AT&T customers get a price cut on the Moto X and can still customize their device. Best Buy suggests that Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch has a 30 percent return rate. After using one for a few weeks, I understand why. Read more »
Microsoft’s new Surface 2 is available and much better than its predecessor in nearly every way. My first impressions are mainly positive, but there are still some unresolved challenges if Microsoft expects Surface 2 to be a hit. Read more »
Want a smarter watch but not quite a smartwatch to track your workouts? The Magellan Echo may be the perfect compromise: It connects to a smartphone but only for music controls and in-app workout data at a glance. Read more »
How big are the tablet and smartphone markets to companies that build them? Bigger than the revenues earned for all other consumer electronics devices combined, says IHS. That’s staggering when just 6 years ago, CE device revenues were 9 times greater. Read more »
With the new iPad Air losing quite a bit of weight and some girth, it could be more challenging than ever to decide between it and a new iPad mini. Here’s a visual comparison tool along with a poll on your buying plans. Read more »
HP is looking to sell off some or all of its mobile patent portfolio, which could recoup a sizable portion of the $1.2 billion the company spent to buy Palm in 2010. Bloomberg reported the news on Thursday, saying HP recently removed some restrictions from potential buyers, which will make the overall portfolio more attractive and valuable.
Although HP made mobile devices in the late 1990′s and early 2000′s based on Microsoft Windows CE and Pocket PC software, the bulk of the mobile patents are likely from the Palm purchase. HP’s handling of the Palm brand, IP and devices are a business case-study of what not to do. If the company can gain back a bulk of its original investment in Palm, I’d call it a huge win considering all of the Palm webOS blunders it made.
Want to see more information about an email sender in iOS Mail before you even read the message? That’s what LinkedIn Intro provides. However, to make the magic happen, you need to have all of your email routed through a LinkedIn server. Read more »
Apple sounded kinda Google-y yesterday. We talk about that and the Haswell-powered Acer Chromebook C720. Is it the “perfect” Chromebook? Not quite. Read more »
After Apple introduced new iPads, I got some hands-on time with the devices. Color me impressed with both: The iPad Mini got a retina display but won’t break the bank at $399 while the iPad Air is slimmer and lighter at $499. Read more »
Apple’s fall iPad event kicks off at 10am PT, and we’ll cover it live here. Sure, the big iPads will get a refresh, but what about the iPad mini or a keyboard accessory for the iPad line? Read more »
Being first to market and having a great product continues to help Apple’s iPad. According to one ad network, the iPad accounts for more than four-fifths of all web traffic in the U.S. and Canada. Read more »
We covered Apple’s fall iPad event here in this live blog, and here’s how it happened. Read more »
Now that Microsoft has a mobile hardware division in Nokia, it really doesn’t need its old smartphone and tablet partners. Knowing that, Nokia looks to be ready to debut a half-dozen new devices, which could boost Stephen Elop’s chances at becoming Microsoft’s CEO. Read more »
Yup, it’s pretty much a given that Apple will revamp its iPad product line. But there’s more to expect and hope for. Here’s my wish list, which includes an Apple-designed keyboard cover for the iPad, making a MacBook Air-like device running iOS. Read more »
It’s not much evidence, but there could be a refreshed Pixel in the works. Mention of a “Pixel 2.0″ was found this week; we chat about that more about the HP Chromebook 11 on this week’s podcast. Read more »
Could Google’s new Nexus 5 powerhouse cost as little at $349? It seems so, based on a brief appearance of the phone on Google Play. Lenovo is trying Android in a laptop while Dell has a pair of new Android tablets using Intel chips. Read more »
With only 2 billion people connected to the internet around the world, getting the other 5 billion will take enormous amounts of capital expenditures. Unless we all start sharing our mobile broadband access, that is. Read more »
Want to remotely connect your iPad, iPhone or Android device to a Windows PC from afar? There have been a number of third-party methods to do this, but now Microsoft is providing a free one too. Read more »
BlackBerry might not be sold to Fairfax Financial after all; at least not if Lenovo has a say. The China-based company has reportedly signed a non-disclosure agreement to review BlackBerry’s financials, the Wall Street Journal noted on Thursday. Sources tell the Journal that Lenovo is interested in purchasing all of BlackBerry, not just parts of it.
That’s a different approach from a number of companies such as Google, Cisco and others, which were recently reported to have wanted just parts of BlackBerry. Lenovo isn’t a big player in the smartphone market but is doing reasonably well with its PCs and could be looking to tie some BlackBerry services into its hardware product lineup or even try to bolster its smartphone products.
