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

The company fixed nearly everything consumers didn't like about its first tablets, but it may not be enough to overcome its image problem.<p>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 …

Windows RT

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 versus the competition

The Surface Pro 2 starts at $899, but an optimal configuration will cost $1,129. What else will that investment buy?<p>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 …

MacBook Air

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, …

Apps

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 …

Gameplay

[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

New service N2Aos gives you the tools to easily root your Kindle Fire, and can even do it remotely if you're not a tech-savvy user. Plus: a free recovery utility.<p>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 …

Android News

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

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?

T-Mobile has a great plan for those who use their smartphones primarily as data devices. But finding the plan can be a challenge.<p>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 …

Mobile

Acer all-in-one will run Android

Update: Acer's all-in-one sports a 21.5-inch screen and runs Android. Note that the chip inside is from ARM not Intel. Pricing is expected to be under $500.<p><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</i> …

Acer

Google Play Music updated with track removal, sharing changes

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 …

Apps

Nexus 7 running Android 4.3 goes through 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 …

Android News

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 …

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 and Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 preparing for June launch

Samsung is continuing its assault on the market, seemingly throwing devices at consumers only to have money thrown back at them. Recent reports …

Phones

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 …

Android News

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 …

HTC One

Check out this list of 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 …

Apps

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 rumored to have Snapdragon 800 CPU alongside a 13-megapixel camera

Whether you love or hate rumors, there’s plenty of them going around about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 3 that is slated for release later this …

Phones

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” | Ars Technica

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

Because sending a text message or e-mail just by using your voice is fun.<p>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 …

Apps

How to set reminders in Evernote

Evernote now gives you the ability to add reminders to notes. Learn how to set reminders with Evernote's iOS and Mac apps.<p>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 …

Apps

Windows 8 tablets

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], uh, BlackBerry PlayBook. [buzzer] Windows 8? [ding!] Man, itÃ?s not easy being the third horse in the tablet race, but I think Microsoft has what it takes. …

Gear & Gadgets

Use Google Drive on Android to save receipts

The latest update to Google Drive lets you create a searchable digital archive of your collected mounds of receipts.<p>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 …

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