After months of leading the pack, the Acer C720 Chromebook leads no more according to one popular review site. There’s a few good reasons to choose the Dell Chromebook 11 says The Wirecutter. Tune in to our podcast and find out why. Read more »
Rdio is the next top-tier name to work with Google’s Chromecast streaming stick. On Monday, the music service said its entire 20 million song catalog can be streamed to television through the Chromecast by using the Rdio app on iOS and Android. Don’t skip a step if you don’t use those mobile apps though: Rdio says its web client can also be used to stream music to a Chromecast. Using the apps, Rdio users can tune in to their favorite songs or create a personalized station for streaming, along with album art, to a Chromecast. In addition to Rdio, Crackle and VUDU also launched new apps that support Chromecast Monday.
The Moto X is Motorola’s current top-of-the-line Android phone but guess what’s outselling it? The budget-priced Moto G. In the U.K., the less-expensive phone put Motorola back on the map in just six months, going from virtually no market share to six percent. Read more »
Ryan Seacrest earned an award he probably doesn’t want: a court order stopping all sales of the Seacrest-backed $99 Typo keyboard for iPhone. BlackBerry proved that a “likelihood” of patent infringement. Read more »
Samsung says its new Chromebook 2 will have a strong performance boost while also running for 8+ hours on a charge. Starting at $320, these will compete against less expensive Chromebooks with Intel chips. Game on! Read more »
The battle of Android flagships is on as both the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 are here. We look at each briefly to help you decide between them. Google I/O is coming but before then I plan to install Android on my Chromebook. Read more »
Super small strands of silver nanowires make for a great flexible antenna according to an NC State research team. When embedded in materials, it could help add more connectivity to our clothes. Read more »
With sales of older BlackBerry 7 phones higher than new touchscreen models, BlackBerry is planning to re-tool its product line with keyboard handsets aimed at government and corporate clients. Read more »
March is nearly over so the April launch of Samsung’s Chromebook 2 laptops should be close. The Chromebooks are now appearing on the Samsung Canada site with a few more details about the features, one of which will come after a software update. Read more »
Choice is always a good thing and iPad owners have a shiny new choice with Microsoft Office for iPad. But the software won’t likely disrupt the productivity suite market and could actually end up hurting Microsoft’s own Surface 2 tablet. Read more »
Android continues to muscle its way into the overall computing device market, illustrating the continued shift from desktops to mobile. By next year, for every 1 Windows computer sold, expect 3.6 Android devices to be purchased. Read more »
Samsung already has a big home presence in sales of TVs, Blu-Ray media players, phones and tablets. Now it wants to light up the rest of your life with new connected LED bulbs. Read more »
The 2014 Google I/O Developer Event is set for June 25 and 26 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. An official blog post announcing the event webpage shared details on Wednesday and there’s a big change from years past when tickets have sold out in minutes. This year, Google will open registration between April 8 and 10, later choosing attendees randomly. While Android and Chrome often share the spotlight, this year’s Google I/O should provide more information about Android Wear, the company’s platform for smartwatches. LG’s G Watch is expected to debut in the second quarter, perhaps setting the stage for an I/O appearance.
Good news for users of the Chrome browser, and that includes Chromebox and Chromebook owners. Google added direct support for music uploads including the ability to monitor specific local storage areas. Read more »
Thanks to the Windows RT 8.1 software update, Surface 2 is an even better choice for business than before. Microsoft’s Surface team offered its three top reasons as to why and guess what: Chrome OS has nearly the exact same attributes. Read more »
More details of how the iPhone came to be by the software engineer that invented “slide to unlock” according to the patent filing. You’d might be surprised by what the Apple team used to simulate the slower speeds of a 2007 smartphone. Read more »
That was quick: Google is already taking Play Store orders for the HTC One M8 Play Edition. It will cost $699 unlocked and you won’t have it for two to three weeks, but if you want pure Android on HTC’s hardware, this is it. Read more »
Chrome and Android haven’t merged but you can actually run Android on a Chromebook if you know where to look. We share the details on that and discuss Samsung’s performance promises for the new Chromebook 2. Read more »
Want an HTC One M8? You won’t have to wait long, if at all, provided you use Verizon’s network. The carrier will have inventory in select retail stores today while other carriers will start online orders. Read more »
Who has the largest music streaming collection? If you said Spotify, Rdio or Rhapsody, you’d be wrong. Surprisingly, it’s Nokia’s MixRadio which now boasts 30 million tunes, right in time for a potential launch in China. Read more »
College students who subscribe to Spotify just got more money to spend on pizza: The streaming music service announced a half-price discount on Tuesday. Instead of the standard $9.99 a month subscription fee, U.S. collegians can take advantage of a new $4.99 plan available on Spotify’s website. The monthly fee offers the same Premium features as the full-priced plan, including ad-free playback of more than 20 million songs, downloadable playlists for offline listening, improved sound quality and Spotify access on various devices and home entertainment systems.
