Google late Wednesday made an unexpected announcement that it's selling Motorola Mobility to Chinese PC giant Lenovo for $2.91 billion, or less than a quarter of what it paid for the handset vendor just a couple of years ago. During the years Google owned it, Motorola lost money and market share, and the relationship caused tension between Google and the other Android vendors, particularly Samsung. It also led those other phone makers to develop their own software and services, rather than push those from Google. That amplified Android's fragmentation … Read more
Archos this week quietly introduced a new family of Neon tablets. Ranging in size from 9 inches to 10.1 inches, the slabs are similar to the company's Carbon and Cobalt lines. Unfortunately, these new Neon tablets are on the lower end.
On the smaller end of the scale, we have the Archos 90 Neon, which features a 9-inch display, but at only a 800x480-pixel resolution, about the same resolution as your typical 4-inch Android smartphone.
Running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, it houses a 1.4GHz quad-core processor with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage with microSD expansion. … Read more
Mobile devices don't always interpret touch gestures correctly. A new patent application from Apple, which CNET also reported about here, suggests one way to improve their accuracy.
Published Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, a patent dubbed "Gesture and Touch Input Detection Through Force Sensing" explains a way of adding force sensors to a touch screen. Such sensors would recognize certain types of swipes and better distinguish accidental gestures from the real thing.
As envisioned by Apple, three or four force sensors would be outfitted with a device's touch screen. But the sensors would … Read more
Apple has applied for a patent that would turn the bezel around an iPad screen into a smart area capable of adding functionality to the slate.
According to Patently Apple, which earlier reported on the patent application, the technology includes so-called "force sensors" that are sitting at the corners of the black bezel around a tablet display. Along the bezel, Apple would also have sensors around the bezel that would identify both pressure and location and perform an action.
Google late Wednesday confirmed that it's selling Motorola Mobility to Chinese PC giant Lenovo for $2.91 billion, or less than a quarter of what it paid for the handset vendor in 2011. Motorola has brought nothing but troubles (and a lot of patents) to Google, with the company steadily losing money and market share. It also has caused headaches for other Android smartphone makers, especially Samsung.
The holidays proved to be a boon for the tablet market. Worldwide shipments of the iPad, Kindle, Galaxy Note, and other tablets grew to 76.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. That's 62.4 percent growth over the previous quarter. For the full year of 2013, tablet shipments totaled 217.1 million, up from 144.2 million in 2012 -- which equals a growth rate of 50.6 percent.
The publication said the two companies started forming agreements at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month "that would bring Samsung's view of Android in line with Google's own." That means Samsung will consider changing or getting rid of its new Magazine UX interface that sits on top of Android, as well as highlight Google's apps for movies, music, and other services, instead of pushing its own, Recode said.
Samsung said in a … Read more
Back in August 2012, Netflix announced a new feature called Post-Play. The thought behind the feature was to make it easier for those of us who binge on a steady stream of episodes from the same TV series.
With Post-Play, Netflix will automatically begin playing the next episode, without requiring any interaction from the user. Every two episodes you're asked to confirm you're still watching and haven't nodded off to sleep.
As with any feature, Post-Play isn't for everyone; but until recently, it was enabled by default with no way for Netflix users to turn it … Read more
You'd be hard-pressed to find a simpler, more natural-feeling note-taking app for the iPad than INKredible. It feels like a stripped-down version of Paper; you don't get many of the sketching tools and instead receive a small selection of writing instruments that feel like the real thing. The app is free and provides a fountain pen, while three other instruments -- calligraphy pen, wet brush, and ballpoint pen -- are available as in-app purchases for 99 cents each. Developer Viet Tran has a more fully featured paid app, Notes Plus, and created INKredible to show off its vector-graphics … Read more
Google recently updated Chrome for iOS with the typical bug fixes and a couple of new features. One of the new features is the ability to cut back on the amount of data used by your iOS device.
The feature reroutes non-SSL or Incognito Web browsing through Google's servers to compress the pages, resulting in less data being transmitted to and from your iDevice.
In order to use the new feature, and hopefully cut down on data consumption by Chrome, you'll need to launch the current version of the app and navigate to the Settings page.
Once in … Read more