Motorola Droid Z Photo

Next-gen Motorola Droid looks pretty fantastic in this leaked image

By on May 27, 2016 at 8:57 AM.

Next-gen Motorola Droid looks pretty fantastic in this leaked image

Verizon’s first Motorola Droid smartphone helped set in motion a series of events that would ultimately see Android become the most popular mobile platform on the planet. Now, nearly seven years later, Droid branded smartphones are barely a blip on the radar. The market has been flooded with hundreds and hundreds of different Android models, and they’re led by Samsung’s Galaxy lineup and the double-digit billions the company spends on marketing and advertising. In fact, you might have even forgotten that Droid phones exist at this point, unless you’ve been to a Verizon Wireless store lately.

All that could change soon enough, however, because a new leak suggests that Verizon and Motorola’s upcoming Droid refresh may be one of the hottest new Android phones of the year. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

13 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

By on May 26, 2016 at 11:59 AM.

13 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

App sales come and go but one thing is certain: if you don’t follow our series on paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free, you’ll miss the best of the bunch. We shared 10 premium apps that went on sale with you yesterday and today we’re back with a fresh batch. There are 13 freebies in total in Thursday’s post, but you’ll also find some more on Wednesday’s list that are still on sale. More →

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iPhone 7 Rumors iPhone 8

The iPhone 7 might actually be in trouble

By on May 26, 2016 at 11:05 AM.

The iPhone 7 might actually be in trouble

For a long time, Apple’s secrecy was legendary. The company managed to keep secrets under wraps better than any other consumer electronics company in the world. But the explosive popularity of the iPhone changed everything. Workers at the factories where Apple’s gear is built found out how valuable these leaks can be, and almost nothing is a surprise these days when Apple finally announces something new.

In the past, these leaks have done precious little in terms of a material impact on Apple’s bottom line. This year with the iPhone 7, however, that could change. More →

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PS4 Sales 2016

Things aren’t looking good for the Xbox One as PS4 sales top 40 million

By on May 26, 2016 at 9:25 AM.

Things aren’t looking good for the Xbox One as PS4 sales top 40 million

This console generation is unlike any that has come before it. Last cycle’s Xbox 360 from Microsoft and PlayStation 3 from Sony were neck and neck throughout the years, and lifetime sales ended up within a couple million units of each other by all counts. Then you had the Nintendo Wii, which blew them both away and topped 100 million units. But this time around it’s a completely different story. Nintendo’s Wii U is a complete disaster that’s already on its way out, and PS4 sales have nearly doubled Xbox One sales thanks in large part to a price gap and huge PR missteps early on.

Now, Sony has announced new sales numbers for its popular PlayStation 4 console and things aren’t looking good at all for Microsoft. More →

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ZTE Axon 7 Release Date

Axon 7 is a flagship Android phone with killer specs that you never saw coming

By on May 26, 2016 at 9:00 AM.

Axon 7 is a flagship Android phone with killer specs that you never saw coming

Unless you’re a hardcore tech lover and you follow all the Android fan blogs, odds are good that you’ve never heard of the Axon 7 and had no idea it was in the works. Actually, odds are good that you had never heard of the original ZTE Axon either, even though it has been available for quite some time now. (In case you’re wondering, numbers are completely meaningless now for some reason, so there won’t be an Axon 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6.)

The Axon line might be new to you, but the Axon 7 is a smartphone you definitely won’t soon forget — it will be available unlocked for less than $500, and it’ll feature cutting-edge specs and performance on par with phones that cost nearly twice as much. More →

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Obesity Statistics 2016

CDC study finds America has never been more obese

By on May 26, 2016 at 7:12 AM.

