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

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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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Samsung, Sony smartwatch failures don’t spell doom for wearable tech

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Smartwatches have the tech world buzzing. These latest smart devices are worn on your wrist like any other watch, but they tell you more than just the date and time -- smartwatches can connect to the Internet and take pictures just like our smartphones. Tech companies have given us a glimpse of what the future of mobile computing could look like.

If the wristwatch isn't where you expected...

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Smart camera buying tips

The Polaroid iM1836 is the brand's first smart

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With summer's arrival you might be thinking about sharing vacation photos. To aid in that process, many camera manufcaturers have begun selling cameras that connect to WiFi and mobile devices. Learn more about these devices here, and check below for tips from camera executives on what to look for as you shop for these new devices. 

1) Make sure it has the camera features you want.


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Samsung Galaxy Camera gets outfitted with Wi-Fi

Samsung launched a Wi-Fi-enabled version of its Galaxy

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While Facebook unveiled its latest plans to enter the ever-competitive smartphone sector, one of the sector’s existing giants, Samsung, has been spending a lot of time lately on digital cameras. On Thursday, the company launched a Wi-Fi version of its Galaxy Camera.

The $449.99 device, set to hit stores later this month, functions on the same Android operating system deployed by Galaxy smartphones,...

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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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Gift-getters prefer tablets to laptops, survey finds

The Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T switches

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If you’re shopping for a high-priced tech gadget this holiday season, your loved one would probably prefer a new tablet to a laptop, according to a PriceGrabber.com survey released Nov. 8, 2012. The online price comparison service found that 59 percent of the 1,475 online U.S. shoppers it polled late last month would prefer a tablet to a laptop.

So is this the beginning of the end for the...

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Samsung merges tablet, laptop for Windows 8

The Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T switches

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Samsung is blurring the line between tablets and laptops just as Apple shrinks the size of its market-leading tablet in a nod to the smartphone.

The Korean technology manufacturer is showcased what it’s calling the Smart PC -- a touch screen ultrabook with a detachable keyboard -- at an event introducing its new line of products designed specifically for Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows 8 operating...

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Comparing iPad 2 with competitors

The second generation iPads are displayed during Apple's

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Now that the iPad 2 is out, Apple lovers are claiming this is the iPad they've been hoping for, but in reality, Steve Jobs didn't announce anything groundbreaking. And the comparisons with its competitors have begun pouring in.

We’ve already seen dual-cameras, dual-core processors, HD recording and HDMI connectivity. It turns out the iPad 2 is a bit faster and has a thinner...

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