It ought to be pretty difficult to actually lose your keys, bag or other personal belongings if you have a Nokia Treasure Tag. The small device measures 30 millimeters square and 10 millimeters thick. Inside are both Bluetooth and NFC, which are used to pair with and communicate with a Windows Phone. A Treasure Tag app will alert your phone if you’re ever more than 30 feet from the Treasure Tag, and therefore from the attached object. Nokia is offering the Treasure Tags in four colors for $29.90 each in April. The app supports up to four Tags and if your belongings are left behind, you can track their last location using Nokia Here maps.
The strategic partnership is important for Silent Circle, as it promises to make the encrypted Skype rival much more usable by widening its pool of users. Read more »
Based on a leaked press image, it appears the next HTC One will indeed have a pair of rear cameras and dual-LED flash. One could be for low-light pictures while the other would be used for more general purposes. Read more »
The LG G2 Mini is only half an inch smaller – but a lot less impressive on the inside – than its predecessor. Read more »
Thanks to a new audio stack, Voxeet offers “3DHD” sound with wideband audio codecs for improved conference call clarity. The updated app makes it easy to schedule calls and switch between devices while talking to the group. Read more »
Legal issues forced Microsoft to rename SkyDrive, which it’s now officially pushing worldwide as OneDrive with some new features and, yes, free stuff. Read more »
Are you sure you’re using the right mobile phone carrier? Glove for Android is a free app that helps you answer that question by analyzing your usage patterns for three days and comparing them to a crowdsourced database of network information. Read more »
Windows desktop, meet the cloud. And what runs in the cloud generally runs on a Chromebook. Tune in to this week’s Chrome Show podcast to hear more about Windows on Chromebooks and new Chromecast apps in the works. Read more »
Yandex.Kit, for which there are already two takers, includes rivals to Google Maps, Play Store, Chrome and more. Read more »
Connecting your home may seem daunting, but is there enough value in connecting a lamp or a coffee maker to make smart outlets an entry point to the internet of things for mainstream consumers? Read more »
USA Today says that Samsung is ditching Android in favor of Tizen for the next Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Read more »
The Magic Kingdom will use the mobile industry’s latest network sorcery. AT&T is installing tiny base stations throughout Disney World and Disney Land to boost mobile voice and data capacity throughout the theme parks. Read more »
A better way to organize Chrome apps is in the works and you can see what it looks like now. Dragging and dropping one app on top of another creates a folder inside the Chrome app launcher. Read more »
The latest Galaxy S5 leak further suggests the phone will come packing a 16-megapixel camera. Read more »
Opera is getting ready to release its mobile data compression app Max to a wider audience: The browser maker opened up preregistration for a beta test of the Android app Tuesday, promising that the app will help users to get the most out of their data […] Read more »
Why should iOS and Android devices have all the Chromecast fun? Windows Phone owners can check out Tube Cast, a bare-bones app to stream YouTube videos to a Chromecast that shows potential. Read more »
Got an older Samsung smartphone or tablet? You still might get Android KitKat 4.4.2 according to the company, which announced a full list of devices that will see the software update beginning today. Some are nearly two years old, which is surprising as many devices 18 months old or more typically don’t receive updates. Here’s the full list for the U.S. market: Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 mini, Galaxy S4 Active, Galaxy S4 zoom, Galaxy S III, Galaxy S III mini, Galaxy Mega, Galaxy Light, Galaxy Note 8.0, Galaxy Tab 3, Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition.
HTC’s new program promises the latest Android updates, free Google Drive storage and one-time screen replacement for its One line of smartphones. Read more »
IBM and AT&T are teaming up to share and analyze smart city and utility data so municipalities can react to traffic incidences, energy demand and other potential problems in real time. Through the partnership AT&T will handle the sensor communications and tracking happening over the cellular network and IBM will bring its analytics platforms into play. The two companies are going to build out apps for cities, so right now there’s not a lot to see here except for the possibilities.
