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Apple considering AirPod charging case with Bluetooth speaker

The case for your Apple wireless earbuds is necessary to charge them, but it’s useless the rest of the time. But what if this AirPod charging case was itself a speaker?<p>That’s the concept behind a patent Apple just received. Whether it will turn into an actual product is anyone’s guess.<p>The …

Tech Trends

Apple pulls app used by teenagers to hide photos behind a calculator amid police investigation

Apple appears to have removed from the App Store a controversial app used by teenagers to hide photos behind a fully functioning calculator.<p>Private Photos (Calculator%) first gained attention in 2015 when US district attorney Pamela Casey's warning to parents about the app's true purpose went viral …

Apps

Spotify likely launching an in-car audio device on April 24

Back in February, we told you about how Spotify was on the hunt for someone to head up product development of some sort of hardware device. Initially, we speculated that the device in question would be some sort of smart speaker to compete against the Amazon Echo and the Google Home.<p>It seems that …

Amazon Echo

Here's How I Reduced Robocalls by About 95 Percent

D<p>Have you been getting a lot of robocalls lately? Yeah, join the club.<p>You know what I mean. These are unsolicited calls made to your cell phone. They come in waves - sometimes ten or eleven in a row, particularly if you don't pick them up. Sometimes they identify themselves as "robocaller" but not …

Google Play

Apple faces lawsuits over its intentional slowing of older iPhones

Plaintiffs from two separate class-action lawsuits claim Apple did not have user consent to slow iPhone performance and that it was forcing new purchases<p>Apple is facing lawsuits over the revelations that it intentionally slows down older iPhones without user consent.<p>Apple has admitted to slowing …

Mobile Technology

Samsung Teasing These Top Galaxy S8 Features

Samsung says the Galaxy S8 will be revealed in four months, and a key executive is already talking about some of the top features.<p>In an effort to try …

Samsung Note 8 Confirmed; What’s Interesting is How It Deals with Note 7 Owners

After the entire trouble with Note7, you would have thought that Samsung will abandon the Note brand.<p>But nope, that’s not true at all, despite …

Samsung is focused on the Galaxy S8 and is already promising discounts to loyal users

This wasn’t how Samsung was hoping to end the year. As the competition is rushing to get product out the door in the lead up to the holidays, the company is licking its wounds and trying to move on from one of the largest consumer electronics PR disasters in recent memory.<p>For the South Korean tech …

Wall Street

1Password will put the MacBook Pro’s fingerprint scanner to good use

And the Touch Bar, too<p>All the hype around the new MacBook Pro has been about what its flashy new Touch Bar can do, but there’s good reason to be excited about its Touch ID sensor, too.<p>One early example: the maker of 1Password, AgileBits, is already showing off its planned support for the laptop’s …

Scanners

Apple ditches iconic startup sound on new MacBook Pro

That familiar and, dare I say, invigorating chime that signals the startup of your Mac computer is officially dead, at least on the new MacBook …

Best replacement bands for Samsung Gear S2

The Samsung Gear S2 is over two years old but still a fantastic smartwatch. You may be thinking it's time to upgrade to the Gear S3 or an Android …

Smartwatches

Sink or swim: Samsung's Galaxy S7 Active drowned when we put it in the pool

The phone catering to active lifestyles failed two of our four submersion tests.<p>UPDATE: Since this story originally posted, we tested a fresh Samsung Galaxy Active, S7 and S7 Edge that Samsung gave us after fixing a flaw that caused some of the water-resistant phones to drown in water. All three …

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung’s G9198 Is The Most Powerful Flip Phone In The World

Can you release it here Sammy? Pretty please?<p>Samsung’s a brand that’s known for pushing out innovative devices, but it’s not afraid to dip their toe …

You can now run Android apps on a Mac or PC with Google Chrome

Google’s convergence of Chrome and Android is taking a big step forward this week. After launching a limited App Runtime for Chrome (ARC) back in September, Google is expanding its beta project to allow Android apps to run on Windows, OS X, and Linux. It’s an early experiment designed primarily for …

Apps

Drool-worthy: The all-new Ether headphones

MrSpeakers' Ether headphone floors the Audiophiliac!<p>In a crowded field of high-end contenders, the new MrSpeakers' Ether headphones are getting a lot of attention for two good reasons: it's a pleasure to wear, and the sound is revelatory!<p>Even compared with one of my reference headphones, the Audeze …

Audiophile

The four bits of metal that make Beats headphones feel less flimsy

Technically Incorrect: A teardown suggests that a third of the whole weight of Beats headphones is made up of pieces of metal that are there merely to make the 'phones feel sturdier.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>You might feel fooled on …

Audiophile

This curved, 4K option is an excellent performer that won't leave your wallet reeling.

