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Michael Kwan

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T-Mobile USA Getting BlackBerry Z10 on March 27

While we heard some non-specific rumblings about the BlackBerry Z10 making its way to the United States "in a couple months," now we have some harder evidence saying it'll debut with T-Mobile on March 27.

Motorola X Phone Sounds like a RAZR MAXX HD with Key...

The expectation is that Google will be unveiling Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie to the world on May 15 and it could be making its debut on the so-called Motorola X Phone.

Daily Deals: Transcend 64GB JetFlash 500 Retractable USB Drive for Half...

Remember when having an 8GB flash drive was quite the monumental thing? Flash memory has certainly come a long way and this has helped a lot with reducing cost too, as is the case with this 64GB flash drive from Transcend. It's on sale for half price.

Leaked: Mid-Range HTC M4 and Entry-Level HTC G2 Android Smartphones

HTC is getting ready to announce a couple of new Android smartphones and it looks like we've got the inside scoop on all of their pertinent features and specs. Neither one of these devices sounds like it's going to be a flagship, as that spot is being reserved for the HTC M7, but they are approaching the middle and lower tier of the market with the M4 and G2, respectively.

First Lunar Base Could Be 3D Printed Tatooine-Like Domes

Newt Gingrich has been saying that America will have a moon base ready for human inhabitants as early as 2020. Many of us scoffed at this idea, saying it's unrealistic, but it could very much be real and we could be going about it in an entirely different way.

Lack of Apps Is Still Going to Kill BlackBerry 10

In an editorial posted on CNET, Ben Parr goes out on a limb and says that the upcoming BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 smartphones will not be able to save BlackBerry and he boils it down to two reasons: the children and the apps.

ZTE Firefox Phone Coming to MWC 2013

Believe it or not, ZTE is actually the fifth largest smartphone company in the world. And now the Chinese company is preparing to broaden its horizons by unveiling its first smartphone powered by Mozilla Firefox OS.

Nokia Crowned Most Trusted Brand in India

Samsung and Apple are continuing to dominate the smartphone market just about everywhere on the planet, but the story is a little different in the second most populated country in the world.

Leaked: First Look at the Upcoming Apple iPad 5

We will naturally have to take this leak with a grain of salt, but it looks like we are getting our first look at the upcoming fifth-generation iPad from Apple.

ZTE V81 8-Inch Android Tablet Challenges iPad Mini

Ahead of MWC, Chinese tablet and smartphone vendor, ZTE, has now unveiled a brand new tablet called the ZTE V81.

Did Samsung Attempt to Cover Up Fatal Gas Leak at Hwaseong...

Unfortunately, there was a gas leak at Samsung's semiconductor plant in Hwaseong, Korea and a worker has died as a result. To make matters worse, it's starting to sound like Samsung tried to cover up the whole thing.

Acer Liquid E1 Android Smartphone Announced, Belongs in 2011

Unfortunately, the newly revealed Acer Liquid E Android smartphone doesn't have any of them. This is not a high-end smartphone at all.

Huawei Propels Itself to Become 3rd Biggest Smartphone Maker

I don't think anyone really saw this one coming. When we talk about market share in the smartphone world, we are used to seeing names like Samsung, LG, and Motorola, but Huawei has (not so) quietly moved itself into the third spot overall

Canonical Asks Community to Create 12 Default Ubuntu Phone Apps

The whole thing with Linux and Ubuntu is that it's supposed to be free and it's supposed to be supported by the community. The same kind of approach is now being taken by Canonical in its creation of the Ubuntu Phone OS, as they are turning to the development community to create the 12 default apps for the upcoming smartphone platform.

Audojo Gaming Case for iPad Adds Dual Analog Sticks (Video)

As great as gaming may have become on the iPad and the iPhone, it's just not the same playing with touchscreen controls. We've seen some different physical contraptions that counter this, but the new Audojo Gaming Case for iPad could be one of the more creative solutions to date.

Build Yourself a Robot with a 3D Printer (Video)

You can thank Gael Langevin, a French sculptor, for this creation. He's been working on this project for the past year and now you can download the open source plans for free from Thingverse.

300 Million Year Old Aluminum Gear Evidence of Ancient Alien Civilization?

The "leading experts" dated the metal object at about 300 million years old, based on the known age of the coal deposits from the region. Normally, this isn't such a big deal, but it very much looks like this aluminum artifact was not formed as the result of natural forces, but rather it was manufactured.

