Neon Trees and Tech N9ne are back with great tunes in this week’s 5 songs to stream

Not sure what new music to listen to? We'll let you know what new tracks and albums dropping this week that are are worth using your bandwidth on. Up this week: Tech N9ne, Hop Along, A$AP Rocky, and more.

We’re all buying more phablets than ever before

It's taken a while for the market to fully embrace smartphones that push beyond the 5-inch display size, but the latest research suggests phablets are enjoying a rapid rise in popularity.

What goes into making phone cases? We ask an expert (who makes them)

Have you ever wondered how case manufacturers create new cases for the latest phones? We spoke to Incipio, one of the biggest case makers around, about the process they go through and the challenges they face.

With Grooveshark out of the picture, we pit Spotify against Pandora

We pit Spotify and its large library of music against Pandora and the Music Genome Project in a showdown for online music streaming supremacy.

Quit listening: Snowden calls court ruling against NSA surveillance ‘encouraging’

A U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the NSA's phone surveillance program is illegal under federal law. The decision stopped short of declaring it unconstitutional and did not bar the program from continuing.
Android Army

Upcoming Android feature may let you deny apps access to personal information

Google may add an app permissions manager to the next version of Android. This wouldn't be the first time -- an experimental version appeared in Android 4.3 -- but according to a Bloomberg report, it's finally finalized.

The blind will soon be able to identify their loved ones using this one-of-a-kind cane

Three Birmingham City University students developed a new cane that will allow the blind to be guided to their loved ones using facial recognition technology. The students plan to demo the cane later this year.

Panasonic’s Toughbook tablet is helping rescue crews save lives in Nepal

Developed by the DHS Science and Technology DIrectorate (S&T) and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), FINDER and Panasonic's Toughpad H2 tablet PC are helping rescuers find people buried under rubble in Nepal.

Open up a whole new (virtual) world with Samsung’s $200 Gear VR headset

The Gear VR, Samsung's first venture into the world of virtual reality, can now be yours for $200 -- provided you own a Galaxy Note 4 already, because if not, you'll need one of those too.

OtterBox responds to horrorifying otter attack on its iPhone case

The OtterBox is a sure-fire way to keep your smartphone safe from harm, just don't expect it to last if it finds its way into an actual otter's clutches. It won't end well, as this story proves.
Cool Tech

This waterproof solar charger and pouch is Badger-tough

Badger chargers have an insane waterproof rating and they can take more abuse than even Floyd Mayweather can dish out. They're the portable panels you want on your side in a pinch.

Just how accurate is the Apple Watch heart rate monitor? It’s on par with an EKG

One user compared the Apple Watch heart rate monitor to a chest strap with EKG accuracy ratings, and the Watch returned almost perfect results. In other words, the Apple Watch is as accurate as the test many doctors use.