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Huawei is considering cell towers that wirelessly charge drones

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:06:00 -0500

(image) Huawei's big news at MWC was, of course, the P10 handset and a new watch. The company does have its fingers in other pies, though, and one of those is the drone game. Far away from the exhibition halls where all the smartphones are on display is an a...



Mozilla buys Pocket, an app for saving articles

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:54:00 -0500

(image) More than one save-it-for-later service is finding a new owner these days -- Mozilla has acquired Read It Later, the developer behind Pocket. The service will be treated as a product separate from (but of course, complementary to) Firefox, and will f...



LG is working on a VR headset with Valve

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:45:00 -0500

(image) LG is teaming up with video game developer Valve to create a head-mounted virtual reality device that uses SteamVR tracking technology. This places LG in direct competition with HTC, which teamed up with Valve to create the HTC Vive.



'MythBusters' revival gets its new hosts

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:24:00 -0500

(image) The original MythBusters show ended with a bang, but Discovery was quick to plan a reboot and launch a reality show competition (Science Channel's MythBusters: The Search) to find replacements for lead presenters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman. And at...



T-Mobile upgrades its unlimited plan again to one-up AT&T

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:02:00 -0500

(image) T-Mobile added HD video streaming and 10GB of LTE hotspot tethering to its unlimited One plan earlier this month, possibly as a response to Verizon's new unlimited data plan. Yes, the mobile carrier wars have been intense lately, and they're getting...



FCC chairman says his agency won't review AT&T's Time Warner purchase

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:42:00 -0500

(image) Last month, AT&T revealed how it might structure its deal to acquire Time Warner without having to go through FCC review. The communications giant noted that it "anticipated that Time Warner will not need to transfer any of its FCC licenses ... a...



MediaTek's revamped 10-core chip will be hitting phones in Q2

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:20:00 -0500

(image) MediaTek's first 10-core chips, the Helio X20 and X25, didn't exactly storm the smartphone market last year, but the company isn't ready to give up just yet. Following MediaTek's initial announcement back in September, the new 10-core Helio X30 is no...



A first look at Gear VR's motion controller

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:00:00 -0500

(image) Samsung and Oculus are making sure the Gear VR keeps up with Google's DayDream VR platform. The two companies announced a new version of the mobile headset and it now comes with a controller. In fact, that's the major difference, with the headset its...



MWC's best phones head-to-head: It's (mostly) about the display

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:35:00 -0500

(image) While flagships may have been scarce at MWC this year, there were still more than a few notable smartphone announcements early in the week. We've put the biggest ones so far in a handy table so you can compare specs, features and more to decide which...



Amazon's next video original is a smash British TV series

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:17:00 -0500

(image) Netflix isn't the only streaming service that can snap up a popular British TV show. Amazon has revealed that season two of Fortitude, Sky's well-received Arctic thriller, will be one of its original series. It'll be available on BBC Two in the UK,...



The charity that wants video game karts in every hospital

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:00:00 -0500

(image) In many ways, Jonathan Watson is like other 11-year-olds. He does his homework, dreams of becoming a doctor and plays video games when he can. Depending on the day, his favorite is either Minecraft or The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Unlike most kids his...



On Facebook, love reactions triumph over hate

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:46:00 -0500

(image) Ever since Facebook introduced reactions a year ago, there's been a lingering question: which reactions rule? At last, we know... although you can probably guess the answer. Facebook tells Select All that "love" dominated the 300 billion reactions fr...



Facebook's new video app launches on Samsung smart TVs

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:28:00 -0500

(image) Facebook recently confirmed that rumors of a video streaming app were real, and now owners of Samsung's 2017 QLED 4K TVs can download it. As the company said on Valentine's Day, it's focused strictly on video content and isn't just a big-screen versi...



Watch Sony's Xperia MWC press event in under 5 minutes

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:15:00 -0500

(image) Sony invited us to their MWC booth to run down a few announcements in the span of about 30 minutes. Since you might not have a half hour to dedicate to catching the full video, so we've distilled down the most important details to a five-minute recap...



Let's play 'Horizon Zero Dawn'

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:01:00 -0500

(image) This is the strangest death I've suffered in Horizon Zero Dawn. I can handle taking a laser beam to the face from a gigantic metal bobcat or being knocked to the ground by an overzealous robot velociraptor, but this? What a way to go.



Comcast X1 boxes will get a YouTube app later this year

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:48:00 -0500

(image) Last year Comcast added Netflix streaming to its X1 platform, and in 2017 YouTube will be next. Once the app is released later this year, customers will be able to search YouTube via text or with the X1 voice remote, and YouTube streams will be integ...



The sequel to 'Shadow of Mordor' arrives August 22nd

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:32:00 -0500

(image) Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was one of the most important blockbuster games of 2014, proving that an open-world title set in a very familiar fantasy world could still feel fresh and innovative. And apparently, it was popular enough to get a sequel...



Roborace unwraps its driverless electric car

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:15:00 -0500

(image) The team behind Roborace has taken a big step toward introducing a fully driverless racing competition. At a press conference in Barcelona, chief executive Denis Sverdlov and chief designer Daniel Simon revealed the final design for its track-ready "...



Akai brings its iMPC music production app to Android devices

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:00:00 -0500

(image) Akai's iOS-friendly iMPC app has been giving musicians and producers a much more mobile version of its MPC (Music Production Center) hardware for a while now. During MWC this week, the company is announcing a version for Android devices. There's a ca...



K-pop and VR at MWC is sensory overload

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:52:00 -0500

(image) I expected MWC to be a roller-coaster ride of emotions, but I wasn't quite anticipating getting on a literal one (albeit in VR) here at the show. When Korea Telecom (KT) offered up a chance to party with K-pop band Twice, I just had to get in line de...



Jolla's Android alternative is coming to Sony Xperia phones

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:44:00 -0500

(image) If you're a fan of Jolla (a mobile platform that's part Linux, part Android and loosely based on Nokia's MeeGo project), good news. The company has announced it will be releasing an official version of its Sailfish operating system for a number of So...



Sony's Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra round out its mid-range lineup

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:39:00 -0500

(image) With a 4K screen and Snapdragon 835 chip, the new Xperia XZ Premium has plenty of appeal, but there's probably a reason Sony didn't mention the price. Luckily, at MWC 2017 it also unveiled the $700 Xperia XZs, a 5.2-inch, 1080p smartphone with a "mer...



Watch Samsung's MWC 2017 event in under 15 minutes

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:30:00 -0500

(image) Samsung's MWC 2017 press conference opened with quality control assurances before moving on to the Galaxy Tab S3, Galaxy Book and a new Gear VR. We save you the trouble of watching an hour-long video with all the important details in a 15-minute clip...



Twitch goes after Steam with direct game sales

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:15:00 -0500

(image) Twitch has a dilemma -- it can get you fired up about a game, but then you've got to head off to Steam or another site when it comes time to buy (insert sad trombone sound). However, the Amazon-owned streaming outfit has some big news that changes al...



Oppo's clever, zooming dual camera was inspired by periscopes

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:09:00 -0500

(image) The dual-camera craze is real at Mobile World Congress, but Oppo decided to break from the pack with its own, very clever implementation. Long story short: the company managed to build a 5x "lossless" zoom system for smartphones using two sensors and...