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'Abused emoji' give kids an easy way to talk about serious issues

Some situations are just too hard to put into words even if you're the most eloquent person on the planet. So just imagine how tough it is for kids in troubled homes to tell someone, anyone, what they're going through. A Swedish non-profit...Show More Summary

HTC's new pixel-density champ is the One ME

Oh, HTC, we're starting to lose track of all your tempting Asia-only models. The Taiwanese company has just revealed the One ME, which is basically an M9+ with less metal and no Duo camera (as rumored). We understand if you're having trouble keeping up, so here are the boilerplate specs. Show More Summary

One Chinese brand makes a quarter of the world's wearable devices

Which company do you think is the fast-rising upstart in the wearable world? Fitbit? Jawbone? None of the above, if you ask IDC. It estimates that China's Xiaomi claimed 24.6 percent of the wearable device market in the first quarter...Show More Summary

Huawei's fighting for American attention with the $250 P8 lite

Huawei held an "Unlocked" event in New York City the other day, and it didn't reveal US launch plans for the Huawei Watch or the mostly new, mostly great P8. What we did get, though, is a less expensive of the P8 - the $250 P8 lite - the company hopes will whet our American appetites for newer, better Huawei phones to come.%Gallery-slideshow293900% Comments

Disney's smart toys combine Avengers, sensors and imagination

Those giant, green Hulk hands in your closet might be cool but their utility doesn't extend much beyond freaking out your cat and making tired "you wouldn't like me when I'm angry" jokes. Disney has an idea to remedy that with internet-connected versions of those as well as a pair of Iron Man gauntlets. Show More Summary

Next for Qualcomm: faster Wi-Fi and a gateway to cheap tablets

Computex is the perfect sort of tech convention for a chip giant like Qualcomm. It's all about companies showing off their wares so that other companies will actually want to buy them. And this year, Qualcomm made two major announcements...Show More Summary

Vodafone expands 4G roaming to the Carribean and beyond

With its Feel at Home free roaming perk, Three is undoubtedly the most jetsetter-friendly carrier in the UK, but Vodafone's not too far behind. It's WorldTraveller add-on lets you use your usual call, text and 4G data allowances abroad for a £5 daily fee, and from June 15th, it'll cover an extra 22 foreign destinations. Show More Summary

Microsoft buys the company behind to-do app Wunderlist

Microsoft's quest to conquer the mobile productivity app world by acquiring it is still underway, it seems. A Wall Street Journal source claims that the folks in Redmond have bought 6Wunderkinder, better known as the creator of the to-do app Wunderlist. Show More Summary

Smart thermometer is ready to track your kid's fever all day long

You no longer have to disturb your kid's sleep just to see if that fever is getting any better. Months after its CES debut, Blue Spark's TempTraq thermometer is available for a fairly reasonable $25. The Bluetooth patch keeps tabs on...Show More Summary

Three backtracks on mid-contract price hikes

With all-you-can-eat data tariffs, 4G connectivity as standard and free roaming in popular travel destinations, Three's often applauded for being a carrier of the people. Whenever a new service is announced or a new country added to the free roaming roster, you can bet Three's going to make sure everyone knows about it. Show More Summary

Typo's truce with BlackBerry stops it from selling phone keyboards

Typo started fending off lawsuits from BlackBerry almost as soon as its lookalike iPhone keyboards went on sale, but it's at last getting a break... well, sort of. The Ryan Seacrest-backed company has reached a settlement with BlackBerry...Show More Summary

MediaTek's Helio P10 offers octa-core and faster LTE on the cheap

It's only been half a month since MediaTek announced a 10-core mobile processor, the Helio X20, as its flagship product for next year, but the company is already prepping a slightly lesser model to stay true to its roots. Meet the Helio P10, the first member of the "premium performance" family (while the X family is for "extreme performance"). Show More Summary

ASUS' tiny projector can play video from Android phones over USB

If having friends crowd around your smartphone screen to watch videos isn't exactly your idea of a good time, ASUS' new portable projector might be for you. The E1Z, announced today at Computex, is an LED projector that can play content right from your Android phone over micro-USB. Show More Summary

ASUS ZenFone Selfie is all about its 13MP cameras

Selfie. What a word. It became a thing as front-facing cameras on phones improved dramatically in recent years. Until now, the HTC Desire Eye is one of the first that comes to mind in this category, but it's about to face a direct competitor who's also from Taiwan. Show More Summary

ARM makes another stab at boosting the Internet of Things

ARM's been championing the Internet of Things for several years now, and for good reason: it's poised to win big as more devices tap its low-power chips. Last year it unveiled an Internet of Things platform, now at Computex it's targeting device makers and its chip building partners by announcing an IoT subsystem for its Cortex-M processors. Show More Summary

Volvo's On Call app can control your car from a smartwatch

Sure, you drive a Volvo and not an Aston Martin, but that doesn't mean you can't pretend to be a charming spy who controls his car with a high-tech watch. Volvo will soon release its On Call app for Android Wear devices and the Apple Watch, after all, and it comes with all the features its predecessors for tablets and smartphones have. Show More Summary

Google Calendar won't send you text alerts after June 27th

We hope you didn't lean too heavily on Google Calendar's text message alerts in order to keep your life organized. Google is warning that Calendar's SMS notifications will vanish for regular users (education, government and work are safe) after June 27th. Show More Summary

Apple says the Watch's irregular heart rate tracking is intentional

When Apple trotted out its first update for the Watch, fitness mavens were alarmed at the suddenly inconsistent heart rate tracking. Did Cupertino break one of its wearable's signature features? Well, not quite. Apple has posted an updated support page that indicates the change in heart tracking was intentional. Show More Summary

A farewell tour of Google I/O 2015

After two furious days of news -- both expected and not -- Google I/O has finally come to a close. We're still summing up our thoughts about the show and what Google's new future looks like, but we wanted to take you on one last stroll...Show More Summary

Google and Qualcomm squeezed Project Tango tech into a smartphone

It seems like a decent of chunk of Google's big news today deals with its partnerships. The search giant is already teaming up with Levi's to explore the realm of smart Jacquard clothes, and now Google has confirmed that it's been working with Qualcomm to build its Project Tango world-sensing cameras into the chipmaker's reference phone designs. Show More Summary

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