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10 of the juiciest portable battery chargers money can buy

Battery life still tops the polls for smartphone concerns. If it’s bugging you, then maybe it’s time to snag yourself a portable charger. Come on in, put your feet up, and allow us to show you round the wonderful world of external chargers.


After sucking the wind out of PS4 sales profits, Sony is instituting a smartphone and TV production smackdown

Sony will produce less smartphones and TVs in light of predicted multi-billion dollar losses from those divisions. The company announced a new plan to investors, which places more emphasis on gaming and image sensors.


Google lets people control its largest digital advertisement

Google allows people to Androidifiy themselves into avatars and play as them with others on an eight-story digital screen in New York's Times Square.

Cool Tech

15 hot new keyboards you can download on iPhone and iPad

Apple finally announced that it will allow the integration of third-party keyboard apps in iOS 8. So far, leading alternative keyboard creators SwiftKey, Swype, and Fleksy have confirmed that their keyboards will work on the new version of iOS.


Top job shake up possible at Samsung after Galaxy S5 sales disappoint

According to a new report, Samsung's Galaxy S5 hasn't been the big hit the company expected, and has sold in far fewer numbers than the Galaxy S4. Its poor performance may cause a management reshuffle at the firm.


OnePlus Two news: Customizable design, great specs, and a low price

OnePlus has revealed that the OnePlus Two is currently in the works, with a mid-2015 launch date possible. We've gathered up all the information, official and otherwise, about the new phone in one, handy roundup.


Sony’s Quad HD monster, the Xperia Z4, may arrive at CES

Sony could be ready to abandon its six-monthly refresh cycle on its greatest Xperia smartphones, beginning with the Xperia Z4. It's shaping up to be an exciting device, and here's what we think we know about it.


9 Nexus 9 problems and how to fix them

If your Nexus 9 is delivering anything less than stellar performance it may need some correction. We’ve uncovered the most commonly reported Nexus 9 problems and identified workarounds and possible solutions.


9 Nexus 9 tips you need to know about

These handy Nexus 9 tips and tricks will help you extract maximum flavor from your Lollipop tablet. Find out what the hardware and Google’s latest Android version are really capable of.


Nokia’s back with an Android tablet, and its free, single, and fabulous

The N1 Tablet marks Nokia's return to mobile hardware, just a short time after we thought it had left us forever. The Android-based, Z Launcher-equipped slate is great news for us today, and bodes very well for the future. Welcome back, Nokia.


The European Parliament wants to chop Google up into different pieces

The European Parliament is considering a draft motion that would split Google up into different companies. The rationale is that Google has become too large of a company.


Your Pebble now has full notification support, thanks to an Android app update

Pebble has updated its standard Android app, adding in system-wide notifications, where previously a third-party app had to be used. Additionally, there's support for special characters, making the watch even more useful for international owners.


Android One off to a shaky start, as shops refuse to stock the budget smartphones

Google's grand plan for Android One is to introduce developing markets to the joy of stock Android on a reasonably priced phone, but early sales decisions, and less-than timely updates may have hurt its chances.


Intel’s Basis Peak gets smarter with third-party app access and notifications

The Basis Peak looks like a smartwatch, but acts like a fitness tracker. The Peak can monitor your heart rate, sleep, activity, and overall wellness.


Google ponders opening Play Store in China, starts accepting apps from Chinese developers

Google now allows Chinese developers to submit apps directly to the Play Store. Meanwhile, another report hints that the country may finally get the Play Store installed on select Android devices.


Samsung’s foldable phone is a brilliantly mad idea that could come in 2015

Samsung looks to innovative tech to stay relevant. Its latest idea is a foldable smartphone that fits in your pocket. The phone would fold in half and could arrive as early as 2015.


B&N makes a play for your ears, launches its own Nook audiobook app

Barnes & Noble added a new Nook Audiobooks app to its Android app selection. The app is free and comes with two free audiobook downloads. B&N says an iOS version will arrive in spring 2015.


Watch videos for free with Samsung’s YouTube competitor Milk Video

Samsung will offer video streaming to select Galaxy smartphones with its new Milk Video app. The app aggregates content from several popular video channels and is currently ad-free.


Amazon ships its $40 Fire TV Stick, but it’s now out of stock until January (Updated)

Amazon's Fire TV Stick, which wages war on the Google Chromecast and Roku streaming media sticks, has started shipping out. However, demand has been so high, anyone who wants one now may be in for a long wait.

Home Theater

AT&T pulls the Nexus 6 due to software bug: Here’s everything we know

The Nexus 6 is now available to buy directly from Google, plus with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. We've got all the details on the device, plus news on how much the big new phone will cost.


Sony’s SmartWatch 3 has edge, convinces us that it’s still hip to be square

The SmartWatch 3 is Sony’s first wearable to use Android Wear, and comes packed with the latest software and features. We’ve put it through its paces to see if it can beat the…

  • Pros: Built-in GPS , Voice control works well , Category leading…
  • Cons: Annoying charging system , Android Wear is still cumbersome…

Hot deal: Here’s how to save 50 percent on HTC phone accessories

With the holiday shopping season almost upon us, HTC is helping you get an early start by sharing a Hot Deal every Tuesday for the next 9 weeks. This week: Save $350 off on the HTC One M8


Android 5.0 Lollipop: Update makes its way to Nvidia Shield Tablet

The latest version of Google's Android mobile OS, 5.0 Lollipop, could be coming to your smartphone very soon. Here's the latest news on which phones will be getting it, and when it's scheduled to arrive.


WhatsApp blocks hackers with end-to-end encryption for Android app

WhatsApp for Android now offers end-to-end encryption for messages. As such, law enforcement cannot compel the company to reveal your messages and hackers cannot easily access them.


Huawei roadmap leaks with Ascend Mate 8 and Ascend D8 phablets

A roadmap of Huawei's smartphone plans for 2015 leaked online. The document revealed key specs and release date information for several smartphones, including the Ascend Mate 8, Ascend D8, and more.


Fresh off its Microsoft divorce, Nokia’s first Android tablet has arrived

Nokia has already forgotten about Microsoft and Windows Phone. The reinvigorated company has launched the N1 tablet, which runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, plus Nokia's own Z Launcher user interface. It'll go on sale next year for $250.


Snapchat’s ‘Snapcash’ lets you send money to friends via the app

Snapchat users can now send friends money as well as messages with Snapcash. The team behind the ephemeral messaging app has teamed up with payments service Square to allow cash to be sent quickly and easily from within the main app.


Huawei’s Ascend P8 could mix metal and ceramic for sleek design

Huawei may release the Ascend P8 sooner than expected, says a new report. The device will have the same premium look and feel as the last model, but feature a larger screen. The phone may launch at CES 2015.


Dual-screened YotaPhone 2 debuts just in time for the holidays on December 3

A new YotaPhone is headed our way on December 3, according to the company. At an event in London, the firm will show off a brand new version of the unusual dual-screen device, but the specs and final design are still a mystery.