A new Senate bill proposes a way for companies to fulfill 40-year old FCC device labeling requirements by showing certifications digitally, on a device’s screen. Read more »
According to a new report, bigger phones are starting to cut into the sales of 7- and 8-inch tablets. Read more »
The Samsung Z, which will be the first smartphone to run Samsung’s homegrown Tizen operating system, has suffered another setback. The device was supposed to be launched first in Russia in conjunction, with a Tizen developer’s conference taking place in Moscow. However, no device has been launched, and Samsung told the Wall Street Journal that “the smartphone will appear on the Russian market later, when we can offer our users a [sic] fullest portfolio of applications.” Earlier this year, a device running Tizen was supposed be released in Japan, but the launch was canned after carriers pulled out.
Samsung’s newest processor includes an LTE radio, a first for the Korean giant. Read more »
Misfit’s newest wearable computing partner is sleep-focused. It’s a skinny strip of sensors meant to permanently rest on a bed. Read more »
A new update to Google’s camera app allows users to trigger the camera on their phone on a Google Wear smartwatch. Read more »
Taiwanese semiconductor giant is shipping chips to Apple for inclusion in the upcoming iPhone, according to the Wall Street Journal. Previously, Samsung was the Apple’s sole iOS semiconductor partner. Read more »
The new wrist-worn fitness tracker from Adidas eschews typical smartwatch features, like a screen, for a fitness-focused experience. Read more »
Dell launched two new Android tablets Wednesday, built around Intel’s new 64-bit Merrifield SoCs and dual-core Atom processor. Although the current version of Android is 32-bit, these tablets should be able to take advantage when Android L, with 64-bit support, is released to the public. The 7-inch Venue model, with a 1280 x 800 resolution screen, costs $150. The Venue 8,which sports a full 1920 x 1200 display, can be had for as little as $180. At those prices, you’re getting a pretty good value — just don’t confuse them with Dell’s impressive Venue 8 Pro, which runs Windows.
Sprint’s newest hotspot might be its most ambitious: combining a pico projector, Android device and wireless hotspot, it certainly has more features than a run-of-the-mill hotspot. Read more »
Bluetooth Low Energy beacons can drain device battery life, according to a new study. But new Bluetooth chips and adaptive scanning techniques can cut the rate of battery usage. Read more »
Samsung posted earnings guidance which indicates the company expects a 24 percent drop in profit year-over-year. Read more »
Hackers, get out your Torx screwdrivers. According to a teardown from iFixit, both Android Wear devices are relatively easy to take apart and reassemble. Read more »
Sony’s new camera phone comes with a beefed-up 5MP front shooter. It’s not for video-conferencing, though, it’s for self-portraits. Read more »
iCloud Drive, the cloud storage service announced by Apple at WWDC, looks like a Dropbox killer in its ability to share files across devices and platforms. The company had officially announced that it would work on iOS, OS X and (surprisingly) Windows, but according to a snippet discovered in the third iOS 8 beta by 9to5Mac, it looks as if you’ll be able to access your files from iCloud.com as well. If you were hoping web access means iCloud Drive would get some form of Android support, unfortunately, Apple will first need to change its current policy, as most browsers on Android can’t access iCloud.com. Still, coupled with last week’s news that iCloud is getting two-factor authentication, it does look as if Apple is beefing up its web services — a historic weak point for the giant from Cupertino.
A leaked part provided to a French blogger appears to be the sapphire glass face for the upcoming iPhone. Based on the bendability and scratch resistance displayed in the video, sapphire glass is also a natural fit for Apple’s rumored wearable wristwatch. Read more »
HTC’s newest device aimed at the Asian market packs respectable specs, but its success depends on its pricing in local markets. Read more »
The G Pad 10.1, LG’s largest tablet, sports value-oriented specs and will go on sale in the United States later this month. Read more »
Verizon will turn on LTE for its Allset prepaid plans this July, according to a report. Read more »
HTC reported its first quarterly profit in a year, not on the back of sales of devices like the One M8, but instead because of cost-cutting measures. Read more »
Project Ara announced the first 100 people to get a modular phone outside its development team. The lucky beta testers were drawn from the Ara Scouts program’s most active participants. Read more »
Microsoft is reportedly looking for beta testers for a version of Office for Android tablets, expected to be released later this year. Read more »
Apple has simplified its AppleCare options for the iPhone. Now, your only choice is AppleCare+, which covers accidental damage and costs $99 for two years of coverage. Read more »
Samsung announced the Galaxy S5 Mini on Tuesday morning. The device is not as impressive as the Galaxy S5, but has all of Samsung’s unique hardware features, such as a fingerprint sensor and heart rate monitor. Read more »
Microsoft’s smartwatch, which reportedly has 11 built-in biometric sensors, is expected to come out this October. Read more »
Windows Phone accounted for a smaller percentage of smartphone sales than it did at this time last year, according to a new study. Read more »
The iPhone parts and shells currently available from shady Chinese vendors aren’t totally accurate, but do give a good idea about what to expect from the newest iPhone, according to Japanese newspaper Nikkei. Read more »
At WWDC, Apple announced a new app for the Mac called Photos, which will be part of OS X Yosemite. Many wondered what the announcement meant for Apple’s current photo library programs on Mac, which included the consumer-oriented iPhoto and the pro-oriented Aperture. According to a statement from Apple provided to Gigaom, there will be no new development of Aperture when Photos for OS X becomes available early next year. It also appears that the new Photos app, with a heavy emphasis on iCloud Photo Library integration, will replace iPhoto. This leaves Adobe’s Lightroom as the logical choice for professional photographers using a Mac.
Facebook has reportedly dismantled its team working on Facebook Home, its Android homescreen replacement. According to a statement provided by Facebook, however, Home is still supported by the company. Read more »
A new camera app from StreamNation offers unlimited and automatic cloud storage for photos and videos. Read more »
Samsung’s newest tablet is named after its most popular line of smartphones and features a technically excellent display. Read more »
A new update to the Google Search app on Android lets users activate voice search on any screen by saying the hotword “OK Google.” Read more »
On Thursday, toll-free numbers administered by Bandwidth will have the ability to send and receive text messages — which could mean that you never have to hold for an operator again. Read more »
On Thursday Apple cut iPod Touch prices, which now start at $200 for a 16GB model. Read more »
As promised during the Google I/O keynote, the first two devices running Android Wear have gone on sale in the United States. If you head on over to Google Play’s devices section, you can choose between a LG G Watch for $229, or a Samsung Gear Live for $199. Both devices will ship in early July.
At I/O, Google gave a developer’s tour of Android Wear, its smartwatch platform. It won’t replace your smartphone, but it is Google Now for the wrist, with a heavy emphasis on controlling an Android devices and serving convenient notifications. Read more »
Google announced the latest version of Android at I/O. The developer preview tips a new colorful design approach to the operating system, as well as several handy new features. Read more »