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Will tilt be enough to tilt smartphone users toward an Amazon handset?

The latest gossip on the supposed Amazon smartphone is it will boast tilting instead of tapping when it comes to accessing apps and features. But the e-tailer has its work cut out if it's aiming to grab traction in an uber competitive market.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 22, 2014

Amazon 3D smartphone uses gestures and tilting instead of buttons

New details about the 3D Amazon smartphone leaked just days after the first images of the long-awaited smartphone popped up online. Although we don't know too much about the device yet, leakers have revealed a few cool features. Spoiler alert: Amazon's smartphone won't be controlled by buttons!

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 22, 2014

Apple's 5.5-inch iPhone 6 production delayed until 2015?

Bad news for phablet fans! A new report indicates the 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6 will be delayed until 2015 due to battery issues. While earlier reports hinted that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 would arrive in September 2014, the sources did not say when the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 would arrive. Will delays on Apple's production line hurt sales of the smaller iPhone 6?

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 22, 2014

Apple headed to NFC and mobile payments?

Is Apple ready for mobile payment technology? Rumors about secret meetings, patent filings and analyst predictions indicate the company is.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 24, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 rumors point to high-end specs and three-sided Youm display

Samsung may have just announced the Galaxy S5 flagship, but rumors about the company's other superstar, the Galaxy Note 4, are already heating up. A new report hints the Note 4 may have the first-ever three-sided Youm display.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 22, 2014

Google reportedly drops Asus for HTC for its 8-inch Nexus 8 tablet

A new report claims Google has partnered with HTC to build its next-generation Nexus 8 tablet, which is expected to be released sometime this summer. Will it debut at Google's I/O conference?

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 23, 2014

It's official: Nokia to become Microsoft Mobile April 25 - What happens next?

Microsoft announced on Monday, April 21, that its deal with Nokia will be finalized on Friday, April 25. From that point on, Nokia's device division will be known as Microsoft Mobile. What does this mean for all the Lumia lovers?

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 22, 2014

Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley and Obi Mobiles: Boom or doom in India?

John Sculley tests the deep waters of the Indian mobile phone market with the launch of his own brand, Obi Mobiles. The affordable units, starting at around $83, are expected in May and targeted at youths who like to have the latest technology.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 22, 2014

New models? Samsung Galaxy S5 with 2K display and Tizen smartphone listed in Indian testing documents

An Indian import and export database has listed several unannounced Samsung smartphones. The list includes an updated Galaxy S5 with a 2K display, a Galaxy S5 Active, and Samsung's first Tizen smartphone.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 22, 2014

OnePlus One smartphone says 'hello, world' in new image leaks

Leaked images of the OnePlus One smartphone show a minimalist Oppo-style design, StyleSwap covers and red Lightning charger cables. Does floating display protect the screen from shattering?

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 21, 2014

Is Google working on a sub-$100 Nexus smartphone? Here's what we know so far

Rumors abound that Google will release new devices in the coming months, which include a low-end, sub-$100 Nexus smartphone device. If it were true, will you buy it?

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 21, 2014

Android leads iOS in Q1 activations: The rumored $100 Google smartphone may kill iPhone

Rumors are abounding that Google is preparing to release a smartphone with a price tag of $100, which could bring the battle over smartphone supremacy to Mountain View.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 21, 2014

Optical zoom-in smartphones? HTC says why not as category takes dead aim at DSLRs

HTC smartphones may soon be adding optical zooms. The race remains on for consumer image capture habits.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 19, 2014

Android rules U.S. smartphones market with 53 percent share: Is iOS popularity on a wane?

New market research reveals that Google's Android operating system got the highest share of consumers activating their phones in the first quarter, as opposed to Apple's iOS. But will it maintain the lead in the next quarters?

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 19, 2014

Radio Shack offers special deal on iPhone 5S: Free with trade-in, $100 with new contract

The struggling electronics retailer, which announced store closings in early March, is clearly hoping to gain some traction with the latest smartphone deal. But will it be enough to help the company make its much needed turnaround?

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 18, 2014

Kill switch debate grows hotter as U.S. smartphone thefts double

U.S. smartphone theft is on the rise, making it more evident that we need a kill-switch in every mobile device.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 19, 2014

HTC hires marketing gun from Samsung -- can he do for HTC what he did for the Galaxy?

HTC has hired on Paul Golden who is responsible for the Galaxy brand growth over the past four years. Will he work his magic on the HTC One?

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 18, 2014

Smartphone thefts double in number as users aren't bothering to use simple security, says study

A new report notes smartphones were stolen twice as often in 2013 as in the previous year. Owners aren't even bothering to use simple built-in security features, the study finds.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 18, 2014

Google Project Tango lifts off with NASA into space

Google plans to take its 3D-mapping Project Tango smartphone into space with NASA. A few Project Tango smartphones have already experienced the loss of gravity during a zero gravity test. Where will Google's Project Tango go next?

