Mobile World Congress returned to form this year, with Samsung, Sony, and Huawei all choosing to launch flagship devices in Barcelona. These are my picks from the show:
WhatsApp, the globally popular texting app that Facebook just acquired for a whopping $19 billion, is adding phone calls to its list of services.
Few things enrage normally calm people like finding a parking ticket tucked under the windshield wiper of their car.
What if Facebook spent $19 billion on something and most people never noticed?
Google has heard all the concerns about Glass, its digital headset expected to hit the market by the end of the year.
Your app store may be getting a lot less flappy.
The Super Bowl has gotten so big it's outgrown the trusty old television. Today's fans can enjoy the bloated spectacle on computers, mobile devices, Twitter and more.
Smartphone usage has skyrocketed at sporting events, as anyone who's attended a recent game can tell you. Look around the stands and you'll see fans checking stats, sharing pictures on social media, or just killing time between plays.
Got a smartphone? Never lose your hotel key, or even have to stop at the registration desk, again.
Since Apple released iOS 7, its completely revamped operating system for the iPhone, reviews have been mixed but mostly positive.
You've seen this person. Maybe you've even been this person.
Is the era of 5G connectivity upon us? The government in South Korea says so, and it's sinking $1.5 billion into upgrades it says will make mobile communications there 1,000 times faster than they are today.
Is there room for one more music-streaming service on the Web? Some music-industry heavyweights are betting the answer is "yes."
Samsung's Galaxy S5, the next generation of its flagship smartphone, will be released by April and may include innovative eye-scanning technology.
If you are one of the lucky many to have received a new tablet or smartphone over the holidays, congratulations! You'll want to rip open the box and start playing right away. But before you do something potentially distracting like downloading Dots, here are some starter tips to make the most of your new device, whether it's an iPad Mini, Nexus 5 smartphone or Kindle Fire HDX.
Smartphones are not built for the extreme cold.
There is no wrong way to take a selfie. The medium has grown into its own form of self-expression, and the artistic choices people make are as varied as the faces themselves.
Carolyn Capern and her business partner Greg Trujillo were eating breakfast in a Panera bakery in Florida recently, each wearing Google Glasses but actually immersed in their smartphones when they were accosted by an angry stranger.
Why wait in line in the freezing cold for a bargain when you can stay at home and buy the same thing while warm and comfy?
Steve Jobs. Bill Gates. Mark Zuckerberg.
Apple's fingerprint sensor, Touch ID, is the flagship feature on the iPhone 5S. But it doesn't always work the way it should.
If you've ever wished your GPS had a sense of humor, Waze has a solution.
Commercial air travel is already filled with annoyances like shrinking personal space, overpriced meals and frequent delays. For many people, there's one bright spot to flying: A forced break from making, receiving and hearing phone calls.
As major airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration relax their rules on using electronic devices during takeoff and landing, one important question lingers:
Sprint tumbled to last place in this year's Consumer Reports rankings for U.S. wireless service providers, based on a survey of users.
For victims of smartphone theft, the ultimate justice is hitting a button that disables the device, turning it into a worthless rectangular paperweight. More importantly, the ability to disable a stolen smartphone could reduce theft for all consumers, since the resale value of the devices would plummet.
The bigger its touchscreen, the more tempting it is to use a smartphone for watching movies, as a GPS device, or to check out the latest happenings on social media.
In something of a surprise move, Apple began selling its new iPad Mini on Tuesday.
Researchers have found a way to figure out what personal identification number, or PIN, someone is typing into their smartphone by using the device's built-in cameras and microphones to secretly record them.
Apple is developing iPhones with curved-glass screens and enhanced sensors that detect different levels of pressure, according to a new report.
In early September my iPhone 5 fell off the roof of my Jetta wagon. The Jetta was traveling at highway speeds when it happened. I'd placed and forgotten the iPhone on the roof of the Jetta before driving off ? something I'd done repeatedly with inexplicable witlessness in the past, though I somehow managed not to lose the phone on those earlier jaunts.
Drivers are endlessly creative when it comes to finding dumb things to do while behind the wheel: eating, texting, reading a map, applying makeup.
Two weeks after Apple announced a new iPad Mini, shoppers looking to snap one up for the holidays -- or just for themselves -- are no closer to knowing when the tablet might hit stores.
Bookworms eagerly awaiting the next title from their favorite author may have a new way to access those books early.
