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RANKED: The Best Smartphones In The World

But if you need a new smartphone now, here are the best ones.<p><i>Note: We update this list approximately once a month. Our rankings are based on a variety of factors including design, software and hardware features, content selection, carrier availability, and price. We only consider phones that are</i> …

Why Google's Larry Page Only Buys Companies That Pass His Crazy Toothbrush Test

This is the one simple question Google's CEO asks to weigh acquisition prospects.<p>Acquiring other companies is a growth strategy used by businesses to bring new products or services, talent, and clients under their company umbrella-or to effectively shut down competitors.<p>Buying out companies can be …

Sprint, Nokia squeeze a 2.6 Gbps connection out of a Spark network trial

Nokia’s(s nok) network division is returning to work at Sprint(s s) after a multiple-year hiatus, and it apparently wants to make a good impression. …

Sprint’s Spark LTE network expanded to 6 additional markets; data disabled during calls

Recently, Sprint launched their LTE service in 41 additional markets. In total, Sprint’s LTE network is now available in 443 cities, while its Spark service is active in 24 markets.<p>Now, Sprint says that the company has launched their “Spark” service in six new markets: Oakland, Calif.; Orlando, …

Samsung has reportedly begun testing three-sided display phone

If you thought the Samsung Galaxy Round was peculiar, get ready for another whole level of quirk. According to a Korean supplier of Samsung parts, the company has begun testing three-sided displays for potential application on mobile devices.<p>The technology has been rumored for quite some time, but …

How to Install CyanogenMod 4.4.4 KitKat CM11 M9 Custom ROM on Samsung Galaxy S4 M919 [Tutorial] - IBTimes India

Popular custom firmware developers CyanogenMod have released the new Android v4.4.4 KitKat CM11 M9 to Samsung's 2013 flagship smartphone Galaxy S4 …

Samsung Galaxy Alpha may launch Wednesday

Samsung's long-rumored Galaxy Alpha may finally make the leap from rumor to reality.<p>The Galaxy Alpha smartphone will launch Wednesday, according to Korean media reports that cite information from Samsung.<p>Rumors have been swirling for months over what the Galaxy Alpha might deliver, but the latest …

Samsung Thinks We Need A Three Sided Phone

According to a report on CNET, Samsung is preparing to release a three-sided phone. That would be one with a display on three sides. From the company that looks set to be delivering a curved phone (reasonably enough, the head against which I hold my phone is curved rather than flat) this is perhaps …

Sprint nabs Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 as first Spark-ready tablet

Sprint has released several phones on its tri-band Spark LTE network, but Monday marks the first time that the carrier Sparks up a tablet. On Monday, it announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, which goes on sale August 15.<p>The Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 is powered by Android 4.4 KitKat and features a 7-inch …

Samsung may only put Tizen OS on cheap phones

Tizen’s difficult life continues. Samsung and Intel’s mobile operating system has been endlessly delayed, and the latest rumors say plans for the …

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Galaxy Alpha full specs leak, device spotted at Samsung Russia event

More signs that the release of the metal-clad Galaxy Alpha is imminent: the phone’s specifications leaked again and the device lent its name to a yachting event in Russia.<p>The first leak originates from Brazil, where an anonymous reader sent the image above to tech site <i>Tecmundo</i>. There’s no way to …

OnePlus One phone review – hitting the sweet spot

Its supply is rationed and some apps may not work - but this Android phone is fast and returns control to its users<p>How good is the OnePlus One phone, which recently hit the market? Good enough that after trying a review unit, I bought one. It is simply the best combination of hardware and software, …

IBM Unveils a ‘Brain-Like’ Chip With 4,000 Processor Cores

The human brain is the world's most sophisticated computer, capable of learning new things on the fly, using very little data. It can recognize …

Michigan Boy, 12, Accused of Murder Pleads Not Guilty

A 12-year-old Michigan boy accused of fatally stabbing a 9-year-old boy on a playground has pleaded not guilty to murder.<p>According to a court …

Second World War camp survivor and wife both die on 76th wedding anniversary

War veteran Clifford Hartland died aged 101, hours before wife Marjorie, 97, died 'of a broken heart'<p>A Second World War prisoner camp survivor and his wife of 76 years died within hours of each other on their wedding anniversary.<p>Veteran Clifford Hartland died at the age of 101, 14 hours before his …

