May 31, 2013 |
Looking to make desktops more competitive in price with tablets and mobile devices, more PC makers are turning to Android. In the latest blow to the new Microsoft Windows 8 operating system, Acer is expected to launch a second Android-based desktop next week, CNET reported . The all-in-one device combines the computer and the monitor into one slate. It's expected to come with a powerful new Intel processor, 1 gigabyte of RAM and as much as 16 gigabytes of hard drive space. With an expected price of about $400, the rumored device would be able to do what a tablet does -- except on a much bigger screen and with a more traditional setup.
January 19, 2013 |
A rumor sprang up this week suggesting that Samsung would release a 5.8-inch smartphone in Europe that would be its biggest phone yet. The name of the device, however, leaves some of us scratching our heads. Fonblet? The term appears to be a combination of the phonetic sound of "phone" with the back end of the "tablet. " But as silly as the name is, it raises the important question of what we should call these oversized devices. Samsung kicked off the whole smartphone/tablet hybrid device trend in 2011 with the launch of the 5.3-inch-screen Galaxy Note.
September 19, 2012 |
Apple iOS 6 launched Wednesday, bringing with it a lot of cool new features, but it isn't perfect. The new mobile operating system now includes Facebook integration, more Siri abilities and a few new apps, but it also seems to be missing a couple of useful features such as public transportation directions in its Maps app. LIVE DISCUSSION: Join us at 2 p.m. today Join Michelle Maltais and me as we discuss what we like and dislike about...
April 17, 2013 |
Add T-Mobile and Sprint to the list of carriers that have announced when they will start selling the widely anticipated Samsung Galaxy S 4. T-Mobile on Wednesday said it will let users order the device online starting April 24 and will sell the smartphone in some of its retail stores starting May 1. The 16-gigabyte version will cost $149.99 up front plus 24 monthly payments of $20, or a total of $629.99. Sprint, meanwhile, will make the phone available for preorder online starting Thursday.
January 3, 2013 |
The latest smartphone figures show Apple and Android phones have taken nearly complete control of the U.S. smartphone market, with almost 90% combined market share. A report by comScore shows that as of November, Apple and Android devices accounted for a combined 88.7% share of the U.S. smartphone market. Individually, the Google-owned Android operating system leads the way with 53.7% of the market, up 1.1% from August. Apple, meanwhile, accounted for 35%, which was a 1.4% increase from August.
May 1, 2013 |
LG, the latest phone manufacturer to launch a flagship smartphone in the last month, said its Optimus G Pro will go on sale May 10 in stores exclusively through AT&T. The LG Optimus G Pro, already available in other parts of the world, is a mammoth device with a 1080p HD 5-inch screen with a 400-pixel density. The device also features a 13-megapixel rear-facing full-HD camera, the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.7-GHz quad-core processor. The smartphone can be ordered starting May 3. AT&T said a 32-gigabyte version will be available for $200 with a two-year contract, and anyone who pre-orders will receive a free case for their phone while supplies last.
April 5, 2011 |
Google Inc. said Monday that it was willing to pay $900 million for patents held by Nortel Networks Corp., the bankrupt communications technology company. The Internet search giant couched its bid as a preemptive strike to defend against patent litigation. It has often railed against frivolous patent lawsuits that it says stifle innovation. It has also advocated for patent litigation reform, although Congress has yet to act. "If successful, we hope this portfolio will not only create a disincentive for others to sue Google, but also help us, our partners and the open source community," Kent Walker, senior vice president and general counsel, wrote in a company blog post.
February 19, 2013 |
LG's Optimus G Pro, a massive smartphone with a 5.5-inch screen, will reportedly make its way to North America as early as this spring. The Optimus G Pro, which has the largest display LG has ever put on a phone, will feature a full HD 1080p resolution. The screen will have a 400-pixels-per-inch density, which is among the highest available on smartphones these days. PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 The phone will also feature an unusual "duel recording" mode for its cameras, which will have some of the highest resolution sensors to come on a smartphone.
April 4, 2013 |
The 1-billion-member social network is to be live streaming the event at live.facebooklive.com. The broadcast is set to begin at 9:50 a.m. PDT. Also expected is a new version of the Android mobile operating system. Last week, Facebook sent out event invitations to members of the media, saying "Come see our new Home on Android. " That tagline now appears to be alluding to the name of the new Android version, rumored to be called Facebook Home. PHOTOS: Top 10 must-have smartphone apps Numerous reports say Facebook Home will be similar to other types of the Android operating system, but will be focused on the social network.
April 5, 2013 |
It's official. There is no stopping Minecraft. Some time overnight, the indie gaming phenomenon passed 10 million downloads . That figure doesn't include the units bought and played on Xbox 360. PHOTOS: The top smartphones of 2013 Minecraft has only been available as a full-version download since November 2011. Since then, the brainchild of Swedish programmer Marcus "Notch" Persson has becoming one of gaming's most remarkable stories. At $26.95 a copy, and given that Persson largely bootstrapped the development, the success has no doubt made him a remarkably wealthy person. In addition to the continued growth of the game itself, which allows players to build and mine in a virtual environment that has the look and feel of an 8-bit game from the early '80s, Minecraft has also spawned countless YouTube videos in which players show off and discuss their work. 10 million copies sold of Minecraft PC (and mac (and linux)