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7 tech innovations coming to your next smartphone

Boring or not, smartphones aren't going away anytime soon. Phones — specifically, Android phones — hit a new high in 2016, finally competing with the …

New case lets photographers mount ZEISS lenses on iPhone 7

When lens maker ZEISS partnered with ExoLens to bring pro optics to the iPhone, mobile photographers had to make a choice between having great lenses or a protective case for the phone.<p>Now ExoLens has solved that, at least for the iPhone 7, with a protective case that will accommodate the ZEISS …

How to Get Google Play on a Kindle Fire and Install Any Android App You Want

Kindle Fire tablets are some of the best, cheapest Android tablets around, but they’re limited to Amazon’s app store, which is more than lacking …

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The Honor 6x does the iPhone's portrait trick for $250

Smartphones with dual cameras are about to become the norm now that Apple has jumped aboard the bandwagon. And they're about to spread to more-affordable phones too. Budget phone maker Honor has just unveiled the $250 Honor 6x, which the company says is the first smartphone "in its price range" to …

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) and Galaxy A5 (2017) now available in the UK

The Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) and Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) can now be purchased in the UK from Samsung’s online web store and select retail partners.<p>The Galaxy A3 (2017) price is set at £279 and arrives with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage space, while the Galaxy A5 (2017) comes in at £369 …

What are you most looking forward to at CES 2017? [Poll of the Week]

<b>Last week’s poll summary:</b> Out of over 15,400 total votes, 18.9% of our readers said their favorite phone of 2016 was the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, while the OnePlus 3T came in second with 17.7% of the votes. 12.8% of our readers specified in the comments that their favorite phone of the year was the …

The new Acer Chromebook 11 N7 can take a lot of abuse

Acer has announced yet another one of its Chromebooks as part of the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. However, the new Acer Chromebook 11 N7 has been made to take more abuse than the standard versions.<p>Acer says that it put the Chromebook 11 N7 through a ton of testing so it could meet …

10 apps to send text and SMS from your PC (and other ways too!)

SMS and texting have come a long way in recent years. It wasn’t long ago that you had to pick up your phone in order to send a text or SMS to your friends. Now you have the option to do so from your PC. There isn’t a large selection of apps that can do this, but the ones available are actually …

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 - Everything you need to know

Back in November, Qualcomm unveiled the name of its 2017 flagship mobile applications processor, the Snapdragon 835, and today the company has announced the key details and features of its latest mobile SoC. In addition to the anticipated performance improvements, Qualcomm is opening up new avenues …

Honor 6X released: A lot of phone for not a lot of money

Huawei's budget brand offers 1080p, 8-core SoC, dual cameras, aluminium chassis—just $250<p>Specs at a glance: Honor 6X<p>Screen<p>5.5-inch, FHD …

This $99 gadget gives your MacBook a touchscreen

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Control Your Smart Home Gadgets With Pint-Sized WeMo Mini

Control gadgets from your phone or through voice commands with the $35 Mini.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate …

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Apple Launching Updated iPad Air in 2014, No 12.9-Inch iPad or New iPad Mini Until 2015

Apple may be preparing to introduce an upgraded iPad Air this year and will likely hold off the release of a 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" and a newer iPad mini until next year, KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo states in a new research note. The analyst believes that a new iPad Air with an A8 processor and Touch …

Massive Windows Phone 8.1 feature-list gets detailed, including Quiet Hours, Office Lens and more

The Windows Phone 8.1 SDK is the gift that keeps on giving. Today, we’ve already had confirmation about background images for the Start screen, which …

Volunteer Opportunity: The guys over at iM5 are still searching for lots of volunteers for their app launch during SXSW. You can earn cash, eat some free pizza, and other cool stuff as compensation for your time. You could even be considered for a future internship and employment at iM5. So, if you’re in the Austin area head over to their website to learn more: http://ow.ly/tk9Qc. For those who are not attending SXSW, you really need to visit iM5.com today to sign up for their beta app. It launches shortly so you definitely want to get on board now. It's an awesome social experience. Go check them out.

