Apple can thank holiday shoppers for a surge in iPad Air sales.Activations of the new iPad increased by 51 percent this past weekend compared with those from the prior weekend, according to mobile analytics firm Localytics. That volume put the new Air on the top of the tablet heap, followed by the new iPad Mini in second place with 26 percent more activations than those during the prior weekend.
Fast forward to today, when Apple has included the M7 chip in the iPhone 5S, with its sole purpose being to track the movement of the device. Moves was recently updated to take advantage of this addition to the iOS hardware, and the price went from … Read more
At the risk of incurring Android fanboy wrath, Google Now is a lot like Apple's Siri: it responds to voice commands and can perform lots of cool and practical functions.
Of course, like Siri, it comes without an instruction manual. And, in fact, if you invoke the help command or look at Google's own support page, you'll get only an abbreviated list of the available voice actions.
Over at Trendblog.net, however, there's a new infographic listing around 60 Google Now voice commands, everything from Communication to Notes & Reminders to Easter Eggs.
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Garmin has announced a pair of smartphone mounting kits for Android and iPhone devices that are designed to help drivers to interact with the Navigon navigation app safely and more conveniently.
The GPS hardware manufacturer and navigation software developer has really been pushing the Navigon app with its latest forays into the smartphone accessory biz. First, there was the Garmin HUD, a retro-sweet head-up display that displayed turn-by-turn directions on your windshield, but only if you used it with the Navigon app.
Snap your Android smartphone into the Universal Smartphone Mount and, if the device supports Near Field Communication, an … Read more
There's an old Swedish saying that cyclists often like to paraphrase: There's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. Now, a new smart shirt seems to suggest that, indeed, clothing has the potential to not only affect how we weather the weather, but how we maintain our health, too.
The FitnessSHIRT, which was developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen, Germany, may be available sometime in the next year. It uses conductive textile electrodes integrated into its material to capture cardio activity -- including breathing, pulse, and changes in heart rate. The … Read more
Buyers of certain Samsung smartphones can now get a free Samsung tablet courtesy of AT&T.
As of Wednesday, October 30, AT&T will dole out a free 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 tablet to anyone who buys a Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 Active, Galaxy Note 3, or Galaxy Note 2. The deal is good for people who opt for the carrier's usual two-year agreement or choose AT&T's Next installment plan. It also requires that customers add the Galaxy Tab 3 to an existing AT&T Mobile Share plan for an extra $… Read more
One common utility for troubleshooting problems in OS X is Activity Monitor, which will display the system's running processes and various statistics about them, including the useful percent CPU usage and memory footprint of each. This information allows you to quickly assess whether a program is stable or if it may be experiencing an error that is impacting the system.
In the past few versions of OS X, Apple has not changed Activity Monitor much; however, once you install OS X Mavericks you will see significant changes.
For one, the program's tabs are now along the top instead … Read more
Chevrolet integrated Apple's personal assistant Siri into two cars last year, and it's gone so well that the company is adding the functionality to six more vehicles.
The way Siri integration works is by wirelessly connecting to the Chevy MyLink infotainment system via Bluetooth. This allows people with newer generations of the iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, or iPod Touch running iOS 6 or iOS 7 to perform Siri-related tasks using a voice activation button on their car's steering wheel.
In this "Eyes Free" mode, users can make calls, access their calendars, play songs from their … Read more
The research is young and the tech has only been used experimentally on three patients, but neurologists at Stanford say they are officially able to eavesdrop on the human brain in real-life (not just clinical) situations. What's more, they say their new method of recording brain activity opens the door to devices that can not only read but also manipulate the mind.
"This is exciting, and a little scary," Henry Greely, steering committee chair of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics who observed but did not work on the study, said in a school news release. "… Read more
LG and Samsung may be trying to beat each other to the market with a flexible smartphone.Dubbed either the LG Z or Z1, LG's entry into the flexible smartphone arena would offer a concave design, ZDNet Asia said on Wednesday, citing "industry sources." Curved like a banana, according to the English translation of the story, the display would offer a hefty six inches of screen real estate.
Already in mass production, the LG Z is expected to launch later this month, ZDNet's sources added.
Not to be outdone, Samsung said Wednesday that it plans to … Read more