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15 must-see slow-motion iPhone 5S videos

Apple wasn't the first smartphone maker to include a slow-motion camera feature, nor will it be the last.

But with more than 9 million iPhones sold in its opening weekend, and most of those expected to be the 5S, there are going to be a lot of slow-motion videos floating around.

We've compiled some of the best early ones from the past few days below.

Doing backflips on a bike, with a soundtrack:

A dog eating water, or in Internet terms, re-enacting the WHARRGARBL:

Horses being majestic:

iPhone 5S Slow Motion Test from Sean O'Bryan on Vimeo.… Read more

Early iPhone 5S, 5C reviews arrive: Is plastic fantastic?

It's that time of year again.

Days ahead of when Apple's set to launch the iPhone 5C and 5S, early reviews of the devices are here.

Like with last year's iPhone 5, the consensus is predominantly positive for both devices, with critics lauding the speed and accuracy of the new Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the 5S.

CNET's own senior editor Scott Stein rated both devices four out of five stars, calling the iPhone 5C "a great $99 phone that basically replicates the well-reviewed iPhone 5 in a more colorful case." Stein praised the … Read more

6 Android tablet apps to help get you in the back-to-school spirit

School is different these days, with students sooner pulling out a 10-inch tablet to take notes than a sheet of loose-leaf paper and pen. Heck, even calculators are a rare sight to see in the modern classroom, with multifunction mobile apps serving as adequate replacements. With these sorts of changes in mind, I've put together a list of Android tablet apps to help you stay ahead of the game in school. All of them are useful for different reasons, and all of them are free to download.

MyHomework (free) Whether you're in high school or college, MyHomework is … Read more

Six games that will look great on your Nexus 7

With its full-HD screen, upgraded processor, and Open GL ES 3.0 support, the new Nexus 7 tablet is a beast when it comes to running games, specifically those with rich graphics. It handles lens flares, shadows, and other shader effects with ease, and its blacks and colors show up significantly deeper than those on the previous Nexus 7. With these things in mind, I've put together a list of graphics-heavy games to showcase the new tablet's impressive capabilities. Of course, games with such high-level visuals often come at premium, but in my opinion, these are all worth … Read more

Four summer blockbuster games that don't suck

These days, big-budget blockbuster movies are usually accompanied by story-driven mobile games. They usually tie in with the movie plot in many ways, and sometimes they put you in the shoes of the main character. The idea behind these types of games is great, but more often than not, they are completely disappointing.

With that in mind, I found four that are actually not so bad. Sure they're not perfect or even great, for that matter. But they do have specific qualities that make them enjoyable, especially for big fans of the movies.

Monsters University: Android (99 cents) | iOS (99 cents)Read more

The lowdown on Samsung's new products (roundup)

Tablets, cameras, and smartphones, oh my. At a London press conference today, Samsung let loose a number of new products that ranged from a handful of Galaxy smartphones, to several Windows 8 Ativ tablets. In addition, it announced the Galaxy NX, a compact camera that can connect photographers on the go to an LTE data connection. To make sense of all these devices, CNET compiled a list of the new goodies. But what do you guys think? Are you looking forward to any of these devices or are they a pass?

Samsung Galaxy NX Running a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, … Read more

Apple's WWDC 2013: Rumors and expectations

Apple's 24th annual developers conference kicks off next week, and will be the company's first event in more than seven months.

The conference lasts the entire week, but the highlight is Monday's keynote address, where Apple typically announces new products and services. This year, Apple has only said it will give developers new versions of iOS and OS X software, though there's likely to be a surprise or two.

CNET's live coverage of Apple's WWDC 2013 keynote

Expectations are high, in no small part because it's been so long since Apple has released … Read more

Flip phones to flip for (roundup)

I love my smartphone as much as any modern 21st-century kid. But there's something about whipping out a flip phone and then snapping it closed that is very gratifying and nostalgic. And while many phone manufacturers pump out high-tech handsets every season, it's nice to see that once in a while, a simple clamshell device still makes it through the pipeline.

Not only do these handsets have superb call quality (and really, isn't that what phones are made for?), but they're also extremely simple to use. In addition, these devices surprisingly cater to several demographics, from the active to the elderly. Below, we've gathered our recent favorites.… Read more

Manage to-dos with these four Android apps

For a long time, Astrid was considered a go-to task management app for Android users. But with its recent acquisition by Yahoo and the news that it will officially be going away on August 5, fans of the app are likely looking for alternatives. With that in mind, I've put together a list of four of my favorite to-do managers for Android. In some ways they may even outdo the popular Astrid, but feel free to tell us in the comments how you think they stack up.

Wunderlist (free) The beauty of Wunderlist lies in its simplicity. It easily … Read more

Six aftermarket car stereos for app addicts (roundup)

Look in the comments below any portable GPS navigation device review or news story on CNET and chances are that you'll find a large number of readers saying something akin to, "Why would I buy this when I've got an app that's better?" You people can't seem to get enough of your smartphones and your apps!

But while a suction cup mount and an aux-audio cable may be enough for some people, many could benefit from a phone-app integration system that makes accessing a smartphone's navigation and audio-streaming apps a bit more solid and a lot less distracting. With that in mind, I've rounded up some of my favorite car stereos that help you to (safely) get your app fix on the go.… Read more