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How to buy a new phone: The CNET smartphone buying guide

The most important things to know when shopping for a cell phone.

By November 20, 2015


How a startup's tiny dots could lead to better smartphone photos

With tech called quantum dots, InVisage promises to surpass the limits of today's image sensors and vastly improve digital photos and videos. The first devices with its technology should arrive in early 2016.

By November 10, 2015


Robotic bee goes for a fly and a swim

Harvard's bee-inspired RoboBee is now the first insect-sized robot that can both fly and swim.

By October 21, 2015


Mynt is a Bluetooth tracking tag that also functions as a remote control

Mynt is a multi-function Bluetooth tag that's practically wafer-thin, but won't do much for your breath. And you will need to support its funding campaign first.

By August 25, 2015


IBM and allies find a way to make chips even tinier and faster

A prototype chip has quadruple the circuitry and double the performance of today's cutting-edge chips. This kind of work keeping Moore's Law ticking hastens the day your smartwatch has a lot more brains.

By July 8, 2015


Samsung boosts its solid-state drives to 2 terabytes

The 2TB versions of Samsung's SSD 850 Pro and SSD 850 Evo have suggested retail prices of $1,000 and $800, respectively. They are currently the highest-capacity solid-state drives on the market.

By July 6, 2015


Samsung Wafer SCH-R510 (Alltel)

The Samsung SCH-R510 offers thin-phone fans an admirable feature set, but we wish it had better call quality.

By May 22, 2007

3 stars Editors' rating May 22, 2007

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Starbucks celebrates new sugary drink with edible sugary straw

Starbucks is rolling out a new S'mores Frappuccino, and the calorie-laden beverage can be paired with a new cookie straw so you can satisfy your sweet tooth, times 100.

By April 28, 2015


Adios, silicon: Why exotic designs are the future for the chips in your gadgets

Decades of progress creating conventional computer chips will stall in the coming years, forcing some far-out ideas on semiconductor makers. Carbon nanotubes or quantum computing, anyone?

By April 17, 2015


Inside the multibillion-dollar quest to make faster, cheaper gadgets

Intel, GlobalFoundries and other chipmakers have built massive facilities to manufacture more powerful computer chips. It's all part of a race to prove they can keep pace with Moore's Law.

By April 16, 2015