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DigiLens helmet adds augmented reality view for motorcyclists

While companies like Microsoft are showing off augmented reality tools like the HoloLens, which is designed for stationary users, a company called …

Augmented Reality

Microsoft app tries to lure you from Android to a Windows phone

It's true that Windows Phone (and now Windows 10 Mobile) doesn't have as many apps as Android or iOS. However, the <i>perception</i> of that app deficit may be just as problematic -- why would you switch to a Lumia 950 if you assumed that none of your favorite apps had Windows equivalents? Microsoft …

BlackBerry Priv review

It’s no secret that BlackBerry has faced a dramatic shift in fortunes over the past few years, but the Canadian company is now looking to make a comeback by doing what many wanted them to do for years now – to make an Android phone! The name of this high-end offering finds its roots in the word …

Mobile Technology

Hello, it's me. On a flip-phone. Samsung unveils clamshell model

Possibly inspired by singer Adele (possibly not), Samsung is bringing a new flip-phone model to the market<p>We all owe Adele an apology. After the internet mercilessly took the piss out of the flip-phone she used in her video for Hello (a decision the director said was thought through – “it’s so …

Mobile Technology

The only thing missing from Tile, the Bluetooth tracking gadget, is more users (review)

In 2013, a crowdfunded project known as the Tile became a smash hit, racking up over $2,500,000 in funding from nearly 50,000 backers. The secret to its success? Simple: The Tile promised to help users locate any object attached to the coin-sized Bluetooth-connected tag priced at $20.<p>I signed on as …

Minuum Virtual Keyboard Maker Whirlscape Lands $500K From Y Combinator, BDC And More

Toronto-based startup Whirlscape has secured $500,000 in seed funding in a round that included Y Combinator, FundersClub, BDC Venture Capital and more, the company announced today. The startup created Minuum, a software keyboard that reduces occupied screen real estate to a single line, and that …

iOS 7 Untethered Jailbreak Now Available

A team of iOS programmers called Evasi0n have jailbroken that latest iPhone/iPod/iPad operating system, iOS 7.0.4. Jailbreaking allows uses to install home-brew software and run unapproved apps from the Cydia software repository.<p>The jailbreak takes “5 minutes” and works on Windows and OS X. Users …

These Tiny Keyboards Could Reinvent The Smartwatch Interface

Minuum is a smartphone keyboard developer that’s already thinking about the future of wearable interfaces. The startup recently showed off a …

Apps

CES robots take on cleaning, fun and personal assistance

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: EcoVacs<p>After a visit from home entertainment robot Keecker last week, it was obvious that CES 2014 would host some …

Meta wants to augment your world with the 'Iron Man' interface

When someone tells you they have a pair of augmented reality glasses with an interface designed by the same Hollywood staple who created the Iron Man suit's UI, you listen. Then, you ask if you can put them on.<p>The glasses come from Meta, a small company with huge dreams that's already comparing …

CEO Says BlackBerry Sued Typo Because The Keyboard 'Is Our Identity'

BlackBerry is fighting for its rightful place in in the smartphone market, especially when it comes to keyboards.<p>Last Friday the company filed a lawsuit against Typo, an LA-based startup that makes a physical keyboard accessory for the iPhone. Co-founded by American Idol presenter Ryan Seacrest, …

Yahoo acquires Aviate, the intelligent homescreen app for Android

Onstage at CES today, Marissa Mayer announced that Yahoo had acquired Aviate, an Android app that shows users a dynamic home screen with the best apps and information it thinks they need. The purchase fits into Mayer's ongoing strategy of creating personalized mobile software that becomes a daily …

Hands-On With Coin, The Electronic Credit Card That Hopes To Declutter Your Wallet

There are a number of startups seeking to make our financial lives better, whether it be Simple helping users set budgets and goals or BillGuard to make them aware of fraudulent charges that show up on their credit cards. Then there’s Coin, which wants to create a sort of “one card to rule them …

The 50 best Android games of 2013

From Angry Birds to Despicable Me, Ridiculous Fishing to Clash of Clans, here are this year's top picks for Android players<p>2013 was a very good year for Android games, as more developers recognised the potential of Google-powered smartphones and tablets. From action and puzzle games to sports and …

Omate TrueSmart Smartwatch 2.0 puts full Android phone on your wrist (pictures)

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Android Phones

Cover promises contextual lock screens and smarter task switching for Android

Lock screen replacements for Android aren't exactly new -- some even come as part of a larger overlay that customizes your home screen experience entirely. However, few lock screen replacements do as much as Cover, a new invite-only solution that launches today, promises to do. Not only is Cover …

iOS 7: hidden iPhone features that will be enabled

As Apple releases its new operating software ahead of the launch of the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5c, we take a look at some of the exciting features that will be enabled.<p>Apple is due to release iOS 7 to the public on September 18, just ahead of the two new iPhones themselves.<p>While some of the …