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Samsung shows business customers how to be high tech

RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ -- Samsung's pretty sure it knows just what business customers need, and it's happy to show them.

The Korean electronics giant last year opened an "Executive Briefing Center" on the sixth floor of its North American headquarters in Ridgefield Park, NJ. The facility is used to show potential customers the sort of Samsung technology they can use to update their businesses. That includes everything from monitors that connect with tablets and smartphones to special screens that overlay displays to make them touch-compatible.

Samsung's briefing center doesn't just show the different technologies, … Read more

A deeper dive with the LG G Pro 2's camera

It's been a month since LG's massive 5.9-inch G Pro 2 launched in Korea, and the device has been slowly gaining traction with further roll outs in other Asian countries including Hong Kong and Taiwan. Although no information has been released about its potential availability in Europe and US, we were able to review the unlocked handset here in our San Francisco offices, and were impressed by its sharp 1080p screen and ultra fast quad-core performance.

But the phone also sports some serious camera chops as well. Giving the G Pro 2 a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and … Read more

Use Link Bubble to open links in the background on Android

While many apps are starting to display in-line media (showing content of a link without opening a new window), this capability isn't omnipresent across Android. Instead, when catching up on one of your feeds, like Twitter, you have to click the link, and then wait for it to load in Chrome. Link Bubble is an app that seeks to bridge the gap between your apps and the Web by letting you queue up a link to read when you're finished catching up on social media or RSS feeds. It's similar to when you open tabs in the … Read more

7-minute workout app puts a personal trainer in your pocket

Aside from a weekly pick-up basketball game, I have not stuck with anything approaching regular exercise in my life. I have neither the time nor the inclination to join a gym, and any exercise program I devise at home seems to last only a week or two before it fades out and then stops altogether. Also, I hate jogging. Thankfully, I'm easily amused outdoors and can frequently be found skiing, skating, and biking in addition to playing tennis, touch football, and softball. (OK, softball doesn't count as exercise.) Despite my various athletic endeavors, I have never felt like … Read more

HTC One M8 launch in NYC: Join us Tuesday at 8 a.m. PT (live blog)

In a season full of phone launches, HTC hopes its new One device will stand above the rest.

The company will unveil the successor to last year's HTC One, rumored to be named the HTC One M8, on Tuesday at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT at a press event in New York.

Watch CNET's live coverage of HTC's March 25 event.

There's a lot riding on HTC's new flagship phone, with the company's profits and sales continuing to fall. While the HTC One was well regarded and won critical praise for … Read more

Facebook for iOS makes it easier to share selectively

I'm not an organized person. Planning is not my forte. Thus, Facebook expecting me to create a group to which I may later want to share a post or a photo is asking too much. With the latest Facebook for iOS update (version 8.0), I don't have to engage in such advanced preparations.

Now, when I go to share a status update, a photo, or a photo album on Facebook, I can select its audience on the fly. To do so from the Update Status screen, tap in the To field to bring up the Share With … Read more

Lenovo buys mobile patents from Unwired Planet for $100M

Lenovo on Thursday continued ramping up its mobile arsenal.

The Chinese computing giant, which in January agreed to buy Motorola for $2.9 billion, now has reached a deal to purchase 21 patent families owned by Unwired Planet for $100 million in cash. Those patents include 3G and LTE mobile technology, as well as "other important mobility patents."

"This investment is an extension of Lenovo's existing intellectual property portfolio," Lenovo General Counsel Jay Clemens said in a statement. "It will serve the company well as we grow and develop our worldwide smartphone and mobile … Read more

Use Manilla to manage your bills on the go

Managing bills online can be a big hassle. Some banks offer a bill pay solution, but often times it's confusing and far from intuitive. Manilla, a free service first launched in 2011, wants to help make paying your bills and managing your money less of a hassle.

During the signup process with Manilla, you're able to add any utility, bank, credit card, health travel, and subscription accounts to the service.

Once you've added the appropriate accounts, Manilla will automatically monitor your bills and account balances for you. You'll then receive alerts to remind you when a … Read more

Install the Android Wear launcher on your Android device

Earlier this week Google announced Android Wear, the platform that's going to bring Android to more wearables in the very near future. Along with the announcement, it also released a developer preview of the operating system for developers to begin working magic with. Naturally the preview included an emulator for devs to preview their work on. It didn't take long for the emulator to be extracted and turned into an installable APK for Android devices.

What this means for curious Android users running Android 4.4 and above is that you can install the Android Wear launcher on … Read more

Rumored Amazon phone: Six cameras, summer launch?

Here we go again. New reports online today suggest that the long-rumored Amazon smartphone is finally close at hand.

According to tech blog BGR, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted in a note to clients that "Amazon (US) will launch its own brand smartphone in 3-6 months, using the same hardware strategy as used for its e-reader and tablet." For those keeping track at home, this would put it on the market roughly two years after the first rumors copped up.

Kuo also predicts six cameras that include front and rear cameras, plus additional for touch-less gesture controls. … Read more