A memo obtained through FOIA shows that Apple talked to the FDA last December about what triggers regulation. Read more »
Infinit is a fast, peer-to-peer file sharing application that uses its own protocol, eschewing Bittorrent. Read more »
iPhones and iPads running the newest version of iOS, currently in beta, will provide a randomized MAC address to access points it has not connected to yet. Somewhat like giving away a fake phone number, this tweak will not only protect user privacy, it also means marketers need to embrace iBeacon to collect iPhone location data. Read more »
Want a Moto X but concerned about on-board storage? Well, here’s some good news: Motorola’s started selling a 64GB version for the first time on Monday for $450. Everything remains the same as the 16GB and 32GB variants, except for the increased storage. That’s $100 more than the 16GB version for four times the space. Motorola’s budget handsets, the Moto G 4G and the Moto E, both accept microSD cards, which makes the absence of storage expansion on the high-end Moto X more glaring. We’ll see if Motorola sticks with built-in, tiered storage or if it adds a microSD card slot to the long-rumored Moto X+1, which should be launching this summer.
Sources have suggested to both Recode and Nikkei that Apple will hold a special event this October to launch its smartwatch. Read more »
The Asus Padfone X is a phone that can plug into a tablet screen, effectively giving you two devices in one. While neither the tablet nor the phone are best in class, together they’re very compelling. Read more »
iPhone users will soon no longer have to input credit card numbers manually, thanks to a Safari feature in iOS 8 that uses the onboard camera to read the number off a physical credit card. Read more »
Sites that redirect smartphone browsers to the mobile homepage regardless of the page requested will be displayed differently in mobile Google Search. Read more »
Previously obscure manufacturers are making Windows Phone hardware. Read more »
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 »