Knife falls from sky into Chinese man's head

A five-inch kitchen knife falls from the sky and enters the head of 57-year-old man in Sichuan province<p>Last Thursday morning, 57-year-old Xiao Yunzhi was taking a stroll in his home town of Guangyuan, Sichuan province, when his head started feeling strangely heavy.<p>But it was only when the local …

Town in shock after 9-year-old boy is stabbed to death on playground

A family is grieving and a Michigan community is in shock after a 9-year-old boy was stabbed to death at a playground in his neighborhood this week.<p>The shock felt in Kentwood, just outside of Grand Rapids, is as much over the sudden and senseless loss of Michael Conner Verkerke as it is over the …

Woman finds 80 skeletons crammed into Ikea bags

Centuries-old skeletons should probably be 6 feet under—not overflowing out of blue Ikea bags and shoved under a tarp in a Scandinavian church. But that's exactly what Kicki Karlén says she recently found at the Kläckeberga church in Sweden.<p>"There were loads of skulls and bones stuffed into Ikea …

Library of Congress says it found source code of a never-released 'Duke Nukem' game

The Library of Congress believes it's found the source code to a never-released version of handheld game <i>Duke Nukem: Critical Mass</i>, unearthed from a trove of games submitted for copyright registration. <i>Critical Mass</i> came out for the Nintendo DS in 2011. It was originally supposed to be the start of a …

Are you ready for the next chapter of Wi-Fi? Meet 802.11ax

Now that the first wave of 802.11ac Wi-Fi routers and devices are making their way out the door, the Wi-Fi Alliance and the Institute of Electrical …

For the First Time Ever, a Computer Passed Turing Test for Artificial Intelligence

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Yesterday, at a University of Reading demonstration in London, a computer convinced human judges …

Got PlayStation Plus? You're now getting two games every month

Now that Microsoft is offering free games each month to Xbox One owners with Live Gold subscriptions, Sony is in a tough spot -- how does it get you to buy a console and sign up for PlayStation Plus? By giving you more games, that's what. As of June, Plus members get two games per month for every …

Connecticut high school girl killed in apparent prom dispute

MILFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - A 16-year-old girl was stabbed to death on Friday by a classmate at their Connecticut high school, and authorities were investigating reports the boy was enraged that she had rejected his invitation to the prom, police said.<p>Students mourn in front of Jonathan Law …

Xplore's latest Windows 8 tablet is tough enough for a warzone

When a company sends you a tablet buried under a half foot of sopping-wet turf, you can be reasonably sure that the hardware's going to be sturdier than your average kit. Xplore Technologies makes computing devices for the harshest of environments, including warzones, so we thought we would spend …

Dad Films His Daughter Growing Up Over 14 Years in 4 Minutes

In a gorgeous display of fatherly love, Frans Hofmeester started filming his baby girl Lotte in the autumn 1999 and continued for a full 14 …

Microsoft Breaks Silence On Xbox One Sales...Sort Of

Yesterday, Sony announced that it had sold 7 million PS4s to consumers, a colossal number any way you look at it. It left us wondering how its chief competitor, Microsoft's Xbox One, was faring — all we had heard was that Microsoft had sold 3 million units in 2013. Well now, we can wonder at least …

Six reasons why space tourism matters

It’s easy to dismiss plans to take paying customers into orbit as a pursuit for the rich. But our space correspondent explains how it could benefit all of us.<p>Right now, one of the most exciting space facilities in the world is a World War Two hangar in the Mojave Desert in California.<p>The wooden …

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'Earth's Cousin': Scientists Find Alien Planet That's Most Like Home

Space<p>Scientists say a world that's 490 light-years away qualifies as the first confirmed Earth-sized exoplanet that could sustain life as we know it — but in an environment like nothing we've ever seen.<p>The planet, known as Kepler-186f, is "more of an Earth cousin than an Earth twin," Elisa …

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Nintendo's Original Game Boy Turns 25

On April 21, 1989, Nintendo released the original Game Boy in Japan. It was built like a brick and rendered a mixture of black and gray pixels on a muddy green background. The console wasn’t light, slender or powerful, but it was the trigger for a new culture around video games and changed people’s …

Turn Ice Cream into Muffins with Just One Extra Ingredient

If you want a yummy muffin but don't want to put in the effort of measuring and combining several ingredients, just grab a pint of vanilla ice cream …