Did you order an iPhone 5s online only to see your phone won’t likely arrive before October? There might be another option starting tomorrow: Personal Pickup support as Apple Stores replenish their stock of Apple’s hot new handset. Read more »
Snapseed integration in Google+ photo editing isn’t just some fancy web programming; the implementation takes advantage of Google Chrome technologies that will help the browser continue to mature as a platform with apps of its own. Read more »
CyanogenMod may be the best Android firmware you’ve never heard of. You probably will though: The small group of developers behind it became a company this week with $7 million in funding. Meanwhile, HP launched four tablets that could appeal this holiday season. Read more »
Tablet and smartphone owners wanting to watch TV content on their mobile devices are no longer stuck using Wi-Fi to do so. Verizon now allows mobile broadband streaming of 9 channels, plus local content in certain markets. Read more »
CNBC reported the halt of BlackBerry share trading late on Friday afternoon, saying that news was pending. Moments later the company detailed forecasts for sales and revenues and will be cutting 4,500 jobs while taking nearly a billion dollar inventory charge. Read more »
Motorola’s VP of Product Development, Punit Soni, has already said camera improvements were coming soon to the Moto X and it looks like the company is indeed working on them. An XDA forum member posted files from Android 4.3 for the Moto X on Friday and says that although the device runs a little slower than it did on Android 4.2.2, the camera seems improved.
Android Central, which originally found the XDA posting, notes that if you have an unlocked Moto X, you can install the software yourself. I wouldn’t advise it because it was dumped from a test phone. Clearly, the software update is still a work in progress. It’s good to see that progress, however: The inconsistency of image quality from the camera is the phone’s Achilles Heel based on my usage.
Apple is touting its new A7 chip and M7 co-processor in the iPhone 5s but where the heck is the M7? A teardown didn’t find the chip, indicating it may be a different company’s digital signal processor. Read more »
Comments from a company executive offer another clue that Microsoft is working to unify the app experience between Windows Phone and Windows RT. That could help the overall value proposition for RT… and Windows Phone. Read more »
Last week’s podcast was focused on Apple’s new iPhones and this week we turn our focus on iOS 7: the features, reviews and what it means for developers and users. Oh and Facebook settled a privacy suit this week: People not even involved got money! Read more »
Canonical may not have raised enough money on Kickstarter for its Ubuntu Edge phone but Ubuntu Touch is alive and kicking. The company is pushing hard to test the software for phones and tablets to launch alongside Ubuntu 13.10 next month. Read more »
Google has launched Quickoffice for Android and iOS, which brings native support for Microsoft Office formats to your device. Read more »
Now that Google Wallet no longer requires an NFC-capable handset, expect to see it on non-Android phones. Case in point: The digital wallet app became available for iOS devices on Thursday in the iTunes App Store.
Obviously you can’t use the app on iOS for contactless payments; that part requires an NFC chip in the phone. But you can keep track of retail loyalty cards, get Google Offers while shopping or wirelessly send money to anyone with a Google account. Will it be a big hit on iOS? I suspect not, although Apple doesn’t yet have a similar wallet app just yet; as a result, this could give PayPal for iOS a scare.
Command Center for iOS 7 is great: Simple access to often used settings and apps. It’s enabled on your Lock Screen by default. Super handy, right? Yes but that means anyone could disable your device radio even if you have a passcode lock. Read more »
After releasing a low-cost Android tablet earlier this year, HP is bringing four higher-end Android tablets to market in November ranging in size from 7 to 10 inches. Read more »
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 »
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 »
Thousands of testers wearing Google Glass don’t have the final product version yet but nobody knows what the retail edition will look like. Newly awarded patents explain how Google might design the final product, especially for those who wear corrective lenses. Read more »
After managing Google’s Android Open Source Project for nearly a half-dozen years, Jean-Baptiste Queru is now a Yahoo employee. The move follows Queru’s frustration with Android hardware partners and driver software just last month. Read more »
Apple surprised many with 64-bit support in its new iPhone 5s. Samsung was quick to say it would have a 64-bit Android phone soon. Here’s why the wait for such an Android device could be shorter than you think. Read more »
Google Wallet gets a new lease on life: The updated software is now compatible with Android 2.3 or better across all carriers. Don’t get too excited if you have an NFC smartphone though; you’re still limited by carrier. Read more »
As expected, the Asus PadFone Infinity got a refresh with a faster chip on Tuesday. The phone docks into a tablet shell and the transformation is pretty quick: Look at this video where the gallery on the phone appears on the tablet upon docking. Read more »
Chrome can never replace a traditional operating system. After all, you can’t associate any files with apps. Or could you? The answer may be found with a new web intents concept called URL handling: Click a link and the appropriate Chrome App opens. Read more »
After a crazy week, it’s nice to rest up and game. The Moga Pro controller is a good way to do just that. The FCC showed images of what looks like the Nexus 5 while Asus’s Transformer Book Trio runs Android and Windows. Read more »
Alongside new Chromebooks announced this week came reports that Google’s Chromebook Pixel wouldn’t be repeated, indicating the device won’t get refreshed with new Intel chips. It turns out, that’s not necessarily the case; good news for Pixel fans. Read more »
That $45 Straight Talk monthly service plan just got an upgrade: You can get LTE service on AT&T’s network through the MVNO, helping to save a bundle while also getting fast mobile broadband on your smartphone. Read more »
iPhones are almost becoming a good investment, if you want to upgrade early that is. My 16 GB iPhone 5 is worth more than the ETF on my contract, meaning the upgrade cost is far less than you’d think possible. Read more »
While other Microsoft partners have stayed mum since news of the Nokia phone business purchase hit, Huawei has broken the silence. One company exec says it will continue to license and build Windows Phones. Perhaps it’s counting on its strong brand in China? Read more »
Nvidia’s Shield almost got my my money but $299 sounded steep. I opted for the $50 Moga Pro wireless controller for my Android phone and tablet instead. A good choice? I don’t regret it for a second. Read more »
The next generation of Windows 8.1 tablets with Intel’s new Atom chip may end Windows RT and Surface RT. Here’s a rundown of some upcoming devices that start at $299 for a full Windows 8.1 experience with 10+ hours of run time. Read more »
It’s pretty much a lock that LG is building the Nexus 5 for Google. After a leaked video image of the phone surfaced, the FCC has pictures of a similar LTE phone built by LG. Read more »
HP is already sharing some information on its new Chromebook with Haswell chip: The 14-inch laptop will start at $299 and have options for integrated LTE on T-Mobile’s network. Read more »
After turning away from Windows RT, Asus has a low-cost device that could put the kibosh on Microsoft’s Surface 2. The Transformer Book T100 is both laptop and tablet running Windows 8.1 for up to 11 hours, priced at $349. Read more »