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Microsoft's Surface 2: Trying (again) to be cool

Microsoft's Surface tablets have an image problem.<p>The company on Monday unveiled its newest tablets that feature jacked-up components and nifty new dual-position kickstands. The<p>Surface 2,which runs Windows RT, now will come with Outlook, while theSurface Pro 2,which runsWindows 8.1,will continue to …

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 versus the competition

The Microsoft Surface Pro 2improves on the original Surface Pro by adding new internal hardware for better performance and battery life. The price remains the same as the original Surface Pro, starting at $899 for a configuration with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of SSD storage.<p>And while $899 for a slick …

What are some of the best designed Android apps? Google answers

Android apps have come a long way. In the early days of the Android Market, many criticized the look and feel of the average Android app, especially when it came to design. Things have changed for the better since then, and Apple’s App Store no longer has a monopoly on beautifully designed, …

QWOP is now available for Android, still making us look silly.

If you’ve got nothing going on today, and feel the need to be humbled, give QWOP a try. A track and field game that looks like something out of Archer, the Android version made its debut on the Play Store yesterday.<p>A long standing iOS and PC favorite, QWOP is an acquired taste. If you like really …

[4th Of July Sales] Jump Desktop, Clean Widgets, Twisted Lands, And More

To our readers in the U.S., happy 4th of July! To readers elsewhere, happy normal day! Whether you're celebrating U.S. independence or just having a …

Turn your Kindle Fire into an Android 4.2 tablet

For a long time I've been a fan of N2A Cards, which sells a simple plug-and-play way to turn Barnes & Noble's Nook tablets into full-blown Android tablets. After all, if you've got good hardware, why not unlock its maximum potential?<p>Now Kindle owners can get in on the action. N2A's new N2Aos …

Encrypted e-mail: How much annoyance will you tolerate to keep the NSA away?

How to to encrypt e-mail, and why most don't bother.<p>In an age of smartphones and social networking, e-mail may strike many as quaint. But it remains …

Is this the best smartphone plan ever?

Don't talk on your smartphone much, don't like the idea of a contract, and don't want to pay a lot of money per month yet still have plenty of data? T-Mobile has the plan for you, if you know where to find it.<p>For only $30 per month, T-Mobile has a plan that offers 5GB of 4G data, unlimited texts, …

Acer all-in-one will run Android

<b>Update: This article was originally posted on May 30 at 1:31 PM PDT.</b><p><i>Updated on May 31 at 1:35 p.m. PDT: corrects processor. Though the system as listed on reseller sites was confirmed with Acer on Thursday, those specs are incorrect. Resellers are incorrectly showing the AIO with an Intel 4430</i> …

Google Play Music updated with track removal, sharing changes

Delete tracks, remove from 'My Library' and share directly from 'Now Playing' in new version<p>Don't go anywhere yet -- we haven't seen the last of …

Do you manage Google Apps for your business? There’s an app for that

Google has changed the way enterprises run their IT resources. For one, Google Apps for Business lets organizations run their productivity and collaboration apps on the cloud, whether they’re small firms or big enterprises. This includes mobile devices, like smartphones and tablets, and this also …

Nexus 7 with Android 4.3 spotted at Bluetooth SIG

An Asus-made Nexus 7 running Android 4.3 has been recently spotted in a Bluetooth SIG filing.<p>Dated May 27, the filing includes some very interesting information. Although the documentation doesn’t specifically say that the device is the Nexus 7, the “7” tablet” described in it features a familiar …

LG Announces The White Nexus 4, Quashes All Rumors That The Company Is Working On The Nexus 5

We've been seeing images of a white version of the Nexus 4 for several months now (including some recently-leaked press shots), but LG just …

The best Android phone you can buy, as of June 2013

Update: Find out our latest picks for Best Android Phone! (Updated in November)<p>Find out which handset gets the Android Central recommendation<p>We're …

Does LG deserve to make the next Nexus?

