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  • Why slowing iPad sales didn’t surprise Apple and shouldn’t surprise you

    23 July 2014, 11:38 am by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Apple's slowing iPad sales met Apple's own expectations but nobody else's apparently. Sure, slowing growth rates aren't necessarily a good thing but there are several reasons to explain why iPad sales have slowed.…
  • Microsoft updates its low-end Lumia Windows Phone sales champ

    23 July 2014, 9:18 am by: Kif Leswing

    The Lumia 530 is a Windows Phone smartphone retailing unlocked for under 100 euros. Microsoft updates its low-end Lumia Windows Phone sales champ originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….
  • Yosemite will be available as a public beta, Apple’s first since OS X launched

    23 July 2014, 9:00 am by: Kif Leswing

    The latest version of OS X will be available as a public beta ahead of its expected official launch later this fall.…
  • Chrome Show: Acer overtakes Samsung’s Chromebook sales lead

    23 July 2014, 8:42 am by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Long the king of Chromebook sales, Samsung is facing a challenge from Acer, which offers many more choices to consumers. The company accounted for nearly 1 in every 3 Chromebook purchases in the second quarter of this year according to one report.…
  • PlaceMe’s creator Alohar has a new app that tracks everything your family does

    23 July 2014, 8:00 am by: Kevin Fitchard

    PlaceMe uses every sensor in the phone to track your activity. Now PlaceUs is doing the same except it's tracking the combined activity of a family or small group of friends.…
  • Amazon Fire Phone review: It’s not for me, but Amazon Prime or Kindle Fire users will like it

    22 July 2014, 9:00 pm by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Amazon's first smartphone is essentially a smaller version of its Kindle Fire HDX tablet but makes phone calls and fits in a pocket. It hides the complexity of Android with Amazon's simple software and rich ecosystem while boosting Amazon's potential sales.…
  • Here’s a temporary tattoo that can unlock your Moto X

    22 July 2014, 7:46 pm by: Kif Leswing

    The latest accessory for the Moto X is a set of NFC-enabled stickers meant to be worn on a semi-permanent basis on skin. These e-tattoos are used to unlock the device.…
  • Here comes the 2nd Wave of Wi-Fi: Asus’s new hopped-up 802.11ac routers start shipping

    22 July 2014, 7:23 pm by: Kevin Fitchard

    Asus promised to deliver the first next-generation 802.11ac router in January but nothing appeared -- until now. The new device, sporting multi-user MIMO technology, is now at Best Buy. But at $280, it ain’t cheap.…
  • Sponsored post: Nearly 90 percent surveyed stop using apps due to poor performance

    22 July 2014, 4:55 pm by: Gigaom

    When applications fail to perform, consumers are frequently feeling disappointment and frustration. The App Attention span examines how increased mobile device usage and performance expectations are impacting consumer behavior and what implications this has on…
  • Apple Q3 earnings: 35 million iPhones sold, but iPad sales continue to dip

    22 July 2014, 4:35 pm by: Kif Leswing

    Apple announced its fiscal third-quarter earnings on Tuesday, which saw iPhone sales grow nearly 13 percent year-over-year. However, iPad sales saw a drop from the same quarter a year ago.…
  • Report: The U.S. joins 6 other countries in achieving 100% wireless data penetration

    22 July 2014, 1:32 pm by: Kevin Fitchard

    The OECD's definition of broadband may be loose, but according to its figures the U.S. now has as many high-speed wireless links as it has people.…
  • Apple patent filing reveals ideas for a smartwatch labeled ‘iTime’

    22 July 2014, 1:21 pm by: Kif Leswing

    A new Apple patent, applied for in 2011 and approved on Tuedsay, includes several drawings and descriptions of an Apple smartwatch idea labeled "iTime."…
  • So long, Android: Samsung brings Tizen update to Galaxy Gear smartwatch

    22 July 2014, 10:49 am by: Kevin C. Tofel

    After launching last year with Google's Android software, Samsung's first smartwatch is switching to Tizen. An official software update makes the change which brings new funcations and doubles the amount of apps available to Galaxy Gear owners.…
  • Verizon’s mobile growth engine revs back up, fueled by the tablet

    22 July 2014, 10:33 am by: Kevin Fitchard

    Verizon's lackluster growth rebounded in the second quarter as the company added new phone customers. But as in previous quarters, most of its 1.4 million new connections came from connected tablets.…
  • Red-hot Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi announces an LTE phone and a $13 fitness bracelet

    22 July 2014, 9:53 am by: Kif Leswing

    Xiaomi, a quickly growing Chinese smartphone company, announced its first LTE handset and a fitness band at a glitzy event in Beijing.…
  • At long last, touchscreen Chromebooks gain pinch-to-zoom support

