Modern BlackBerrys with physical keyboards are now available in the U.S., months after the touch-screen versions went on sale. T-Mobile USA began selling the BlackBerry Q10 on Wednesday. It has Research In Motion Ltd.'s new BlackBerry 10 operating system, which addresses shortcomings that allowed the iPhone and Android devices to surpass the once-pioneering BlackBerry in sales and prestige.
AT&T Inc. shrugged off BlackBerry’s suggested retail price of $249 for the new Q10 phone -- a level that would have made it $50 more expensive than the iPhone --and began taking preorders for the device today at $199.99. Verizon Wireless plans to start selling the phone tomorrow at the same price, which requires a two-year contract, in line with what it charges for the top-of-the-line iPhone 5, Samsung Electronics Co.’s flagship Galaxy S4 and BlackBerry’s Z10. BlackBerry set the Q10’s suggested price at $249 in April, touting the new phone as a premium product.
Sony has added a low-range model to its Xperia device lineup — the 4-inch Xperia M.
Also available as a dual-SIM device, the Xperia M won't knock you out of your socks with specs: it has a 854x480 screen, a 1GHz, dual-core processor, a 5-megapixel camera, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of storage, expandable via microSD cards.
Although Android remains the leader among smartphone operating systems in the United States, new sales of iOS and Windows devices actually grew more in the last year, according to new data. Part of Windows' increase in sales growth could be its appeal with feature-phone users, the data found. Interestingly, while Windows devices have been popular with older consumers ages 50 to 64, it is also now attracting younger ones.
Just when the new iPhone will arrive remains to be seen, but those willing to buy the current models can do so at pretty hefty savings. Last week, Best Buy announced a month long deal offering $50 off a new iPhone. Now Best Buy is adding another offer…
There’s no question that we spend a lot of time staring at our phones, but just how much? Well, on average, it’s about an hour, according to a new study from Experian. Interestingly, nearly half that time is spent talking and texting, with email, social networking and Web browsing each outpacing playing games.
Apple devices, from Macs to iPhones, have always been able to boast of advanced safety from viruses, spam and the like. Now, apparently, not even your phone charger is safe. A team of researchers from Georgia Tech say they've discovered, and can demonstrate, a way to to hack into an iPhone or iPad in less than a minute using a "malicious charger."
While there are lots of discount cellphone plans out there, alternative carrier FreedomPop is trying to introduce a new price tier — free. This summer, the company plans to offer a plan with various Android phones that gives customers 200 free voice minutes, along with unlimited texting and 500 megabytes of data service.
The U.S. International Trade Commission — the body with the power to ban the import of products based on patent infringement — ruled Tuesday that some older versions of the iPhone and iPad infringe on patented Samsung technology.
If you’re on LinkedIn, you want to grow your network. You want to connect with as many people as you can, because there’s some serious career-boosting power in those connections. But there’s something you’re probably not doing, at least not on a regular basis — and it’s a move that will give you a far better bang for your networking buck. Write a Personal Message!
Looking to users for insights on the future of Twitter doesn't yield much either. Depending on who you talk to, Twitter serves a different purpose. For some, it's a replacement for the RSS reader, able to deliver news instantaneously. For others, it's a way to share their photos and videos. It can be a public forum to discuss the hot issue of the day, or it can be a mobilizing platform for political activism. But as Twitter grows, it strays further and further from what it originally was: a communication tool obsessively focused on simplicity.
Here’s a feature it’s hard to imagine Pinterest didn’t have already: Searching by keywords associated with a user’s own pins. The social discovery company said this was a “top three requested feature by the community,” and is rolling it out today in the Web version, and adding to mobile soon.
Some of you may be using it already. Some of you may have skipped the tutorial on your newly updated LinkedIn page. Some of you may not have the option to use it yet. Some of you may not have been to your LinkedIn page for months. Either way, here’s a quick overview of LinkedIn’s new “Contacts” feature.
It's usually an expensive endeavor, but thanks to smartphones, you can try your hand at shooting and editing video without the staggering price. We're not talking about Vine — which is great, of course — but apps uniquely designed for adding personal flare to video.
About four months after debuting the iOS app, Twitter announced today that Vine is finally available for Android smartphones. The video-sharing service requires Android 4.0 or higher and shares many of the same features as the iOS app; Twitter acknowledged that front-facing camera support, search mentions and hashtags will be added in future updates.
Keek, a popular video social network, announced Thursday that it now has 45 million users, more than doubling its base in the last four months. The service gives users the ability to share with friends personal video snippets of up to 36 seconds in length. They can also share their Keek videos on other social networks, including Facebook and Twitter.
