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Android Q&A - January 11, 2014

Welcome to this week’s edition of Android Q&A! As always, we try to answer as many of your great questions as possible. This week, we talk about how to remove data from your phone, how to stop annoying notifications, and more. Let’s get started!<p>Question 1<p>I want to sell my Android phone, and I have …

Sprint Framily Plan wants you to bring friends to your family: keep unlimited plan, save money

Sprint on Tuesday unveiled an interesting new plan that will allow users to recruit more members for their family plans in order for each member of the plan to save on their monthly bills, while getting to keep unlimited data.<p>Called the Framily Plan, the new plan will let subscribers group up to 10 …

Polaroid debuting $1,000 4K TV at CES

Polaroid's been struggling with a bit of an identity crisis since the halcyon days of instant photography. Did you know, for example, that the company's been putting its name on TVs? Polaroid's celebrating CES with the release of two ambitious (if not particularly memorably named) sets at extremely …

At Christmas, a gadget is all some people have

While most people are getting together and celebrating, there are those who will spend the day with their lone hope being a gadget.<p>We eat. We drink. We are merry.<p>We are enveloped in those we love, even if they don't always love us.<p>We pull out our phones to record the events. This is a special time. …

Don't back down: Klipsch Heresy III speakers

Klipsch's original "compact" speaker gets the Audiophiliac's juices flowing.<p>At less than 24 inches tall, the Klipsch Heresy III is the shortest floor-standing speaker I've ever tested. Don't let its diminutive stature fool you. This speaker can outrun many a tower speaker -- and outlast them. In an …

Why regulators are likely to reject a Sprint/T-Mobile deal

Reports have surfaced that Sprint is interested in acquiring T-Mobile, but T-Mobile's recent success with its "Uncarrier" strategy is likely to sway regulators to block any deal that takes T-Mobile out of the game.<p>When it comes to competition in the US mobile market, federal regulators see four as …

How to stop Gmail from displaying images by default

Google has changed the way Gmail displays images in email messages, but you can reverse course if you know where to look in settings.<p>Gmail now displays images by default. No longer will you see emails arrive with the line at the top that says "Images are not displayed" with a link to display the …

20 TVs tested: Which sets can pass surround sound to a sound bar?

Here's the scenario: You bought a new TV and you're planning to use it as an AV switcher for a sound bar. It's a smart move, as most sound bars lack HDMI inputs, so you can simply connect all your gear to your TV via HDMI, and connect your TV's optical output to the sound bar.<p>The only problem is …

Audiophile

Best 4K Ultra HDTV Sales for Christmas

Although 4K Ultra HDTVs aren’t by any means mainstream, you can still snag solid deals on them, especially from budget-minded manufacturers. At a …

Festive iPhone cases light up when you get calls, alerts

These unique cases require no extra power, instead leveraging a little-known iOS feature to give your iPhone some visual flair.<p>Does your iPhone case merely protect your iPhone? <i>Bo</i>-ring!<p>Why not spruce things up a bit with a case that combines protection with festive, blinky coolness? That's the idea …

Audiophiliac speaker of the year: Zu Druid V

This skinny tower comes out of Utah, and looks and sounds a lot more expensive than it is.<p>The very first Zu speaker I ever heard was a Druid IV, and it bowled me over! There was a rare vitality to the sound. That was back in 2007, and every Zu speaker I've tested since then has been remarkable. The …

What's the best picture mode?

Cinema, Sports, Dynamic, Vivid, Standard. Every new TV has multiple picture mode presets that change the way your TV looks. Picking the right one is an important first step in getting the most out of your TV.<p>Open the picture menu of any modern TV and right at the top is "Picture Mode." These …

Cold-loving cockroaches invade New York, scientists confirm

A cold-tolerant species of roach is calling New York City home and fueling the nightmares of residents.<p>It sounds like a cross between "The Thing" and "Joe's Apartment," a mostly forgotten film about singing and dancing cockroaches. New York City is now host to an invasion of new bugs from …

Emad Dirt Rider Electric Skateboard

Most skateboards — and certainly most electric skateboards — are designed for use on the smooth, man-made trails we like to call sidewalks and roads. …

Samsung Galaxy S III and S4 KitKat software update dates leak

This week there’s word on the expected range of dates for the Android 4.4 KitKat software update for the current and second-most recent set of …

Android News

Rocki turns your old sound system into WiFi-enabled speakers

The Rocki concept has been floating around for a bit, but now the company's ready for the hardware startup rite of passage that is the Kickstarter campaign. The idea's a pretty straightforward one: a module that plugs into the back of an existing sound system via audio jack or RCA, essentially …

