The thinnest and lightest small tablets

In the beginning, tablets looked more like the televisions that strap onto the back of a car's seat more than something out of "2001: A Space Odyssey." However, I'm happy to report that the times have changed and so have tablet designs.

After Apple released the iPad (let's give credit where credit is due), aesthetics and design became a more prominent selling-point for the emerging portable devices. Overall, tablet girth has declined, ushering in the new era of thin slates, and we've gathered the ones so sleek, their predecessors wouldn't even recognize them … Read more

Samsung Galaxy S5 price: $199.99 on-contract, preorders begin March 21

AT&T, U.S. Cellular, T-Mobile, Sprint, and RadioShack announced pricing and availability for the Samsung Galaxy S5, which globally goes on sale April 11.

AT&T and U.S. Cellular will charge $200 for the Galaxy S5, with a new two-year contract. Sprint customers will also get it for that price, after a $50 mail-in rebate; the phone runs on Sprint's faster Spark network.

For T-Mobile's part, the carrier's Galaxy S5 comes in at a pre-order price of $660, or $0 down and $27.50 per month for two years. Sprint is also pushing … Read more

Samsung prices Gear 2 at $299, Gear Fit at $199

Samsung has officially posted the global prices for two of its upcoming wearable devices.

The Gear 2 smartwatch will sell for 8,999 Taiwan dollars ($293), Samsung announced in Taiwan on Wednesday, according to Sammobile and other sources. That's a slight drop from the $300 retail price of the original Gear. The new Gear Fit fitness band will cost 5,990 Taiwan dollars, but Samsung kept mum on the Gear 2 Neo.

AT&T unleashed more details Thursday by announcing that it will start preorders of Samsung's new family of wearable devices in the US on Friday. … Read more

Galaxy Crush review

Galaxy Crush lets you test your matching skills in outer space, with all kinds of hidden challenges to overcome as you advance through the levels. Demolish pyramids, learn to use a galactic net, and whip out the wormhole when you need it to accomplish your goals and score as many points as possible on this interstellar adventure.

The first time you open Galaxy Crush, a tutorial will pop up that describes the various features of the game. It covers how to make moves, what happens if you match more than three symbols, the special tools you can earn, and the … Read more

Large iPad ditched? Not dead yet, says analyst

A large Apple tablet isn't out of the question this year, an analyst told CNET, in the wake of a report today saying the device is "shelved."

"The problem so far is that the use-case hasn't been made for a large tablet yet," said Rhoda Alexander, director of tablet and monitor research at IHS Technology.

That sentiment was echoed in a CNET review of the large Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, which said interface and performance issues hold it back from being a laptop replacement.

A report today from Digitimes claimed that shipments … Read more

Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom details allegedly come to light

The camera-focused Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom, a variation on the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S5, could feature a 20-megapixel rear camera and a hexa-core processor, according to new benchmarks.

Thanks to details first discovered by Italian site, we're getting a clearer picture of what to expect in Samsung's image-centric handset.

The model called the SM-C115 appears to run Android 4.4.2 KitKat and feature a 4.8-inch 720p display. Larger than the Galaxy S4 Zoom's 4.3-inch screen, this model may feature 2GB RAM and 8GB internal storage. Also of particular note, the benchmarks list … Read more

Samsung said to release updated S Band activity tracker

Samsung may have yet another wearable device up its sleeve.

The Korean electronics giant plans to release an updated S Band activity tracker as an accessory to its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone, SamMobile reported on Friday. The blog, which closely follows Samsung, posted photos of the device but said it's unclear when the S Band will launch or what it will cost.

The band has no display, much like the Nike Fuelband and other fitness trackers on the market, the site reported. It will be able to track activity, calories burned, and sleep cycles, and it also has simple … Read more

Samsung launches ultrasonic Galaxy Core Advance cover, optical stand

Samsung on Friday announced a few new accessories for its Galaxy Core Advance.

First up is an ultrasonic cover that fits atop the smartphone and detects objects to help users navigate around an area or unfamiliar places. When heading towards an obstacle, the cover vibrates. The cover can target objects up to 2 meters away, said Samsung, and it could be especially useful for the visually impaired.

In addition to the ultrasound cover, Samsung announced an Optical Scan Stand. The accessory is essentially a stand that positions the Galaxy Core Advance to point directly at printed material. That then activates … Read more

LeBron James, Samsung rep, tweets rage at his Galaxy

When you get mad, you get mad.

When you're a famous person, it's your duty to share your madness. And if you want the immediacy of sharing just how mad you are, you go to Twitter.

Quite naturally, this is what LeBron James chose to do on Wednesday when his phone phlegmed out and erased everything he had on it.

As Business Insider reports, the Miami Heat forward told his 12 million followers: "My phone just erased everything it had in it and rebooted. One of the sickest feelings I've had in my life!!!"

Sympathy … Read more

Android KitKat arrives for Samsung GS4, Note 3 in Britain

Kit's coming home, Kit's coming, KitKat's coming home! The Android 4.4 update has begun for the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 in Great Britain, where the four-fingered tasty treat was born.

The KitKat chocolate bar as we know it was invented in Britain in 1935, and now British owners of unlocked S4 and Note 3 devices can enjoy the chocolatey, wafer-y goodness of Google's very latest software, Android 4.4.2.

Owners of the S4 flagship phone and Note 3 phablet are reporting the 4.4 update is available to download over-the-air. If … Read more