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Samsung's Gear S smartwatch coming to the US on November 7th

Chris Welch October 30, 2014 10:16 am10.30.2014 34

Samsung's Gear S smartwatch will launch in the United States on November 7th, the company announced today. All four major US carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile) will carry the device, and you'll...

It's not what you'd call cheap

Motorola is now part of Lenovo

Tom Warren October 30, 2014 07:00 am10.30.2014 49

Motorola Mobility officially becomes part of Lenovo today. Lenovo’s acquisition was announced back in February for $2.91 billion, and today marks the finalization of the deal. Motorola is now "a Lenovo...

Hello, Lenovo

LG obliterates the bezel with new smartphone LCD display

Vlad Savov October 30, 2014 07:19 am10.30.2014 57

Everyone who has seen Sharp's Aquos Crystal smartphone has been impressed by it. Thanks to incredibly thin bezels on three sides of its display, that Japanese phone looks like a prop from a sci-fi movie...

The Sharp Aquos Crystal won't be alone for long

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Samsung will 'fundamentally reform' its smartphones after dire earnings report

Vlad Savov October 30, 2014 06:57 am10.30.2014 132

Samsung's earnings this past quarter have been exactly as downbeat as the company predicted: operating profit is down 60 percent and income from sales is now 20 percent smaller than a year ago. In other...

Time for change

China's Xiaomi becomes world's third biggest smartphone maker without leaving Asia

Vlad Savov October 30, 2014 04:55 am10.30.2014 65

Over the past three months, more than 327 million new smartphones were shipped out from factories around the world, and young Chinese company Xiaomi has been responsible for more than 5 percent of them....

Samsung's still the biggest, but others are catching up fast

Watch a working Project Ara prototype demonstrated ahead of Spiral 2 reveal

Rich McCormick October 30, 2014 04:19 am10.30.2014 49

The engineers behind Project Ara are trying to make the last smartphone you'll ever need. Their design for a modular device has users slotting components — a camera, extra storage space, a Wi-Fi connector...

cellular, modular, interactivodular

CurrentC tries and fails to explain why merchants are blocking Apple Pay

Jacob Kastrenakes October 29, 2014 05:48 pm10.29.2014 161

Basically no one had heard of CurrentC last week. But as of Saturday, that all changed: everyone now knows it as the reason that big retail stores like Walmart and Best Buy aren't letting you use Apple Pay....

"This is not a technology decision." Dekkers Davidson, MCX CEO

The not-so-glamorous life of a robot operator

read the review

This Android smartphone is too thin for a headphone jack

Vlad Savov October 29, 2014 01:58 pm10.29.2014 166

Chinese phone makers have been engaged in a long-running battle to see who can produce the thinnest possible smartphone, and today Oppo has scooped the title with the scarcely believable 4.85mm-thick R5....

The Oppo R5 is a marvel of unnecessary engineering

You can now pre-order Google's Nexus 6

Chris Welch October 29, 2014 01:23 pm10.29.2014 101

Google has opened up pre-orders for its Nexus 6 today, The flagship Android 5.0 Lollipop phone starts at $649 for a 32GB model, and you can also bump up to 64GB of storage for $699. It's unclear how much...

Hope you've got $650 handy

Email addresses stolen from CurrentC in security breach

Jacob Kastrenakes October 29, 2014 12:11 pm10.29.2014 91

CurrentC is already under fire for working with its retail partners to shut out Apple Pay, and it's now facing another mess: some email addresses of people using the app or who have signed up to learn more...

Not the best start

Google will discuss 'major changes and advances' for its modular smartphone in January

Jacob Kastrenakes October 29, 2014 11:18 am10.29.2014 39

Google plans to update developers on the state of its Project Ara modular smartphones at a series of conferences held early next year, where it'll discuss "major changes and advances" to the tools it...

Project Ara moves toward launch next year

The guy behind Google Wallet is back to change payments all over again

Ellis Hamburger October 29, 2014 09:14 am10.29.2014 193

In November of 2012, Google Wallet chief Osama Bedier admitted defeat. "Nobody today is delivering any solution that will get scale, including me," he said onstage at the Open Mobile Summit. Soon, facing i...

Poynt is the coolest credit card reader you've ever seen
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