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Say hello to the mouth-watering Huawei Mate X folding phone

By Robert Jones<p>Along with Samsung and its Galaxy X, the other front runner currently in the folding smartphone race is Huawei, with the Chinese maker …

Mobile Technology

People go nuts over this 50-inch 4K TV with built-in Fire TV – today it’s on sale for $349.99

Honestly, if you’re searching for a new 4K TV in the 50-inch range right now, there’s only one television you should even consider. It’s the Toshiba …

Facebook is developing a singing contest feature to rival musical.ly

If karaoke on the weekends isn’t enough for you to show off your vocals, you might like what Facebook has been caught working on.<p>Researcher and code-breaker Jane Manchun Wong found a code which indicates that Facebook may introduce a ‘Talent Show’ feature where users would make use of Facebook’s …

These $79 Bluetooth noise-cancelling headphones are normally $260

Everyone uses music to drown out background noise — whether because of a crying baby on a plane, loud chewing in the library, or neighbors …

(Update: “Blue Coral”) More Galaxy Note 7 details leak: 64GB and color variants

<b>Update (June 26th)</b>: It looks like the logo that was leaked over the weekend is actually indicative of more than what one might have initially expected:<p>GalaxyClub.nl<p>The above was discovered by GalaxyClub.nl who has posted the above image, which appears to come from an application filing. The name …

Galaxy Note

Android 6.0 Marshmallow rolling out to Verizon’s Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Tab S2

Verizon has (quite surprisingly) been rolling out a good amount of updates to its Android devices as of late. Recently we’ve seen the Galaxy S5, Droid Maxx 2 and a few other handsets on Verizon receive updates to the latest version of Android, and today two more are joining the party. Verizon is …

Sulon says its headset doesn't need a PC to run VR experiences

While HTC and Oculus’ upcoming headsets look promising for VR fans, you’ll need to make room for a high-end PC, position tracking devices and all the cables needed to connect the headsets to your desktop.<p>Hardware firm Sulon believes it’s hit upon a better alternative. It says that its Q headset …

Sony’s futuristic Concept N headphones don’t touch your ears

Headphones you wear on your neck<p>Sony's newly formed R&D outfit, Future Lab, is here at SXSW to show off its first concept prototype: a pair of headphones worn around the neck that direct audio upwards so only you can hear it. Codenamed Concept N, the Bluetooth device takes the design of those …

This tiny but powerful high-resolution portable music player wowed the Audiophiliac

While Cowon's Plenue series of portable high-res music players may not be as well known as Astell & Kern's or FiiO's, I've thoroughly enjoyed the two previous Plenue models I've tested on this blog. This new Plenue D is smaller and more affordable than its siblings, and first impressions of its …

Amazon Echo starts talking to your thermostat

You can tell Ecobee gear to turn up the heat.<p>Amazon's voice-guided Echo speaker can serve as everything from an exercise coach to a game machine, but its latest addition could be particularly helpful if you're shivering as you read this. The Echo now offers voice control over thermostats, starting …

The Koss ESP-950 headphone dazzles the Audiophiliac

The Koss ESP-950 electrostatic headphones debuted in 1990, so color me embarrassed -- I'm a little late to the party. The good news is the ESP-950 is still being made, and this 26-year-old design is more transparent and spacious sounding than some of the best headphones I've reviewed over the past …

The Audiophiliac Component of the Year: Schiit Ragnarok stereo amplifier

Schiit is best known for its headphone amps and digital converters; Ragnarok is its first stereo integrated amplifier for speakers and headphones. It's a purist, sound-quality-first design, and stands head and shoulders above run of the mill integrated amps that come stuffed with as many features …

Deezer takes the fight to Google Play Music with 20,000 new podcasts and offline playback

Deezer has announced that it’s adding 20,000 new podcasts and radio shows to its streaming audio service worldwide. That gives it an edge over Google Play Music, which announced yesterday that it would introduce podcasts in the ‘coming months.’<p>With that, Deezer’s library has now expanded to over …

Google Play

This tiny £20 box has transformed the way I listen to music

I purchased a FiiO e05, which is a cheap, £20.99 headphone amplifier, on Amazon to see if it would make any difference to how I enjoy music.<p>What you may not know is that every smartphone and laptop has an amp in it already. In fact, you probably own several headphone amplifiers without realising it.<p>…

Audiophile

Marshall London: What happens when an amp maker builds a phone?

