The frosted-glass doors on the 11th floor of Google’s NYC headquarters part and a woman steps forward to greet me. This is an otherwise normal specimen of humanity. Normal height, slender build; her eyes are bright, inquisitive. She leans in to shake my hand and at that moment I become acutely aware of the device she’s wearing in the place you would expect eyeglasses: a thin strip of aluminum and plastic with a strange, prismatic lens just below her brow. Google Glass.What was a total oddity a year ago, and little more than an experiment just 18 months ago is now starting to look like a real product. One that could be in the hands (or on the
Feb. 21 (Bloomberg) -- The Verge Senior Editor Dieter Bohn discusses the new Chromebook. He speaks with Emily Chang on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West." (Source: Bloomberg)
It's been two years since Apple's Mac Pro has received an update, but today's the day: as rumored, the 40-pound desktop, lovingly known as the "cheese grater," will be updated with fresher components than the pair of 6-core, 2.93GHz Intel Xeon X5670 processors it's been kicking around since 2010.
"Android is not in my world. It's not in my attention span most days. Thinking about the iOS app is a full-time job, and staying competitive on iOS is a full-time job." This quote comes from Instapaper creator Marco Arment not even three weeks ago in an interview
Research In Motion is about to enter the battle of its life, and as you'll see in my review of its new flagship, the BlackBerry Z10, it's using everything in its arsenal to win. Maybe win is the wrong word; perhaps victory for BlackBerry right now is something more like not losing everything. Because if you've been following this story, you know that everything is what's at stake.The company is coming back into the game with force, that much is clear. Its new touchscreen smartphone is the serious contender BlackBerry has been claiming it would be, packing in the specs, software prowess, and services to take on even the most entrenched players
As already teased and promised, today Canonical is taking the wraps off the mobile version of Ubuntu, which is built around the existing Android kernel and drivers, but doesn't use a Java Virtual Machine and promises to use "the full power of the phone." Supporting both ARM and x86 processors, the Ubuntu phone OS will be compatible enough to let Android phone makers run it on their devices with minimal adaptation.Ubuntu for Android, announced in February of last year, will be the first step to getting this new ecosystem out to shipping devices, which Canonical chief Mark Shuttleworth says will definitely arrive at some point during this year.
When Motorola updated its Ice Cream Sandwich timeline, some users were upset that the Droid 3 and X2 would forever remain on Android 2.3. In response, Motorola has detailed its process for deciding whether or not a given phone or tablet will be getting an upgrade. "We work very closely with Google and cell phone carriers for every
The age of the low-end Android handset is here: AT&T has unceremoniously announced that a new prepaid slider smartphone, the Galaxy Appeal, will debut with Android 2.3 on the carrier's GoPhone service starting on June 5th. AT&T provided no photos or pricing
Microsoft's biggest upgrade of the Windows Phone operating system is coming up at some point later this year. Rumored to be codenamed Apollo and likely to bear the branding of Windows Phone 8, it's hoped to be the shot in the arm Microsoft's mobile ecosystem needs to compete with the incumbent leaders from Apple and Google. Keep track of all the official and unofficial developments ahead of the launch of WP8 right here.
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Verizon's looking to put some pressure on the prepaid carriers of the world — the company just announced a new $80 prepaid plan that offers unlimited calling, texting, and 1GB of data. There are a few catches, of course: you'll need to purchase the Samsung Illusion for $169.99 to use along with this plan, and thus you'll be stuck on 3G data speeds. Still, that's a good bit cheaper than Verizon's current prepaid smartphone offering, which costs a rather insane $94.99 for unlimited talk and text, plus another $30 for unlimited data. The Illusion is also significantly cheaper than Verizon's current prepaid smartphone offerings, and while it's
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