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T-Mobile drops the HTC 10 after less than three months

HTC just can't catch a break. The company's smartphone sales are down, fuelling consecutive quarterly losses. To bounce back, HTC needs its latest flagship, the HTC 10, to pick up steam -- and fast. But that's unlikely to happen now that T-Mobile, one of the biggest carriers in the US, has quietly dropped the Android handset. Show More Summary

CVS launches its own mobile payment system

CVS, which has yet to adopt Apple Pay and other NFC-based payment services, has launched a mobile payment solution of its own. It's aptly called CVS Pay, and it shows a barcode on the phone screen that the pharmacy can then scan to ring up your purchases, so long as you link a credit or a debit card to it. Show More Summary

BlackBerry DTEK50 review: Cheap, secure and better than expected

BlackBerry's first Android phone was a curious, ambitious machine, so it's funny that the company's second turned out to be so... practical. The $299 DTEK50 is affordable from the get-go, lacks a physical keyboard and was basically tailor-made for corporations to buy in bulk. Show More Summary

Google fined $6.8 million by Russian antitrust body

Russia's antitrust body has slapped Google with a $6.8 million fine after ruling that the firm didn't do enough to open Android up to other companies. Officials believe that the search engine has abused its dominant position by crowding-out domestic rivals like Yandex, commonly known as Russia's Google. Show More Summary

UK grants new powers to remotely block illegal prison mobiles

Mobile phones have to be one of the most valuable kinds of prison contraband, where they're used for keeping in touch with loved ones all the way through to running criminal empires from behind bars. According to the UK government, close to 15,000 handsets and SIM cards were confiscated last year alone. Show More Summary

LG's V20 will sound great... with wired headphones

Some portions of the technology industry would like you to think that smartphones without headphone jacks are the future. LG feels differently, and has teamed up with high-end audio firm ESS to bake in a 32-bit HiFi Quad Digital-To-Analog converter into the forthcoming V20. Show More Summary

Three's Feel at Home roaming will soon cover most of Europe

Three's Feel at Home perk lets subscribers use their regular minute, text and data allowances abroad at no extra cost. The inclusive roaming feature even covers several far-flung destinations including the USA, Australia and Hong Kong,...Show More Summary

Google Docs finally adds multitasking tools for iPads

Google Docs, Sheets and Slides' most recent iOS updates make them play a whole lot nicer with multitasking on iPads. The patch feels a little overdue at this point, but hey, we'll take support for iOS 9's tablet features like Split View and Slide Over whenever we can get 'em. Show More Summary

Researcher finds huge security flaws in Bluetooth locks

Security research Anthony Rose just wanted to try out his Bluetooth range-finding setup. While wandering in his neighborhood, he noticed a lot of Bluetooth locks popping up and decided to do some sniffing of those "security" gadgets (read: capturing packets being sent between devices). Show More Summary

You can now message President Obama on Facebook

President Obama is no stranger to social media, and now the leader of the free world is making it even easier to reach him on the world's largest social network. In a Facebook post today, the White House announced you can now send them a note via Messenger, exactly as you might send a message to friend.

Snapchat's racist yellowface filter lands it in hot water

Snapchat's problems with racist image filters aren't over yet, it seems. The messaging service tells The Verge that it has pulled a filter that was supposed to be anime-inspired, but came across as turning people into racist Asian caricatures -- just look at the picture above if you need proof. Show More Summary

Alexa support coming to BMW's 'Connected' assistant app

BMW first revealed its revamped "Connected" assistant app in March, and it will finally be available this month. As a reminder, it does a lot more than sync your phone and car, acting more like the love-child of Waze and Google Now.Show More Summary

Kyocera's DuraForce Pro is a smartphone and action cam in one

If you film motorcycle ice racing or open pit mines, a regular smartphone may be a bit dainty. Kyocera's newest model, the DuraForce Pro, is up for the job, though. It's a ruggedized, 5-inch phone packing a special action camera that shoots Full HD with a wide-angle field-of-view. Show More Summary

Netflix speed test comes to your smartphone

Like the idea of Netflix's no-nonsense internet speed test? You don't have to fire up a web browser to try it. Netflix has released app versions of its test for both Android and iOS with the same ultra-minimalist vibe as the web version. Show More Summary

Samsung denies its mobile payment platform is insecure

Every year the Black Hat conference highlights and analyzes security vulnerabilities in common services public awareness and a little infamy. On Sunday, a researcher released a paper criticizing the point-of-service purchasing system Samsung Pay for perceived weakness in its algorithm that could be exploited by hackers. Show More Summary

Chrome is nearly ready to talk to your Bluetooth devices

Don't look now, but your web browser is about to become aware of the devices around you. After months of testing, Google has switched on broader experimental support in Chrome and Chrome OS for Web Bluetooth, which lets websites interact with your nearby Bluetooth gear. Show More Summary

Everyone will be able to create Twitter Moments in a few months

Today Twitter announced that it was was opening Moments creation to more brands, media outlets, partners and individuals like activist DeRay Mckesson. That's great and all, but the real news is that in the "coming months" everyone will be able to create their own Moments on the social network. Source: Twitter

LG's V20 smartphone may be as modular as the G5

Just a few days ago, LG revealed that it will introduce its first Android Nougat phone in San Francisco on September 6th. The V20 is said to come with similar dual-screen, dual-selfie camera features as its predecessor, the V10. And now, thanks to OnLeaks and Android Authority, we're getting a first look at purported renders of the device. Show More Summary

Google Maps for Android lets you save maps to an SD card

After testing it in a limited rollout, Google has officially unveiled "WiFi only" mode for Maps on Android. When enabled, it will keep the app in offline mode, blocking it from using expensive or spotty cellular data. At the same time, messaging and other apps can still connect to mobile networks. Show More Summary

AT&T, Verizon sued for giving businesses discounts on 911 fees

Calling 911 is one of those things you just expect to work regardless of the circumstances. A new lawsuit alleges that mobile carriers including AT&T and Engadget parent company Verizon are shortchanging the indispensable emergency service, however. Show More Summary

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