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    How do you like to read your e-books? Some of us get by just fine on a phone or phablet screen, while others insist on the larger format of tablets. But regardless of what size smart device you choose, we're likely still talking about a bright LCD or OLED screen. Just like with sizes, how you feel about screen tech is largely a matter of preference, but when you're going to be looking at a display for hours on end, both those options can end up being a little hard on your eyes. That's why so many readers decide to go with a dedicated e-paper device, just like Amazon's been offering for ...

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    Nope, it's necessarily about bringing back the HERE Maps app to Windows Phone. But where is it going to go from there? Well, nowhere, not unless Microsoft helps it along. Or Amazon. Or both. Both Amazon and Microsoft have been working on cloud server agreements with HERE, formerly Nokia-run, now in the hands of a German automaker conglomerate of BMW, Audi and Mercedes. The three plan on producing vehicles with intelligent mapping sensors to relay data about driving speeds, traffic and other bits of road information. Self-driving cars will heavily rely on this data to plan routes and ...

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    Amazon Prime is $99 a year. Now you can get it as a third-party service on Sprint for... $131.88 a year. But the carrier has come to an agreement with Amazon to provide a monthly subscription fee of $10.99, tacked to your cell service bill. If you're looking for the convenience of paying for a pricey annual subscription at a more digestible monthly, if more expensive rate, this may be for you. If you don't rely on Amazon for more than the free two-day shipping and would like to keep Prime for the holiday shopping season, you have the option to hop in and out. You've got nine months out of ...

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    How sweet is that new USB Type-C standard? Extremely, ensuring all charging and data transfer ports and accessories are created equal (we’re looking at you, Apple), and eliminating the possibility of plugging a compatible device in the wrong way. When combined with 3.1 technology, it’s even greater, letting you swap digital content between supporting gadgets at mind-blowing speeds. Unfortunately, the two don’t go hand in hand on mainstream phones yet, and USB-C can often do more harm than good if you’re not very careful about the cables and adapters you buy. On the bright side, a ...

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    Don't let the word "Chromebook" scare you. If you're looking to switch off to a more spartan and streamable digital lifestyle, you'll get everything you need in one of those puppies. Google is lousy with demand from the education sector and those kids can get work done on that thing. That's why Acer has released Chromebook after Chromebook to match persnickety people to the right computer. Now, with the new Acer Chromebook 14, it's upped the feel and focus of the product. While we see a dual-core Intel Celeron processor here along with standard Intel HD graphics integration, you do get a ...

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    Are voice-powered in-home smart appliances going to be the next must-have piece of consumer tech? Amazon's Echo appliance has been off to a strong start, and Amazon's already brought that same Alexa-fueled voice control to a growing family of devices. Rumor has it that Google's even working on building an Echo-like device of its own. And while we may be about to see more and more manufacturers bringing us similar devices, you don't have to wait for one of those to come around to start playing with some Echo-like interactions of your own, thanks to Amazon releasing plans that let you roll ...

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    Sony didn’t exactly play all its cards right in terms of US availability for the Xperia Z5 trio, launching the high-end phones a little late, a little pricey and a little crippled. Worse yet, the Xperia X trio entered the equation perhaps a little early, though they’re only set to commercially roll out in the summer. Can something still be done to save the Z5, Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium from premature oblivion? Well, “global” Android Marshmallow updates are definitely a first step in the correct direction, and at least as far as the diminutive model goes, the bang for buck factor is ...

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    The biggest, most profitable corporation in the world cannot be stopped from printing money by the FBI, the US Department of Justice, future American president Donald Trump or the developers of the number one search engine. Google, or rather Alphabet, will occasionally exceed Cupertino in NASDAQ market capitalization, but when it comes right down to it, it doesn’t have the financial muscle to retain the crown for more than a few days. Not even close, according to independent valuation consultancy company Brand Finance, which assesses Big G’s brand at “only” $94 billion, compared to ...

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    Modern flash storage is an almost magical thing: with a little wafer the size of a fingernail, you can double, triple, or easily quadruple the amount of data your phone can store. And while going with as little as an extra 16GB of storage can add $100 to a phone's selling price, doing a 16GB upgrade post-purchase with a microSD card won't even cost you $10. But if you're going to make that kind of investment at all, why not go big? 128GB cards have already been surpassed by 200GB cards, and today we've spotted a heck of a deal on them, with Amazon selling a 200GB SanDisk Ultra card for a ...

