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The HTC One (M8) and HTC One mini 2 may look similar, but there are some significant diffe...

While it’s HTC’s One (M8) handset that’s been grabbing the headlines over the last couple of months, its not the only smartphone on the company’s roster. Announced today, the awkwardly named HTC One mini 2 takes some significant cues from the larger device, but comes in a more compact package. Read on as Gizmag compares HTC’s top two Android handsets for 2014.  Read More

The HTC One Mini 2 takes significant design cues to from its big brother

HTC has announced the successor to last year's One Mini smartphone - the One Mini 2. The device, which doesn't make use of its big brother's 'M8' moniker, features mid-range specs including a 720p display and quad-core processor. Putting aside the device’s obvious naming fiasco, the One Mini 2 looks to be a solid, if somewhat conservative addition to the company’s 2014 line-up.  Read More

The Modillion smart strap turns a mechanical watch into a smart one

A mechanical smartwatch may sound like a contradiction in terms, but a Tel Aviv-based company has come up with a way of making one. Instead of requiring the wholesale replacement of your existing watch, Modillian is a “smart strap” that turns a mechanical or "dumb" wristwatch into a smartwatch by pairing with Android smartphones via Bluetooth.  Read More

It's a sub-$200 smartphone showdown, as Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Moto...

When you cover mobile technology, it's easy to zero in on the high-end. And for good reason: Gizmag is about emerging technology, and you usually find the most "emerging" features in expensive devices. But sometimes breakthrough pricing can be a cutting-edge feature in itself. Let's take a look at the specs and features of two devices that push that barrier, the Motorola Moto E and Moto G.  Read More

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

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

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