Apple Cutting Back on 9.7-Inch iPad Screen Production

Production of the 9.7-inch touchscreen panel has been reduced at Sharp, the major supplier of those screens for Apple's iPad.

Official RIM Slides Leaked with BlackBerry 10 L-Series Details

RIM is making a big push this year with BlackBerry 10 and now a leaked document from Waterloo is showing off all kinds of official details about the upcoming L-Series smartphone.

ChangeWave Survey: Samsung, Windows Phone Continue to Rise

More specifically, the survey reveals "an explosive wave of momentum [that] is catapulting Samsung to an all-time high" in North America.

D-Link Wireless-N600 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router for Nearly Half-Off

I know what you're thinking, because it's probably the same thing I was thinking: that doesn't look like a regular router at all. Well, truth be told, the D-Link DIR-826L is a little different than conventional wireless routers and it's on sale for 46% off the list price.

Samsung Galaxy Pocket Plus Mini Android Smartphone

If you'd prefer something far more pocketable, then you may be interested in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Pocket Plus. See, it's right there in the name that it'll fit in your pocket.

Sale on Motorola Bluetooth Headsets: Oasis and H17txt

When it comes to the world of Bluetooth headsets, Motorolas are among some of the best. Two such headsets are now on sale, giving you a great price on your choice of the Motorola Oasis or the Motorola H17txt.

Hands-On with the 6.1-Inch Huawei Mate Android Smartphone

Announced here at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Huawei Mate is a beast of an Android smartphone. It has really pushed the envelope by offering a huge 6.1-inch display.

FreedomPop Partners with textPlus for Free Text and Voice Service

Well, they're doing it again. In addition to offering you free mobile 4G data, FreedomPop is now gearing up to give you free mobile talk and text too.

Daily Deals: 8 Great Discounts on Samsung Galaxy S3 Cases

Did you score yourself a new Samsung Galaxy S III during the holidays? Maybe you already have one and now you need a better way to protect it. Fear not, smartphone enthusiasts, because there are lots of great Samsung Galaxy S3 cases that have now been significantly discounted.

Tegra3-Powered Asus ME301T MemoPad 10 Leaks Ahead of CES

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) takes place next week in Las Vegas and it looks like we're getting a sneak peek at one of the Android tablets Asus will be unveiling at the show. This appears to be Asus ME301T MemoPad 10 and it will reportedly ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Zeepad 7.0 Android 4.0 ICS Tablet for Half Price

Who said that you had to spend an arm and a leg to get your very own tablet? Prices have come down substantially and you'll be hard-pressed to find a tablet cheaper than the Zeepad 7.0 with Android 4.0.

Decoding Serial Numbers Reveals 370,000 Nexus 4 Smartphones Sold

Google and LG haven't been particularly forthcoming when it comes to the sales figures for the Nexus 4 smartphone, but a little snooping around seems to reveal that somewhere in the neighborhood of 400k units have been shipped and sold. I'm sure that if they increased production, that number could be much larger given the current demand.

Roboy Utilizes Artifical Tendons, Should Walk More Like A Real Human

The problem with most robots, if you can call it a problem, is that their movement is decidedly mechanical. We have humanoid robots like Honda's Asimo, but they still don\'t quite move like a human being. That could change with a new robot called Roboy, being designed by a team of scientists and engineers from the University of Zurich.

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S3 International Version for $570

The Samsung Galaxy S III is widely heralded as one of the best Android smartphones on the market today, but perhaps you don't want to deal with a locked phone on a contract. Then this unlocked version is for you.

Windows Phone 8 CameraPro App Offers Better Control

If you've picked up a Windows Phone 8 device like the Nokia Lumia 920 and you really like how good the camera is on there, then you'll like the CameraPro app even better.

Android 4.0 iPhone Knockoff with Dual SIMs for $140

Perhaps you are in love with the Apple iPhone form factor, but you'd prefer to have things running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. If that's the case, this budget unlocked smartphone could be just the ticket.

Alabama Boy Gets Rocked with Nintendo 3DS Scam

You unravel the wrapping paper and discover it's a Nintendo 3DS! You're happier than the Nintendo 64 kid, until you actually open the box and discover that it's filled with rocks and tissue paper.

