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iPhone, Samsung Galaxy batteries may be drained by bitter cold on Long Island

A woman checks her mobile phone outside Lincoln

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If you’re planning on braving the cold today with your smartphone in tow, you’ll likely find an unsettling surprise. Your phone’s lithium battery will lose its charge rapidly.

The lithium batteries that power popular devices, including the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy smartphones, are sensitive to the conditions in which they’re used. When they’re used in very cold conditions, battery life decreases.


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iPhone Siri voice identity revealed to be Susan Bennett

Siri, the virtual assistant, is displayed on the

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Few things remain private for long in the age of smartphones and Google, but perhaps Apple was on to something in refusing to put a face to the voice iPhone users have come to know and love. When it comes to Siri, maybe ignorance truly is bliss.

But CNN stumbled upon the true identity of Siri. (Stop reading here if you'd prefer to keep on imagining the voice as one emanating from a futuristic...

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Gold iPhone rumored to be in the works for Apple

Apple is said to be adding a gold-colored

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The latest iPhone rumor should please everyone from elegant bejeweled women, to commodities traders to hip-hop star Trinidad James. That's because the color options for the new phone won't be so black-or-white.

Apple is adding a gold-colored option to its next generation of iPhones, according to multiple published reports. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company is expected to unveil the device...

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New iPhone rumored to be unveiled Sept. 10

The iPhone loyalists have about a month to

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Apple loyalists who have held tight to their iPhones even as rival manufacturer release one new gadget after another that takes aim at the tried-and-true favorite won't have to wait much longer to fight back.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based company is expected to unveil the next version of the iPhone during a Sept. 10 event, according to technology blog All Things D. (http://dthin.gs/1659rRk)


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iPhone killer: Leaked video shows Galaxy S4 with projected keyboard

The Samsung Galaxy S III was the best-selling

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The coolest feature of Samsung’s forthcoming attempt at another “iPhone killer” may be a laser projection of a keyboard that owners can use to input text.

Russian technology site Roketzed got its hands on a rendering of the new phone, which, as Business Insider explains, is simply the shell of the phone without most of the planned features.

The video shows a super-thin phone, tentatively...

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iPhone's Siri gets introduced to Chevy cars

In early 2013, Chevrolet Spark and Chevy Sonic

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Apple’s voice-activated personal assistant Siri is spreading its disruptive powers beyond just the smartphone market. The technology was released to much fanfare in October 2011 and spawned a lengthy marketing campaign that helped the iPhone stay ahead of the growing competition in the mobile device sector.

Now, it’s behind a major upgrade to some of Chevrolet’s forthcoming lineup of small...

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Apple remembers Steve Jobs with video tribute on website

Apple is paying tribute to founder Steve Jobs

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Known for its forward-thinking innovation, Apple instead is taking a trip down memory lane Friday. The world's most valuable company has cleared the new product images typically featured on its website's home page and replaced them with an otherwise blank screen showcasing a video that honors the firm’s co-founder, Steve Jobs, on the one-year anniversary of his death.

Apple chief executive...

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Review: The Amazing Spider-Man Video Game

The Amazing Spider-Man Video Game is available now

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Other comic book heroes have taken over this year, but a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man was the new kid on the block, after a reboot by Marvel Entertainment and Laura Ziskin Productions.

With a fresh start to the series, Activision and video game developer Beenox cast their web at the 2011 New York Comic-Con and captured an audience to promise a more grounded, more realistic approach, giving...

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Get more productive with these mobile apps

Last year at holiday time, more than 25

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Between work, family and social obligations, our lives are becoming increasingly busy. Now with the holidays coming up, there will be even more planning, scheduling and logistics to keep us occupied. Thankfully, our worlds no longer have to revolve around day planners and the Filofax. There are a ton of great smartphone applications out there to help you keep everything straight.

Take note...

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Tower Defense: Lost Earth hooks RTS fans

A screengrab from Tower Defense: Lost Earth.

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Looking for a great real-time strategy game for your mobile Apple device? Well look no farther than Tower Defense: Lost Earth. You are the commander of a defense grid set on protecting your outpost from a slew of different scary alien monsters hell-bent on your destruction.

Because the developers focused more on game play than plot, the game shines as a great action puzzle game. There is some...

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