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iOS vs. Android: The psychology that fuels the phone wars (video)

It's a battle that threatens to rend the Internet asunder with its forum-fraying ferocity: iOS vs. Android.<p>But why do we get so worked up over our operating systems? The latest episode of CNET's Adventures in Tech delves deep inside the human brain, to explain how something as simple as a …

The biggest BlackBerry stories of 2013

How BlackBerry blew it: The inside story<p>The most important piece of BlackBerry journalism of the year is in this investigative report, published Sept. 27, which revealed that:<p>Shortly after the release of the first iPhone, Verizon asked BlackBerry to create a touchscreen “iPhone killer.” But the …

It’s not about bleeps and bloops: A tour of Sony’s full-blown music studio for video games

SAN MATEO, Calif. — As I enter the Sony PlayStation Music Studio’s marquee audio recording room, I walk right into a live jam session for the soundtrack to Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 4 video game Infamous: Second Son. The music reverberates off the soundproof walls and shakes my ear drums.<p>The …

Motorola’s Moto G Might Stand for “Great” Budget Phone

Sometimes you feel like a $300 smartphone under contract. Sometimes you don’t.The Moto G from Motorola is a new option for those who don’t. Starting …

Is Intel's Broadwell-Y processor a threat to ARM?

More details are starting to emerge about Intel’s next line of processors. Code named Broadwell, the processors, which are likely to be released in the second half of 2014, are shrunk down versions of Intel’s current Haswell range. Like Haswell, the Broadwell range will come in several types …

ASUS teases new dual-boot hybrid with its CES promo clip

Just before a big tech show, ASUS likes to wheel out a baffling teaser to get us all in the mood. Normally, the clips involve panning over some brushed metal, promising that the new gear will transform your life. But every now and again, ASUS decides it's time to travel to a world heritage site for …

Apple CEO Tim Cook Teases 'Big Plans' For 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook sent a memo over the weekend to employees reflecting on 2013 and talking about the upcoming year of 2014, according to 9to5Mac, which got its hands on a copy of the email.<p>Interestingly enough, Cook teased some “big plans” for 2014:<p>We have a lot to look forward to in 2014, …

Samsung's New Smart TV Has Better Voice And Motion Control

Samsung’s smart TVs are getting smarter next year.<p>The Korean company announced today that it will showcase its 2014 Smart TV at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, which features improved voice interaction capability by focusing on the most frequently-used functions and taking usage patterns …

Apple Reportedly Launching Larger iPad in October 2014, Larger iPhone in May 2014

Following a report last month stating that Apple supplier Quanta Computer had landed the contract to mass-produce a larger-sized iPad for late 2014, <i>Digitimes</i> is reporting that the 12.9-inch tablet will be released in October 2014 and will target North America's educational market. Apple is also …

CyanogenMod downloaded 10 million times as it begins to go legit

Though CyanogenMod has gotten plenty of ink lately for its Oppo N1 hookup and Google Play approval (and subsequent removal), it's still first and foremost a modding outfit. In fact it just crossed 10 million downloads of its custom Android ROMs, according to its latest stats. That marks a lot of …

Nexus 5 review: the best Android smartphone going

The Google Nexus 5 is the fifth generation of the Google-designed Nexus Android smartphone line, which is now faster, slimmer and even better.<p>The Nexus line represents the best of Google in a smartphone. Google chooses a manufacturing partner – in this case LG as it did with the Nexus 4 before it – …