The year is coming to an end, and of many products I've worked with during 2013, just a handful of them are really memorable because of a unique feature, function, or capability that each possesses. Note that these devices are not necessarily among the best of their type (though most of them are); they are just those I personally find most interesting.
I've listed each product below with the reason that makes each stand out from the pack. This list is sorted in the order in which they were reviewed, with the most recent on top.WD Black 2 Dual Drive … Read more
Cover has released its app for retooling the Android lock screen into a useful, adaptable launch pad for apps.
Cover brings a number of features to Android phones: it picks commonly used apps on your lock screen, changing them according to your location and time of day based on your usage patterns for work, home, or in between. It lets you slide the … Read more
A little unsolicited advice to tech companies wanting to hold an event: Bring something at least moderately interesting or new to the table.
Otherwise, you end up like Instagram, which on Thursday unveiled Instagram Direct, its take on the direct and instant messaging feature that's available on virtually every other major service. The moment was, to say the least, disappointing.
Instagram, a unit of Facebook, is just the latest company to focus on upping its one-to-one messaging capabilities after building its business and customer base on its social turf. Founder Kevin Systrom spoke of Instagram as more than a … Read more
We hear a lot about supply issues prompting tech delays, but Motorola has a new force to deal with: Winter Storm Dion.
Motorola has issued letters to those who have ordered a Moto G, saying its fulfillment center in Fort Worth, Texas, was hit hard by Winter Storm Dion, and it's "still recovering from the storm's impact." The letter, obtained by Engadget, includes an apology from Motorola as it tries to explain why the company's latest handset didn't get out to customers on time.
To make it right, Motorola has said that it will … Read more
Meet the new wireless charging technology, same as the old wireless charging technology.
It's called Rezence (pronounced like "reh-zence"), and it is the new brand for the Alliance 4 Wireless Power (A4WP), a group of high-profile technology companies -- which counts Samsung Electronics, Qualcomm, and Intel as key members -- pitching a next-generation form of wireless charging.
In fact, it hopes Rezence becomes as well known as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
Wireless charging, which allows you to place a phone or other device on a pad to recharge its battery, is found in select tech products and stores, … Read more
Google today released a mobile app for its Android Device Manager service. Available for free in the Google Play store, the app lets users manage and secure an Android tablet or phone associated with their Google account from another Android device (running Gingerbread and up).
The app gives access to all Android Device Manager features, including locating a tablet or phone on a map, resetting its lock code, and erasing it completely. Just note that your missing device must be connected to the cellular network or to Wi-Fi for it to perform the commands.
Though Google released Android Device Manager … Read more
Yesterday, Google updated the app with two small but welcome additions: file sorting and a find/replace feature for documents.
Now, when viewing your main file list, you'll see a Sort button in the upper-right corner. Tap it to access the following new options:Last edited by me Last modified Last opened by me Title (the default)
Google Drive also offers a helpful new tool for anyone who relies on the app for document editing: find-and-replace.
When you have a document open, you … Read more
Spotify said on Wednesday that it has expanded to 20 new markets around the world.
The music service had expanded to 35 markets from 17 this year. But with additional 20 announced today, that brings its total presence to 55 markets.
The announcement comes as Spotify announced that its mobile app would be available for free, potentially expanding its listener base.
The new markets will get the free mobile app from day one, CEO Daniel Ek said.
Here are all of the markets Spotify currently serves:
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Denmark, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, … Read more