Details on the first Motorola smartphone designed entirely under Google's watch — called the Moto X — are beginning to coalesce. The manufacturer has called it "the first smartphone you can design yourself" and we now know that Motorola will let customers select a color for the back of the device and another for the trim. There will also be an option to have the phone engraved, a service Apple made standard long ago with its line of iPods.
For years, the trend in major smartphone brands' screen sizes had been the bigger, the better. Whether it was the iPhone 5's extra row of apps or the giant, tablet-sized Android "phablets," phones had definitely been getting larger. But recently, that trend has begun to reverse. One factor behind the looming mini smartphone wave: Smartphone growth is beginning to slow in developed markets like the United States and Western Europe, where giant smartphones with the latest features are a hot commodity.
HTC has just announced its unaudited results for the second quarter 2013, and they're not pretty. Despite launching a much-lauded flagship smartphone, the HTC One, the company made just NT$1.25 billion (roughly $41 million) after tax from NT$70.7 billion ($2.35 billion) revenue. In the same quarter last year, the company took in revenue of NT$91.04 billion ($3 billion) and made NT$7.40 billion ($246 million) profit.
Eight months after SoftBank announced its intentions to take over Sprint Nextel, the Federal Communications Commission has voted unanimously to approve the bid. The vote clears the way for SoftBank to purchase 78 percent of Sprint…Sprint, currently America’s No. 3 carrier, will use the funds to expand the reach of its wireless network.
Here’s something to think about: Your cellphone — the one that you hold up to your face during phone calls or fervently tap on to text friends — probably contains more bacteria than a public toilet seat. But at least one company is working on technology to clean up that problem. As reported by Phone Arena, Corning, the U.S.-based glass and ceramics company behind the protective Gorilla Glass screen found on many smartphones today, is developing an anti-microbial glass cover that can kill drug-resistant bacteria and viruses.
Nokia's 41-megapixel Windows Phone will be called the Nokia Lumia 1020. That's according to sample photos posted on Flickr by Microsoft Windows Phone manager Joe Belfiore. In a series of sample shots from various Lumia Windows Phones, there are two that appear as "Nokia Lumia 1020." One is listed at 2947 x 1658 resolution (nearly 5-megapixels) and another is 2352 x 1568 (3.7-megapixels), suggesting that Nokia's upcoming Lumia 1020 PureView will likely shoot at different resolutions using the power of the large sensor.
The long-awaited Android 4.2 update for the HTC One has been slowly making its way around the world over the past week or so, but thanks to Android Central, we now have a good look at what's on tap in it. Essentially, HTC addressed many of the complaints we had with Sense 5 on Android 4.1, and even threw in a few surprises that we didn't expect to see with this update.
Motorola may be hard at work remaking its image and hyping up excitement for its upcoming made-in-the-USA Moto X smartphone, but that doesn't mean the company isn't working on anything else at the same time. According to an image posted to the@evleaks Twitter account, Motorola is continuing its close partnership with Verizon to produce Droid-branded smartphones, the latest of which appears to be the Droid Maxx.
Photos and video of what’s purported to be the new low-cost iPhone popped up online overnight, possibly giving us the closest look yet at Apple’s newest device. The images even look identical to photos published last week by Nowhere Else of alleged plastic iPhone cases. But there’s a twist. The company claiming to have the iPhone, peripherals maker Techdy, is actually selling it. Or rather, it's selling an Android knock-off with the same case design called the Basic Bear.
AT&T's 4G-LTE network has been rated faster than Verizon's network by four independent studies. Its coverage area is growing rapidly, and it will be available to just as many Americans as Verizon's 4G network by the end of next year. That's a far cry from where AT&T was just a few years ago.
4G is capable of speeds comparable to your home broadband service, and it's roughly 10 times faster than 3G. By 2017, Cisco predicts that the average smartphone connection speed will grow more than three-fold. The faster the connection, the more stuff people consume on their mobile devices -- particularly large video files, which will be the primary driver behind the download explosion, Cisco says.
Nokia's been going with bold colors for nearly every Lumia it has released thus far, and it doesn't seem like the trend is abating yet. Along with the yellow, it looks like the phone will come in more muted black and white color schemes, as well. More noteworthy is a fairly complete spec list — along with the expected 41-megapixel sensor, it looks like the new camera will include the optical image stabilization (OIS) technology that Nokia first built into the Lumia 920 last year.
Most people assume they can’t print from a tablet or smartphone because their printers are older and/or aren’t equipped with Wi-Fi capability. Presto (formerly FingerPrint) by Collobos Software and ThinPrint Cloud Printer by Cortado make printing from mobile devices as simple as hitting print on a computer.
The iPhone and Samsung Galaxy smartphones may be best sellers for T-Mobile, but that doesn’t mean the wireless carrier, which has been making bold moves in recent months with its “un-plans,” has forgotten about other device makers.
Twitter on Wednesday announced it will begin to serve its promoted tweet ads to users’ Twitter streams based on the outside, third-party sites they’ve visited. The practice, known as ad retargeting, allows marketers to identify and target Twitter customers based on browser cookies (essentially, a bit of tracking data stored inside your browser).
