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Smartwatches are dumb, but they don't have to be

If recent trends are any indication, there are two roads that lie ahead for smartwatches and the companies foisting them upon us: the all-you-can-eat, tracker + smartphone approach and the single-minded focus on health and wellness bands. One meanders off to a fuzzy horizon laden with disregarded …

Huawei cracks tablet design with MediaPad X1 and M1 (hands-on)

Gallery: Huawei cracks tablet design with MediaPad X1 and M1 (hands-on)<p>Gallery: Huawei cracks tablet design with MediaPad X1 and M1 (hands-on)<p>+ 8<p>+ 7<p>+ …

LG G Pro 2 review: Stunning screen and speed without much style - CNET

MSRP: $899.00<p><b>The Good</b> The <b>LG G Pro 2</b> packs a beautiful and large HD screen, loads of camera features, and fast performance.<p><b>The Bad</b> The Pro 2's big size can be unwieldy and its sharp edges are uncomfortable to hold. The phone's tap-to-unlock feature (Knock Code) is useful but isn't responsive</b> …

Gear & Gadgets

Facebook Messenger coming to Windows Phone in the next few weeks

Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore made an announcement that will come as a solid addition to the Windows Phone app ecosystem: Facebook Messenger will be making its way to the platform sometime in the next few weeks. No specific date was given, since it's still in the works, but we're told that it's …

Chipmakers dream of China as they head to Spain's smartphone gala

SAN FRANCISCO/BARCELONA (Reuters) - The world's biggest mobile brands will jostle for the spotlight at the premier mobile industry event this week in Spain, but away from the glitzy displays chipmakers will be preoccupied with China, the largest mobile market on the planet.<p>From Qualcomm and Intel …

iPhone

Bitcoin Prices On MtGox Are Going Bananas

Bitcoin prices on MtGox are up about 200% this weekend to more than $300, reaching as high as $349.<p>The reason appears to be reports that the exchange has begun testing restarting Bitcoin withdrawals. They've been suspended for more than two weeks because of a software glitch in Gox's customer …

Cryptocurrency

Mirroring Android screens to a Chromecast is coming

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Tom Krazit<p>You can already send a web page from Chrome(s goog) to a Chromecast on laptops and desktops; not from …

Samsung’s new Gear 2 smartwatches are basically an apology for the Galaxy Gear

Only six months after Samsung released its failed Galaxy Gear smartwatch, with all the faux fanfare of a product that was supposed to change the world, the company announced its new smartwatches in the lowliest of ways: with a press release.<p>Samsung officially announced the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo …

Microsoft's OK with Nokia using Android. Kind of

Microsoft expressed its support for Nokia's efforts, although noting it was "less excited" about some projects than others.<p>BARCELONA, Spain--Things got awkward for short moment on stage when Microsoft executives were asked about the possibility of Nokia using Android.<p>Joe Belfiore, vice president of …

Windows Phone

Google's Smart Watch Will Launch In June

Like with the Nexus line of smartphones, LG will be taking care of the hardware details of the watch while Google designs the software. The watch will debut at Google's I/O conference in San Francisco.<p>Previous reports about Google's smart watch have hinted that it will be integrated with Google Now …

Smartwatches

Ford to Drop Microsoft for QNX on Future Versions of Sync

In the early days of Sync, Ford was seen as a pioneer in the development of mobile device integration, but once the novelty wore off of being the first mass-market brand on the block with mobile integration, consumers started to get frustrated with the sometimes clunky and slow interface of Sync …

BlackBerry

Alcatel shows off new Firefox OS devices, including its first with LTE

It's been a year since we first got a glimpse of Firefox OS at MWC 2013, and unsurprisingly we're already seeing some more models show up once again in Barcelona. This time around, Alcatel is making a strong statement to Mozilla about its commitment level; the company's showing off a grand total of …

AT&T and T-Mobile HTC One KitKat update should rollout 'shortly'

<b>Update (2/23):</b> After first going live for T-Mobile yesterday, the update has now started rolling out via AT&T’s network as well!<p>Following on the heels of Sprint and Verizon, it looks like Android 4.4.2 KitKat is on its way to the T-Mobile and AT&T versions of the HTC One!<p>According to Mo Versi, …

