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Mobile Technology

Nova provides more lighting options than the iPhone's built-in flash

Last September, we first heard about Nova – a wireless external flash designed for use with the iPhone. At the time, its creators were raising production funds on Kickstarter. As of today, however, it's available for purchase.  Read More

The Portable SIM is a prototype device developed by NTT Docomo that forgoes the need to in...

NTT Docomo has announced the development of a wireless Portable SIM prototype that can be waved in front of a compatible smartphone to provide network authentication information. The device could provide an easier way of switching between handsets in the future.  Read More

A squiggly line like this may be more secure than your PIN

Many of us now use our mobile devices for things like online banking, in crowded public places ... the sort of places where it would be easy for sometime to sneak a peek as we enter our passcodes. Researchers from New Jersey's Rutgers University, however, are working on a possible alternative to those typed codes. They've discovered that passwords consisting of hand gestures used to draw free-form lines on a smartphone or tablet screen are much more difficult for "shoulder surfers" to copy after seeing.  Read More

Today the Nook line of tablets only lives on as a modded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4

It's easy to forget, but Barnes & Noble's Nook Color was, in a sense, a "Kindle Fire" before the Kindle Fire ever was. Amazon's bookselling rival launched the first budget 7-in e-reader/tablet hybrid in late 2010, a full year before the 1st-gen Fire hit store shelves. Well, fortunes change, Nook tablets weren't exactly smash hits and today all that's left of B&N's tablet strategy is a new partnership with Samsung.  Read More

Sony's Xperia T3 is a solid mid-range handset with  a thin profile

While Sony’s flagship Z-line handsets are all about high-end specs and waterproofing, it’s taking a slightly different approach with the mid-range sector. With the new T3 smartphone, Sony is providing one of the skinniest devices on the market, while still packing in some solid internals.  Read More

The Vertu Signature Touch – high-end specs and luxury build

You might be familiar with English manufacturer Vertu’s previous smartphone efforts, whose price tags routinely do their best to redefine "high-end." However, while the Signature Touch might share the lofty cost of its predecessors, this time around it also packs top shelf specs to match smartphone heavyweights like HTC’s One (M8) or Samsung’s Galaxy S5.  Read More

The Theo Power case is fitted with a both wireless charging technology and a removable bac...

Designers at Theo Elements are looking to swell the ever-growing ranks of 3rd-party wireless charging solutions on the market with Theo Power – a case fitted with a both wireless charging technology and a removable back-up battery pack.  Read More

Gizmag goes hands-on to compare the HTC One (M8) and iPhone 5s

Are you looking for a smartphone that's all power on the inside, with sexy good looks on the outside? Well, then it's going to be hard to beat these two. Join Gizmag, as we take a hands-on look at two phones that have beauty and brains, the HTC One (M8) and Apple iPhone 5s.  Read More

The HTC One (E8) packs the M8's internals but offers a colorful plastic aesthetic

HTC has announced yet another device in its flagship One line, this time with an E8 moniker. The smartphone drops the premium aluminium construction of its M8 brother for a range of colorful plastics, while retaining a number of the other handset’s core specs.  Read More

iOS8 brings a range of improvements and tweaks to the mobile OS

Apple has taken the wraps off the latest iteration of its mobile operating system. The new version of iOS uses the same design language as its predecessor while adding a range of tweaks to the user experience, a richer feature set and a fresh suite of developer tools.  Read More

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