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What if the iPhone had never arrived?

slack-imgs Ten years ago the cellphone industry was as teeming with life as a coral reef. Weird, multi-colored Nokias and Samsungs flitted between fronds of seagrass while Sidekicks scuttled in and out of tiny sea caves. Blackberries lumbered through the coral like lions on the hunt, eviscerating all “serious” comers with better software. Apple had released a deeply embarrassing clownfish of… Read More

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John Biggs

January 9th

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What if the iPhone had never arrived?

slack-imgs Ten years ago the cellphone industry was as teeming with life as a coral reef. Weird, multi-colored Nokias and Samsungs flitted between fronds of seagrass while Sidekicks scuttled in and out of tiny sea caves. Blackberries lumbered through the coral like lions on the hunt, eviscerating all “serious” comers with better software. Apple had released a deeply embarrassing clownfish of… Read More

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John Biggs

January 9th

Gadgets

The new Barnes & Noble Nooks come with free malware

nook-tablet-7-2016 Barnes & Noble began outsourcing its Nook e-readers a few years ago after a partnership with Samsung and their latest $50 Nook 7 android tablet, announced last month, shows us how that has worked out for them. Their latest e-reader includes ADUPS, a firmware that sends user data back to the manufacturer or an interested hacker. This is the same malware that researchers found on cheap… Read More

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John Biggs

December 22nd

Gadgets

This new smartphone antenna could boost your signal and battery life

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In the never-ending quest to squeeze more power out of less space in our smartphones, researchers in Finland have developed a revolutionary antenna technology that could boost your signal and extend your battery life, and do it all while taking up less space than what's currently in your handset.

The idea is that, because your phone is packed with a variety of antennas with different tasks — like one for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, another for GPS, and another for cellular — the result is too much power draw, reduced space, and possible interference. The bright minds at Aalto University in Finland set out to find a solution. 

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Mike Wehner

November 23rd

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The mobile wars are over

Mobile phone with shattered glass screen on white background It’s time to call it: the mobile wars are over. The mobile market was once vibrant and variegated, a virtual coral reef of odd devices aimed at specific users. There was phone with a 3D camera! There was one with weird version of Android that catered to the security-conscious! There was one with a bigger, removable battery and another made up of small parts that you could put together. As… Read More

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John Biggs

October 5th

Gadgets

Mobile

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 recall could cost the company $1B

Galaxy Note 7 The price tag on Samsung’s comprehensive recall of all Note 7 devices shipped to date could be very expensive – Bloomberg reports an estimated total cost of around $1 billion for replacing all 2.5 million devices shipped since launch. Samsung initiated a voluntary recall of the Note 7 last week after investigating scattered reports of exploding batteries in a small number of devices. Read More

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Darrell Etherington

September 6th

Gadgets

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 recall could cost the company $1B

Galaxy Note 7 The price tag on Samsung’s comprehensive recall of all Note 7 devices shipped to date could be very expensive – Bloomberg reports an estimated total cost of around $1 billion for replacing all 2.5 million devices shipped since launch. Samsung initiated a voluntary recall of the Note 7 last week after investigating scattered reports of exploding batteries in a small number of devices. Read More

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Darrell Etherington

September 6th

Gadgets

Samsung investigating reports of Galaxy Note 7 explosions

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Samsung is looking into reports from multiple users that the recently released Galaxy Note 7 has issues wherein a few phones have exploded during charging. A Samsung spokesperson told TechCrunch that they’re “conducting a through inspection,” and Korean news agency Yonhap reported earlier that a potential recall of the all Note 7 devices is one option on the table.… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

September 1st

Gadgets

Mobile

Verizon is best carrier, report says

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Verizon dominated as best overall carrier, according to a testing firm that closely tracks carrier performance data. Verizon swept all six performance categories, the first time that’s been done since RootMetrics began testing the entire U.S. market in 2013, the firm said this week.

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FoxNews.com

August 26th

Mobile

Sony’s new $500 in-dash receiver looks like the best value for Android Auto and CarPlay

sony xav-ax100 Sony’s XAV-AX100 in-dash car stereo system might be the best way to get your hands on Android Auto or CarPlay without plonking down a fortune for a new car. The new receivers will retail for $499.99 when it hits stores in late November, and boasts a 6.4-inch, 800 x 480 touch screen, along with NFC support, Bluetooth, aux input and a dedicated hardware button for triggering voice input.… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

August 22nd

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