Why does a company famous for making guitar amps decide to make a phone? The Marshall brand realized clinging to its rock heritage won't serve it forever. That's why it already moved into headphones and Bluetooth speakers -- modern day lifestyle products -- via a collaboration with Zound …

Headphones

Chevrolet Spark running Android Auto: hands-on first look

We recently got a chance to check out the big Chevrolet event in Detroit, Michigan, which allowed us to take a look at all things Android Auto. While many other auto manufacturers have revealed that a number of their new vehicles would come with Android Auto pre-installed, Chevrolet recently …

Transform your car into the 4G LTE connected car of the future with Vinli's little black box

Vinli wants to transform the car you own today into the 4G Web-connected, Wi-Fi hotspotting, mpg-boosting, teen driver-monitoring car of the future. Just plug its little black box into the diagnostics port.<p>Onboard vehicle diagnostic (OBD-II) readers have been around since the early nineties, but …

Microsoft went all out for its Windows 10 desktop background

When Windows 10 launches on July 29, pay special attention to the default desktop background.<p>Microsoft partnered with San Francisco designer Bradley …

Galaxy Note 5 Images Leak, Will Anger Users

I thought the bets were off. No phone would prove more controversial in 2015 than the Galaxy S6. It seems I was wrong…<p>If leaked images obtained by the ever reliable French tech site Nowhereelse.fr prove correct (and it nailed both the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 designs prior to launch) then Samsung is …

Phones

Oppo HA-2 Portable Headphone Amp Preview

The new Oppo HA-1 is a headphone amp designed for use on the go, or for you easily bring from place to place (home to office, say). It’s got a high-end ESS Sabre Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) and a 300 mW amp to get the most out of your headphones.<p>Here are all the details.<p><i>Before we get going,</i> …

How to use WhatsApp from your computer

Typing long messages or holding multiple WhatsApp conversations on your smartphone is possible, but there are times when typing away on a full keyboard and viewing messages on a full-size computer screen would be better.<p>WhatsApp offers two different solutions for using its service on a computer: …

The Complete Guide to Backing Up Your Computer The Best Way

There’s a reason people don’t bother backing up their computer: thinking about the task of doing it properly becomes too <i></i>difficult. The thing about backups is that it’s not a question of if data loss will strike you, but when and how severely.<p>Backups have long been considered to be incredibly …

Samsung Promotion, 1 year Netflix with new Galaxy S5, Note 4 or Tab S

Samsung is working on a little treat for new Galaxy S5, Note 4 and Tab S buyers. Starting January 4th, Samsung is giving eligible U.S. buyers one free year of Netflix to go along with their new Samsung device.<p>If you are looking to buy one of these Samsung devices this weekend, you best hold off …

Samsung

Samsung just added a 360-degree video store to its VR headset

Since launch in early December, the virtual reality headset released by Samsung and Oculus VR has received a steady drip of new content. Each Tuesday, a handful of new apps launches for Gear VR -- new games (<i>Temple Run</i>!), new experiences (a Paul McCartney performance!). Thus far, nothing's been …

Samsung's new Milk VR app streams 360-degree video to Gear VR headset

Starting today, Samsung's giving you more to do with its Gear VR virtual reality headset. The company has launched a new app, Milk VR, that delivers immersive, 360-degree videos to the Galaxy Note 4-powered platform. (By the way, we <i>really</i> wish Samsung would move away from the truly awful "Milk" …

Impossible electric bike folds up to fit in a backpack

Bicycles tend to be big. Even the most compact of folding bicycles still end of being the size of a suitcase when collapsed down. Electric bikes typically add even more heft to the equation. That's why the Impossible electric bike on Kickstarter is attracting attention. It weighs 11 pounds and, …

Samsung doesn't know where virtual reality is headed, but it has a plan

The company wants to get an army of developers behind its Gear VR platform as quickly as possible<p>Perhaps by the sheer force of its market power alone, Samsung immediately became one of the top contenders in the nascent virtual reality space earlier this year when it announced Gear VR — a headset …

How to Boost Galaxy Note 4 Camera Performance Using Mod

Galaxy Note 4 users are in for some great news as it is now possible to achieve improved photo quality and extend video recording time on the device …

Samsung Gear S To Have Its Own Plan on Sprint (Rumor)

Samsung Gear S was announced ahead of the IFA 2014, and is a little different from most of the smartwatches available in the market. The wearable …

Sony's tiny high-resolution audio player might be the next big thing

Sony's latest reboot of the Walkman -- the NWZ-A17 high-resolution music player -- brings back memories of the original Walkman analog cassette players that were all the rage in the 1980s. Sony went on to sell boatloads of CD, video, radio, network, and even MP3 Walkmans, but the NWZ-A17 is the …