AT&T will begin sales of the eagerly anticipated Moto X just one week from today on August 23rd. Both the black and white versions of Motorola's new flagship will be available in stores and online, though we presume online buyers may opt for a bit more personalization.
Motorola released a tiny gadget called Motorola Skip on Friday for its new Moto X smartphone that lets you unlock the device without typing in passcodes. Since it takes about 2.3 seconds to unlock your phone each time, this thumb-sized clip could save you a handful of minutes throughout your day.
After Samsung announced the Galaxy S4, its futuristic slab of a smartphone, it was only a matter of time until LG countered…You can change the icons for any app you wish…You can add a Guest Mode to the phone, just by setting a different pattern lock; unlock it one way to access everything, and another to just give your friend a browser and a phone to use…You can change just about everything about the G2’s software.
T-Mobile CEO John Legere says that it is the company’s message, not the arrival of the iPhone, that is behind a recent surge in new customers…Legere said it is a good sign that the iPhone is only a portion of the company’s sales growth, accounting for just 21 percent of smartphone sales last quarter…“I think there’s a whole array of Apple products that we look forward to carrying,” Legere said. “We will expand what we offer from them.”
The ITC banned Samsung from importing or selling some devices that infringe on the Apple patents. While the devices Apple mentioned in the case are older Samsung products -- like the Galaxy Tab 7 tablet and the Continuum smartphone -- the ITC's ruling could have implications for phones currently on the market that use the same technology.
Many Californians were startled awake Monday night and early Tuesday morning by Amber Alerts that made screeching noises on their cell phones. Some people even took to Twitter to complain. They better get used to it. The alerts about a blue Nissan -- possibly carrying Ethan Anderson, 8, and sister Hannah Anderson, 16 -- were the first sent statewide in California under a new program that sends Amber Alerts about abducted children via text messages to millions of mobile phones.
Now that foundering smartphone pioneer BlackBerry has put itself up for sale, will anyone buy it? Anything’s possible, but the emerging consensus among analysts is that BlackBerry is unlikely to prove an attractive takeover target.
Even as it spends most of its time working on BB10 devices (and evaluating whether to sell itself), BlackBerry is still developing products based on its older operating system. On Tuesday, the company introduced the BlackBerry 9720, an entry-level smartphone based on an update to the BlackBerry 7 operating system. Version 7.1 adds a few updates, such as the ability to take pictures from the lockscreen, but it’s largely the same classic BlackBerry software.
A wave of consolidation began with AT&T’s attempt to buy T-Mobile. That deal failed, but since then, T-Mobile bought MetroPCS, and AT&T is in the process of trying to buy Leap. Sprint has acquired Clearwire and sold a majority stake to SoftBank. “With this merger behind, all eyes are squarely focused on T-Mobile as to who makes the bid for [the] fourth-ranked operator in the next 6-12 months,” analyst Chetan Sharma said in a report released on Tuesday.
Sprint announced its plans for its first Windows Phone 8 devices earlier this year. With the HTC 8XT already available, Sprint customers interested in Windows Phone were left waiting on Samsung's effort to launch. Sprint says the Ativ S Neo will now launch on August 16th, its second Windows Phone 8 handset so far.
Pretty much any smartphone you buy in 2013 will have the same basic features: Internet access, e-mail, downloadable apps, a camera and of course the ability to make calls and send text messages. But what other features should all smartphones have, regardless of what company makes it or what operating system it runs?
Next time you wonder, "What am I doing today?" just ask Google. The all-knowing search engine is introducing new voice searchesthat let you ask questions about ... you. Ask about reservations you have, purchases you've made, upcoming flight plans or what's on your schedule and Google will return personalized answers.
If learning a new language through Rosetta Stone proved too difficult, a new gadget offers an easier solution for real-time language translation. Sigmo, which translates speech into 25 different languages, relies on a Bluetooth connection with your smartphone to process the translation from the cloud.
Verizon just announced that it'll finally be carrying the HTC One as of August 22nd, months after the phone launched internationally and at the other major wireless carriers around the US. It'll cost $199.99 on a two-year contract, and will come with Android 4.2.2(all other One devices in the US are still on 4.1).
Facebook has revealed some new figures about its userbase, and it's getting more specific than usual. Rather than reporting the traditional statistic of monthly active users, the company is announcing daily users on a country-by-country basis.
Facebook plans to test a new payments product that would allow online shoppers to make purchases on mobile apps using their Facebook login information, according to sources familiar with the company’s plans…
Do you ever log on to Facebook and feel overcome by a wave of FOMO? Are you depressed by friends' wedding photos and parties from the night before? A new academic study states that using the world's largest social network can "undermine" one's sense of happiness and well-being.
To advertise on Facebook, or not to advertise on Facebook? There's still plenty of debate about whether advertising on Facebook (or social media in general) is worth it, and whether it's more useful as a lead generation tactic than a direct driver of sales.
When you use your Facebook login to sign into a third party mobile app, that app gets to connect with your profile. Using Graph Search, someone can see which apps you’ve authorized. Sure, this isn’t a big deal for things like Yelp or SocialCam or Twitter, but do you really want everyone being able to see that you use Tinder for the occasional casual encounter?