Apple and Samsung phones top the latest smartphone customer satisfaction survey from J.D. Power with Apple taking the top spot at the two largest U.S. carriers. And that was mostly without the new iPhone 5c and 5s. Read more »
What does it take for smart wearables to go mainstream? More than you’d think. Not only do the products have to be useful on a daily basis, but they also need the right blend of software support and user experience so they don’t disrupt daily workflow. Read more »
After releasing the Iconia W3 tablet earlier this year, Acer is already following up with the W4. What’s new and improved? The Windows 8.1 tablet now has an IPS display and Intel’s newest Atom processor. Read more »
Motorola made it easier for iPhone owners to transfer some handset data to a new Moto X on Wednesday. A new web tool on the MotoMaker website can grab iOS contacts and calendar events from Apple’s iCloud, said Punit Soni, VP of Product Management at Motorola Mobility.
In a Google+ post explaining the new feature, Soni said that after consumers buy a Moto X through the MotoMaker site, they’ll have the chance to migrate their data. A help page shows exactly how the data fields will translate between iOS and Android. The new service may not push many from iPhones to the Moto X, but for those who do make the move, the new tool will be appreciated.
Simply building a good mobile app isn’t enough to guarantee success. It’s far more complicated when you still have to consider Android v. iOS and a broad range of devices and screen sizes to code for. Read more »
Google Glass only got a few features in the latest software update, but there’s plenty of additional functions in the code. For now, they appear to be placeholders. Still, many of these commands could find their way to Glass; or a smartwatch, for that matter. Read more »
ARM dominates the mobile processor world, with its designs powering nearly every smartphone processor on the planet. But how will it adapt to the internet of things? New ARM CEO Simon Segars doesn’t seem worried. Read more »
Do good things come in small packages? Lenovo thinks so: It will start selling the 8-inch Miix 2 tablet running Windows 8.1 later this month with a starting price of $299. Read more »
Is the HP Chromebook 11 simply just last year’s ARM-based model in a new skin? Perhaps, but that skin is pretty nice, with improvements all around. And there’s a hint of a new Chromebook Pixel in the works. Read more »
Following the other major carriers, Verizon seems almost ready to push out a software update to the Moto X smartphone. Invites for users to test the software were sent out on Tuesday. Read more »
Amid concerns about its future, which appears to be the sale of all or part of the company, BlackBerry is taking an open letter approach to quell its customers concerns. Reuters reported on Monday that BlackBerry will run the letter in 30 news outlets in 9 countries this week, with the intent to explain that it isn’t going anywhere just yet.
The letter, which can be found here thanks to CNet, explains how the company still has plenty of cash on hand and no debt, plus new phones running on advanced software and 6 million pre-registrations for its BBM service on iOS and Android. Government and enterprise security is also “best in class” says the note. All of these observations are arguably valid. However, it’s ironic that the company is saying you can still count on it when so many did just that for years, only to arrive at this juncture for the once-king of all smartphones.
Looking to add a little spatial manipulation to your iPhone photos? Check out Seene, a relatively new free app for iOS that does just that. You won’t get a full 3D image, but the app does offer more than just a traditional 2D view. Read more »
In August, I explained why I wanted Google Now on my wrist. Now a report says the Google is nearly done with a smartwatch built around Google Now. This is the type of innovation needed to reinvent the smartwatch market. Read more »
Was the touchless control feature of the Moto X a preview of what’s to come in Android 4.4? Yes says one report and I’m inclined to agree for several reasons related to hardware, user input on mobile devices and Googles wearable ambitions. Read more »
The third major update of Windows Phone is on the way. Microsoft announced it on Monday saying it will roll out to older phones in the coming months but it also brings support for larger phones with 1080 displays. Read more »
Got a Windows 8 machine and want to kick the tires of Google’s Chrome OS? The latest development channel of Chrome lets you do that, provided you know the one simple trick to enable it. Read more »
Candy Crush on the Galaxy Gear? Not only can it be done but it’s even playable on the small screen. SMS support appears to be coming to Google Hangouts while Twitter for Android tablets is here now. Well, for one tablet, anyway. Read more »
First the good news: Twitter just got better on Android slates. Now the bad news: The new version is launching on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition tablet for now. Other devices will see the new software by end of year. Read more »
Chrome usage on iOS in North America has doubled since it launched. The data comes from a Chitika study on the company’s ad network. Google’s clever “linking” of its apps may be a big help since you can’t change the default iOS browser. Read more »
BlackBerry could sell itself off in pieces, reports Bloomberg. The option comes after BlackBerry signed a letter of intent in September to sell itself to Fairfax Financial for $9 per share, pending a six-week due diligence process from the prospective buyer.
Why an apparent Plan B? Two reasons: The company has reportedly seen interest from other buyers — namely Cisco, Google, Intel, SAP and Samsung — but not all of them want the whole company. Breaking it up into pieces could generate more overall value. It’s also smart of BlackBerry to consider options in case Fairfax can’t raise the $4.7 billion it offered for the company.
Can a Chromebook have both performance and long battery life? That’s the promise of Acer’s C720 Chromebook, which uses a Celeron chip based on the Intel Haswell architecture. Even better: The 11.6-inch Chromebook starts at $249. Read more »