The dual-operating system idea is just the latest attempt by the computer makers to juice sales, which have been on a steady decline: shipments posted their worst-ever drop last year, and on Thursday, Sony said it would exit the PC market. In the newest effort by the industry to revitalize computer sales, PCs would let users access both Android apps and Windows software with just … Read more
The government said in a press release that it no longer needs to investigate Samsung because of an Obama administration decision in mid-2013 to overturn a sales ban on certain Apple devices. Samsung had originally won an International Trade Commission ban against Apple, but the Obama administration determined that a sales ban would hurt competition in the US. In particular, it said the US needed to pay close … Read more
Phraseology is a text editor for the iPad that teaches you about your writing style. On the surface, the app -- currently priced at $1.99 for a "limited time" -- is a simple text editor. It features a blank canvas and an expanded keyboard that includes undo and redo buttons along with multiple and useful cursor and selection control keys. You can write in plain-text or Markdown mode to preview your HTML output, and in settings you can sync to Dropbox or iCloud to backup your Phraseology docs. The app also supplies a handful of font choices … Read more
Phandroid, citing an unnamed source, said Samsung is expected to roll out the update to a mix of smartphones and tablets in the near future, all of them either relatively new or popular.
Samsung models rumored for KitKat updates:Samsung Galaxy S4 SGH-i337 Samsung Galaxy S4 Active SGH-i537 Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom SM-c105a Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 SGH-i467 Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 SGH-i317 Samsung Galaxy Mega SGH-i527 Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-t217a … Read more
Google's Nexus line might soon include a new tablet.
Google plans to launch an 8-inch tablet in April, dubbed the Nexus 8, to complement its current Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 offerings, Digitimes reported on Friday, citing people in the supply chain. Digitimes has a spotty record when it comes to accurate predictions, however, so its report should be taken with the proverbial grain of salt.
Still, this isn't the first time that we've heard rumblings of an 8-inch Nexus hitting store shelves at some point. According to Digitimes' sources, the move reflects Google's desire to … Read more
Battery status icons on Android devices aren't all that exciting and usually do just one thing -- as the battery drains, the battery meter goes down, possibly changing colors along the way. Some devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S4, also allow you to display the battery percentage next to the icon.
Energy Bar for Android provides a new way to visualize your Android device's battery status. Its battery meter is a thin bar that runs across the top of your screen. It's visible from within any app, including full-screen apps, and can be configured to change colors … Read more
Shopping for whiskey is hard. There's a lot of jargon and terms thrown around that often lead to intimidation and end in surrender. On the rare occasion I have ordered a whiskey drink, my typical response when questioned about the type of whiskey I want has been "whatever you recommend."
Thanks to a new iOS app I might actually start learning a thing or two about whiskey. The free app called Distiller not only wants to help the whiskey aficionados expand his collection, but it wants to help people like me, who know next to nothing about … Read more
HTC will once again partner with Google to produce a Nexus device, or so suggests a new Taiwanese report.
According to unnamed sources close to the Commercial Times, HTC has won the rights to create a "high-end" Nexus tablet for release in the third quarter. Unfortunately, that's about the extent of this particular rumor. HTC, for its part, is remaining understandably tight-lipped on the subject.
Never, ever pay full price for smartphone or tablet accessories. If you walk into, say, an Apple Store or Best Buy in search of a case or sync/charge cable, you're going to pay a huge markup. You'll also find a much smaller selection than you would online.
Take, for example, the Amazon Origami Case for Kindle Fire HDX. It's awesome, as it not only covers the screen, but also folds into various configurations that stand the tablet in portrait or landscape orientation. Alas, it's $55.
If you happened to grab an HDX the other day … Read more
Apple is finally launching its first store in Brazil.
The Web site for the new store points to Rio de Janeiro's VillageMall shopping center as its locale and February 15 as its launch date. The store will be Apple's first in Latin America, joining its hundreds of other outlets, most of which are in the US and Europe.
The store will host a couple of workshops on opening day devoted to the iPhone and iPhoto. A workshop on the following day will focus on the iPad, while subsequent workshops will cover iCloud and the Numbers app.
Apple first … Read more