Given that many — yours truly included — thought Apple would be releasing a low-cost iPhone, it’s interesting to hear what Tim Cook says about such a product and why device usage is more important than market share. This interview with Cook, as well as Ive and Federighi, offers insight into the low-end handset market and why Apple isn’t likely to ever enter it.
The wait for Moto X Developer Editions is over. A version for Verizon is now available while a model for AT&T and T-Mobile’s network arrives on Friday. Both cost $649 and come with an easy way to tinker with Android. Read more »
Apple’s iOS 7 may have a few hundred new features but these stand out to me in my usage over the past few months. Some are borrowed from other platforms, sure. At the end of the day, as a user, I don’t mind. Read more »
BlackBerry’s employee head count of 12,700 may be down to under 8,000 before the end of 2013, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. The company continues to slash costs as it is losing smartphone market share to iOS, Android and, most recently, to Windows Phone.
The cuts will reportedly take place over numerous departments although I suspect those associated with BlackBerry’s hardware division will be hardest hit, even though the company launched a new phone earlier today. BlackBerry is making far more money from its high profit services area and would be more appealing to a buyer without the low-profit hardware group.
Want to add Kinect-like features to your iPad? Check out Occipital’s Structure Sensor, which has two Infrared sensors and a standard camera, on Kickstarter. The device attaches to an iPad and lets you scan or capture 3D spaces and objects. Read more »
Later today, Apple will release iOS 7 and with it, iTunes Radio. Although I’m a big user of Google services and devices, iTunes Radio is consistently playing better music to my ear than Google’s competing service. Read more »
BlackBerry has supersized its all-screen smartphone with a 5-inch version called the Z30. The new handset has a faster processor, stereo speakers and the latest BlackBerry software: Version 10.2. This could be the last major phone launch for the company. Read more »
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So what’s driving investment and change to the core of the internet? Data is still important, but content is the change agent these days as content providers seek new paths to deliver an experience faster and closer to your home network. Read more »
More discussion on the new Haswell Chromebooks that were — and weren’t — recently announced and dig deeper into the new photo editing capabilities in Google+ through Chrome. Our app of the week pick may have you taking your Chromebook out at night! Read more »
The early reviews are in on Apple’s newest phones as well as iOS 7. The general verdict? Mostly good with a few minor annoyances here or there. Reviewers are praising the new iPhone 5s hardware, the colored cases of the iPhone 5c and Apple’s new software. Read more »