Mobile chip maker Mediatek believes buying a great smartphone shouldn't have to break the bank. According to the company, its new, sophisticated, yet affordable MT6595 solution provides a full eight cores of computing power at a fraction of the price. Plus Mediatek says this hardware has the brains to operate its cores very efficiently, which not only saves money but battery life as well. … Read more
The Windows 8.1-based Asus VivoTab Note 8 has gone on sale for $329. The trouble is, it's already out of stock.
Microsoft started selling the tablet on its online store over the weekend. The device, which was shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show last month, offers an 8-inch HD display and runs on Intel's Atom processor. The "Note" in its name comes into play, courtesy of an included stylus.
Huawei could be the next company to show off a smartwatch.
Huawei is expected to unveil a smartwatch at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Huawei, which will also show off new smartphones at the event, declined to provide details on any of the devices it plans to unveil at MWC, according to the Journal.
Wearables made a splash at the Consumer Electronics Show last month, as several companies announced plans to launch smartwatches and other wearable products. If and when Huawei joins the smartwatch fray, the company will be competing against … Read more
Sprint may be second-guessing its push to acquire T-Mobile after encountering stiff resistance from regulators.
That's according to The Wall Street Journal, which reported that Sprint officials were regrouping after recently meeting with the Justice Department and Federal Communications Commission in Washington, DC.
Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son and CEO Dan Hesse had hoped to win over regulators and at least get a fair shake at the regulatory approval for the deal, but antitrust officials expressed strong sentiments against it, the WSJ reported, citing unnamed sources.
Sprint declined to comment.
Sprint and T-Mobile have both argued that a merger would … Read more
There are apps, just as there are lovers, that are high maintenance.
They constantly appeal for your attention, while at the same time sucking the very life blood from your being.
Well, in the apps' case, from your phone.
Some are simply more high maintenance than others. At least that's what a study performed by KS Mobile, makers of the Battery Doctor app, indicates.
KS Mobile decided to examine which Android apps trigger a warning to smartphone users about their own battery consumption levels with the highest frequency.
What an eclectic list emerged.… Read more
At City Hall here, State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon introduced a bill that would mandate the inclusion of a "kill switch" in phones sold in the state. The security feature would render a phone inoperable if stolen. If passed, any phone sold after January 1, 2015 would require the feature. The bill will be heard in Senate policy committees later … Read more
LG is slated to host a press event on February 13 where it's expected to show off the follow-up to its Optimus G Pro.
The company sent out invites to Korea-based reporters on Friday. CNET sister site ZDNet Korea received an invite. The image shows only a door creeping open, footsteps, and the phrase, "Knock-knock knockin' on." The event will be held at LG Twin Towers in Seoul.
Several rumors have cropped up recently about the G Pro 2. LG has said that the device will come with optical image stabilization, but has been loath to provide … Read more
With Sony's high-profile exit from the PC business, it is essentially rejecting any devices that run on the Windows operating system -- the traditional Windows desktop OS, that is.
First the bad news. Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai did make it clear in Tokyo on Thursday that Microsoft Windows for PCs is not part of its future.
"Windows products will go to the new company," he said, in a press conference that was widely reported in the Japanese media, referring to Japan Industrial Partners, the investment fund that will take over Sony's PC business.
That statement was … Read more
Walmart says it doesn't need flashy tech like Amazon's augmented-reality search to make its customers happy -- it's got a mobile app that's digitally hooked to 4,000 physical stores scattered across America.
"We need to make sure we're not just going after the shiny object," Walmart Vice President of Mobile and Digital Wendy Bergh said when asked on Thursday about Amazon's recently added image-recognition search feature. The feature, which Amazon added to its main shopping app, lets users search for products by taking a photo of the item. It's a … Read more