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Pressy brings a customizable hardware button to your Android handset

So you picked up that shiny, new Android handset and now you find yourself wishing there was an easier, button-based shortcut for getting to your favorite Android functions. Wait a minute… you actually want <i>more</i> buttons on your smartphone? It’s 2013 folks, and less is more (unless it comes to screen …

Nexus 7 (2013) gets update to fix multi-touch and GPS bug

The Nexus 7 (2013) has had a few issues since its launch. First it was a problem with the GPS, and usually putting up with those issues is no problem, for a little while at least. However, more recently, issues have revolved around multi-touch, and as you can imagine, it’s quite frustrating for a …

Oculus Rift virtual reality could be heading to Android

Although all the recent gaming news may have been focused on next-gen consoles at Gamecom, one big piece of news which may have been overlooked is that the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset currently in development for the PC, could be heading to Android.<p>For those of you that haven’t been …

Moto X's Open Mic demoed, enables voice command when screen is off (video)

Just when we're getting bored of all these static Moto X leaks, a couple of new video clips popped up to finally show off some of the software goodies. The first one appears to be a leaked Rogers promotional video (embedded after the break), in which a nice lady introduces us to a new Google Now …

Korean site: Nexus 5 to come in October with Android 5, based on LG G2

It’s looking more and more likely that the next Nexus smartphone will be manufactured by LG. The latest report that supports this prediction emerged today on the Korean tech site <i>Daum</i>.<p><i>If the report is accurate</i>, the successor to the Nexus 4 is currently being developed based on the hardware platform …

Mugen Power reveals 5,500 mAh battery for Samsung Galaxy S4

So you (and 20 million others) bought a shiny new Galaxy S4 and love it to death, but the included 2,600 mAh battery just isn’t cutting it. Sure, four hours of video streaming, eight hours with moderate usage, and 17 hours of talk time sounds like a lot, but what if you want to browse the web a …

FingerQ: A case that provides the ultimate in security

CNET Asia<p>What’s mobile security worth to you?<p>If you said ‘about fifty bucks’, you may be in luck! Hong Kong company FingerQ has designed a number of cases for popular devices which utilize a fingerprint scan to add a layer of protection. Much like the same feature you see on many PCs, the small …

Leef Bridge dual USB / microUSB drive is compatible with Android devices, PCs and Macs

Leef Technology on Tuesday unveiled a new flash drive that’s compatible with both PCs and Macs but also with Android devices thanks to its regular USB and microUSB connectors.<p>The Leef Bridge features a sliding mechanism that lets you access the connector your want to use, with the regular USB and …

Microsoft reverses Xbox One DRM policy, kills required online check-in and used game complications (updated)

Microsoft's next game console, the Xbox One, is perhaps best known for its complex used game system and once-per-24-hour online check-in requirement. Today, Microsoft is rolling back those policies, and the company took to its Xbox blog to explain. "I am announcing the following changes to Xbox One …

Google and Starbucks partnership lets customers use All Access free

Google took to its social networking website, Google+, to announce a new partnership with Starbucks. This new deal will allow Starbucks customers to stream unlimited songs, radio, and more from Google’s recently launched All Access music service. This is in addition to the free Wi-Fi that Starbucks …

Solar-charging screen could augment your phone’s battery life

From quad-core processors to 1080p displays, today’s mobile devices are very powerful and seem to push innovation into just about every aspect.<p>Unfortunately, one area that seems to be somewhat ignored is battery life. While many of today’s devices can endure a fully day’s use on a single charge, …

Larry Page and Steve Jobs: advice given, lessons learned

At the time Steve Jobs was nearing the end of his long bout with cancer, an important shift in Google management was afoot. Eric Schmidt had been running the show, while Larry Page and Sergey Brin decided what direction they wanted to pursue within Google, and his tenure at the top was just about …

Samsung wins a US import ban on AT&T iPhone 4 and older 3G iPads

Every time we turn around, Apple and Samsung seem locked into yet another patent dispute. Internationally, many of these battles end in favor of Samsung. Stateside? Well – we all remember Apple’s big win against Samsung in California just last year.<p>This time around, Samsung has turned the tables on …

Asus Fonepad Note specifications and features announced

<i>Asus just threw its hat in the supersized phone ring with the Asus Fonepad Note, a 6-inch device equipped with a stylus that promises to give the Galaxy Note 2 a run for its money.</i><p>At its event at Computex 2013 in Taiwan, Asus unveiled a series of new Android devices, including a competitor to the …

Why an Android OEM should make an iPod Touch competitor

This week Apple announced that it has sold 100 million iPod Touch units since 2007 – keep in mind that this is not a statistic for all iPod devices, but all iPod Touch units. This is obviously a massive milestone for Apple, but it also brings up the question, why hasn’t an Android manufacturer …