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Sony's US Mobile Strategy: Whatever
October 16, 2013
Sony's SmartWatch 2 and its Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra smartphones, introduced in Europe and Asia earlier this year, are now available in the U.S. Sony beat rivals Apple and Samsung to market with its SmartWatch, and is now selling an updated model. At a price point of $200, the Sony SmartWatch 2 offers NFC technology for one-tap pairing with devices running Android 4.0 or later.
HTC One's Big Brother Shows Up
October 15, 2013
HTC on Monday announced the HTC One Max, a supersized version of its flagship HTC One Android device. It sports a 5.9-inch full HD 1080p touchscreen, a fingerprint-scan feature, and an upgrade to HTC's Sense skin -- Sense 5.5 -- among other things. "At this size, it appears they're breaking into the phablet market," said tech analyst Rob Enderle. "They need to do something."
How to Take, Keep and Share Great Android Smartphone Photos
October 09, 2013
It's not all photo apps and more apps when it comes to taking photographs with an Android smartphone -- there are some basics that you need to know, unique to smartphones, that have nothing to do with imaging apps. If you're finding that you're migrating from a dedicated digital camera and taking more photographs with your phone but are disappointed with the results, here are some pointers.
HP Seeks Chromebook Sweet Spot With $279 Device
October 08, 2013
Google and HP on Tuesday unveiled the latest addition to the Chromebook family: the HP Chromebook 11. Like its earlier counterparts, this Chromebook weighs next to nothing -- roughly 2 pounds -- and runs Google's Linux-based Chrome OS operating system. This new one, however -- priced at $279 -- comes with some high-end touches and enough power to stake out new ground in the low-cost mobile computing space.
Windows and Android Sitting in HTC, K-I-S-S-I-N-G?
October 05, 2013
Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system may become an option on HTC's Android-based smartphones, Bloomberg reported. Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft's operating systems unit, made the request to HTC last month, according to unnamed sources, and will meet with senior HTC executives in Taiwan later this month to discuss the idea. Further, Microsoft may be trying to line up new OEMs.
LiveHive Offers Plenty of Pros for Collaborators on the Go
October 04, 2013
If you've ever been involved with any kind of work-related group project, you'll know what a nightmare it is to collaborate via email. The management of file versions alone is enough to introduce ambiguity and quickly hiccup the whole thing. Plus, if you're not careful, it's possible to start an entire email thread questioning what file version you're supposed to be looking at.
No Gold Star for Galaxy Gear
October 02, 2013
The first reviews of the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch have hit the Internet and they are generally tepid. However, "I'm not sure how anyone can give it a rating of anything until it is put through its paces over time by consumers actually using it in real-life situations," said Larry Chiagouris, a professor at Pace University. Many reviewers expressed concern over the Gear's $300 price tag.
MeteoEarth: Enjoy the Graphics, If Not the Weather
September 27, 2013
You know those fancy, animated weather visualizations that you get on the local television news broadcasts -- the ones with the 3D drill-down dynamic graphics that make it appear as if the meteorologist is directing the clouds? Well, you can now get something similar on your Android device. MeteoGroup is a European producer of weather-in-motion graphics that it supplies to broadcasters.
Google Adds Remote Locking for MIA Androids
September 25, 2013
Google on Tuesday rolled out a feature for its recently launched Android Device Manager that lets users lock down a stolen Android device from anywhere, via the Web. "This is something that should be built into the OS and the platform because it's an inherent security feature," said tech analyst Rob Enderle. Google is late to the game in rolling out its remote lock capability.
Google Keep: Note-Taking and Checklists, Done Well
September 20, 2013
Some years ago I decided to eschew paper. It was part of an effort, with which I was obsessed at the time, to become more nomadic. I felt then, and still do to a certain extent, that accumulations of paper were restrictive, because they forced you to always return to the place where the paper was in order to refer to things -- and live your life. One reason we have offices.
