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Daniel has been writing about smartphones, tablets and apps since 2008, and he enjoys pitting gadgets against each other.

BlackBerry 10.1 update provides dozens of useful tweaks

Dozens of tweaks and improvements are on the way for the new smartphone in the BlackBerry 10.1 OS update, which is now available for developer testing.


New Windows 8 Blue leak shows more refinements

A new development version of Windows 8.1, aka Windows Blue, was leaked this week on P2P sites.

Kobo Aura HD vs. the competition: A backlit e-reader tale of the tape (chart)

Kobo is billing its latest offering as a "premium e-reader." We take this reading tablet to the tape to see how it stacks up against the Kindle Paperwhite and Nook with GlowLight.


Bing Windows 8 apps updated, boosting RSS functions

Microsoft has updated more members of its Windows 8 apps, notably enhancing Bing News with an RSS feeder to take advantage of Google's abandonment of its Reader.


Google search results are 5 times safer than Bing's

Researchers at the AV-Test security institute found that Google is better at screening out sites containing malware in its search results.

Microsoft pushes yet another Surface RT update meant to fix Wi-Fi woes

Microsoft just pushed the third Surface RT update in as many months aiming to correct a limited Wi-Fi connectivity problem. Fingers crossed!

Android and Apple app store woes should sound alarms for BlackBerry and Microsoft

The app store business is booming, but if BlackBerry and Microsoft continue their trend of paying for meh-level apps, they'll run smack-dab into the quality headaches Apple and Google grapple with now.


Facebook ramps up paid messaging trials, offers access to celebrity inboxes for a fee

A trial that gives users the option to pay to message strangers has been pushed to 10 percent of all British users, complete with direct access to celebrity inboxes.

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T-Mobile's moves catch Verizon and AT&T's eyes, but is contract-free really free?

Verizon and AT&T are keeping a close eye on T-Mobile's move to ditch subsidies and contracts, but a commitment by any other name is just as binding.

Samsung to roll out dedicated 'Experience Shops' in 1400 Best Buy locations

Samsung's ready to create a massive retail presence out of thin air by opening exclusive 'Experience Shop' mini-stores in 1,400 Best Buy locations around the country.

Nexus 7 refresh tipped for July: Is cheaper better for Google?

A new report claims a refresh of Google's Nexus 7 is barreling down the pipeline, possibly sporting a $150 price tag. Such a cheap Nexus tablet would probably sell like hotcakes but threaten the viability of Android going forward.


HD voice calling headed to AT&T's LTE network this year

AT&T plans to introduce HD voice calls later this year, following in the footsteps of Sprint and T-Mobile tentative efforts. Is a cleaner, crisper-sounding future on the horizon?

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Windows 8 slowly gains market share traction, analysis shows

Barely five months after its release, Windows 8 has captured 3.17 percent of the desktop operating systems market share, though it’s still lagging behind Vista, according to the March market statistics from Net Applications.

Samsung mini-stores reportedly headed to Best Buy for Galaxy S4 release

If Samsung indeed plans to open up mini-stores inside of Best Buy, it'll be copying a page out of Apple's playbook.

Even more secretive Windows Blue features revealed

Days after an early leak of Windows Blue hit the Web, new features are still being unearthed.