Swype, the much-ballyhooed virtual keyboard technology that allows users to run their fingers around the keys to type out messages, might soon have a competitor on Windows Phone 8.1.
Microsoft is planning to offer a Swype-like technology in Windows Phone 8.1, The Verge reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the company's plans. A video was posted by UnleashThePhones purporting to show the technology in action.
If Microsoft decides to go with the new input method, it will mark a significant change in the way most device owners type messages by hunting and pecking. According to The … Read more
Some like to believe that thievery carries with it a touch of honor.
When it comes to stealing gadgets, however, it seems no one is safe.
On Thursday evening, a man was driving in San Francisco, trying to park his car. As PC World reports, two men came over to him.
One told him he couldn't park in that particular part of the city's Mission District. The other, police say, opened the back door and took a tablet out of a passenger's hands.
The passenger was 2 years old.
San Francisco Police Department spokesman Officer Albie Esparza … Read more
It might be a good idea now for Microsoft to be more public about the direction of its tablet operating system so consumers know what they're buying into.
But Windows RT, as it stands now, is in no-man's-land. It's not the Windows 8.1 that comes on PCs and it's not Windows Phone 8.
And it's been that way too long -- since October 2012.
So far, the … Read more
Quick housekeeping note: I'll be traveling next week, and although I've lined up a couple sweet deals to occupy you during my absence, expect a few days without anything new. I'll miss you, cheeps! But, hey: mind watering the plants while I'm gone?
Also, today's deal is an update of one from last year -- with an even better price, of course.
Landline, shlandine! Here at Cheapskate Central (aka Rick's house), phone service arrives over the interwebs. And for the past several years, that service has come via Ooma. Total cost for my home … Read more
Apple fans in the UK recently came out and admitted to having "blind loyalty" to their iPhones. Devotees of particular brands love to throw names at enthusiasts of other brands. You get terms like "Fandroids" and "Apple fanboys" tossed around as intended insults.
All that name-calling plays off the idea that some people are completely dedicated to a particular phone brand. For instance, this guy is already waiting in line for an iPhone 6, before he even knows the first thing about it...like whether or not it's a good buy for his … Read more
Consumers looking for an iPhone could shave $50 off the price through a new sale from Best Buy.
From Sunday, February 16, through Saturday, February 22, Best Buy will slash $50 off the price of all iPhones bought via the usual two-year contract with AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon Wireless. As just a few examples, the 16GB iPhone 5 will be free, the 16GB 5C will sell for $50, and the 16GB 5S can be had for $150.
Are you tired of the repetitive tap dance that completing simple tasks on your iPhone sometimes requires? If so, then Launch Center Pro may just be the best app you've probably never heard about.
What it does is let iOS users automate repetitive tasks such as "send an e-mail to my boss," and other common actions that only require a tap of your finger. No, it's not glamorous, but it simplifies the actions you do most, and in the process, saves you a ton of time. At $4.99, Launch Center Pro is expensive, but once … Read more
For as long as I can remember, I've had a particular weakness for Sony mobile devices. I mean I still get misty-eyed when I recall my adolescent crush, the Walkman WM-150. She truly was a thing of beauty. Unfortunately, Sony's legendary gadget-making chops have yet to fully cross over into minting world-class smartphones -- at least not for models sold in the good old US of A. … Read more
For all their smarts, smartphones can be complicated animals. Or at least frustrating ones, especially if you run into some of the problems that tend to crop up among new smartphone owners.
(Note that I'm referring to both new smartphone-owners and new-smartphone owners. Hyphenation matters, people!)
Thankfully, most of these issues are easily resolved -- or if not resolved, easily worked around. Let's dive right in.