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Either for work or just for fun, science can be one of the most rewarding and exciting fields to delve into. This is something that Google apparently has a passion for as well, as the company has released a very cool new science app for Android devices. Called Science Journal, this app will let anyone with an interest in science create and manage their own projects. The app is made even more useful by the fact that it interacts with Google's science initiative called Making & Science, and based on its name, it's not that hard to figure out what it's all about. Users of the app can easily browse... Read more...
Out of nowhere, Google has unveiled a project that's bound to make the industry at large stand up and take notice. Its new "Soli" platform is exactly the kind we need to spearhead a more "futuristic" tomorrow, one where we can merely wave our hands in the air to take care of business on mobile devices or virtually anywhere. The brains behind Soli are hidden in a small chip that can be installed into a variety of devices, and uses a miniature radar operating in the 60GHz ISM band that can detect touchless gestures. Imagine changing the time or volume simply be rubbing your index and thumb together.... Read more...
About a decade ago, many of us had a cell phone. Unlike today, however, most people were rarely attached to them unless they were trying to set a new texting record or needed to beat the high score in some Snake clone. But today, even more of us have smartphones, and unlike a decade ago, we are permanently glued to them. Today, we use our smartphones not just to get in touch with someone, but to read news, watch shows, view pictures, and so on and so forth. As time passes, phones are only going to become even more integral in our lives. Flickr: Juhan Sonin While it's easy to wonder how adults have... Read more...
The words "memory" and "breakthrough" are put together quite often, but unfortunately, it's actually pretty rare when we hear about such advances making it to market. Part of the reason for that is that some of these breakthroughs are so bleeding-edge, it's just not reasonable to expect them to hit the market that quickly. Based on what we're hearing from IBM's latest breakthrough, though, it doesn't seem like this is one of those advancements that will soon be forgotten. In its announcement, IBM talks about 3-bit phase-change memory that can endure "at least" 10 million write cycles - quite a... Read more...
Nokia was once a major force in the mobile phone market, before the rise of smartphones and subsequent selloff to Microsoft, which never made good use of the transaction. Now Nokia is making a comeback, or at least will attempt to make one, through a 10-year licensing deal with HMD Global Oy. HMD is a new outfit in Finland that was created to "provide a focused, independent home for a full range of Nokia-branded feature phones, smartphones, and tablets." The decade long deal covers exclusive branding rights and intellectual property licensing, and in return HMD will make royalty payments to Nokia... Read more...
There are a ton of third-party keyboard apps available for Android, including some that introduce innovative features like swiping and one-handed use. Well guess what? Google rolled out a major update to its stock keyboard for Android that brings it up to par with and even surpasses some third-party alternatives. For busy bodies that might not have an extra hand to spare—maybe you're carrying groceries or eating messy chicken wings slathered in sauce—the addition of a one-handed mode is a boon. To use it, you long-press the arrow key in the lower-right. What that does is squish the keyboard to... Read more...
While it's not uncommon for consumers to want to upgrade their smartphones each and every year, the market is learning more and more that tablets don't enjoy the same kind of uptake. IDC's latest report highlights this well, as it shows a 14.7% year-over-year decline in tablet shipments. That puts the total at 39.6 million shipped, and includes both standard "slate" and detachable form-factors. With these results, it's clear that there is not as much demand for tablets as there once was, but things could change in the future as more and more users are ditching their desktops to become more mobile.... Read more...
Over the past couple of years, the availability of smartwatches has simply exploded. There's no shortage of good watches out there that suit a variety of purposes, with a major overall focus being on fitness. In fact, the selection that's out there might prove so overwhelming, that choosing one could feel like an "exercise" in patience. However, with as popular as smartwatches over on these shores have become, there's one market that Asian vendors are tackling that seems to be largely ignored over here: smartwatches for children. Why would a kid ever need a smartwatch? That's simple: when children... Read more...
A couple of weeks ago, we had to report on the unfortunate news that Intel would be laying off 11% of its workforce, which equates to roughly 12,000 workers. With this move, Intel assured investors that it would be refocusing its efforts going forward, in effect chopping off what doesn't have a significant return and looking to products that do. This refocusing has led Intel to drop a bomb on their Atom product line. In effect, chips destined for smartphones and tablets are no longer on the roadmap. Instead, resources that were dedicated to the currently-available Sofia chip and upcoming... Read more...
These days it seems as though all roads lead to mobile, so why fight it? Nolan Bushnell, a man with an impressive resume that includes founding both Atari and the Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theaters chain, is embracing the movement by taking his talents to Spil Games, a Dutch video game company. Now at 73 years old, Bushnell still has ideas bouncing around in his head, and given his past history, it would ludicrous to ignore them. Spil Games certainly isn't—as part of the newly formed partnership, the development studio will produce and publish at least three mobile games in collaboration with... Read more...
When Google's Android OS began overtaking every other mobile OS in terms of marketshare, it seemed obvious that at some point, the company would be catching a bit of flak for it. In fact, it seemed inevitable that the EU would have something to say about it, as it's traditionally been strict amount companies that dominate a particular segment of the tech market. Look no further than Microsoft with Windows; the company now has to produce a special edition of the OS in order to appease the EU. Well, the EU does in fact have a beef with Google's dominance, especially where Android is concerned. Last... Read more...
While some fail to reach their goal of creating something truly amazing, a team of researchers at UC Irvine seems to have done the impossible. While working to create better batteries for our electronics, these researchers managed to develop a makeshift battery with a life so long, it'd always outlive the device it's in. To accomplish this, the researchers make use of gold nanowires to store electricity, in lieu of using traditional lithium. The reason batteries in our devices die after a while (and the reason so many are rightfully miffed when a smartphone doesn't have a swappable battery) is... Read more...
It used to feel like Microsoft did whatever it could to not bring its technologies and software solutions to Android, but today, there are literally dozens of Microsoft apps available for the platform. Thankfully, many of them continue to get better and better. The latest improvement comes to Microsoft Translator, a solution the Redmond company would like to make a jack-of-all-trades. The latest update helps that become a reality by matching Google Translate's ability to decipher foreign language text from a sign, piece of paper nearly anywhere. If you've ever used Google Translate's auto-translate... Read more...
The threat has been looming for a while, and now it's official. The EU has fired off its second set of antitrust charges at Google. Both antitrust accusations happened in under two years, and revolve around how Google handles its Android OS and the power it wields over OEMs. Part of this accusation implies that Google has required Google Search to be default on Android, and has even offered financial incentives to have it act as the exclusive provider. The issue here is obvious: by wiping out the potential for competition to mosey on in, you've created a monopoly. European Antitrust Commissioner... Read more...
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