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I love my mobile phone, but one thing that drives me nuts is having to tap out a message to someone. If my connection is good, I always go the voice-to-text route, but sometimes, that likes to conk out. It's at that point that I will swipe a message out - something else that drives me a bit nuts, as it doesn't always... Read more...
About a year ago, we were in a similar spot. We had the latest Galaxy smartphone in hand, rand were comparing it to rivals from LG, Motorola, Apple, and Sony (just to name a few). Twelve months have passed, and as fate would have it, we've got yet another pair of Galaxy phones in the labs. This time, however, Samsung's got something that clearly... Read more...
There's nothing quite like sinking $17,000 into a fancy Apple Watch with 18-karat gold only to find out that your sweet as hell sleeve tattoo is preventing it from functioning the way it's supposed to. Same goes for the $349 Apple Watch Sport models for the somewhat wiser among us who aren't willing to pay nearly the... Read more...
The death toll from automobile crashes is expected to drop over the next few years, thanks to new rules set by European Union this week. By April 2018, all new cars will carry a device that can contact emergency services automatically immediately after a car accident. The device is expected to reduce deaths by... Read more...
Following a rocky stretch in which Samsung found itself sitting on an inventory of unsold Galaxy S5 devices as profits moved in the wrong direction, things are once again looking up for the South Korean electronics company. Revenue and profits are up sequentially, and demand is high for the company's recently launched... Read more...
In what likely turned out to be an intense bidding war, Hulu has secured the rights to stream all 180 episodes of Seinfeld, the highly successful NBC comedy that spanned nine seasons from July 5, 1989, to May 14, 1998. It's said that Hulu agreed to fork over just shy of $1 million per episode, or around $180 million... Read more...
Philips took at aim at the consumer LED lighting market last week with low-cost, 60W LED bulbs that will be available at Home Depot in May. Priced at $4.97 for a twin-pack, there’s really no reason for homeowners to pass up on the chance to lay their hands on an economical and efficient way of lighting every room in the house. Durham, NC-based Read more...
Extreme weather, air traffic congestion, equipment maintenance issues, late arrival of connecting flights...and now iPad software glitch can be added to the list of flight delay causes. On Tuesday evening dozens of American Airlines flights were temporarily grounded due to problems caused by an issue with the software in iPads used in cockpit Read more...
An iPad prototype was among the loot taken in a house break-in robbery that took place in Cupertino earlier this month, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office. The victim of the crime, a 20-year-old man, was also taken from the house, though he was fortunately released by the perpetrators less than a mile from the event scene. Along Read more...
We all know that when you buy into the iOS ecosystem, you’re restricted to installing what Apple has deemed “fit and appropriate” for its devices. Compared to more open operating systems like Android, iOS can sometimes feel like you’re being strangled with a straight-jacket. Unfortunately for Apple Watch users — and... Read more...
It seems as though LG has employed a bad good, better, best strategy with its Android Wear smartwatch family. The company first released the G Watch, which was a blandly-designed smartwatch that probably shouldn’t have left the LG labs. Next up came the G Watch R, which brought with it a fully circular display and a... Read more...
SanDisk has announced the release of third-generation Fusion ioDrive PCIe and Mezzanine flash cards, in doing so marking the first integration of SanDisk NAND flash and Virtual Storage Layer (VSL) software into the ioMemory product line since the company acquired Fusion-io in June 2014 for $1.1 billion. Flash... Read more...
When it comes to 2015’s flagship Android smartphones, HTC struck the first blow with its One M9. The smartphone has largely been overlooked as a warmed over refresh of its predecessor (both in terms of specs and its design, which dates back to 2013). Samsung then stepped into the fray with its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6... Read more...
While the Apple Watch is enjoying the spotlight, LG and others are quietly bringing Android-friendly smartwatches to the U.S. market. The latest competitor to the Apple Watch is the downright gorgeous LG Watch Urbane, which is available on the Google Store now. The LG Watch Urbane starts at $349, which is the same... Read more...
Surging demand for Samsung's new Galaxy S6 Edge has led the company to ramp up production of their new curved screen smartphone, with the early opening of their A3 production line. Though originally set to come online in June, the A3 plant — the third that the company now has in place for making OLED displays — will... Read more...
Amazon on Tuesday announced a version update to Whispercast, the company's free and fast growing content delivery platform that allows organizations to discover, procure, manage, and distribute digital bits like electronic books and textbooks to nearly any device. It's an especially appealing platform for schools... Read more...
Microsoft and 343 Industries have been stomping out bugs like the Orkin Man ever since Halo: The Master Chief Collection launched in November of last year, but they keep popping up. Not only has it created an embarrassing situation, but 343 Industries had to cancel an official Halo tournament after the Xbox One title... Read more...
Comcast's proposed $45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable hit a brick wall when the Federal Communications Commission recommended what's called a "hearing designation order," a procedural move that tasks an administrative law judge to determine if a merger would be in the best interest of the people. Rather... Read more...
There were many interesting tidbits to come out of Apple's Q2 financial call yesterday, all of which Brandon highlighted. There's one tidbit that might be flying under some people's radar, but deserves some more attention: Apple announced a major win with its Apple Pay service, as it can now count Best Buy as a... Read more...
That didn't take long. Last Thursday, Valve rolled out a new feature as part of its Steamworks platform that allowed the sale of mods, and it took no time at all before what seemed like the entire Internet exploded at the seams and started flinging ire towards the company. Valve screwed up, and bad. I hate to jump... Read more...
Coming off a record performance for fiscal Q1, Apple once again knocked it out of the park with its fiscal Q1 numbers. Revenue for the quarter came in $58 billion, while net profit was a hefty $13.6 billion. This compares to revenue of $45.6 billion and net profit of $10.2 billion for the same period one year ago... Read more...
Nokia’s mobile phone woes continue, but now they are Microsoft’s woes, thanks to the company’s $7.2-billion acquisition of Nokia’s mobile phone business early last year. Microsoft recently filed a 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that, notes Computerworld’s Gregg Keizer, suggests a loss of about... Read more...
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