Samsung tablets have edged out iPads for the first time in JD Power's biannual customer-satisfaction survey, although some observers say the results don't quite add up.
Google on Thursday released its latest candy-themed mobile operating system: Android 4.4, more deliciously known as Kit Kat.
In what might be a first, a woman in California received a traffic ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving.
Barnes & Noble is still making digital products, and E-Ink readers are here to stay. File these two facts in your "things that may surprise you" folder.
A new version of Google Glass, the company's breakthrough entry into the world of wearable tech, is on the way.
There is nothing terribly surprising in Apple's refreshed line of tablets, but that's OK.
It may have made the biggest splash, with the usual tech-world buzz that arises around any Apple product announcement. But the iPad Air wasn't the only new tablet rolled out on Tuesday.
Thinner. Lighter. Faster. That's what Apple promises in its newest iPad, which also has a new name: the iPad Air.
Nokia is getting into the tablet business. The company announced a new 10-inch tablet called the Lumia 2520 on Tuesday at a press event in Abu Dhabi. The Windows RT device is Nokia's first full-sized tablet.
In what is becoming an annual rite of fall, tablet makers are rushing to release a fresh selection of devices this month in time for the competitive holiday-shopping season.
When Apple unveiled not one but two new iPhones last month, it was the dawning of a new strategy for the company, which for six years had championed its single iconic smartphone even as competitors rolled out an array of shapes, sizes and features.
The day before Susan Bennett came out as the original voice of Siri in the United States, she lost her iPhone. Siriously.
It's relatively easy to find English, Spanish, French and German courses online. But, what if you want to learn Latin, Silbo Gomero, Mayan or Basque? Or a fictitious language such as Dothraki from "Game of Thrones" or Klingon from the "Star Trek" saga?
As foretold by tech bloggers and Apple's own not-so-subtle habit of holding an event every October, Apple has sent out invites for a press conference next week.
We are online more than ever, glued to computers at work, and smartphones and tablets at home, during commutes and everywhere in between. But how are we filling up all that extra screen time other than checking social media, playing games and reading articles?
So the rumors were true. Just a day after we reported on the implications of Samsung's flexible display technology, we have images of the first fruits of its labors.
The newest iPads could make their debut later this month.
Do you ever look at your smartphone and think it's just too stiff and flat? A growing number of tech giants have, and they're aiming to fix that with what may become the next wave of smartphone innovation.
A little more than two weeks after it first went on sale for $99, Apple's colorful new iPhone 5c is already on the bargain racks.
Collections of beautifully shot images of people's passions -- food, fashions, architecture, etc. -- helped make Pinterest a hit. Now Houzz, the interior-design platform, is turning similar photos into extremely popular mobile apps that tap into the home improvement craze.
She may be a disembodied robot, but Siri -- unmasked Friday by CNN -- has a sense of humor.
For the past two years, she's been a pocket and purse accessory to millions of Americans. She's starred alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Zooey Deschanel. She's provided weather forecasts and restaurant tips, been mocked as useless and answered absurd questions about what she's wearing.
The new version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 7, was released September 18 to mostly positive reviews.
Very soon, you will be sick of slow-motion videos. They will fill up your Facebook, Instagram and Vine feeds. The amateur clips will show pets jumping and playing, objects falling and breaking, and people dancing about in glorious, high-quality slow motion.
One of the oddest features in the new Kindle Fire tablets is decidedly retro: a button that summons a human tech support representative on your screen.
Samsung plans to introduce a smartphone with a curved display screen, an executive of the South Korean company said Wednesday.
My BlackBerry is my lifeline.
Since the dawn of the iPhone age in 2007, loyal BlackBerry users have watched their favorite device maker stumble into an ever-steepening decline.
A group of hackers in Germany says it has found a way to bypass the fingerprint-sensor security system on the new iPhone 5S.
Nothing tempts hackers quite like a high-profile new target.
You'll have to be doggedly clever to unlock Mike Linden's new iPhone 5S.
When it comes to new iPhones, bling is the thing.
Apple is releasing its latest operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch today.
So much for being underwhelmed.
When Siri, the voice "assistant" on the iPhone, made its debut in 2011, it was welcomed as futuristic way to interact with our gadgets. You could ask it simple questions, banter and flirt, or launch applications with one push of a button and without slogging through touchscreen menus.
When your smartphone makes it so easy to connect to the Internet, why bother firing up a clunky desktop or laptop computer?
