The unusual Android phone with an LCD on the front and an e-ink screen on the back is now on sale in Europe. Read more »
Mint, the popular personal finance app, is finally available on Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8. Read more »
The stealthy startup has stocked its ranks with more Netflix veterans to run its seamless payments system. Read more »
Following its task management hit, the folks behind Any.Do have brought Cal to Android. The sleek and simple looking calendar has tight integrations with other apps and makes it easy to manage your day. Read more »
As the market for connected wearable devices set to grow sharply, Broadcom isn’t sitting on the sidelines. The company’s latest chip includes a processor, Bluetooth Smart and wireless charging support, making it an all-in-one choice for makers of smartwatches and other devices. Read more »
One big advantage of Apple’s Lightning connectors over industry-standard Micro-USB (technically “Micro-B”) connectors is that they can go either way up – you don’t need to look first to see which way to insert it. Perhaps with that in mind, as well as the rise of thinner devices, the USB Implementors Forum said (PDF) on Tuesday that a new Type-C connector will offer the same benefit and more. It will be agnostic not only about orientation but also cable direction, and will be around the same size as today’s Micro-B connectors – prepare to say goodbye to the existing USB plug form factor after the specification is finalised in mid-2014.
The mobile operator’s customers will get to use their domestic voice and data allowances while travelling in the United States, even though Three parent company Hutchison Whampoa doesn’t have a carrier operation there. Read more »
Wouldn’t it be cool to use any handset to control your TV or to share media around your home? A deal to put Qualcomm’s AllJoyn protocol on LG Smart TVs brings that reality closer. Read more »
A court filing published today suggests the successor to the HTC One could arrive “as early as February 2014.” Read more »
Intel’s mobile ambitions aren’t focused solely on the smartphone — it wants Intel inside the gear running telco networks. The chip giant sees a $16 billion opportunity in the networking and communications gear business. 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 »
Developers wanting to build mobile web apps won’t have to jump through as many hoops: The latest Chrome DevTools includes the ability to emulate an Android device or even connect one to the browser for a screen cast. 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 »
Alcatel-Lucent’s new site-certification program has identified 600,000 locations on billboards, cable lines, and street furniture in the U.S. and Europe as small-cell ready. Read more »
PC sales are declining in 2013 more than expected as IDC has revised its estimate downward. Enterprise sales are down around 5 percent but the consumer market is seeing a 15 percent drop as people migrate tasks away from traditional computers. Read more »
Samsung has reportedly enlisted Catcher Technology, the same company behind the HTC One and new iPad mini bodies, to build a metal case for the Galaxy S 5. Read more »
Google Play Music is officially available for Google Glass, allowing Glass Explorers to control music through their voice and hear it on an $85 stereo earbud accessory. There’s one simple reason I’m not planning to tune in. 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 »
Finding an HTC One or HTC One Mini in the U.K. is about to get more difficult. On Tuesday, Nokia earned an injunction ruling against both products for patent infringement. The One Mini won’t be sold after December 6 as a result, says Bloomberg, although the HTC One has a delayed injunction and can still be sold. No new HTC One products will be imported into the U.K., however, due to the court ruling. HTC reportedly sold 750,000 handsets from January to September in the country, per the court documents.
After a Cyber Monday meltdown that prevented customers from buying a Moto X smartphone at $150 off, Motorola is both apologizing and extending the deal for two additional days. Read more »
The holidays are here, and in this week’s podcast we talk about how to connect your tree, build a water sensor and stop people like me from unwrapping their gifts early and in secret. Read more »
Though Huawei has already said it cares not a whit for the U.S. telecom equipment market, its CEO made its stance official this weekend. Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei told French journalists on Sunday that Huawei was exiting the U.S. networking market, though it appears it will continue to sell mobile phones. Huawei’s supposed ties to the Chinese government have come under increasing scrutiny from the U.S. lawmakers, which have pressured companies like Sprint to ban its equipment from their networks. The U.S. may be the largest telecom market in the world, but Huawei has been doing just fine selling to carriers in almost every other region. Meanwhile U.S. operators have found their already limited vendor options shrink even more.