Motorola sells Google’s Chromecast on its website

In an unexpected move, Motorola started selling Google’s Chromecast on its website for the same $35 price. But should it really be a surprise?<p>Motorola is a Google company after all, even though Google desperately tries to keep the two universes separate, at least when it comes to public statements. …

Xbox One review

Microsoft didn't mean to take over your living room. When it launched in 2005, the Xbox 360 was just a device for games — "the Holy Grail of gaming," in the immortal words of MTV's Sway. It would show your pictures if you plugged in a thumb drive, but it was designed to be the best way ever for …

Google Now vs. Siri: The rematch

With the release of iOS 7 and Android 4.4, we bring the two most powerful virtual assistants back into the battle room to find out which one is smarter, faster, and most helpful.

Google Now

Add-on module auto-unlocks your car when your phone is near

The second-gen Premium Bluetooth Keyless Entry module adds an extra layer of security and control to unlocking your car with your phone.<p>LOS ANGELES -- For some time now, we've been anticipating the day that you'd be able to unlock your car by simply approaching it with your smartphone in your …

US carriers don't want to give smartphone users an anti-theft kill switch

Earlier this year, lawmakers in San Francisco and New York joined forces in an initiative called "Secure our Smartphones" that would encourage manufacturers to include a so-called "kill switch" in future phones to address the growing problem of handset theft. According to George Gascon, San …

Microsoft's unXcellent math adventure in new Surface 2 ad

A new billboard for the Surface 2 features an Excel calculation that seems not to stand up when, for example, using one's fingers.<p>Doing great ads is hard.<p>In fact, I'd say it's harder than math.<p>With math, you have machines that can do it all for you. You just have to punch in the numbers, press …

The seven big little details we love about the PlayStation 4 (so far)

Having spent the last year using the PlayStation 4 at trade shows and press events, we've got a fairly good idea of how games look and play on the parallelogram-shaped game box. The questions that remain largely revolve around living with the device: can it quickly switch between apps and games? …

Three things you should know about the PlayStation 4 OS

Sony laid its social networking ambitions out on the table when it announced the use of real names on PSN, its online network, for the PlayStation 4. Now, as the company preps that next-gen console for launch this week, we're finally learning more about how those new PSN profiles will work and just …

Seiki brings a $1,500 55-inch 4K set to Sears stores

It's not quite an impulse buy, but it's getting close. And hey, who's to say we wouldn't swing by the electronics section after picking up a couple of power tools? Just in time for the holidays, Seiki's rolling out a 55-inch 4K set for the nice price of $1,499 -- a followup to the $700 39-incher we …

Skullcandy intros Air Raid, a $150 Bluetooth speaker you can use to party pretty much anywhere

Skullcandy is well-known for making gear including headphones and earbuds, but the audio-focused company now also has a little Bluetooth speaker folks might be interested in. The Air Raid, as it's officially named, is a ruggedized box that's fitted with two 50mm drivers and a battery capable of …

Google Nexus 5 review: A Nexus with power, potential, and the right price - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The <b>Google Nexus 5</b> has LTE for multiple carriers, a sleek and solid build, and an excellent price. It makes crystal-clear calls, battery life is long, and integration of Google Now is deep and wide.<p><b>The Bad</b> The Nexus 5's screen is dimmer than its competitors' and its camera struggles under …

Phones

Are you ready for 4K 12-inch tablets? Japan Display is!

Overkill or not, 4K-ready mobile devices are most likely going to arrive in the coming months/years, with Japan Display already showcasing a 12-inch tablet LCD panel ready to offer such a high-resolution.<p>The company is showing off this “monstrosity” at the FPD International 2013 trade show …

Microsoft Surface 2 dinged for low repairability by iFixit

The Surface 2 received a 1 out of 10 rating for repairability, due mainly to the possibility of damaging the device while trying to open it.<p>The Surface 2, Microsoft's latest entrant in the tablet market, isn't one that most people would want to take apart.<p>iFixit on Tuesday published photos and a …

Shock and awe: The M-Audio M3-8 speakers

The Audiophiliac gets bowled over by M-Audio's affordable, yet feature-packed, self-powered speakers.<p>I didn't know the price of the M-Audio M3-8 when I first started listening, I just assumed it was $900 to $1,000 for the pair of speakers. No, the street price is closer to $600 for a pair, around …