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  • Apple hires prominent tech blogger Anand Lal Shimpi

    1 September 2014, 5:13 am by: David Meyer

    Apple has hired Anand Lal Shimpi, the founder of hardcore nuts-and-bolts tech website AnandTech. Shimpi announced his retirement from tech publishing on the weekend, 18 years after he began blogging at age 14 – Ryan Smith is the new editor in chief at…
  • A fun exercise in speculation: Would I buy Apple’s rumored products?

    31 August 2014, 1:30 pm by: Mark Crump

    Apple's upcoming September 9th event is likely to introduce as many as three new types of Apple products. Based on the rumors and reports, which ones would I buy?…
  • Soon you’ll be able to use a Chromebook as an Android ADB server for phone mods

    31 August 2014, 10:00 am by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Up to now, if you wanted to tinker with the software on an Android phone, you'd need tools from the Android SDK installed on PC or Mac. Thanks to a new app for Chrome OS, you can now use a Chromebook.…
  • As Apple prepares the iPhone 6, here’s a look at mobile market share

    30 August 2014, 12:00 pm by: Geoffrey Goetz

    Prior to Apple releasing a new iPhone next month, I wanted to establish a baseline for the types of smartphones people use. The numbers showing what people use, especially in the US, can be very different than what manufactures make.…
  • More power! Toshiba’s updated Chromebook 13 runs for 10.5 hours on a charge

    29 August 2014, 4:48 pm by: Kevin C. Tofel

    After only eight months on the market, Toshiba looks ready to bring an upgrade to its Chromebook 13. There's not much new here; just a switch in the Intel processor. But it boosts battery life from around 9 to 10.5 hours.…
  • Plastic-bodied HTC One E8 officially lands on Sprint for $100 with contract

    29 August 2014, 3:28 pm by: Kif Leswing

    If you’d like a fast phone that’s unapologetically plastic, you could do a lot worse than the HTC One E8, which Sprint officially announced on Friday. It will cost $100 with a 2-year contract or $500 on its own, and functionally it’s close to a carbon…
  • Samsung’s Gear S is the first third-party smartwatch to get Nike+

    29 August 2014, 1:32 pm by: Kif Leswing

    Samsung's Gear S smartwatch will come with a Nike+ Running app pre-installed that will take advantage of the device's large screen and cellular connection.…
  • Here’s a (slightly) more budget friendly, beautiful connected thermostat

    29 August 2014, 1:31 pm by: Stacey Higginbotham

    Welcome another thermostat to the market with awesome design, connectivity and a pledge toward openness that could win fans. It's also a wee bit cheaper than the Nest.…
  • Ting: Our average smartphone customer pays just $26 a month

    29 August 2014, 1:23 pm by: Kevin Fitchard

    Ting's customers may use less cellular data than the national average, but they're also a paying a lot less each month. That reflects the company's pay-for-what-you-consume billing model.…
  • Telefonica can now buy Germany’s E-Plus, following EU approval

    29 August 2014, 12:10 pm by: David Meyer

    The European Commission has green-lit the acquisition after checking that Telefónica's divestment of network capacity to MVNO Drillisch met its requirements.…
  • Hoping to strengthen sales, Sony is reportedly bringing the Xperia to Sprint

    29 August 2014, 12:02 pm by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Thanks to Softbank, Sony may have another avenue to sell its smartphones, which sorely need a sales boost: Sprint will reportedly sell the next Sony Xperia flagship, expected at next month's IFA event.…
  • Two reasons now might finally be the right time for iPhone to gain NFC

    29 August 2014, 10:48 am by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Every year, we hear the rumor that the next iPhone will get NFC support and this year is no exception. However, there are two important differences that could mean the time is right for NFC in the iPhone 6.…
  • Samsung teams up with Nokia to bring a new mapping app to Galaxy phones

    29 August 2014, 9:39 am by: Kif Leswing

    Nokia's Here maps application will become available on the Samsung Galaxy Apps store later this fall. Samsung teams up with Nokia to bring a new mapping app to Galaxy phones originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…
  • NFL Sunday Ticket brings more live NFL games to Windows Phone

    28 August 2014, 5:13 pm by: Kif Leswing

    People who are both NFL fans and Windows Phone users should be happy that DirectTV has launched versions of its live-streaming NFL Sunday Ticket app for Windows 8 and Windows Phone.…
  • Why some Windows Phone apps still waste time refreshing when switching between them

    28 August 2014, 3:58 pm by: Kevin C. Tofel

    To get rid of that annoyingly slow "resuming" message when switching between apps on Windows Phone, Microsoft added Fast App Switching to the platform. Its only useful if developers add it to their recompiled apps though.…
  • It’s official: Apple is holding a launch event on September 9

