The Moto X, a new phone from the Google-owned Motorola is supposed to be a big deal. A new way of thinking about a smartphone. When it becomes available on all four major US carriers at the end of August or early September, for roughly $199 with a two-year contract, this device will be one of the first modern, mass-market consumer electronics to be assembled (though not exactly “made”) in the USA…
The new flagship phone is the first one Motorola has built entirely from the ground up since the company was acquired by Google two years ago. And, as you might expect, it boasts some snazzy new features…
Google introduced Android Device Manager, which offers several different methods for dealing with a lost phone. With it, you can set off your phone’s ringer at maximum volume (even if your device is in silent mode) to help you try to locate it. You can also track your device in real time on a map. Finally, it gives you the ability to remotely erase all your data in case it’s truly lost or in the hands of a thief.
Video should be shot and viewed in landscape mode — that’s the “long way” instead of the “tall way,” the orientation that mimics your HDTV screen. Every time you see a video shot in portrait mode on YouTube or Facebook, you should weep for humanity and its inability to teach individuals how to shoot video so it fits properly into the same shape as the TV they watch in their homes.
Two companies are announcing new efforts on Tuesday, both riding atop Sprint’s network. FreedomPop will charge $150, including the free monthly data, as compared to the $250 that Sprint is charging for the same device. TextNow, meanwhile, is aiming to shift from an Wi-Fi-based messaging and calling app into a full-fledged mobile service. For $18.99, the company will offer 500MB of data, unlimited texting and incoming calls, as well as 750 minutes of outgoing calls.
Most portable chargers won’t last long if you’re away from a power outlet for more than a couple of days. The vast majority of them need to be plugged in so their internal batteries can get recharged. Once they’re out of juice, you’re out of luck if you’re away from a socket. The Brunton Hydrogen Reactor removes recharging from the equation by using hydrogen fuel-cell technology to generate power. It doesn’t require a power outlet to build up a charge, so it will come in handy for long camping trips, earthquake kits, and emergency go-bags.
“Previous smartphone owners buy Apple iPhones much more than first-time owners,” according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. “Almost 50 percent of previous owners buy an iPhone, while under one-third of first-time owners buy an iPhone.”
Apparently some of Samsung’s rugged Galaxy S4 Active phones aren’t quite as “everything-proof” as advertised. AT&T confirmed on Wednesday it has a program to replace Galaxy S4 Active phones that show evidence of water damage.
LinkedIn reported second-quarter earnings results on Thursday, with earnings per share of 38 cents on revenue of $364 million. That easily beats analysts’ consensus of an EPS of 31 cents on revenue of $353.85 million.
After a week of public outcry over a series of threats against high-profile media figures, Twitter on Saturday announced an update to its site rules, aiming to more directly combat abuse and harassment that occurs across the network.
89 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds used social networks, but so did 78 percent of 30- to 49-year-olds, and 43 percent of those over 65 percent used a social network (though only 5 percent use Twitter, compared to 30 percent of those between 18 and 29.)
All that Twittering about TV? It really does boost TV ratings. That’s a very big deal for Twitter, because it will be seen as validation for a pitch Twitter has been making to TV networks and advertisers for a couple of years…
Now you can apply for your next job from your mobile phone. LinkedIn is making it easier than ever to apply for jobs on its site using your Android or iOS devices with the introduction of several new features to its mobile app.
Windows Phone users, sit down and start downloading: Skype for Windows Phone 8 is new again. Today the Microsoft company updated its mobile application for Windows Phone, bringing several new features that should improve quality of life for daily mobile users of the service.
Instead of trekking down to the IKEA showroom with your measuring tape, camera, and color swatches, you can now shop comfortably in your own home without the fear of buying something that does not fit with the rest of your decor. IKEA’s upcoming 2014 catalog, which will be released on August 25, will allow you to preview products in your home using augmented reality to ensure that your purchase is the perfect size, style, and color for your interior.
WhatsApp, a tiny startup with a very basic idea, boring design and lots of competition, has somehow managed to connect up most of the world. And that’s actually pretty exciting. The four-year-old company — which helps users send text messages between all different types of mobile phones on all different carriers in every country – now has 300 million monthly active users…
Now you'll be able to selectively pick up to 15 seconds of content from any clip in your camera roll. Of course, phones don't natively record video in Instagram's preferred square form, so the company is adding a similar cropping tool to what it's long offered for photos.
Before it had a hit app on its hands, VSCO, which stands for Visual Supply Co., built filters and presets for Adobe Lightroom and Apple Aperture — "the gold standard of film emulation," according to the company. With VSCO Cam, the company brought its trademark filters and editing tools to mobile. Whereas Instagram set out to make your mobile photos look good, VSCO hopes to make them look real…
Microsoft wants Windows Phone developers and apps, and it's launching a developer tool on Tuesday in its latest effort to secure apps for its ecosystem. A beta version ofWindows Phone App Studio is now available, and it lets anyone create a Windows Phone app from the web without any knowledge of code.
Worldwide shipments of tablet computers slowed down in the second quarter because Apple didn't release a new model of its trend-setting iPad, research firm IDC said Monday… Apple normally releases a new iPad in the spring, but it has moved toward updating products in the fall to take advantage of the lucrative holiday shopping season.
The ubiquitous USB standard is due for an update, and it’s about to get a big one. The USB 3.0 Promoter Group said on Thursday that it has finalized the specification for USB version 3.1, an upgrade that will dramatically increase its data-transfer speeds. Where USB 3.0 delivers transfer rates of five gigabits per second, USB 3.1 will deliver speeds of 10Gbps.
Google appears to be readying a number of touch-friendly features for its Chrome browser. In the latest nightly Canary build, a new slide-to-navigate feature has been added that lets you swipe left or right to go backwards and forwards on web pages. It's almost identical to the same feature found within Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8.
Apple on Monday detailed a new program where owners of third-party iPhone, iPod and iPad adapters can trade their products in for an Apple charger for $10 — roughly half the typical price of a new Apple charger.
Philips announced two new add-ons for its app-controlled Hue system: LivingColors Bloom, a standalone portable fixture, and LightStrips, a 6.6-foot LED tape that you can affix to any surface using the included adhesive back…You can very easily control the color and brightness of each unit using the Android or iOS app, however, so if you prefer to go that route, there's no reason you can't install Hue all over your house, as long as you don't go beyond the 50 maximum units each base station can support.
Yahoo announced Wednesday that it will unveil a new corporate logo September 4 -- the first such change since the company was founded 18 years ago. The new look will retain the current purple color scheme and, yes, its trademark exclamation point. To build some buzz around the new logo, the Internet company will display a different variation of the logo on its homepage and throughout its network in the United States for each of the next 30 days.
How would you feel if someone sat in front of your computer and was immediately able to access all of your Chrome passwords? That's a scenario that is dividing opinion after web designer Elliot Kember called Google's security practices into question by demonstrating how entering a simple URL allows a person with physical access to your machine to view your stored credentials.
Rather than letting your old devices collect dust or throwing them out, which is an environmental hazard, there are more useful ways to dispose of your retired gadgets. You can recycle them, donate them or sell them to make a little extra cash — perhaps for your next electronics purchase…there are alternatives.