Another hour or so later, all four combinations (16 or 32 GB in black or white) were again available with a note that they would leave the warehouse by November 8. It's likely that these stock and shipping statuses will continue to bounce around for a while. … Read more
The long-awaited Nexus 5 Android handset made by LG was just made official by Google. Expected to be sold in an unlocked model, the new smartphone will also hit AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in time for the holiday season.
Specifically, Sprint will offer up the Nexus 5 for $149.99 after rebates and a two-year contract agreement. T-Mobile on the other hand also plans to sell the Nexus 5, "in the coming weeks" but no pricing has yet be announced. AT&T hasn't disclosed it will carry the device per se, but Google has … Read more
Google is trying to bring a little sanity to the world of Android.
One primary benefit of Android 4.4 KitKat, which was unveiled Thursday, is its ability to run on both low- and high-end hardware. The idea is that manufacturers don't have to choose between different versions of Android to suit the specifications of their phone, whether it costs $100 or $600.
The move is an attempt by Google to provide a more consistent experience across the universe of Android smartphones. While flagship smartphones such as the Galaxy S4 or HTC One have been able to employ newer … Read more
Sundar Pichai, head of Google's Chrome and Android businesses, said the company focused on three themes for Android 4.4, also known as KitKat -- making sure it will work on low-end phones, making it more "beautiful and immersive," and bringing "Google smarts" to the device.
Check out CNET's take on the Nexus 5.
"Our vision for computing is to design Android … Read more
The Nexus franchise is finally getting a little respect.
Google on Thursday pulled the wraps off its latest marquee smartphone, the Nexus 5, which comes loaded with high-end specifications and Android 4.4, or KitKat. But perhaps just as important is the confirmation that the phone will be broadly available in carrier stores across the nation.
That's right, the Nexus 5 will be sold through Sprint and T-Mobile, with only Verizon Wireless opting out of carrying the device. Updated at 3:26 p.m. PT: Google came back and confirmed that AT&T won't be selling the … Read more
Two of the flashiest colors among Apple's new iPhones also have been the least popular, according to a new consumer study.
The gold iPhone 5S and the yellow iPhone 5C made up the smallest number of sales compared with Apple's other device colors during the past month of sales. That's according to a study of early buyers polled by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP).
New research published by the research firm on Wednesday suggests 43 percent of iPhone 5S buyers went with Apple's space gray color, with another 30 percent going with silver. It was a … Read more
Fora Dictionary lets you combine multiple dictionaries into one feature-packed application you can even use when offline. While people who just need to look up words might get overwhelmed by the plethora of options, superusers will be delighted for sure.
Instead of giving you a dictionary to start with, this application lets you install dictionaries you find online to help you define words. It does come with Wikipedia preloaded, but that's not always the best option when defining words. Instead, if you don't have a dictionary file on your phone, you'll have to download a dictionary from … Read more
It wasn't that long ago that desktop "computer" audio was synonymous with awful-sounding, cheap 'n' cheerful plastic speakers, but over the last few years Audioengine, Emotiva, Adam Audio, and many others started making seriously good high-quality monitors, with prices starting around $200 a pair.
I mostly focus on desktop speakers a la carte, but this time out I'm checking out PSB Speakers' ultracompact Alpha PS1 monitors paired with the almost-as-small SubSeries 100 sub. This three-piece system reaches lower into the bass than any of the aforementioned monitors without breaking the bank. Alpha PS1s run $299 per … Read more
Apple says some buyers of its latest iPhone may experience shorter battery life due to a manufacturing defect on a "very limited" number of models.
"We recently discovered a manufacturing issue affecting a very limited number of iPhone 5S devices that could cause the battery to take longer to charge or result in reduced battery life," the company told The New York Times. "We are reaching out to customers with affected phones and will provide them with a replacement phone."
It's unclear just how many phones that is, which models were affected, and … Read more
One of the many new visual effects added in iOS 7 is a blur effect. You have no doubt seen it on a daily basis if you use an iOS device running the latest version of iOS. By pulling up Control Center, or using the keyboard in most apps (especially Messages) you've seen how objects in the background are blurred out by the graphics being layered on top.
It's a neat magic trick, and definitely adds a bit of depth to iOS. But not everyone is going to be amused by seeing app icons or chat bubbles blurred … Read more