Windows 8.1 Review

Pros: Improved multitasking; Universal search; Better preloaded apps; Better multi-monitor support Cons: Still no Start Menu; Low information density; Still better for touch than keyboard mouse The Verdict: Windows 8.1 is a much improved operating system with enhanced multitasking, smarter search and a better selection of pre-loaded apps, but it’s still better for touch than desktop use. When […]

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Amazon Fire TV Review

Do you have any HDMI slots left on your TV? Didn’t think so – but you can’t blame Amazon for entering the streaming device market given its existing arsenal of entertainment and readily available data on competitors’ devices. Indeed, this makes sense. Amazon is the world’s largest online retailer, and receives thousands of users reviews for the Apple […]

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Hands on: Samsung Galaxy S5 review

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is the latest challenger from the South Korean brand to launch into an ever more crowded market, but at least this time the phone has focused on what users might actually want rather than useless gimmicks. The Galaxy S4 was a strong phone in spite of the insistence that being able to wave […]

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Verizon gets it in-store first HTC One available today in the US

By now you probably know if you need HTC’s shiny new One in your life — now it all comes down to where and when you can nab it. Thanks to some wheeling and dealing, Verizon Wireless has a head start in the US: Online and in-store sales start today at 1 PM Eastern. AT&T and Sprint […]

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Samsung Galaxy S4 keeps calm, carries on with big screen, 8-core chip and, yes, eye tracking

If you’re looking for Samsung’s new Galaxy S4 to define a novel new era of smartphone greatness, it’s time to temper your expectations. The brand-new flagship smartphone, which runs the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, improves hardware significantly and it piles on the features. Compared with the extremely successful Galaxy S3 that came before, it’s a firm […]

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The Asus PadFone Infinity delivers on specs, doesn’t come cheap (hands-on)

  BARCELONA, Spain–While “PadFone” wouldn’t be the first name to spring to mind while attempting to come up with a marketable brand, the name has apparently worked for Asus. The company announced today that it would continue its PadFone line with the unveiling of the PadFone Infinity. It’s a 5-inch LTE smartphone that becomes a […]

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Samsung unveils a comfortable, functional Galaxy Note 8 (hands-on)

BARCELONA, Spain–After months of leaked pics and rumors, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 is now officially a corporeal thing of reality. It’s an 8-inch tablet that thanks to its size is ready to compete directly with the 7.9-inch iPad Mini. How successful it is at doing that will depend heavily on price. The Mini currently starts […]

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A Multi-Perspective Look At The Ambitious Pebble Smartwatch

Pebble smartwatches have been hitting doorsteps for a little while now, but my colleague Darrell Etherington and I have only just been able to join the party. The reasons for the extra wait differed for the two of us — I was a late backer, and his got stuck in Canadian customs — but the […]

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BlackBerry Z10 review:

Classy handset hampered by OS flaws The good: RIM dug deep to give the slick-looking BlackBerry Z10 enough features to satisfy both consumers and professionals — like a good camera and a sharp user interface. The bad: The Z10’s unintuitive gesture paradigm creates a learning curve, and a long list of OS inefficiencies and omissions sour the experience. The […]

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Dell XPS 10 review:

A serviceable if unremarkable tablet The good: The Dell XPS 10 includes expandable storage and a depressible Windows button, and its $180 keyboard features plenty of useful ports as well as an extra battery. The bad: There are a few annoying performance bugs. The base tablet doesn’t have as many ports as the Surface RT. It lacks a kickstand […]

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Inrix Traffic for Android review:

Inrix app points you home, won’t go all the way. The good: Inrix Traffic is able to display mapped traffic overlays for surface roads and highways. Traffic estimates given for Home and Work trips were accurate. The app offers predictive estimates for future trips. The bad: Adding more than Home and Work to the destinations requires a pricey […]

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YotaPhone: An LCD, e-ink Android mashup

LAS VEGAS–It sounds like a bad “Star Wars” pun, but the YotaPhone, a spinoff from a company responsible for making LTE routers and modems, is bringing a whole lot of Android innovation to a crowded field. In fact, it’s the most interesting smartphone I’ve seen here at CES, and this is only the first device […]

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Sony’s luxurious Xperia Z is slim, trim, and seductive (hands-on)

LAS VEGAS–Sony has just stepped up its smartphone game with the new Xperia Z. The flagship handset boasts a number of high-end features including quad-core processing, a massive 5-inch screen, and a 13-megapixel camera. Design Encased in an all-black chassis, though Sony plans to offer the phone in a selection of multiple color options, the […]

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Kobo Arc review: another 7-inch Android tablet steps into the ring

Perhaps there’s something to be said for setting the bar low — at the very least, it leaves you with ample room to shine in the next round. That’s where Kobo, the Canadian-turned-Japanese company, was when the Arc ($200 and up) landed on our desk, and we’ll tell you right now that the 7-inch tablet mops the […]

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Samsung Galaxy Express review:

Packs the midlevel goods at the right price The good: The Samsung Galaxy Express runs on 4G LTE, has good call quality, and a decent 5-megapixel camera. The bad: The Galaxy Express is preloaded with too much bloatware and its screen has a bluish hue at certain angles. The bottom line: With its reasonable $100 price tag, AT&T’s Galaxy Express’ […]

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Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ review: a high-def 9-inch tablet at an entry-level price

A couple of weeks back, we referred to the Nook HD as a “tablet with the heart of a reader.” And given Barnes & Noble’s roots in brick-and-mortar bookstores, the sentiment makes sense; the company has given the world a product that felt a bit like an LCD reader with some solid tricks up its sleeve. […]

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