On the Internet, a truly private conversation is hard to come by.
Given the privacy concerns swirling around much of our digital activity these days, the idea of handing over one's fingerprints to Apple via its new iPhone 5S has some people nervous.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has unveiled an iPhone app called Operation Predator that asks the public for help in gathering information on suspected child sexual predators, including those who are fugitives.
After Apple unveiled a pair of new iPhones Tuesday, Tim Cook & Co. made the phones briefly available for some hands-on (and fingers-on) testing.
For the first time ever, Apple unveiled two new iPhones on Tuesday, a traditional upgrade of its iPhone 5 as well as a simpler, cheaper version.
Snapchat is trying to get away from its reputation as a service for randy sexting teens and secretive philanderers.
When Apple introduces new iPhones on Tuesday, as everyone expects them to do, the company that practically created the smartphone will face an unusual task: keeping up with the competition.
Apple is testing iPhone display screens as large as 6 inches, according to a new report.
It's tricky business comparing the handful of smartwatches that been publicly unveiled so far -- an early wave in the growing flood of wearable tech products.
In rolling out its Galaxy Gear on Wednesday, Samsung effectively launched the smartwatch wars, becoming the biggest player in an emerging gadget market that could soon see Apple, Google and others join the fray.
And here we were expecting a slice of key lime pie.
With its purchase of Nokia's mobile phone business, Microsoft has brought a longtime partner into the fold to help fight a battle that has been tough for both companies.
Confirming earlier rumors, Apple launched a new program Friday that will allow customers to trade in old iPhones at U.S. Apple stores for credit towards a newer model.
Three New Jersey judges surprised phone owners everywhere Tuesday with a new message: You don't have to be texting and driving to get in trouble. You might be legally liable for a crash if you're on the other end of the phone, too.
Google's Nexus 4 made a splash last fall simply because it was well-built and inexpensive, and yet it didn't require a two-year contract with a wireless carrier. Now, it's even cheaper.
For the first time Apple stores will soon let iPhone owners trade in their old phones for credit toward a new one, according to multiple reports.
There's no shortage of promising features expected in the next iPhone: A brand-new iOS 7 operating system, a better camera and processor, and possibly even a fingerprint sensor for added security.
Mapping apps on phones have already replaced dedicated navigation devices for many drivers trying to find unfamiliar addresses.
Samsung may be the latest company to enter the red-hot wrist-tech market. The South Korean company is planning to announce a new smartphone device that's worn on the wrist in September, according to a report from Bloomberg.
Director Werner Herzog has won countless film awards. His works, including "Aguirre: The Wrath of God," "Fitzcarraldo" and "Grizzly Man," are considered classics. He's been recognized for his artistic passion, his eccentricities (he once ate a shoe after losing a bet) and his disdain for many aspects of commercialism.
Pretty much any smartphone you buy in 2013 will have the same basic features: Internet access, e-mail, downloadable apps, a camera and of course the ability to make calls and send text messages.
Apple will unveil the latest version of its iPhone on September 10, according to a new report.
Many Californians were startled awake Monday night and early Tuesday morning by Amber Alerts that made screeching noises on their cell phones. Some people even took to Twitter to complain.
Starting on August 16, Apple will offer users of third-party iPhone, iPad, and iPod power adapters the chance to trade their old chargers in and pick up a genuine model at a discount.
It's becoming an annual tradition: Samsung will unveil the next generation of its Galaxy Note smartphone in advance of the IFA technology conference in Berlin. The company sent invitations to the press on Monday for an event on Sept. 4, two days before the first day of the conference.
If something can connect to a network, it can be hacked. Computers and phones are still popular targets, but increasingly so are cars, home security systems, TVs and even oil refineries.
Apple, that icon of left-leaning Silicon Valley whose board of directors includes former Democratic Vice President Al Gore, is really a symbol of the Republican Party.
Hallway, a social media site for students to collaborate and ask questions, gets picked up by microsoft for Windows 8.
Apple demonstrates it's new IOS 6 operating system that is the backbone of its new iPhone 5.
Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller walks through the new features of the company's iPhone 5 device.
Microsoft's tablet OS can run as a desktop, making it an all-in-one machine for use at home or on the go.
Smartphone users are creating a lot of buzz about an app that claims to repel mosquitoes. KENS reports.
Voxer CEO Tom Katis hopes to build a freemium business off of his app that brings walkie-talkie functions to smartphones.