The people who created YouTube are getting into the quickie-video app business ... with a twist. MixBit, like Vine and now Instagram, lets users upload short videos from their smartphones. But that's just the beginning of what creators Steve Chen and Chad Hurley -- two of the three brains behind YouTube -- envision for the app…
The notion that anyone with a phone who witnesses news is a potential source for news video has been around for a while. CNN, for example, has long had its iReport app. Twitter itself has become the go-to source for many kinds of widely witnessed breaking news, such as protests and plane crashes. NBC News is now looking to get into the act, scooping up startup Stringwire…
Google's new chat service, Hangouts, was meant to unify the messaging experience across all of the company's services, and today it's getting a step closer to that by beginning to put an end to the now-redundant Messenger service on Google+.
The updated Yahoo Weather for Android, available across the world today, offers the same full bleed design as its iOS counterpart, and similarly crisp typography. In addition to the basic weather reports it previously offered, the app now provides a wealth of weather data, including 10-day forecasts, hour-by-hour predictions, chance of precipitation, wind and pressure, moon phases, UV patterns, sunrise and sunset times, and an interactive map.
This isn't a simple app, but that’s not what it sets out to be. It is an incredibly nimble and customizable editor and previewer for writing in Markdown, a lightweight markup language that makes it easy to add the kinds of formatting you see on the web and in rich text documents (bold, italics, hyperlinks, etc)…Because the text you write in Editorial can easily be converted into HTML, it’s an ideal tool for writing on the web, but Markdown is readable enough that it's suitable for everyday tasks, too.
Evernote is the ultimate productivity app for keeping your notes, reminders and to-do lists all in one place. Essentially a notebook stored in the cloud, the app helps you get (and stay) organized. Getting started can be tricky, so if you've never used Evernote before, make sure to check out Mashable's beginner's guide.
[Mashable] has rounded up five free tethering apps for your Android device. Each lets you connect to your cellular network without rooting your phone, so you can surf the web on your own personal hotspot easily and without breaking the bank.
A redesigned iPad that's both thinner and lighter than the current model will be unveiled "later," according to the report, and it's said that it will resemble the iPad mini. Lastly, a new version of the iPad mini with a Retina display is also in the works…
Chipmaker Intel sought to make the case that the market for personal computers isn’t quite the train wreck it appears to be…an Intel-sponsored survey of 3,977 U.S. adults taken in June by the research firm IDC, proclaimed that “there’s never been a better time to buy a new PC.”
The new update is not another huge re-imagining of Windows in the way that Windows 8 was. Instead, it focuses on a handful of substantial improvements to its touch-friendly user interface, such as improved multitasking and a better Start screen.
Microsoft is revealing the next part of its Skype strategy today by confirming it plans to bundle its voice and video calling service into Windows 8.1. The Skype application will take the place of Microsoft's Windows 8 Messaging app, providing voice, video, and instant messaging.
Those with repetitive strain injuries (RSI) like carpal tunnel syndrome (those who simply want to avoid one) probably have an ergonomic keyboard designed to minimize stress…Codenamed "Manta Ray" (for obvious reasons), it has an open design more friendly to the hands while retaining the split sides necessary for a true "natural" posture.
Apple is expected to unveil its next iPhone at a special event on Sept. 10, sources toldAllThingsD. Naturally, any new phones will be running iOS 7, which has been in testing since its announcement at Apple’s developer conference in June. Apple is also expected to formally launch the next version of Mac OS X, known as Mavericks, in the coming weeks, though that is not expected at the Sept. 10 event.
People who link their TV to the Web to the Internet say they’re more likely to stop paying for TV.Yet even skeptics are now convinced that cord-cutting, of some sort, for some reason, is real. And it stands to reason that people who have figured out how easy it is to get video from the Web to their TV would be more inclined to swap out cable for Netflix, YouTube and Hulu, etc.
Watching TV shows, movies and other video via the Internet on your big-screen television has become all the rage. But the proliferation of devices and methods for doing so has made the whole thing mighty confusing. There’s no one right answer for everyone, or every situation. To help sort out the choices, here’s a primer for watching Internet video on a TV, legally.
Real estate website Trulia released new tools that show areas across the country that are prone to hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires. Previously, the site only offered information about floods and earthquakes.
While still far from the $700 price to which Carl Icahn would like to see them return, Apple shares are trading significantly higher today following the billionaire investor’s Tuesday disclosure of a stake in the company believed to be worth more than $1.5 billion.
Two engineers have developed a sensor called Haptix that enables any surface to become a multitouch control system for your television or computer — whether it's a screen, a keyboard, or even a table…called a "mouse-killer.”
“I put the car in park, unplug the phone, and put Google Glass on my face. Within seconds, I’ve got step-by-step directions to a coffee shop down the street beamed directly to my eyeballs. This is what Mercedes-Benz has planned for the future, and not only do they have a functioning prototype, they’re working with Google to make it a reality.”