Ford is turning to data culled from social media to make design decisions on its new vehicles, according to data scientist Michael Cavaretta. Read more »
Swedish computer vision company 13th Lab has decided to focus on gaming technology, launching a crowdfunding drive for a new “reality gaming” platform called Rescape. Read more »
Oppo’s latest smartphone boasts a 5.5-inch “2K” display and a 13-megapixel camera with a 50-megapixel software zoom. Read more »
Even if you’re not a developer you might want to download and install the developer preview of Android Wear. Why? Because you can run an emulator to simulate an Android Wear smartwatch to see how it works. Read more »
Following in the footsteps of three other carriers, AT&T is ready to get Android 4.4.2 on the Moto X. A software change log is now live showing a few fixes and one new printing feature in the Android update. Read more »
The terminal should make it easier for small business to take contactless payments, assuming of course that their customers have suitably-equipped bank cards or mobile wallets. Read more »
The case of the pre-ordered Asus Chromebox takes a plot twist as nobody seems to be getting their device. We discuss the issue on this week’s podcast, and talk about how Google Now is unifying Android devices with Chrome while the Chromecast goes international. Read more »
Best Buy and 7-Eleven are shutting down NFC at their registers. Are they saving themselves the expense of running a smartphone payments infrastructure no one is yet using, or are they putting the screws to competitors? Read more »
The capacity crunch is hitting operators across the globe as the fight for spectrum space intensifies. The simple fact is that data growth is escalating at an increasingly fast pace, raising the argument that effective capacity planning and management are the biggest challenges facing mobile operators. Read more »
All of a sudden the race to build an Android smartwatch is on thanks to Google’s Android Wear platform. LG appears to have a head-start as the G Watch will be the first using Android Wear. The Moto 360 won’t be far behind though. Read more »
GE wants to use old-school technology in our newest mobile devices. It’s resurrecting the mechanical relay on the microscopic level, saying its mechanical switch technology could squeeze more capacity at lower power out of our smartphones. Read more »
I suggested a watch built around Google Now and other Google services last year. Here it comes. Or rather, here they come: On Tuesday, Google released Android Wear for its hardware partners to power smart watches. Read more »
Last year when HTC announced the One, it was two months before you could buy it. A new year could mean a new strategy even if the new phone has an old name: Carphone Warehouse says it will sell the HTC One next week. Read more »
The old iPad 2 has been replaced by a newer old iPad. Confused? Don’t be: For the same $399 as the iPad 2 you now can get a fourth-generation iPad with Retina Display. Read more »
Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella will unveil the long-awaited iPad version of the Office productivity suite next week in San Francisco, sources confirm. Read more »
Amid various reports of slow iPhone 5c sales, Apple released a lower-priced 8 GB version of the handset. Will it boost sales by attracting more customers who might otherwise find cheaper Android or Windows Phones? Read more »
The deal gives Yandex an office in Israel that will handle much of its geolocation work that doesn’t require constant mobile tracking. Read more »
AT&T is phasing out its “it’s not complicated” ad campaign in favor of new commercials that show just how complicated its network can be. Read more »
The wearables race is on and Samsung is trying to pull ahead before Google releases tools for Android developers. Samsung’s Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo run on Tizen and now have an SDK of their own, along with 100 app partners. Read more »
Facebook is putting its interest in curation to work, as its alternative mobile app Facebook Paper will partner with the TED brand and curate the “Ideas” vertical during the TED 2014 conference in Vancouver this week. According to an email from Facebook, the partnership will bring exclusive content surrounding the TED talks, as well as news and insights related to the talks and conference, to Facebook Paper. This is also the first branded partnership for the app since its launch a few months ago.
Google is looking beyond Android to boost in-app gaming engagement: The company announced multi-player support for games on Android and iOS at the Game Developers Conference on Monday. Will developers take advantage of the new service? Read more »
Apple is expected to launch an 8GB model of its iPhone 5c handset as early as tomorrow, based on a Monday report from Engadget. The site has an alleged document from O2 Germany suggesting the entry-level edition will cost 60 Euros less than the current 16 GB iPhone 5c. Engadget also has an image depicting an 8GB version of the phone. If true, the move could support expectations that its iPhone 5c hasn’t been selling well and the company is looking to boost sales by making the phone more accessible to those with tighter budgets.
