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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review: the best big-screen phone you can buy right now

What began in 2011 as a brand-new phone category has flourished into one of the most popular in the world. Smartphones with big screens (phablets, to some) are now ubiquitous, but it all started with an odd device called the Samsung Galaxy Note. At 5.3 inches, it was a behemoth for its day -- and …

Lenovo's new 'Yoga' tablets run Android and Windows, one has a built-in projector

Lenovo's original, kickstand-toting Yoga Tablet was kind of a flop, thanks to a poor display, sluggish performance and heavily skinned version of Android. (Naming Ashton Kutcher as a "product engineer" probably didn't help either.) Not to be deterred, the company is going all in: Lenovo just …

Hack runs Android apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux computers

Google's "App Runtime for Chrome" gets hacked to run on any major desktop OS.<p>If you remember, about a week ago, Google gave Chrome OS the ability to …

With this new $10 antenna, you have no excuse not to try over-the-air TV

Would-be cord cutters, take notice: Antenna maker ChannelMaster just introduced a new over-the-air TV indoor antenna called the Flatenna that sells …

LG G3 Cat. 6 (Snapdragon 805) video walkthrough

Beginner's guide to Plex

Plex is one of those services that has been around for some time but many of us might have passed over for some reason, be it a lack of understanding …

Apps

T-Mobile takes on AT&T and Sprint, Unveils $100 a Month Family Plan

T-Mobile has unveiled a new family plan that is poised to cut the legs off of AT&T’s “Best-Ever Pricing” plan as well as Sprint’s Framily plans. …

To Root Or Not To Root? - Android Q&A

2014 Phablet Comparison Guide

What is a phablet? Well, on its simplest level, this phone/tablet portmanteau describes any smartphone that's big enough to replace a small tablet. …

The LG G3 Review

While the enthusiast segment is no stranger to LG smartphones, for the most part LG hasn’t received nearly the amount of attention that Samsung has. …

Phones

Helmet with Built in Fan

The only thing worse than getting bonked on the head by falling objects is having a little sweat on the brow while it happens. Seriously, nothing is …

How To Make Your Own #Cardboard VR Goggles

Google really spoiled developers attending its I/O conference yesterday by handing out a piece of cardboard. Not just any piece of cardboard, though. Pull the tab on this Amazon-esque package, reconfigure its pieces, slot in your phone and viola, your very own cardboard VR Goggles.<p>Out of the box, …

Meet the Devs – Redirect Dev

Welcome back to our Meet the Devs segment! In this piece we take a little time to get to know the people who really make Android what it is today and that is the app developers. In this week’s developer interviews, we are talking to Redirect Dev.<p>Say hello to Xavier Tobin!<p><b>Name:</b> Xavier Tobin<p><b>Developer</b> …

Apps

Apply icon packs to your stock launcher sans root with Beautiful Icon Styler

Yep, you read that right. There is now an app that will let you apply themes to your phone that’s a stock launcher, and you don’t even need to void …

PortedAPP lets you run select OEM-specific apps on just about any Android handset

Part of the magic of Android is the level of choice we are presented with as users, not only on the hardware front but when it comes to software as well. Want stock or near-stock Android? Devices like the Nexus 5 give you that option, as do custom ROMs and a few other branded handsets. For those …

Android News

Why MIT Thinks You (Yes, You!) Can Solve Climate Change

Climate change: We all know it's a huge problem, and most of us want something done about it. Unfortunately, nation-state level approaches haven't made any significant headway.<p>According to Thomas W. Malone, Robert Laubacher, and Laur Fisher of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, "top-down …

Listen To These Lovely Cats. No, Actually, Don't

"Oh, evolution," writes Mara Grunbaum in her new, about-to-come-out book, <i>WTF Evolution,</i> "You were doing so well with the lynx. You made it a fierce and graceful hunter, you gave it a luxurious spotted coat, you gave it pretty yellow eyes and tufted ears — and then you made it sound like this …

Make Your Own DIY Solar Charger

Keep your gadgets powered even when you’re off the grid.<p><b>MATERIALS</b><br>Plywood<br>Jigsaw<br>Drill<br>Nails<br>Hammer<br>Two 1-inch (2.5 cm) wood slats<br>5-watt, 12-volt solar panel<br>Hinge<br>Soldering iron and solder ¼-inch (6.35-mm) plastic mono plug<br>Cigarette-lighter Y adapter<br>12-volt 12AH rechargeable battery<br>Solar DC charger …

Dropbox Alternative HubiC Now Offers 10TB For $13.50 Per Month

French hosting company OVH just updated its product offering for its Dropbox-like service called HubiC. Now, you get 25GB of storage for free, 100GB for $1.35 per month (€1), and you can opt for a whopping 10TB plan for $13.50 per month (€10).<p>Launched two years ago, HubiC has slowly but surely …

CES 2014: Asus Transformer Book Duet Switches Between Windows and Android Instantly

Dual boot Android and Windows devices still haven’t really caught on and the market remains largely untapped despite a few outings. Now a laptop …

The Car Interior Preheater Warms Your Car Before You Get In It

Heat up your car’s interior before you hop in with this handy preheater that will also help defrost your car’s windshield. Long gone are the days of …

The Best Android Launchers You Can Download Today

We love Android devices as much as the next person, but sometimes the vanilla Android experience leaves us wanting a little more. Thankfully, it’s possible to change the whole look and feel of your Android device with only the minimum of effort – and no need to root.<p>Android launchers, or home …

New Gmail Feature Allows Anyone On Google+ To Email You & Vice Versa, But Opt Out Is Provided

Google is today making a change to Gmail that will further bake in Google+ to its webmail product in a way that’s actually somewhat practical, though also potentially invasive. Going forward, you’ll now be able to directly email your Google+ contacts from Gmail, even if you don’t know their email …

This headband promises to help you take control of your dreams

Andrew Smiley was sitting inside a huge, ornate dining hall when he began to notice the lights pulsing overhead. That’s weird, he thought. He stood up to get a better look, drawing the eyes of those around him. Suddenly, he knew what was happening, and what to do next: he bolted, diving through a …

Google offering up free apps, games, books, music and more for the holiday season

It wouldn't be the holiday season without great deals on the Google Play Store, would it? Google made sure this holiday season didn't go without any …

How Plants Secretly Talk to Each Other

Up in the northern Sierra Nevada, the ecologist Richard Karban is trying to learn an alien language. The sagebrush plants that dot these slopes speak …

The 12 best apps for your new Android phone or tablet

Android phones used to be for the hyper-nerds, who happily sacrificed simplicity for customization, ease of use for sheer horsepower. But now you don't have to trade – whether you just got a Nexus 4, a Galaxy S III, a One X+, or something else entirely, you're using a phone that does everything you …

Hands On With The KnCMiner Jupiter, The Massive BTC Mining Rig That Can Move Markets

It’s not every day you get to see a machine designed to mint money. KnCMiner is a Stockholm-based hardware company that has single-handedly changed the face of Bitcoin mining. Their products sell out almost instantly – the $5,000 Jupiter is already gone – and, amazingly, the company actually ships. …

Waze speeds up its sat nav app with quicker search and simpler interface

Even though Waze is now under Google's umbrella, it's continued to operate as if nothing has changed, other than the fact that it now has a billion dollars. To that end, it's just rolled out a new release for Android and iOS with some welcome new features, most significantly an auto-complete …

Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

New apps need lovin’ too, right? Every day there are thousands of new entries on the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the …