And if you've ever plunked down in bed or on the couch to read something, you've probably discovered that the screen will automatically rotate between portrait and landscape orientations depending on how you hold your phone or tablet. This can be useful, or it can be a huge hassle -- especially if you move around a lot and don't want the screen constantly shifting back and forth.… Read more
The US Department of Justice has given its approval to Microsoft's pending acquisition of Nokia's mobile devices and services business.
The transaction got the DOJ nod on November 29, according to the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition notification on December 2.
"We look forward to the date when our partners at Nokia will become members of the Microsoft family, and are pleased that the Department of Justice has cleared the deal unconditionally," said a Microsoft spokesperson in a prepared statement.
Last month, Nokia shareholders gave their approval to the deal during an extraordinary general … Read more
Who wouldn't want a remote control for their pet? Or, perhaps, who would?
I love pet gadgets, especially wacky ones like Bowlingual, which claims to translate barks into human speech.
Samsung has added some "accents" to its Galaxy Note 3 line.
Samsung on Monday announced that its Galaxy Note 3 will be available with Rose Gold accents. Samsung also offered up a Merlot Red Galaxy Note 3 option.
The Galaxy Note 3, which launched in September, previously came in Jet Black, Classic White, and Blush Pink versions. According to Samsung, the Rose Gold accents will make their way to the Jet Black and Classic White models. The Merlot Red Note 3 will stand alone as a separate model.
Despite the color changes, nothing else has changed in the … Read more
Consumers who've shunned Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 because of its $300 price tag may see a less-expensive version early next year.
Previous rumors had suggested that Samsung would offer both premium and not-so-premium editions of the Note 3. An unnamed insider told blog site SamMobile that the lower-cost Note 3 Lite will appear at Mobile World Congress next year and reach consumers in February or March.
The iPhone 5C has lured almost half of its users from Samsung, LG, and other rival smartphone makers, according to research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
Many Apple analysts and watchers expected the company to launch a truly low-cost international iPhone. But even with a starting price of $99 on contract and a full price of $549, the 5C still is reaching a wider audience than Apple typically draws, according to smartphone sales data from Kantar released Monday. As such, more new customers are trying the Apple brand for the first time, prompting many to jump ship from other smartphones.
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The iPhone 4 is the best iPhone ever. Ever. In the latest episode of Adventures in Tech, we explain why Apple's fourth mobile is the best it's built.
Hit play now to hear our reasoning.
Fours of nature The Retina display. The lightning-fast A4 chip. A stunning new design. And a front-facing camera for taking questionable selfies. The hardware alone is enough to put the iPhone 4 leagues ahead of its rivals, both past and present. But there are plenty of other reasons to crown this 3.5-inch marvel king of the iPhones.… Read more
Samsung is indulging in the mobile camera craze, according to a new report.
The handset maker is working on a 20-megapixel camera it'll bundle into mobile devices in the second half of 2014, Korea's ET News is reporting, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the company's plans. It should be noted, however, that ET News has had a bit of a spotty record on Samsung news, so the report should be taken with a grain of salt.
Still, several reports have surfaced over the last several months suggesting Samsung is at work on bigger and … Read more
The Oppo N1, an Android phone with an unusual swiveling camera design, now has a price: $599.
The Chinese phone maker announced the price on Google+ on Sunday, along with a precise date, December 10, when it'll start taking orders. In Europe, the phone will cost 449 euros.
The phone is notable for its use of a camera module that can be rotated to point in different directions compared to the screen. It's also got a touch-sensitive patch on the back that people can use for scrolling without touching the front of the screen. And it's capable … Read more
The latest round of rumors has the presumed successor to Samsung's Galaxy S4, a more powerful Galaxy S5, sporting unicorn-esque specs, perhaps some new flexible materials, and craziest of all: launching as little as 10 months after the Galaxy S4 was introduced.
A Korean site reports that "industry sources" say production of the Galaxy S5 could begin in January, with Samsung's next flagship phone shipping with Android KitKat and alongside a revamped Galaxy Gear 2 watch as early as February or March. That would be a few months ahead of many early-adopting Galaxy S4 owners' one-year anniversaries with their devices. … Read more