Available starting June 14, the LG Optimus F3 is the first phone to come preloaded with TalkBack, Google’s accessibility app for the blind and visually impaired. TalkBack uses text-to-speech technology, and adds spoken, audible and vibration feedback to help users navigate and operate their phones.
Samsung’s shares slipped some six percent Friday, dragged down by concerns about slowing sales of its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone. The decline was the largest the company’s shares have charted in about nine months, and slashed its market capitalization by $12.4 billion to $187.8 billion.
With Sprint’s shutdown of the Nextel network slated for the end of the month, rival AT&T is looking to get as many of the company’s remaining customers as possible. On Monday, AT&T is announcing that it plans to offer Nextel-like push-to-talk capabilities on the iPhone.
Following the lead of Verizon, AT&T said it will start making customers wait a full two years, rather than 20 months, to get a new phone. The change affects those whose contracts are up in March 2014 or later.
Sprint and SoftBank announced a revised deal Monday that calls for the Japanese company to increase its total investment by $1.5 billion, to $21.6 billion. But, in addition to modestly raising its offer, SoftBank also dramatically shifting where its cash is going. Under the amended deal, an extra $4.5 billion of cash goes to existing Sprint shareholders.
Samsung is taking the wraps off its new Galaxy S4 Zoom variant today, the latest in a series of spinoffs for its flagship handset. The phone features a 10x optical zoom lens in front of its 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, with a Xenon flash for adding some extra light to your images.
It’s very clear that the phone has become the primary camera. That’s starting to change, though, with hardware makers beginning to dabble in devices that put the camera front and center. Phones like the just-introduced Galaxy S4 Zoom and Nokia’s 808 PureView knowingly add bulk and cost to build in large lenses, big image sensors, and the kind of zooming capabilities that people expect from a true camera.
Two years after adopting Microsoft’s Windows Phone as its principal smartphone platform, Nokia is abandoning Symbian, the mobile OS it replaced. Sources say that Nokia plans to wind down shipments of Symbian handsets this summer.
Apple may expand its iPhone range by including models with larger screens, colored bodies, and a lower price. Citing multiple sources, Reuters reports that screen sizes of 4.7 inches and 5.7 inches are under consideration. The alleged large-screen models would launch next year if Apple decides to go ahead with the plan. A lower cost model may come in several different colors, and Apple is said to have discussed a $99 price point.
Myspace, the social network that dominated the early part of this century, has risen from the ashes. Or at least, that’s the plan, as Myspace’s new website emerges from beta along with a new mobile app. The experience on both platforms is designed around three key tenets: connections, discovery, and the ability to create.
Originally available to advertising partners, Twitter Analytics platform is now open to the public. The dashboard allows Twitter users to check the performance of their tweets and view breakdowns of their followers, presenting the data in neat tables and graphs for easy reference.
Snapchat's premise is simple. Users take a photo or video and set an expiration time
With more than 150 million photos shared through the app every day, Snapchat has garnered enormous popularity and publicity: Mark Zuckerberg has used the app. Al Gore name-dropped it at the South by Southwest festival. Stephen Colbert had co-founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy on "The Colbert Report."
Logitech’s $80 Ultrathin Keyboard Cover, Logitech’s $90 Folio Keyboard, Zagg’s Zaggkeys $100 Cover Keyboard and the Zaggkeys Folio Keyboard, also $100…The Logitech keyboard cases are available for purchase now; the Zaggkeys products will ship in July.
Notifications are getting a lot more robust in Apple’s next release of OS X. Starting in 10.9 Mavericks, notifications will become interactive, allowing users to perform simple actions like replying to iMessages, responding to FaceTime calls, and deleting an email.
Apple announced that its improved mapping service will be available in OS X Mavericks at launch. Street maps, 3D flyover data, and turn-by-turn directions are all available in the app, and Apple will also allow you to send map locations from the desktop directly to your iPhone.
Apple announced a new Safari to go along with OS X Mavericks. There's a number of new consumer-facing features as well as under the hood improvements. For starters, the sidebar which contained the browser's Reading List feature now has new functionality — you can go through your Reading List, browse your bookmarks, and share links all from the sidebar…
We just got a look at Apple's new Mac Pro, and it is very, very small. Much smaller than you'd think — but pulling the cover off reveals that it's absolutely packed inside — one of the tightest packages we've ever seen.
The new MacBook Air, which starts shipping today, touts faster graphics and longer battery life. The Haswell ULT chip is behind the new Macbook Airs — the 11-inch notebook stretches battery life from 5 hours to 9 hours, while the 13-inch runs up to 12 hours (from 7 hours).
The venerable Japanese firm has decided to go upscale, introducing an all-new brand of conventional 13-inch laptops that are positioned as premium products, with prices starting at $1,600… It actually costs more than a MacBook Air, but with much worse battery life, an older processor and a design that looks like a lot of other grayish, metallic laptops.
Apple has officially taken the wraps off of iOS 7 at its Worldwide Developer Conference today. iOS 7 is the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system that debuted back in 2007 on the original iPhone. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, iOS 7 is the biggest change to the platform since the iPhone was introduced five years ago. The new design is evident in everything from sharper, flatter icons, slimmer fonts, a new slide-to-unlock function, and a new control panel that slides up from bottom for frequently accessed settings.
iOS 7 will launch with FaceTime audio, a service that lets you place voice calls. An expansion of Apple's video-calling service, FaceTime audio lets you call other Apple users free of charge. The VoIP service will apparently facilitate "high quality calls over a data network," which we assume means Wi-Fi, 3G, and LTE connections.
Apple unveiled iOS in the Car, a new platform that mirrors your iPhone on your in-car display. The company has been working with numerous car makers to get Siri into automobiles but iOS in the Car takes "integration to a whole other level" by letting you access your Maps, messages, and other services without having to take your eyes off the wheel.
As part of Apple's massive iOS 7 update, the buit-in Camera and Photos apps have received huge changes. When you're shooting, you can pick a square, Instagram-style aspect ratio and add filters. Once you're done shooting, the Photos app now includes "moments," an automatic organization structure that puts the photos in your camera roll into logical events…
Apple is announcing some new AirPort Extreme base stations onstage at WWDC with a taller, skinnier 3.85 x 3.85 x 6.5-inch footprint. For the first time, the routers add 802.11ac Wi-Fi for up to 40 percent faster transmissions at the same distance. The new Time Capsules offer the same amount of networked storage as the current generation, though: your choice of 2TB and 3TB.
Microsoft is announcing on Thursday that it plans to open special Windows Stores within Best Buy locations. The partnership will see 500 Best Buy locations in the US and 100 Best Buy and Future Shop retail stores in Canada launch a store-within-a-store. Microsoft is aiming to showcase Windows-based tablets, Windows Phones, Office, and Xbox at the locations in the same way that Apple and Samsung do today.