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Apple, Samsung and Google are all rumored to be working on smartwatches. With all the buzz about these devices, it's hard to see the real use cases through the hype. Here are nine things we think any smartwatch worth its salt (and silicon) needs.
Once again, Facebook has found a new low. Facebook Home, their Android skin, is an attempt to grab hold of users and not let them go, to make them think that there is nothing out there but Facebook.
It’s not about this smartphone or that. Most of the really inventive things we do with our devices come from software added either by the phone markers, users or by the value provided through network-based services.
Samsung's new Galaxy S 4 smartphone offers unique features to challenge Apple's iPhone. Take a closer look.
ownCloud is already a powerful and useful alternative to Dropbox or other file-hosting services. Future revisions of this open source project promise to be even better.
HTC aims high with their claims for their revamped Android smartphone. Like previous HTC phones this one is aimed at consumers with a focus on media consumption and other lifestyle features, like TV remote control. A shame it lacks microSD storage expansion.
The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Mini is an excellent addition to any iPad Mini, which provides not only a proper typing surface but a stand and a protective cover.
AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint are no doubt concerned about the FCC's plan to open up high-quality RF spectrum for free Internet access, but they shouldn't be too worried. Too many factors weigh against such spectrum resulting in actual free Internet access for the public.
AT&T, Verizon and other carriers use different ranges in the RF spectrum for LTE services. The recent deal between AT&T and Verizon illustrates the fragmentation of the LTE spectrum and the problems it creates for smooth operation of handsets.
Samsung Ventures has bought a stake in Fixmo, which sells MRM, or mobile risk management solutions. Their SafeZone product creates a separate, secure area on iOS or Android devices for confidential data and apps, similar in some ways to Good Technology's solutions. It's especially well-suited to a BYOD environment, where the company can't completely control and trust the device. The move may reinforce Samsung's SAFE program for security standards in Android devices.
The Delorme InReach is a combination GPS on steroids and satellite communications link for all those who go boldly where few others go, and want a way to track their movements and call for help if need be.
It's CES in 2015: Apple's drive for market share has backfired and their brand has deteriorated as a result. They're still a big player and sell a lot of iPhones and iPads, but they're not a leader anymore.
Changes in the EULA (End User License Agreement) for the Android SDK warn developers of doing anything that might result in the "fragmentation" of Android. As with so many of these agreements, ambiguity is rampant and designed to give the vendor i.e. Google the freedom to interpret circumstances to its own benefit. In fact, developers aren't the source of the fragmentation problem, Google's own handset OEM partners are.
How good could an UbuntuPhone really be? It can't possibly be unique enough and have enough of a value proposition to break into a market that's already dominated by big, powerful players.
The amplifier for the data transmission on a mobile phone's antenna is the device's biggest power guzzler, wasting up to 65 percent of its juice through heat. Large increases in battery life may be coming soon through new technology designed to use power for data transmission more efficiently.
Alternative keyboards are voodoo ergonomics. If the keyboard is going to be killed by anything, it'll be by the one holy grail of user interfaces: A direct neural connection between the user and the computer, with all of the fascinating and scary possibilities offered through such a system. The things I'm confident it's not going to be killed by are touchscreens or, for that matter, other kinds of keyboards.
The traditional subsidized phone contract that has made mobile phones seem more affordable is in fact a convoluted scheme to maximize carrier money and leverage on the customer. T-Mobile's plan to switch to unlocked phones and a "Value" package, in which you pay for the phone in installments clearly spelled out on the bill, lets customers make clearer decisions.
Skype for Android 3.0 improves voice quality and adds new tablet-specific features -- but requires the latest hardware and Android platform for the best results.
HTC's Droid DNA for Verizon doesn't have much in the way of business-oriented features and might be too big for some hands, but it's powerful, well-built, graced with a gorgeous 1080p screen, and priced right.
