Apple’s new operating system prompts you to open certain apps when you are in the right location. So if you’re in Starbucks, you’ll see a Starbucks logo in the bottom left hand corner of your lock screen. Read more »
A purported system dump from the LG G Watch has leaked online, and it reveals new details about Google’s Android Wear wearable project. Read more »
On June 23, Google Glass frames designed by Diane von Fürstenberg’s fashion house will go on sale not only on Google’s website, but also through a high fashion retailer. Read more »
Apple updated its mobile operating system, iOS, to version 8 during its WWDC event. Read more »
Apple announced the latest version of its desktop operating system, OS X Yosemite, at its annual WWDC conference. Read more »
Samsung’s mid-range Galaxy Tab line might not have the ability to make voice calls in the United States, but since 2011, overseas markets have had the option to add cellular connectivity. So the company’s new seven-inch phone announced on Monday, the Galaxy W, isn’t a new product, but rather a new moniker. Like the Galaxy Tab, it doesn’t pack flagship specifications: a 720p display, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and Android 4.3 with no guarantee of timely updates. It’ll cost nearly 500,000 won in Korea, which works out to just under $500. No word about when if it’ll ever come to the United States, so if you want a phone-tablet hybrid, your best bet is probably the currently available Samsung Galaxy Mega.
HP’s fall laptop lineup includes a 14-inch notebook running Android 4.3 for $400. Read more »
Samsung announced the first smartphone running its Tizen operating system on Monday. It’s a mid-range handset, and it’s headed to Russia. Read more »
Motorola announced on Friday it will close its Fort Worth, Texas manufacturing plant by the end of the year. The factory opened in September 2013. Read more »
The LG G Watch stops by the FCC and reveals it won’t have 3G or 4G connectivity. Read more »
The HTC E8 is a plastic version of HTC’s flagship targeted at Asian markets and it goes on sale later this month. Read more »
The Windows Phone Store is the first of the three major mobile app stores to automatically include device make and model alongside reviews. According to Windows Phone Central, device names are showing up next to star ratings on the mobile Windows Phone Store. So if someone is raving about a game’s graphics performance, you can see if that person is running the flagship Nokia 1020. Developers will also find it handy to ascertain whether their apps are crashing on specific devices. Considering that Windows Phone is seeing a lot of growth in low-cost handsets, this is a smart addition that will save a lot of grief for the millions using Windows Phones with lower specifications, and I hope to see it on Google Play soon.
Samsonite, a luggage conglomerate, has purchased leading device accessory maker Speck for $85 million. Read more »
Microsoft announced a new version of Windows on Friday, Windows 8.1 with Bing, that will be sold only to hardware makers. The idea is to take advantage of lower system requirements in Windows 8.1 and provide a lower-cost operating system option to compete with Chromebooks and Android. According to Microsoft, there is only one difference in the new version: Bing is the default search engine and although users can change it, the hardware makers can’t. According to a Microsoft spokesperson, this version is identical to the free version of Windows Microsoft licenses for small tablets, except for other types of computer, such as clamshell laptops. Looks like a few new cheap Windows notebooks are headed our way.
AT&T’s new insurance plan covers two other gadgets besides your phone for $30 per month. Read more »
Amazon is sending emails inviting selected customers to borrow a Fire TV streaming player to try for a month before buying. Read more »
To give the Surface Pro 3 the best chance for success, Microsoft should make the Type Cover free and include it with every unit sold. Read more »
After halting sales of the Nest Protect last month over a safety issue, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued an official recall earlier today. Affected Nest customers can download an update over the internet which addresses the issue. Read more »
Notifyr pushes iOS notifications to a Mac through Bluetooth, but you can’t take any action without pulling out your phone. Read more »
Google Chrome users on Android should keep their eyes peeled for the newest update, which is rolling out Wednesday. Chrome version 35 has a number of improvements, including an undo tab close button, which we saw in beta last month. Another nifty improvement is the way Chrome for Android handles HTML 5 video, which now support full-screening and subtitles.That’s great, as Google wants YouTube to play in HTML 5 whenever possible. Chrome OS and Chrome browser are also getting a few updates, including the ability to say “OK Google” to take control of a new tab.
When Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 3 on Tuesday, a lot of people were surprised it didn’t announce a Windows RT-based “Surface Mini,” as had been rumored for weeks before the event. Microsoft did in fact have a Surface Mini in development but pulled it recently because CEO Satya Nadella and Executive VP Stephen Elop thought it “wouldn’t be a hit,” according to a report from Bloomberg. Nadella and Elop’s reported concerns echo what my colleague Kevin Tofel said last month when he reviewed the Dell Venue 8, a full Windows 8 tablet at the same likely size and price range as the unreleased Mini.
The latest GroupMe Android update includes a redesign with a focus on one-to-one direct messaging. Read more »
Google announced Monday that it has bought Divide, a company that builds apps meant to make it easier for businesses to allow employees to use personal smartphones on secure corporate networks. Considering recent reports that iOS still dominates the enterprise market, Google’s purchase appears to be a savvy move to beef up Android’s bring-your-own-device capabilities for large companies. The Divide team will be joining the Android team, but while the Divide app is currently available for both iOS and Android, the WSJ is reporting there are no plans to kill the iOS app. Google did not disclose the purchase price.
WhatsApp, the dominant cross-platform messaging app owned by Facebook, is no longer available for download on Windows Phone. Read more »
A document posted on Microsoft Research include screenshots of Office’s long-awaited native touch interface, as well as a few clues about pen support on Windows RT. Read more »
Businesses running Groupon promotions will be required to use an iPad-based cash register running Groupon’s Breadcrumb point-of-sale software and payment processing. Read more »
Google Now’s new cards, which remind you when bills are due, are a great idea. Read more »
EA is giving away promo codes that unlock $2 in virtual currency in the game “Real Racing 3″ for iOS. Previously, Apple promo codes were only used for paid app giveaways. Read more »
Google will now let users purchase digital content with a PayPal account from the Google Play Store. Read more »
Chinese hardware maker Xiaomi’s new tablet not only features cutting-edge specifications but also a surprisingly low price. Read more »
HTC announced the HTC One Mini 2, which is a smaller version of the flagship HTC One M8, but it lacks its big brother’s unique camera. Read more »
There are references to a long-rumored, keyboard-equipped handset in the latest Blackberry SDK. Read more »
The newest iPhone will have a 1704 x 960 pixel display, according to a report out Wednesday. Read more »
Want Google Glass and don’t have your very own pair yet? Well, Google’s selling the devices online right now to everyone in the United States and you don’t need an invite to buy them, according to Glass’s Google+ account. If you’ve got $1,500 and the desire to be a “Glass Explorer,” head on over and buy your pair before they run out. Like Google’s previous one-day Glass sale, this chance is while supplies last.
Google pushed out an update to its iOS Google Search app on Tuesday, bringing the version number up to 4.0. The update improves Google’s voice search, which now recognizes natural language such as “what’s the weather like?” In addition, Google has added cards for news from blogs and selected authors, which have been popping up on Android for a while but just made it over to iOS. Google Search is currently the only way to use Google Now on the iPhone. It’s a nifty update, and it’s currently available on the App Store.
Apple will include a split-screen multitasking feature in the upcoming version of iOS, according to a new report. Read more »
Project Ara, Google’s module-based smartphone platform, has a hidden killer feature: a handset that actually fits in a pocket. Read more »