Microsoft’s Surface 2 get a bit more useful thanks to an integrated LTE radio for AT&T’s network. Expect to pay a $130 premium over the Wi-Fi edition when the device goes on sale tomorrow. Read more »
We knew a Samsung-made Windows Phone was coming and a new leaked image backs up the claim. As expected, the phone looks like a re-purposed Galaxy S4 for use on Verizon’s LTE network in the U.S. Read more »
Information about Apple’s new Healthbook app for iOS sheds light on what types of quantified self data you may be able to track on an iPhone. Some of that information, however, will have to come from external sensors and devices; perhaps an Apple smart watch? Read more »
Globalstar maybe known for satellite phones today, but if it gets its way it could be supplying private Wi-Fi connections to consumers all over the country using its own boutique broadband spectrum. Read more »
The deal is indicative both of Vodafone’s current wealth and of the European trend toward converging and consolidating fixed-line and mobile services. Read more »
We often think about the implications of building new mobile apps on the front-end: user experiences, delivery, and development and testing needs. But the mobile-first world requires some significant changes to the back-end infrastructure needed to deliver, support and manage it, and those changes will permeate the private data centers and public clouds of the future. Read more »
A Google Android smartwatch or health-tracker might not need an Android device or traditional desktop to sync data: Google added Bluetooth 4.0 LE to Chrome OS a few weeks ago, opening up the possibility of web-based apps that talk with your wearable. Read more »
The HTC One made another appearance before its official launch; this time with a complete spec sheet and sales guide. Jawbone added Android support for its UP24 wearable while Google is planning to release an Android SDK for wearable devices. Read more »
A SIM card that could be programmed on the fly to register to any network could revolutionize the internet of things and allow device makers to become carriers. But it’s still illegal in nearly every country. Read more »
If I told you a Nokia phone garnered one million pre-orders in just four days would you expect it to be a Lumia? You’d be wrong if so: It’s the Nokia X that runs on Android. Read more »
Secret has finally spoken up about that rumored funding round it had last week, clarifying the number and offering some pertinent user statistics for the 45-day-old app in a Medium post that went live Friday. The company confirmed that it raised $8.6 million from the likes of Google Ventures, Alexis Ohanian, Pete Cashmore and others — a slightly lower number than the reported $10 million from last week. In addition, it noted two interesting facts: 75 percent of people with more than five friends open the app daily, and 90 percent of users that engage in a conversation come back within the week.
Uber’s insurance policy has gotten a makeover, designed to erase ambiguity for how drivers are covered while on the job. Read more »
Vodafone may buy Ono, a major Spanish cable company, for around $10 billion. According to sources quoted by Reuters and Bloomberg, Ono has postponed a planned IPO announcement to allow further negotiations over the Vodafone bid. Two previous offers have been rebuffed for being too low. The British mobile carrier group is on a fixed-line acquisition spree after Verizon bought out its stake in Verizon Wireless for $130 billion — it bought Kabel Deutschland in Germany last October for $10.4 billion, and it plans to use that buy as a “hub” for further non-mobile expansion.
After debuting on Nokia Lumias with PureView cameras, the company is bringing its image refocus feature to all Lumia phones running Windows Phone 8. The software takes an image from the camera and produces an interactive picture where you can choose and change the focal point. This demonstration pic illustrates the refocusing function after the image was taken. The visual effect is similar to the standalone Lytro plenoptic camera that debuted in 2012.
For $45 a month you can get unlimited talk, unlimited text and absolutely no data. Sprint’s experimenting with the idea of a smartphone that can only connect to the internet through Wi-Fi. Read more »
Samsung announced some innovative accessories for its Galaxy Core Advance that can help the visually impaired. An ultrasonic case can detect objects two meters away while NFC tags associate with recorded notes and an stand helps read text aloud automatically. Read more »
The smart home market is nascent and evolving quickly with many variables, making it confusing and complex for consumers. Here are some important things to know before investing in your smart home. Read more »