The latest phones released at the 2012 Mobile World Congress include high resolution cameras and built-in projectors.
El director de la Filarmónica de Nueva York detuvo la orquesta a mitad de concierto por el sonido de un celular.
Barnes and Noble's new Nook Tablet lacks the multimedia features of Apple's iPad and Amazon's Kindle Fire.
Amazon's Kindle Fire is a solid tablet, and a relative bargain at $199. But, Apple's iPad is still ahead of the field.
Bump CEO David Lieb describes how his company's app is able to transfer information simply by bumping phones together.
Tech expert Marc Saltzman joins Fredericka Whitfield to discuss the latest news in technology.
With a surprise appearance by Steve Jobs, Apple debuts its iPad 2, the company's successful tablet computing gadget.
In June 2010, Apple CEO Steve Jobs faced an unexpected technical glitch during a demo of the new iPhone 4.
A former Microsoft employee creates an application that uses QR codes to track pets. KING reports.
According to CNET an Apple employee left a prototype of the new iPhone 5 at a bar in San Francisco.
Digital Lifestyle Expert Mario Armstrong helps you decide if you should get a laptop or a tablet computer.
CNN's Kristie Lu Stout explains a few major patent wars ongoing between tech companies.
A traffic app incorporates social networking to provide up to minute conditions. CNN's Dan Simon reports.
After already tackling the Internet, one CEO wants South Korea to be a "mobile wonderland." CNN's Paula Hancocks reports
Pew: 17% use cell phones for health info. Is that a good idea? CNN's Pete Dominick hits the street.
CNN's Becky Anderson helps answer viewer questions about Apple's new iCloud product.
CNN's Dan Simon reports on an app that aims to find you a parking place.
Mobile makers hope to target Orthodox Jews with "kosher" phones. CNN's Kevin Flower reports
An iPhone user's reaction to news the device collects continuous information about a customer's whereabouts.
Wired.com's John Abell explains how iPhone software tracks users' movements and saves the data.
Sony Ericsson's CEO talks to CNN's Jim Boulden about the company's new PlayStation smartphone.
Filing your taxes last-minute? CNN's Karin Caifa tells us about some smartphone apps that can help.
A Verizon store in Minnesota welcomes customers interested in purchasing the new iPhone 4.
Digital lifestyle expert Mario Armstrong talks about some phone apps that could help save your life.
A doctor in Idaho helped develop a smart phone app that blocks texts and calls while a car is moving. KIDK reports.
Is cell phone etiquette around the world getting better or worse?
CNN's Jim Boulden explores the latest trends and news at Barcelona's Mobile World Congress.
So will smartphones really lead to the death of the PC? PC Magazine's Lance Ulanoff explains.
The makers say the app isn't replacing the confessional, but it will help people with the sacrament. WCVB reports.
New technology allows your appliances to "talk" to repair centers and give you tips on saving energy.
Whether you're shopping or banking, here are tips to keep information safe when using your smartphone.
Safe Road Trains for the Environment (SARTRE) is testing a system to lets you "convoy" hands-free on the road.
Playboy goes to the iPad uncensored and Facebook wants the world to go mobile. CNN's John Lisk reports.
Canadian students may soon be getting online textbooks. Global News' Antony Robart reports.
A dual-core smartphone that also docks as a laptop is one of Motorola's biggest show stoppers at CES 2011.
A teen discovers her Coby Kyros pad had pornography installed on it. WSIL explains what happened.
CNN's Dan Simon reports on a lawsuit brought against Apple, accusing the company of selling personal data.
CNN's Michael Holmes demonstrates some of the main features of the new CNN iPad app.
Offbeat reporter Pete Dominick takes a look at the new CNN iPad application with CNN's John King.
CNN's Kristie Lu Stout demonstrates some of the main features of the new CNN iPad app.
Check out the new CNN app for iPad featuring three new ways to explore the news.
Students in Canada unplug themselves from cell phones, iPods and computers. Global News' Lama Nicolas reports.
New technology allows medical staff to "go mobile" with ultrasounds.
CNN's Kristie Lu Stout explains mobile app Foursquare and speaks to co-founder and CEO Dennis Crowley.
At the Web 2.0 conference, Google's CEO describes a new technology that could revolutionize the way you shop.
Two Spelman College students designed a phone app to educate others about historically black colleges and universities.
As the cell phone market is flooded with smartphones, CNN.com helps you narrow down which works best for you.