Google Search for iOS finally seems to have caught up with its Android counterpart.
Released Tuesday, version 3.1 of Google Search for iOS updates Google Now, which provides notifications, reminders, and other personalized taps on the shoulder.
Prominent among the enhancements is hands-free voice searching. You can trigger a search just by launching the search app, uttering the phrase "OK Google," and then speaking your query. In return, your iPhone or iPad either displays or speaks the hopefully appropriate response. The hands-free voice search requires an iPhone 4s or later.
Notifications can now alert you to specific … Read more
T-Mobile is proving it is no one-hit wonder.
The "Uncarrier" impressed on Tuesday with third-quarter results that yielded a second consecutive period in which it netted more than 1 million customers, with a large bulk of them being phone customers that its larger rivals have struggled to gain.
The results bring some relief to investors and critics who wondered if T-Mobile's gains in the second quarter -- its first as a public company -- were an aberration. They could turn out to be the start of trend.
"We have underestimated both the strength and the sustainability … Read more
T-Mobile, more than any other carrier, has faced significant supply issues with the iPhone.
That's likely why its iPhone sales were far short of its competitors, despite posting strong customer gains. Chief Marketing Officer Mike Sievert disclosed Tuesday on an analyst conference call that iPhone sales for its T-Mobile brand represented roughly 15 percent of its T-Mobile branded smartphone sales in the third quarter.
T-Mobile sold 5.6 million smartphones in total, but that includes sales of smartphones for its prepaid MetroPCS brand. Thus, it's unclear exactly how many iPhones that comes out to, and T-Mobile declined to … Read more
Imagine a technology that, based simply on your location, will open a garage door or turn on the lights at home. That's exactly what Apple has in mind in a freshly awarded patent.
Issued on Tuesday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, "System and method of determining location of wireless communication devices/persons for controlling/adjusting operation of devices based on the location" envisions a system that would not require your manual input to control remote devices, as most of today's home automation systems do.
Instead, you'd customize the system to perform certain tasks … Read more
In the world of industrial design for mobile hardware, there are few names that can compete with the likes of Apple and Jony Ive, but Italian designer Federico Ciccarese has no qualms mocking up his own visions of what he'd like to see the Cupertino cabal make next.
Ciccarese's iWatch concepts have probably been the most intriguing smartwatch designs I've seen anywhere (real or imagined), and his latest effort shows how Apple could unify its "Air" product lines in a way that could really take flight -- by adding an "iPhone Air" to the mix.… Read more
You may well have been having conflicted feelings over the last couple of years.
On the one hand, you know that Google is, at its core, an engineering company whose aim is to get your hands off the steering wheel and implant its search engine into your brain.
On the other, you're finding yourself feeling rather warm about Google, as if whatever the company says ultimately sounds mellifluous -- even if, at heart, it's menacing to your very being.
There's a reason for this. A company that once derided advertising as something beneath dwarf-tossing has embraced various … Read more
Parallel universes are always fun to contemplate.
So please mount the No. 42 bus with me to a world in which Tim Cook is still COO of Apple and Steve Wozniak is calling the shots.
Here's what would be happening: Apple and Google would be deep and loving partners and would share all their knowledge in one vast openfest.
The iPhone would have all the finest parts of Android, and Android phones would finally enjoy a little magical, revolutionary taste.
It may well be that they're fleeing Facebook for sexier climes.
But please don't think that today's American teens are talking about a revolution. Unless you have in mind a magical one.
For a survey of their deepest holiday season needs reveals a certain stasis in their hearts.
Performed on behalf of online cash-back shopping site Ebates, the survey probed deeply into the desires of 12- to 17-year-olds.
88 percent of them said they most wanted to get some sort of gadget, come family gifting time. The most desired item among them was the iPhone.
You might … Read more