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Huawei Honor 3X review review: Meet Huawei's 'true' eight-core smartphone - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The <b>Huawei Honor 3X</b> comes packed with plenty of features, including dual-SIM capability, an octa-core processor and a 5.5-inch IPS display at a not-too-shabby price of $280.<p><b>The Bad</b> It's still running on Android 4.2.2, where other newer handsets come loaded with Android 4.4 KitKat; you'll …

Phones

Rakuten snaps up messaging app maker Viber for $900M

Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten said Thursday it has paid $900 million to acquire Viber, the maker of popular voice and messaging services.<p>Viber specializes in mobile apps for iOS, Android, and most other operating systems, allowing people to use their mobile numbers in place of usernames and …

Apps

How Google Used Motorola To Smack Down Samsung -- Twice

Samsung is giant. It employs 427,000 staff, has an annual turnover in excess of $270bn and assets of $600bn spread across over 80 business units. And Google just floored it twice using Motorola as a baseball bat.<p><b>Why?</b><br>On the surface having 81 per cent of Android marketshare would seem to make Google …

Fund this: The Right Arm is a tablet stand like no other

When you think of a tablet stand, you probably picture a case or kickstand that props the screen up on a table for typing, movie viewing, video chats, and the like.<p>But what if you could position your tablet just about anywhere -- across your bed while you're lying in it, above your desk while …

Gear & Gadgets

Military starts testing smart rifles for battlefield use

The US military spends a lot of time and money training world-class snipers, which could be why it's started to look into the use of computerized rifles that can make anybody a sharpshooter.<p>The Army has announced that it made its first purchase of six high-tech rifle kits from smart rifle-maker …

Military

Sony said to be talking to Apple about camera for 'new' iPhone

Sony is in negotiations with Apple for supply of sensors for a "new iPhone," according to a Japan-based report.<p>The talks call for Sony to double the supply of camera components for a "new iPhone slated to roll out as early as next year," according to a Wednesday report in Nikkei, Japan's largest …

iPhone

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

MSRP: $1,299.00<p><b>The Good</b> The better-than-HD touch display on the <b>Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon</b> looks great, the new row of adaptive function keys is clever, and the keyboard and touch pad remain best-in-class examples.<p><b>The Bad</b> Even dropping the higher-resolution touch display doesn't bring the price down, …

First Amputee Has Touch Restored With Bionic Hand

The researchers at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EFPL) in Switzerland and the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA) recently developed a completely new sensory feedback channel which allowed a Danish 36 year-old amputee, Dennis Aabo Sørensen, to feel objects in his hand in real time. …

RIP, Flappy Bird. You were too addictive, creator says

Flappy Bird has flown the coop, and its developer has revealed just why the app is no more.<p>In an apparently hush-hush and exclusive interview with Forbes, 29-year-old Dong Nguyen blamed the app's addictive nature for its early departure.<p>"Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you …

iOS Apps

Nokia and HTC sign patent agreement, end all litigation

Nokia is announcing today that it has signed a patent and "technology collaboration agreement" with HTC. The settlement ends months of pending patent litigation between the two firms, and means HTC will make payments to Nokia. Both firms will work together on HTC’s LTE patent portfolio, and "future …

Windows Phone 8.1 leak reveals new messaging and storage settings, and more

Up until now, the most we'd heard about the next rumored update to Microsoft's Windows Phone OS centered on two features: Cortana, the company's Siri-like digital assistant, and Action Center, its native notification center. Today, however, we have a clearer idea of where Windows Phone 8.1 could be …