Gadget News and Reviews

Pixel 2 XL vs. LG V30: Android Heavyweights Go Head-to-Head

Google's Pixel 2 XL and LG's V30 both tout 6-inch OLED displays and premium hardware and design. We put them head-to-head to find out which is tops.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 06:00

Google's annual report shows more web traffic is encrypted

For several years now, Google has been exerting pressure to increase the usage of HTTPS across the internet. By defaulting to secure connections on both ends, users can be protected from anyone who may intercept or even manipulate data as it flows ba...

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Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 04:59

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. We'll recap this week's news highlights, plus big stories from Friday like Project Loon-distributed internet going live in Puerto Rico.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 08:00

Mobile phone owners are being overcharged by UK network operators

British mobile phone users are getting hit by additional charges, and are still paying for their phone after their fixed contract is up.

That’s according to research from Citizens Advice, which found that three of the four largest UK network operators continued to charge for a handset, even after the cost had been covered.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 04:58

10 things you didn’t know you can do with a VPN

A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a remarkably useful tool for anyone who goes online. On a fundamental level, a VPN consists of a tunnel that your encrypted data travels down, keeping you more secure and anonymous when online (head here for a full explanation of how a VPN works).

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Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 05:30

Here's more evidence a Google Home with a screen is on the way

There's the standard Google Home speaker, and then there's the compact Google Home Mini, and then there's the powerful, high-end Google Home Max - could Google also be working on a Google Home with a screen to rival the Amazon Echo Show?

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Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 05:30

BLACK+DECKER Smart Dog Collar

blackdecker-dog-collarEvery dog deserves its very own collar, and this is exactly what the folks over at BLACK+DECKER have done, coming up with the all new Smart Dog Collar.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 08:00

Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10 redefines luxurious style in smartphones

porsche-design-mate10Huawei has certainly done very well for itself to be one of the major smartphone manufacturers in the world, and some of their flagship models like the

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Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 09:00

Best GPS running watch: The best sports watches to buy today

While the whole world is now discovering the benefit of a connected watch. For runners, this is home turf. While connected watches have come on leaps and bounds, the needs of runners haven't changed hugely over the past 20 years that running watches have...

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Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 04:35

HTC U11 Plus photos reveal future flagship phone, plus a little forensic work

There was little chatter about the HTC U11 Plus until it exploded onto the scene recently, along with news that HTC was planning a launch event. Now we have real images revealing all.These images come from TENAA, the certification authority in China,...

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Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 06:46

HUAWEI Mate 10 Smartphone with Pro or Porsche Design Appeal


Huawei is introducing three flagship Android smartphones to compete with Note8 and Pixel 2 XL. There’s the Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, and Porsche Design Mate 10 that are mostly differentiated by color and display capabilities. All have the same Kirin 970 processor and one of the best cameras to-date on a smartphone thanks to […]

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Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 04:15

Pixel 2 XL vs. LG V30: Android Heavyweights Go Head-to-Head

Google's Pixel 2 XL and LG's V30 both tout 6-inch OLED displays and premium hardware and design. We put them head-to-head to find out which is tops.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 06:00

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review

The Galaxy Note 8 is the biggest reimagining of Samsung’s best smartphones for productivity, and more than enough to right the major wrongs of the recalled Note 7. This is a mega-sized mea culpa.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 04:40

This week on AI: Fears for iPhone 8 & X numbers, cheaper 2018 iPhones, KRACK fix & more

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Much of this week's news revolved around the iPhone 8 and X -- in particular, fears that the 8 isn't selling as well as hoped, and that production won't meet demand for the X. Some potentially good news, though, was a rumor that next year's iPhones will be somewhat cheaper.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 00:20

Google reportedly prepping version of Google Home with a screen

Google apparently plans on producing a new Google Home smart speaker with a screen so that users will be able to watch YouTube videos, get directions from Google Maps, browse the web, and more. The product is said to carry the code name of "Quartz," and was discovered during a teardown of the latest Google app (v.7.14.15). References were found that included YouTube, and the words video and browser.

