According to Reuters, Barack Obama still uses a BlackBerry smartphone, though not necessarily by choice. Read more »
Flush with a 4G license, China Mobile is expected to announce network details on December 18; a day that could also see a new customer for Apple. With the carrier’s unique 3G technology though, Apple may need one more new iPhone. Read more »
For Apple product users, the home may soon be Siri’s domain. Apple Insider reports that Cupertino has filed a patent with the USPTO for a “smart dock” that, when plugged in, continually listens for audio cues throughout the house. It’s a much more function-rich version of docks currently available now, but with easily accessible voice control options that allow users to execute commands via voice prompts. The concept seems like a practical step for Apple to get the most use from Siri, while tackling smart home technology.
In less than 3 months, iOS 7 is running on 74% of iPhones, while KitKat is only running on 1% of Android devices after a month. Read more »
Now that China has awarded 4G TD-LTE licenses to the three largest carriers, are there are any phones ready for the network? Yup, Apple’s newest iPhones already support the technology, which could go live on December 18 on China Mobile. Read more »
The new 2014 Civic will get an in-dash facelift with the new HondaLink connected infotainment system. The system brings in new apps, navigation services from Nokia and a boatload of integration with the iPhone. Read more »
The acqui-hire brings two Google infrastructure and image editing veterans to Square’s NYC team. Viewfinder, however, will stop development of its consumer-facing iPhone app. Read more »
Apple has been awarded a patent for facial recognition technology that could allow you to unlock your computer or phone and activate certain functions. Read more »
The tech world is wondering how Apple plans to utilize the assets it acquired by buying Topsy, which focuses on collecting and analyzing Twitter data. I suspect Apple is trying to fill a big data void in its platform battle against Google. Read more »
Apple has acquired social search engine Topsy, a move that will give Apple access to a wealth of real time data from Twitter. Read more »
If you forgot to pick up a new tablet on Black Friday, you can still score a good deal on one today. There are plenty of Cyber Monday discounts on Apple devices floating around out there, but the best one I’ve seen so far is at Staples. If you’re looking to pick up a new iPad Air, you can get the 16GB, space gray, Wi-Fi-only model for $449 – a $50 discount. Other models are discounted as well, mostly by $20 – $30. The deal is being offered until midnight or supplies run out. But if Apple isn’t your thing, you can nab a Kindle Fire HD or HDX from Amazon for $50 off as well.
As the holidays draw close, these twelve gift ideas will help accentuate the most often used features for any iPhone or iPad owner on your shopping list. Read more »
Wirelessly charging an iPhone usually means you need some bulky case accessory. The iQi adds it without the bulk and lets you choose your own case or cover. How does it work? Quite well as you can see in this video demonstration. Read more »
You should now have an easier time searching for the apps you want in Apple’s App Store, according to a report that its search engine has been refined. Read more »
WhatsApp and a handful of other over-the-top communications apps — including BBM — are cementing their dominance in social messaging across the world. People still love Facebook Messenger, just not as much as they used to. Read more »
Apple has been awarded a patent for a “Digital camera including refocusable imaging mode adaptor,” which sounds a lot like a Lytro-style camera that lets you refocus photos after you’ve taken them. Read more »
iTunes is certainly not the only movie library out there. As things change, it can get confusing when it comes to accessing movies in the cloud. This guide will help iOS device users understand their options. Read more »
Apple has confirmed a one-day shopping event in stores and online this Friday, November 29. Read more »
Seeing how a battle’s outcome is affected by one pilot’s decision to bank left rather than right is one thing. Realizing how a series of such events can impact an entire war is a lesson only Sid Meier can teach us. Read more »
Verizon Wireless has introduced a new plan to keep your tablet connected: $5 will get you 300MB of data for 24 hours. Read more »
Instagram, a visual communication platform is looking for way to expand its appeal to its 200 million (and growing) community of users. First it was short-form video. Now it has a whole new feature up its sleeve. What is that? Read on to find out. Read more »
Apple has previously filed patents referencing liquid metal, which could be used to manufacture just about any Apple product. Five more patents were revealed by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week. Two reference using it to 3D print parts. 3Ders has images of the patents filed.
