HTC is turning an eye to China now that U.S. smartphone sales growth has stalled. The company is reportedly working on its own mobile OS for China. That could pay off big, but it all depends on how HTC goes about it. Read more »
The law is unclear about when police can search cell phones without a warrant. One scholar says the answers is for cops to wrap the phones in foil until they get one. Read more »
The death of Amen is no great surprise, but it does represent the end of a certain era — one of hype — for Berlin. So what’s left? A ton of serious businesses that bode well for the future. Read more »
Straying from its usual small business focus, Belly launched pilot loyalty programs for big retail chains last spring. 7-Eleven was apparently impressed enough to invest in the company. Read more »
What’s in the new Stable channel for Chrome OS? On this week’s audio podcast, we explain the new features and show you how to enable the hidden one: QuickOffice support on your Chromebook! Read more »
The Nexus 4 smartphone is now so much of a bargain as to be a no-brainer — as long as you’re happy to live without 4G. Meanwhile, the revamped Nexus 7 tablet is now available in Europe and elsewhere. Read more »
Nokia believes its can use its role as the auto industry’s mapmaker as a launchpad into the connected car. In an interview with GigaOM, Nokia Here EVP Michael Halbherr shares his vision of the Nokia-powered vehicle. Read more »
Kobo rolled out a new e-reader and three new tablets at an event in New York Tuesday evening. The company is also launching a digital newsstand and children’s ebookstore, and it partnered with read-it-later service Pocket. Read more »
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 »