Oh, if we only had a Batphone directly to Tim Cook. Wait, Carl Icahn just might have that. He spoke with Apple’s CEO on Tuesday and like what he’s heard saying the company is very undervalued right now. Read more »
The latest Developer channel update for Chrome OS offers a number of improvements that brings the operating system closer to traditional desktop platforms. Touch enabled drag-and-drop, better channel switching, and a way to see all open windows with a single key click are here. Read more »
Why add wireless charging to a single phone when you can add it to bag that charges multiple devices? That’s the concept behind Hustle, a Qi-compatible bag with large integrated battery and USB port to charge your phone or tablet. Read more »
The Moto X will be available in a non-carrier version on the Google Play store but will it have the “special sauce” that makes the phone fairly unique? There’s precedent for a Google Experience phone to keep features, so it’s possible. Read more »
BlackBerry is publicly considering a sale or partnership to stay in the market. Secretly, there was an investor plan to take over and turn the company arround, complete with $1 billion in commitments to make it happen. Read more »
Many articles explaining what it’s like to switch from iOS to Android have been published, but Paul Stamatiou’s latest may be the best I’ve read yet. All of the right points are hit explaining the key differences between the two platforms, ranging from notifications, simple sharing methods, setting default apps and much more. To each his or her own when it comes to personal choice in mobile platforms; those on the fence, however — or those who want a modern refresher on Android’s maturity over time — should certainly give this a read.
Google Glass devices are getting their monthly software update and this time around, voice posts to Path and Evernote are added. Developers can expand the usage of voice posts now as well. Traffic, Movie times, Weather and more are also now playing on Google Glass. Read more »
Looking for better optics and a larger aperature for your smartphone camera? Sony’s all-in-one lens is also a camera that can offer both features. It snaps on to an Android phone turning the handset into a wireless viewfinder. Read more »
Skype can take better advantage of the Facetime HD camera in the newest iPad thanks to a software update released on Monday. Skype version 4.10 doesn’t add much more but it’s a welcome upgrade that will boost video quality on Apple’s iPad which supports 720p video calling already on Apple’s own Facetime app. Engadget notes the new software also improves call stability.
A new Apple trademark filing shows Live Listen, but what is it? Check the Accessibility settings in iOS and you’ll see Live Listen mentioned: It allows the iPhone to be a second mic for a Bluetooth hearing aid. Maybe that’s not all though. Read more »
When smartphone sales are down, who do you call? Iron Man! HTC has tapped Robert Downey, Jr. for a new, two-year ad campaign that first focuses on HTC as a brand and will eventually tout the company’s technology prowess. Read more »
After leaks of screen parts showing Apple’s next iPad taking screen design cues from the thinner and lighter iPad mini, “people with knowledge of the matter” tell the Wall Street Journal that Apple plans to use a film-based touchscreen in the new iPad. Read more »
Hortonworks lost both a co-founder and a CTO this week: Who’s going to right the ship? GE supports industrial data in the cloud, but only to a point: Hear why the company thinks AWS won’t ever be place for nuclear power plant data. Read more »
After a week of using the Moto X, I found that it’s a very compelling phone. So will many other consumers, provided Motorola gets it in their hands. The LG G2 also looks impressive after a short amount of hands-on time. Read more »
Google Wallet is losing functions which gives Samsung a fresh opportunity in the digital wallet space. Only Samsung Wallet isn’t quite a wallet; it’s more like Apple’s Passbook for iOS. And it’s exclusive to certain Samsung devices. Read more »
Don’t be surprised if you see a Google Glass wearer stop and say: “OK Glass: Let’s go defend the planet!” A new video game in development allows just that on the small screen of Google Glass. Here’s what it looks like. Read more »
After relying on Samsung to build the current Nexus 10, Asus will reportedly be tapped for a refresh of the 10-inch slate. If any company can create a solid experience at a reasonable price, Asus is it. Just look at the Nexus 7. Read more »
Google Glass currently costs $1,500 but that price is far more than the cost of components. Here’s why that’s the case and what Glass is more likely to cost consumers when it launches for everyone. Read more »
That didn’t take long: The Active Display notifications found on the Moto X can be added to your Android smartphone or tablet through a third-party app. You’ll need Android 4.3 for now, though, and unless you have an AMOLED display, it won’t save battery life. Read more »
After debuting solid 7-inch Android slates at low prices in WalMart stores, Hisense is dropping prices by $20. The Sero 7 LT is now $79 while the Sero 7 Pro costs $129. Both cuts are likely an attempt to spur back-to-school sales. The latter tablet is a great value in my opinion, with specs and performance that fall between last year’s $199 Nexus 7 and this year’s $229 model.
