Should cellular connections take a back seat to Wi-Fi as we move further into an IP era? That’s the question that new carriers like Republic Wireless pose. Read more »
Unless you want an all white or an all black Moto X handset, there’s no need to visit an AT&T retail store. On Tuesday, Motorola announced an upgrade to its Moto Maker site, allowing customers to customize and order a phone online. The site will check your AT&T eligibility for upgrade pricing or you can order a no-contract Moto X at $579 or $629 depending on the storage choice.
I’ve already tested the process and it correctly verified my upgrade eligibility, just as Apple’s online iPhone store would. A free Motorola Skip accessory is also included for a limited time.
Whenever a company is party to a big M&A deal, layoffs always follow. Sprint confirmed with Bloomberg on Tuesday that it is cutting 800 jobs, but claimed that this doesn’t have anything to do with redundancies produced by its massive three-way tie up with SoftBank and Clearwire. Sprint told Bloomeberg it’s trimming its customer service workforce because it’s getting fewer complaints into its call centers. A big reason for the drop off could be the shutdown of its Nextel iDEN network last quarter, which likely generated calls from millions of customers about to lose service.
With Android being so customizable, some enthusiasts figured it’s pretty easy to replicate the unique features found on Motorola’s Moto X smartphone. That’s not the case at all, however, as Russell Holly proves over at Geek.com. Holly tried various third-party apps advertised as offering similar features but found that none provide the same functions, are as stable or as battery efficient as the Moto X.
With a funding round of at least $258 million, Uber joins an elite group of tech companies that have landed blockbuster investments. The problem is that most of those storied companies have a history of failing. Read more »
Images purporting to be of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 show a very thin 2.2mm bezel, suggesting the phone may not have a much larger footprint than its predecessor. Read more »
Cox will give its home internet customers free access to 150,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in major cities. Cox didn’t build the whole network itself. Instead its tapping into the other cable operators’ networks. Read more »
How does BBM, Inc. grab you? That could be the newest subsidiary of BlackBerry as it shuffles assets around, perhaps in anticipation of a sale, says the Wall Street Journal. Read more »
Between “Dashboard/Console and Multi-function” smartwatches with exercise tracking and apps, Juniper Research says 36 million such watches will ship in 2018 thanks to Apple and Samsung raising awareness. But there’s a game-changing function being overlooked here that could boost those figures: Contextual data. Read more »
You can already stream content through an iOS device to Google’s Chromecast and now it’s a little bit easier to set up the small HDMI dongle from an Apple device. Google introduced a new free Chromecast app for iOS on Tuesday that lets you find, set up and manage Chromecast settings from iOS. This functionality was already available in a web browser but the custom application makes it simpler to work with Google’s $35 streaming device. You’ll need to be running iOS 5.1 or better to install and use this software.
My colleague Om Malik has been down on many of the connected devices and the overall hype around the internet of things. He and I chat about what’s wrong today and how it can improve. Read more »
After launching on T-Mobile in July, Nokia’s Lumia 925 is coming to AT&T as expected. Don’t let the $99 with contract price fool you: This Lumia has some premium features including the 8.7 megapixel PureView camera and wireless charging capability. Read more »
AT&T’s fourth Foundry has a unique twist. Instead of focusing on general developer collaboration, the Atlanta facility aims to build new new internet of things apps and technology. Read more »
An email sent to developers from Nuance suggests a September 10 release date of iOS 7 to the general public. Read more »
With the sixth year of Mobilize, we decided to shake up the show by focusing on the mobile revolutions that’s happening outside of handsets. We also decided to ditch the Launchpad in exchange for a hardware product showcase. Read more »
The Galaxy Tab 3 Kids is a brightly colored take on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3, loaded with apps, parental controls and content for children. Read more »
Sony tweeted a link to a video showing an upcoming new Xperia smartphone with a September 4 announcement date. Read more »
A new offering from Amazon lets developers earn referral fees by selling physical and digital products from Amazon’s catalog within their apps. Read more »
Chip licensing giant ARM has purchased a software company that has built protocols for the internet of things. The deal moves ARM closer to the end developer by making it easier for them to make connected devices. Read more »
