June 30, 2013 |
It's Thursday afternoon and I know I have a morning meeting at nine, a work event at 6, and drinks with friends sometime after that. When it comes time for me to leave I will look for the address, directions and hope to get there in time. Let's be honest, keeping track of everything is difficult. And, with most of our phones being “smart”, its only a matter of time that the virtual personal assistant apps take rise. Apple's Siri helps you get things done just by asking.
June 27, 2013 |
Google is reportedly building a video game console based on its Android operating system that could come out this fall. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Google is hoping to expand on the success of its Android smartphones and tablets by using the operating system to launch a game console of its own. The report cites unnamed sources. If so, Google wouldn't be the first company to make an Android-based video game system. Just this month, the Ouya, an Android game console funded by Kickstarter users, went on sale to the public.
June 26, 2013 |
Lookout, a smartphone security app, said its software will now flag adware -- mobile advertising that could be a security risk -- on Android devices. The company defines adware as mobile advertising that interrupts users' experience. Some malicious adware has been known to surreptitiously gather the user's contact information. Lookout updated its Android app Wednesday to quickly notify users know if they have downloaded an app that contains adware. PHOTOS: The 10 biggest tech gadget fails If Lookout detects adware has been installed on a user's phone, it will let users choose to either ignore the threat or begin a removal process that will uninstall the app containing intrusive mobile ads. The company said adware is prevalent in 6.5% of the apps found on the Google Play app store.
June 26, 2013 |
Leaving the front door unlocked is a risky move. And that risk is the same with smartphones running Android, Google's open operating system. Android phones come with unlocked doors, allowing them to install applications found almost anywhere online. But when downloading applications from somewhere other than the Google Play store, Android device users must be more cautious than ever, according to Juniper Networks third annual Mobile Threats Report . People who create viruses and other malicious software, or malware, for mobile devices have targeted Android because it has become the dominant mobile operating system worldwide.
June 23, 2013 |
Does this make me look fat? Steak or seafood for dinner? Is this appropriate for a first date? Decisions, decisions, decisions. Life is full of them. Some are big, some are easy and some are more pressing than others. Many times feedback is hard to swallow, but with the increasingly accepted compulsion to document every detail of our lives and share them online, there's something incredibly addictive about real-time polling and the instant gratification that comes from the approval of strangers.
June 21, 2013 |
Samsung has announced a number of new devices, including an Android camera with interchangeable lenses and a Windows tablet that can also run the Android operating system. The camera, called the Galaxy NX, is designed to take professional-quality images while also letting users quickly share them on the Web. It can do that by running apps like Instagram and connecting to 3G and 4G data networks. The Galaxy NX features a 20.3-megapixel APS-C Sensor and runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
June 20, 2013 |
“The Bachelor” doesn't have a great track record when it comes to forming lasting relationships. But show creator Mike Fleiss and host Chris Harrison are hoping that their new venture will inspire more meaningful love connections. “The Bachelor” veterans on Wednesday unveiled At First Sight, a dating app aimed at helping singles connect through video profiles. The app, available for free on iOS and Android , was developed by Perceptual Networks, a tech start-up whose investors include Silicon Valley notables such as PayPal founder Max Levchin and YouTube co-founder Steve Chen.
June 20, 2013 |
Marsha Collier was in the middle of an online chat a couple of weeks ago when her boyfriend, Curt Buthman, unexpectedly messaged her with a link. She clicked on it, opening an endlessly repeating six-second video plea, "Marsha, I love you so much. Will you marry me, please, please?" Collier had just been "Vined" through a new video-sharing application that's sprouted to worldwide popularity since launching nearly five months ago. Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have all become mediums for infusing age-old traditions, such as marriage proposals, with a modern twist.
June 18, 2013 |
Five months after unveiling the Xperia Z smartphone, Sony has finally announced that T-Mobile will be the exclusive U.S. carrier for the device. The Xperia Z features a large 5-inch 1080p HD screen and a high-resolution 13-megapixel rear camera. The device is capable of connecting to T-Mobile's new LTE network where it is available and it runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. One of the more distinctive qualities of the device is its water resistance. The Xperia Z can be submerged under three feet of water for up to 30 minutes.
June 16, 2013 |
Layovers don't have to be a pain in the derrière. This app points you to short-term hotel stays, tours and travel deals to help you fill the hours. Name: Smart Layover Available for: Android, BlackBerry, iOS What it does: Shows travelers on long layovers that they don't have to be stuck at the airport. Users can find attractions and tours, travel deals and day-use hotel options along with terminal maps and tips. Get flight alert notifications and security wait times too. Cost: Free What's hot: You're not at the mercy of a packed bar or pricey express spa. The "Tours and Attractions" feature connects you to sightseeing tours in more than 140 countries.