Use Your NFC Smartphone to Replace Your Hyundai Car Keys

Many people have replaced their Starbucks cards, for example, with a mobile app that offers even more functionality. You might already be using NFC on your smartphone to replace some credit cards, but what if you could replace your car keys too? Hyundai wants to make that happen.

Daily Deals: 5 Awesome Headphone Deals

Did you land yourself a new smartphone or MP3 player during the holidays? Are you not satisfied with the el cheapo headphones that came in the package? Well, you're in luck, because there's a great post-holiday collection of awesome headphone deals that will surely satiate your aural desires.

VMK Smartphone and Tablet Designed in Africa

When we think about advances in technology and design, we might consider the Cupertino campus in California or perhaps a design house in Europe. That could be changing as what you see here are a pair of products from a technology startup called VMK. They're based out of Congo in Africa.

RIM Will Reward BB10 Devs with $100 Per Android App Ported

Research in Motion has announced a virtual event called Android Port-A-Thon. The idea here is to get developers to port their Android apps over to BlackBerry 10 and RIM is willing to pay you to do it.

iOS Smartphone Market Share Breaks 50% in US

Despite Microsoft's efforts with Windows Phone, the two biggest players in the smartphone game continue to be Apple's iOS and Google's Android. Just when we thought that Android was on the rise, it appears that the iOS smartphone market share is actually growing, breaking the 50% mark in the United States.

Polaroid Introducing Android 4.0 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera

The latest rumor has a new 18MP camera coming down the pipes that will be powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. And it's doing the interchangeable lens thing.

Get 44% Off GOgroove BoomBUDDY Portable 2.1 Speaker System

I imagine they didn't get the official licensing from the BBC or Top Gear, but there's no denying that the GOgroove BoomBUDDY speaker looks a lot like the Stig. Well, if the Stig got crossed with a cartoon octopus or something. And it's on sale for 44% off the regular price too.

Nokia Windows RT Tablet Coming to Mobile World Congress 2013

The Microsoft Surface hasn't exactly been flying off the shelves, but that doesn't mean that Windows RT is going to lose any support. In fact, there's word that Nokia is working on a new tablet powered by Windows RT and this new device will be making its debut at the 2013 Mobile World Congress.

Daily Deal: $99 off Lenovo Think Tablet 10.1, Android 3.1 and...

Normally, you have to pay a premium price if you want to have a tablet that has wireless broadband capabilities, but this sale on the Lenovo Think Tablet makes it a heck of a lot more affordable.

Daily Deal: Bundle a Linksys Router with a Video Game and...

At first, I thought this special bundle deal was a bit odd, but when you stop to think about it, it really makes a lot of sense. When you're playing on Xbox Live or PlayStation Network, you want a fast, lag-free online gaming experience. Of course you want to have a great router to go with your new video game!

Video: Burrito Bomber Flying Drone Drops Off Your Lunch Automatically

When you think about flying drones, you usually think about the military and something to do with either covert surveillance or the delivery of some massive destruction. That's not the goal of the Burrito Bomber. Its goal is to deliver your lunch

Motorola XOOM 32GB Android Tablet for $323 Off

If you're in the market for a feature-packed Android tablet that doesn't skimp on the build quality, the Motorola XOOM just might be for you. And it happens to be on sale for a hefty $323 off to boot.

Daily Deal: Save Up to 67% Off V-MODA Headphones

The V-MODA Crossfade LP over-hear noise-isolating metal headphones (in a variety of colors) can be had for about $111.00, for example, which is a savings of 44% off the regular price of $199.99.

CyanogenMOD 10.1 Gets Ported to LG Optimus G

The custom ROM is based on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean build that is found on the Nexus 4. It strips away that LG Optimus UI and gives you the free CM experience that you've come to expect from previous CyanogenMOD builds.

Daily Deal: Get 67% Off Sony Ericsson LiveView Bluetooth Remote

The Sony Ericsson LiveView Remote pairs up with your Android device and gives you easy remote access to all your pertinent data. And it's on sale for 64% off.

Comparing Google Maps on iOS vs. Apple Maps

Apple Maps on iOS6 has developed quite the reputation for being not so good. Now that Google Maps has finally returned to the iPhone and iPad, is it really that much better than the pre-installed Apple Maps?