Verizon is the next carrier to launch the Moto X handset. Starting August 29, customers can order it online and it arrives in stores in “coming weeks” priced at $199 with contract. Read more »
Instagram has come up with a nifty hack that uses data from phones sensors to automagically straighten photos — which in turn means, you will get more likes and your followers will enjoy the photos more. Just don’t ask me why! Read more »
Is there still a market for higly capable Android phones with slideout QWERTY keyboards? Few besides Motorola must think so. Leaked photos of the alleged Droid 5 for Verizon indicate not everyone wants to use a software keyboard. Read more »
Why should carriers and online handset resellers make all of the profit in the refurbished smartphone market? Apple is reportedly starting its own iPhone trade-in program which could help gain more profits from the same hardware being sold and then resold. Read more »
Intel has designed depth-sensing 3D cameras and software for computing devices that not only tracks motion and identifies objects, but also determines what the movement of those objects actually mean. Read more »
BlackBerry’s Q10 smartphone finally makes a stop at Sprint, with the carrier announcing sales starting on August 30. Sadly, Sprint customers won’t benefit from the wait to get the Q10, nor from the relatively low BlackBerry 10 device shipments the company announced in the second quarter. The handset with full QWERTY keyboard will still cost $199.99 with a two-year contract. Other carriers sell the handset for the same but also offer the full-screen
BlackBerry Z10 for $99 or less.
Using an app to stream local files to your Chromecast? Not after the most recent software update from Google, you’re not: The company intentionally broke the feature according to one prominent developer. Read more »
More details surfaced on Nokia’s potential Windows RT tablet and they line up with my earlier thoughts on how Microsoft can save the product: a much faster processor, better screen and improved hardware. Can that support iPad-like pricing? Read more »
Reports suggest Apple is testing a new chip design for the next iPhone. That’s not surprising by itself, but the silicon is rumored to be 64-bit compatible and use a second chip specifically for motion tracking. Read more »
The mobile data deluge isn’t a problem today, but we will need smarter apps and different networks to keep those digital bits traveling the airwaves. Here’s how those apps and networks may look. Read more »
When you count your monthly cloud transactions in the trillions, that’s pretty big. Hear more on this week’s GigaOM Structure podcast. Change the channel to here our other shows covering Samsung’s smartwatch, Chromebooks and Quirky’s IoT partnership with GE. Read more »
Making the first hit free still works as a strategy for hooking consumers. If you’re thinking about such a strategy for your app, here’s how to go about making it happen. Read more »
Looking for a way to split tasks with your spouse or partner? Here are a few apps that could help manage your joint to-do lists (and maybe even your relationship). Read more »
Leaks continue before the Berlin IFA show. This week saw Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch in the spotlight. The Moto X finally went on sale at AT&T, but a Motorola VP suggests that other carriers will launch “in days” as will a developer edition. Read more »
Google could be contemplating a ‘Nexus car’ that showcases its driverless-vehicle technology, just like Nexus phones showcase Android. According to a report, Google is talking with auto component suppliers about building a car to its designs. Read more »
There’s a number of smartwatch choices now available, but they all seem to be missing the mark. Instead of being an extension to our smartphones, a truly compelling smartwatch will provide contextual information just when you need it. Can you say Google Now? Read more »
With Apple expected to announce the iPhone 5S in just a few short weeks, we’ve collected every feasible rumor out there and put them in one place. Read more »
In technology and business, it’s all three: whether you won, whether you lost, and how you played the game. Now that Steve Ballmer has finally decided to retire, it’s report card time. Read more »
Long before Qualcomm made its first phone chip, it was tracking 18-wheeled rigs as they criss-crossed the continent. Omnitracs, Qualcomm’s original business, is being sold to Vista Equity Partners for $800 million. Read more »
Motorola originally promised that customized Moto X smartphones would be delivered within four days. Now it claims the wait may be longer due to anticipated high demand. Read more »
The wireless technology Amazon is testing is called TLPS, which is basically Wi-Fi on its own boutique band. If Amazon can get it to work, then it could connect to Kindles to 4G-style services at Wi-Fi prices. Read more »