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Smartphones Now Majority Of U.S. Cellphone Purchases, iOS Up, Android Flat, RIM Down

Smartphones Now Majority Of U.S. Cellphone Purchases, iOS Up, Android Flat, RIM Down

It's getting more rare these days to spot one of your friends with a cellphone that doesn't have a large touchscreen and run apps. According to a May survey polled by Nielsen of mobile consumers in the U.S., smartphones are indeed becoming increasingly more popular for consumers. Although the majority of mobile consumers still currently own feature phones, the majority of new purchases skew towards smartphones.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

Samsung cannot be ignored, and the importance of the Galaxy S5 cannot be overlooked. New bearer of the crown of “best-known Android smartphone” it’s a chance not only for Samsung to make money, but to demonstrate what cleverness it can bake into a flagship device. Samsung’s approach to innovation has been more scattershot than focused, however, and with each generation of Galaxy there’s been equally as many needless bells & whistles as there have been legitimately useful additions. The Galaxy S5, Samsung insists, has been built with deliberation, but has the company spent its time on the right enhancements? Read on for the SlashGear review.

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Kinect in focus: Xbox’s app chief talks Smart Homes & Cortana

Kinect in focus: Xbox’s app chief talks Smart Homes & Cortana

When you have a product like Kinect, so closely associated with gaming, how do you convince everybody else that they should be installing a motion-tracking camera in the home? Microsoft is looking to smart home technology and health, among other things, to do just that with Kinect for Windows v2, though a stealthy spread through Cortana and smartphones may be just as vital. We caught up with Microsoft’s Michael Mott, general manager of Xbox applications and developer relations, to find out how virtual assistants and home automation could make Kinect-tech the next must-have.

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SlashGear’s Best Tech of 2013

SlashGear’s Best Tech of 2013

In the year 2013 we've seen some real stand-out stars in several sectors, including mobile, automotive, desktop computing, and gaming. This was certainly a year of hero devices, with manufacturers often bringing just one or two devices to headline their entire 12-month market presence. There were also several new totally unexpected releases initiated through the year, with entirely new device categories being created in the process.

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Ford self-driving car parks and swerves around pedestrians

Ford self-driving car parks and swerves around pedestrians

Ford has shown off a self-driving car of its own, though the automatically parking prototype - which can also avoid running down pedestrians - isn't expected to arrive on US roads any time soon. The new "obstacle avoidance" systems build on Ford's existing parking assist, but where that commercial system demands drivers be both behind the wheel and responsible for braking, the new Fully Assisted Parking Aid can be operated even when the driver is outside of their car.

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iPhone 5c Review

iPhone 5c Review

Could the iPhone 5c be the most misunderstood iPhone so far? From early whispers of a budget model for emerging markets, though chatter of a new entry-level phone, the iPhone 5c in fact slots right in the middle of Apple's range, relegating last year's flagship to early retirement and leaving the iPhone 4S to survive another day. It also borrows some color from the iPod line, not to mention launching with iOS 7 and a case material we've not seen since the days of the 3GS. So, plastic fantastic? Read on as we put the iPhone 5c through its paces in the full SlashGear review.

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iPhone 5s Review

iPhone 5s Review

We've come to expect evolution not revolution from the "S" update to Apple's iPhone range, but the iPhone 5s could be enough to buck that trend. Inside the familiar metal casing beats a new processor, the Apple A7, making the iPhone 5s the first smartphone - and iOS 7 the first smartphone platform - to transition to 64-bit; the home button has lost its square sigil but gained a biometric sensor that might be the first to actually convince owners to use it; and the camera may still be 8-megapixels in resolution on paper, but those pixels - and the way Apple uses them - are quantifiably better than before. Does that make the iPhone 5s the automatic choice in smartphones? Read on for our full review.

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Google self-driving car brand tipped after Big Auto turn down

Google self-driving car brand tipped after Big Auto turn down

Google is working on its own self-driving, production-ready car and could initially deploy the autonomous vehicles as a "Robo Taxi" service, insiders claims, with the search giant supposedly exploring how it could use its R&D into car-AI itself rather than license it to existing manufacturers. company has been negotiating with contract manufacturers around building an autonomous Google car, former WSJ reporter Amir Efrati claims, after supposedly getting the cold shoulder from established brands.

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DROID Ultra Review

DROID Ultra Review

Motorola Mobility scored big when they teamed up with Google. If it wasn't evident enough in the Moto X, then certainly Motorola's newly optimized experience is ready to shine in the DROID Ultra, the first of three devices coming from Verizon in their newest exclusive brand lineup. If the DROID RAZR HD took the original DROID RAZR to a place where it was more than ready to be that single unique member of the Android universe that was both top-tier for display and processor quality as well as fully rugged enough to make up for the comparative lack of hype the line received, the DROID Ultra succeeds in replacing the RAZR line in more ways than one.

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Lensless multiview camera cleverer than Lytro and PureView combined

Lensless multiview camera cleverer than Lytro and PureView combined

A lensless, focussing-free camera that can take photos from multiple angles simultaneously, building up either different perspectives of a scene or combining data to produce faster, higher-detail images, could revolutionize the digital camera industry, its developers have teased. The prototype, developed by a team led by Hong Jiang at Bell Labs, eschews traditional glass or plastic lenses and replaces them with an LCD panel that works as a dynamic aperture. Using the system, multiple imaging sensors can in fact share the same aperture.

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