A busy travel week means a short Chrome Show podcast but there’s plenty of news to discuss including a $349 price for the LG Chromebase, new Chromebooks from Lenovo and others, plus some hands-on thoughts with the Dell Chromebook. Read more »
After debuting Chromebooks for the education market, Lenovo is following up with models for consumers. Say hello to the N20 and N20p Chromebooks, which offer up to 8 hours of battery life. The latter has a touchscreen and 300-degree screen hinge. Read more »
Assuming the leaks and mockups of the iPhone 6 have some basis of truth, it’s a safe bet well be seeing a larger iPhone this year. Here’s what that means from a usability and screen resolution perspective. Read more »
Qualcomm added voice input to the Toq smartwatch, showing off both its hardware and Nuance’s software. Toq Talk is limited to text messages for now but is another recent example of how we’ll interact with our wearables in the near future. Read more »
Mini versions of flagship phones never seem to be the same phone in a smaller size. Take the HTC One Mini 2, for example: It won’t have the second camera sensor found on the back of the HTC One M8. Read more »
Pushing its one app for any Windows device concept, Microsoft released Reading List for Windows Phone 8.1. The app already exists on Windows 8.1 and syncs saved web content for later reading. Read more »
Tired of bouncing from app to app as you chase useful content on your mobile phone? So is Facebook, which announced its backing of the open-source App Links effort today. Read more »
Motorola will add to its Moto G and X handset lines at a London event on May 13 when it introduces “the next Motorola phone.” Invitations for the launch are hitting press inboxes with little detail. One tagline does stand out, however: “Made to last. Priced for all.” That could indicate a more ruggedized edition of the low-cost Moto G, perhaps with water-resistant and dust-proof capabilities. Either way, the handset won’t likely have any influence from Lenovo, which agreed in January to buy Motorola from Google as the phone would have been in the works months ago and the deal is not yet closed.
An official-looking spec sheet with images and details of the Asus Chromebook C200 is here with a few nice surprises. On this week’s podcast we also discuss Acer’s Core i3 Chromebook and that 14-inch Android notebook which doesn’t affect Google’s Chrome strategy. Read more »
June is looking good for the first Android Wear smartwatch launch with the LG G Watch expected in at least two markets at a price that could put some pressure on existing smartwatch products. Read more »
Using Google Glass with an iPhone isn’t quite as good of an experience compared to using it with Android. This simple little workaround, however, can get iPhone owners all of their notifications on Google Glass. Read more »
Under new CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft is moving quickly. Just a month and three days after debuting the long-awaited Office for iPad app, Microsoft added AirPrint support in an updated version of the software on Tuesday. Word documents can be printed with or without markup and Excel users can choose to print a range, single worksheet or full spreadsheet. The updated software also includes alignment tools in Power Point and AutoFit adjustments for Excel rows and columns.
Acer announced a new Chromebook in its C720 line on Tuesday at a New York City press event and unlike its other models, this one gets a chip boost. Instead of the fairly common Intel Celeron processor found in other Chromebooks from Acer, Dell and HP, Acer is putting an Intel Core i3 processor inside the laptop. Slashgear notes that the new 11.6-inch Chromebook is due out this summer with larger models possibly following. Using the Core i3 should improve performance while not severely impacting battery life.
Could an iPhone case actually light up with notifications when you get a call or text? Probably. Could it do so without a battery or without the iPhone’s battery? Actually: yes! The Lunacase uses electromagnetic waves from your iPhone for power. Read more »
Amazon gave the up-and-coming market for wearable devices a nod by announcing its new Wearable Technology store on Tuesday. The online retailer now has a dedicated storefront for health trackers, smartwatches, life-logging cameras and other sensor-laden devices. Since the product category is new for many, Amazon is supplementing the retail store with a “Learning Center” for video and written information on products, in hopes of educating the masses on why a wearable device could fit nicely into their life.