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Friday, October 20, 2017 - 21:34

"Hey Google" will soon activate Google Assistant on Android handsets

Owners of the Google Home smart speaker use a simple phrase to call on Google Assistant to handle tasks. The virtual personal assistant can control smart appliances inside the house, confirm an airline flight, get sports scores, news or the weather, all by saying a simple "Hey Google." That is different that the "Ok Google" phrase used by Android smartphone owners to activate Google Assistant.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 02:31

Vector plans three 'microsatellite' launches in Virginia

Virginia's governor announced that microsatellite delivery company Vector has arranged a trio of launches from the state's spaceport on Wallops Island. While the notice gave no information on the payloads or customers, they will be very small compare...

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Friday, October 20, 2017 - 22:02

Apple's Upgrade Program offers a 'head start' on iPhone X

While initial pre-orders for the iPhone X are still a week away from opening, some Apple die-hards will be able to get started early. Apple's installment-based Upgrade Program that lets customers get a new phone every year will, just like it did with...

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Friday, October 20, 2017 - 23:59

Would you trust a smart assistant in your home?

Consumer tech points towards a future where every home is an ecosystem of smart devices, controlled via a smart assistant, but would you invite it into your house?

(This is a preview - click here to read the entire entry.)

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Friday, October 20, 2017 - 18:05

Acer Mixed Reality Headset Review: It’s Empty in Here

The Acer Window Mixed Reality AH101 Headset offers an easy plug-and-play setup and a comfortable design, but it suffers from a small selection of apps, along with some tracking issues.

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Friday, October 20, 2017 - 17:26

15 Best Comic Book Readers for Mobile Devices

From all-in-one marketplace and reader apps to lightweight readers, here are our favorite mobile comic book readers.

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Friday, October 20, 2017 - 18:04

Apple Worldwide Video's LA office poaches Amazon Studios exec Morgan Wandell

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Apple's increasingly aggressive moves to establish internal production of creative content now include hiring Morgan Wandell from Amazon Studios.

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Friday, October 20, 2017 - 16:57

Project Loon balloons bring LTE service to Puerto Rico with help from Apple

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Google parent company Alphabet on Friday said it is collaborating with AT&T, Apple and various government agencies to deliver limited wireless internet access to Puerto Rico via the company's Project Loon balloons.

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Friday, October 20, 2017 - 19:20

How to transfer DVD and Blu-ray movies to iTunes using Vudu and Movies Anywhere

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Wish you could easily convert your DVD or Blu-ray collection to iTunes-compatible digital copies without ripping or DRM hassles? Now you can with Vudu's Disc to Digital program and the new Movies Anywhere service. AppleInsider shows you how it's done.

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Friday, October 20, 2017 - 20:11

Apple CEO Tim Cook touts new Chicago flagship store as a place where people can connect

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Apple CEO Tim Cook was in Chicago on Friday to mingle with customers at the grand opening of the company's new Michigan Avenue flagship store, an event hyped earlier this week.

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Friday, October 20, 2017 - 20:45

Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs Google Pixel 2 XL: camera is only part of the package

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A new review looking at camera images captured by Apple's iPhone 8 and Google's HTC-built Pixel 2 declared iPhone the overall winner in a series of shots where both phones actually performed well. But despite Google's framing of 'camera score' as the only criteria for modern smartphones, there's a lot more of interest to buyers than just a phone's still camera.

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Friday, October 20, 2017 - 21:57

Apple Watch GPS functionality target of latest Uniloc patent lawsuit

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After a brief hiatus, patent troll Uniloc is back and looking to milk Apple for claimed damages and fees related to allegedly infringed patents, this time involving Apple Watch GPS functionality.

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Friday, October 20, 2017 - 22:57

Surprise! Nintendo Switch now supports some wireless USB headsets

Much of the appeal of the Nintendo Switch is that it's a game console you can easily liberate from its wires and take with you wherever you may roam. 

That unwired philosophy originally didn't extend to the headphones, though, so you still had to jack them in with a wired connection as though this were 1989 and you were playing Tetris on a Game Boy.

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Friday, October 20, 2017 - 13:59

Spotify's new RISE program aims to highlight music's next big superstars

Taking advantage of its reputation as one of the best places for new musical artists to win fame, Spotify has announced it will help promote emerging artists directly with a new program called RISE. Its goal? To "identify and break the next wave of music superstars."

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Friday, October 20, 2017 - 16:47

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