The last time Nokia made an incredible cameraphone, it neglected the phone. 2011’s 808 PureView, had a 41-megapixel camera, but strapped it to a Symbian Belle-powered cellphone that would’ve barely been great in 2009. This time it’s different: from the first moment I picked up the Lumia 1020, swiped through the Windows Phone 8 interface and booted up the camera, it felt like the future.
The simply named NFC Ring is a wide steel band with two separate kevlar-styled black strips along its top and bottom that contain transmitters. It doesn't need to be charged, and separate bits of information can be stored on either strip. The ring's most common use should be unlocking a phone.
The Cupertino, Calif. company was awarded a United States patent Tuesday that would let users share "personal content," via a visual menu, with the person they place on hold. This includes "music, videos, photos, books, periodicals, status updates, calendar information, hold time information, pre-recorded messages and location information," according to the patent claims.
Samsung’s second-quarter smartphone shipments hit 76 million last quarter — up 56 percent from the prior year, and giving the company a 33 percent share of the global market. Apple, meanwhile, shipped 31.2 million iPhones, a 20 percent year-over-year rise, and good for second place worldwide.
The No. 4 U.S. carrier on Friday announced a promotion that will offer its entire lineup of phones for no upfront payment. It isn’t really dropping the price of phones, just spreading the entire cost of the phone over 24 months instead of using a mix of an initial down payment and monthly payments.
Nokia is preparing to launch a proximity sensor accessory for its range of Lumia Windows Phones. Sources familiar with Nokia's plans have revealed to The Verge that the Finnish smartphone maker will debut a "Treasure Tag" accessory that combines Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC to track items from a phone.
Apple's next iPhone has been rumored to include a built-in fingerprint scanner, and code within the latest iOS beta seems to suggest that something is in the works. Developer Hamaz Sood has seemingly uncovered references to a biometric scanner located within the iPhone's home button.
With the ever-growing Android market, more and more people are buying and selling Android phones and tablets every day. But before shipping that phone or tablet off to its new owner, it is vital to make sure everything important has been removed.
Last month, researchers at Georgia Tech unveiled a clever hack. Using a tiny Linux computer disguised as a USB charger, they could penetrate any iPhone or iPad's defenses and reportedly install malware in less than a minute. Thankfully, that attack vector will soon be far easier to combat: Apple has added a new prompt that warns users and asks them for permission in the latest beta of iOS 7.
Pinterest will now compile profiles of people who visit sites that contain Pinterest buttons, so their social bookmarking experience can be automatically personalized around interests that correspond to those sites. This will happen both for people who are currently logged in to the Pinterest website, and for people who have never even joined Pinterest, via anonymized tracking.
If and when Facebook launches its TV-like ads, it will certainly find lots of people watching them at first, because people always pay attention to new ad formats when they first find them — in the ’90s, they used to click on banner ads, too. The trick will be getting them to keep clicking.
Taking a cue from Twitter and services such as its own Instagram, Facebook on Wednesday began rolling out the ability for users to embed posts on their own blogs and websites. "When embedded, posts can include pictures, videos, hashtags and other content," Facebook's Dave Capra wrote in a post on the site. "People can also Like and share the post directly from the embed."
Smartphone users have become pros at arty shots of food and sunsets, but brief video clips require a different skill set. It's not easy to tell a compelling and coherent story in 6 seconds (Vine's limit) or even in 15 (Instagram's).
Google is in the process of testing a brand new Now entry that would display "hyperlocal" news to users. The local news card would automatically surface articles about local businesses, nearby school districts, and events that have happened in the surrounding area.
Facebook has announced that a new update of its regular app will include Cover Feed, the company's replacement for Android's lock screen. Explaining the move, Facebook says it's noticed many Facebook Home users have already opted to use Cover Feed while sticking with Android's default app launcher, so packaging it into the core app seems to be a logical choice.
The new Nexus 7 is about the same size, thickness, and weight as the iPad mini, but it comes in nearly an inch narrower. It also compares favorably to every other major tablet in its size class, coming in smaller and lighter in most regards than both the Nook HD and the Kindle Fire HD. While the iPad mini is wider, it's using that space to fit a 7.9-inch display — but size isn't everything.
Blazing fast speed? Check. Slimmer, thinner and lighter? Check. Gorgeous, Retina-quality seven-inch display? Check. The purest and most up-to-date version of Android. Check. World-beating value at $230? Jackpot. The base model Nexus 7 is now $30 more expensive than last year's version, but what you're getting in return are some of the best guts any tablet has to offer on the inside, which translates into beautiful results on outside.
If you've ever wondered how to be sure some crook can't steal the information stored on your personal computer when you get rid of it, federal officials recommend "pounding with a hammer." The idea is to "disfigure, bend, mangle, or otherwise mutilate the hard drive so that it cannot be reinserted into a functioning computer," according to the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology in its "Guidelines for Media Sanitization."
Compatible with most smartphones, Dialogue sits in your Mac's menubar and silently waits to direct phone calls from your handset to your desktop. It also allows you to make outgoing calls without the need to touch the device.
You just bought a fancy new PC and you're in the market for some useful software. You do some research and make a few purchases — and now you have to take a second mortgage on the house. Okay, so that's an exaggeration. But if you're not careful, buying software can quickly run into the thousands of dollars. What you may not realize is there are tons of trustworthy and useful replacement programs available online — for free.
You're not buying a Chromecast for Netflix and YouTube, services that are basically everywhere. (There are probably toasters that run Netflix at this point.) What $35 really buys you is the simplest possible way to send tabs from Chrome to your TV screen, and it works.
We’re taking more pictures in more ways and sharing them in more places than ever. Yet most of us use our cameras with the bare minimum of knowledge, just pointing and shooting and hoping for an Instagrammable moment. And even if you’re buying a camera because you’re ready to move beyond your iPhone and take pictures you’ll want to save forever, it’s hard to know what to do.
Owners of Samsung's Wi-Fi-enabled digital camera models will now be able to sync their photos directly to Evernote, the popular note-taking and archiving platform that lets you stay organized in the cloud.
Redfin, the online real estate brokerage, today announced the launch of Price Whisperer, a free product that helps potential home sellers determine what buyers are willing to pay for their home. Redfin works with homeowners to come up with a desired price, and then emails four photos of the home, along with some basic info, to in-market buyers in the area, and asks them if they would pay the amount asked...
Panasonic is introducing a retro look for its newly announced Lumix GX7, the successor to one of its best mirrorless cameras, the GX1. The new Micro Four Thirds camera includes a 16-megapixel sensor, a built-in electronic viewfinder, and a 3-inch touchscreen display. That's all housed inside of a metal body sporting the kind of two-tone throwback looks that have been in style recently, doing away with a more modernized vintage design that Panasonic has been using ever since its very first DSLR.
UPS is where you go to ship packages, but if the company has its way, it could eventually become your primary destination for making 3D prints. Only they won't be getting delivered in those signature brown trucks; you'll need to visit a participating UPS Store for the newly announced 3D printing services.
The device uses a sensor to track the electromagnetic interference "signatures" that different appliances emit over power lines when turned on, turned off, or changed from one state to another. A Wi-Fi chip within the device uploads this data to the Web, where machine-learning algorithms can analyze it to tell what appliances are on and how much power they're consuming at any given time.