It might be time for a new Samsung smartphone strategy as competitors are outpacing the company’s sales growth rate. For the first time since the end of 2009, Samsung’s global smartphone market share has fallen. Read more »
Apple may not have surprised us with a slight hardware upgrade to its MacBook Air line but did you expect a price cut too? The new MacBook Air is accessible to more budgets with an $899 starting price. Read more »
HTC hasn’t been too kind to Samsung for its use of plastic in phones. That may not stop the company from launching the HTC M8 Ace in plastic, however, because it would be priced lower than the Galaxy S5 yet have the same specs. Read more »
A Costco trip for groceries turned into a gadget purchase: I bought a Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet. For $299.99, this 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet is impressive enough to suggest Microsoft doesn’t need a Surface Mini. Read more »
If Android is your favorite operating system, HP may have the laptop of your dreams. Meet the HP SlateBook PC: A 14-inch touchscreen notebook computer that runs Android apps from the Google Play Store. Read more »
An early video look at the Samsung Chromebook 2 showed an appealing laptop with what looks like solid performance from the company’s Exynos chip. We won’t know for sure, however, until the end of May due to delivery delays. Read more »
Google could be expanding voice control beyond search and Google Now in Android with a new OK Google Everywhere feature. Samsung’s fourth iteration of the Galaxy Tab is coming as we wait to see if Amazon offers free mobile broadband with its smartphone. Read more »
After already promising 14 to 21 business day delivery when pre-orders began April 7, Samsung now says the Chromebook 2 won’t arrive until the end of May. Perhaps there’s more software tweaking to be done for the Exynos 5 chip. Read more »
Amazon’s phone could be the first major product to take advantage of AT&T’s Sponsored Data plans with a Prime Data service. Free mobile broadband as a subsidy? It wouldn’t be the first time Amazon has done this. Read more »
Could a Microsoft Surface Mini running Windows RT be a hit? Not unless it’s priced competitively against the already available small Windows 8 slates and Universal Windows Apps start showing up in quantity. Read more »
After installing iOS 7.1.1 when it became available on Tuesday, I thought I saw a marked improvement in my iPhone’s battery life. I’m not the only one as ZDNet’s Adrian Kingsley-Hughes noted the same on Thursday, sharing results from multiple six-hour battery tests. Prior to the update, his iPhone battery would drop from 100 percent capacity down to 48 percent. After installing iOS 7.1.1, his iPhone battery is only falling to 76 percent from a full charge in a test cycle. Several commenters on his article agree or have seen similar results, so if you haven’t updated to iOS 7.1.1, I recommend doing so sooner rather than later.
Typically a product that shows nothing but yearly growth, Apple’s iPad slipped in sales this past quarter, marking otherwise excellent results. Was the drop due to inventory management as Apple CEO Tim Cook suggests? Perhaps. Perhaps not. Read more »
My new favorite browser for iOS is Opera Coast. The newest version for iPhone and iPod touch joins the already available iPad edition, bringing more of a simpler web consumption experience instead of a web navigation exercise: Definitely a must try. Read more »
A new “easy unlock” feature appears in the developer channel of Chrome OS. Once enabled, it will let you unlock a Chromebook or Chromebox by placing a trusted Android phone nearby. Read more »
It’s about time Siri learned a new trick and it may come in the form of Apple TV support. Code snippets in iOS 7.1 suggest that Siri could help you find new television content or change the channel for you. Read more »
Windows Phone just joined the platforms that Microsoft supports with a remote control app for accessing a PC from a handset. The company quietly introduced the free Remote Desktop Preview software in the Windows Phone store on Wednesday and ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley spotted it. Microsoft first brought a secure remote access app to competing platforms — namely iOS and Android — last year, so this new preview app closes the circle by giving Microsoft’s own Windows Phone users the same functionality: Full, secure access to a remote computer for viewing data or running apps on the small screen
Sensors that analyze a golf swing in real-time are awesome but can require a phone or tablet for instant feedback. Google Glass might be a better device for this and Swingbyte’s new Glass app is ready to tell you why you’re slicing the ball. Read more »
Motorola signed a patent license with Microsoft for Android and Chrome OS devices this month. Wait: Motorola doesn’t make any Chrome OS devices. But it could and one possibility is to use an Android phone with a Chrome OS partition for a modular laptop. Read more »
The newest Google Android app just made it easier to remotely access a Windows or Mac computer from a phone or tablet. You’ll need Chrome on the target computer but that shouldn’t surprise if you’ve been following Google’s long-term Chrome strategy. Read more »
Refocusing camera images after taking the picture is becoming all the rage on mobile devices. Google must agree since it has a new downloadable Google Camera app with a Lens Blur feature. Read more »
Wandering around wearing Google Glass with no place to stay? The SPG for Glass can solve that problem, helping you search for a room or manage your Starwood Preferred account on Google’s wearable computer. Read more »
Customers in more countries can buy Apple’s lower-cost iPhone 5c with 8 GB of storage as of today. Will they? Probably not in large numbers if retailers are discounting the 16 GB model for an even lower price. Read more »
Still blindly surfing in the wake of HeartBleed? Our Chrome extension of the week will give you a little more peace of mind, telling you which sites are still at risk of being hacked before you even hit them. Read more »