CDC study finds America has never been more obese

There are more tools now at the disposal of people trying to lose weight and get in shape than there have ever been in the past. But unhealthy food is also more abundant than ever before, and the number of Americans who lead a sedentary lifestyle continues to grow. I know how difficult it can be to lose weight. I spent most of my life as an obese American before losing 50 lbs in just 3 months on the way to my target weight. Unfortunately, not all Americans have found the motivation to shed excess weight and improve their health — according to the CDC’s most recent National Health Interview Survey, America has never been more obese than it is right now. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

By on May 25, 2016 at 11:27 AM.

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

Tuesday’s collection of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free was great, but that doesn’t mean we get a free pass on Wednesday. We’re back with a fresh new back of apps that are all normally paid downloads but are on sale for free right now. You can still check back in yesterday’s post if you want though, and you’ll find that more than half of the apps listed in there are still  free. More →

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YouTube Downloader Online

New free app and site makes watching online videos like regular TV channels

By on May 25, 2016 at 10:00 AM.

New free app and site makes watching online videos like regular TV channels

One of the many reasons cord cutting has grown so popular in recent years is the abundance of video content available online. It would take 1,000 lifetimes to watch all of the videos out there, and the amount of content continues to grow exponentially. But despite all of the great content that’s freely available, cord cutters continue to subscribe to pay services like Netflix and Hulu. One reason is obviously to gain access to their content, but there’s also another problem with sites like YouTube: It is becoming increasingly difficult to find good content.

A newly launched app and website is looking to tackle that problem by offering a curated viewing experience that delivers curated streams of continuous videos that are structured like traditional TV channels. More →

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Solar Panels

Breakthrough tech could double the amount of energy generated by solar cells

By on May 25, 2016 at 8:10 AM.

Breakthrough tech could double the amount of energy generated by solar cells

Solar power has always seemed on its surface to be the perfect solution to the world’s reliance on fossil fuels. After all, sunlight is free and abundantly available. The problem has always been efficiency, since solar panels generate power far less efficiently than other options. In fact, it takes about 40 square meters of solar panels to generate enough energy to power just one American home for a day, based on average use.

Progress is slowly being made in labs around the world, though you might not know it by looking at the recent performance of solar stocks. But now, a breakthrough in the way solar energy is collected could double the amount of power generated by solar panels without dramatically increasing cost. More →

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Apple Wireless Carrier Support

Will no one save us from wireless carriers?

By on May 24, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

Will no one save us from wireless carriers?

Why is T-Mobile’s “Un-carrier” initiative working so well? The answer is as obvious as it seems: people don’t like wireless carriers. These telecommunications giants continue to squeeze subscribers for every last penny they can and all the while, they rake in billions upon billions of dollars each quarter. It would be one thing if a company just scraping by tacked on a tiny fee, but Verizon hauled in $7.9 billion in profit last quarter on $32.2 billion in sales while AT&T’s operating income climbed to $7.1 billion on revenue totaling $40.5 billion.

T-Mobile is hardly a non-profit, but the company has done a tremendous job of playing off consumers’ collective disdain for carriers and it has seen tremendous growth as a result. At the same time, its model really isn’t all that different from the rivals it regularly berates.

Can’t anyone save us from our carriers? More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

12 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

By on May 24, 2016 at 11:44 AM.

12 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

An app that grabs still photos from your videos… an app that will help you manage your finances… an app that will block every mention of Donald Trump from your phone… all this and more can be found in today’s list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. And if the 12 apps we’ve dug up for you today aren’t enough, be sure to check out the remaining sales in yesterday’s post. More →

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Craigslist Scams 2016

2 new Craigslist scams you need to watch out for

By on May 24, 2016 at 10:54 AM.

2 new Craigslist scams you need to watch out for

Craigslist’s heyday may be behind it at this point, but millions of people still flock to the site in search of all sorts of discounted goods and services. And of course, Craigslist often delivers. The trouble with the site is and always has been weeding out the scams from the genuine deals, a task that’s more difficult now than it has ever been in the past. Scammers are lurking in every corner of the site, just waiting to take advantage of vulnerable people in search of bargains.

There are plenty of potential scams to watch out for, but two in particular were recently brought to our attention. More →

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