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Sony's Xperia Z5 family includes the world's first 4K smartphone

To say that Sony's mobile division has had a tough time lately would be an understatement. As the company puts out half-hearted efforts like the Z3 and Z3+, sales have been dropping steadily. We're now at the point where Sony is losing more than $1 million per day just keeping the division going. …

Alexa, tell me what it's like to use the Amazon Echo

After a stint as an invitation-only beta, the Echo — Amazon’s oddball voice assistant and Bluetooth loudspeaker for the home — is now available to anyone who’s willing to pay the $179.99 asking price. We've already reviewed it, but in the eight months since it launched, the Echo has grown …

Smart Homes

Windows 10 no longer launching on July 29 for vast majority of people - ExtremeTech

By on July 3, 2015 at 12:35 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>When AMD accidentally leaked that …

Software

The crazy economics of inflight Wi-Fi

It’s summer time, and that means millions of Americans will soon make their way to airports across the country. An amenity featured on more and more …

Telecoms

9 Awesome Paid iPhone Apps That Are Free Downloads Right Now

With the Fourth of July just one day away, we’re celebrating early with a great list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. Friday’s list is …

Apps

10 Awesome Paid iPhone Apps On Sale for Free Right Now

Welcome to our biggest list of the week featuring paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. Today we’ve got 10 paid iOS apps for you and on any …

Is this BlackBerry's upcoming Android phone, coming to AT&T?

Welcome to Venice<p>We've expected for a month or so that BlackBerry is working on an Android phone with a "dual curved display" that slides up to reveal a physical keyboard underneath. It is supposedly based on a device that was originally announced at Mobile World Congress back in March, and back …

Mobile Technology

Samsung Pay Is In The Final Stages Of Testing

Samsung Pay is expected to launch some time in September and according to a recent report, Samsung’s new mobile payment service has entered the final …

New iPhone 6S images show updated NFC, 16GB base storage, fewer chips + design tweaks

Our look at the upcoming “iPhone 6S” continues today with a discussion of new internal components that are expected to be inside Apple’s latest smartphone. In addition to expected changes such as a Force Touch display, upgraded camera system, and new Qualcomm LTE chip for up to twice-as-fast data …

Microsoft Edge is already good enough for me to drop Chrome

From the tarnished ashes of Internet Explorer came Microsoft Edge, an all-new browser built from the ground up for Windows 10. When we first went hands-on with the browser – then still called Project Spartan – we thought it brought some interesting concepts to the table, but it was much too buggy …

In Battle of Streaming Music Services, Simplicity Is the Killer Feature

Why did you have to go and make things so complicated?<p>Now that we can all finally acknowledge that streaming music is a “thing,” I keep wondering why the companies that offer streaming music services are making things more complicated for consumers as they compete for our ears.<p>That was my first …

Google Play

Shazam Takes On Apple Music Connect With New Social Features Aimed At Musicians And Their Fans

Music discovery platform Shazam is today rolling out a new feature in partnership with over two dozen artists that will allow Shazam users to see which songs their favorite musicians are listening to on the service. The news comes just ahead of Apple Music’s worldwide debut tomorrow, which will …

Social Media

Microsoft Bing displaces Google in deal to provide search, ads on AOL websites

Microsoft’s Bing division will provide search and search advertising capability for AOL’s portfolio of websites for the next 10 years, Microsoft announced today in a blog post. Previously, Google provided these services for AOL.<p>As a result of the deal, sales and trade marketing employees will go …

Microsoft, Oracle, HP, Tibco, RStudio form the R Consortium under the Linux Foundation

The nonprofit Linux Foundation today announced a new initiative called the R Consortium, a new group to unite the users of the open-source R programming language, which is widely used among data scientists and statisticians.<p>Microsoft, Oracle, HP, Tibco, Rstudio, and Alteryx, among others, are all …

BrightEdge now automatically flags the out-of-the-ordinary in your website content

Content performance marketer BrightEdge scans the Web for content similar to your website’s and then scores yours competitively for search, sales conversions, and other things you might want to know.<p>But it’s a lot of analysis for anyone who’s not a data scientist to digest. So the company has …

Pinterest rolls out buyable pins on iPhone and iPad in the U.S., with Android and desktop support coming later