Citing its high-end hardware, HTC says its new Droid DNA is the most advanced smart phone to hit the market yet, and the "ultimate" Droid.
As the markets for smart phones and tablets have grown, the markets for other consumer electronics products, such as dedicated GPS and point-and-shoot cameras, have eroded. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, the real news in 2013 will be the market growth of UltraHD (4K) televisions and automotive products.
Verizon says customers in parts of New York and New Jersey -- those affected by Hurricane Sandy -- won't be billed for domestic voice or text between Oct. 29 and Nov. 16.
The rumors are hot again that Microsoft will release an Office version for the iPad and iPhone, but all indications are that it will be little more than a document viewer, of which there are many already for iOS. Microsoft already has a far more capable Office Mobile for Surface, but even that is missing many important features, like editing Excel pivot tables and using Word revisions.
Windows 8 is a clean slate in many ways. But one scourge that is not gone is crapware, a.k.a. bloatware, junkware, trialware, and stupid games that drag down the performance and experience of so many Windows PCs. We asked Acer, Toshiba, Dell, Samsung and Lenovo what they preload on their Windows 8 systems. Some PCs are cleaner than others. The surprise? A Microsoft store might be the best place to buy.
The new Nexus 4 phone and Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets keep the competition fierce in the tablet world. Google claims the Nexus 10 tablet has "the highest resolution tablet on the planet," meaning higher than the Retina display in the iPad.
FreedomPop offers free -- yes, free -- 4G cellular data on the Sprint / Clearwire network. It can be a great deal, but you have to buy some hardware first and then you have to be careful to avoid the many traps they set to upsell you to pay services.
It's Just A Smaller iPad. Yes, the components in Apple's devices keep getting better and faster, but they haven't really done anything bold and innovative lately. Eventually someone else will win over customers by thinking different.
The latest version of WinZip tries to make the case for spending money on an archiving utility by expanding its reach into cloud services Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft SkyDrive. That's the theory, but in practice it's not all that groundbreaking.
Samsung has been moving heavily into the US market with TVs, Android tablets and phones, notebooks, and now they are making a major move into Windows 8 computers and hybrid tablet/notebooks. Some use the S-Pen famous from their Galaxy Note Phablet. "The lines between the living room and the boardroom are blurring."
Apple was dealt a counterblow Thursday in its patent fracas with Samsung. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that the district court in California overstepped when it granted Apple's injunction against selling the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the United States.
On the heels of the T-Mobile and MetroPCS merger, SoftBank--Japan's financial-services company and number-three wireless carrier within that country--is rumored to be in talks to buy a majority stake in U.S. mobile operator Sprint Nextel.
The zBoost redirects strong outside cell signals to inside your house or office. It's not a cure-all for weak signals inside buildings, but it gave my connections a much-needed boost.
BYTE's Serdar Yegulalp doesn't expect great things from the iPad Mini, but he does expect great sales. It's in the long term that Apple's problems lie.
Instead of punching in 10 numbers to call your friend Joe, why not just dial **JOE? That's the idea behind StarStarMe, Sprint's new vanity phone number service. Reservations for the speed-dial codes are first-come, first served, and aren't cheap at $2.99 a month per number.
The TL-WR702N is a "nano" wireless router for travel or SOHO use. It's not much bigger than a matchbook, yet performs great for less than $25. It's a must-have for anyone who needs to set up a Wi-Fi network quickly.
Giving the iPhone 5 a micro-USB port instead of the incompatible Lightning connection would have been the logical and considerate way to go, but that's not the Apple Way. Luckily for Apple, we iPhone, iPod, and iPad users are used to this kind of abuse and we'll put up with it. Even with the inconvenience and extra expense of Lightning--which offers little in return--most true believers won't ditch Apple for Android or Windows phones.
Microsoft hopes HTC's new Windows Phone 8S and 8X devices, announced Wednesday, will set a new standard for its mobile OS. Designed "from the inside out" for Windows Phone, the two consumer-oriented handsets land in a market crowded with the latest from Nokia, Apple, and Samsung, but they are well equipped and will be available on Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile.
