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Gizmag reviews BlackBerry's unusually-proportioned Passport (Image: Chris Wood/Gizmag)

BlackBerry’s latest smartphone is its most unusual and innovative release for years, but does it do enough to make it worth considering among a sea of worthwhile competition? The device certainly has its fair share of interesting features, and won’t have any trouble standing out from the crowd. Read on as we take a close look at the Passport.  Read More

Researchers have developed an app that lets gesture controls be used on existing mobile de...

While touch screens have enabled smartphone manufacturers to increase screen real estate by ditching physical keyboards and other buttons, they do have a downside, with fingers often obscuring the display. Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a new app that overcomes this problem by bringing gesture control to mobile devices using their existing built-in camera.  Read More

All five of Lenovo's new tablets have asymmetrical designs, with a cylinder sitting on one...

If you're like us, the sight of "product engineer" Ashton Kutcher hocking the latest Lenovo devices makes for some great unintentional comedy. But once you get past the whole "celebrity pitchman posing as serious employee" thing, Mr. Kutcher did show off some unique new tablets at Lenovo's launch event today.  Read More

The Yoga 3 Pro takes Lenovo's familiar formula, and makes it lighter and thinner

To say Microsoft's 2-in-1 approach to Windows 8 (and 8.1) didn't go as planned would be a colossal understatement. But it did spawn a few success stories, including the Lenovo Yoga. The company is back with the 2014 version of its Windows flagship, the Yoga 3 Pro.  Read More

Ampy is also pocketable at 3 inches square

Kinetic chargers have been around for a few years, but have typically been big and bulky. Ampy is much smaller and fashionable enough to wear around.  Read More

Microsoft Xim is a collaborative slideshow app, that lets friends and family browse throug...

Mobile app stores are full of photo-sharing services, and they're all trying to be the next big thing. But how many of them really change anything (well, apart from who you're giving your money to)? Microsoft Research has a new service that could actually change the way you share photos. Meet Xim.  Read More

HTC may be trying to tap the eternally fickle teenage girl demographic with the Desire Eye

Selfie fans, HTC thinks it has the phone for you. The Desire Eye takes mobile self-portraits to a new extreme with a 13-megapixel front-facing camera.  Read More

Whistl is designed to protect against sexual or other violent crimes

Whistl is an iPhone case that’s designed to add a layer of extra protection to the user’s daily routine. The accessory feeds off the linked smartphone’s battery, and offers three different modes that let the user quickly get in touch with friends and the authorities, as well as emit a bright strobe light and 120 dB alarm.  Read More

The unnamed Vaio hybrid is targeted at high-end professional users

Vaio has provided a look at its first hybrid system to be announced since the company’s split from Sony earlier this year. The prototype, which has yet to receive a name, would be targeted specifically at creative professionals, and carry a hefty price tag.  Read More

The Moto X may just be the most unappreciated phone going around

If you're one of the relatively few people who comes to fully embrace Motorola's flagship Android phone, the Moto X, it will teach you things about the world – and I don't just mean that it will help you look up trivia without even having to use your hands via Google Now and Moto Voice, but that's fun too. Get to know the Moto X well and it will teach you that there is no justice in the world.  Read More

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