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Gear up for tonight's Nintendo Switch live stream

Nintendo revealed the Switch, its latest console, back in October -- but the company left out plenty of key details about the half-portable, half-living room system. So, that's what tonight is all about. Nintendo will host a live stream...Show More Summary

These companies are banking on your fear of radiation

Imagine if, next week, every Best Buy in the land began selling a Dan Cooper-branded Fluorocarbon detector for $100. There'd be a big cardboard cutout on each aisle end, with my stern-looking face advising you to protect your family with this product. Show More Summary

FCC: Verizon and AT&T 'zero-rating' perks harm consumers

Tom Wheeler may be leaving, but he's going out swinging. After grilling carriers Verizon and AT&T last month over their "zero-rating" policies, the FCC chairman released a report saying its practices harmed streaming rivals and, ultimately, consumers. Show More Summary

Microsoft releases an app to help you swap work shifts

If you're a shift worker, you might not have to worry about haggling for shift swaps in the near future. Microsoft has released its previously teased work scheduling app, StaffHub, and it promises to make life much easier for everyone from nurses to customer support reps. Show More Summary

Wileyfox's Swift 2 X is its priciest smartphone yet at £219

After launching a trio of forgettable devices over the summer, Wileyfox rebounded late last year with a follow-up to the great value Swift. A couple of follow-ups, in fact: the Swift 2 and Swift 2 Plus. But both of these are 5-inch handsets, and were always destined to be joined by a sibling made for bigger paws. Show More Summary

Telegram updates desktop app with new look

In the midst of (yet another) security scare, Telegram has updated its desktop app. The new app (version 1.0) features a thorough redesign, bringing the experience more in line with Google's Material Design aesthetic, complete with animations...Show More Summary

Samsung and LG could launch foldable phones later this year

We might soon be able to buy actual foldable phones after years of looking at one concept after another. According to The Korea Herald, Samsung and LG are planning to launch bendable phones later this year. Samsung reportedly began working...Show More Summary

HTC's 'U Ultra' flagship phone pairs AI with a secondary screen

Last year, HTC's flagship 10 smartphone won plenty of accolades -- we liked it because the company bucked the gimmicks and built a no-nonsense device that was excellent in its own right. With a new year comes a new flagship, though, and this time HTC is taking a very different approach. Show More Summary

Airlines no longer need to warn passengers about Galaxy Note 7

If you've flown recently, you've likely heard a series of warnings around Samsung's beleaguered Galaxy Note 7. At first, you could bring it on board, but only if it was turned off. Eventually, the FAA banned it outright -- it's now not allowed on any flight, even in cargo. Show More Summary

Adobe demos a virtual assistant for voice-based photo edits

If CES was any indication, voice control and virtual assistants will rule in 2017. While some companies seem to be adding the tools just for the sake of doing so, others are finding some implementations that could actually be useful....Show More Summary

Instagram's latest Stories feature is ads

Instagram shamelessly copied Snapchat last summer by introducing its own "Stories" feature, which lets users make bitesized, ephemeral scrapbooks of images and video. Since the launch, Instagram has added new ways to jazz up these Stories, as well as bringing live streaming into the mix. Show More Summary

Verizon takes aim at its unlimited data plan customers once more

Still using that ancient, valuable Verizon Wireless unlimited data plan? Well, you might not be for much longer -- the carrier has confirmed that subscribers who use more than 200GB of data per month will be asked to switch to one of Verizon's metered data plans by February 16 or face disconnection from the network entirely. Show More Summary

Steadicam comes to smartphones with the gyro-stabilized Volt

Steadicam changed the film industry with unrestricted tracking shots in films like Rocky and The Shining, and now, it's going after smartphone users. Parent company Tiffen has unveiled the Steadicam Volt, a handheld gimbal up for grabs on Kickstarter for $139. Show More Summary

Vizio gives its SmartCast phone app a more useful home screen

Rather than using proprietary apps and tuners, Vizio's E-, P- and M-series smart 4K TVs rely on "Chromecast built-in" (formerly Google Cast). That means you're essentially running your TV from a smartphone (or included 6-inch tablet), which makes it easy for Vizio to do quick improvements. Show More Summary

LG's G6 will have a unique 18:9 screen aspect ratio

We already know LG is abandoning its modular effort for the upcoming G6, but today the company delivered another interesting nugget: It'll sport a 5.7-inch Quad HD+ panel with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Yes, that's really a 2:1 screen (math!), which means it'll be a bit taller than a typical 16:9 screen. Show More Summary

Google Voice updates are imminent

The useful (and slightly neglected) Google Voice app hasn't seen many changes since the company cleaned up its voice transcriptions and integrated with Hangouts in 2015. Before that, the last major change to the core service was the addition of MMS messages in 2014. Show More Summary

Verizon's upgrade fees are now $10 more expensive

It's about to get more expensive for Verizon subscribers to upgrade to a new phone. When the carrier added a $20 fee in 2016 to its plans, a leaked memo indicated that the move was to cover "increasing support costs associated with customers...Show More Summary

Of course I took these eerily detailed 3D selfies at CES

I've taken, oh, I don't know, about a million selfies in my life. I've even dabbled in 3D portraits. But I've never seen a three-dimensional capture of my face as realistic as the one generated by Bellus3D's Face Camera at CES. The new...Show More Summary

Nokia appears to be working on its own AI assistant

It seems that just about everyone wants to get into the AI assistant game. Nokia (the networking giant, not HMD Global's brand) has applied for a trademark on "Viki," a chat- and voice-based helper for smartphones and the web. Details are scarce -- this is a trademark, not a patent -- but there's little doubt as to what it's for. Show More Summary

It's no longer enough for budget phones to just be cheap

Two years ago, the world of smartphones looked very different. It was hard to find a decent phone for less than $500, batteries took forever to charge and screens were generally smaller than five inches. These days, you can get a long-lasting 5.2-inch (or larger) phone with speedy performance and the latest operating system for $400. Heck, you can even get one for $200.

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