Wireless charging add-ons tend to bring added bulk to an otherwise thin iPhone. That’s what makes iQi so interesting; it’s only 0.5 millimeters thick save for the lightning port. A review unit is on the way for testing. Read more »
Apple on Friday introduced a SIM-free, unlocked iPhone 5s to its U.S. online store. Of course, this has also been available since day one, in the form of an unlocked phone that ships with a T-Mobile SIM card — simply pop the T-Mobile SIM out and pop another one in. This latest version ships with no SIM at all, allowing you to insert one for your GSM-compatible operator of choice. The phone starts at $649 for a 16GB model, which is the same price as the T-Mobile version. And you might want to buy that T-Mobile version anyway – the SIM-free phone shows an estimated 1-2 week wait to ship, while the T-Mobile model takes just 3-5 days.
A retrial between Apple and Samsung over damages, that the judge earlier styled as “Groundhog Day,” has concluded with another win for Apple. Read more »
Sports fans just got another way to keep up with their favorite teams: ESPN has completely revamped its ScoreCenter app, and is now calling it SportsCenter. Read more »
The free “picture a day” drawing challenge app is now available portably, thanks to a new version for iPhone. Read more »
Last week’s rumors of Chromecast support for the HBO GO app are this week’s reality: The app for both iOS and Android now supports wireless streaming of HBO Go content from a mobile device to Google’s $35 Chromecast dongle. In a blog post announcing the feature, Google says you can also Chromecast HBO GO from a Chrome browser window. I’d opt for ‘casting from a smartphone or tablet though: Those methods actually cause the stream to come from the cloud. Chromecasting from a browser tab uses a peer-to-peer type stream and is dependent on your computer’s resources, meaning the quality may not be as good.
iPad users, rejoice: You now have a better way to use your tablet to, well, buy more iPads. Read more »
Google is stepping up its media game with the launch of Newsstand, a Flipboard-style reading app for Android that also supports subscription walls for newspapers and magazines and replaces its existing Currents reader Read more »
Mobile retail app developer Shopkick is selling iBeacon devices to businesses that will let them track and interact with customers as they move throughout their stores. Macy’s is its first trial partner. Read more »
It’s game on for iOS 7 hardware controllers: Logitech launched its entry with the PowerShell + Battery controller for $99. The accessory has an internal battery so it can recharge your iOS 7 device, but it lacks joystick controls, opting for a D-Pad instead. Read more »
In a bit of unfinished business from last year, Apple says Samsung should pay $380 million more for patent infringement. Samsung says the number should be $52 million. Read more »
Apple TV users just got another option to watch Antiques Roadshow: PBS launched an app on Apple’s streaming box Tuesday, promising access to “thousands of hours of your favorite PBS programming.” But don’t expect whole seasons of Downton Abbey: Amazon got an exclusive for that show, […] Read more »
Tired of covering the screen of your iPhone or iPod touch when gaming? Moga has a solution to that, thanks to the game controller support built into iOS 7. The folding Moga Ace with lightning port is ready for pre-orders. Read more »
A new report claims that 12.9-inch Retina displays are currently in production for a larger new iPad coming out early next year. Read more »
After buying the Zagg Folio keyboard for my iPad Air, Targus sent me a review unit of its Versavu — pronounced “versa-view”– keyboard case. I’m not a fan of the Shift key and the keyboard isn’t backlit, but one unique feature is appealing. Take a look. Read more »
You don’t even have to be a good student to get Sprint’s latest deals, any student qualifies. The carrier is providing one year of free talk, text and data service with a student purchase of a smartphone through Best Buy. Read more »
The iPad mini with retina display might be slightly sharper than the iPad Air, but it doesn’t reproduced color as well, according to testing by Anandtech. Read more »