Cloud storage provider Box is adding multiple endpoints in major metropolitan areas so users can be closer to their data. The result? Average upload speed is 2.7 times that of competitors.
In retrospect, it was foolhardy for a company with the resources of Facebook not to make native apps for mobile platforms, but it had to learn the lesson. You and your one-man ISV or corporate app? HTML5 might be a great choice.
A new Apple patent, to remotely disable functions on wireless devices based on locations or events, rightly raises the hackles of those who fear digital encroachments on personal freedoms.
Let's face it: Samsung's big Galaxy Note "phablet" is bulky and gimmicky with its unnecessary stylus. The Motorola Droid Razr M is more, well, mobile.
The Droid Razr M is an affordable, entry-level Ice Cream Sandwich phone with a trim size and gorgeous screen going for it. There is relatively little bloatware from either Verizon or Motorola to get in the way, and the big sealed-in battery lasts a long time on one charge.
Remember how set-top boxes were once presumed to be a major content vehicle of the future? In fact, the Kindle Fire HD is the set-top box of the future and Amazon is the cable company -- all one channel, but one where you can order up just about anything, from digital books to seasons of TV. It makes the aspirations of movies-on-demand and the Home Shopping Network seem downright tame in comparison. It does away not only with the set-top box, but the set itself.
Motorola's new Droid Razr phones sport beefy battery life, brilliant screens, and tough casing. The lowest end model, the Droid Razr M, costs just $99 with a two-year Verizon data plan. All the phones run Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and will be upgraded to Jelly Bean.
Now that Samsung has gotten its butt kicked in court, what's next for the two mobile giants? What about Microsoft and Windows Phone? What about us?
Touch screens and touchpads are about to get thinner, says Synaptics, resulting in thinner notebooks and smart phones. Next-gen touchpads also will respond to degrees of force.
Microsoft and Verizon hope to reach new markets with a joint program to offer Microsoft's Office 365 Small Business Essentials package to mobile users. Apart from the classic Office apps and hosted services like Sharepoint and Exchange, the package includes online-oriented programs like Lync for unified communications, FieldForce for employee movement tracking and Intuit's GoPayment for credit card processing on mobile devices.
The next Samsung Galaxy Note smart phone will have a slightly bigger screen than the first. The industry is testing consumer waters with devices of different sizes and capabilities to see what sticks.
Google's cloud-based service can handle payments for credit and debit cards from Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
Office 2013 is another telltale sign that Microsoft is determined to gain ground in the touch-enabled computing world dominated by the iPad. It's not a bad long-term plan but we should worry about what is being sacrificed on the way there.
Amazon is building its own Android phone, but what will it do with it? Will it be just another Android phone, or will Amazon seize the opportunity to throw the current business model--and AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint--overboard?
D-Link's SharePort DIR-505, a wireless hotspot, access point and router, is a handy way to extend an existing network or share one on the go. It is not as useful as a media-sharing system.
After more devastating losses and another massive layoff announcement, RIM is looking at more options, including partnering with Microsoft to put Windows Phone on BlackBerries, or selling access to its secure network.
Hewlett-Packard's new inkjet printer and sheetfed scanner combo is smaller than a shoebox, making it a good choice for small offices or people on the go.
The work involved in creating Chrome for Metro points up the differences growing between future versions of Windows. Did you know that Windows RT--the ARM version--won't allow third-party browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox?
Microsoft's Windows 8 includes a host of new features and capabilities to keep desktop PCs a centerpiece of business and consumer computing in the age of smartphones and tablets.
A new bill would require anonymous posts to either be removed on demand or attributed. How is this remotely workable?
IBM's growing pains with BYOD read like a checklist for any company's issues with consumerization of IT.
