The HTC One Max has already been available on Sprint for almost a week, but you can now pick up the tremendous smartphone at Verizon Wireless as well. The carrier quietly launched the phone on Thursday. It costs $299.99 with a two-year contract, or $25.22 per month on Verizon Edge. Sprint is offering the phone for $249.99 on-contract, along with an additional $100 off for new customers that bring their old phone number. I’ve been testing a review unit of the HTC One Max over the last week, and plan to post my thoughts on it soon.
Last week’s rumors of Chromecast support for the HBO GO app are this week’s reality: The app for both iOS and Android now supports wireless streaming of HBO Go content from a mobile device to Google’s $35 Chromecast dongle. In a blog post announcing the feature, Google says you can also Chromecast HBO GO from a Chrome browser window. I’d opt for ‘casting from a smartphone or tablet though: Those methods actually cause the stream to come from the cloud. Chromecasting from a browser tab uses a peer-to-peer type stream and is dependent on your computer’s resources, meaning the quality may not be as good.
In its march to support all the relevant cloud platforms, Cloud Munch adds the Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service to a list that includes AWS and OpenStack IaaS platforms. Read more »
Earlier this month, Acer announced a hard reset: With unexpected, staggering losses in Q3, the company would move forward without CEO JT Wang. At the time, it was understood that Acer President Jim Wong would take over Wang’s responsibilities, but a report from Reuters says that Wong has stepped down, to be replaced by founder Stan Shih. Shih has also been elected the new chairman, and will likely oversee the company’s promised “Transformation Advisory Committee” in hopes to get back on track. The role of CEO has apparently gotten the axe as well — concentrating all the power to Shih for the company’s next moves.
The invites are out for an AT&T Moto X soak test, which means we should be seeing an official KitKat update soon. Read more »
BIME, a business intelligence software company, has raised $4 million in first round funding and opened a U.S. headquarters in Kansas City. Read more »
By analyzing large and complex sets of medical data, Lockheed Martin is finding ways to identify health trends, detect disease, predict medical complications and ultimately deliver more comprehensive and affordable care. Genomics may be the key to this very personalized and predictive medical future. Read more »
iPad users, rejoice: You now have a better way to use your tablet to, well, buy more iPads. Read more »
The speed of technological progress is enabling rapid change in our societies and threatening the principles we claim to hold dear. We have to decide — now — whether we want to accept or resist the loss of our freedoms. Read more »
Politicians from Germany’s two biggest parties are currently negotiating what their grand coalition will look like, and they’ve reportedly decided on at least one thing: they need encrypted phones. According to local newspaper Bild, this means no iPhones, because Apple’s platform doesn’t support encryption software developed by Germany’s federal office for information security, and all official business will henceforth require encrypted communications.
It recently emerged that the U.S. and British embassies in Berlin have been used as bases for spying on German parliamentarians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel (who, for the record, was using a highly-hackable old Nokia slider-phone before the Snowden revelations this summer, when she switched to BlackBerry).
The tool, which is gaining a degree of popularity within the maker movement, now provides a way to include moving images in its instructional storyboards. Read more »
On this week’s Structure Show we talk about Platform as a Service which depending, on who you believe, is a dying breed or a boom town. Read more »
Qualcomm, facing some headwinds in its business, is looking to trim some fat, sources tell us. The company cut some VP level executives and many others in order to rein in expenses. Some details… Read more »
Pinterest on Wednesday announced Place Pins, a new variation of its core product that allows folks to pin and create boards for places they like or want to visit. Pinterest’s diversification comes close on the heels of a massive round of funding at nosebleed valuations. Read more »
Parts of the Lotus team’s F1 cars are printed using a 3D printer, and each car has more than 300 sensors generating 25 MB of data. Read more »
Rackspace just made auto scaling generally available for its public cloud. Auto scale, as the name implies, ramps cloud capacity up and down as needed. Some might be surprised that this is the first time Rackspace made this important feature generally available — Amazon Web Services has had it for a few years.
