The Geeksphone Revolution promises an intriguingly versatile device, but it’s not all good news — Geeksphone has had to inform those who pre-ordered its current theoretical flagship, the Peak+, that the device has been cancelled due to supply chain problems. Read more »
Hoping to easily install the CyanogenMod (CM) app to change the software on your Android device? It’s no longer as easy as it used to be: The app was voluntarily removed by the CM team at Google’s suggestion as Google said it would eventually have to pull it from the store. The reason? It “encourages users to void their warranty,” which typically happens when a user gains root access to an Android phone or tablet. CM can still be installed through sideloading and is available as a direct download.
We’re all familiar with the smart watches and smart glasses that make up the frontier of wearable tech, but what about a smart wig? Bloomberg says Sony has filed a patent for a “SmartWig,” which could do anything from play music to check the blood pressure of the wearer. The wig could also have a built-in camera, laser, or even a GPS sensor. There are even prototypes in the works, suggesting that Sony is interested in taking this kooky concept to reality.
These low-cost apps will help you make a better meal in the kitchen, so your Turkey Day is more pleasant. Read more »
Dwellr, released by the U.S. Census Bureau, gives users handy data on U.S. communities. Read more »
Even with more powerful phones out on the market, I still consider the Moto X to be among the best Android phones you can buy today. But you don’t want to buy one today; if you can wait until Monday, you’ll save $150. Motorola is holding a special deal on all no-contract Moto X handsets and that includes custom Moto Maker versions and the unlocked Developer Editions. A 16 GB model will cost $349 while $399 will get you a 32 GB version. According to Motorola’s John Rinaldi, the sale starts at 8am on Monday and supply will be limited.
Recent reports indicate the best selling Windows Phone is Nokia’s Lumia 520. If true, it makes sense why Nokia is launching the Lumia 525 as a successor. The only change in this model appears to be a doubling of memory from 512 MB to 1 GB, allowing more apps to run simultaneously. The handset will also support interchangeable covers in different colors. To keep costs down, the handset uses an older but still capable 1GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 8 GB of internal storage an 800 x 480 resolution 4-inch touchscreen and support for 21 Mbps HSPA+ networks in lieu of LTE.
In June of 2012 there were only 27 million LTE connections in the world, but by the end of December that number will be at 176 million, according to GSMA Intelligence. Read more »
If you had doubts that you’ll be able to speak to a computer and have Google Now bring up personalized information, Google’s newest Chrome extension should dispel them. Read more »
Here come the holidays! Tune in to this week’s podcast for our recommended Chromebook and five extensions that would make a great gift package. We also discuss how Google made Chrome for Android faster and a new web-based development tool for web apps. Read more »
Want a project board that lets you build Bluetooth Low Energy into a variety of places? The LightBlue Cortado project by Punch Designs is just the ticket. 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 »
Acer continues to round out its Chromebook C720 lineup, announcing on Tuesday its new touchscreen model for $299. That’s a far lower price than the other touchscreen Chromebook currently available: Google’s Chromebook Pixel starts at $1,299. Of course, you don’t get the Pixel experience with the C720: It uses an 11.6 inch 1366 x 768 resolution screen, for example. Acer says the new C720 touchscreen model runs on the same Intel Celeron as the other C720 devices, meaning it should offer similar battery life of around 7.5 hours. The device, available in early December from Best Buy and Acer directly includes 32 GB of internal flash storage and 2 GB of memory.
For a limited time, when you buy a Nexus 7 from Google Play online, you’ll get a $25 credit to the Google Play app store. 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 »
BBM Channels is becoming available to all users with a handset running BB5 or higher today, with an update to the Android and iOS apps to follow in the coming months. 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 »
In tandem with Monday’s rollout of KitKat for the HTC One Google Play edition, Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 Play edition is also getting the software. Google shared the news late Monday evening on its Android Google+ page. With Android 4.4 being the largest upgrade since the sale of Google Play edition phones, the quick release of the software shows a sort of “pecking order” for Android upgrades. Obviously the Nexus phones, which aren’t carrier controlled, get the software first, quickly followed by the Google Play phones, which are largely a pure Android experience. One notable exception is Google’s own Motorola phones; Android updates for the Moto X began last week.
Add another tablet-optimized app to the list for Android. DoubleTwist, the excellent music player with AirPlay support, has a new look and new features that make it better on tablets. Read more »
You can order an unlocked Moto G today starting at $179. The phone starts shipping next week. 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 »
Android cameras are set to get a lot better, starting with the Nexus 5, thanks to a new API. Read more »
There’s a battle of the bike locks going on — melding physical security with smartphone smarts and sharing-economy potential, Lock8 and Bitlock offer different takes on the same idea. And Lock8 just got an extra boost through funding from Horizon Ventures and Otto Capital. Read more »
How will children play when the first toy they often get is an iPhone or an iPad. We discuss the future of connected toys on this week’s podcast. Read more »
Harman’s Aha streaming radio service will soon carry location-based ads, which, thanks to Placecast’s geofencing technology, know when you’re driving near an advertiser’s store. Read more »
Want a smartwatch with color display that runs for days on a charge? Qualcomm’s Toq is one option and the device is now available for pre-order. Expect to pay $349 though because it’s a showcase of Qualcomm’s technology. Read more »
When asked if you’d like your HTC One supersized, think long and hard before you answer. Read more »
Chromebooks are already priced relatively low, yet this Friday, they’ll be even lower. I found not one, but two deals for the HP Chromebook 14, which can save you a $100 on the purchase. Read more »
So where’s the new Nexus 10? Maybe it’s not here because it won’t actually run Android and will instead, run on Google’s Chrome OS platform. And that’s fine by me! Read more »
Amid falling smartphone sales as rivals are seeing gains, ZTE is planning to launch its own smartwatch in early 2014. Unfortunately, the watch will only work with ZTE phones. Why aren’t wearables more platform-centric? Read more »
Automatic Labs’ Link will get exposed to a much broader potential customer base thanks to a retail distribution deal with Amazon. The appliance establishes a connection between your car’s engine and your smartphone. Read more »
If you’ve got a Google Play edition of the HTC One, you should be seeing an update to Android 4.4 KitKat coming your way shortly. Read more »
Big changes at BlackBerry continue: On Monday, the company announced that COO Kristen Tear and CMO Frank Boulben are leaving. BlackBerry recently replaced its CEO with John Chen following in the footsteps of Thorsten Heins, making for a full executive sweep of late. After watching its handset market share erode and failing to sell the company, Chen has his work cut out for him. There are no quick-fixes likely available, although the company is sure to continue pushing its services, even as large organizations consider alternatives: Earlier this month it was reported the Pentagon is distancing itself from using BlackBerry.
Apple has confirmed a one-day shopping event in stores and online this Friday, November 29. Read more »
HTC today announced a new gold variant of the HTC One. Unlike the 18-carat version introduced last month, this phone is merely gold-colored. Read more »
The deal gives Apple proven technology (it powers Microsoft’s Kinect controllers) that could be used in a wide range of contexts. Read more »
Listen in to a conversation between Om Malik and Kevin Systrom about how Instagram uses data when making design decisions, taken from our Roadmap conference. Read more »
Looking for a better screen capture app for Chrome or Chrome OS? Consider SnagIt from TechSmith. It’s both an app and an extension; the two work together for capturing images, annotating them and then syncing them up to your Google Drive. Read more »
Time bombs, digital barriers and biometrics–noteworthy technologies that are looking to provide Mission Impossible-style control for secure enterprise information. Read more »