Google Glass for gaming? Yup, Google’s wearable computer may be used for fun and games based on this example app which brings real-time in-game GPS to your eye. Read more »
A dash of color doesn’t seem to be moving Apple’s new iPhone 5c: Retailers are already discounting the device with Best Buy the latest to offer a $50 price promotion. Read more »
The past three years have shown a complete divergence for Samsung and HTC. The latter adopted Android first and was flying high when the first Galaxy arrived. Now, it’s a complete turn of events and Iron Man may not be strong enough for HTC. Read more »
It’s a bizarre idea, mainly because it would likely confuse phone buyers, but Bloomberg says Microsoft has asked HTC to put Windows Phone software on the company’s Android handsets. The devil’s in the details: Will the phones dual boot? Will a user be able to switch between the two? The are more questions than answers here although two things are clear: Microsoft is hungry for more market share and HTC’s downward spiral hasn’t yet changed course.
Google is ready to start reviewing third-party apps for its Google Glass product. The news jives with earlier reports that such apps would become available after a Glass software update this month. Read more »
Siri, or perhaps another personal assistant entirely, could make iOS even smarter than it is today thanks to Cue. Apple reportedly bought the personal assistant software for north of $35 million. Read more »
Web apps get a little more special in the newest Chrome beta for Android: They can be installed directly to the home screen, open up on full-screen mode and appear alongside native apps in the multitasking app switcher Read more »
It’s hard to find consumers that have embraced Chromebooks. The education market is a different story as 5,000 U.S. school districts now use Chromebooks according to Google. Is Microsoft on the way out of the classroom? Read more »
Google will launch a version of its Google Music app for iOS later this month, sources tell Engadget. On Thursday, the gadget blog reported the news, saying the software is getting tested internally at Google. The app is expected to support Google Play Music All Access, a radio-like experience that costs $9.99 per month.
I’m not surprised to hear this possibility as Google tends to extend its services to other platforms — particularly Apple’s iOS — in order to broaden its audience. This in turn provides Google with more potential users of its services and therefore, more user data for the company.
If you’re not going to buy a Samsung TV, the company wants to at least sell you a Samsung media server. That’s what the new $299 HomeSync is and like other recent Samsung products, works best with Galaxy smartphones and tablets. Read more »
Android device owners intrigued by the look of iOS 7 — and there are some that fit this bill — can replicate Apple’s user experience with this impressive low-cost launcher. And yes, you can disable the zooming function that’s making some iOS 7 users a bit queasy. Read more »
Intel is making another push into the domain of mobile chips and devices; this time bringing its new Quark chip to Arduino boards. Called Galileo, the first board will cost around $50 to $60 and be compatible with existing Arduino software and shields. These boards are tinkerer-friendly, helping to bridge the physical and digital worlds through sensors.
Dell has a pair of new relatively low-cost tablets, the Dell Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro. The “pro” designation means full Windows 8.1 starting at $299; the company has no plans to refresh its Windows RT tablets. Read more »
There’s a lot of energy in the wireless charging space of late: First Qualcomm joined all three major standards groups and now the Bluetooth SIG is helping to create a new class of smarter wireless charging devices. Read more »
Samsung hasn’t released Android 4.3 for its flagship phone yet but that hasn’t stopped some from getting a look at an early build. The software looks nearly ready for prime-time based on this video peek. Read more »
Not happy about the new “new tab” page in Chrome? No worries, we can fix that for you in all of 10 seconds. And with new Chromebooks on the horizon, will any have a touchscreen? Evidence says: yes! Read more »
Good news for Hulu Plus subscribers hit the airwaves on Wednesday: Google announced support for Hulu Plus on its $35 Chromecast device. Instead of watching video content from the online provider on an Android smartphone, tablet or Apple iPad, folks can shoot Hulu Plus to an HDTV.
To get the new wireless streaming function, users will need to upgrade their Hulu Plus mobile app to the latest version, which now includes a one-touch Chromecast button to enable streaming. As with other Chromecast streaming services, Hulu Plus will actually shoot video from the cloud to the Chromecast, but the smartphone or tablet used to start the stream can act as a remote control for playback.
