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Alcatel’s Idol 3 lets you make calls while holding it upside down



BARCELONA — Alcatel is pulling out all the stops at this year’s Mobile World Congress

The company, which was once known as a manufacturer of feature phones but shifted its strategy to smartphones in recent years, has never quite had a flagship device that could compete with the iPhones and the Galaxy S5s of the world. But now, Alcatel has debuted the Idol 3: a device that it claims offers flagship specs at a very low price.

HTC partners up with Valve to unveil ambitious virtual reality headset



BARCELONA — Although specs and photos of its upcoming flagship, the HTC One M9, leaked days before the Mobile World Congress, HTC managed to keep one thing a secret: It partnered up with Valve to create a virtual reality headset called the HTC Re Vive

The device will have many sensors, including a gyroscope, accelerometer and a laser position sensor, and it will track the wearer’s entire surrounding environment — not just head movements. This means they will be able to explore their virtual…

Samsung Pay takes on Apple Pay, but goes further



What, exactly, is holding back the growth of mobile, contactless payments? Nothing — they’re happening.

Apple told us last month that a huge percentage of mobile payments at some major retailers are happening on the NFC-enabled Apple Pay (on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus). However, there are very few smartphone-enabled mobile payments happening in total. So big percentages don’t exactly make a trend, do they?

Part of the holdup has to be that not…

HP’s Spectre x360 is the sexiest 2-in-1 ultrabook convertible ever



It’s a great year to buy a new PC. Not only is Windows 10 coming later this year, but PC makers are stepping up their design gameDell’s XPS 13 is a real winner and now HP’s joining the premium ultrabook game with its new Spectre x360.

HP’s x360 is a 13.3-inch 2-in-1 hybrid laptop/tablet running Windows 8.1 that imitates Lenovo’s Yoga 2 Pro. Like its rival, the 3.26-pound x360 can be folded in four modes: laptop, tablet, tent and stand mode.

Huawei unveils gorgeous smartwatch that actually looks like a traditional watch



BARCELONA — Smartwatches notoriously look more like mini computers on the wrist than an actual classic timepiece, but Chinese manufacturer Huawei unveiled its first shot at the growing market on Sunday with a gorgeous smartwatch you’d actually want to wear and be proud to show off to friends.

The Huawei Watch, which was announced at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, is an elegant circular watch that runs on Google’s Android Wear software. The company is targeting both men and…

Huawei teases razor thin phablet, the MediaPad X2



BARCELONA — While Huawei’s biggest news at Mobile World Congress on Sunday is the arrival of its stunning smartwatch and two wearables aimed at business professionals, the Chinese manufacturer told Mashable it will also be showing off what it touts as the world’s slimmest 7-inch tablet at the show

Called the MediaPad X2, the device is 7.28 mm thick and features an all-metallic, sleek body, the company said. The 7-inch ultra 1200 x 1920 HD IPS screen goes all the way to the device’s edges to…

How to get started with IFTTT’s Do Camera app



With the news that IFTTT has launched three new standalone apps, we thought we’d take a look at the photography-related tool, Do Camera, to see if its automation options made our lives any easier

The Do Camera app works with your iOS or Android device’s camera to run recipes and share imagery straight from the app

With recipes mixed by others, or ones you’ve created yourself, you can use shortcuts for things such as sharing photos to…

Tired of being underpaid, Apple, Yahoo bus drivers vote to unionize



The bus drivers who shuttle Yahoo, Apple, eBay, Zynga and Genentech employees to and from their offices voted to unionize Friday after complaining about being overworked and underpaid.

The Compass Transportations drivers voted 104-38 to join the Teamsters union Friday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The decision comes more than three months after Facebook bus drivers voted to also join the…

Join us for the unveiling of Samsung’s Galaxy S6



BARCELONA — Samsung, at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, will show the world its latest flagship smartphone: the Galaxy S6

Rumored to come in several versions — one of which reportedly has a curved screen — the S6 might be the company’s most exciting launch in recent years

What makes this year’s event even more interesting is that while the Mobile World Congress officially kicks off Monday, nearly all of the smartphone makers…

5 can’t-miss apps: ‘Sheepop,’ Clinique, Nat Geo View and more



Between freedom-loving llamas on the loose in Arizona and the dress that broke the Internet, you may have overlooked some of this week’s best new apps.

Luckily, each weekend, we round up our favorite new and updated apps, so you won’t miss out.

This week’s list includes a new photo-focused app from National Geographic, a game called Sheepop that challenges you to throw sheep, and an app to help you manage all your subscription…