Mobile

Lenovo expands DOit series apps with SNAPit Camera and SEEit Gallery

It’s Mobile World Congress 2014 and if you thought for a moment that it going to be all about devices and hardware, you were mistaken! Lenovo announced today that they will be expanding their DOit series apps. Currently, these apps include SECUREit, SYNCit, and SHAREit which are available in the …

Apps

LG is reportedly building Google's smartwatch

LG is building Google's long-awaited smartwatch, according to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. Citing "a person familiar with the situation" in Barcelona, the <i>Journal</i> claims that LG's hardware partnership with Google will soon expand to include the wrist-worn device. But it may not be the only manufacturer …

Sources: Netflix and Comcast have reached a peering agreement

Advertisement<p>20 Comments<p>Credit: Jordan Novet<p>Consumers’ troubles with online video may be subsiding — at least for Comcast customers. Comcast and …

Waze for Windows Phone 8 promises not to drain your battery anymore

Windows Phone 8 fans got a pleasant surprise when social GPS app Waze arrived on the Marketplace after Google snapped it up. That's why it's such a shame that it caused massive battery drain issues for some users. After months of people airing grievances on various forums, the service has finally …

Fitbit halts sale of Force fitness band, issues recall due to skin irritation

Owners of Fitbit's newest fitness band that have been experiencing skin issues are eligible for a full refund while a solution to the problem is reportedly in the works.<p>The Fitbit Force health tracker -- a slim rubber wristband that counts steps and monitors one's sleep -- is meant to be worn at …

Wearable Tech

'Talking Angela' Hoax Propels Game to No. 3 in App Store

<i>Talking Angela</i> is the latest game to make it to the top of the charts in the App Store thanks to an outpouring of social media attention.<p>But unlike</i> …

LG G Flex coming to Canada this spring, exclusively through Rogers

On the heels of LG’s G Flex smartphone launch into 20 European countries this month, Canadians will be getting their crack at this curvy device this spring. Rogers’ customers will be the only ones enjoying it for now, as a Rogers has snagged the exclusive rights to it for the Canadian market.<p>The LG …

Mobile Technology

Testing out Loop’s programmable credit card

Advertisement<p>12 Comments<p>Boston payments startup Loop on Wednesday has released its interesting take on the digital wallet to consumers, selling a …

Windows Phone's Office Lens app wants to replace your scanner

Need a quick and dirty copy of a receipt, document or restaurant menu? Your smartphone's camera can make a rough facsimile -- but Microsoft thinks that it can do <i>better</i>. According to a Windows Phone Store landing page, Office Lens leverages Microsoft OneNote, optical character recognition and your …

Average WhatsApp User Sends More Than 1,200 Messages Each Month

Ever since Facebook announced that it will acquire popular social messaging app WhatsApp, there has been a lot of buzz about its impressive user base.<p>…

6 Things You May Not Know About Tencent

<i>Thomas Clayton is the CEO of Bubbly, a social media startup backed by Sequoia Capital, SingTel Innov8, and JAFCO.</i><p>China’s Internet giant, Tencent, is a dominant force in the online and mobile market across China, with a market cap above $100B.<p>The company is best known for its top social offerings:<p>QQ …

Man with a vision: Movidius' CEO talks Project Tango (Q&A)

Remi El-Ouazzane says his chip firm Movidius is more than just another partner in Google's mobile 3D-mapping project -- it's at the center of a revolution in how computers process visuals.<p>"Visual is what you're looking at; vision is what you extract from the camera." <br>--Remi El-Ouazzane, CEO of …

3D Modeling

LinkedIn now lets you block other users, says it 'was the right thing to do'

LinkedIn now lets users block other users on its service, a feature designed to control privacy on the popular networking site. In a post announcing the new option, LinkedIn said the it heard members "loud and clear," and that blocking was added because "it was the right thing to do." That comes …

Facebook starts testing Highlights, a feed that shows only important life events

For some people, Facebook's latest iOS update doesn't only come with bug fixes in tow, it also replaces Requests with the experimental People section. According to <i>TechCrunch</i>, three tabs reside within the People section, including Highlights, which displays your friends' birthdays and important life …

The Google Smartwatch Is Real, And It’s Coming Soon (But Maybe Not Too Soon)

Google’s long-rumored smartwatch is real, and still “officially” expected to begin shipping in mid to late March. However, many members of the smartwatch team inside Google believe that date will either be pushed back to June, or the watch will end up shipping incomplete with a smaller feature set …