In my review, I thought Mac OS X Mavericks was a worthwhile update with a bunch of new features, new apps brought over from iOS, smarter interface elements, battery-saving technologies, and security improvements. Best of all? It's free. To me, there isn't any reason not to update.
But my review brought about another question: Where can Apple go from here? Aside from minor tweaks to smooth out the rough edges, what's left to improve that we don't already have? It's a question that I'm sure the folks at Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Linux are … Read more
AT&T is feeling the heat on the low end.
Chief Financial Officer John Stephens, speaking on a conference call on Wednesday, acknowledged that the company was facing pressure on the feature phone side of the business, with many price-sensitive customers looking for alternatives.
It's tough to determine how many feature phone customers have left the carrier, as AT&T didn't break it out. In total, AT&T added 363,000 net new contract customers, but 388,000 came from tablets and 178,000 came from smartphones, suggesting a large loss of feature phone customers … Read more
But those days may not be so bygone on Netflix.
At the GigaOm Mobilize conference here, Todd Yellin, vice president of product innovation at Netflix, said that the company will bring those DVD-style extras to its original programming.
"The core of the experience is watching the story that the directors and writers contended, and that's like 99 percent of what it is," he said. "But supplemental content, whether … Read more
Here is the third and final part of this series, covering some unexpected or hidden features in iOS 7.
There are certainly a ton of things that people are finding as they use iOS 7, so this is just a list of things that caught my attention over the past couple of days. If you have other hidden gems, please let me know in … Read more
iOS 7 launched earlier today and I think it's a worthwhile upgrade for any iOS user. Read my review of iOS 7 here. But like any major software upgrade, there are good things about the changes as well as bad.
I decided to round up my favorite parts of iOS 7 that I think are truly useful and stand out from the other changes. Tomorrow, I'll be writing what I think are the seven worst things about iOS 7, so don't get caught up thinking this is just an iPhone fan-fest.
Control Center One of the most … Read more
The drama -- or some might argue, the lack thereof -- is over. The iPhone 5S and 5C have officially arrived, which means it's once again time to look ahead to the next iPhone.
I know. Some of you may be getting bored of this game. But for others, it's still fun to play.Will it be called the iPhone 6? There's a good chance it will be, though sometimes Apple likes to shake things up a bit, as we've seen with the 5C and the naming of its iPads.
But whatever it is called, I … Read more
Despite Apple and Android smartphones dominating global sales, Windows Phone devices are steadily being snapped up by new users. In fact, new data shows that Windows Phone sales reached a record market share for the three-month period ending in July.
Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reported that at the end of July Windows Phone dominated 8.2 percent of the five major European markets, including the UK, France, and Germany. It has also increased its market share in other countries worldwide, like Australia and Mexico.
"Android and Apple take the lion's share of the headlines and continue to dominate smartphone … Read more
Windows Phone has swiped third place from BlackBerry among all mobile smartphone platforms, Gartner said in a report out Wednesday.
For the second quarter, Microsoft's mobile OS scored a market share of 3.3 percent, up from 2.6 percent in the prior year's quarter. Shipments of Windows Phone handsets --most famously embodied in Nokia's Lumia line -- jumped to 7.4 million from 4 million a year ago.
Over the same time, BlackBerry saw its market share plummet to 2.7 percent from 5.2 percent, while shipments dipped to 6.1 million from 7.9 … Read more