Seattle-based WhitePages has acquired Mr. Number — a startup whose Android software aims to make it easier for people to see who is calling them, and to block unwanted calls. WhitePages is buying the Mr. Number app, but its CEO and six-person team are staying independent to work on their next project.
The new version of Microsoft Office comes installed for free on all Windows RT devices such as the Surface. It's not the complete Office, though — Outlook isn't included. In the coming months, however, Microsoft is going to change that. Outlook 2013 will come to Windows RT devices at the same time Microsoft releases Windows 8.1 to the public later this year. Microsoft estimates Windows 8.1 will arrive in the fall, and it will be a free update for all Windows 8 and RT customers.
At 1.09 pounds, it’s lighter than the 1.44-pound full-size iPad. This tablet has infrared that turns it into a universal living-room remote control. And just for kicks, it works even when submerged in up to three feet of water for 30 minutes.
Samsung on Monday announced new versions of its eight-inch and 10-inch Galaxy Tab Android tablets. The move brings those two sizes into the Galaxy Tab 3 series, joining the previously announced seven-inch Galaxy Tab 3.
Acer on Sunday announced what is expected to be the first of many smaller tablets from PC makers running the full version of Windows 8. The Taiwanese computer maker announced the Iconia W3, a 1.1-pound, Intel-powered tablet that also comes preloaded with the home and student version of Office.
Apple will kick off its annual developers conference next week with a keynote Monday, and the owners of two companies that make protective cases for portable devices believe the Cupertino, Calif., giant will unveil a new iPad.
Laptops sporting Intel's latest chip, Haswell, have been popping up everywhere over the past few days, and now it looks like Apple may be ready to get in on the action. 9to5Macis reporting that either the MacBook Air or the MacBook Pro with Retina display — if not both machines — are likely to see a refresh as early as WWDC next week.
Microsoft is making two big changes that could boost the appeal of smaller Windows tablets. First, it is adding a version of its Outlook email and calendar app to Windows RT…Second, Microsoft is cutting some sort of deal with computer makers that want to bundle Windows 8 and Office Home and Student onto a seven- or eight-inch tablet.
The software, from Huntington Beach, Calif.-based W&R Studios, allows users to generate reports — including comparative market analyses, buyer tours, property reports and fliers — built from MLS data and info from real estate portals and other sites.
The Windows 8 laptop, which costs $1,000, features a pivoting touchscreen that allows you to position it at different angles, including on top of the keyboard, so you can use it as a tablet. It’s a slightly different take on the convertible laptops that are already out there, but one of the things that makes the Aspire R7 stand out is that Acer has switched the position of the keyboard and touchpad.
Yahoo is discontinuing older versions of its email client — including Mail Classic — starting this week, the company announced. "Beginning the week of June 3, 2013, older versions of Yahoo! Mail (including Yahoo! Mail Classic) will no longer be available," it said in a Yahoo! Help post. After Monday, users can only access their Yahoo email accounts if they upgrade to the new version.
How often have you wished you could turn your lights off without moving an inch from your comfy couch? Researchers at the University of Washington are working on making that a reality with a device that interprets your gestures to perform commands for various devices, like pausing music and movies, or turning the lights off.
After previewing the redesigned Gmail experience last week, Google is today beginning to roll out its latest version to Android users. Once you've received the update, Gmail for mobile will automatically filter your inbox into new sections or "tabs" that separate messages according to their source; messages from social networks, promotional offers, and updates / bills / receipts each get their own tab in addition to your primary inbox.
The largest-ever expansion of the Internet's naming system, beyond trusty old .com and .org, is almost here: Hundreds of dot-anything websites are slated to roll out this year, starting as early as this summer.
Back in March, Apple unveiled an optional "two-factor authentication" login method for its Apple ID. But security software company ElcomSoft explained in a blog post Thursday that Apple's new security measures protect users only in a few situations: app and music purchases, managing an Apple ID account or receiving customer support related to Apple ID. It does nothing to protect other important information, like photos and other files stored on its iCloud service.
Boxer, a new iPhone app for managing email, launches today, with some tweaks that may appeal to some — and to others may seem like just more email. The special Boxer actions are “Like,” a way to acknowledge an email without actually replying; “Quick,” which helps send prewritten responses; “To-do,” which moves a message into a to-do; and “Request,” which helps establish and track other people’s to-dos.
Alerts and reminders sync between all of your devices so others can subscribe and be notified and reminded when something is due. This added feature also allows for the reminders to be a way to set up notes and to-do’s in order of importance with an easy drag-and-drop feature.
The app, Trulia for Glass, will prompt Glass to notify users when they’re near a home that meets their search criteria, let them see listing details and images by sliding their finger along the Glass headset, or listen to the device “read” out a property description. The app will also allow a user to call or email an agent right from the device.