The Moto X can now be had on Republic Wireless for as little as $5 per month. Read more »
I loaned a Chromebook to a friend who didn’t factory restore the device when returning it. And if you can’t sign in to a Chromebook, you can’t restore it… or can you? A four key combo is the secret to do so. Read more »
The new iPad mini with retina display arrived sooner than expected, but that hasn’t stopped the reviews from pouring in. Here’s what they say so far. Read more »
Motorola has confirmed that the Moto G will be running Android 4.4 KitKat by the time it hits the US in January. Read more »
Acer introduced a lower-cost version of its C720 Chromebook on Friday. The newest model is priced at $199. On the outside, the new laptop looks exactly like the previously available $249 model that we reviewed last month. Inside is the one single difference; this version has half of the internal memory of the higher priced model with 2 GB of RAM. Paired with the same Haswell-based Intel Celeron processor as its predecessor, the new C720 will still run for more than 8 hours on a single charge. The Chromebook will be available at Best Buy and online at Amazon.
It’s a heavy duty podcast this week as we talk book scanning, printing metal and quantifying yourself with the new UP24. Read more »
Despite the mobile industry’s focus on mobile data, voice has long been the primary revenue driver for carriers. That’s set to change this quarter. Read more »
Got an event coming up? iPad app Makr wants to customize it for you. Read more »
If you’ve been having issues using FaceTime, your troubles might be over. Apple’s latest iOS update fixes an issue that was causing some FaceTime calls to fail. Read more »
Google is removing the velvet ropes from its white spaces database in the U.S. Any device maker can now search their locales for unused TV frequencies and stake a claim on those airwaves. Read more »
Right on time: Just as I switched my Google-centric life from an Android tablet to the iPad Air, Google improves Gmail for iOS. The new features make it easier to compose and read mails in full screen and switch between multiple accounts. Read more »
“Google Wallet 2.0″ is live but it’s not from Google. Instead, Isis is the newest digital wallet payment program and it’s now live. You’ll need a phone on Verizon, T-Mobile or AT&T before you can pay with your handset. Read more »
Amazon has introduced a new service that lets you personalize Kindle covers and skins for the same price as a standard cover. Read more »
Coin isn’t trying to replace the physical wallet with a digital one. Instead it’s trying to reduce all of the credit, debit, gift and loyalty cards that clutter up our wallets to a single piece of plastic. Read more »
Google Now voice commands offer more information than Siri, but they’re not conversational like Siri. Google appears to have addressed this gap in it’s latest version of the software: Your Android will speak back to you for more information as needed. Read more »
If you own an iPod touch or a Wi-Fi-only iPad, you’ll be able to send and receive messages with an update to the BBM app today. Read more »
Under Armour has acquired MapMyFitness, an Austin, Texas-based company that uses a phone’s GPS to let people map their runs, bike rides and other workouts and share them among a community for $150 million. It’s akin to the RunKeeper app. Is this the beginning of consolidation in the quantified self arena? Will the market split along sporty and medical lines — leaving room for authentication, provable algorithms and other elements a diagnostic style app or activity tracker might need?
Updated to reflect that RunKeeper is not owned by Nike.
If you were planning to get a Moto X on Verizon, now’s the time. The carrier is taking an additional $50 off Moto Maker orders through November 18. Read more »
A new Apple Store stock checking tool has appeared in the unlikeliest of places: The Global Sea Turtle Network website. Read more »
Suffering Twitter withdrawal while you’re flying over European Union airspace? You may be in luck, after regulators changed radio spectrum rules to allow the use of mobile broadband 3km up in the air — but the decision really rests with your airline. Read more »
Jolla, the Finnish mobile firm that’s trying to revive Nokia and Intel’s old MeeGo operating system, will release its first handset in less than two weeks’ time. Jolla said on Thursday that the first of its €399 ($537) phones will go on sale in the firm’s native country on 27 November.
Although Jolla wants developers to write natively for its Linux-based Sailfish OS operating system, the devices will also support Android apps, and the handsets will come with the Yandex Android app store. Finnish carrier DNA was one of the first partners that signed up for Jolla, along with Chinese distributor D.Phone.
