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Google wants emoji that give working women their due

Take a look at your phone's emoji list. Notice how the only people representing jobs (such as police officers and construction workers) are men, while women are limited to brides and princesses? Some Google developers aren't happy with that one-sided state of affairs. Show More Summary

Instagram gets a new monochrome look to focus on your media

After testing a black and white design with a few users, Instagram officially rolled out the look as part of its major redesign today. The idea, according to Instagram, is that the monochrome interface will put a greater emphasis on your photos and videos. Show More Summary

EE's 'Jay' own-brand tablet is its cheapest to date

It's been almost a year since EE added a new tablet to its own-brand, avian-themed range -- or one aimed squarely at grown-ups, at least -- so you know what that means. With only refurbished Harrier Tabs left in stock, it's time for a new slate to become EE's value offering. Show More Summary

European regulators block Three and O2 merger

We suspected it was coming, but the European Commission has finally come out and said it: Three UK owner Hutchison Whampoa cannot buy UK carrier O2. In a statement, the Commission said that a potential merger between Three and O2 would...Show More Summary

EE disputes Three's 'undisputed' reliability claim, wins

The UK's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned a billboard advert for Three's mobile network, after a six-month complaint from rival carrier EE was finally upheld. The ad, which features a purple Muppet-like character called Jackson being held aloft in a Rocky-style pose, featured the tagline: "The undisputed. Show More Summary

Microsoft Research wants to pit you against virtual swimmers

You don't need other people to swim, but a Microsoft Research project can spice up your swimming routine by putting you in or pitting you against virtual teams. Redmond's research division is working with a team of researchers from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) to develop SwimTrain. Show More Summary

BioLite's new lantern doubles as a campsite power grid

After rolling out a slew of new gear earlier this year, BioLite is ready to announce their next piece of outdoor tech. The BaseLantern is a 500-lumen, flat-packing LED lantern that lights your campsite while also creating "a mini smartgrid" you can control from a smartphone.

Pebble watches are now better fitness trackers

After years of relying on third-party activity trackers, Pebble finally introduced its own homegrown version last December. Simply called Pebble Health, the native fitness app tracks your steps and sleep patterns and has a built-in coach to keep you motivated. Show More Summary

Apple Pay finally becomes useful in Canada

Apple Pay technically launched in Canada back in November, but it might as well have been non-existent -- you could only use an American Express card, which isn't all that common in the country. At last, though, things are opening up. Show More Summary

Can Samsung make truly wireless earbuds go mainstream?

Images doing the rounds this week suggest Samsung could be the first of the big names to get into the "truly" wireless headphones game. Until now, the fast-growing category has been dominated by new players like Bragi and Earin. We've covered many of them, and much as we love the idea of cable-free listening, cutting the last wire comes at a cost. Show More Summary

Xiaomi's Mi Max phone has a huge display and a big battery

Xiaomi's next smartphone is a giant, dwarfing even its Mi Note and Mi Note Pro phablets in size. The new Mi Max comes with a 6.44-inch display and a beefy 4,850mAh battery -- which is both welcome and necessary, given the number of pixels you'll be pushing around every day. Show More Summary

App study reveals one in three of us aren't getting enough sleep

If you get less than seven hours' of sleep a night, you're among the one in three Americans who aren't getting enough zzz's. A team of researchers from the University of Michigan used the data they gathered from an anti-jetlag app they released a few years ago to study the roles society and biology play in our sleep schedules. Show More Summary

T-Mobile customers can roam in Cuba

As US-Cuban relations thaw, Western businesses have moved in and started paving the way for tourism. Sprint and Verizon made arrangements last fall with Empresa De Telecomunicaciones De Cuba, S.A. (ETECSA) last fall to get their vacationing customers can use text, data and voice within the country. Show More Summary

New Moto X phones reportedly feature modular accessories

Rumor mountain is rumbling this week with news about the next phones under Motorola's Moto X brand, and VentureBeat today says that the new devices will be modular, allowing users to swap out backplates with various capabilities. Yesterday,...Show More Summary

FCC wants to know why mobile security patches take so long

A number of critical security flaws have hit mobile devices in recent months, prompting device makers and service providers alike to issue timely patches to remedy the issue. Sometimes those fixes take a while to reach affected handsets, and the FCC wants to know more about the process. Show More Summary

Viv, from Siri's creators, is the virtual assistant of your dreams

Siri made the world aware of the potential of virtual assistants, but several years after its release, it's still a bit basic. Siri can only do certain, very specific tasks, and she doesn't play well with third-party services. So for their next product, Viv, the minds behind Siri aimed to build a much more capable virtual assistant. Show More Summary

Verizon's Galaxy S7 can install apps on its own, but don't panic

Verizon is notorious in some circles for loading its smartphones with bloatware, but its recent moves have some users more anxious than usual... if not necessarily for the best reasons. A recent update to the carrier's Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge variants has installed Digital Turbine's Ignite, an app that lets carriers install more apps in the background. Show More Summary

Periscope will add DJI drone streaming and broadcast saving soon

Today Periscope announced that later this week it will be implementing support for live streaming from DJI drones via iPhones and that it will soon start saving all videos by default. The Twitter-owned service also said that users will be able to search for broadcasts based on topic hashtags like #Travel, #Music and #Food. Show More Summary

Researchers develop a drug-sniffing car that can pinpoint your stash

A chemistry professor in Texas has equipped an electric Ford sedan with a unique (and possibly unconstitutional) aftermarket upgrade: a drug-sniffing device that can recognize small amounts of illegal substances in the air and locate the source with surprising accuracy.

Creative pushes for US bans on several smartphone makers

Creative has a long history of wielding its patents against other tech companies (just ask Apple), but its latest effort might top them all. The US International Trade Commission is investigating Creative's complaints that seven smartphone makers (BlackBerry, HTC, LG, Lenovo/Motorola, Samsung, Sony and ZTE) violate its patents. Show More Summary

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