The newest Google Android app just made it easier to remotely access a Windows or Mac computer from a phone or tablet. You’ll need Chrome on the target computer but that shouldn’t surprise if you’ve been following Google’s long-term Chrome strategy. Read more »
Refocusing camera images after taking the picture is becoming all the rage on mobile devices. Google must agree since it has a new downloadable Google Camera app with a Lens Blur feature. Read more »
Wandering around wearing Google Glass with no place to stay? The SPG for Glass can solve that problem, helping you search for a room or manage your Starwood Preferred account on Google’s wearable computer. Read more »
Customers in more countries can buy Apple’s lower-cost iPhone 5c with 8 GB of storage as of today. Will they? Probably not in large numbers if retailers are discounting the 16 GB model for an even lower price. Read more »
Still blindly surfing in the wake of HeartBleed? Our Chrome extension of the week will give you a little more peace of mind, telling you which sites are still at risk of being hacked before you even hit them. Read more »
A recent Samsung patent application shows that the company may follow Google into the wearable display market. The Earphone is strikingly similar to Google Glass but would likely run Tizen, not Android if Samsung wants to break away from Google’s software influence. Read more »
Following last week’s report of an Amazon phone announcement in June, the first reported pictures of the handset appeared online. That 3D interface sounds more like a parallax effect, moving the background around in relation to the user’s eyes. Read more »
Google’s Chrome OS is looking more and more like a traditional desktop operating system when it comes to usability and familiarity. Now, when using a Chrome app that normally opens in a small window, you can drag it to the side of your display and the main browser will automatically re-size to make room. Microsoft introduced a similar feature called Snap in Windows 7 and it works the same in Chrome OS. That’s likely not a coincidence. Working in a browser-based environment is a big change for some after decades of using Microsoft Windows. By replicating existing usability and navigation features, Chrome OS becomes more familiar to new users.
Google took a few months off from regularly scheduled Google Glass software updates but this month brings a big one: Glass is getting KitKit and several new usability improvements. Gone, however is the video calling for now. Read more »
In a bit of an about-face, Microsoft added a little support to Google’s Chrome strategy by announcing Office Online apps in the Chrome Web Store on Monday. “Apps” is a bit of a misnomer: These are shortcuts for Chrome’s app launcher to the already available web versions of Word, Excel and Power Point. The timing of the gesture is interesting as well: It corresponds with the ZDNet’s reported end of Microsoft’s Scroogled ad campaign today, a series of spots that focused on Chrome OS deficiencies including the fact that they don’t run Microsoft Office.
Looks like there’s one more feature in the developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1: Support for Apple Passbook files. These are appearing directly in Microsoft Wallet, so how did Microsoft manage this and will the feature continue to be available? Read more »
Tired of carrying a slim, light laptop along with a bulky power brick? Check out Dart, a new Kickstarter that uses Very High Frequency power conversion to provide up to 65 Watts of power in a pocketable size. Read more »
A Sprint support page suggests a new version of Android is on the way. Don’t get too excited though: This is likely a minor maintenance release to address some lingering issues with KitKat. Read more »
Make no mistake: Although Windows Phone 8.1 is a “point” update from the prior version, this software is filled with fantastic features. If developers take advantage of Universal Windows Apps, Microsoft will reap big rewards. Read more »
After seeing Windows Phone 8.1 shown off earlier this month, developers can now get their hands on the software. Engadget saw that Microsoft released the update on Monday for any Windows Phone 8 device. While the software is meant for those who make Windows Phone applications, anyone can technically download and install it either by registering as developer for $19, register for free using Microsoft’s App Studio software or follow a process to developer unlock their handset. The new software includes Cortana, Microsoft’s voice-centric assistant, personalization tools and support for Universal Windows Apps to name a few functions.
