In September, the Korean consumer electronics giant unveiled the Galaxy Gear, a smartwatch that connects to a user's smartphone or tablet to provide alerts, take photos, make calls, and access certain apps. For Samsung, the device is more than just another gadget; it also marks an important shift in the company's position in technology: long known as a "fast follower" that's … Read more
New tech being developed at Cornell University aims to bring cholesterol testing to smartphones to make the numbers both more specific and easier to track.
Home cholesterol test kits have been around since the early 1990s, catering to those with high cholesterol levels -- which puts them at a higher risk of developing heart disease -- who need to check their numbers more than once every few years.
But the majority of home tests take total cholesterol readings only, without separating out the "good," high-density lipoprotein (HDL, which helps prevent cholesterol from building up in the arteries) from … Read more
This is a cool trick courtesy of Google: using the Google Search app on iOS or Android along with a special command leads to an unexpected response.
After launching Google Now on your Android device or Google's Search app on your iOS device, you simply launch a voice search (or you can type in the phrase) by saying, "OK, Google Now, let's go caroling."
In response, Google will provide you with a list of Christmas carols to choose from. Once you select one, you'll have the option to play the song, complete with lyrics and … Read more
Chinese smartphone maker Oppo may fire the first shot as the war of next-gen displays gets underway. The upcoming Find 7 handset will debut with a 2,560x1,440 pixel (2K) display, according to a recent tweet from the manufacturer. And it seems like only yesterday they were readying the world's first 1080p smartphone.
There are relatively few known specifications about the Find 7; however, the rumors paint a pretty picture. Should the device live up to expectations, consumers could be in for a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB RAM and a whopping 4,000mAh battery.
Presumably running … Read more
With 2014 approaching, we at CNET would like to take this time and reflect. Reflect on our family and friends, our personal accomplishments, and of course, the smartphone highs and lows of 2013 (this is a tech site after all, what were you expecting?).
Unsurprisingly, the top handsets of this year were dominated by much of the same key players we consistently see from year to year. That includes updated iterations of popular phones such as the fingerprint-scanning Apple iPhone 5S, the powerful Samsung Galaxy S4, and the ultra-juiced up Motorola Droid Maxx.
Others were flagships from familiar manufacturers, but … Read more
Capitol Hill is surrounded by what might be called the "capital spill zone," at least according to data (and a requisite corresponding infographic, of course) released by gadget warranty outfit SquareTrade Monday.
This is the second year in a row the company has broken down the total number of iPhone damage claims in comparison with total protection plans it sold by state to draft its "clumsiest states" list. This year, the most dangerous place in the United States to be an iPhone isn't actually a state. It's that bright, shining center of our democracy: Washington.… Read more
Has Apple lost its edge? It's the question bubbling up onto the tongues of tech fans across the globe. But in the newest episode of CNET's Adventures in Tech, we explain why Tim Cook and pals ain't going anywhere just yet.Where's the new stuff?
Alright, there's no denying that Apple hasn't exactly been setting our collective hearts aflame recently. Meagre upgrades to the iPad, tiny tweaks to the iPhone and modestly modified Macs have become the norm -- but in the video above, we crunch some numbers and show why it's too … Read more
Want a handset that has the same features as the LG G2 but in the Optimus G Pro form? If you live in Korea, the new LTE-capable LG Gx might be just the thing for you.
Sporting a full-HD 5.5-inch IPS display, a 13-megapixel camera, and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, the new handset comes across as a supersized LG G2. The handset has similar software features, such as Knock-On (where you double tap the screen to turn it on) and has similar accessories such as the QuickWindow case.
The specs sheet states that the handset supports the … Read more
Owners of Sony's Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra should now start to see Android 4.3 pop up on their phones.
Sony spilled the beans about the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra on Monday but cautioned that the actual arrival time of the Android update will vary by market and carrier. Android 4.3 offers several enhancements and tweaks for Xperia phones.
Along with an improved interface, the Android 4.3 update adds Sony's Smart Social Camera to the Xperia Z Ultra. This collection of apps brings some social savvy and other innovative extras to the … Read more
Originally, Google Books was only good at doing one thing: reading content from the Google Play Store. This meant you could read free books, or the ones you purchased -- and that was it. When the update allowing your personal files to be uploaded to Google Books came along, the app made a giant leap forward. Now Android devices could be even more competitive with traditional e-readers that allow side-loading.
Unfortunately, the upload feature was limited to your Web browser. This meant navigating to the Play Books Web site on a computer, or within the mobile browser, to upload your … Read more