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The State of the Smartphone War in 8 Charts

We keep a close eye on smartphone trends at FindTheBest, from changing screen sizes to dropping prices. Over the last few years, the smartphone …

Centireading force: why reading a book 100 times is a great idea

I have read two books more than a 100 times, for different motives and with different consequences. Hamlet I read a 100 times for my dissertation, The Inimitable Jeeves by PG Wodehouse a 100 times for comfort. The experience is distinct from all other kinds of reading. I’m calling it centireading.<p>I …

The man who brought us the lithium-ion battery at the age of 57 has an idea for a new one at 92

AUSTIN, TEXAS—The chances are you have never heard of—nor, until looking at this page, ever seen—John Bannister Goodenough. But you know his work. In fact, you almost certainly own some.<p>Consider the last six or seven decades of technological and scientific leaps: the polio vaccine, space rocketry, …

Clean Energy

Apple really could be about to launch its own stylus

Steve Jobs famously hated styluses — but as of late there’s been more and more to suggest that the forthcoming 12-inch+ iPad Pro could sport an optional, Apple-created pen to help act as an input device.Today, there’s a bit more fuel to the fire in the form of a newly published Apple patent …

IPad Air

Custom diamond-studded Stratocaster guitar shines (pictures)

Android Breaks 1B Mark For 2014, 81% Of All 1.3B Smartphones Shipped

With the quarterly numbers now in from smartphone leaders Samsung and Apple, the analysts at Strategy Analytics have published their latest figures on how the overall market performed for the last quarter of the year and 2014 overall. In short, it has been a milestone year. Globally we have now …

iOS

Obama fills in for Stephen Colbert

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Barack Obama may be the President of the United States, but for a few minutes on Monday, he was also Stephen Colbert, outgoing host of "The Colbert Report."<p>Obama sat down for an interview with Colbert in Washington -- his third appearance on the show -- and surprised the host by …

Apple must face U.S. lawsuit over vanishing iPhone text messages

(Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) was ordered to face a U.S. federal lawsuit claiming it failed to tell consumers that its messaging system would block them from receiving text messages if they switched to Android-based smartphones from iPhones.<p>An employee counts money while selling new iPhone 6 …

Apple just made it easier to ditch your iPhone: You can now 'deregister' iMessage online

Today Apple quietly released a new tool which makes it easier for iPhone owners to deregister and turn off iMessage — something you might want to do if you ever switch to Android and still want to receive text messages.<p>Over the past year, Apple has found itself in hot water for a bug which prevents …

This is Qualcomm’s world and we’re all just living in it

Guess who puts the turbo in the Droid Turbo’s name<p>Qualcomm is the mobile industry’s equivalent of a god: omnipotent and omnipresent, yet invisible to the naked eye. The company that was founded on the premise of building "Quality Communications" can now be found inside every major smartphone in the …

The Steve Jobs guide to manipulating people & getting what you want

Steve Jobs didn’t launch two of the most valuable companies in modern times by following the rules all the time.<p>Jobs faced many obstacles to get Apple, and later Pixar, off the ground. But Jobs had a unique way of crafting his own reality, a “distortion field” that could persuade people that his …

Best advice from CEOs: 40 execs' secrets to success

By and<p>Warren Buffett<p><b>Chairman and CEO—</b><b>Berkshire Hathaway</b><p>Advice for young women: “You do the same thing a male will do. You follow your passions. You …

19 Things Remarkable People Think Every Day | Inc.com

The Legal Drug That Nobody's Talking About

A successful entrepreneur reveals the secret to his newfound happiness.<p>I have a found an amazing drug that takes my mood from bad to good, from good to great and from great to ecstasy. The best news is that not only is this drug legal--it's free--and as far as I can tell, this drug has no ill side …

Apple, the Great Innovator? Nope, Sony Is the Original Innovator

I'm tired of hearing how Apple is the most innovative organization on the planet. Blah, blah, blah.<p>Comparisons of Steve Jobs to Henry Ford and Thomas Edison by tech-clueless papers like the <i>New York Times</i> are idiotic.<p>Let's be real. In the development and design inventory of Apple, what do we have? …

