Replacing dumb kitchen appliances with smarter ones will likely take decades, and given the fights over who will control the home, you may not want to start yet. Here’s a retrofit that may help. Read more »
It may sound obvious that something called “Android Wear” works only with Android devices. But Google Glass is another wearable that does play nicely with iPhones and iPads. Here’s why that’s an unlikely scenario with Android Wear now or in the future. Read more »
Facebook has reportedly dismantled its team working on Facebook Home, its Android homescreen replacement. According to a statement provided by Facebook, however, Home is still supported by the company. Read more »
A new camera app from StreamNation offers unlimited and automatic cloud storage for photos and videos. Read more »
Google is providing Android L software images for the Nexus 5 and 7 devices. But what if you don’t want to flash your device with beta software or you don’t have a Nexus? Here’s a way you can run Android L on your computer now. Read more »
An analyst firm has estimated the European and U.S. smart home market, but what’s more revealing is how it is thinking about the market categories. Read more »
Samsung’s newest tablet is named after its most popular line of smartphones and features a technically excellent display. Read more »
Android has been way too slow to process audio in real-time, crippling many karaoke and singing apps. That’s about to change with the next major update. Read more »
A new update to the Google Search app on Android lets users activate voice search on any screen by saying the hotword “OK Google.” Read more »
Verizon now claims that its disconnecting Chromebook Pixels owners prematurely disconnected from their free 100-MB-a-month 4G plans was a mistake, and that it will work with customers to ensure that they are reconnected. A Verizon spokeswoman told TechCrunch only a small number of Pixel customers who took advantage of Verizon and Google two or three-year free data offer were affected. Since ComputerWorld first reported on the problem, Google has begun offering $150 credits for those who lost their plans. If Verizon restores their service as well, those affected customers might come out of this rather well.
Apple is reportedly assembling a team of people to possibly, maybe build hardware for the smart home. If it does so, here are a few ideas for it. Read more »
In its first 10 days, the 2014 World Cup has already generated 32 terabytes of IT traffic, more than the entirety of the 2010 Cup in South Africa, according to telecom carrier Oi. Read more »
Should the smart home be programmable, or should it react to your needs before you even recognize them? A Time package shows the conflict between current smart home visions. Read more »
On Thursday, toll-free numbers administered by Bandwidth will have the ability to send and receive text messages — which could mean that you never have to hold for an operator again. Read more »
Social media scheduling tool Buffer shows off its link recommendation capabilities in its free app, Daily. Read more »
Beacons, the proximity radios that communicate with consumers’s phones when they are near the beacon, are popular with retailers for advertising, but they could do so much more. Read more »
The NoSQL company plans on enhancing its syncing function for Couchbase Mobile and improve upon its N1QL language as it takes on giants like Oracle and upstarts like MongoDB and DataStax. Read more »
Yandex.Disk can now import photos from and share photos to Facebook and other social networks — Yandex hopes the latter feature will help it strike deals with printing and stock photo services down the line. Read more »
As promised during the Google I/O keynote, the first two devices running Android Wear have gone on sale in the United States. If you head on over to Google Play’s devices section, you can choose between a LG G Watch for $229, or a Samsung Gear Live for $199. Both devices will ship in early July.
Last year Google was showing developers how to make Chrome apps run on Android. This year, it’s the other way around: Android apps will run on Chrome. But it will take a little porting effort and that means it will take some time. Read more »
The smart home could get a compelling new DIY product that converts your existing landline-dependent alarm system into something more modern and open thanks to Scout. Read more »
The big Google I/O 2014 keynote is over and we’re dedicating this week’s podcast to all of the news we heard from Sundar Pichai and company. If you were expecting a lot of Chrome news, you didn’t quite get it. Read more »
At I/O, Google gave a developer’s tour of Android Wear, its smartwatch platform. It won’t replace your smartphone, but it is Google Now for the wrist, with a heavy emphasis on controlling an Android devices and serving convenient notifications. Read more »
Android Auto will be a framework on top of automakers’ infotainment platforms that emulates the Android interface and apps on your phone on the car’s dashboard. Read more »
Google announced the latest version of Android at I/O. The developer preview tips a new colorful design approach to the operating system, as well as several handy new features. Read more »
Type an SMS message in English and receive a text back with its Spanish or Chinese translation. Muuzii came out of AT&T’s developer program, but it plans to expand to more countries and carriers this year. Read more »
Google has announced Android One, a program to seed reference designs to help hardware makers create high-quality low-end phones running stock Android. Read more »
On July 1st, you might notice some changes on your Samsung Galaxy device. The Korean company is renaming its app store from the — somewhat unoriginal — Samsung Apps name it currently uses to Samsung Galaxy Apps. It’s a minor change, but another sign that Samsung’s simplifying its branding, and using Galaxy as its term for its Android hardware and software. The move gives Samsung a way to distinguish between the app store it hopes springs up for its homegrown Tizen operating system and the app store it installs on Android devices. Samsung has already removed the Galaxy moniker from its Tizen-based smartwatch, the Gear 2.
Photo community EyeEm has released a major update to its Android experience, which could work well with the company’s eventual plan to let users sell photos. Read more »
Barnes & Noble plans to spin off its beleaguered Nook division as a separate public company by the beginning of 2015, the company said in its earnings Wednesday. Read more »
Kleiner Perkins has led a $37 million series C round in a five-year old chip firm called mCube that aims to change the economics of motion sensing. Read more »
Education-focused children’s mobile app network Fingerprint has raised more than $20 million in funding to date. Read more »
Join us at 9am PT for the two hour keynote at Google I/O in San Francisco. Google will certainly show off Android Wear smartwatches but what else does it have in store for Android and Chrome? We’ll tell you as it happens! Read more »
People who bought the more expensive LTE version of the Chromebook Pixel were promised at least two free years of 4G data. Now Verizon is canning that program a year early and Google is offering refunds. Read more »
The day before Google’s annual developer conference, Google Glass is getting a lot of improvements. First, although Glass receives subtle hardware tweaks from time to time, its Google Plus page has announced a bump to 2GB of RAM and a slightly bigger battery, among “several [other] hardware updates.” Second, there are 12 new Glassware apps available for download, including Shazam, Duolingo, and other big names. A complete list is here. There’s also a general software update that brings a viewfinder to the device’s camera function. Google’s I/O conference may be the largest collection of Glass Explorers ever assembled, but we’re not expecting a ton of Glass announcements. However, there are three Glass-centered sessions scheduled for Thursday.
Twilio and Google hope that their portable call centers will provide an alternative to the traditional call center. The fully loaded Chromebooks come with a headset and 7,500 Twilio minutes per month. Read more »
Minuum is developing a keyboard for the round-faced Moto 360, which is expected to be one of three Android Wear devices announced later this week at Google I/O. Read more »
Google’s Chromecast streaming stick just got a bunch of new apps: Digital music service Deezer gave its paying subscribers access to casting through its mobile apps. Video workout service Dailyburn added Chromecast support to its website, iOS and Android apps, and PBS Kids added Chromecast support to its mobile apps as well. Earlier on Tuesday, video discovery app Stevie announced its own Chromecast integration.
Misfit is bringing an activity tracking app to the Pebble smartwatch, marking a partnership between two of the wearable accessory startups to watch. Misfit also announced it intends to license its sensor algorithms to third-party developers. Read more »
This year’s Google I/O developer event is about to take place. Surely we’ll see Android Wear watches debut but will there be any other hardware? It’s not likely; this year is more about software interface changes and shared experiences in Android and Chrome. Read more »