Sometimes more is less. Google Glass can now be a music player but various reports echo my initial concerns: Listening to tunes on the wearable display quickly chews up the diminutive battery. Read more »
With just 5GB of free storage, Amazon(s amzn) might not be the best place for iOS users to store data, but it has become a better place than before to keep photos and videos. The latest iteration of the app, version 2.0, adds automatic backup to iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices. Videos are limited to 20 minutes in length if the auto-save option is enabled. Apple’s own PhotoStream is the more likely option for images in the cloud; however, those memories rotate out as Apple’s 1,000 image limit is hit. Perhaps Amazon’s online option isn’t a bad backup plan if you’re not already using Dropbox for the same function?
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 has shipped 10 million units in just 2 months. Check out which other phones have made it into Samsung’s “10 Million Seller Club.” Read more »
Apple has been awarded a patent for a new, more efficient way to manufacture curved touch displays. Read more »
Everything you need to to know about the updates to Bluetooth as it relates to the internet of things, plus a few gifts for those far more fortunate await you on this week’s podcast. Read more »
Qualcomm has handed its AllJoyn protocol for the internet of things over to the Linux Foundation in hopes of establishing a universal standard. The effort has legs, but still has a ways to go. Read more »
The mobile wave continues to build with no signs of cresting. According to StatCounter’s data, mobile devices accounted for 21.6 percent of global web browsing as of last month. PCs still have their place but it’s diminishing quickly for some activities Read more »
Qualcomm is following Apple and Intel down the 64-bit rabbit hole, announcing today a new version of its Snapdragon processor supporting the new advanced computing architecture. Don’t expect these new chips in high-end devices, though. Read more »
Can Google Chrome Apps rival native software on desktops and mobiles? The company thinks so and is creating the tools necessary for developers to build such apps. This video shows them off along with software that runs on multiple devices and platforms. Read more »
After having to re-take multiple images from the Google Glass camera since you can’t pre-frame a shot beforehand, this third-party app is right up my alley. It enables a live view from the camera on the Glass display before you take a picture. Read more »
Microsoft’s ’12 Days of Deals’ calendar might have leaked, and it shows some decent discounts to be had at Microsoft’s retail stores over the next 12 days. Read more »
After making news with several high-profile hires from Netflix’s ranks, mobile payments startup Clinkle appears to have concluded it’s a bit talent heavy. According to Fortune, Clinkle is laying off 16 employees (about 25 percent of its workforce) from its business operations group. Though Clinkle hasn’t even revealed the details of its new mobile wallet and payments app, it’s attracted a lot of attention, securing a $25 million seed round from Silicon Valley luminaries and hiring veterans like former Netflix CFO Barry McCarthy to its executive roster.
Prepaid mobile operators Straight Talk and Net10 will start selling the iPhone 5s and 5c at Walmart stores starting Dec. 13. Customers will have to pay sticker price for the devices ($549 to $649 for the 16 GB versions, though financing options are available), but they can tap into the two companies’ cheap no-contract smartphone data plans. Straight Talk’s start at $45 while Net10′s start at $50 and include 2.5 GB of data each month along with unlimited calls and texts. Both companies are mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) run by TracFone, which has seen a big spurt in growth recently thanks in part to these new smartphone-friendly plans.
Apple’s iBeacon isn’t the only game in town when it comes to Bluetooth Smart proximity devices for retailers. Qualcomm’s Gimbal Proximity Sensor is now available, supporting iOS today and Android in the future. Get ready for a hyper-personal in-store shopping experience. Read more »
Your mornings are about to get a lot more pleasant, thanks to a Pandora update that can wake you up to your station of choice. Read more »
The company has successfully completed a one-kilometer drone delivery of a packet of medicine from a Bonn pharmacy to its nearby headquarters. However, this was only a test, and DHL has no firm plans for commercial services as yet. Read more »
It’s estimated that Microsoft rakes in nearly $2 billion a year from Android device makers thanks to patent royalties. That figure could drop significantly going forward as a German court has invalidated one such patent. Read more »
Square current Reader, launched nearly two years ago, was a huge hit among Square’s merchant customers. But a few things have always bugged Square about Reader’s design. Now it’s fixed them. Read more »
Today is a good day if you’re looking to buy a Kindle: Amazon is offering a 20% discount on a number of Kindle models. Read more »
Traveling up to the Great White North from the U.S.? AT&T customers who do so can take advantage of the country’s first LTE wireless roaming agreement: The carrier announced a deal with Rogers Communictions on Monday. It’s definitely a handy option, but be prepared to spend some serious money as the service costs more than your passport fee. AT&T hasn’t changed its Data Global Add-On packages so you’ll pay the following prices: 120MB for $30 a month, 300MB for $60 a month or 800MB for $120 per month.
