Device encryption can be a great way to keep your data secure in case it falls into the wrong hands. For many users, however, it can be overkill and there's usually a performance hit to a device that's been encrypted. Using a PIN code to lock the device is usually an effective deterrent and software tools like Find My iPhone and Android Device Manager can help track, lock, or wipe lost devices.
Where there's a WILL there's a Wacom. WILL, or Wacom Ink Layer Language, was announced Wednesday by the specialists in digital art devices to create a standard language for drawing on the screens of phones, tablets, laptops, or any digital devices.
WILL is an abstract language that records brush strokes in a consistent format regardless of how they were drawn, whether it was by a stylus, digital pen, or a good old-fashioned finger.
Wacom has created an SDK (software development kit) and API (application programming interface) so manufacturers can add the technology into devices, software, ecosystems, or enterprise … Read more
Apple's iPads may be grossly overpriced compared with other tablets, but it's obvious plenty of people don't care: the buggers sell like hotcakes. Give credit to shiny hardware, an intuitive operating system, and that certain je ne sais quoi.
I'm a Kindle Fire user myself, and as much as I like the device, I can't help feeling pangs of Mini envy whenever I see Apple's adorably shrunken iPad. (It's the je ne sais quoi, people!)
So, yeah, I want one, but no way am I going to pay $299 for a 16GB, Wi-Fi-only … Read more
The company, speaking at a developer day at Mobile World Congress, released a software development kit for its Gear 2 smartwatch, which is based on the Tizen operating system, and an SDK for its S Health application. It also launched a Gear Fit SDK that will allow developers to make apps for their Android devices that can interact with the Gear Fit.
Full CNET coverage of the 2014 Mobile World Congress "… Read more
BARCELONA, Spain -- Want cinema-like audio when you play video games or watch a movie on your smartphone or tablet? You may be able to get it soon.
Here at Mobile World Congress, audio company Dolby gave me a demo of its Atmos technology running on a tablet. I listened to four different video clips via an ordinary passive headset (Sennheiser, if you must know), and came away impressed. I was particularly amazed at how audio came from below my chin and above my brow, enveloping me in a cocoon of sound.
Atmos is basically a surround-sound system with the … Read more
The Korean electronics giant loaded its new fitness band, the Gear Fit, with a real-time operating system instead of the Android software used in its phones or the Tizen software used in its new Gear smartwatches.
"It's a much simpler OS, and it helps us keep the battery life three to four days whereas Gear 2 is [about] two days," Seshu Madhavapeddy, senior vice president of product and technology at Samsung Telecommunications America, told … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain -- Based on its specifications, you'd expect Panasonic's 5-inch Toughpad FZ-X1 to be a smartphone -- albeit a chunky-looking one. That's not the case, however; the company insists that the FZ-X1 is a tablet first and foremost.
The Panasonic slate is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, and runs the Android operating system (4.2.2). When I tried it out, it appeared to be close … Read more
The Korean electronics giant has been working on such a device for months, but the product continues to face delays. The company most recently said it would release a phone in February. But instead, Samsung made its first Tizen push with wearables. It's still working on a Tizen-based phone, but just when that will launch is unclear.
"We are carefully evaluating the market needs and opportunity to introduce the Tizen-based smartphone during this year," Young-hee Lee, head of marketing for Samsung's … Read more
Based on its specifications, you'd expect Panasonic's 5-inch Toughpad FZ-E1 to be a smartphone -- albeit a chunky looking one. That's not the case, however, as the company insists that the FZ-E1 is a tablet first and foremost.
Powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor running at 2.3GHz, the FZ-E1 runs the upcoming Windows Embedded Handset 8 operating system (meant for enterprise use), but with a Windows Phone 8 skin -- the OS has not been released, and Microsoft doesn't want to reveal how the UI looks like just yet. Panasonic assures me that … Read more
The Santa Clara, Calif., chipmaker is close to signing a deal with Samsung to provide LTE chips for one of the variations of the Galaxy S5 that will hit the market in the coming months, an Intel spokesman told CNET.
Hermann Eul, head of Intel's mobile chip business, had originally told CNET that his company would supply LTE chips for some models of the GS5. He had declined to provide further details about the chip or where those particular … Read more