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HTC One (M8)

Samsung and HTC have launched their latest flagships, and the two devices have very different roles and aspirations. While Samsung hopes to maintain its position as the undisputed king of the Android hill, HTC is hoping to claw its way back into a market it dominated only a few years ago.<p>The age …

Get to know the HTC One (M8) from official videos and press shots (updated)

<i>Updated with more videos:</i><p>The HTC One (M8) is finally here, and to go along with the launch of the HTC One (M8), HTC has released a rather aptly named video introduction to the HTC One (M8). The video is a montage of parts belonging to the HTC One (M8), all coming together to create the smartphone …

Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 10.1 Review

Alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was also launched the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014), featuring the same faux leather back as the flagship phablet. Following that, Samsung introduced a new PRO line of tablets, in an effort to update its tablet offerings in various sizes, which also saw the …

Why did the Galaxy S4 falter and what does the Galaxy S5 need to reignite the love?

My biggest complaint with the Galaxy S4 was the attention spent on more trivial details, rather than focusing on what consumers would really make use of. S Health, Smart Pause, and Group Play were all neat little touches, but most people wouldn’t take a trip to the store for them.<p>Don’t …

Android Weekly: top 13 stories this week

This week in your world of Android: the HTC M8 leaked, Samsung revealed the Galaxy S5 launch date, Google released the Chromecast SDK, details about the G2 Pro leaked, the red Nexus 5 launched, the rumored HTC Nexus made the rounds, and Google updated several of its top apps.<p>These are the essential …

Best New Android Apps released in January 2014

January is coming to a close and we had a very exciting beginning to 2014. There were a lot of wearable things at CES 2014 and, of course, there were some awesome applications released. Below, we round up the best new Android apps of January 2014. If you’d rather watch it than read it, we’ve added …

Android Q&A - January 11, 2014

Welcome to this week’s edition of Android Q&A! As always, we try to answer as many of your great questions as possible. This week, we talk about how to remove data from your phone, how to stop annoying notifications, and more. Let’s get started!<p>Question 1<p>I want to sell my Android phone, and I have …

Next step for connected devices? Connect the devices

Instead of calling a handyman to repair a busted refrigerator or thermostat, imagine instead calling the "maker man." In addition to being able to check the mechanics of a device on the fritz, this fix-it person could also check things like connectivity and signal strength for the Wi-Fi-enabled …

Internet of Things

Essential apps for decking out your new Mac — the best software and utilities

If you’ve been fortunate enough to unwrap a new Mac over the holidays or need help deciding how to use those iTunes gift cards, I’ve collected some of my favorite apps and utilities for taking your Mac to the next level.<p>Pixelmator<p>Pixelmator is one of my favorite Mac apps. For someone interested in …

5 Android apps you shouldn't miss this week - [Google Play Weekly]

This week the Google Play Store saw a lot of updates and releases. To start, Gmail was updated to 4.7 and now includes print support, more file type support for attachments, and auto-responses. The long awaited Nova Launcher update finally went live and now people can have a lot more Android 4.4 …

How to switch from iPhone to Android – the Eric Schmidt guide

In a rare Google+ post, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt offered his followers a very detailed how-to guide on switching from iPhone to Android.<p>Schmidt said that many of his iPhone friends are moving to Android and reminded buyers that some of the most recent Android handsets out there including the …

Scientist: Quantum physics can prove there's an afterlife

If there's a choice between an afterlife and nothing at all, I'd plump for the former.<p>It gives us a peculiar kind of hope that there is more. And, in America, we know that more is always better.<p>Discussions surrounding the afterlife tend to focus on belief. One scientist, however, is suggesting that …

Physics

Android vs. iOS Development: Fight!

The eternal startup question “Android or iOS first?” grows ever thornier, with news that Android’s market share exceeds 80%. But never mind the managers and non-technical founders: what do <i>developers! developers!</i> think of that divide? Whoever makes life easier for them gains a sizable edge.<p>And by …

America's most-cutting edge aircraft carrier comes to life (pictures)

Updated: November 8, 2013 / Caption: Daniel Terdiman / Photo: Newport News Shipbuilding<p>CVN 78<p>Updated: November 8, 2013 / Caption: Daniel Terdiman / Photo: Newport News Shipbuilding<p>Under construction<p>Updated: November 8, 2013 / Caption: Daniel Terdiman / Photo: Newport News Shipbuilding<p>Bow unit in …

What is the next major breakthrough for smartphones?

