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A common concern with the Moto X is its rather small capacity battery. Verizon and Motorola fixed that with the Droid Turbo and this is the Moto X you want if you are a Verizon customer.
Sony doesn't release too many smartphones on US carriers, but T-Mobile has a real winner here with the Z3. Matthew not only tested one out, he bought his own and put aside the iPhone 6 Plus.
Samsung's Note line always sets the bar for Android specifications and after spending a week with the Note 4, Matthew Miller is about ready to visit his carrier store.
There's more to this phablet than its curved chassis, although the moderate screen resolution and lack of storage expansion are disappointing. On the plus side, battery life is good and LG's Android tweaks are largely successful. Overall though, the G Flex is simply way too expensive.
Lenovo has used its Yoga brand to innovate with the shape of tablets, and while the design has advantages, it's not an approach that everyone will like.
Fujitsu's new Lifebook E-Line offers an attractive design and solid build quality, with plenty of configuration options and (common) accessories. The optional modular Bay Projector is interesting, but you'll need to weigh its utility against the £280 price tag.
T-Mobile USA is giving away the HTC Car Kit with an HTC One purchase, and after spending a couple weeks with it, I find it to be an essential accessory. It works well and is priced right, at just $60.
Following in the U.K.'s footsteps, a Dutch court has found that Samsung's Galaxy tablets do not infringe Apple's design patents for the iPad.
Only the invalidation of Apple's utility and design patents will save Android from possible extinction as a widely-used mobile device platform.
The Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE is an interesting device with some nice design elements for a high speed data network that isn't yet around. It is a nice EVO device, but with the Samsung Galaxy S III around the corner I am not sure that is enough any more.
A Dutch company has sued Research in Motion over the alleged infringement of six patents it owns, ranging from software and phone design patents.
For a book so packed with fascinating and informative details, Design for Hackers: Reverse Engineering Beauty starts much too slowly. The author is so keen to tell you what he's going to tell you, what difference he hopes it will make to you and why design literacy matters that the first 40 pages are essentially an extended introduction (even if reminding people to sketch out ideas is always a good thing).
I never thought I would say I was excited about a thermostat, but now that my Nest is installed I can't help myself from monitoring my heat patterns and tweaking the temperature.
Apple has launched two new suits against Samsung in the German courts, this time targeting 15 Samsung smartphones and tablets over their supposed infringement of Apple's design rights.The two companies are engaging in a global war over patents, with Germany having proved to be a particularly active battlefield.
Amazon has placed the Cosmo Black 3DS under review, citing user complaints over the device's hinge design.
The SME Innovation Group, which represents small technology development businesses in the UK, has attacked Ian Hargreaves's IP review for arguing against software patents
The scheme, which lets interested observers examine and comment on computer patent applications online, is intended to lead to higher-quality patents
The government-commissioned Hargreaves review has been published, calling for copyright exemptions for private copies and parodies, and urging resistance against patents for software and business processes
Novell's sale of hundreds of open-source patents to a consortium featuring Microsoft, Apple, Oracle and EMC has become more likely to go through, as the US Department of Justice has failed to block the sale.The antitrust division of the Department of Justice (DoJ) had made Novell and the consortium, CPTN Holdings, agree to not carry the sale through until 12 April, so the DoJ could review the sale.
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