Now that iOS 7 supports external game controllers, get ready to ditch the on-screen controls. Logitech teased a gamepad last week and now an image of the device has leaked to the web. Read more »
There’s currently a trio of main wireless charging groups, each with its own standardized solution, and now Qualcomm is a member of all three. Here’s why this gives hope for a single standard. Read more »
What do LEGOs and smartphones have in common? More than you think: They can work together to help manage a shared Google Calendar by bridging the physical and digital worlds. Read more »
Another alleged Nexus 5 photo surfaced along with some reported hands-on impressions of the look and feel of the device. The reported specs continue to point to a high-powered smartphone… once Google officially announces it, that is. Read more »
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 improves in every way over its predecessor but is it right for you? That depends on how much you value the S-Pen capability because there are similar choices for less without digital inking. Read more »
From an alphanumeric pager to an email machine to smartphones, BlackBerry has had a historic run. Unfortunately, it seems to be coming to an end, mainly because while we saw the competition grow over the past six years, BlackBerry simply never reacted timely or correctly. Read more »
We already know that Straight Talk’s unlimited plan can save you money and that it isn’t unlimited. The company clarified the latter point, saying it provides 2.5 GB of monthly high-speed data, along with unlimited voice calls and texts, for $45 a month. Read more »
AT&T added more details on pricing and availability for two new Samsung devices on Monday. The Galaxy Note 3 smartphone and Galaxy Gear smartwatch arrive in stores on Friday, October 4. The Note 3 can be purchased for $299 with a two-year contract, $725 without contract, or for $35 per month through AT&T’s Next program. The Galaxy Gear smartwatch will be sold for $299 and will only work with the Galaxy Note 3 at launch.
Samsung says it is working on support for the Galaxy Gear to work with other Galaxy smartphones but hasn’t yet announced a time frame for that compatibility. My first impressions of the Gear were generally favorable, but I’ll have to spend more time with one before deciding if it’s worth $299.
Are we finally inching closer to a wireless charging standard? Perhaps, now that Samsung has invested in PowerbyProxi. The company is working on support for spatial freedom and multiple device support in the Qi standard, something already offered by the A4WP group. Read more »
Looking to add an Android phone to your wrist? The new A.I. Watch is looking to Indiegogo to deliver just that. The smartwatch runs full Android, has tiles like Windows Phone and voice input for text entry or voice control. Read more »
ColorSnap already makes it easy to take pictures and get paint color recommendations on a smartphone or a tablet, but it’s a perfect app to take advantage of Google Glass. Read more »
You won’t need to find or install browser plug-ins much longer in Google Chrome. The company is starting to eliminate support on January 1, 2014 as HTML5 and other web technologies alleviate the need for plug-ins. Read more »
The Galaxy Note 3 is region locked but there’s a way around the restriction. LG’s G2 got the review treatment this week: Is it a good blend of powerful hardware and useful software? And Amazon continues to mature it’s Kindle Fire tablet lineup. Read more »
What Google Glass can do, it does pretty well, but it’s still fairly limited in terms of apps. That may be changing next month with sources suggesting Google will officially launch Glassware apps. Read more »
Apple’s new iOS 7 adds a little 3-D experience that may have gone overboard in some peoples eyes: The parallax effect that makes home screen icons float when moving the phone around. Here’s how to disable the effect. Read more »
HTC’s next big phone, the One Max, looks to be launching soon. The large handset won’t have a digital stylus but it’s still meant to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 and other big-screened smartphones. Read more »
Google is slowly building up momentum for Google Glass: Aside from the 8,000 Glass Explorers using the product, Google is taking Glass on the road. First stop for regular folks to try the wearable device? Durham, North Carolina. Read more »
BlackBerry’s second quarter numbers are out and there’s little good to be seen: Revenues are down 45 percent from a year ago and the Z10 write-off is costing the company nearly a billion dollars. Read more »
Wireless device charging doesn’t necessarily mean a charging pad on your desk or nightstand. Mugen’s new N11 battery pack is portable and can wirelessly charge a phone or tablet anywhere thanks to the included Qi support. Read more »
Got a camera that can take photos in the preferred RAW image format? You may not need special software to edit them. These can be uploaded directly to Google+ where they’ll be converted to JPG for online edits in the browser. Read more »
A previously scheduled investor call for September 27 won’t be happening says BlackBerry. The company will release its quarterly numbers on Friday but cancelled the conference call to discuss them. The reason? The letter of intent BlackBerry signed to sell the company earlier this week.
So will buyers compare the new Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition to the $399 Galaxy Nexus 10 or Apple’s iPad at $499? That’s the question given the new slate with its S-Pen and productivity software starts at $549. Read more »