HTC’s new program promises the latest Android updates, free Google Drive storage and one-time screen replacement for its One line of smartphones. Read more »
The patent describes a headphone-based monitoring system that can detect metrics such as heart rate, perspiration and temperature. Read more »
The ballparks are the first two of more than 20 that will use Apple’s iBeacon technology by opening day of the 2014 season. Read more »
Just like a computer, your iPhone can slow down over time. Here are some tips to help get it running as good as new. Read more »
New York hip hop trio De La Soul is making its entire back catalog of music free to download. According to Rolling Stone, all the group’s albums will be free to download for a period of 25 hours, starting Friday at 8AM PT until Saturday at 9AM, from its official website. The group is doing this to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its classic debut 3 Feet High and Rising. And this is actually your best bet for a getting a digital copy of the group’s work, since many of the samples used in its music have prevented a number of albums from being sold through iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.
Apple’s supplier responsibility report reveals an increased focus on a number of important issues last year, notably that it doesn’t use the metal tantalum, which is often procured from war-torn areas. Read more »
Re/code reports that gadget maker Jawbone is set to close a $250 million funding round, led by Rizvi Traverse Management, that values the company at $3.3 billion. The round, which is said to be oversubscribed, could go as high as $300 million, and Rizvi Traverse chief investment officer Suhail Rizvi might join Jawbone’s board as part of the transaction. Jawbone is becoming increasingly well known for its UP and UP24 activity trackers, but according to TechCrunch, the company has a $600 million revenue run rate over the next 12 months primarily due to its Jambox family of Bluetooth speakers. One thing’s clear: Jawbone has come a long way since it was just a noise cancellation company.
After three long years, Apple might finally be ready to say goodbye to the iPad 2. Read more »
Flyfit claims to bring greater accuracy to activity tracking by placing a device where most of the action happens – your ankle. Read more »
LG’s latest “phablet” features a 1080p screen, Android 4.4 KitKat, and can capture 4K video. Read more »
Apple is yet again said to be negotiating with Time Warner Cable to deliver content to the new Apple TV, which might be introduced in April and released in time for the holidays. Read more »
A recent report suggests that Microsoft is considering bring Android apps to Windows Phone. But isn’t it too soon to admit defeat? Read more »
The long-rumored smartphones features a 5-inch, 1080p display, 20-megapixel camera and a partially metal design. Read more »
Oppo will announce its next flagship smartphone, the Find 7, on March 19. Two versions are expected to appear, one of which is said to sport a “2K” display. Read more »
The company’s mid-range Desire 8 “phablet” looks lovely, based on a purported press shot. Read more »
Radiohead’s PolyFauna app places you in an ever-evolving world soundtracked by clips from the song “Bloom.” Read more »
A leaked design render might offer up a first glimpse Samsung’s Galaxy S5 handset. Read more »
Samsung’s latest livestream teaser for its Mobile World Congress press conference hints that the Galaxy S5 is coming, along with a new interface and features. Read more »
Virgin Atlantic is looking to make flying fancy again, with the help of some new wearable technology from Google and Sony. Read more »
BlackBerry might not be doing too well, but BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) has seen a recent uptick in popularity, thanks to new Android and iOS apps. It comes as a surprise, then, that the executive VP in charge of BBM, Andrew Brocking, has left the company. BlackBerry confirmed Brocking’s departure on Monday to BGR. CNET is reporting that it was Brocking’s decision to leave the company, and John Sims, head of global solution, will now manage the BBM group. BlackBerry CEO John Chen had previously mentioned the company’s hopes for turning BBM into a revenue stream, though it is unclear how it plans to do so and if Brocking’s departure will have an effect.
Nokia is set to launch its first Android smartphone at Mobile World Congress later this month, according to the Wall Street Journal. Read more »
The Native Union Jump is a convenient way to charge your phone while on the go — even when a power source isn’t available. Read more »
HTC told Reuters it needs to refocus on the mid-range market ahead of a disappointing Q4 earnings announcement. Read more »
The patent battle between Nokia and HTC has come to an end. Nokia on Friday announced the companies have settled all patent litigation, and have entered into a patent licensing and technology collaboration agreement. The full terms of the agreement have not been disclosed, but HTC will make payments to Nokia, and both companies will have access to HTC’s LTE patents. Prior to this arrangement, the companies squared off in court most recently over a sales injunction against the HTC One and HTC One Mini in the UK. The timing of this deal is key, as Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s device business is expected to close this quarter.
Samsung is trying to renew interest in the Galaxy S4 with a new paint job and leather-like back cover. Read more »
A leaked screenshot might provide a first glimpse at HTC’s forthcoming Sense 6.0 software. Read more »
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company has bought back $14 billion in stock since reporting its Q1 financial results. He also said the company is working on some new product categories. Read more »
Apple will soon have everything it needs to put sapphire displays in the next generation of the iPhone, according to 9to5Mac. The company has reportedly ordered large quantities of furnaces and chambers used to make sapphire displays, along with tools for inspection. According to an analyst mentioned in the report, Apple will have enough materials for production parter GT Advanced Technologies to make anywhere from 100 million to 200 million sapphire iPhone displays, assuming a 5-inch screen size. Though debatable, it’s possible that sapphire could make for a stronger, more scratch-resistant display than the currently-employed Gorilla Glass.
HP’s first attempt at the Chromebox are colorful little boxes that go on sale this spring. Read more »
HTC didn’t have a great 2013, but the company hopes that a follow-up to the HTC One and a wearable device will reverse its trajectory this year. Read more »
Two new patent applications could ensure you’ll never have to curse the autocorrect feature on your iPhone again. Read more »
Amazon has acquired video game developer Double Helix Games, the company confirmed on Wednesday. Terms of the deal are unknown, but the acquisition includes both the development studio as well as all of the intellectual properties owned. “Amazon has acquired Double Helix as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers,” the company said in a statement to TechCrunch, which first reported the news. Double Helix is the studio behind Xbox One launch title Killer Instinct, as well as the upcoming Strider reboot, set to launch this month on PS3. A recent report suggested that Amazon is planning to launch a game console, so this news only adds fuel to the speculation.
Apple has acknowledged that some late 2013 models of the MacBook Pro and Mac Pro are having problems with Airplay mirroring and issued a potential fix. Read more »
Google’s Android developers blog shows that the three-year-old Gingerbead software is still running on 20 percent of devices, while the new KitKat update has only reached 1.8. Read more »
According to the New York Times, Samsung is planning to introduce the Galaxy S5 later this month at Mobile World Congress. Read more »
It’s looking more and more as if the iWatch will be geared towards activity tracking, with a new report that Apple has hired an expert on sleep research to work on the project. Read more »
Purported images of Samsung’s new S Voice app have surfaced, and show off a flatter design that could hint at software changes to come in the Galaxy S5. Read more »
It’s the end of the road for a number of old Xperia phones, which will no longer be getting Android updates, according to Sony. Read more »
Morgan Stanley analysts estimate the iWatch could generate up to $17.5 billion in first-year sales, outpacing the iPad debut. Read more »
The Asus Chromebox brings Google’s Chrome OS to a desktop the size of a Roku box. Read more »