Our coverage of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, kicks off this weekend, and to get you pumped up for the biggest and baddest mobile showcase of the year, we're offering up a preview of what's in store in a new Inside Scoop. While we expect some interesting unveilings from Nokia, Sony, LG and other major mobile players, one of the hottest news items so far is the rumored announcement of the Galaxy S5 from Samsung. In this week's Top 5, we're rounding up some of the features we're dying to see in the new … Read more
The first time I ever talked to an analyst, she told me that I was perfectly sane, but merely needed a few hundred Prozac to lighten my burden.
This early, troubling experience has tended to color my encounters with the word "analyst."
However, in the venal world of money, every time an analyst speaks, numbers seem to twirl on Wall Street in nervous reaction.
I am surprised, therefore, that Wall Street and half of California didn't endure electrical faults on hearing that an analyst had declared Apple heading down Microsoft Way.As Business Insider reports, Barclays' Ben … Read more
After Google opened up the Chromecast to all developers who were interested, it was only a matter of time until we started seeing apps hit Android and iOS markets alike.
One such app that's especially useful for iOS users, will send photos to a Chromecast. The app is called Photo Cast and is available for free.
After installing the app the only setup required is to grant the app permission to access your photos, and tapping on the Chromecast icon to select the device you'd like to send the photos to.
Then, any photos you select will show … Read more
The US Postal Service hopes Steve Jobs can do for it what he once did for Apple.
The late Apple co-founder will be featured on a commemorative US postage stamp in 2015, according to a US Postal Service list of approved subjects obtained by The Washington Post. Usually kept secret to maximize buzz over stamps' subjects, the list includes subjects the post office plans to commemorate on stamps for the rest of this year and the next couple of years.
In addition to the historical, cultural, and literary figures who have traditionally graced US postage stamps, the list reflects a … Read more
The iPad's magnetic personality could help users attach an array of accessories to their tablets.
Published Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, a patent fittingly named "Magnetic Attachment Unit" describes how the iPad's current magnet system could be expanded to hook up with docks, stands, touchpads, joysticks, cameras, other iPads, and even a special magnetic ring. iPad owners would be able to couple the tablet with an accessory without having to rely on the dock connector.
Accessories would connect to any side of the iPad, including the bottom, letting the tablet attach to compatible … Read more
Does Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth know something about Apple's rumored sapphire displays that we don't?
During a Town Hall Hangout Wednesday, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth made comments about displays that his company was planning for its own Ubuntu Edge smartphone -- a concept announced by Canonical in July of 2013.
"Apple just snapped up three year's worth of the supply of sapphire screens from the company that we had engaged to make the screens for the Edge," he said (at roughly the 30:45 mark linked to above). The report about the sapphire display comments … Read more
After speculation spread across the Web this week about Apple possibly courting Elon Musk to acquire Tesla, the electric car company CEO dispelled the myth on Wednesday.
In an interview with Bloomberg Television, Musk confirmed that he did meet with Apple and "had conversations" but that he "can't comment on whether those revolved around any kind of acquisition."
On Sunday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Musk met with Apple's chief of mergers and acquisitions and possibly CEO Tim Cook last spring. The newspaper floated the idea of a high-level merger between the two … Read more
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich responded to questions about Apple, building his own PCs, and future tech at Intel in a Reddit AMA on Wednesday.
On Apple: "We've always had a very close relationship with Apple, and it continues to grow closer. Sure [it's] grown close over the years especially since...they started to use our technology in their systems."
Along these lines -- though Krzanich didn't address it -- market researcher IC Insights posted a research note earlier in the month suggesting that Intel should cut a deal with Apple for its idle Fab 42 … Read more
This isn't going to stop, is it?
Samsung is going to relentlessly tweak Apple's slightly tired-looking cheek until everyone in the playground is laughing.In another new ad that chuckles at Apple's allegedly retrograde nature, Samsung -- or rather its California-based creative types -- decides to take the well-known iPad Air ad featuring a pencil and suck the air out of it.
Anyone who watches the NBA knows that to win it all, you need size.
Samsung wants you to know that it's the same with smartphones.
Oh, Apple might think it's a terribly pretty and clever Steve Nash. But, let's face it, he should be called Steve Gnat when faced with the larger, extra-dimensional presence of LeBron James.So in its latest ad for the Note 3, Samsung begins to chuckle at just how tiny Apple's device is.
The Note, you see, has 5.7 inches of HD. Apple, on the other hand, has 4 inches of … Read more