Three laps around around the world will mean the balloons need to stay aloft for 100 days. According to Google materials engineers, that’s a much more difficult task than you might think. Read more »
Not a great photographer? You can doctor those photos up with AfterLight and HDR Camera+ Read more »
Google has requested that retailers stop selling the HP Chromebook 11 due “a small number of user reports that some chargers included with the device have been damaged due to overheating.” Read more »
Can you live a happy “Google” life in iOS? Now more than ever, the answer is yes. For that reason, and because I get a superset of content options in iOS not found on other platforms, I sold the Nexus 7 for an iPad Air. Read more »
Motorola’s global Moto G costs less than $200, but has a similar look and feel to phones that cost twice a much. Read more »
After raising $41 million in debt financing to produce a “smarter” Foursquare with a more robust ad platform, Foursquare has a casualty of its dramatic change: Head of Product Alex Rainert announced via his blog that he is leaving the company. AllThingsD reports that the longtime employee will not be replaced. Instead, CEO Dennis Crowley has split up Rainert’s work between Ad Product exec Noah Weiss and Marketing VP Jon Steinback. Rainert assures the departure won’t shake up the product, which continues to expand this month to more iOS users.
Sprint’s no longer interested in bidding on a block of airwaves that would double the capacity of its LTE network. Instead its looking for greener pastures in which to build its future 4G bandwidth. Read more »
It just got a little bit easier to put custom ROM software on certain Android phones: The CyanogenMod (CM) installer app is now available in the Google Play Store. Only certain devices are currently supported and you’ll need a Windows PC (for now) to complete the process, but the app will root your Android device if needed and install the CM ROM. Without this “one touch” install, the process is a bit arcane, requiring the Android SDK, specific terminal commands and various downloads. CyanogenMod raised $7 million earlier this year to turn the custom ROM effort into a full-fledged company. Oppo also sells an edition of its N1 phone with CM preinstalled.
Motorola takes on the world with Moto G, an Android phone styled after the Moto X and costing as little as $179 without contract. The target audience is the 500 million who will spend up to $200 for a handset in the next year. Read more »
Motorola on Wednesday announced that it is readying an update to Android 4.4 KitKat for the Moto X. It will be released in the coming weeks. Read more »
Jawbone’s UP24 wristband uses Bluetooth to wirelessly sync with your mobile device. And the Up app for iOS has been updated, making the fitness tracker more powerful than ever. Read more »
Verizon CFO Fran Shammo admitted that the carrier’s network quality has been compromised in some areas due to 4G LTE traffic, but a fix is on the way by the end of the year. Read more »
Chromebooks aren’t for everyone, but if you’re going to decide if they fit your needs, at least base the decision on facts. Some detractors are simply ill-informed so we educate them in this week’s podcast. And Instagram fans will love our extension of the week! Read more »
Jolla wants developers to write native apps for its Sailfish OS, but it looks like the platform’s initial boost will need to come from its compatibility with Android. Read more »
A lot of money is going into trying to disrupt the stock photography market – something investors hope will be possible through advances in the quality of smartphone cameras. This year in Europe alone we’ve already seen funding for Finland’s Scoopshot ($1.2 million), Germany’s EyeEm ($6 million) and Sweden’s Foap ($1.5 million).
Now Scoopshot has (sorry) scooped up more: a $3.9 million Series A round led by Conor Venture Partners and Finnish Industry Investment. The cash will help Scoopshot establish sales teams in the U.S. and U.K. The firm also said on Wednesday that it now has over 60 publishers using its on-demand photography service, including News Corp Australia and the California Newspaper Publishers Association.
Google is getting ready to search all your apps. Publishers could benefit, but Samsung may not be too happy about the move. Read more »
After testing the connected collar tag on my two dogs, I’m convinced Whistle has created something special. Whistle provides useful and engrossing data on a dog’s daily activity, and it’s only going to get better. Read more »
Chromebook owners shouldn’t have to worry much longer if an app will work on their device: Google unveiled Portable Native Client, which lets developers code once in C or C++ and then compile the app for Chrome on x86, ARM or MIPS hardware. Read more »
Earlier this week, we saw alleged screenshots of the Google Play app store running on a BlackBerry 10 handset. That brought hope to current BlackBerry owners, with the potential for hundreds of thousands of new apps. Unfortunately, it’s not happening. Speaking to CNet on Tuesday, a BlackBerry representative dismissed the rumor, saying the company had no plans to support Google Play on its devices. That’s too bad. It would have been nice to see Google Play support on BlackBerry phones; they do have a runtime environment that can use Android apps, but the process to install such apps right now is cumbersome.