For about a hundred dollars, the Amped Wireless REC15A promises to boost both your in-home Wi-Fi speeds and your range. Does it deliver? After testing one, I have near-wired wireless speeds in more places at my house. Read more »
Google continues work on its Android software that connects and controls a remote computer. Private beta testing is underway so the application should be launching in the near future. Read more »
This week saw news of the upcoming Amazon phone which will surely run the company’s forked version of Android. That means it won’t likely work with Android Wear watches, one of which got a price. And the high-performing Galaxy S5 is now available. Read more »
The elusive Amazon smartphone is moving out of the rumor stage and heading towards an announcement The Wall Street Journal reports. Eye-tracking and glasses-free 3-D features are expected and I’d count on Amazon Instant Video as well. Read more »
Now that Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is available, it’s time to make use of the integrated fingerprint scanner. PayPal is doing just that, releasing its app made specifically for biometric authentication. Read more »
The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e may not officially be Chrome OS tablet but it’s darn close. The screen of the $349 Chromeook folds back 360-degrees for tablet mode using the Chrome OS software keyboard. Read more »
Six months after Android Jelly Bean launched, 14 percent of devices are running it, says Chitika Insights. A new report from the company says only 10 percent now use KitKat nearly a half year after the newer software was introduced. Read more »
Oops, did you just close a browser tab on your phone by accident? No worries, because you can get it back quickly with a new feature in the Chrome Beta for Android. Read more »
Google is expanding the Glass Explorer program to those who want in. For a limited time on April 15, anyone in the U.S. over the age of 18 and willing to spend $1,500 can get Google Glass. Read more »
I took a closer look at the Samsung Gear Fit and chatted with Samsung about its newest wearable product. So far, the device looks promising. Here are a few things you should know about the Gear Fit if you’re considering one for your wrist. Read more »
After weeks in Verizon stores only, the HTC One M8 finds its way to other carrier partner locations. On Friday, the company said the flagship handset can be picked up from AT&T and Sprint retail stores for $199 with contract; T-Mobile is still taking pre-orders. The phone has earned positive reviews and my own first impressions are very promising; the more I use the HTC One M8, the more I see welcome improvements. HTC is also selling an unlocked, no-contract version of the device for $699.99 directly through its website while Google is offering a Google Play Edition with pure Android for the same price.
The follow-up to last year’s iPad Air should arrive late in the third-quarter with both a new processor and the Touch ID fingerprint sensor Apple built for the iPhone 5s says one analyst with a pretty solid track record of product predictions. Read more »
Looking for “the best” Chromebook available? Two recent reviews of the Dell Chromebook 11 for education suggest that’s the model to get and you don’t have to be a student to buy one. Read more »
After leaks of two new Asus Chromebooks appeared earlier this year, one has broken cover. Say hello to the C200, an Intel-powered 11.6-inch Chromebook that will likely be supplemented with a larger C300 model. Read more »
As impressed as I was when I first saw the Samsung Gear Fit wearable, I couldn’t understand why the display showed everything in horizontal mode. That’s not ideal for the wrist but it looks like a fix is just one software update away. Read more »
Wondering if the new Android Wear smartwatches will cost an arm and a leg? It doesn’t appear so based on the U.K. price of £180 for LG’s G Watch. The company confirmed the cost to Pocket Lint, saying it would be available in July. This bodes well for other Android Wear devices as I’d anticipate the Moto 360 to cost about the same, although it could have a premium price due to the unique circular touchscreen. Regardless, the ability to bring voice-activated Google Now features to your wrist won’t likely cost more than the smartphone you’ll pair them with.
Apple Maps may be getting a little better at finding what you want thanks to a recent new hire. The company gained Benoit Dupin, former VP of Amazon’s A9 search team. Read more »
With Google’s new Glass at Work program, look for apps to help businesses and enterprises. Perhaps Glass is a better fit for these organizations; there are certainly good consumer uses but Android Wear will help with those. Read more »
In a few days the Samsung Galaxy S5 arrives in stores and the hands of those who pre-ordered. Early reviews are generally positive but not everyone thinks this is a must-have upgrade. Read more »
In time for the National Association of Broadcasters 2014 event, Livestream’s latest app turns Google Glass into a news camera. With Livestream for Glass, you can broadcast live video and respond to viewers chat questions. Read more »
After product pages appeared last week, Samsung today opened up U.S. pre-orders for both of its Chromebook 2 devices. Expect a wait, however as they won’t ship for at least 14 business days. Read more »
Internal Apple documents show that the company knows it is missing big sales opportunities from both cheaper phones and larger-screened handsets as well. That puts the 4.7-inch iPhone reports in a different light, making the upsize a strong possibility in 2014. Read more »
Qualcomm is bringing 64-bit computing to high-end devices but not until the first half of 2015. The newest Snapdragons also support LTE-Advanced and 4k displays, making them potential silicon choices for tablets and even some laptops next year. Read more »
HTC’s new flagship phone, the HTC One M8, may be launching just in time. The company continues to struggle financially, posting another quarterly loss on Monday according to Bloomberg. For the first quarter of the year, the Tawian-based HTC reported a loss of was NT$1.88 billion (US $62M), which follows a small after-tax profit of NT$0.31 million in the prior quarter based on a net operating loss of NT$42.9 billion. HTC looks to have a potential hit in the new HTC One M8 but the prior model also gained positive reviews.
Google has quietly been working on touch capabilities in Chrome OS, such as the on-screen keyboard, but we haven’t seen much hardware take advantage of it. The time may be near for a Chrome tablet or other Chrome OS form factors. Read more »