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Use This Clever Trick To See Your iPhone's True Signal Strength

Ever find yourself questioning how accurate those little signal strength dots are on your iPhone?<p>Luckily, there's a trick to reveal your iPhone's true signal strength, and it takes less than a minute to enable.<p>First, you'll need to access a hidden app on your phone called Field Test Mode. To do …

OS X

10 of the Best Free iPhone 6 Apps

If you’ve managed to get your hands on the iPhone 6 or the oversized iPhone 6 Plus, there’s a chance you’re looking for some free apps you could …

I finally bought an Android Wear watch. Here’s which one and why

Advertisement<p>17 Comments<p>Months before Google introduced its Android Wear software platform, I said that the first company to put Google Now on my …

Apple updates its website with more details on the Apple Watch

If you’re confident that the Apple Watch is going to be the wearable gadget of 2015 then you’ll be interested in several new titbits of information that have been revealed this weekend on Apple’s official website. Three new areas are now online for Apple enthusiasts to pore over: timekeeping, ways …

Lollipop isn't making a dent in Android usage numbers (yet)

Now that Android 5.0 Lollipop is finally rolling out to devices around the globe, you might be wondering just how much of an impact it's making on the Android ecosystem. The short answer: not much. Google has released its latest Android usage stats, and Lollipop doesn't even register yet -- in …

Crazy rumor claims iPhone 6s is coming spring 2015

An incredibly sketchy report, citing supply chain sources, claims the iPhone 6s could arrive as early as spring next year, to coincide with the eagerly-anticipated launch of Apple Watch.<p>“[O]ur source says that Apple is hesitant about launching the iWatch in the spring of 2015 without a new iPhone …

Psychology: A simple trick to improve your memory

Want to enhance your memory for facts? Tom Stafford explains a counterintuitive method for retaining information.<p>If I asked you to sit down and remember a list of phone numbers or a series of facts, how would you go about it? There’s a fair chance that you’d be doing it wrong.<p>One of the interesting …

The Brain

Continuity: Where it is now, and our hopes and dreams for the future

Are you using Continuity?<p><b>Peter:</b> I do, but I don't use it as much as I like, because the support just isn't there for it yet from third parties. But …

7 Reasons Why You Should Buy An Android Phone Over An iPhone

Android Phones

Why the Apple Watch can afford to cost thousands of dollars

Would you pay thousands of extra dollars for an Apple gadget made of gold?<p>Perhaps not, but the company is betting that at least some people will. Its Apple Watch Edition is made from 18-karat gold and will likely be very expensive — think thousands of dollars expensive — despite offering little to …

8 of our favorite smartphone highs and lows of 2014

CNET goes over the hits and misses that helped define our year in smartphones.<p>This year, like all years in recent memory, has seen its share of highs and lows in the mobile world. On the one hand, you have key players making strides, like Apple successfully joining the big-screen party with its new …

Mobile Technology

Tip of the Day: Unlock Your iPhone by Writing Your Passcode With Your Finger

Apple’s VoiceOver feature is designed for those who are visually impaired. When the feature is turned on, a voice will let users know what is on the screen and allow them to navigate their iDevice. However, VoiceOver can also be used by anyone to unlock their iPhones by drawing their passcodes with …

Accessibility

Running On Air: Breathing Technique

A revolutionary way to breathe can help you run better and sidestep injury.<p>In my early days as a runner, I, like most, didn't give any thought to my breathing. I took up the sport in high school—back in the '70s—and as a senior on the cross-country team, I won the individual league championship, a …

Yoga

This sleek case might be the only iPhone 6 accessory you’ll ever need

iPhone 6 owners looking for accessories such as protective cases, battery packs and charging docks should check out the iStand 6 multipurpose case …

I work at Sony Pictures. This is what it was like after we got hacked.

An employee* in the Los Angeles office of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SNE) opened up to <i>Fortune</i> about the personal ordeal they went through following …

The best streaming radio apps for iPhone and iPad

There are all kinds of situations in which we turn to the radio to help us pass time, enjoy the day, maybe help us through a workout, get through the …

BlackBerry Classic review

I'm at the airport in Dallas, after a four-hour flight without usable Wi-Fi. That means I have about four hours of email to catch up on. But it's not just any email: it's Monday morning, pre-trade show, I-never-told-anyone-I'd-be-traveling email. It's a lot of email.<p>Yet here I am, just deplaned, …

Russia reveals identity of CIA Moscow chief following Ryan Fogle's expulsion

The Federal Security Service in Russia has revealed the identity of the CIA's station chief in Moscow in a breach of protocol.<p>The revelation, made by …

Sony still has a lot to prove at E3 2013

Despite Microsoft's messaging missteps of late, E3 won't be an easy win for Sony. Here's what it needs to communicate next week.<p>Heading into E3, Sony has more to prove with the PlayStation 4 (PS4) than its console-making competition. Microsoft has already shown that, in its quest to take over your …

Living Rooms

The Xbox One Might Let Sony's PS4 Win By Default

Last night, Microsoft dumped a pile of information into our laps about some of the more controversial specifics of the Xbox One. We heard confirmation about its practices for always on, used game resale, and game ownership in general. Some of the highlights:<p>- Your Xbox must check in via the …

Is the new Gmail app interface dumb, or am I a freak?

poll New Gmail app for Android swaps out a delete button for a read-unread toggle. CNET News' Stephen Shankland thinks the change is foolish -- but asks which you'd rather have.<p>I'm a Gmail fanboy. Priority inbox, stars, the archive tool, labels, filters, built-in translation, conversation view, …

Apps

Android this week: Google’s keyboard for all; Galaxy S 4 updated; Xperia Z going stock

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Google(s goog) continued an Android strategy this week to decouple core apps from the base software by releasing the native …