KitKat Launcher+ brings many of the features of KitKat’s new launcher to Jelly Bean phones. It isn’t quite complete, but it’s free. Read more »
E Ink Holdings had a scare earlier this year as sales of ebook readers using its screen technology fell. There are other uses for E Ink screens though: Consider this large tablet used to view Autocad drawings. Read more »
There’s one less hurdle for Microsoft’s deal to purchase Nokia’s mobile hardware division for $7.2 billion. This past weekend, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) approved the deal in the U.S. leaving EU regulator approval as the final step according to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley. The EU is expected to render a quick decision — as early as December 4 — which would keep Microsoft on track for a first quarter 2014 closure of the deal. The purchase is more of a formality and business management deal as Nokia is already the leading handset maker of phones running Microsoft’s Windows Phone software.
According to the stats, mobile devices played a larger role than ever in this year’s Black Friday shopping sprees. Read more »
Buying connected devices or bringing the internet of things into your home doesn’t have to be a daunting process. Here are some tips I’ve picked up along the way. Read more »
Getting local video and images from an Android device to a connected TV, Xbox, Apple TV or other device just got a lot easier. AllCast, now available in beta, streams that content over Wi-Fi from an Android smartphone or tablet. Read more »
Samsung has applied for a patent that allows phone users to create a “comfort zone” based on the reach of your thumb. This could make it much easier to use phablets or other large smartphone like the Galaxy S 4. Read more »
Motorola’s website couldn’t handle the strain of customers looking to score a discounted Moto X smartphone. Various server errors and incorrect pricing have turned what should have been a big win into a bit of an embarrassment for a Google company. Read more »
Samsung is set to release the Galaxy Note 3 with a fresh gold trim, as well as a completely new “merlot red” color option. Read more »
After its September introduction, the Oppo N1 launches later this month for $599. Without LTE, this phone could be a tough sell in the U.S. but some may overlook that in favor of pre-installed CyanogenMod software. Read more »
Looking for a new Amazon tablet? Today is a good day for it, provided you’re quick on the draw. As part of its Cyber Monday specials, Amazon is discounting two of its Kindle Fire devices by $50. The 16 GB Kindle Fire HD is $199 while the 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX is priced at $179, or $200 less than its larger 8.9-inch cousin. If you can splurge and will do more than just read books, I’d opt for the 7-inch HDX model due to the high-resolution screen – 1920 x 1200 resolution — and faster quad-core processor.
German police are considering the use of a Shazam-like app for identifying neo-Nazi rock music, Der Spiegel reports. The app would identify far-right bands and their songs, apparently sparing police resources and speeding up investigations as they tackle extremist gatherings (and online radio stations, the article suggests). Nazism is illegal in Germany, as is racist hate speech. However, this app is unlikely to enter into use if legal authorities decide it’s a form of acoustic surveillance, which it plainly is.
Facebook may soon buy a Bangalore startup, called Little Eye Labs, that provides performance analysis and optimization tools for Android developers. According to a Monday report in India’s Business Standard, advanced talks are being facilitated by the Indian Software Products Industry Roundtable (iSpirt). This may be connected with Facebook’s quest to better optimize its apps to run on low-end devices and spartan internet connections — like Google, the firm is trying to push further into developing markets. In recent months, Google bought French mobile optimization outfit Flexycore and Facebook picked up data compression specialist Onavo.
The Finnish company, which is largely staffed by ex-Nokians, has finally put its smartphone on sale. The device runs a derivation of the Linux-based MeeGo operating system. Read more »
In the future everyone will be connected—everywhere, all the time—making space and time no longer an issue for physical devices, people and products. Read more »
Looking to buy a new Chromebook for yourself or as a gift? On this week’s Chrome Show podcast, we suggest which is worth the look, along with five “must have” Chrome extensions to get you started. Read more »
Need a really big phone? The HTC One Max fits the bill even if it doesn’t fit in your pocket; but is it better than its little brother? Not necessarily. The Moto G is coming this week and Google is improving the Android camera API. Read more »
Embedded sensors are changing the way we manufacture products, operate airplanes, interact at theme parks and monitor sick kids, so why wouldn’t they also change retail. Here’s how shopping could change. Read more »