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New Details Revealed for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's Dungeons

While <i>The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild</i> is now less than three weeks away from release, there’s still a lot we don’t know about it. Nintendo has …

Breath of the Wild

Fujifilm X100F Review – Fantastic Fourth

It seems like only yesterday that I was sitting in front of the laptop writing the draft of what would eventually be my first look at the X-Pro2. …

Fujifilm X-T2 vs. X-Pro2 – The complete comparison

<i>Updated on: January 5, 2018</i><p>A few weeks ago we shared our in-depth comparison between the Fujifilm X-T1 and X-T2, but if you are interested in …

Wileyfox Storm: a stormy start

Hi-spec affordable smartphone from new UK company Wileyfox offers great value for money, but early experience is spoiled by a couple of niggling …

Google Search

Microsoft Launches First Public Beta Of Cortana For Android

After a private beta and a few leaks, Microsoft today launched the first public beta of its Siri- and Google Now-like Cortana personal assistant for Android.<p>Microsoft describes the Cortana app as a “companion to your Windows 10 PC” that extends the service’s functionality across any device you …

Beta Testing

Motorola's 'Project Ara' modular smartphone setup switches out hardware like apps

We were intrigued by the Phonebloks concept phone that teased the ability to switch out a handset's components the way most users change ringtones, and now Motorola is putting its resources behind it. In what Motorola calls Project Ara, the advanced Technology and Products group is working with …

Help! Which Tablet?

Apple (iPad, iPad Mini, iOS, iTunes, iBooks, News Stand)<p>Not first alphabetically, nor even the market leader anymore, but the biggest household name. …

Why Lego Design Principles Don’t Work On Smartphones

Phonebloks is a new concept for a modular smartphone that would be upgradeable like a desktop PC. Here’s why it’s a designer’s dream and an engineer’s nightmare.<p>By now, you might have heard of Phonebloks, a modular smartphone design concept that is taking the Internet by storm. Created by Dutch …

E-waste

Smartphone Meets Lego

What’s the main problem with electronic gadgets such as phones and tablets? They are not designed to last more than a couple of years, and when they …

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 “Lens-Style" Cameras

Following a video preview comes a closer look at Sony’s Cyber-Shot DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10<p>Following a video preview comes a closer look at Sony’s …

Marshall Stanmore compact active stereo speaker system rocks our ears - Pocket-lint

Some things are done best in Britain. Marshall amplifiers are a long-standing Brit brand with a strong rock association. But now the company is …

Apple Likely To Launch 4.5-5 inch iPhones in 2014, says analyst

Recently, WSJ reported that Apple is testing iPhones with a larger screen, expected to be in between 4.5 to 6 inches. Now, Mingchi Kuo of KGI …

Gear & Gadgets

Android this week: Nexus 5 teased; Android tab runs Windows; Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear here

This week saw not one, but two possible sightings of what appears to be Google’s Nexus 5. There’s no official word from Google(s goog) just yet …

Samsung Galaxy Gear: Big, Bold and Challenged

Samsung’s Galaxy Gear Smart Watch is an attractive, albeit bulky, entry into the suddenly white-hot smartphone and wearable technology market, but it …

Alleged iPad 5 Case Parts Leak In Video, Show Much Smaller Device Footprint Vs. Current Retina iPad

Apple’s supposed next-generation iPad case components are on display in a new high-definition video from Unbox Therapy, showing a design that is clearly inspired by the iPad mini. This agrees with what we’ve heard and seen from previous leaks, but until now it’s been hard to get a solid grasp on …

Mozilla Launches Phase Two Of ‘Phones For Apps’ Program, Giving Firefox OS Devices To Devs Who Port HTML5 Apps

Mozilla today is announcing the next stage of its efforts to get Firefox OS hardware in the hands of developers building software for it: the so-called “second phase” of the Phones for Apps program offers devs the chance to get a Firefox OS device to keep, but this time around the focus isn’t on …

Samsung Announces the Galaxy Gear Smart Watch

BERLIN — It's finally here: Samsung announced its Galaxy Gear smart watch, two days before the official opening of the IFA Berlin trade show.<p>After an …

Brilliant New Online Magazine Launches

If you are a FlipBoard user (and if not, why not! ? ) you’ll know that it’s a great app for getting you the news and articles you want in a nice …

Spotify Connect Is Like Chromecast for Music

Spotify is launching a new way for users to wirelessly send music to their home audio or wireless-speaker systems; it's called Spotify Connect.<p>The …

Acer Extend concept is a smartphone workstation, we go hands-on (video)

In addition to letting us get our hands on all its IFA announcements today, Acer pulled back the curtain on a concept device. The Acer Extend prototype works similarly to the ASUS Padfone, letting you connect your smartphone to a clamshell-style dock with a display, keyboard and a 6,000mAh battery …

Google teases Android 4.4 as 'KitKat,' passes one billion Android activations (video)

After "a whirlwind trip to Asia" visiting Android partners, Google's SVP Sundar Pichai has just confirmed -- by way of the above photo -- that the next version of his mobile OS is called KitKat aka Android 4.4. The exec shared this geeky nugget on both Google+ and Twitter, while his company has …

We're liveblogging Samsung's 'Unpacked Episode 2' tomorrow at 1PM ET!

For the last few years, IFA has been synonymous with Samsung's Galaxy Note. The Korean company isn't being especially mysterious about its announcements at this year's show, either; "note," if you will, that the action goes down tomorrow at 7PM local time (1PM EST). Will the confirmed Galaxy Note …

What's new in the new Kindle Paperwhite? Better lighting, a faster chip and one big Amazon logo

The most striking difference you'll notice in the just leaked announced <i>new</i> Kindle Paperwhite isn't something on the device's screen -- it's on the backplate. AMAZON. That brand, once so subtly tied into the company's game-changing e-reader, is now big, bold and garishly displayed in gloss across …

ASUS briefly posts Fonepad 7 ad that reveals dual front speakers (video)

ASUS can't stop tweaking the Fonepad, it seems. Just a few months after boosting the specs of its phone-and-tablet hybrid, the company has inadvertently posted (and retracted) a video ad for yet another refresh, the Fonepad 7. You'll be disappointed if you were expecting a more substantial update …

HDMI 2.0 officially announced: 18Gbps bandwidth, 60fps 4K, 32 channel audio

Only just after it leaked out, the folks at HDMI Licensing are announcing HDMI 2.0 officially. Arriving just in time for the wide rollout of a new generation of Ultra HDTVs, it adds a few key capabilities to the connection standard. With a bandwidth capacity of up to 18Gbps, it has enough room to …