NFC sounded like it would be the central solution for digital wallets but that bet hasn’t paid off yet. Instead, NFC is finding far more success as a way to pair phones with wireless speakers, printers and even automobiles. Read more »
Wondering where the factory images are for your shiny new Nexus 7? Google usually posts them, but it hasn’t yet. And now, a key Google employee is “quitting” his responsibility for maintaining such images. The problem appears to be a dispute between Google and Qualcomm. Read more »
Even though the Z10 and Q10 phones were both on sale in the second quarter, BlackBerry shipments are down in an up market. Who’s reaping the benefit? Microsoft’s Windows Phone which surpassed BlackBerry 10 shipments from April to June around the world. Read more »
Google’s Chromecast is great for streaming cloud content but local media? Not so much right now. MyCast looks to change that with local streaming capabilities for Android devices as well as any computer running the Chrome browser. Read more »
If you like a smartphone with a screen that takes up nearly the entire front face of the phone, LG’s G2 could be the one for you. LG is introducing the handset on Wednesday morning but leaked photos are showing it off now. Read more »
This week’s Chrome podcast shares a pair of extensions: One specific to the Moto X handset and one for viewing Photospheres on the web. We also dive a little deeper in the Chromecast and discuss a great campaign to get Chromebooks in the classroom. Read more »
Is Motorola’s Moto X truly a flagship phone that worth the flagship price? Not if you look solely at specifications. Do that, however, and you’ll miss out on one of the smallest Android phones that offers an excellent big phone experience. Read more »
The second most populous nation on earth is making the move towards smartphones at a faster pace: Year over year shipments in India grew 129 percent in the second quarter of 2013, per research firm Canalys. Samsung accounted for a third of those shipments, followed by local vendor Micromax. Karbonn, Sony and Nokia round out the top five. Apple was nowhere to be seen. Again.
September’s IFA event could be a phablet showdown. Samsung is expected to debut the Galaxy Note 3 and HTC appears ready to counter with the HTC Max. Leaked photos and details suggest a big phone battle in Berlin next month. Read more »
Got touch? Google’s latest Chrome Canary build adds touch navigation features to your touchscreen PC, just like on the Chromebook Pixel. With the new features, Google continues to unify the web experience across devices, regardless of the platform they run. Read more »
Say hello to the new GigaOM Structure podcast, our fourth weekly show. Topics on podcasts this week range from PRISM impacting cloud adoption, hands on with the Moto X, BitTorrenting on a Chromebook and Bluetooth tags to track your stuff. Read more »
Moto X, the handset that’s always listening for your spoken command, is here and it’s an impressive blend of hardware and software. It launches when Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 is expected but these are for two very different audiences. Read more »
After spending 24 hours with the Moto X, I’m finding other nice features that Motorola didn’t cover in great detail ranging from contextual software to a booming loudspeaker that dynamically adjusts power based on its temperature and movement. Read more »
Android’s march towards Jelly Bean software on a majority of devices continues forward: More than 40 percent of smartphones and tablets use it, helping bring feature parity across more devices. Read more »
Phone calls on smartwatches have never really worked out well due to privacy: They’re like a speakerphone call in public. A new Kickstarter project called the HOT Watch has a solution and it blew through its funding goal in just 30 hours. Read more »
The Moto X speculation is over now that the phone has debuted. What makes it different and who is it for? I spent time with Google and Motorola representatives to get answers. Read more »
Google Sync support on Windows Phones was set to cease on July 31, but the service gains a reprieve until Dec. 31. Microsoft has included CalDAV and CardDAV support in Windows Phone to replace Google Sync. However, not all Windows Phone handsets have the new software. This extension should give Microsoft enough time to push the software out to all of its devices.
With so many different Android phone models comes a wide variance in hardware, software and design, so a single Android phone can’t compete against the iPhone. Or can it? We may find out with Moto X: Google’s Android phone for the masses. Read more »
After a June release of Mobile Office for iPhone, Microsoft has followed up with a version for Android devices. The app is free but requires an Office 365 subscription and tablets are on the outside looking in. Read more »