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.
When Google execs can’t sleep, presumably because of excitement, and then share that info, it’s a good sign that news is imminent. It looks like Android 4.4, the Nexus 5 phone, Nexus 10 tablet and maybe one other timely device are near. Read more »
Companies are racing to create curved smartphones as LG’s G Flex was announced over the weekend. It’s the first “real” curved smartphone, says LG; a clear shot at Samsung. Is this helping end users or is it really a thumb-wrestling match between the two? Read more »
On paper, the specs of Acer’s $249 Chromebook C720 beats out the $279 HP Chromebook 11 but is it the better device? For some, surely. For me, no. Here’s a look at my comparison after using both for the past two weeks. Read more »
Our weekly Chrome Show podcast started out with discussion about Apple of all things. Free iWorks apps and improved iCloud features, such as collaboration, could be a shot at Google’s free, cloud-based way of doing things. Read more »
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 »