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 »
AT&T is now selling the Moto X online and in retail stores, beating other carriers to the punch. That’s about to change. According to Punit Soni, VP, Product Management at Motorola Mobility, other carrier devices will roll out in days, per his Google+ account. And, for those waiting to get an unlocked, unsubsidized Moto X, Soni says that Dev Editions are also coming just as quickly. No word on a Google Experience Moto X through the Google Play store just yet, but for those that don’t want a contract and are willing to give up customization options, the wait won’t be long.
Web apps that surface through the handset’s centralized search function and don’t require installation for use? That’s a great idea, and it sounds awfully familiar… Read more »
Who’s your pick for next Microsoft CEO? Now’s your chance to weigh in…. Insider? Outsider? Young un? Veteran? Sheryl Sandberg? Paul Maritz? Steven Sinofsky? Satya Nadella? Who? Read more »
Before the Moto X actually launched, I suggested that the phone would be a sort of iPhone for Android: A device that’s designed to be better of the sum of its parts. My review touched upon that aspect as well. Computerworld’s JR Raphael puts a different spin on the same theme that’s well worth the read today; particularly since the handset is now available at AT&T stores.
According to a report, buyers might be in for a colorful surprise with the Galaxy Note 3, which is rumored to come in either black, white or pink. Read more »
The cost-cutting for Surface products continues. Following a price drop on the Surface RT and Surface Pro computers, Microsoft’s Touch Cover for both products will reportedly cost $79.99 on August 30; a $40 savings. Read more »
You’ve seen photos of what might be the iPhone 5S and photos of what might be the iPhone 5C. Now see photos of both alleged phones side by side for the first time. Read more »
On this week’s show we give you the scoop on Samsung’s watch, ponder if the Nook is cooked and learn all about deep learning. Read more »
Sony has posted two images of a new phone on its Facebook page, believed to be the rumored Xperia Z1 (aka Honami). One picture shows the phone fully immersed in water. Read more »
We put the question to Rebtel CEO and over-the-top communications veteran Andreas Bernström. He had two big predictions: Google will acquire WhatsApp, and AT&T will acquire Twilio. Read more »
Android tablets are finally seeing an influx of high-quality, tablet-optimized apps, but it’s still a pain to find them. Until Google creates a separate section for tablet-optimized apps, here are the best ways to discover what’s out there. Read more »
Google and Apple are both taking the same route when it comes to improving their mobile maps: By purchasing smaller mapping companies. This time it’s Apple, which bought Embark and its public transportation map data. Read more »
Have you ever wished for an audio replay of your conversations — like maybe after getting directions or to prove a point in an argument (I swear I said turn right)? Kapture may be the wearable for you. Read more »
After long last, the majority of Chromebook users gain the “immersive mode” that appeared on the Beta channel in May. If you have a Chromebook on the Stable channel, check for your software update that includes this and other helpful features. Read more »
Apple’s latest update to the Find My iPhone app will only work for developers running the iOS 7 beta. Everyone else will be blocked out until Apple fixes the issue. Read more »
Every few weeks I see another “rival” to Google Glass. Some hardware looks much better than Google’s own product, but in the end, will it matter? Few other companies today offer the range of services and software to create a winning wearable. Read more »
Although I haven’t experienced this problem with the Nexus 7 I bought, some users have complained about multitouch issues on their new Google tablet. I’ve read about “ghost taps,” double-presses on the keyboard and other problems when using the small slate, causing some to return their purchase. Droid Life notes that a new software update is rolling out to address the issue on new Nexus 7 devices. Those who have received it chimed in on the official Google Product Forums to say it has fixed the problem. Glad to hear it was a software issue and not a hardware problem!
Ford’s connected cars will one day resemble extra-planetary robots in having multiple redundant network connections, ensuring they never lose contact with the vehicles and highway infrastructure around them. Read more »
Apple’s iCloud service is causing trouble for a pocket of users, affecting iMessage, Photo Stream and backup capabilities. Read more »
Oppo is teasing its upcoming N1 smartphone is a series of provocative ads on Facebook. One ad points to a “brand new user experience” in the form of a rear touch back panel. Read more »
Google Now, the contextual software that surfaces useful information where and when you need it, gains seven new or improved functions ranging from concert tickets and car reservations to letting your family know when you’ve left work. Read more »
Delta is the latest customer for Microsoft Windows Phones. The airline is equipping 19,000 flight attendants with Nokia Lumia 820 handsets with a commitment to upgrade to newer Lumias over the next three years. Read more »
Google has applied for a new patent that will let your device automatically adjust its security settings depending on where you are. Read more »
Connecting everyone won’t mean that everything has a battery. But if processors are harvesting their energy from the environment, how does their design need to change? ARM has an answer. Read more »
GigaOM’s Mobilize conference in October will examine how mobile will evolve beyond the smartphone to include an array of new devices, services and technologies. Executives from Google Ventures, Netbiscuits and Open Garden will join us to share their views on where mobile is headed. Read more »
New leaked images showing a gold iPhone 5S next to the black and white models are the most believable evidence of a gold iPhone yet. Read more »
The Ubuntu Edge may have broken a record for the most money pledged in a crowdfunding campaign, but ultimately it failed to reach its $32 million goal by a long shot. A focus on enterprise would be smart now. Read more »
The app is the first that lets the user create a website on an iPad or iPhone for free before shifting over to the desktop to flesh it out with e-commerce modules and the like. An Android version should be coming soon, too. Read more »
For some time now, Foursquare has been fighting its critics by arguing that it is building the “location layer for the internet.” It has followed through on some of that claim by integrating itself into Instagram and other services, but now it could be on the verge of something much bigger: sources tell BuzzFeed it is close to signing a significant data deal with Yahoo.
Tempo adds Company Cards to its contextual calendar, arming you with factoids and news before you enter a meeting. It’s not a huge feature, but Tempo says it’s a key step toward building your networking graph. Read more »
A new report claims that Nokia will launch a phablet, along with additional mobile devices, late next month. Read more »
Facebook’s Internet.org wants to streamline the wireless industry, making mobile data available to billions of people. It’s a noble goal, but as Facebook acknowledges, it needs to start with its own notoriously data-hungry apps. Read more »
Facebook’s internet.org coalition wants to connect the rest of the world. But can it make transmitting mobile data more efficient or will it merely shift the costs around? Read more »
Google Keep is a nice little catch-all app to jot down thoughts, lists, and save pictures, but it’s about to get a little nicer. On Wednesday, Google announced the addition of reminders in Keep; these can be time-based or location-based, helping to turn Keep into a mini to-do list app. Keep will even suggest nearby locations for when to nudge you. The updated app is rolling out over the next few days in Google Play and is already available in the online version at drive.google.com/keep.