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Two alliances team up to win the wireless charging war

Why can't you just place your phone on a table and have it wirelessly charge? Until today, there were three competing standards that couldn't agree on how the proven technology should work. The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), the Power Matters Alliance (PMA), and the Alliance for Wireless Power …

Qualcomm Toq smartwatch update brings activity tracking beta, keeps progress in plain view

If you've splurged for Qualcomm's pricey smartwatch (or may be considering it), a new update looks to expand the capabilities of the wristworn wearable. Thanks to an update to the Toq's Android app, the gadget now packs activity-tracking software in beta form. During a 24-hour time period, the …

Leaked image might reveal Galaxy S5 design

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Credit: Sonny Dickson<p>Mobile World Congress is less than two weeks away, but Samsung might have nothing new to show by then if …

Livescribe 3 Smartpen SDK Launches with Outline

Just a few months after the Livescribe 3 smartpen launched, Livescribe has announced the first SDK partner app to integrate with the device.<p>The Livescribe 3 smartpen helps you transfer handwritten notes into digital form on your smartphone and tablet. Your words, doodles and diagrams appear …

The Dash Builds Wearable Fitness Sensors Into The Headphones You’re Using Anyway

This embed is invalid<p>We’re finally starting to see some real consolidation around wearable tech, and Kickstarter project The Dash is a great example of that trend in action. It’s a pair of Bluetooth in-ear headphones that also offer up performance tracking via in-built health and body sensors. With …

Two-thirds of Americans now have smartphones

The US has officially become a smartphone nation -- at least, if you ask Nielsen. The research group's latest Digital Consumer Report estimates that 65 percent of all Americans owned one of the devices in 2013. That's a big step up from 44 percent in 2011, and smartphones are now more common than …

Putting Your Phone in This Pouch Supposedly Makes You Untrackable

The easiest way to get some instant privacy in this always-connected world might be to put your phone in this pouch. The Scottevest Blackout Pocket …

Moto X Touchless Control update lets you speak your unlock code

You no longer have to give up some of the Moto X's voice commands if you want to rely on security codes. An update to the smartphone's Touchless Control app lets you speak a PIN code to unlock the device; as long as you're not worried about eavesdroppers, you can check private messages without …

LG G Flex global rollout begins next week in Singapore and Hong Kong

Even though talk has already begun about the LG G Flex’s rumored successor, the truth is that LG’s curved handset is really just getting started. Up until now South Korea was even the only official market for the device, but this changes starting next week.<p>LG’s global rollout begins on December …

Mobile

Google gives free Glass upgrades to early adopters

The steep cost of entry to testing Google Glass comes with at least one free upgrade, if you were an early participant.<p>It wasn't cheap to buy into the earliest round of Google Glass testing, but Google is now offering an unexpected benefit: a free hardware upgrade.<p>In an e-mail sent to early Google …

Google Glass

More Galaxy S5 rumours emerge

<b>Although it doesn't seem like that long since Samsung's Galaxy S4 was released, the rumours about the S5 are already hitting overdrive.</b><p>We've already …

Phones

Reversible USB finally on the way

<b>A new USB specification is in development for a plug that can be plugged in either side up.</b><p>It's become a cliché: you have to try three times to plug …

Raspberry Pi

What 2.1 Million Sales Means For PS4 Owners

Sony just released sales numbers for the PS4, and even the more excitable projections look conservative by comparison. The company has moved 2.1 million machines since launch, giving it the fastest selling console in history as well as a sizable lead over Microsoft's Xbox One.<p>So. what does that …

Here's how you make the world's most expensive phone

Vertu started life in the late 1990s as an indulgence for Nokia's designers. Led by Frank Nuovo, the group set out to explore what a phone could look and feel like if its design was unconstrained by budgetary concerns. What if you could use all the best materials and most expensive manufacturing …

UPS researching delivery drones that could compete with Amazon's Prime Air

Flying parcel-carriers are the next logical frontier for delivery companies<p>Amazon made headlines Sunday night when it announced it was working on small drones that could someday deliver customers packages in half an hour or less. But the e-commerce giant isn’t the only company researching how to …

