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Motorola Droid Ultra unveiled with unibody Kevlar design, reaches Verizon on August 20th for $199

As expected, the star of the show is here: Verizon has unveiled the Motorola Droid Ultra at its New York City press event. The 5-inch smartphone is "all about thin," according to Moto, and sports a glossy, unibody Kevlar shell that makes it thinner (7.18mm) yet stronger than its predecessors. It's …

Apple wins top spots for 'Brand of the Year' in Harris poll

Apple won "Brand of the Year" in several technology categories for the second year in a row, according to the results of a Harris poll released on Thursday.<p>Apple was tops among computer makers, followed by HP, Dell, and Sony. The iPad was No. 1 among tablets, with the Kindle Fire, Google Nexus, and …

T-Mobile temporarily drops upfront device cost, most models going for no money down

Zero dollars down, Simple Choice and Jump? T-Mobile must be downright crazy! Either that, or it's a carrier struggling to make a serious impact on a market dominated by two juggernauts -- juggernauts who also came out with early upgrade plans of their own within a week of Jump's debut. T-Mobile's …

Google Nexus 7 review (2013)

I make a lot of aspirational purchases. I constantly buy books I really <i>ought</i> to read, subscribe to magazines that are <i>so</i> good the one time a year I actually get around to opening them, and add movies like <i>Schindler's List</i> to my Netflix queue because it's an important cultural touchstone. My credit …

Samsung Galaxy Note III may come in three screen sizes: 5.5, 5.7 and 6 inches

It's no secret that Samsung's working on a next-gen Galaxy Note, but little did we know that it might come in three screen sizes. We've previously seen the model number SM-N900 pop up in a number of places, and this time, our friend @techkiddy spotted the screen sizes alongside some new names on …

Nokia Lumia 1020 now up for sale at AT&T

U.S. consumers eyeing Nokia's new Lumia 1020 can now buy the phone from AT&T.<p>Equipped with a 41-megapixel camera, the 1020 is available through AT&T's Web site and will be sold in AT&T stores starting today.<p>Buyers can choose from among three colors -- yellow, black, or white. That's hopefully a …

Samsung overtakes Apple as world's most profitable phone maker

Apple has lost another battle in its ongoing war with Samsung.<p>Research firm Strategy Analytics proclaimed Friday that for the first time in four years, Apple is no longer the most profitable handset maker in the world. That honor now belongs to Samsung.<p>During the second quarter, Samsung's global …

Cablevision expands cloud DVR storage, list of supported Android devices

Are you a Cablevision subscriber with a Galaxy S III (T-Mobile, US Cellular or unlocked), Galaxy S IV or Galaxy Express (AT&T) handset? Awesome, because now you can watch live and on-demand TV from your phone via the company's Optimum app. More than that, Optimum can do double duty as a clicker for …

Sony names devices that will (eventually) see Android 4.3

With Android 4.3 being less than 24 hours old, it's nice to see manufacturers already addressing concerns about whether all those under-the-hood tweaks will reach their devices. On Sony Mobile's website, the company confirms that the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia SP and …

BlackBerry lays off 250 workers in Canada

The embattled BlackBerry will reduce its staff following a disappointing first six months of 2013.<p>BlackBerry has laid off 250 workers at a Waterloo, Ontario product-testing facility, the company confirmed to Bloomberg on Thursday. The jobs were cut in areas that support manufacturing and research …

G2 launch details outed by LG executive

The upcoming LG G2 will arrive in the United States as early as September, according to LG CFO David Jung.<p>Speaking to Korea's The Kyunghyang Shinmun (translate) recently, the executive spilled a few beans about the flagship smartphone. The device will reportedly launch in South Korea in August, …

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean official: shipping with new Nexus 7, available OTA for select devices today

A healthy stream of leaks in the last several months indicated that the latest version of Jelly Bean was right around the corner, and at its press event today Google pulled back the curtain on Android 4.3. Unsurprisingly, the latest software will debut on the new Nexus 7, which was also announced …

After the new Droids, what's left for Moto X?

Today, Verizon and Motorola introduced three new Droid smartphones: the Ultra, Mini, and Maxx. But if you weren't paying attention, you might have expected to a see higher-profile phone introduced: the Moto X. That phone, ostensibly the first to come out of the "New" Motorola with Google's …

Is Verizon's Droid franchise losing its cool factor?

These are the Droids Verizon's been looking for -- but does anyone care?<p>Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility on Tuesday unveiled the latest smartphones in the Droid family, the<p>Droid Ultra, extra-battery-packingDroid Maxx, and compactDroid Mini.<p>The devices feature fancy specifications and the …

Motorola now exclusive Droid partner to Verizon

Verizon Wireless and Motorola are getting exclusive with their relationship.<p>Starting with the Droid Ultra lineup, Motorola will be the only smartphone manufacturer to build Droid smartphones, Verizon marketing executive Jeff Dietel told CNET on Tuesday.<p>Verizon and Motorola unveiled the Droid Ultra …

Prince Cambridge makes his debut

The Cambridge baby prince meets the media and the world about 27 hours after he was born amid celebrations and cheers.<p>LONDON — The world's most famous baby prince met the world today, when Prince William and Duchess Kate left St. Mary's Hospital here with their infant, about 27 hours after he was …