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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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Cheap tablets meet their match in $38 Datawind UbiSlate

The $38 UbiSlate 7Ci tablet features a 7-inch

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The best part about the $38 tablet being sold by London-based Datawind is that it will really make you appreciate all the features loaded on the iPad, Kindle, or Nexus product that cost you 10-times as much.

Datawind said Monday that its ultracheap tablet, dubbed the UbiSlate, would be available for purchase in the United States from its website. But aside from the price tag, the tablet’s...

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YouTube comments require Google+ account, Google faces uproar

If you want to continue commenting on YouTube,

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If you want to continue commenting on YouTube, you’re going to need a Google+ account.

Google’s overhaul of YouTube’s comment system, first announced in September, is complete and offers better sorting options than before. In the past, the thumbs up/down feature drove comments toward the top of any given thread with little, if any, moderation from YouTube.

The new system incorporates...

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Xbox One tops PlayStation 4 in next generation console war

The Xbox One may not be as powerful

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PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the highly anticipated next-generation gaming consoles, are finally on their way; Sony's entry even launches sales at midnight Thursday. If you know an avid gamer or even an interested amateur, one of these consoles could very well be on your shopping list this holiday season. Though similar in some aspects, the PS4 and Xbox One offer different gaming experiences -- knowing...

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

A man tries a Samsung Galaxy Gear, right,

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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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Call of Duty: Ghosts released just days before Playstation, XBox's next generation

A screenshot shows play in Activision's Call of

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Activision released its latest iteration of Call of Duty Tuesday -- Call of Duty: Ghosts -- a frenzy-inducing event in the gaming world. The title is the franchise's 10th, and the first new one since Black Ops II launched last November and sold 7.5 million copies (to the tune of $500 million) on opening day in the  United States alone. It marked the fourth consecutive year a Call of Duty game...

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Final Fantasy XIV Realm Reborn: 10 reasons you should be playing

Final Fantasy fans have been waiting a long

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Final Fantasy fans have been waiting a long time for developer Square Enix to make up for the debacle of a Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) experience that was Final Fantasy XII. To say the latest crack at an MMO is an enormous improvement would be an understatement. If you’re into MMOs and not playing this already, you should be. We’ve been racking up the hours on this game and it’s fantastic....

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iPad Air unveiled by Apple with new iPad Mini, Macbooks and Macs

Apple's new iPad Air, left, and iPad Mini

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Apple didn't disappoint at its media event today in San Francisco. Not only did it unveil the expected thinner iPad and iPad Mini with Retina display, but it also showed off new Mac Pro desktops, Macbook Pro laptops, a computer operating system and updates to its iWork and iLife apps.

The new iPad shed 0.4 pounds in weight (to 1-pound flat) and 1.9 mm in thickness (to 7.5 mm) from previous...

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GTA Online fans enraged over PS3, Xbox software issues

This screenshot shows play during the Grand Theft

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Since the Sept. 17 release of Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V, millions of gamers have been eagerly awaiting the launch of  Grand Theft Auto Online, a massive multiplayer online game bundled with the main game that debuted Oct. 2. But excitement has quickly given way to disappointment because the game was riddled with malfunctions. As a result, the game's developer, Rockstar, has become...

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Amazon, Facebook join Tel Aviv's flourishing tech scene

Downtown Tel Aviv, where in 2013 technology seems

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Forget the newest, largest cellphone display or Apple's latest hire, this week's most significant tech news may be the office plans publicized by two of the world's largest technology firms.

On successive days both Amazon and Facebook announced they were planting flags in Tel Aviv. Facebook will operate an office through its $100 million purchase of mobile analytics firm Onava. Meanwhile,...

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