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HTC's Jason Mackenzie promoted to global Executive Vice President

HTC just announced a couple of new promotions as it starts of 2016 with new virtual reality and wearable products.

Samsung modifies Galaxy Note 5 S Pen silo to prevent wrongful insertion issues

The Note 5 S Pen is a fantastic tool, but some folks found a way to break the S Pen by putting it in backwards. Samsung has reportedly fixed the design to prevent future issues.

Xiaomi sold more than 70 million smartphones in 2015, missing 80 million target

Chinese smartphone makers saw huge success in 2015. Huawei beat Xiaomi for worldwide shipments, but it's clear both are doing quite well.

Best mobile communications app gets better: Microsoft updates Outlook for iOS and Android

Microsoft continues to improve Outlook on mobile platforms. iOS users get new features while Android users finally get the improved iOS layout.

Nextbit Robin Android M smartphone shipping to early backers week of 16 February

The Nextbit team has been working hard to deliver its Kickstarter project smartphone and it looks like the phone will ship just two weeks after the original goal.

T-Mobile's John Legere's 2015 predictions were spot on, 2016 will push T-Mobile forward

T-Mobile had an amazing 2015 that included moving into third place behind AT&T and Verizon. It continues to shake up the US wireless industry and its CEO isn't slowing down.

Samsung's growing mobile hardware ecosystem offers an exciting alternative to Apple

Samsung recently released three new devices and because of how they work together, all three are becoming an essential bundle for my daily usage.

Dog & Bone Wetsuit Impact for iPhone 6s Plus hands-on: Rugged, waterproof protection without minimal bulk

If you work and play in the field then it helps to have a rugged protective case, but they are often big and bulky. The Wetsuit Impact provides solid protection with little added to the size of your iPhone.

Samsung Pay adds gift card support with 50 merchants available at launch

Samsung Pay is the most accepted wireless payment system in the US and the addition of gift card support makes it an even more useful service.

Google rolls out Shared Albums in time for holiday family photos and videos

Become the holiday cheermeister at your office or family event with the new Google Photos Shared Album functionality.

A week with the Microsoft Lumia 950: Not yet ready for enterprise customers

I was initially disappointed in the uninspiring hardware, but it's the software issues that really concern me. Windows Phone used to be rock solid stable, but Windows 10 Mobile feels rushed to market.

Facebook stops syncing contacts on Android phones, BlackBerry 10 still best for communications

For efficient and reliable communications, nothing beats a BlackBerry 10 OS device. Android and iOS Facebook contact syncing has issues.

Testing the BlackBerry Priv convinced me to buy another Passport

BlackBerry released its first Android smartphone, but if you want a true BlackBerry experience then buy a device that runs the BlackBerry 10 OS.

Google Photos update will help you easily manage your limited integrated storage

Most modern smartphones only have integrated storage and with more people using their phones as their primary camera this storage will get full much more quickly.

Pandora to acquire key assets from Rdio in move to strengthen position

Pandora was one of the first streaming music services available, launching in 2000. Today, it announced it will be purchasing the technology assets of Rdio after Rdio files for bankruptcy.

Hands-on: Techlink Recharge 3000 powers your Apple iPhone 6s in style

Battery life is a challenge that remains to be solved so the portable battery pack market is alive and well. The Recharge 3000 is a very slim and attractive battery pack that travels well.

Apple Music and Google Play Music on Android: in pictures

Smartphones serve as the music hub for millions of people and if you commute, work, and play with music then you may be pleased that you have another choice on Android.

Six reasons the LG V10 Android smartphone is good for business

LG's new V10 smartphone is a compelling device that remains one of the last remaining modern smartphones with a removable battery and microSD card. There's more for the road warrior too.

Google brings audible traffic alerts to iPhone Google Maps users

Even though Apple Maps keeps getting better all the time, it's tough to give up on Google Maps. Google just rolled out an update that will help daily commuters too.

Nexus 6P bends? Smartphones are not beams, stop breaking them in half

Placing your fingers in the center of the Nexus 6P (or any phone) and applying heavy pressure to the ends is a non-scientific test that doesn't model any type of real world situation.

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