I do not enjoy air travel. Of the many aspects I dislike -- the potential for exploding during takeoff, middle seats in coach, turbulence, the person in front of you fully reclining for the entire flight, the potential for crashing during landing -- there is one I must face before I even leave the house: the anxiety about getting caught in a miles-long security line at the airport and missing my flight. Perhaps for my next trip that requires a flight, WhatsBusy can reduce my anxiety a bit -- at least until I get to the gate and begin to … Read more
Microsoft currently has three different versions of Windows running on mobile devices. But Microsoft is working to reduce that number, Julie Larson-Green, executive vice president of devices and studios, confirmed in an interview last week.
At present, Microsoft offers plain-old Windows for Intel-based PCs and tablets. There's Windows RT for ARM-based PCs and tablets. And there's the Windows Phone OS for Windows Phones.
I reported earlier this year that one of my sources said Microsoft is planning to whittle this down to two versions, though possibly not until the spring of 2015.
Speaking at the UBS Global Technology … Read more
Apple has a service called Find My Friends which allows an iOS user to share his or her location with other iOS users. It's a service reminiscent of Google Latitude, which was retired earlier this year.
After Latitude was retired, Google moved the service to Google+, but it has only been available to Android users up until recently.
With the latest update to the iOS Google+ app, users can now enable location sharing with friends and family members. First thing you'll need to do is download the latest update to the Google+ iOS app.
After the update is … Read more
iPhone users who plan to ask Santa for an Android phone can follow "Eric's Guide" to ease the transition.
Ringing in the holidays the Google way, Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt took to Google+ on Sunday to tell us all that "many of my iPhone friends are converting to Android."
Why? "The latest high-end phones from Samsung (Galaxy S4), Motorola (Verizon Droid Ultra) and the Nexus 5 (for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile) have better screens, are faster, and have a much more intuitive interface," Schmidt said. "They are a great Christmas present … Read more
Lawyers say the strangest things.
During last week's court show between Apple and Samsung, the latter's legal representatives offered so many thoughtful quotes.
They admitted that their clients had copied certain Apple patents. They suggested that Apple's lawyers were invoking racially-charged feelings. Then they uttered one phrase that might resound for quite some time.
In his closing argument, Samsung lawyer Bill Price offered this: "Apple has tried to mischaracterize these patents so they are the iPhone. These patents are very narrow...Apple doesn't own beautiful and sexy."
It was a statement in which some … Read more
Although you can't deny the popularity of flagship handsets, manufacturers aren't shying away from offering devices that are just one notch down from their highest tiered smartphones.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, for instance, recently landed on Verizon and Sprint (with plans to reach AT&T and U.S. Cellular customers soon). It costs $99.99 on contract, though with temporary rebates and deals, Sprint is offering it for free to new customers only. The device features many of the things users love about the Galaxy S4, but in a smaller, slightly less powerful package.
Likewise, Motorola … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Microsoft pens playful doctor's note for Xbox One gamers.
- Xbox One just as sleek (on the inside) as PlayStation 4.
- This stealth company nestled against (inside?) Google is building flying cars.
- FCC considers lifting cell phone ban on planes.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and boy do we have a lot of tech awesomeness to be thankful for this week. Hot on the heels of the PS4 release, Microsoft has just launched the Xbox One. It might have the higher price tag, but does it matter? We get our mitts on the shiny new gaming console and offer up some of our highs and lows. We also checked out the world's first (deeply) curved display smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Round. Crazy, gimmicky, or brilliant? We'll let you decide for yourselves.
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Microsoft will soon have its smartphone business.
The Redmond, Wash., software giant is set to win unconditional regulatory approval from the European Union, according to Reuters, which cited people familiar with the matter.
The deal is virtually done, with Nokia shareholders having already given it their okay earlier this week. Microsoft is also set to take over Nokia's headquarters in Espoo, Finland.
The $7.3 billion deal would nab Microsoft the phone (and now tablet) business of Nokia, while the networks business would remain independent. With Nokia, Microsoft will have its own in-house devices division to build Windows Phone … Read more
People who like their phones unlocked and SIM-free can now pick up an iPhone 5S in that state directly through Apple.
Available via Apple's online store, the new unlocked iPhone 5S requires a GSM-compatible SIM, which means it'll work on AT&T and T-Mobile but not on Sprint or Verizon. It also means buyers will have to pick up a SIM from their carrier of choice.
With no carrier subsidy, the phone sells at full retail -- $649 for the 16GB model, $749 for the 32GB edition, and $849 for the 64GB version. An unlocked iPhone 5S … Read more