Pinterest today announced that its new buyable pins — featuring blue price tags and “Buy it” buttons — are now live for people using the app on iPhone and iPad in the U.S.<p>Pinterest first introduced the feature at the beginning of this month, saying that they would be coming to the iPhone and the …

Xiaomi, The Chinese Smartphone Company That's Crushing Everyone, Is Earning A Lot More Money Than People Realize

Xiaomi is currently trying to raise $1 billion in funding, the Journal reports. As part of the fund raise, it has a document detailing its financial performance. The Journal saw that document, and it reports the following:<p>A table in the document showed that Xiaomi's net profit last year rose 84% to …

Mobile

Apple could ditch Google for Bing or Yahoo next year

Google risks losing its spot as the default search provider in Apple's Safari browser next year, according to a report from <i>The Information</i>. The latest extension of a deal that's put Google Search in the hands of iPhone owners since 2007 is set to expire in 2015, and Mountain View rivals Microsoft …

This Is How Xiaomi Keeps The Cost Of Its Smartphones So Low

Xiaomi’s combination of well-spec’ed phones and low price tags drove the company to over 60 million sales last year. That progress saw it replace Samsung as China’s top-selling smartphone company <i>and</i> become the world’s third top selling phone maker in the process.<p>The Chinese company’s flagship Mi …

Mobile

Google is helping stop you from accidentally clicking on mobile ads

Being redirected to an advertiser’s page when you didn’t mean to click a banner ad is frustrating. Today, Google has announced changes that will help eliminate those mis-clicks and feverish taps on the back button.<p>Clicks that happen too close to an image’s sides will now be blocked from redirecting …

Hugo Barra Discusses Xiaomi's U.S. Plans at Code Conference (Full Video)

The former Google executive talks about the company's international expansion, including a long-term hope to sell phones in the U.S.<p>Now that folks have heard of Xiaomi, the next question for the fast-growing Chinese phone maker is when they plan on coming to the U.S.<p>Speaking at <b>Code Conference</b>, …

Mobile

The definitive guide to the best cloud photo storage services in 2015

This year is the year of the cloud-based photo library, with Apple, Google and Facebook all now pushing to be the place you choose as home for your photos.<p>Now that there are so many great places to keep your photos safe, it was about time to compare them and look at where the best place to put your …

Mangoplate, Korea’s Answer To Yelp, Lands $6.1M And Eyes Expansions Across Asia

Mangoplate, a service akin to Yelp in Korea, is in the money today after closing a $6.1 million Series A round to expand in its domestic market and branch out into other parts of Asia.<p>The round was led by Qualcomm Ventures and included participation from SoftBank Ventures Korea and YJ Capital. The …

Startups

Huawei unveils Honor 7 smartphone, expects to double sales in 2015

Huawei believes it will sell 40 million units of its flagship Honor line of smartphones, helping to cement its position among the top players in the field.<p>Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei has high hopes for its Honor line of smartphones.<p>Huawei, the world's fourth-largest smartphone vendor, on …

Mobile Technology

AT&T Moving Farther Away from Subsidized Phones, Two-Year Contracts

The options will "go away slowly."<p>As more and more customers begin to shy away from subsidized phones and two-year contracts, an AT&T exec said the …

Customers

Samsung’s working on a larger variant of the Galaxy S6 Edge

According to a report posted online, Samsung is in the midst of working on an upscaled, curved variant of its current flagship smartphone, which it …

Electronics Industry

Hangouts on Android might be getting a much-needed interface overhaul

Google's Hangouts messaging service has been at the epicenter of the company's efforts in a lot of areas: it's taken on video chat, Google Voice calling, and even SMS over the years. That's a lot of features (or cruft, depending on your feelings), and it's made Hangouts on Android feel really …

Android News

ASUS reportedly looking to buy HTC

Talking to <i>Reuters</i>, Chief Financial Officer David Chang said that the subject was broached internally:<p>Our chairman has chatted about the topic …

Nokia and LG reach smartphone patent licensing agreement

LG and Nokia have announced that they’ve reached a licensing deal related to several of Nokia smartphone patents. LG has licensed a wide range of …

Mobile