Deal alert: $350+ Motorola purchases net you $50 savings, $500+ shaves $100 off

Motorola gear may just be the ideal stocking stuffer this Christmas, with phenomenal high-end phones like the Nexus 6 and Droid Turbo catering to power users, and Moto G and E models aimed at the budget-aware masses.

7 best mobile apps and gadgets for emergencies

Worried about finding yourself in an emergency situation, unprepared? These apps and gadgets can help ease your mind.

Sprint gets back on Windows Phone horse with Microsoft Lumia 635

Microsoft might be light-years away from actually turning a profit on the struggling Windows Phone software platform and Lumia hardware lineup, but short-term strides are clearly being made. The WP 8.1 upgrading pace is outstanding, more and more device manufacturers want a piece of the tile-laden action, and Sprint just rebooted its MS partnership.

Upgrade iPhone speaker output, battery life with PERI Duo

If smartphone built-in speakers were totally awesome, no one would think much about enhancing their music with separate audio output. The reality is that the tiny, built-in speakers are only great for basic sound. You can’t expect the hardware to develop much depth for music and entertainment.

Asus wants CES attendees to ‘experience 2morrow’ with second-gen Zenfones

It’s all been quiet on the CES preview front of late, which is sure unusual for this time of year. After all, 2015’s first glitzy tech tradeshow is just three weeks away. Unless the Las Vegas-set event is no longer such a big deal, and we missed that memo.

Come January, T-Mobile will roll unused high-speed data

When it comes to mobile carriers shaking things up, you have to hand it to T-Mobile and its CEO, John Legere. Over the past year or so, T-Mobile has ditched conventional phone contracts, let users upgrade smartphones faster, and provided free data roaming and text messaging (internationally).

Microsoft rumored to put off high-end Windows Phone until H2 2015

Even though the 2015 Mobile World Congress is still more than a couple of months away, multiple names of Barcelona exhibitors are already set in stone. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft has been eager to blare it will take part in the show, having lots to prove in the wake of Nokia’s handheld division acquisition.

January 3 could see standard HTC One M8, M7 editions move to Android 5.0

An excess of enthusiasm and openness made HTC fumble the ball a little with Android 5.0 updates for One M8 and M7 Google Play Editions, but all’s well that ends well, and the two handhelds are now on Lollipop.

Before upgrading the One, OnePlus is reportedly working on a 5-inch ‘Mini’

Now that they’ve somehow managed to unclog availability of their fairly successful first consumer product at long last, the ambitious executives of China-based OnePlus are unsurprisingly gearing up for a do-over.

Skype real time translator begins rolling out

The new real time translation feature in Skype is beginning to roll out in a preview program. Those who are a part of the preview program will be able to use Skype Translator beginning today in English and Spanish. With the feature, users speaking to each other in different languages won’t have to worry about not understanding each other. Translated audio appears as text or sound for receiving users.

Microsoft Lumia 435 in the works with 530-like design and features

It looks like Microsoft is getting ready to pull a Samsung, as yet another entry-level Lumia smartphone is on the way. The Lumia 435, aka RM-1068, RM-1070, 1071, 1032 or 1034, is just as confusing as the countless low-end, low-cost members of the Galaxy family, highly resembling the OG Lumia 520 and newer Lumia 530.

SoundCloud launches Collection for user home pages

SoundCloud is trying to improve its experience for registered users by launching a new home page called Collection. The normal home base for SoundCloud is not very attractive or useful, especially when compared to other music or video streaming services. With Collection, users will have a place to follow artists, create their own playlists, and see personalized content. Collection is already rolling out for iOS and web, but Android users will have to wait for it until 2015.