$7M Funding Means All Systems Go for Cyanogen
September 19, 2013
The Cyanogen free and open source Android firmware project on Wednesday announced that it had received $7 million in a Series A round of funding in April. The investment came from Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures. "What will change is our capabilities, our speed, and our size," wrote Cyanogen founder Steve Kondik. "I am not going to let anyone stagnate."
Android May Start Doing the Bump
September 16, 2013
Google has acquired Bump -- a move that could fundamentally change the way people and devices interact, suggested Bump cofounder and CEO David Lieb. Bump's mobile file-sharing app allows users to exchange files such as contact information or photos with a tap, or "bump," of their phones or other devices. The app was popular following its 2009 launch, with more than 10 million downloads.
PanicGuard: Nice Idea but Not Ready for Prime Time
September 13, 2013
Here's an app that should bring peace of mind to any late-night solo worker, exerciser or neighborhood watch patroller. It's an ingenious combination of personal alarm, tracker and alert creator that uses sensor and other components included in the average smartphone, such as the speaker, to sound an alarm. The GPS and other location services are used for tracking.
Microsoft and Ballmer and Nokia, Oh My!
September 09, 2013
The days of summer may be dwindling at last here in the Linux blogosphere, but that doesn't mean things are cooling off. No indeed, the unseasonably scorching temperatures have been matched only by the sizzling nature of the news -- in particular, Ballmer is out, and Microsoft is purchasing Nokia! More than a few Linux bloggers have been stuck in the doldrums, truth be told.
New PayPal Mobile App Aims to Be Cash, Card Killer
September 06, 2013
PayPal introduced a new version of its mobile app on Thursday, unveiling features designed to make it easier for users to pay restaurant bills or take advantage of location-based deals while on the go. The updated app provides access to full menus from approved restaurants and lets users order ahead of time to cut down on wait times. Diners can also use the app to pay and tip.
Lost Droid Takes Stealth Seriously to Secure Your Phone
September 06, 2013
Having recently had my bicycle stolen -- after having a set of wheels pilfered in a previous year -- I was getting mad and, to quote the 1976 movie Network, I was not going to be taking it anymore. I decided to beef up my security both in general and on the replacement bike in particular. I was going to invest in some security tech.
Samsung Enlists Lookout for Android Enterprise Security
September 05, 2013
Samsung will bundle a forthcoming business suite from Lookout into its flailing Knox enterprise security solution for the Android platform. Knox, an end-to-end solution that provides security from the hardware all the way through to the application level, is Samsung's approach to the security threats posed by BYOD. The announcement is drawing mixed responses from security professionals.
Tiny CuBox-i Plays Nice With Linux and Android
September 05, 2013
Aiming to capture a piece of the market that has given the Raspberry Pi such a warm reception, SolidRun on Wednesday announced a new tiny computer of its own dubbed the "CuBox-i." Available in four models with prices starting at $45, the tiny computer includes an OpenGL|ES 2.0 GPU with OpenCL 1.1 embedded profile support; and up to four i.MX6 Cortex A9 ARM processors with as much as 1.2GHz each.
Samsung Draws a Big 'Meh' for Clunky, Pricey Galaxy Gear Smartwatch
September 04, 2013
Samsung on Wednesday showed off its much-anticipated Galaxy Gear smartwatch at the IFA consumer show in Berlin. The device serves as an ancillary to a user's Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, both also unveiled at IFA on Wednesday. Both these devices run Android 4.3, which support the Bluetooth Low Energy standard. Priced at $300, the Galaxy Gear will be available in the U.S. in October.
Android Team's Munchies Lead to Genius KitKat Tie-In
September 04, 2013
The Internet is abuzz with news that Google has teamed up with food giant Nestle to name the next version of Android after the latter's famous chocolate bar -- KitKat -- rather than continue its tradition of nonbranded nomenclature with the name "Key Lime Pie." KitKat will be Android 4.4 and not Android 5 as some expected. Both the Android and KitKat brands have worldwide recognition.

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