Has the pace of innovation been slowing down lately? We’re used to incremental improvements to the existing technology in our smartphones, but big, bold moves are much more exciting. Our expectations are higher than ever. There have been some interesting developments in the last year. Sony has …

Google Nexus 5 review: A Nexus with power, potential, and the right price - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The <b>Google Nexus 5</b> has LTE for multiple carriers, a sleek and solid build, and an excellent price. It makes crystal-clear calls, battery life is long, and integration of Google Now is deep and wide.<p><b>The Bad</b> The Nexus 5's screen is dimmer than its competitors' and its camera struggles under …

Gear & Gadgets

Hands On With The Nexus 5 And Android 4.4 KitKat

The Nexus 5 is here! The Nexus 5 is here!<p>After months of hype and more questionably “accidental” leaks than any device in recent memory, Google announced their new flagship Android handset this morning.<p>I’ve only had the device in my hands for a few hours, so it’ll be a few days before I’m ready to …

Hands-on thoughts on the iPad Air and iPad mini with retina display

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Credit: Apple<p>So Apple’s(s aapl) big fall event is over. It was packed with product updates across the entire Apple line: …

Qualcomm: Microsoft's Surface 2 can't compare to Nokia's Windows tablet

Nokia's new Windows RT tablet turns the Finnish handset maker into Microsoft's rival, but at least one Nokia partner says there's really no competition.<p>Nokia earlier this week unveiled the<p>Lumia 2520,the company's first tablet and the second current device in the market to run Windows RT. The other …

Windows RT

Top-rated reviews of the week (pictures)

Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks As a free upgrade that gives you more apps, improved features across the board, and better performance, there is really no reason not to get Mavericks on your Mac. Read the review .<p>Updated: October 28, 2013 / Caption: CNET Reviews staff / Photo: Screenshot by Jason …

Nokia's surprisingly slim 6-inch Lumia 1520 (pictures)

A look at Nokia's first tablet, the Lumia 2520 (pictures)

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review

The Galaxy Note 3 is one of the most hotly anticipated phones of the year, and for good reason. With its massive 5.7-inch 1080p HD AMOLED display, larger battery, thinner body, and massive processing power, it appears to be a truly legitimate successor to the tried and true Galaxy Note 2. But is it …

Samsung Galaxy Gear review

If you’ve ever seen a cycling race, you’ll know that leading from the front isn’t always a great idea. The front runner has to cut a path through the wind and expend much more energy than the savvy followers behind him. The same is true for tech companies looking to establish new product categories …

NFC Tags - how do they work?

NFC technology is pretty common these days and features in most high-end smartphones. As well as phone to phone communication, small little NFC tags can also be used to store and transfer information. You will probably have noticed small NFC tags next to advertisements near bus stops, stickers in …

Oppo N1 hands-on and first impressions (video and image gallery)

The up and coming Chinese manufacturer Oppo has made a name for itself with the Find 5, a sleek piece of technology combining high-end specifications with a fresh take on Android.<p>With the newly launched N1, Oppo builds and extends on the foundation it laid with the Find 5. The device features great …

Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition release date set for October 10 in the USA, priced at $549.99

Samsung on Thursday announced U.S. availability details for its most recent tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition that was unveiled only a few weeks ago at IFA 2013.<p>The new Note tablet will be launched on October 10 in the USA, with pricing starting at $549.99 for the 16GB version. The 32GB …

Review: 24 hours with the iPhone 5s…

I managed to pick up an iPhone 5s yesterday and have been trying out its new features and enhancements. Here’s my review of the device after using it for 24 hours…<p><b>Design:</b> As the name implies, the iPhone 5s is based directly on the design of the iPhone 5. It has the same shiny edges, metal back with …

iPhone 5s vs 5c drop test: is Apple’s plastic better?

It’s that time of the year again, folks.<p>Longtime readers know that we have a penchant for sending brand new phones to their demise. We did it to Android flagships like the Galaxy Note 2, the Nexus 7, or the HTC One, and to Apple devices like the iPhone or the iPad Mini. We admit that sometimes we …

10 best Android tablet apps that all tablet owners should have

Tablets may not be the most popular pieces of hardware out there. However, there are tons of people who have them and use them everyday. They’re great for productivity, media consumption, and reading. These are things you can do on a phone. However, the extra screen real estate really helps make it …