Opera Mini: Browse the Web on Samsung Gear S

A little over a month ago, Samsung unveiled its new Gear S smartwatch, a Tizen-powered timepiece capable of making calls and going online <i>without</i> leaning on a smartphone. Heck, it even promised full turn-by-turn navigation provided by the Nokia-owned HERE mapping platform. But what about an internet …

Samsung lands a hit with Milk Music… in Korea

A week after launching is Milk Music service in South Korea, Samsung seems to have a hit on its hands: The Milk Music app, which only works with …

Why Saying Is Believing — The Science Of Self-Talk

From the self-affirmations of Stuart Smalley on <i>Saturday Night Live</i> to countless videos on YouTube, saying nice things to your reflection in the mirror is a self-help trope that's been around for decades, and seems most often aimed at women. The practice, we're told, can help us like ourselves and …

Here's Why Samsung's Profits Are Getting Demolished — And Why It Might Not Get Better Any Time Soon

That's quite a drop, and it could end up being the biggest tumble in Samsung's history.<p>Samsung had a laundry list of reasons for why profits are shrinking, but it's nothing we haven't heard before. The company may sell more smartphones than anyone else, but it's finding itself in the sticky …

Android Phones

The World's 2,325 Billionaires Have These 14 Traits In Common

That's an exclusive club, of which the likes of Warren Buffett, Jack Ma, and Oprah Winfrey are members.<p>Digging into research firm Wealth-X's new Billionaire Census, we found that billionaires have some commonalities.<p>Such as:<p><b>• If there is an average billionaire, he or she is worth around $3 billion.</b> …

Income Inequality

iPhone 6 has serious camera problems, say Tom’s Guide testers

The iPhone has been known for its great camera. But iPhone 6, maybe not so much.<p>Even with its new “focus-pixel” autofocus and optical image stabilization (in the iPhone 6 Plus), the cameras on the newest iPhones have some serious problems. That’s what the good (and typically reliable) people at …

One (M8) comes last, Note 3 first in Consumer Reports bend test

Consumer Reports<p>It’s not a real “****gate” scandal in the tech world until Consumer Reports weighs in. The respected consumer protection organization did it in 2010, when it confirmed that the iPhone 4 had a “death grip” issue, and now it’s literally weighing in on the new iPhones and several …

Mike Vetter Extra Terrestrial Vehicle

It looks like it jumped right from a science fiction film and onto the street, and is nothing short of exceptional. The Mike Vetter Extra Terrestrial …

From iPhone OS to iOS 8, we’ve come a long way since 2007

We don’t usually post infographics on Cult of Mac — far too many of them are just poorly designed info dumps, without any real focus or design chops — but we’re making an exception for this one showing the evolution of iOS over the last seven years.<p>Created by the folks at 7 Day Shop, this …

iOS

Is this is the beginning of the end for Apple?

It tells you a lot that the only officially sanctioned way to see Apple’s event was by tuning in on an Apple device. Apple likes to preach to the converted and, regardless of what it reveals, there are people waiting to praise it. As smartphone innovation slows in general, there’s been a growing …

Apple Watch

iPhone 6 vs Nexus 4: A Silly Comparison - Apple Crushes LG's Smartphone

Why Apple iPhone 6 cannot be compared to Google Nexus 4<p>Ever since Apple unveiled its iPhone 6 last week, millions of users on social media have been …

The new Moto X could be the best Android phone ever made

And Motorola certainly needs a love-at-first-touch reaction: the first-generation Moto X, as terrific as it was, failed to make much of a dent in developed markets. (When the 75 million unit-per-quarter Samsung machine is the market you’re trying to dent, the challenge looms undeniably large.)<p>The …

Why Galaxy Note 4 is a must-win for Samsung? Hint: Big-screen iPhone

The stakes have never been higher for Samsung's oversize Galaxy Note 4.<p>While Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy S smartphone franchises have duked it out for flagship supremacy, Samsung's other marquee smartphone line, the Galaxy Note, has enjoyed the lack of opposition in serving power users …

Mobile

Samsung’s Gear S is the first third-party smartwatch to get Nike+

The Samsung Gear S was only announced earlier this week and it’s already compiling a nice library of apps. Samsung announced on Friday that a Nike+ …