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    Undecided between the two cheapest Microsoft Surface Pro 4 configurations around? Redmond makes it very easy to choose now, selling both the Intel Core m3 and Core i5 4GB RAM/128GB SSD models at $900. The latter, which is clearly faster and more desirable, typically costs 100 bucks extra, and we’re guessing the 2-in-1’s budget-conscious adopters were willing to cut the performance corner, since the Core m3 version isn’t on sale. Instead, you can also grab the other Core i5 Surface Pro 4 SKU for less than usual, as long as you see fit to cough up a $300 premium on 8 gigs of RAM and ...

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    Deemed “the most giftable smartphone of 2015” even back when it was available at list price, the Motorola Moto X Pure Edition, aka Moto X Style, has been treated to surprisingly many deals lately, especially in Moto 360 bundles. By itself, the now Marshmallow-powered 5.7-inch handheld commanded a reduced tag of $350 at one point with 32GB internal storage space, and $400 very recently in a 64GB configuration. Naturally, it’s time the “entry-level” 16GB variant finally scores its own compelling discount, going down from $400 to just $300 at Motorola, Amazon and Best Buy. According ...

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    I've had the repeated pleasure of meeting the Boston Globe's Hiawatha Bray — he writes his Tech Lab column for the newspaper — and have appreciated his "big picture" stories on innovation. He gets into the nitty gritty, too: last time I saw him on my way home, he was toting a Moto X for review. It's with that cred that NPR's Rachel Martin invited Bray for a segment a couple weeks ago on Weekend Edition Sunday about the Amazon Echo and the company's voice-powered assistant, Alexa. If you're not familiar with how this up and coming Internet of Things hub works, you prompt the voice ...

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    Whether you’re only curious about the G5 because it’s exotic and ingenious, or you’re actually looking to defy statistics and buy the “world’s first modular phone”, there’s no denying the healthy buzz LG’s managed to accumulate around the 5.3-incher. But will the attention and customer interest last, as the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are available today, and the LG G5… not? It depends on exactly how long people need to wait to pick the versatile powerhouse up. Unfortunately, you’re most likely faced with another month or so of waiting, at least stateside, in Canada, and the ...

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    Pretty much unanimously hailed as the most beautiful Android Wear device in the world, the Huawei Watch is by no means affordable. Typically, it starts at $350, but we’ve occasionally seen it go for as little as $300. Today only, it reaches a new all-time low price on Amazon, setting you back $280 in a stainless steel configuration with an elegant black suture leather strap attached. That’s down from an MSRP of $350, yet believe it or not, there’s a costlier model that nets you even higher savings by midnight PST. Namely, a whopping $130, which is the difference between what Huawei ...

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    It’s odd, but despite there being superior Pro 3 and Pro 4 configurations around, we haven’t seen a lot of solid deals offered on the non-Pro Surface 3 convertible Windows 10 tablet lately. Or maybe we haven’t paid close enough attention, since the 2-in-1 device is rather old and lackluster by 2016 computing standards. Whatever the case, the Microsoft Surface 3 returns in the spotlight today, thanks to Amazon, which fulfils orders placed with third-party seller USA Supply Source starting at $385. That hooks you up with 64GB internal storage space and 2GB RAM in addition to the ...

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    While owners of low-cost Fire tablets aren’t routinely characterized as extremely tech-savvy, and Amazon’s argument for ditching full disk encryption probably held up, the timing of the security-shrinking move wasn’t the wisest. Even if no one actually uses the feature, it feels weird to just give it up voluntarily, without so much as a heads up, when other companies’ execs are literally risking their freedom to protect it on every single iDevice around. But ultimately, Amazon appears to have listened to the voice of reason (and public scrutiny), yielding to the numerous security ...

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    Google may have taken the early bird to get Nest, but it seems that one of it's first major flights will connect to a hub of Amazon's. In a few weeks, the Nest Learning Thermostat will make its first connection with the Amazon's Alexa voice assistance service, featured on the Amazon Echo, Fire TV and, likely, the company's latest Echo products. This will allow users to prompt Alexa to "set my bedroom thermostat to 68 degrees." One of Re/code's sources has said that Nest was previous considering an Echo-like voice assistance hub, but that forward product plans — which the company itself ...

