Two recent articles belittling the need and use cases for Chromebooks also belittle those consumers who buy them. It’s a shame that some are stuck in the old-school traditional computing model where the thought of “more is better” overlooks cases where less is more. Read more »
AT&T’s exclusive MotoMaker customization may be over soon. Verizon has a web page ready for Moto X buyers who want to choose the colors of their Moto X handset. It could go live as early as today — will wood backs launch with it? Read more »
We shared a user recommended app list on our weekly Chrome Show podcast that could come in handy if you use Chrome OS or even the Chrome browser. Plus, we take a deeper dive into new Chrome features for the Android beta client. Read more »
Programmers eager to make more robust apps for Google Glass will have their chance later this month. On November 19 and 20, the Glass team will host a hackathon in San Francisco to show developers the latest Glass Development Kit (GDK), according to an invite found by The Verge. The GDK is expected to allow direct access to the Glass hardware which could enable standalone apps that work offline and also take advantage of the wearable computer’s internal sensors and other Glass hardware components.
Few apps are yet taking advantage of Apple’s M7 motion co-processor but RunKeeper does starting today. The app can track walking activities in the background and cadence during runs. AirDrop support also makes it easy to share workouts or send friend requests. Read more »
Google is looking to replace Dalvik, the software that lets you run software on Android. The new runtime is called ART and if you have Android 4.4, you can start testing it now. Read more »
For established carmakers, design is a very iterative process with decades of work to build from. Tesla Motors had no such history to work with, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing said the company’s chief designer. Read more »
News of free iWork apps for those buying new iOS and Mac hardware was a big hit last month. Until people started using the apps, that is. Our own review of Apple’s iWork products showed that many features were removed in the new version. And now Apple is explaining both why that happened as well as which ones will be returning over the next six months. TechCrunch spotted Apple’s web page that addresses the software suite on Wednesday. As some guessed, Apple removed some features as it is creating full compatibility between the apps on both platforms, an effort that’s still in the works.
Got a Pebble smartwatch? I don’t but now I’m considering one thanks to several new features and functions made available by a new SDK and firmware. Full iOS 7 notifications are now supported and developers have better tools to make Pebble apps. Read more »
Samsung shared some its strategic plans with investors on Wednesday with a surprise: The company will design its own 64-bit core for mobile chips, just as Apple does. Super high-res displays are also in the works but do we need them? Read more »
Chromebooks certainly have limitations, nobody would argue that. But suggesting that they’re a “brick” without a network simply isn’t accurate. We discuss this and some hints of a Tegra 4 Chromebook on this week’s Chrome Show podcast. Read more »
Technology cycles have been on a tear for decades, with each chip iteration bringing more capabilities at lower prices. But less can be more in tech products–and design is the way to balance that factor. Read more »
Google Now gets a nice boost of features and functions on iOS. The latest update includes support for notifications, reminders, and an “OK Google” voice function for handsfree usage. Best of all: It’s super quick on Apple’s latest iPhone. Read more »
Looking for a simple and secure way to unlock your Mac without typing a single keystroke? Check out Knock, a new app that uses Bluetooth LE to unlock the Mac simply by knocking on your iPhone’s display. Read more »
Are T-Mobile’s un-carrier strategies paying off? It appears so: Thanks to no-contracts, an early upgrade program and a fast LTE network implementation, the carrier now has 45 million customers. Read more »
Texas will get to build Mac Pro desktops for Apple and now a facility in Arizona will be used for Apple manufacturing as well. About 2,000 jobs will be created as a result and the facility will run entirely on a new solar power grid. Read more »
With the Lumia 929, Nokia is picking up the pace by creating Windows Phone devices for practically every price-range and size. The 5-inch 1080p phone is expected to launch on Verizon. Read more »
Did Microsoft just give customers another reason not to buy a Surface 2? A software update to the company’s Surface Pro 2 tablet boosts battery life to more than 8 hours. The Surface Pro 2 is more expensive than its Windows RT counterpart, but can run legacy Windows apps and now bests the device in run-time as well.