<b>This review was published on June 19, 2015. Since then, this product may have been discontinued or replaced. Pricing and availability may differ from</b> …

Televisions

Samsung releases app for quick settings issue on Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Samsung has come out with QuickPanel Restore, an app with the only purpose of adding the toggles for quick settings back to the notification panel. …

Apps

Logitech's Harmony remotes can control your PS4 too

The PlayStation 4 is a lot of (mostly great) things, but easy to control without its DualShock 4 paddle isn't one of them. That changes today so long as you have a Logitech Harmony remote sitting on your couch or coffee table. The company announced that the latest update to its hub-based wands, or …

Microsoft working on new service to provide Wi-Fi for users everywhere

Clearly making users more productive means providing internet access no matter where they go. According to<i>VentureBeat</i>, the software company is currently developing a cross-platform service that will offer "hassle-free" Wi-Fi around the world.<p>The new service, called Microsoft WiFi, was first seen …

Wi-Fi

You can now get refunds for your Steam game purchases

Gaming giant Valve has introduced a refund system on its PC game marketplace Steam, allowing users to get their money back for just about any purchase from its store.<p>Valve will honor refund requests made within 14 days of purchase, provided the titles in question have been played for less than two …

The USB drive of the future is already here

Take a close look at this Dual USB Flash Drive from SanDisk. The company name doesn't matter so much as the shape and function of the thing: we're about to see every USB stick transform into such a dual-plug peripheral very soon indeed. USB-C, the thin connector on the right, is the hot new port …

Computer Hardware

Amazon now ships some smaller items for free even if you don’t have a Prime membership

Amazon has found a new way to make sure every single item you ever buy comes from its online marketplace. In a message posted on Seller Central, Amazon outlines its new initiative called “Fulfillment by Amazon Small and Light” that offers free shipping on thousands of smaller items without …

HidrateMe Is A Connected Water Bottle That Will Glow When You Need To Take A Sip

HidrateMe aims to help you fill up on your H20 with a sensor that monitors your intake and syncs that information up with an app on your smartphone. Should you need more water than you are ingesting, the bottle will glow.<p>The bottle is also doing exceptionally well on Kickstarter right now. The …

Crowd Funding

Flipd for Android wants to lock you out of your phone addiction

Sometimes it’s a little difficult to switch off, to put down the phone and ignore the little blinking light. The end result is that you check it hundreds of times per day, most likely.<p>I know, because, well, I’ve counted.<p>Now, however, there’s a new app called Flipd to help cut down on the amount of …

Microsoft Cortana For Samsung Galaxy S6 and LG G4

Surprising as it may sound, the Windows Mobile’s voice assistant, Cortana, will now be making a debut on other devices such as Samsung Galaxy S6, LG …

Windows Phone

LG G4 VS Samsung Galaxy S6 In Speed Test

Given that both Samsung and LG operate in similar industries, such as home electronics, white goods, displays, and mobile devices, it’s not …

Samsung proposes an Android phone that transforms into a Windows laptop

Samsung has been thinking up new ways to transform smartphones into laptops. In a patent application filed last week, first spotted by <i>Patently Mobile</i>, Samsung describes a mobile device that runs Android and is able to switch over to Windows when inserted into a dock. Individually, these ideas …

Android Phones

Sound Torch Sets Fire to Your Music - Literally

"Like fire? LOVE music? Now you can combine the two!" If you're not sold on the Sound Torch already, maybe you need a bit more excitement in your musical life. This ridiculous but laudable Danish Kickstarter project aims to create a pair of wireless speakers with real flames shooting out the top, …

Gear & Gadgets

How to upgrade or downgrade the iCloud storage on your iPad

When you first purchase your iPad you automatically get 5 BG of free iCloud storage to use for things like your email, iCloud backups of your devices, your Photo Library, and iCloud Drive. However, items you purchase from any of Apple’s stores like movies, music, apps and books do not count against …

iCloud