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Here are some tips on getting the most battery life from your Windows Phone 8.1

If your smartphone is powered on all of the time, with all features running at full steam, you'll probably find that you run out of juice before the end of the day. Though batteries are getting more powerful, so are the features and apps that run them down, and Windows Phone is no exception. Here's a look at common ways to get more from your battery, and some methods that are specific to Windows Phone 8.1.  Read More

Lenovo's ThinkPad 10 business tablet

Lenovo has announced that its 8-inch ThinkPad business tablet launched back in January is about to get a bigger brother. The new ThinkPad 10 multimode slate runs Win8.1 (with 64-bit support), is powered by an Atom quad-core processor, and is said to offer users a full PC experience.  Read More

NeRD is a compromise technology designed to give sailors an e-reader that won’t give Blofe...

Bucking the "more is better" trend of digital technology, the US Navy has unveiled an e-reader that’s notable for its lack of features. Designed to provide service personnel with digital format books without breaching security, the Navy e-Reader Device (NeRD) lacks networking capabilities like Wi-Fi, or the ability to add or remove anything from its digital library.  Read More

Mobile network operators across Africa and the Middle East have teamed up to accelerate mo...

Nine mobile network operators across 48 countries in Africa and the Middle East have joined forces on the GSM Association’s Mobile Money Interoperability (MMI) program. The program aims to develop standards and implement convenient and affordable financial services across the regions, where many citizens have limited access to traditional banking services.  Read More

The small NFC-enabled buttons have the potential to add significant functionality to your ...

Dimple is a simple but ingenious accessory that aims to augment the functionality of almost any device running Android 4.0 or above. The attachment, which is currently looking for funding on Indiegogo, takes the form of a small, NFC-enabled sticker with user-configurable buttons that you simply stick to the back of your device.  Read More

The Moto E delivers capable specs at a budget price

Last year Motorola launched the budget-minded Moto G handset that struck an effective balance between price and performance, and signalled a new direction for the company. With today’s announcement of the Moto E, the company is pushing the equation to the limit, providing low-end but capable specs at a wallet-friendly price.  Read More

The Xshot from China's Vivo benefits from a two-stage physical camera button on the side

As the image quality and resolution of smartphone cameras continue to increase, extra baggage in the shape of a compact camera becomes less and less appealing. China's Vivo is about to release a flagship LTE-capable Android phone that makes a standalone snapper even more of an unnecessary burden. The Xshot features a 13 MP camera at the back with a deliciously fast F1.8 lens and optical image stabilization, and an 8 MP selfie cam to the front, along with 4K video and high-end audio as added pot-sweeteners.  Read More

Close-ups taken using a regular smartphone camera's digital zoom (left), and with the Core...

Although people may speak about zooming in with smartphone cameras, what they're doing isn't actual "zooming" in the telephoto-lens sense of the word. That's because almost all phone cameras just have a digital zoom, meaning that in order to get in closer on the subject, the phone just enlarges the pixels from the middle of the frame. The result is a grainy, crappy photo. While it is possible to squeeze optical zoom lenses into phones, Tel Aviv University spinoff company Corephotonics has developed a sleeker solution, that utilizes the combined output of two compact lenses.  Read More

LG's new F70 4G LTE smartphone

LG is looking to make a strong push into the 4G LTE smartphone market with the release of its new F70 smartphone. The device will go on sale in Europe first in the first half of May, then it will release in Asia, Central America, South America, and North America.  Read More

LG has expanded its G Pad range with three new tablets

LG has announced a significant expansion to its tablet range, adding three new devices to its G Pad line. The new slates, known as the G Pad 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1 feature – you guessed it – 7, 8 and 10.1-inch displays, and will sit alongside the existing G Pad 8.3 that we reviewed back in January.  Read More

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