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 20, 2014

HTC One M8 review: High-end design, gorgeous display, and more make it the best smartphone on the market

The HTC One M8 proves that the best Android smartphone on the market isn't coming from Samsung any longer and its combination of premium parts and high end specs make it the best new smartphone regardless of platform.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 19, 2014

Photo cloud syncing across all devices: Eyefi Cloud delivers on that promise

The new Eyefi Cloud service automatically synchronizes photos to mobile devices to view, edit, and share on and offline.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 17, 2014

iPhone 6 silicone case with rectangular volume buttons and side power button appears

New images of what is reportedly a third-party silicone case for the iPhone 6 have appeared. They back up reports that the smartphone will have a larger display and new location for its power button.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 19, 2014

Batter up! MLB.TV and Google Chromecast play ball with new deal

Chromecast today announced support for MLB.TV, giving all MLB Premium subscribers the ability to watch any game from any city in the comfort of their own living room. Beer and peanuts not included.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 17, 2014

Batter up! MLB.TV and Google Chromecast play ball with new deal

Chromecast today announced support for MLB.TV, giving all MLB Premium subscribers the ability to watch any game from any city in the comfort of their own living room. Beer and peanuts not included.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 17, 2014

Warm up your tractor, Zynga's FarmVille 2: Country Escape ready to be harvested on iOS and Android

Zynga followed through on its promise last month with the launch today of FarmVille 2: Country Escape. Unlike the original, the latest version is designed to be played on mobile devices.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 17, 2014

New iPhone 5s fitness app makes getting in shape simply a breeze

Breeze is free and easy but it's also got a bit of a 'nagging' feature that may not be as wonderful as RunKeeper spins it to be. The Breeze is just the latest in a steady stream of apps hitting the mobile fitness segment.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 17, 2014

Faulty charger forces Nokia to halt sales of Lumia 2520 tablets, electric shock possible

Owners of the Nokia 2520 tablet effectively have a very large and expensive paperweight on their hands as the company is strongly suggesting they no longer use the tablets charger. Internal tests have shown the charger could injure the user.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 17, 2014

Facebook adds 'Traveling To' option. Hey everyone, my house is empty, help yourself

Many observers think new options like 'Traveling To' need to be used with extreme caution. It's early days as users discuss privacy concerns and how the social network's account controls work.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 17, 2014

HTC turns to former Samsung exec to boost marketing

HTC wants what Samsung is having for dinner, so what better way to do it than recruit the former chef.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 19, 2014

Google's Project Ara will let you snap together a smartphone: Nightmare for phone manufacturers?

Will Google's Project Ara turn the smartphone industry around with its interchangeable-component type of mobile phone? We still have to wait several months to judge the product, but here's what observers and critics think.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 18, 2014

Micro Phone Lens turns a smartphone into a microscope: Here's how it works

The use of smartphones and tablets now go beyond being a portable computer and a camera, a new discovery shows they can also be used as a hand-held microscope. Find out here how.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 17, 2014

HTC One’s Duo Lens just one of many new imaging tricks in smartphones today

Imaging tech just keeps getting better in the camera you always have with you. Better shots in low-light settings is just one of the enhancements.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 16, 2014

Amazon now saves docs sent to Kindle to the cloud: Is it the same as Microsoft OneDrive?

Saving documents to the cloud isn't new, but now Amazon is making this possible for Kindle users.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 17, 2014

Google Project Ara smartphone to launch January 2015 for $50 - Will it be ready?

Google Project Ara has an ambitious deadline. The first modular smartphone will reportedly launch in January 2015 for just $50. So far, all Google has is a pretty prototype. Will Project Ara be ready in time?

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 17, 2014

Samsung Tizen phone coming Q2 - Samsung Galaxy S5 set to outsell S4

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is right on track to outsell the Galaxy S4. A Samsung executive also hinted that the long-awaited Tizen smartphone will debut in the second quarter of 2014.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 16, 2014

Gionee rolls out Elife E7 Mini in India for $315

After the success of the Elife E7, China-based smartphone maker has released the smaller sibling Elife E7 Mini for $315 in India. Its 13-megapixel camera has 360-degree rotation, great for selfies.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 16, 2014

Intel to Microsoft: It's not personal, Microsoft, it's strictly business, as the company aims at Android market

Intel's CEO Brian Krzanich said he has to take his company to the OS where the business is, but he is not turning his back on long-time partner Microsoft. He hopes this will give the company 30 percent of the tablet business.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 16, 2014

Smartphone 'kill switch' coming in 2015: Apple, Samsung, Google, U.S. wireless carriers forge anti-theft agreement

Will the new commitment among industry players in the mobile manufacturing business completely prevent mobile thefts, at least in the U.S.? Or is the 'kill switch' tool far more effective?

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 16, 2014

Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner fooled by fake fingerprint: Samsung, we got a problem

The fingerprint security feature of Samsung is susceptible to hacking, based on a research made by SRLabs. But critics question the authenticity of the hack attempt. So, what's the real score?

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 16, 2014

iPhone 6 mockups, accessories on display at Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Video)

Attendees at the 2014 Hong Kong Electronics Fair are getting an up close and personal look of what Apple's iPhone 6 will look like based upon leaked schematics of the device.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 16, 2014

Work-around: Enabling Download Booster on the Verizon and AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5

Some Samsung Galaxy S5 owners have figured out a way to enable Download Boost on the AT&T and Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 15, 2014

Samsung plans to ship 35 million Galaxy S5 units in Q2 2014: Should Apple be worried?

Samsung is proving why it is the number one Android manufacturer by aiming to ship 35 million Galaxy S5 units.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 16, 2014

Friendly hackers hack Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint sensor

White hat hackers easily tricked the Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint sensor in several tests. The friendly hackers even managed to hack into the PayPal account registered to the smartphone.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 15, 2014

"Insert Photo" button to the rescue. Google makes it easier to add, send images via Gmail

Fussy process simplified so those embarrassing images you have of family, friends can be sent more quickly and easily.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 15, 2014

Google displays prototype Project Ara smartphone - It looks like cool Legos

Google finally unveiled prototype Project Ara modular smartphones at its first developer conference for the project. The Project Ara smartphones look even more wild in real, hands-on photos than they do in all the promotional videos. Will you buy one?

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 16, 2014

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