Although Windows Phone already has a solid software keyboard, improvements never hurt. Windows Phone 8.1 will reportedly bring a swipe keyboard to the platform according to this video of the leaked software. Read more »
The patent describes a headphone-based monitoring system that can detect metrics such as heart rate, perspiration and temperature. Read more »
Irish game development and publishing company King, best known for creating freemium smash hit “Candy Crush Saga,” filed for an IPO Tuesday. The company, which hopes to raise $500 million, pulled in $1.9 billion in 2013 and says 78 percent of its total gross bookings last year came from Candy Crush Saga, which launched on mobile in November 2012. King’s revenues in 2012 were just $164 million. King says 70 percent of its gross bookings — which it defines as the total amount its users pay for virtual items and access to skill tournaments — are on mobile, and just 4 percent of users (roughly 12 million) regularly make in-game purchases.
The early adopter set and tech darlings can’t stop talking about the internet of things, but the normal consumers of the world aren’t getting excited about connected diapers or coffee makers just yet. Read more »
The Dutch tech giant has come up with a way to use connected lighting as the basis for in-store location-based services, such as finding items and offering highly targeted coupons. Read more »
Secret is an anonymous social network that lets users share personal, gossipy information. But is the app really that useful if nobody’s listening to you? Read more »
With Asus setting the bar at $179 for a Chromebox, how low will LG have to go to sell its all-in-one Chromebase with 21.5-inch 1080p monitor? Tune in to our weekly Chrome Show podcast to find out. Read more »
Samsung may have fewer surprises when it launches the Galaxy S5 this month. Or will it be multiple Galaxy S5 models? Android apps on Windows may happen later while now people are debating if Android is open. Hint: It is. Read more »
Pinterest mobile for iOS and Android both received updates today — the most noteworthy of which is the ability to view GIFs on both iPhone and Android smartphones. According to the company’s engineering blog, the feature allows users to pin GIFs directly, which will show up in feeds with a small play button. GIFs can then be played via mobile, shared and repinned across platforms. The iPad version was also updated, including support for place pins.
In developing markets, businesses and NGOs often can’t communicate with their customers and clients through email, the web or social networking. But they can communicate with SMS. Read more »
The ballparks are the first two of more than 20 that will use Apple’s iBeacon technology by opening day of the 2014 season. Read more »
Office for iPad is still nowhere to be seen and recent comments from Microsoft’s marketing chief make it sound like that’s not going to change. ZDNet says otherwise and expects Office for iPad in the first half of this year. Read more »
Want to upgrade your phone at any time? T-Mobile is changing its Jump program so you can do just that, although there’s a bit of catch: The company will only forgive half of the old phone’s original cost. Read more »
Just like a computer, your iPhone can slow down over time. Here are some tips to help get it running as good as new. Read more »
Wi-Fi may seem like an established market, but there are still companies trying to improve on the decade -old technology. Aerohive is trying to propel itself further into enterprise Wi-Fi by going public. Read more »
AT&T is dropping the price of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch by $100 when bundled with a qualifying phone purchase. The watch is now $199 with a Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 Active and/or Galaxy Mega handset. AT&T is also letting customers “complete” the bundle if they already purchased one of these phones but didn’t add a Galaxy Gear at time of purchase. At AT&T-owned retail stores, a salesperson can verify the prior phone purchase and you can walk out with a Galaxy Gear smartwatch for $199.
The company is reportedly planning a pair of Chromebooks although no details are yet available. If any company takes a chance on a Chrome OS tablet or 2-in-1 hybrid, Asus is a good bet thanks to its Transformer line of notebooks. Read more »
Viber users can look forward to welcoming Rakuten’s “Shopping is Entertainment” philosophy into their lives, as the Japanese e-commerce outfit intends to use the messaging platform as a tool for breaking into new markets. Read more »
One retailer appears to be jumping the gun on the Normandy, showing a Nokia X handset price very near that of Nokia’s Asha 503. If accurate, this further supports the strategy of getting Microsoft services on low-end devices in emerging markets. Read more »
Comcast and Time Warner don’t just have big cable networks, they have a lot of Wi-Fi. Those networks could be rented out to other carriers or used to launch a mobile data service of their own. Read more »
Amidst documents showing alleged Google licensing terms for its own Android apps, many seem confused about what is or isn’t open when it comes to Android. It’s really not that complicated, nor is it radically different from what some competitors do. Read more »