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Hang a tablet from your windshield (if you dare) with Bracketron's universal mount - CNET

There are plenty of good reasons to want to have access to a tablet in the car (navigation first springs to mind), but I can't figure out why you'd want to block half of your car's windshield by hanging a massive 7- to 10-inch display to the forward glass. Still, the tried-and-true suction cup on …

Gear & Gadgets

Yamaha YSP-1400 review: Virtual surround sound on a budget -- with a catch - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The <b>Yamaha YSP-1400</b> sound bar features the company's Digital Sound Projector technology that bounces sound off the walls in your room to create credible virtual surround sound. The system has built-in Bluetooth and an IR repeater, so it won't block your signals from your TV's remote …

Audiophile

Crave giveaway: Kisai Rorschach wristwatch from Tokyoflash

Why tell the time with simple numbers when you can do it with cryptic digital inkblots? This week's prize, a highly unusual watch from Tokyoflash, will have everyone looking at your wrist.<p>Congrats to Kelly W. of Twentynine Palms, Calif., for winning four waterproof iDevice cases from LifeProof and …

Puerto Rico

The Nvidia Tegra Note 7 gets LTE, a price hike, and nothing else (hands-on) - CNET

BARCELONA, Spain -- Nvidia has debuted a new reference design for its Tegra Note 7 with LTE tablet. The additional features? A Tegra i500 modem and a new price of $299, which is $100 more than the Wi-Fi version. Look for it in late April.<p>Other than the new modem, everything else is identical to the …

Nvidia

Galaxy Gear Fit likely to debut with Galaxy S5, Gear 2

If it indeed is real, the Samsung Gear Fit will go toe-to-toe with health-focused gadgets like the Fitbit Force and Nike's FuelBand.<p>The Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Gear 2 aren't the only gadgets set to debut at Samsung's Unpacked event on Monday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.<p>The South Korean tech …

Consumer Tech

Obama's commerce secretary to petition Silicon Valley on jobs

Secretary Penny Pritzker will meet with LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner on Monday, and Facebook and others after that.<p>US Commerce Department Secretary Penny Pritzker will be visiting Silicon Valley next week to sit down with some of the top companies in the area and talk jobs, data sharing, and more, …

Silicon Valley

Verizon closes Vodafone deal for total control of Verizon Wireless

Verizon Communications completes its $130 billion deal to buy the remaining 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless from Vodafone.<p>As expected, Verizon Communications completed its buyout of Vodafone's stake in Verizon Wireless Friday.<p>In an internal memo sent to Verizon employees, CEO Lowell McAdam …

Telecoms

Reduce data usage, increase speed with Chrome extension

Stuck with a slow connection? A new Chrome extension can speed up your Web browsing by routing traffic through Google's servers.<p>Google added a feature to Chrome for iOS and Android last month that let you route your mobile Web traffic through Google's servers to compress pages you visit before …

Google

Phones with longest battery life

Need a phone that can keep up with you all day? Here are the five smartphones that lasted longest during CNET Labs testing.<p>Transcript<p>Dek: Need a phone that can keep up with you all day? Here are the five smartphones that lasted longest during CNET Labs testing. …

Gear & Gadgets

10 must-see videos of the week

Previewing Mobile World Congress, our most wanted Galaxy S5 features, and rad robots and odd tech toys from Toy Fair.<p>Our coverage of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, kicks off this weekend, and to get you pumped up for the biggest and baddest mobile showcase of the year, we're offering up …

Samsung Galaxy S5

How to get Google Now everywhere

You can get Google Now on your desktop, thanks to the new Google Chrome Beta. Here's how.<p>Google has made it easier to get Google Now on your desktop. If you're unfamiliar with Google Now, it's Google's personal assistant that loads information such as weather, sports scores, traffic, and more in …

Android News

Maker 3D-prints himself a prosthetic flexing fingertip

A determined maker without health insurance learns the ropes of 3D printing to make himself a new fingertip.<p>After Christian Call suffered an injury on the job and lost the tip of his right index finger, he was determined to find a prosthetic. "Initially I was trying to acquire a life-like …

3D Printing

Roku considers going public, report says

The company behind the popular TV set-top box is thinking about an initial public offering, Bloomberg reports.<p>Roku, the company that makes the popular video-streaming TV box, might go public soon, Bloomberg reported Friday.<p>Roku recently talked to banks about the possibility, unnamed sources told …

Smart TV

Tidying up with Infinuvo's new Hovo 510 (pictures)

Updated: February 21, 2014 / Caption: Ry Crist / Photo: Colin West McDonald/CNET<p>Crumbs, beware!<p>Updated: February 21, 2014 / Caption: Ry Crist / Photo: Colin West McDonald/CNET<p>Automatic charging<p>Updated: February 21, 2014 / Caption: Ry Crist / Photo: Colin West McDonald/CNET<p>Behold, a better …

Smart Homes

Home networking explained, part 9: Access your home computer remotely

CNET editor Dong Ngo points you in the general direction of how to access your home network remotely using a Dynamic DNS service.<p><b>Editors' note:</b><i>This post is part of an ongoing series. For the other parts, check out the related stories.</i><p>If you've been following this series, you'll know that I …

Wi-Fi

Use Meet Me Halfway for Android to find a meetup spot

Use this handy Android app to find places at the halfway point, making travel time nearly equal for both people. It's great for finding a meetup spot with friends, family, or classmates.<p>When you're trying to meet up with a friend or family member, it's sometimes hard to decide on a halfway spot. …