How many iPad Airs did Apple sell in the opening weekend? Until Apple tells us, we won’t know for sure. But based on adoption rates of the iPad Air and prior models, the data suggests 5 to 6 million is possible. Read more »
Motorola is telling us to save the date on November 13 for its Moto G. Based on clues in the company’s latest tweet, the Moto G appears to be an international twist — or two — on the Moto X handset. Read more »
If the Chrome OS is “just a browser”, how can it be more appealing to some people given that other devices all have a browser and more? There are a number of reasons and an article we highlight explains them quite well. Read more »
The Nexus 5 launched this week and confirmed the many leaks from the past several months. KitKit had some surprises though as it can run on low-end hardware. And Samsung continues to push forward with its own flavor of Android, hoping developers bite. Read more »
Choosing an iPad Air with LTE? Apple’s site says your iPad will only work with the carrier you choose. That’s sorta correct: Out of the box, yes, it works with your carrier choice. After that, you can swap service by switching SIM cards. Read more »
Motorola fans worried about getting the Android 4.4 upgrade needn’t fret, provided they own a Moto X or one of three Moto Droid Ultra models: All four of the devices will get the KitKat upgrade says Motorola. Read more »
After much speculation about Google’s floating barges, a San Francisco television station says it has the answer. The barges are part showroom and part luxury decks, all to better compete with Apple’s retail stores. Read more »
After more leaks than the Titanic, Google finally launched the Nexus 5 with Android 4.4. I got a chance to spend a short time with the smartphone and I’m more impressed by this Nexus because there’s no glaring feature omission. Finally! Read more »
Short of cellular voice calls at any time while flying, U.S. airline passengers will be allowed to use personal electronic devices more often on planes. Devices must be stowed during actual take-off and landing but the FAA says any other time is fine. Read more »
Sprint is turning a spectrum disadvantage into a strength with Spark, the carriers solution to optimize bandwidth between its three different LTE network bands. The first phones to use Spark are launching on November 8. Read more »
One way to get more things done is to combine tasks with events in a single place. That’s exactly what Fantastical 2 for iOS does and it makes it easy to do so thanks to improvements in its natural language processing. Read more »
After several quarters of sequential sales declines, notebooks rebounded in the third quarter with 47.9 million sold. Don’t break out in celebration though: Thanks to improved tablets, the improvement is likely to be short lived. Read more »
After looking at the latest new Chromebooks and finding issues with some, perhaps the HP Chromebook 14 is a happy medium? Plus, new buttons on a Chrome OS software keyboard hint at the possibility of a Chrome OS tablet. Read more »
I doubt such a conversation happened over BBM or Facebook Chat, but Facebook and BlackBerry met about a bid for the handset and services company last week according to the Wall Street Journal. BlackBerry is looking for buyers and Facebook’s Home phone, the HTC First, wasn’t a hit. Let’s watch for an update on both company’s relationship status.
Looking for a wearable device that’s a little more basic than a smartwatch but still connects to your phone? Cubit might be worth the look. This little device handles notifications, the time and can be used as a range-finder when attached to objects. Read more »
Still not taking Samsung’s efforts to build its own ecosystem outside of Android seriously? Some companies clearly are as 14 additional partners jumped on board with Samsung Wallet for boarding passes, reward cards and more. Read more »
Of the 14.7 million phones Nokia sold in the third quarter of 2013, 8.8 million were Lumia devices running Microsoft’s Windows Phone software. The company reported the sales figures in its Tuesday quarterly report, which illustrated Nokia’s continued transition as the premier Windows Phone maker. Surprising was the fact that all of the smartphone sales growth came from North America: All other regions actually experienced quarterly sales declines.
The total phones sold is a boost over the 11.7 million in the prior quarter, but even higher Lumia sales did little to increase the average selling price (ASP) of Nokia’s handsets. The ASP stayed flat at 45 Euros (US $61.91) from the prior quarter.
Modular phone concepts aren’t new so why is Motorola attempting Project Ara: A new effort to let people create phones with little building blocks of hardware? It’s about Google trying to connect 6 billion people to the internet — and Google’s services. Read more »
Over the next few weeks, owners of Google Glass can invite up to three others to the Explorer program. Google also has some slightly different Glass hardware coming that will accept lenses; current owners can swap out their device if they want. Read more »
As Samsung built up a global audience for its Android phones and tablets, it pushed internal development on its own Galaxy features and functions. Now that third-party developers can code for them, Samsung is gaining more control over its flavor of Android. Read more »
The BlackBerry Z30 could be the last handset ever made by the company and it has a big supporter in Verizon Wireless. The carrier confirmed on Monday that it would be the exclusive network operator to sell the Z30 in the U.S. with a $199 contract price or $22.91 a month over 24 months through the Verizon Edge program.
The BlackBerry Z30 is a larger version of the Z10, using a 5-inch 720p display, faster processor and a 2880 mAh battery that the company claims can get up to 25 hours of mixed use on a single charge. Given the uncertainty of BlackBerry’s future as a company, I’m not anticipating record sales for the new phone.
Nvidia is pushing out a software update to its portable Shield gaming console, bringing both Android 4.3 and game button mapping. The latter feature allows Shield owners to use the hardware controls for touchscreen-optimized Android games. This could help boost demand a bit for the $299 handheld. Prior to the update the Shield only supported a few dozen games that natively worked with the buttons, sticks and triggers.
Nvidia is also offering the Shield for $199 with the purchase of select GeForce GTX graphics cards; the deal also includes free game titles. It’s a smart move to bundle a Shield promo with a graphics card because PC games can be streamed to the handheld device for playback with the right card.