Samsung Galaxy S5 to get unibody metal shell

<b>Samsung's next Galaxy smartphone will have a metal body, following HTC and Apple's premium devices, if Japanese website EMSOne is to be</i> …

Phones

Two Next-Level Wearables That Aren’t for Everyone

Many people are waiting for expected upcoming smartwatches from Apple and Google to take the wearable category to the next level. Or at least as much …

Moto G specs revealed in leaked promo materials

Earlier this week we got a quick look at Motorola’s upcoming Moto G when a reference to the unannounced device showed up on the company's site before quickly vanishing. Now, <i>GSM Arena</i> is posting a list of purported specs to go with the images we saw on Tuesday, giving us a better idea what to expect …

Microsoft clarifies what Xbox One and Kinect do with your stored data

Ever since Microsoft revealed a Kinect 2.0 is included with each Xbox One sold, rumors have flown over what the company can and/or will do with the information its sensors pick up. The software giant's overarching privacy statement makes its case that you shouldn't have anything to worry about. …

Windows 8 apps might sync and run on Xbox One, Dell website claims

The disparate ecosystems of Windows Phone, Microsoft's traditional desktop and the Xbox 360 left a generation of Redmond loyals aching for a more unified front. Now Dell seems convinced that one is on the way: according to a blurb on the company's online store, Windows 8 apps will be capable of …

Microsoft yanks Windows RT 8.1 update after users report machine-bricking boot errors

Windows 8.1 may be exactly what Windows 8 should have been, but that doesn’t mean it’s entirely stable.<p>Microsoft announced on Saturday that it’s pulled the Windows RT 8.1 update from the Window Store after finding that it was bricking users’ device.<p>While it’s still unknown just how many devices …

Samsung announces Isocell camera sensor technology

Samsung has revealed details concerning Isocell technology, which lets users take sharper, clearer images on their smartphones and tablets.<p>Samsung has announced new advanced pixel technology for CMOS image sensors, which lets owners of premium mobile devices take clearer, high-quality pictures.<p>In a …

Mobile

Google Glass no longer requires tethering plan for smartphone data sharing

An Explorer Edition of Glass is already a pricey piece of tech, and smartphone tethering plans required to give it a mobile internet connection have only made ownership that much more expensive. However, there's good news for Google's guinea pigs: the latest update to the headgear quietly …

Intel's Depth Camera Will Eventually Land in Smartphones

Intel director of perceptual products and solutions Anil Nanduri claims that the company's upcoming depth-sensing 3D camera technology will bridge …

Augmented Reality

Inside The Magical Patch That Gives You A Powerful Anti-Mosquito Force Field

Mosquitoes are one of the summer’s greatest nuisances, bugging you when you’re sitting outside at night, rendering you itchy and annoyed for days after. And, as we’re constantly reminded, our mosquitoes are rather meaningless when compared to the deadly ones that haunt the developing world, …

Mosquitoes

Comparing Wearables: Fitbit Flex vs. Jawbone Up and More

“Which is better, the FuelBand or the Up?” “What do you think about the Fitbit Flex?”<p>I’ve been hearing questions like these a lot lately. Wearable …

Wearable Tech

Apple Won’t Introduce New Apple TV Box Next Week, Will Upgrade Software

There are very, very good odds you’re going to hear about new iPhones at Apple’s event next Tuesday.<p>But if you’re looking for a new Apple TV, you’re …

Smart TV

Sony Announces 65-inch Curved LED HDTV for $4,000

Shipping in October.<p>Sony's IFA press conference in Berlin on Wednesday morning saw the debut of its new flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z1, and …

ANALYST: Samsung Is Going To Lose Its Top Spot In China

In a note on the Chinese smart phone market Zhang writes:<p>In China, a $300-$400 price range is considered the middle-range smartphone market, compared with the high-end market segment which is dominated by Apple, Samsung, Sony and other foreign brands. Local brands such as Xiaomi, Lenovo, Huawei, …

Mobile

Telus to bring Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear to Canada on October 4th

Canadians won't have to wait much longer than their American counterparts to get their hands on the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear. Telus sends word that it will carry both Samsung devices on October 4th, just a few days after AT&T gets its turn at the Note 3. The carrier doesn't yet have pricing. …