Apps

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is cool and compact, if you got the cash

Published: February 21, 2014 / Caption: Xiomara Blanco / Photo: Josh Miller/CNET<p>Loud speakers<p>Published: February 21, 2014 / Caption: Xiomara Blanco / Photo: Josh Miller/CNET<p>More storage please<p>Published: February 21, 2014 / Caption: Xiomara Blanco / Photo: Josh Miller/CNET<p>Bootsy buttons<p>Published: …

Samsung Galaxy

iDevices iGrill Mini review: Bluetooth-enabled probe makes grilling deliciously hands-off - CNET

MSRP: $39.99<p><b>The Good</b> The <b>iGrill Mini</b> is simple to set up on your iOS device. It lets you cook your food to temp without the bother of having to check on its progress manually.<p><b>The Bad</b> iDevices claims that its probe has a 150-foot range via Bluetooth Smart, but I had connectivity issues at shorter …

Home Automation

Infinuvo Hovo 510 review: Redemption comes cheap with this robot vacuum - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The <b>Infinuvo Hovo 510</b> surprised us with its cleaning performance, especially on hard surfaces where it earned some of the highest scores we've seen from any machine we've tested. Priced well below $300, it's an attractive value among pricey competitors.<p><b>The Bad</b> The Hovo isn't as smart or …

Gear & Gadgets

Breathometer personal breathalyzer review: iPhone breathalyzer fun, but prone to mistesting - CNET

MSRP: $49.00<p><b>The Good</b> The <b>Breathometer</b>'s app interface makes it easy to start testing for blood-alcohol content. The color-coded graphic results also show at what time sobriety will be attained.<p><b>The Bad</b> The design of the device allows for mistesting and germ-sharing. The app does not let you share …

Alcohol

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 review: Premium small tablet for premium price - CNET

MSRP: $399.99<p><b>The Good</b> The <b>Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4</b> packs a sharp pixel-dense screen, zippy performance, and oodles of software features inside a comfortable and lightweight slate.<p><b>The Bad</b> The $399.99 starting price is expensive. It's too easy to block the speakers and trigger the capacitive buttons …

Gear & Gadgets

Gear 2 running Tizen: Smart move for Samsung smartwatch?

Launching Tizen on Samsung's newest smartwatch could help the company avoid the app and carrier problems that often plague new operating systems.<p>BARCELONA, Spain -- Samsung's first move with Tizen may not be big, but it could prove to be pretty savvy.<p>The Korean electronics giant has been working on …

Mobile

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo spied in leaked pic

A blurry snap that appears to show two new Samsung watches has surfaced online.<p>Images appearing to show two new Samsung Galaxy gadgets have appeared online, ahead of the company's big "Unpacked" event scheduled for Monday.<p>Not much detail can be discerned from the image above, which comes courtesy …

Phones

Schiit Audio's tiny, but powerful $119 tube headphone amplifier

Schiit's made in the US Vali desktop amp will wake up your ears!<p>Regular readers of this blog will recognize the Schiit name, I've covered a number of their headphone amplifiers and digital converters over the past few years. The newest little Schiit, the vacuum tube Vali, looks exactly like the …

Audiophile

Barcelona braces for Mobile World Congress (pictures)

Updated: February 22, 2014 / Caption: Stephen Shankland / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET<p>Mobile World Congress registration line<p>Updated: February 22, 2014 / Caption: Stephen Shankland / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET<p>Huawei entertainment at Mobile World Congress<p>Updated: February 22, 2014 / Caption: …

Mobile

Apple, Samsung fail to make nice in settlement talks over patent case

It looks like we may well have another California trial between the two mobile-gadget giants, as efforts to reach a deal fall flat.<p>Bust out your Samsung pennant, your Apple foam finger, or your Jony Ive bobblehead doll -- it looks like we're in for another patent trial.<p>In a legal filing Friday, the …

Wall Street

Address poor battery life in OS X Mavericks

While Mavericks has increased battery life for the most part, as with past versions of OS X, at times certain processes may bog down and cut expected lifetime significantly short.<p>OS X Mavericks is built to improve battery life on laptop systems, by including features to automatically suspend …

Operating Systems

Controversy after cops' aggressive arrest of jogger wearing earbuds

In Austin, Texas, bystanders photograph and film an arrest made by officers of a jogging woman, who claims she couldn't hear the policemen because she was wearing earbuds. The arrest, for alleged jaywalking, appears to some excessive.<p>Jaywalking's a curious thing.<p>When I lived in New York, no one …

Crime

Samsung Gear 2 review: A smartwatch that tries to be everything - CNET

MSRP: $299.99<p><b>The Good</b> The Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch delivers an improved design, better notifications, a heart rate monitor, and basic fitness tracking offer a lot of extras. It's water-resistant, too.<p><b>The Bad</b> Limited number of apps; poor S-Health fitness app syncing; can only be paired to Samsung …

Gear & Gadgets

Samsung Gear 2 Neo review: Stepdown Samsung smartwatch is a better deal - CNET

MSRP: $199.99<p><b>The Good</b> Samsung's Gear 2 Neo comes with a more attractive price, a feature set that's nearly identical to the more expensive Gear 2, and a lot of bells and whistles including apps, offline music playback, and heart-rate monitoring.<p><b>The Bad</b> Many of the extras don't work as smoothly as …

Gear & Gadgets