    22 July 2014, 9:09 am by: Kevin C. Tofel

    My $1,449 Chromebook Pixel just got a little more useful and so did the $299 Acer Chromebook C720P. The latest Stable channel software update adds support for pinch-to-zoom in Chrome OS. That means any touchscreen Chromebook now has the feature. Previously,…
  • The Nvidia Shield is a high-powered tablet optimized for gaming

    22 July 2014, 9:00 am by: Kif Leswing

    Nvidia's new tablet can output console-level graphics, thanks to its 192-core Tegra K1 chip. But it also represents a solid tablet option for non-gamers.…
  • It’s not just iPhone 6 screens that will be bigger: Reported initial production will be, too

    22 July 2014, 8:36 am by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Apple is asking suppliers for a record first production of its new iPhone, says the WSJ. While last year's initial production run of iPhone 5s and 5c phones was in the 50 to 60 million range, Apple wants nearly 80 million bigger iPhones.…
  • Security researcher suggests 600M iOS devices have Apple-created backdoors for data

    21 July 2014, 3:44 pm by: Kevin C. Tofel

    During a conference session, a security research called attention to what he says are several backdoor services put in iOS by Apple that may make it easier for your data to be accessed.…
  • In China, more people now access the web through a mobile than a PC

    21 July 2014, 3:32 pm by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Not that we needed yet another data-point explaining why China is such an important mobile market or anything but Reuters is happy to provide one. On Monday, it reported that for the first time ever, more people in China access the web on a mobile device as…
  • Google, Cisco, Samsung circle NYC’s plan to turn payphones into Wi-Fi hotspots

    21 July 2014, 2:54 pm by: Kevin Fitchard

    Some 60 companies and organizations took part in planning meeting for the city's payphone Wi-Fi project in May. We won't know if Google is really serious about running the 10,000-hotspot network until the bids are in.…
  • Report: 44% of AT&T customers are on unlimited plans that haven’t been available since 2010

    21 July 2014, 1:19 pm by: Kif Leswing

    According to new statistics from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, a large proportion of AT&T customers are on grandfathered data plans.…
  • Your airline and coffee shop chain have loyalty programs. Now so does Verizon

    21 July 2014, 12:57 pm by: Kevin Fitchard

    Verizon Smart Rewards launches on Thursday, giving customers points for common activities like viewing and paying bills online. Customers can then trade those points for merchandise discounts and dining and travel deals.…
  • Old school meet new school: Sony’s Walkman ZX1 pushes hi-res audio to mainstream

    21 July 2014, 12:36 pm by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Neil Young isn't the only one pushing high-resolution audio files: Sony's newest $700 Walkman also plays such music and it's reportedly selling well in Japan. There's no timeframe for a U.S. launch although there are ways to buy this Walkman or other similar…
  • Blackberry names its first COO since last November’s executive shakeup

    21 July 2014, 10:22 am by: Kif Leswing

    Blackberry named Marty Beard to be its first chief operating officer since CEO John Chen took over the company last November.…
  • With revenues up 19%, no. 3 smartphone maker Huawei looks beyond China

    21 July 2014, 9:09 am by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Without much carrier backing, Huawei isn't a household name in the U.S., at least not yet. That's OK, the company has already surpassed all smartphone makers in terms of sales, save for Samsung and Apple. Plus it's continuing to grow.…
  • August production reported for Retina Display MacBook Air with 12-inch model to follow

    21 July 2014, 8:30 am by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Relatively unchanged since late 2010, the MacBook Air will finally get its Retina Display later this year according to news from Taiwan: Parts for the updated laptop are reportedly shipping now with production set to start in August.…
  • An Apple Yankee in Android’s court

    20 July 2014, 1:30 pm by: Mark Crump

    Some readers might be surprised to learn that I use Android, not just iOS. An Apple Yankee in Android’s court originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….
  • Cooking with my iPhone: A review of Supermechanical’s Range thermometers

    20 July 2014, 11:00 am by: Kevin Fitchard

    We put Supermechanical's new iOS-connected cooking thermometers to the test and were impressed. It's Ember roasting thermometer and accompanying app combine the best elements of Silicon Valley design with actual kitchen utility.…
  • Handwriting recognition appears in the Chrome OS software keyboard

    20 July 2014, 10:00 am by: Kevin C. Tofel

    It is time for a Chrome OS tablet? Google's software isn't quite ready for that but it's getting closer: Handwriting recognition has appeared in an early Chrome OS software build.…

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