LG already announced that several of its older phones will get the Knock Code wake and unlock feature; the company is now planning to push the firmware to make it happen. Two handsets will see the software update in April, with more to follow. Read more »
Google Glass will have new frame options and you’ll likely recognize the brands behind them: Oakley and Ray-Ban. Both are part of Luxottica, which is Google’s newest partner to bring stylish pairs of Glass to mainstream consumers in retail outlets. Read more »
After months of appearing in experimental and beta versions of Chrome, Google is rolling out Google Now notifications in its mainstream edition of the Chrome browser for Windows and OS X. If you’re signed in with your Google account when using Chrome, you’ll begin to see contextual notifications from the Google Now service, such as when to leave for appointments due to real-time traffic data or reminders for favorite television programs. The Google Now service already supports mobile devices and Chromebooks and will also be the basis of smartwatches built using the Android Wear software platform.
Following some early benchmarks that didn’t impress, Samsung says its Exynos Octo chip should provide a big performance boost to the new Chromebook 2 laptops, including a doubling of multimedia performance; good for those who stream or watch local videos on a Chromebook. Read more »
Got an iPhone and a Chromecast? You can hold a photo viewing party with the new Photowall app from Google. The software lets multiple people share and doodle on big screen photos, creating a YouTube video of the entire session. Read more »
The anticipated first quarter closing date for Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s phone business is getting a small reboot: Nokia says the deal will close in April. What’s the holdup? Perhaps the biggest market for smartphones: China. Read more »
Some people who pre-ordered the Asus Chromebox saw their delivery date come and go while others were able to rustle up a unit in retail stores. Is there an issue of supply or demand? Tune in to our weekly podcast to hear our thoughts. Read more »
The wait for Google to enter the smartwatch race is over. This week, the company debuted Android Wear, a software platform built around Google Now’s card-based interface. LG and Motorola already have products in the pipeline. Read more »
Popular read-later service Pocket already has way to save information from an Android Wear smartwatch to your Pocket reading list. It’s just a prototype for now, but illustrates how glanceable information can be easily managed and sent to the large screen. Read more »
The old Galaxy Tab is due for a refresh and it could be a 7-inch model that recently surfaced on a benchmark site. Also tested were two high-resolution tablets in 8.4- and 10.5-inch sizes that will likely have an S-Pen. Read more »
Although Apple dismissed the idea of a tablet stylus, that doesn’t mean the company isn’t thinking about how one could enhance the iPad experience. A new patent publishing details what Apple may have in mind. Read more »
Is it possible to build a successful app build around data capture when the developer doesn’t own or control the data? Absolutely, and RunKeeper is a perfect example: The data is key for patterns at scale to motivate users beyond their limits. Read more »
Layar, one of the first companies to bring augmented reality to mobile browsers, is now on Google Glass. The beta app scans print content, geo-layer, QR codes and even movie posters to provide information, videos and websites. Read more »
Samsung announced costs for the Gear 2 and Gear Fit in Taiwan and it appears the company is trying to hold prices up at the same level as the original Galaxy Gear. That may work for a little while; Android Wear watches are coming. Read more »
Google added a new function to Google Search for Android on Wednesday that lets users speak to their phone and open the camera application in a specific mode. By saying “OK Google, take a photo,” the camera app will open for image capture while an “OK Google, record a video,” command sets the camera up for movie taking. The additional function is another example of Google using voice input on mobile devices, something that will come in very handy for the company’s Android Wear platform that will power smartwatches.
The Moto 360 with Android Wear may look like a mockup, but the product is real and does work based on a video interview with Motorola’s Jim Wicks. Here’s what we learned from from Wicks about the watch. Read more »
Years of data, user feedback and complicated simulations can help design both a million-dollar car and an auto that costs ten grand. McLaren Applied Technologies is doing just that, saving vast amounts of time to make smarter, higher performing products. Read more »
Even if you’re not a developer you might want to download and install the developer preview of Android Wear. Why? Because you can run an emulator to simulate an Android Wear smartwatch to see how it works. Read more »