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    Encryption has a certain forward momentum to it: methods for protecting files and devices tend to keep getting better and better over time, not worse. Just look at how tying encryption to things like fingerprint security has made it easier to use (and trickier to crack) or how Android full-disk encryption started out as an optional feature, only to emerge as standard on Marshmallow-powered hardware. That's why we're so surprised to see what's going on with Amazon and its Fire OS Android fork, as the company dials-back the clock on encryption, removing the option for the latest Fire OS 5 ...

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    Amazon's got a hit-and-miss record when it comes to hardware, and for every Kindle, there also seems to be a Fire Phone. Lately, though, the company's been finding some solid success, with winners like it super-affordable $50 Fire tablet and the surprise hit that the Echo smart appliance has become. Could Amazon take what it learned from that new Fire tablet and apply it to the Echo to make it even more successful – that is, give us something that's smaller and cheaper? Back in January we heard rumors that the company was working on some sort of Echo Mini, and today we're getting just ...

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    It should be so straightforward: power comes from one place, and then a cable helps move it somewhere else. Heck, designing and building cables has been the backbone of the electronics industry going back over a century. So why does it seem so darn hard to get it right? Over the past few months, we've seen a surprising number of product recalls related to power cabling, as Apple, Microsoft, and Apple again found themselves sounding the warning call over cables and adapters that in some cases would just stop working, or at the worst could present the opportunity for a fire hazard. Now ...

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    You often hear the world’s most valuable company justifying its success on the unmatched loyalty of its customers, but exactly how do you scientifically assess such a vague and deeply abstract concept? Leave it to New York-based consultancy firm Brand Keys to interview close to 43,000 consumers aged 18 to 65 in the nine US Census Regions, in order to determine the most beloved brand names in no less than 72 categories, ranging from airlines to breakfast bars to deodorants to smartphones, tablets, and social networking sites. The logo that prevailed in the most sections of the ...

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    Apple’s best quarter in history in terms of both overall profits and iPhone unit sales will likely be followed by its all-time worst, at least as far the latter is concerned. We’ve known that for a while, and Cupertino no doubt expects it, looking towards the lower-cost 5se and, possibly, a precocious 7 launch to turn things around. What’s unlikely to put the company’s financial records on the right track are iPads, projected to fall short of 10 million shipments between January and March 2016 for their own historically lowest quarterly level. Apparently, the iPad Pro is indeed off ...

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    There are ups and downs to be had in the tablet market. Unfortunately, the long-range outlook is still down. Digitimes tracked several US-based tablet sellers and has recorded over 65.3 million shipments during the holiday quarter with Apple's iPad Air 2 chipping in 16.1 million units alone. The whole pie represents a 24 percent increase from Q3, but a 14 percent drop year-over-year. 29 million non-iPads from major brands were checked out, 6 percent better over last year. Amazon's Fire 7 stole share away from ODMs which turned their focus towards Windows 10 tablets instead. Huawei's sales ...

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    Sony just brought last year's Xperia Z5 to US shoppers, as multiple retailers opened sales one week ago. And while we're always happy to see Sony bringing its far-too-hard-to-come-by phones to more and more consumers, the Z5's US debut felt a little wrong in more ways than one. First, we're looking at a phone that launched all the way back at the end last summer – so even if sales are only starting now, the hardware's not exactly fresh. And for the US market, Sony even downgraded that hardware, killing off the phone's fingerprint scanner. Finally, despite all these compromises, the phone ...

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    We know, we know, there will always be some no-name Chinese device manufacturer ready to undercut the most absurdly low prices of Western phones and tablets for a few headlines and free publicity. But among the brands that count, the Fire 7 can’t possibly be rivaled in terms of extreme affordability. Yes, Amazon’s newest 7-incher, based loosely on Android, launched at $50 last fall, quickly dropped to $35 for Black Friday, smashed sales records over the holidays, then went back up to 50 bucks, and is now again sold for a deep discount. Well, deep is perhaps a bit of a stretch, since ...

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