Prepaid carrier Aio Wireless becomes three smartphones stronger this February 14. That's when the AT&T-owned wireless provider adds a trio of new smartphones to its lineup -- the Motorola Moto G, Nokia Lumia 520, and ZTE Sonata 4G.
We've spent a long time with Nokia's Lumia 521 for T-Mobile and 520 for AT&T, and Motorola's budget Moto G is already marching across the major carriers. The ZTE Sonata 4G -- which we saw at CES -- is the only one of the new Valentine's Day handsets that's exclusive to Aio. … Read more
If there's anything more fun than fighting monsters and casting spells in a sword-and-sorcery setting, it's doing it with thousands of other players in the same game world. That's the appeal of massively multiplayer online (or MMO) games, from EverQuest to World of Warcraft. The appeal for game makers is even more obvious -- the ability to create a recurring revenue stream from monthly subscription fees, on top of an initial game purchase.
But aside from the ever-popular WoW, few massively multiplayer online games have broken through to the gaming mainstream. Even games with built-in audiences, such … Read more
Samsung is aiming to be more stylish with the latest twist on its Galaxy S4 phones.
The new Black Edition of the S4 and its S4 Mini counterpart come with a faux-leather textured back cover and bezel. Riffing on the same theme, the power adapter, data cable, and headphones are black as is the product packaging itself.
Buyers of the new versions will also find a suite of eight new wallpaper designs for the home and lock screens as well as several exclusive ringtones.
The black editions first popped up on Samsung's Russian Web site late last month.
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And numerous TVs are available with 3D capability -- and include the requisite glasses -- to handle playing those movies in the home. Until now, however, they all demanded severe picture quality sacrifices when you donned the glasses.… Read more
I've been hearing it since the new year: "There are no games to play!"
Sure, we seem to have found ourselves in a bit of a lull when it comes to the big blockbuster video game. When I posted what I felt were 2014's most anticipated titles, I may have overlooked the fact that the beginning of 2014 was a bit on the light side for games.
Wrought with guilt that I may have in someway performed a disservice to you fine people, I felt compelled to compile a short list of interactive software worthy of your hard-earned income. The best part? Most of these titles are significantly cheaper than the $60 you're probably used to paying for a shiny new game.… Read more
Apple risks falling behind in display tech in 2014, DisplayMate Technologies said in a research note.
Echoing an earlier note, DisplayMate Technologies Raymond Soneira said this week that "Apple has recently given up the lead in displays -- now Amazon, Google, LG, and Samsung are launching products with the best and most innovative displays."
He cited the example of an emerging LCD technology called Quantum Dots that Amazon has tapped for the Kindle Fire HDX 7 (now $199 at Amazon).
"Quantum Dots are going to revolutionize and reenergize LCDs for the next 5+ years," he wrote. &… Read more
Here's a secret for gadget makers: If you want to get a lot of attention for your new device, release it in January.
The first month of the year heralds CES with all its noise and bluster. But after the show, when the insanity dies down and holiday sales recede into history, the gadget landscape dries out. As we do each month, we used our unique algorithm to rank gadget buzz according to search volume, engagement on CNET, and editors' ratings. This month, the effects of a dry release cycle come into clear relief. The usual suspects are still … Read more
Apple has reportedly resumed production of the discontinued iPhone 4, but only for three countries.
The smartphone, which was retired last September, has gone back into production for customers in India, Indonesia, and Brazil, according to an Economic Times report. Citing three unidentified senior executives, the report said the move is aimed at recouping market share lost to Samsung in countries where Apple did not have budget-conscious handsets.
Recent iPhone 4 shipments in India bear December manufacture dates, according to the report, which noted that this is the first time that Apple has resurrected production of a discontinued handset.
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That includes an Active model that's more rugged than the flagship device, according to the Korean language ET News. Samsung also may launch a Zoom model of the Galaxy S5 with strong camera capabilities, BGR said, based on an Indian import database that showed to listings for "SM-C115 Samsung Mobile Camera.&… Read more