Sony Xperia G purportedly outed in photo and spec leaks

The Sony D6503 "Sirius" has appeared in a number of leaks in recent months, but as one might expect, that's not the only new Android smartphone that …

Apple unlikely to launch 12.9" iPad or third-gen iPad mini in 2014, iPad Air to gain A8 & Touch ID

The iPad Air may be the only model in Apple's tablet lineup to receive a refresh this year, with an allegedly still-in-development 12.9-inch model …

KGI: iPad 2 done and iPad 4 back in Q1, iPad Air with A8 + Touch ID in Q3, bigger iPad & new Mini unlikely in ’14

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi-Kuo, who has a strong Apple product prediction track record, is out with a new report today with his expectations for the iPad line in 2014:<p><b>The iPad 2 will be discontinued in Q1 2014</b>, and this lines up with a report from earlier this week. The iPad 2 has been on sale …

New HTC M8 (Or Possibly M8 Mini) Leak Reiterates Dual Rear Cameras And Virtual Navigation Buttons

It's not exactly news that HTC will be updating its flagship phone for 2014, but more and more leaks seem to indicate that we can expect a phone that …

LG's L Series III budget smartphones tout KitKat and smart covers

LG isn't just bringing high-end smartphones like the G Pro 2 to Mobile World Congress -- it's also launching its L Series III phones for the budget-minded among us. The 3.5-inch L40, 4.5-inch L70 and 4.7-inch L90 are subtle evolutions of the Optimus L II range in terms of hardware. All of them …

LG L Series III smartphones come preloaded with Android 4.4 KitKat

LG has never really been one to wait for major shows in order to announce its new hardware. Instead, the Life's Good crew has a tendency to introduce …

Ballistic SG Series Case for the BlackBerry Z10

Major Bitcoin company releases open source library to make it easier to build Bitcoin apps

Bitcoin, the virtual currency that approximates cash on the internet, has been around for five years now, and its popularity has soared. But although its reach has spread beyond the initial circle of very technical, very insider-y circle of cryptographers and programmers, its audience is still …

Office for iPad reportedly coming before July

Microsoft is still working on Office for iPad, and it could debut before July, reports <i>ZDNet</i>'s Mary Jo Foley. While we'd heard that Microsoft was working on Office for iPhone and iPad some time ago, it ultimately only rolled out an iPhone version and pointed tablet users to Office Web Apps. However,</i> …

Windows Phone 8.1 includes Start Screen backgrounds and browser sync features

A recently leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Software Development Kit (SDK) has provided an early look at some features Microsoft is planning for its next mobile update. However, the software maker is also planning many more additions in time for April that aren’t immediately visible in the developer kit.</i> …

Car emissions hurt you more than electricity generating: Here's why

As an electric car owner, you're probably used to the accusatory look people give you when they inquire as to where your electricity comes from.<p>The answer they're looking for is power stations, of course--before launching into a tirade about plug-in vehicles being just as dirty as regular …

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How Netflix Braces For the House of Cards Binge

Marketplace's Queena Kim was in Netflix's war room at the moment season 2 of House of Cards went live, getting a peek at how Netflix pulls off …

Pop for iPhone mashes up reaction GIFs with your videos

Pop is bringing reaction GIFs to the real world with its new iPhone app, launched yesterday. Think of Pop as a way to quickly create hilarious mashups of the real world with “my reaction when” GIFs.<p>The idea behind Pop is that you record a short video directly with the iPhone camera, then attach a …

No, Facebook Didn't Crush Upworthy's Traffic

Have you seen this graphic?<p>Media analysts have been buzzing this last week about how this chart proves that a December change to the Facebook newsfeed algorithm is bringing the Upworthy media empire crashing down. Upworthy received nearly 50 million viewers in November, while their web traffic in …