Smartphones and cars concoct a toxic coupling in the collective conscious. In many regards with good reason—no one would argue in favor of texting while driving. But in a lot of ways, the car and the connected device form a symbiotic relationship. Without a connected device along for the ride, a car is about as “dumb” as can be.
When Samsung made its KNOX security software available to all during the announcement of its Galaxy Note 3, the enterprise already understood the benefits. It comes down to Samsung’s partnership on KNOX with Centrify, a California-based identity management firm.
In terms of external hardware, there isn’t a whole lot a tablet needs to be a success. The iPad restarted the whole tablet market and brought along for the ride only a headphone jack, microphone, volume rocker and connector port. That sparse packaging—still pretty much the formula for all tablets—has led to a svelte form factor standard almost across the board.
As BlackBerry weathers rough times, the Canadian OEM on Monday published an open letter aimed at reassuring customers that they'll be taken care of going forward. Reuters reported that the letter was published in 30 news outlets across nine countries.
Think of a CD-ROM, DVD, SMS, MMS and Blackberry Messenger. Now, consider iTunes, NetFlix, Skype, YouTube, iMessenger, Twitter, Google Voice, Instagram, SnapChat, Vine and Voxox. What’s different? The latter are cross platform OTT apps that are cool, convenient, compelling and cost-effective. That’s awesome, but what can we expect in the future?
Social Networking giant Facebook has purchased data compression and anlaytics company Onavo. The companies did not offer financial details of the deal. According to the Onavo's official blog, the company's Tel-Aviv office will remain open for business and will become Facebook’s new Israeli office.
Microsoft is updating its Windows software for cellphones to accommodate larger devices and make it easier for motorists to reduce distractions while driving. It's the third update to Windows Phone 8 software since the system's release a year ago.
A new gadget lets you watch TV on your phone or tablet without a blocky attachment. Audiovox's "mobiletv" gizmo allows you to pick up free TV signals and watch them on Apple and Android mobile devices without eating into your cellular data plan.
BlackBerry founder Mike Lazaridis says he's looking at making a potential takeover bid for the struggling smartphone company. Lazaridis, a major shareholder, said Thursday in filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that he and Douglas Fregin, who helped launch the company...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man flashed a gun several times on a crowded commuter train in San Francisco, but passengers were so absorbed in their phones and tablets they didn't notice until he randomly shot a university student, investigators said.
Amazon had decided to take on PayPal with today's release of a new service that streamlines how customers transact with online merchants. Called "Login and Pay with Amazon", the service allows customers of participating companies to purchase items using their Amazon account information.
Nest Labs, makers of the smartphone-controlled Nest thermostat, today announced a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. The company promises that the new detector, called Nest Protect, will do more than "just sound a shrill alarm when there’s danger in your home."
Nuance Communications Inc. says it's reached a deal with billionaire investor Carl Icahn to add two of his nominees to its board. The nominees include Brett Icahn, the activist investor's son, and David Schechter, an Icahn employee since 2004.
Shares of BlackBerry Ltd. rose more than 4 percent Monday on a report that the company is in sale talks with a handful of companies. Reuters reported Friday that the struggling smartphone maker was holding discussions with Cisco, Google and SAP about a possible sale of all or part of itself.
Google's Project Glass has perplexed, excited and angered on the consumer front. Now, major verticals are looking to make use of the headsets. Check out this proof of concept from Philips Healthcare that shows just exactly how surgeons might use Google Glass in the operating room.
HTC Friday announced its first net loss for a quarter ever. According to a statement, HTC will mark down a $101 million loss on revenue of $1.6 billion. The news comes as HTC struggles to find its feet in a smartphone market dominated by Samsung and Apple
Twitter, a privately held company built on blurbs, has finally laid itself bare in documents that read more like a treatise than a tweet. The roughly 800-page filing Twitter Inc. released late Thursday on its way to an eagerly anticipated IPO contains tantalizing tidbits about its growth and its attempts to make money from its influential short messaging service.
Feeling stuck with your old smartphone? Do you covet new releases like the iPhone 5S that boast niftier features like fingerprint sensors? There's good news. A growing number of options allow you to trade in your old phone for cash or credit so you can buy a new one.
Google Glass could be moving into the operating room, offering surgeons a heads-up display with patient vital signs and other information. Royal Philips and Accenture today announced the creation of a proof-of-concept demonstration that uses a Google Glass...
Private equity firm Cerberus is interested in taking a look at BlackBerry's books as a prelude to a possible bid for the troubled smartphone company. Cerberus is looking to sign a confidentiality agreement with BlackBerry that would allow it to access the company's private information...
Digital music service Rdio (AR'-dee-oh) is launching its free Internet radio service in the U.S., Canada and Australia on Thursday. The move capitalizes on Rdio's tie-up with traditional radio station owner Cumulus Media and helps it compete with digital rivals Pandora and Spotify.
Regulators won't challenge Google's acquistion of crowd-sourced mapping company Waze. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) doesn't think the buy will hurt competition, according to a report from Bloomberg which cited people familiar with the matter.
The Bluetooth SIG and the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) announced a partnership today that aims to produce smart wireless charging stations. As a first step, the Bluetooth SIG has issued what a Universally Unique Identifier (UUID) to the A4WP for adoption in its baseline system specification (BSS).
There's a new source to stream movies and other digital content, and it's not a tech company with tens of thousands of titles. It's something more familiar, and might even be just down the street: the public library. Often thought of as stodgy brick-and-mortar havens...
Activist investor Carl Icahn is pressuring Apple to spend $150 billion buying back its own stock, a target that would more than double the amount that the company's board authorized in a previous attempt to placate frustrated shareholders.