In the late 1980s and early 1990s tablets and electronic ink were going to be the next big thing, supplanting the keyboard with a stylus for the natural act of writing and drawing with your hands. There was the GridPad, Momenta Pentop, Apple Newton, EO Personal Communicator, Go Corp. PenPoint OS and the original IBM Thinkpad. They all rather quickly ended up in the recycling bin. It took another 15 years for tablets to rise from the ashes of those ancestors, but electronic ink ended up as more of an ancillary feature with the advent of touch screens and virtual … Read more
Citius. Altius. Fortius. Ridiculous.
These seem to be the Olympic principles upon which a new, allegedly playful app was created.
This app rewards you for tossing your phone as high as you possibly can. And, well, catching it again. Otherwise, you won't know your score, will you?
It's called Send Me To Heaven. And it's the high-concept concoction of Carrot Pop, which hails from Norway.
There is no current record of how many phones have already been broken by being tossed high in the air by uncoordinated beings. … Read more
PayPal is rolling out a new trial for British consumers to see if they really can leave their wallets at home.
Recently kicking off in London borough Richmond upon Thames, the test includes 12 different merchants set up to accept PayPal payments, according to the company.
Using the PayPal app for iOS, Android, or Windows Phone, shoppers can see nearby participating merchants highlighted on their mobile phones. They can then "check into" a certain store by clicking on its name and pay for an item by sliding an animated pin down the screen. The person's name and … Read more
AT&T continues to roll out LTE across the U.S.
The company on Wednesday announced that it has deployed 28 new and expanded 4G LTE networks across the United States, bringing its grand total to 359. AT&T's high-speed service is on pace to cover 270 million people by the end of the year. AT&T will have approximately 400 markets by year's end.
According to AT&T, today's rollout includes several new markets, including Stockton, Calif., Topeka, Kan., and Laredo, Texas. The company has also expanded its coverage across San Francisco, … Read more
Traveling around the globe while staying connected to the Internet can get tricky. One solution is to rent out MiFis or hot spots that work internationally for a daily fee. XCom Global is one such company that provides this service, and today it has announced that its portable routers are available for U.S. travel.
For $14.95 a day, visitors to the U.S. can rent out a hot spot and connect up to five devices. XCom can then ship your MiFi to your destination prior to your arrival; afterward, you can send the hot spot back in the … Read more
It seems like it was ages ago when BlackBerry dropped the news that BBM would find a home on Android handsets. Apparently the wait is about to end, at least for owners of Samsung Galaxy phones.
A new report from the folks at N4BB claims that Samsung has officially committed to the messaging app. Specifically, BBM addicts will be able to download BlackBerry Messenger software via the Samsung app store and Google Play store "soon." With BBM, Galaxy users will have access to their BBM accounts, including BBM chats and BBM Groups.
It also appears that BBM functionality … Read more
For the most part, the Moto X is just another smartphone. In fact, it's been dubbed a midrange phone that won't excite hardcore Android fans. But it's not meant to appeal to the minority. It's designed to attract the masses like an Apple device, with fit and finish (such as customizing the look with custom hues and patterns) and a few features that may convince Android users loyal to Samsung, and perhaps a few disgruntled iPhone users, to switch.
The clock is ticking ahead of next week's sales ban on older models of Apple's iPhone and iPad in the U.S.
Come Monday, Apple will be unable to import or sell the iPhones prior to the iPhone 4S made for AT&T's network, nor the 3G-enabled versions of the iPad 1 and 2 in the U.S. as part of a final decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission in early June.
As part of the laws around the ITC's decision, President Obama can step in and intervene on the ruling, effectively bailing … Read more
AT&T has outscored rival carriers to earn a top grade for customer support for the first time in a J.D. Power study.
Released Thursday, the study asked wireless users to rate their carriers for customer care. AT&T took home a score of 795 out of 1,000, ranking well in the area of both walk-in and online support. Verizon Wireless came in second with a score of 790.
Among non-contract carriers, MetroPCS was ranked No. 1 with a score of 770, followed by Cricket with 750.
Overall, the wireless industry is providing solid support in … Read more
Samsung has been forced to respond to a detailed technical breakdown of its flagship Galaxy S4's benchmarking performance, in which tech site AnandTech claims code in the phone specifically overclocks the phone's processor to give an unrealistic score for some widely used benchmarking tools.
Tipped off by a post on the Beyond3D forum, the site ran a variety of commonly used benchmarks and kept a close eye on the Galaxy S4's central processor and graphics processor clock speeds. It found that the phone seemed to increase its clock speed when running certain benchmarks.
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