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The current ebola epidemic is the worst ever and it's spreading

West Africans are experiencing the largest and widest-ranging ebola virus outbreak recorded<p>Above: <i>A UNICEF worker in Conakry, Guinea distributing soap and chlorine and teaching residents how to combat ebola.</i><p>The largest outbreak of ebola ever recorded is spreading in West Africa, and it’s unlikely to …

Earth will bombard Mars with videos, photos, and messages in 2017

Students at MIT and other universities are building a time capsule that they hope will soon contain messages, photos, audio clips, and videos gathered by tens of millions of people across the world. But this won't be just any other time capsule, because this one is destined for Mars.<p>"we go to space …

A week with the ASUS PadFone X

Not long ago we had the opportunity to share our experiences with a unique device: the Asus PadFone X. If you haven’t checked out our full review, …

Europe's next roaming charge cut comes into force on July 1st

From July, anyone travelling in any of the EU member countries with their smartphone will enjoy a few less numbers on their bill. As part of new roaming caps coming into effect next week, the European Commission has cut the price of data downloads by 55 percent. This means the most you'll pay for a …

LG's G3 flagship is a bigger, simpler, higher-res smartphone

Simple is the new smart. That's how the invite to today's LG event in London reads. But what's simple about the newly announced LG G3 flagship LTE phone? We'll decode the marketing talk soon, but for now lets look at the simple facts about the hardware. As suspected (and oft leaked), the G3 has a …

'Watch Dogs' review: bringing a smartphone to a gunfight

"We are the modern magicians," one hacker quips during the opening sequence of <i>Watch Dogs</i>. But there’s little magic here.<p>Set in a fictional version of modern-day Chicago, one overrun by technology and crime, the game puts you in the role of hacker and self-styled vigilante Aiden Pearce. After losing …

Why 'Watch Dogs' Is Bad News For AMD Users -- And Potentially The Entire PC Gaming Ecosystem

<i>Update 1: I’ve posted benchmarks for Watch Dogs across a wide range of AMD and Nvidia hardware.</i><p><i>Update 2: I’ve published an in-depth response from Nvidia here.</i><p><i>Original Article Follows:</i><p>When it comes to PC games, there’s a not-so-subtle war being waged between AMD and Nvidia for the continued loyalty …

HTC One mini 2 review: average by design

The HTC One is a smartphone you can fall in love with. It presents an irresistible mix of sculpted contours, gorgeous display, and fast performance. When the list of best Android phones for 2014 is drawn up, the One will be at or near the top. But the One is also expensive — a premium device at a …

Sony Xperia Z2: Unboxing & Review

Google, we want a Nexus 6 despite Android Silver

Nexus is a word that resonates with many, if not all, Android enthusiasts. It’s a name that means much more than your standard smartphone …

Pocketnow Power User: All About RAM (S02E02)

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LG finally has a chance for a huge hit with the G3

When it comes to smartphones, LG is one of the underdogs. I’ve personally liked LG since back in the days when I built custom computers for a living. …

Old console, new tricks: Getting the most out of your PS3

Already paid up for Sony's PlayStation 4? Or are you waiting on a certain blockbuster title before you make the move to the next gen? We don't blame you. However, the PS4's ancestor -- that slightly curved obelisk sitting under your TV, the one with half an inch of dust -- still has a few tricks in …

An 'unstoppable,' cataclysmic glacier meltdown is already underway

Two separate studies released this week are announcing a bleak future for the West Antarctic Ice Sheet — and an accompanying sea-level rise across the globe. Both groups of researchers conclude that global warming is accelerating the disintegration of large parts of the ice sheets, and that the …

HTC One (M8) review: a great phone, even if no longer a game-changer

The HTC One was one of our favorite smartphones of 2013. It featured a gorgeous industrial design, a fantastic display, great camera and top-of-the-line performance. HTC poured its heart into it, as evidenced by nearly every aspect of the device. The phone exceeded nearly all of our expectations, …

Samsung Galaxy K zoom official, 20.7MP sensor, 10x optical zoom

We knew to expect a Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom, and here it is, just that it’s called Galaxy K zoom, as the previous rumors and leaks implied. It is a …

Nokia X review: What happens when Nokia makes an Android phone?

For a company now under Microsoft's rule, Nokia has serious grit. The phone maker announced an Android phone called the X just two months before completing its merger with Microsoft. Even more intriguing is the fact that this is no run-of-the-mill Android device: The X comes with a Windows …

Google's Nexus phones will reportedly be replaced by premium Android Silver handsets

The Android Silver project, which was rumored earlier this month, has today been corroborated by four fresh sources, all of whom point to a major shift in Google's mobile strategy. <i>The Information</i> reports that the current scheme of offering Nexus-branded handsets with Google's unadulterated vision …

Here’s how “OK Google” everywhere could make your Android completely hands-free

Most of you already know that I began my digital life as a Newton guy. To this day my MessagePad 2000U could do things that even the latest …

Family Tree. #PlayStation

Samsung Gear 2 Neo review

<b>See it on Amazon.</b><p>Samsung is getting into high gear with its wearable devices this year, notably with the release of three smartwatches as successors to 2013’s Galaxy Gear line. The Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit all run the company’s proprietary Tizen platform, although each device is …

Wear OS

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Samsung Gear 2 review

Wearable devices are set to take center stage in the mobile market this year. For one, Google has launched its Android Wear platform, so we can expect more device makers to come up with smartwatches and other wearables built on this platform. Not all brands are building their wearables with …

IFTTT comes to Android

IFTTT, or the app formerly known as If This Then That, just launched a native Android app optimized for phone and tablet-sized screens. IFTTT lets users mash up different services into "recipes" that can do things like automatically download new Facebook photos you're tagged in to Dropbox, send …

Will you wait to buy a phone that’s invite-only?

The demand for value smartphones – not just cheap or super high-end smartphones, but a solid middle ground – is higher than ever.<p>Google’s Nexus …

Oppo Find 7a Review!

HTC One M8 now available in-store from additional carriers

For the past couple weeks, if you wanted a new HTC One M8 in the US, your options were going with Verizon as your carrier, or placing on online order …

For one day, Google will let anyone in the US buy Glass

Google is about to make its biggest push yet to get Glass in the hands of as many people as possible. <i>The Verge</i> has obtained documents indicating that the company will open up its "Explorer Program" and make Glass available to anyone who wants to purchase a pair, possibly as soon as next week. It’ll …