Paper circuits have been growing more common. A new Kickstarter campaign hawks a product that lets students and hobbyists draw them with a pen. Read more »
Bitcoin suffers two big problems when it comes to consumer adoption: retailers are unfamiliar with it, and shoppers have no incentive to spend it. A rewards program by gift card site Gyft shows how this could change. Read more »
Intel is getting ready to sell its yet-to-be-launched OnCue TV service, and Verizon is emerging as the most likely buyer. Read more »
We already dump a lot of mobile data traffic onto our home and office Wi-Fi networks, but in the next few years we’ll be tapping Wi-Fi in a lot more places thanks to new carrier networks. Read more »
Can a dollar buy a useful to-do list? Here are two apps worth trying out. Read more »
Google posted a little update on its Fiber blog noting that it’s wiring Austin for fiber over the next few months, and reminding residents to get out and ask their neighbors to sign up for the fiber service in order to get access in their neighborhood. Google notes that while it doesn’t have a date, the sign up process will take place next year. Meanwhile AT&T has already announced four neighborhoods where it will deploy fiber at 300 Mbps speeds beginning in December.
Good news for everyone lining up to get an Xbox One: Microsoft’s new game console will have a YouTube app available at launch, after all. YouTube announced the app on its blog Wednesday, explaining that it will make use of both voice and gesture control, and showing that it’s otherwise pretty much the same as any other recent connected TV app implementations of YouTube. Earlier this week, it briefly looked like neither the Xbox One nor Sony’s PS4 would have a YouTube app at launch, but it appears that Microsoft got the job done just in time. In other words: Sony, the ball is in your court.
The Xbox One is about to be released, but what will you be getting when you open that box? Read more »
If you bought a Galaxy Note 3, Samsung will give you $50 in credit to Google Play. Read more »
Silicon Valley startup Kateeva is showing off its first equipment to produce large-format OLED panels, which it hopes will help make OLED TVs cheaper and popular one day. Read more »
The Lumia 1520 is the best Windows Phone yet – as long as you can wrap your hands around it. Read more »
Google’s Wallet Card can be ordered but it won’t help you carry less cards. It’s more like a pre-paid debit card that uses your Google Wallet account balance to pay for things. It’s free, however, Coin’s $50 universal card may be better. Read more »
As people throw more connected devices into their homes, home modems and gateways need a box with more networking oomph. Qualcomm is building the silicon for that box. Read more »
Springpad is still tiny compared to Evernote but it’s growing. The company is hoping its new pre-formatted notebooks optimized for specific tasks will give it an additional boost over the holidays. Read more »
Want to safely explore Middle Earth from the comfort of your phone or tablet? You’ll avoid dragons and get a taste of new web technologies at the same time: Google’s latest Chrome Experiment showcases off new web technologies for mobile devices. Read more »
Applied Graphene Materials hopes to scale up its production of the super strong and conductive material. But no one knows what kind of market will greet it in the coming years. Read more »
HBO Nordic isn’t getting much love in Sweden, where a recent survey found Netflix more than ten times as popular. Read more »
Instagram arrives on Windows Phone this afternoon – but you can’t use it to take photos or upload video. Read more »
The city of San Francisco revealed 11 finalists today for its entrepreneurship-in-residence program, which will pair startups with major public sector problems. Three to five winners will be announced early next year. The city received nearly 200 applications for the program.
The finalists are: Birdi, Compology, Arrive Labs, Beyond Lucid Technologies, BuildingEye, Indoo.rs, Leventis Labs, MobilePD, Mozio, Regroup and Synthicity.
Brookhaven National Lab is chasing a piece of history — recreating Tennis for Two, regarded as one of the oldest video games. Read more »
Ford revealed today that it has hit a critical milestone in the connected car world: the automaker has produced 10 million Sync-equipped vehicles since launching the technology just six years ago. Calling every Sync vehicle connected is a bit of stretch, since in its most basic form it’s essentially a voice command and control system. But Ford has been adding features to Sync over the years, allowing it to integrate with apps on those smartphones. Sync is also becoming standard across most of Ford’s vehicle lines. Since January of 2012, Sync has arrived in 6 million cars.
Hundreds of Amazon partners came to the desert to bask in the reflected glow of the cloud giant. Publicly, they love AWS; privately they worry that it’ll end up eating their lunch. Read more »
Instead of melted plastic, resin printers rely on a pool of liquid that can be cured quickly by a laser. Read more »
Does Google Glass need another input method? The team behind Remotte thinks so: It’s looking to raise $70,000 on Kickstarter for the connected device. Even if you don’t have Glass, this could be a handy little remote control. Read more »