According to the Wall Street Journal, China Mobile will begin offering iPhone pre-orders on Thursday. Read more »
There’s no American family name more associated with the automobile than Ford. In a wide-ranging interview, Bill Ford — Henry’s great-grandson and executive chairman of Ford Motor Company — says car companies need to be more like tech companies. Read more »
Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Yahoo and AOL all want the U.S. government to take the lead on reining in suspicionless surveillance. It’s a significant step up in the companies’ demands, and with good reason. Read more »
Emergence Capital Partners released an updated visualization of the mobile business app landscape. Compared with 90 in May, today more than 150 companies occupy the space. Read more »
Microsoft turned up the volume of its Scroogled campaign with another ad showing how Chromebooks are inferior. So much effort on what the company considers a useless product is interesting, and effective. Read more »
You can now play more music if your Android supports microSD cards. Moto is taking a do-over on its Moto X Cyber Monday sale. And much ado was made about Chrome apps for Android; something that was demonstrated back in May. Read more »
Given the enormous complexity of the planned incentive auction, the FCC would have been crazy to try to pull it off in 2014. Chairman Tom Wheeler gave himself a year’s more wiggle room to get it right. Read more »
A display makes all the difference in the world for the Fitbit Force. For most people, this is the activity tracker to get. Read more »
Microsoft introduced its 2-in-1 products nearly 14 months ago. The device type didn’t fit my needs then but I recently took another look, buying an Asus Transformer T100. It’s still hard to make a hybrid laptop / tablet due to requirements at odds with each other. Read more »
A new mobile app from researchers at ETH Zurich can create super-detailed 3-D scans of physical objects by tapping into the phone’s GPU and motion sensors. I’ve seen a number of these apps, but none have shown such detail. Check the video and see. Read more »
It looks like Razer is planning to get in on the iPhone gaming action, according to a leak of its purported game controller. Read more »
Google may control a large chunk of the mobile advertising market, but it is still trying to understand how to improve its performance, so it has funded a startup called YieldMo that specializes in mobile ads Read more »
Google and HP have been quiet since the Chromebook 11 was pulled from shelves due to overheating power supply issues. Now, a replacement charger has appeared on the Google Play store for $19.99. Will existing owners get it for free? Read more »
According to a report from the Associated Press, Apple is set to switch on iBeacons throughout its 254 US stores on Friday. Read more »
According to a series of reports, Spotify is set to unveil a new ad-supported service that lets users stream music to their mobile devices for free. Read more »
Former Autonomy boss Mike Lynch has invested in a company called Neurence through his Invoke Capital fund. Based in Cambridge, the firm was itself formed by former employees of Autonomy’s Aurasma augmented-reality (AR) division after HP bought Autonomy. Neurence has a new iPhone AR app called Taggar, which lets users overlay their own photos, videos and stickers on top of real-world objects, for viewing by other users when they hold their phone up in front of the object. Invoke’s previous investment, in September, was a Cambridge security firm called Darktrace.
Can’t live without a good QWERTY keyboard but still want to use an iPhone? Neither can Ryan Seacrest who backed the Typo iPhone Keyboard, a $99 slide-on accessory with backlit keys that uses Bluetooth to communicate with your iPhone 5 or 5s. Read more »
On the third anniversary of its LTE launch, Verizon is delivering a new 4G network. Over the last few months, it’s been quietly deploying the fastest, highest capacity LTE network in the country. Read more »
A new update to Google Play Music allows you to store cached music on your micro SD card. Read more »
What does a smartphone covered in gold feel like? I got a chance to find out. Read more »