Earlier today LG confirmed that they are not currently working on any Nexus device right now, despite what the rumor mill suggests. However, the company did make it clear that they would consider the opportunity, if offered. This leads to us to ask the question: Does LG even deserve another shot at …

The HTC One to be on Verizon “before July”

The HTC One was meant to be the <b>one</b> to bring HTC back. It’s a dynamic phone with awesome build quality, but fell short in a few respects. Sure, the production slowdown hurt a bit… but there was another problem. For whatever reason, the HTC One didn’t make its way to Verizon customers immediately. A …

The Best VoIP and SIP apps for Android!

There are a lot of people who use VoIP’s and SIP’s as alternatives to a carrier’s offering. A lot of time you’ll find that the rates are cheaper, and sometimes even free of charge. That said, we went into the depths of the Play Store in search for some of the best VoIP and SIP apps available, and …

Tim Cook teases 'profound' opportunity in wearable tech, says Google Glass won't have mass appeal

Onstage at the D11 conference in California, Tim Cook responded to a question about Google Glass, noting that wearables are a profound type of technology and that Apple may be working on its own wearable tech. "It's an area that's ripe for exploration," Cook said, "it's ripe for us to get excited …

Apple TV sales surpass 13 million, 'about half' sold this year

When questioned on stage at the D11 conference about Apple's current standing in the TV market, CEO Tim Cook provided some new sales figures for the company's Apple TV set-top box. "For several years we were selling a few hundred thousand," Cook said. "We've now sold over 13 million. About half of …

Vizio begins shipping 2013 M-Series Smart TVs, prices start at $400

Back at this year's CES, all Vizio said about its brand new M-Series lineup of HDTVs was that they'd be hitting shelves at some point "later this year." Fast forward to today, and the company's announcing its 2013 M-Series Smart TVs are now shipping to retailers such as Best Buy, Amazon and …

Tim Cook: Apple has no issue porting its apps to Android

While it may seem far-fetched that Apple would consider following BlackBerry Messenger's footsteps and bring some of its apps to Android, it turns out that such a move isn't out of the question. "We have no religious issue with porting an Apple app to Android," said Cook in response to whether …

Plex releases 3.0 overhaul for Android, 3.2 update for iOS

Plex's Android app revamp has been brewing for awhile, but it's at last ready: the 3.0 app is out of beta and available for everyone. The remake provides a much more polished interface, PlexSync support and speedier access to large libraries. It's facing a rocky start, however. The initial 3.0 …

Anatomy of a hack: How crackers ransack passwords like “qeadzcwrsfxv1331”

For Ars, three crackers have at 16,000+ hashed passcodes—with 90 percent success.<p>In March, readers followed along as Nate Anderson, Ars deputy editor …

Use Google Now to send text messages, e-mail

During Google I/O Google announced some improvements to its Google Now service. One of those improvements -- as we have already covered -- was the ability to create reminders within the app. One other feature we haven't discussed yet is the ability to send a text message or e-mail using Google …

How to set reminders in Evernote

If you use Evernote to organize your life, then your life just got more organized. Evernote updated its iOS, Mac, and Web apps to include reminders, which is "one of the most requested features of all time," said Andrew Sinkov, Evernote's VP of marketing.<p>I updated Evernote on my Mac and iPhone to …

Windows 8 tablets - Video - CNET

Your video, "Windows 8 tablets"<br>will start after this message from our sponsors.<p>Loading video...<p>CNET Top 5<p>CNET Top 5<p>Windows 8 tablets<p>May 24, 2013<p>Transcript<p>When it comes to tablets, youÃ?ve got three main options: you got your iPad, you got your Android, and then thereÃ?s the HP TouchPad [buzzer], …

Gear & Gadgets

Use Google Drive on Android to save receipts

Do you keep the receipts for everything you buy? Like me, you've probably noticed that the ones printed on thermal paper can begin to disappear over time. Soon, you're left with only a blank piece of paper that can't act as a proof of purchase or help you at tax time.<p>Wednesday's update to Google …