The Lumia 928 replaces the Lumia 920 as Nokia's high-end smartphone. Although the Lumia 928 hit store shelves about six months after its predecessor, it's little changed. The devices share the same processor, have the same amount of storage space, the same basic camera and have the same-sized displays. And they run the same version of Windows Phone, which is starting to feel dated and under-featured.
Some good news for Apple, Samsung and Google in comScore’s latest smartphone metrics, and some bad news for their rivals. For the three-month period ended in May, Apple and Samsung once again ranked as the top U.S. smartphone manufacturers.
Not only did BlackBerry miss on earnings, posting an ugly loss for a quarter for which analysts had projected a profit, it missed badly on smartphone shipments, selling just 6.8 million total BlackBerrys.
Hewlett-Packard’s ignominious first run at the smartphone market won’t deter it from taking a second. According to Yam Su Yin, senior director of the Asia Pacific division of HP’s Personal Systems Group, HP intends to re-enter the smartphone market, because it cannot afford to ignore it.
A new smartphone operating system is joining the fray. Mozilla released a phone running its new Firefox OS in Spain on Monday, joining leading mobile operating systems Android and iOS, as well as smaller players Windows Phone and Blackberry. The ZTE Open and Alcatel OneTouch Fire are very basic phones with 3.5-inch screens, entry-level specs and appealingly low price tags. Telefonica will sell the ZTE Open in Spain starting July 2 for 69 euros, or about $90.
BlackBerry continues to struggle to sell phones. The former smartphone giant said Friday it shipped just 2.7 million BlackBerry 10 devices in its fiscal first quarter, and the company reported a surprise loss. Shares promptly lost nearly 30% of their value. If the next few quarters echo this one, BlackBerry's dreams of once again becoming relevant in a market it once dominated will be destroyed.
The Moto X smartphone is hardly a secret anymore — Motorola's CEO confirmed that the phone would be made in the USA and coming soon back in May — but the company just dropped a tantalizing new detail in a new newspaper ad that was revealed by Ad Age. The advertisement plays up the "built in the US" angle but also claims that the Moto X will be "the first smartphone you can design yourself."
To be sure, the Nokia 105 is as basic as cell phones get. It can't surf the web, it has no app store, and it doesn't even have a camera. But $20 for a phone that can make calls, send text messages and features a color screen is an incredibly good deal.
And in one fell swoop of video announcements last week, we’ve all watched and waited to see Facebook’s Instagram and Twitter’s Vine go to the mattresses. Will Vid-stagram kill Twitter’s video baby? Can the underdog Vine still grow after the 130-million-user behemoth Instagram lumbers into video sharing?
Instagram video may be putting a dent in Vine's growth. As noted by MarketingLand, in the week since Instagram added video, Vine links on Twitter seem to have dropped precipitously. Data from the analytics firm
Topsy, which has access to the full firehose of Twitter data, showed the number of shared Vine links declining from almost 2.5 million on June 19 to just over 1.5 million on June 20, when Facebook-owned Instagram added video.
LinkedIn updated its iOS and Android applications on Tuesday, improving mobile search functionality. Now, instead of just being able to search for other people on LinkedIn’s mobile apps, users can search for job openings, company pages and professional groups on the service.
Very short videos are having their moment. Twitter’s Vine smartphone app, which shoots and posts clips of up to six seconds, has been a hit. And Instagram, the wildly popular photo-sharing app owned by Facebook, recently added shared video clips, which can last 15 seconds. What if you could easily produce videos long enough to show viewers a decent chunk of a memorable occasion, yet short enough to avoid being boring and hard to share?
The detachable tablet / laptop hybrid had it all: full-powered Windows 8 with an impressive spec sheet, two batteries that together promised huge longevity, and the possibility of using one device capably as tablet, laptop, and more.
Looks like BlackBerry’s PlayBook tablet will not be upgraded to BlackBerry 10, after all. Discussing the company’s lousy first-quarter earnings on a conference call with investors Friday, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said he had decided against bringing the company’s next-generation operating system to the PlayBook, despite his earlier pledge to do so.
The 256 gigabyte Surface Pro that Microsoft debuted in Japan in late May is finally headed to the U.S. The device, which appeared on the website of IT reseller CDW today, is priced at $1,199 without a Touch or Type cover and will be available through the commercial channel and authorized Surface resellers only.
You will certainly save more energy by shutting it down, though modern computers use very little juice while asleep. However, assuming your desktop, like most, uses a traditional hard disk, it’s possible that shutting down and restarting every day can add to wear and tear on the disk.
Switching from Google Reader to another service isn't much of a pain, assuming you pick one of the newer options like Feedly or Digg. Upon signing into these services you can grant access to your Google Reader account, which then automatically populates your new account with your Reader feeds and categories…
Created by a New York-based startup of the same name, Canary connects to your at-home Wi-Fi network and alerts you to alarming levels of smoke, carbon monoxide or even air pollution via your smartphone. It will also ring your landline or smartphone directly to tell you when things are getting hairy at home.
In its latest survey of global spending on technology, the research firm Gartner said today that companies, consumers and governments will spend a combined $3.7 trillion. The good news is that this amounts to a two percent increase over spending levels seen in 2012. The bad news is that the predicted rate of growth is slower than what the firm anticipated only a few months ago.
Pebble, the E-ink “smart” watch that started shipping back in February, is finally coming to retail stores. The $150 watch will be sold at Best Buy stores starting on July 7. The exclusive partnership is Pebble’s first retail launch of the device, after raising more than $10.2 million on Kickstarter last year (previously, the Pebble could be ordered through the company’s own website). The watch, which connects with iOS and Android smartphones via Bluetooth to alert the wearer to app activity, will be available in jet black and cherry red.
It's been a while since we've heard anything concrete on Apple's rumored "iWatch" device, but Bloomberg now reports that Apple has filed on June 3 to trademark that name in Japan. This doesn't necessarily mean anything -- companies file for protective trademarks all the time -- but it's one more indication that Apple is dabbling in wearable computing.
Push notifications, automatic updates and roaming charges can create costly data overages that break the bank. But you can devise ways to minimize the cost. Since summer tends to bring out the explorer in all of us, we've compiled a list of ways to eliminate roaming charges and minimize your data usage while traveling abroad.