Sprawling online bulletin board Reddit is especially popular with young men, according to a new study. Six percent of all adults on the Internet use Reddit, and it is most popular with men between 18 and 29 -- 15% of whom frequent the site.
Many consumers don’t use RSS feeds, and instead get their news from social media like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. They log in to these sites each morning and, from the sea of photos and personal status updates, find news stories posted by friends and others in their networks. Popular mobile apps like Flipboard and Zite are a testament to the draw of social, personalized news. Even Facebook is reportedly experimenting with some form of news reader.
With numerous online video services serving up results, enjoying clips can be a game of back and forth between different sites, which doesn’t make the best use of your time. This week, I checked out two mobile apps — Rockpack and Vod.io — that can help solve this problem. Often described as a “Flipboard for video,” both of these apps allow you to discover videos from around the Web and organize them all in one place.
Vine, the Twitter-owned video sharing application, announced on Wednesday a significant update to its iOS mobile application, just two weeks after Instagram unveiled its video product for the first time. Among the improvements, Vine will now let users choose whether or not they want posts to be public or private…The camera has been redesigned with the addition of “grid, focus and ghost tools,” which Vine said will make capturing video much easier than before.
Twitter is in the process of rolling out updates to all of its apps that include a sorely-needed feature: direct message syncing. From now on, Twitter says that when you read a DM on one of its official clients (Tweetdeck, Twitter for Mac, Twitter for Android, or on the Twitter website), it will be marked as read across anywhere else you check. For anyone who uses DMs on a regular basis, this is a great addition — no longer will your account be plagued by the familiar "unread" dot whenever you check your messages on other devices.
IFTTT, which helps people make rules for their Web services so they can customize things like how they get breaking sports news, is now available on the iPhone. The company’s native app helps users discover, make and track their “recipes,” and it adds new ways to control mobile photos, contacts and reminders. So, next time you take a photo with your front-facing iPhone camera, it can automatically get posted to a new Flickr “#selfie” album.
Instagram on Wednesday announced the latest in a string of recent updates, now allowing users to embed videos and photos taken with the photo-sharing application on sites across the Web. Simply cut and paste the embed text from an Instagram page to your blog, and the video will appear on your page after publishing.
Microsoft is developing an update to Windows 8 that promises to "refine" the clunky software. But if a preview of the update is any indication, the changes won't go far enough to address Windows 8's flaws. Windows 8, which debuted last year, was designed to bring Microsoft's flagship operating system into the post-PC era while continuing to serve traditional PC users. Unfortunately, this desire to serve both camps has yielded a software that serves neither particularly well.
It's no secret that HP has struggled when it comes to tablets. The company has faced (and crashed into) its share of mobile device hurdles in recent years -- most notably, with the ill-fated and expensive TouchPad. With its latest foray into the tablet world, HP is hoping to hit one out of the park with the Slate 7, a budget tablet that retails for $170 in the US ($140 with instant savings).
In theory, it’s a choice for lots of tablet buyers: Do you get the iPad, or Kindle Fire, or whatever, with a wireless data connection, or without one? But in reality, for most tablet buyers, it’s a non-issue. They are overwhelmingly buying tablets that have only Wi-Fi connections.
Run a search for “Bluetooth speakers” on Amazon.com, and there are more than 48,000 results. Browse on Apple.com or walk into an Apple store, and you will see at least 10 different brands of Bluetooth speakers being sold there. According to research group NPD, which tracks consumer product sales in the U.S., 740,000 Bluetooth-equipped speakers were sold in the first quarter of 2013, which was — wait for it — a 432 percent increase from a year ago.
The company, Orée, has been operating a pop-up store in Tokyo this week to promote its first product, the €150 ($193) Orée Board. It's a wireless, wooden keyboard carved from a single block of walnut or maple with customizable laser etchings…
An article shared on Sidebar today highlights the mind-blowing power of HTML5. Web developer / Mozilla evangelist David Walsh has collated nine demos that use just native web technologies to show how much can be done in your web browser without the need for plugins like Flash and Silverlight.
Microsoft said that its MSN TV service will be closing down at the end of September, in a post on its Web site and in an email to users.MSN TV, of course, was born of WebTV, which was thought up by well-known entrepreneur Steve Perlman. The service, which included a dedicated hardware device attached to a television, went through a number of iterations over the years, including being rebranded as MSN TV in 2001.
Marrying the latest WiFi standard with Amped's trademark high-power wireless gear, the RTA 15 comes with the usual four gigabit Ethernet ports and a USB 2.0 slot for file sharing. The unit's available to pre-order, at a cost of $190, from Amped's website from today, with orders shipping from July 16
Today, Trulia introduced a new feature called Find an Agent to help connect prospective home buyers and sellers with real-estate professionals. Though the company already offers an agent directory, users will now be able to search Trulia for a real-estate agent based on experience, local expertise, sales history and client recommendations.