    28 August 2014, 12:09 pm by: Kif Leswing

    After months of speculation, Apple sent out invites on Thursday to a event on September 9. The event will take place at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, which is the same venue where Steve Jobs unveiled the original Macintosh back in…
  • Two new Nexus phones this year? Possible, but not likely

    28 August 2014, 11:37 am by: Kevin C. Tofel

    There aren't many scenarios where a pair of new Nexus phones makes sense. That's what one supply chain source says will happen however. Perhaps the 64-bit chip transition is part of the equation here?…
  • That HTC One M8 with Windows Phone is coming to T-Mobile too

    28 August 2014, 11:33 am by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Verizon had the launch exclusive but the HTC One M8 with Windows Phone will be available on other U.S. carrier networks. On Thursday, T-Mobile announced the phone will arrive in time for the holidays and has created a sign-up page for interested customers. The…
  • T-Mobile starts climbing J.D. Power’s network quality rankings, but Verizon remains on top

    28 August 2014, 11:08 am by: Kevin Fitchard

    AT&T stole Verizon's thunder in the Mid-Atlantic, but the big surprise is that T-Mobile has moved into the number-two slot in two of J.D. Power's six regions.…
  • Microsoft addresses its misleading app problem by purging 1500 knockoff apps from the Windows Store

    28 August 2014, 9:45 am by: Kif Leswing

    Microsoft is cleaning up the Windows Store and redefining its guidelines to restrict apps that intentionally mislead users.…
  • Apple patent application shows unique wireless charging method for an iWatch

    28 August 2014, 9:33 am by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Wireless charging from electromagnetic fields using wire coils isn't anything new. Using wire coils for multiple purposes such as charging, speakers and NFC would be however and that's one possible vision has for its expected iWatch and other handheld devices.…
  • UK internet-of-things chip firm CSR rejects takeover bid from US’s Microchip

    28 August 2014, 5:29 am by: David Meyer

    CSR said Microchip's bid -- rumored to be as much as $3 billion -- was too low. Microchip now has four weeks to either make a firm bid or walk away.…
  • Samsung’s Gear S smartwatch doesn’t need to constantly hang around a smartphone — it is one

    28 August 2014, 4:12 am by: David Meyer

    The Gear S is Samsung's first smartwatch to include a SIM slot, meaning it can operate autonomously. Samsung also unveiled a notification-friendly set of wireless headphones called the Gear Circle.…
  • It’s official: LG’s G Watch R is real, round and ready in Q4

    27 August 2014, 10:00 pm by: Kevin C. Tofel

    LG will offer a sneak peek of its second Android Wear watch next week with availability next quarter. Inside you'll find much the same as the original G Watch, but the outside looks like a watch you actually might want to wear.…
  • Personal media casting app AllCast is coming to iOS

    27 August 2014, 6:46 pm by: Janko Roettgers

    AllCast pioneered personal media casting on Android. The app could come to iOS as early as next month. Personal media casting app AllCast is coming to iOS originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…
  • Belly will run 7-Eleven’s digital loyalty program in 2,600 convenience stores

    27 August 2014, 5:03 pm by: Kevin Fitchard

    Belly's smartphone-based loyalty program is picking up a lot of traction with big chains like 7-Eleven, but Belly corporate success might be coming at the expense of its original small business customers.…
  • The Android Wear smartwatch conundrum: Notifications at a glance v. engagement

    27 August 2014, 4:11 pm by: Kevin C. Tofel

    I have a confession to make. Even though I said I'd pay for Google Now on my wrist, I haven't yet bought an Android Wear watch. It's not due to the hardware choices; it's because of the software and purpose of Android Wear.…
  • Will Apple unveil the iWatch at the same time as the iPhone 6?

    27 August 2014, 2:42 pm by: Kif Leswing

    Apple is planning to launch its long-rumored wearable wrist device alongside the iPhone 6 on September 9, suggests a new report from Re/Code.…
  • Here’s the first video teaser for the upcoming Asus smartwatch

    27 August 2014, 1:59 pm by: Kif Leswing

    Thanks to a teaser video, we know know what Asus is planning to call its first Android Wear device: Zenwatch. Here’s the first video teaser for the upcoming Asus smartwatch originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…
  • Pandora lands on Google Glass

    27 August 2014, 12:27 pm by: Janko Roettgers

    Pandora now has a dedicated Glassware app, which lets you listen to your personalized stations and give your favorite tunes the thumbs-up straight from the Google headset.…

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