Amazon, ask yourself. What's worse: piracy, or indifference from the people who are supposed to be your customers?
Ecologically conscious technology is all the rage, but it walks a line between truly useful and merely for show.
The lawsuit against Apple is over high e-book pricing, but too-low pricing might be just as bad.
Computrace adds persistent theft recovery features into Android firmware for Lenovo ThinkPad tablets.
Word has it Google's cooking up co-branded tablet hardware to give the next generation of Android a kick-start against the iPad.
Want to run Android applications natively on Windows? Now you can, although BlueStacks still needs a lot of work to be attractive to most people.
Apple iOS 5.1 adds HSPA+ support for iPhone 4S users, and calls it 4G.
A consistent standard for opting out of advertiser tracking on the Web is a nice idea. Too bad that's all it might ever be.
The Attorney General of California is working with major mobile-app movers and shakers to ensure end-user privacy is respected.
Motorola's new Droid 4 is big and doesn't ship with Android 4.0, but it does fit both 4G LTE and some office tools in your pocket.
Samsung's Galaxy Tab line of tablets just added a 7" smaller cousin.
Motorola's new mission: Make its products consumerization-of-IT friendly. Will it pay off?
Unlike the Kindle Fire and iPad, this hacker-oriented device was built to be customized by the end user.
Will Microsoft's attempt to revamp Office with a touch interface leave behind its core users?
If renewed, changes to the circumvention measure could allow exceptions for more than just smart phones.
iOS is still key, but Android continues to draw developers along with Windows Phone.
Is texting the preferred form of quick communication in corporate environments?
HTC might be liable for patent infringement, but that doesn't mean HTC handsets will vanish overnight.
Don't rely on unproven biometrics in a bring-your-own-device world.
New custom edition of Google's latest mobile OS, Android 4.0, might pose security threat to bring-your-own-device outfits.
A startup from Norway is demonstrating a prototype PC-on-a-stick that could revolutionize the way we take our computing with us--or simply become another intriguing solution waiting for a real problem.
Work phone, personal phone: LG packs both into the same device thanks to VMware.
The business-targeted Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 tablet is plagued by poor touch and an awkward soft keyboard.
HTC's new Rezound focuses on multimedia; the take-it-to-work crowd may take it or leave it.
AT&T's first 4G LTE smartphones, the HTC Vivid and the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, are due Nov. 6.
Samsung's new scaled-down Galaxy Tab 8.9 has good enterprise management tools but lags in performance.
Turn any PC with a wireless connection into a hotspot with this free but full-featured Windows 7 app.
Application discretely separates work and personal activity on phones, so employees can bring Android devices to work without creating a management nightmare.
Apple lawsuits haven't stopped Samsung from forging ahead with new additions to its lineup of Galaxy devices: the Galaxy Tab 8.9, a scaled-down version of the existing Galaxy Tab; and the Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 media devices, which are essentially versions of the Galaxy S phones minus the phone components. The Player devices are powered by Android 2.35 ("Gingerbread"), and the Tab by Android 3.1 ("Honeycomb").
That said, the real buzzword for tablets these days no longer starts with an "A" (
Samsung unveils new Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Player despite ongoing legal battles around the globe with Apple.
We pry open a copy of Microsoft's first public release of Windows 8.
This week's Freeware Friday choice is FileZilla.
At the Pepcom Holiday Spectacular in New York, BYTE got a glimpse of holiday offerings from tech companies the globe over.
An enjoyable application for adding sidecar functionality to phone calls.
Google+ Ultimate lets you control various aspects of how Google+ presents itself in your browser
Latest tech appears in games first always. Techpros take notice.
The Google+ Mobile App for Android is surprisingly mature at this stage of the game.
SyncTV claims it's bringing a video content distribution system to a wider audience.
How long do software programs need to be in beta stage anyway?
Here’s how to encrypt your PC's system drives with the BitLocker tool, included with Windows 7 Enterprise and Ultimate editions.