASUS' PadFone, the world's first phone that could fully power a tablet module from its own OS. The original concept took a while to materialize, but since then the company has kept up with a …

Coolest Bed Ever: Spider-Man Bed

Just as Spider-Man transformed from an ordinary guy to a web slinging superhero, you can transform your kid’s bed from ordinary to super with an …

Flo n'Go Rolling Fuel Station

Storing gas and filling up your small engines doesn’t have to be a difficult or messy affair. With the Flo n’Go Rolling Fuel Station, it’s simple to …

Hammaka Trailer Hitch Hammock Chair Stand

Take a pair of relaxing hanging hammock chairs anyplace with the Hammaka Trailer Hitch Stand. How great would it be to just roll up someplace and …

Time to Remember: Sticky Note Wrist Watch

The problem with sticky notes is that you have to stick them somewhere. And if you’re not in that somewhere, you’re not going to see it. So take your …

Pocket Sized iPad/iPhone Projector

Turn your iPad or iPhone into a projector anywhere you go with the iPad Pocket Projector. A free app lets you project a 6″ to 60″ diagonal image onto …

Serenading Pool Gondolier

Turn your pool into a Venetian paradise (in miniature) with the Serenading Pool Gondolier. This 9″ tall crooner on a 15″ boat floats around your pool …

Tokyoflash's Latest Watch has a Breathalyzer Built In

How drunk are you exactly? Find out with Tokyoflash’s newest watch, Kisai Intoxicated. To test your BAC (blood alcohol content), open the cap on the …