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LG's hexagonal battery promises longer-lasting smartwatches

Quite a few smartwatches are round, so why are they still using rectangular batteries? LG Chem certainly doesn't think that makes sense. It just started shipping a hexagonal battery that should deliver 25 percent more capacity in circular watches, where a lot of space normally goes to waste. Show More Summary

Supreme Court won't touch Google's fight with Oracle over Android

When Oracle got a second chance at making Google pay for using Java programming kits in Android, the folks in Mountain View raced to the Supreme Court in hopes of stopping that renewed lawsuit dead in its tracks. Unfortunately for Google, that's not going to happen -- the Supreme Court now says that it won't tackle the case. Show More Summary

Apple Watch patent would have you sharing files with a handshake

Wondering how you'd exchange info between smartwatches when their displays are so small? Apple thinks it has an easy answer: make the same gestures you already use to greet your friends. The tech firm has applied for a patent on a system...Show More Summary

Sky's making a kids app that will rival Netflix and YouTube

When Sky announced the launch of a new Kids section on its set-top boxes, it immediately put Google and Netflix in its crosshairs. On-demand TV shows and movies front were suddenly front and centre on the homepage, allowing childrenShow More Summary

Barclaycard steps up its contactless game with three new NFC devices

If you didn't know, Britain now prefers cashless payments to notes and coins. Contactless cards play a big part in the shift away from cash, but as technology evolves, smartphones and wearables are beginning to influence matters too....Show More Summary

Here's how Google checks for lag on your Android phone

Yes, Google hates lag on smartphones as much as you do -- enough so that the search giant has a robot dedicated to spotting that delay between your finger input and what happens on screen. Meet the Chrome TouchBot, an OptoFidelity-made machine that gauges the touchscreen latency on Android and Chrome OS devices. Show More Summary

Facebook wants to give your photo uploads a Snapchat-like flair

Facebook may be not as in tune with the teen crowd as Snapchat, but that isn't stopping it from trying to fit in. TechCrunch has discovered that Facebook is testing an iOS photo uploader that lets you overlay Snapchat-like filters, stickers and text on pictures as you post them. Show More Summary

Ryan Seacrest's iPad keyboard is surprisingly good, but expensive

It's hard to expect much from Typo, a company that was co-founded by Ryan Seacrest and whose legal tango with BlackBerry has forced it to stop selling phone keyboards. But with its new iPad keyboard, Typo has at least proven it's worth keeping an eye on. Show More Summary

Samsung tech would nearly double your phone's battery life

Don't like that your Galaxy S6 conks out before you're finished for the day? Samsung might offer some relief in the future. Its scientists have developed lithium-ion battery technology that promises much longer-lasting power packs. They...Show More Summary

Apple reportedly starts making force-sensitive iPhones

Those rumors of a pressure-sensitive iPhone just gained a little more weight. Bloomberg sources claim that Apple has begun "early production" of iPhone models that incorporate Force Touch input. Full-scale manufacturing would start as soon as July, if all goes well. Show More Summary

BBM's $1 privacy add-on offers private chat, message editing

BlackBerry's introducing a $1 privacy subscription for folks who continue to use Messenger on iOS, Android and its own platform. It will totally replace the old "timed and retracted messages" option, with "private chat" feature as its main draw. Show More Summary

Yahoo's redesigned mobile search looks a lot like Google's

Yahoo has been pushing hard to be people's default search engine on every device. Before it can make that happen, though, the company knows its product must be improved drastically. As part of these efforts, Yahoo Search is getting an overhaul on mobile, designed to put relevant results information front and center. Show More Summary

Google offers a way to check your Project Fi invite status

If you signed up for Google's Project Fi phone service, Mountain View now offers a way to check your invite status. TechCrunch reports the company alerted those who signed up via email about the new feature that displays an estimated wait time after you log-in on the Project Fi site. Show More Summary

Facebook makes it easier for iPhone users to find links

Facebook's about to make it easier for you to find and share links while you're on the move. The social network has updated its iPhone application with a new feature that lets users search for articles, videos and other web content using keywords. Show More Summary

Microsoft's supercharged presentation app arrives on iOS

Last year, Microsoft expanded its Office 365 productivity suite with Sway, a service that gave users a simple way to create and publish content on the internet. The only caveat was you could only use it via a web app. As of today, however,...Show More Summary

Amazon 'Instant Previews' let friends peek at what you're reading

It's been a busy day for Amazon, with announcements about its voice tech efforts and, wait for it, a Treasure Truck that offers on-the-go deals to people. But there's more where that came from. If you use Kindle for Android, you'll now notice the addition of some handy sharing features to the application. Show More Summary

Experience the OnePlus 2 cellphone launch July 27th in VR

OnePlus has heard your frustration about the drip-feeding of information leading to its next phone, but according to co-founder Carl Pei, it's going to "keep doing things differently." For the OnePlus 2, that means taking advantage of new technology just to announce the thing. Show More Summary

Vertu's latest 'basic' luxury phone goes well with your Bentley

So you just bought a fresh Bentley, but you're worried that it clashes with the look of your basic cellphone? Never fear, as Vertu is coming to your (totally unnecessary) rescue. The luxury phone maker has unveiled its second Bentley-inspired handset, and this one is all about matching the look of your car without having to join the smartphone era. Show More Summary

T-Mobile's JUMP early upgrade plan lets you swap phones even more

These days, T-Mobile's not just trying to trip up its far bigger rivals -- it's sprucing up some of its own features, too. The carrier just announced some hefty changes to its JUMP early upgrade program, and they could work out great if you're like us and can't stand holding onto the same phone for too long. Show More Summary

Atom is a new UK bank that'll have no branches, just apps

Banking is a bit of an old boys' club dominated by a few huge, lumbering corporations, but up-start Atom thinks it's time for a new player with a different approach. Atom wants to take mobile banking seriously; so seriously, in fact, that it aims to exist almost solely as a mobile app. Show More Summary

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