Zilta Android Smartphone Release Date

The Android smartphone for people who are sick of Android smartphones

By on June 11, 2014 at 6:40 PM.

The Android smartphone for people who are sick of Android smartphones

When Lari Numminen and Jukka Kekäläinen set out to improve the user experience on Android, they did not expect to create an entire new phone. Instead, they initially built an Android app that would offer a simple interface for launching your most-used apps. The app eventually was installed 10,000 times, but the developers realized that people still had to use Android’s complex pre-installed apps in addition to their own. To solve this, they decided to create their own phone, which is called the Zilta and will be available in December for €139 (about $189) in Europe.  More →

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Nod smart ring: gestures used to control smart TV

Meet the gadget that could take TV gesture controls to the next level

By on June 10, 2014 at 5:17 PM.

Meet the gadget that could take TV gesture controls to the next level

Last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple was going to enter new product categories in 2014. No one knows exactly what these categories will be, but the two most widely rumored ones are wearables and TV. So it caught our attention when we saw a new device called Nod that creatively combines both categories by using a wearable computer to interact with TVs in new ways. More →

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HP keyboard: Leap Motion sensor built in

You can now buy a keyboard with Leap Motion built in

By on June 9, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

You can now buy a keyboard with Leap Motion built in

If you wanted a Leap Motion controller, you either need to buy the stand-alone sensor for $79, buy the HP Envy 17 Leap Motion Special Edition, or buy one of 11 other HP devices that came with a keyboard that have an embedded Leap Motion sensor. Now you can buy that keyboard as a stand-alone device for any computer for $99, Engadget was told at the Computex trade show. Of course, you’ll need to have the Leap Motion software installed, which can run on Windows 7 or 8 and Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. When Leap Motion was announced in 2012, we called it “one of the coolest pieces of technology we’ve seen in a while” and its gesture controls look like a vision of the future. Despite the initial excitement, though, it has struggled to attract strong developer attention.

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Best iOS 8 Features Extensions

This key iOS 8 feature will change how you use your iPhone

By on June 9, 2014 at 3:42 PM.

This key iOS 8 feature will change how you use your iPhone

Apple announced many exciting new features for iOS and OS X last week at its annual World Wide Developers Conference, but the feature that will do the most to change how we use iOS is called Extensions. As the name suggests, extensions allow apps to extend their functionality to other apps. But Apple being Apple, these extensions still face many restrictions in order to maintain long battery life and to keep apps secure. To understand Extensions, Ars Technica dug deep into the developer docs and the WWDC session videos and has provided the most detailed look into how Extensions will work. More →

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Apple iOS Maps

Apple accidentally revealed that transit directions are coming to iOS

By on June 9, 2014 at 10:33 AM.

Apple accidentally revealed that transit directions are coming to iOS

One of the most sought-after features for iOS 8 was transit directions in the Maps app, a feature Apple removed when it switched from Google Maps to its own home-grown mapping solution. But last Monday, Apple did not announce transit directions during its annual World Wide Developers Conference. However, it turns out that Apple may have accidentally leaked screenshots of the upcoming new Maps feature during a WWDC session video. More →

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KitKat Android market share May 2014

KitKat’s install base is much higher in North America than you think

By on June 6, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

KitKat’s install base is much higher in North America than you think

At Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference this week, CEO Tim Cook bashed Android for its fragmentation by showing a slide with Android’s latest version, KitKat, on only 9% of all Android phones. While it’s true that KitKat’s market share is still very low throughout the entire world, analytics firm Chitika released new Android numbers on Friday that show KitKat has jumped to 37% in North America. Chitika attributes this increase mostly to the three most recent Samsung Galaxy S phones being updated to KitKat, which obviously makes sense since Samsung is the most popular Android smartphone maker. More →

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Apple Vs. Google Analysis

The best Apple vs. Google analysis you’ll read all week

By on June 6, 2014 at 4:48 PM.

The best Apple vs. Google analysis you’ll read all week

At Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference this week, Apple overwhelmed developers with over 4,000 new APIs, a new programming lanuguage, and updated versions of OS X and iOS to play with. But it also showed a new commitement to cloud services, an area Apple has traditionally lagged in. According to analyst Benedict Evans, this shift helps reveal the true character of Apple and how it differs from Google. More →

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SoftBank Pepper robot

The affordable robot assistant of the future is already here

By on June 5, 2014 at 1:58 PM.

The affordable robot assistant of the future is already here

SoftBank CEO and Sprint chairman Masayoshi Son has become something of a maverick. He said he bought Sprint because “I am a man, and every man wants to be number one, not number two or number three.” He also convinced Steve Jobs to give him exclusivity for the iPhone in Japan before Apple had even announced the device, and before Son had bought the mobile carrier SoftBank.

Now, he wants to sell you a $2,000 robot. More →

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3D Hologram Projector Chip

Star Wars-like 3D projectors may be coming to smartphones sooner than you think

By on June 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

Star Wars-like 3D projectors may be coming to smartphones sooner than you think

Earlier this year, we revealed that Amazon is working on a phone that uses multiple cameras to make its screen look 3D. While this may sound like something that will bring us one step closer to Star Wars–esque holograms, it will be much different because the 3D image would clearly be under the phone’s display. However, one company from California is working to go a step further, and according to a profile by the Wall Street Journal, we may see its 3D projector that can fit into smartphones and living rooms as soon as the end of next year. More →

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Apple mobile payments

Apple is getting closer to launching the iWallet

By on May 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

Apple is getting closer to launching the iWallet

Apple has long been rumored to be working on its own payment service to turn your iPhone into a wallet, and 9to5Mac’s latest report backs up these rumors. According to its sources, Apple has been in talks about a mobile payments service with “high-profile retail brands” that sell “luxury clothing and premium goods.” More →

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Apple Beats M&A mastermind profile

Apple’s M&A mastermind profiled for first time ever

By on May 29, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

Apple’s M&A mastermind profiled for first time ever

Apple finally announced yesterday that it is buying Beats for $3 billion. This is by far the largest acquisition Apple has made, but is representative of a recent uptick in purchases by Apple, and this can largely be attributed to a man by the name of Adrian Perica, the head of mergers and acquisitions at Apple. More →

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Facebook WhatsApp Deal EU

Facebook’s WhatsApp deal hits a self-imposed snag

By on May 28, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

Facebook’s WhatsApp deal hits a self-imposed snag

Back in February, Facebook announced it was buying WhatsApp for $19 billion. This was a surprising move, given WhatsApp’s reputation for ensuring privacy and Facebook’s not-so-great reputation for privacy, but the two companies insisted that WhatsApp would remain independent, ad-free, and committed to privacy.  More →

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computer security problems

Why it’s impossible to make an NSA-proof computer

By on May 27, 2014 at 11:00 PM.

Why it’s impossible to make an NSA-proof computer

The past year has not been a great one for computer security. Last summer, Edward Snowden revealed how the NSA has been exploiting vulnerabilities to spy on people, Target suffered a massive security breach that exposed the credit card information for as much as a third of the American population, the Heartbleed bug was a major vulnerability found in the Internet’s most common encryption standard, and eBay just asked all 145 million of its customers to change their passwords after a security breach. But that was just the tip of the iceberg. More →

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