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HTC One M8 Google Play Edition going away
Most diehard Android fans want a pure Google experience on their phone. Some vendors create custom Google versions of their phones to the delight of the pure Android experience. HTC created a Google Play Edition of their One M8, but it appears Google is phasing it out. The HTC One M8 Google Play Ed....more
Happy Birthday iPhone
The iPhone is 8 years old today. It was January 9, 2007 when Apple famously re-invented the phone by launching the iPhone. Steve Jobs gave the best keynote of his life, and changed the mobile landscape forever. Before January 9, 2007, BlackBerry was the dominant platform in the US, and Windows Mo....more
BlackBerry Passport shown off on video
U.K. retailer Carphone Warehouse produced a video walk through of the BlackBerry Passport. The video showed off many of the new features of the Passport, including the new touch sensitive keyboard. After a short time however, the video was removed. Sites like CrackBerry and BGR featured the video, and it m....more
BlackBerry working on Siri-like feature
BlackBerry is working on a Siri-like feature to keep up with its smartphone rivals. Apple has Siri, Google has Google Now, and Microsoft has Cortana, leaving BlackBerry out in the cold. BlackBerry's virtual assistant will be called BlackBerry Assistant, and will launch with BB OS 10.3 which will launch in t....more
BlackBerry stock is hot
BlackBerry stock is a hit this year. Despite the company's troubles, BlackBerry stock is up 50% this year, at a time when Apple's incredible rally is only 20%, and Google is up only 5% for the year. The company turned its financials around with a new CEO who cut costs and refocused on enterprise. Investors....more
Apple releases political video on Pride
Apple has released a new video about the San Francisco Pride parade on June 29, 2014. Apple employees and families took part in the parade. Apple gave out t-shirts and caps to parade walkers, and even raised the Pride flag over their Cupertino headquarters. I love Apple, and use all of their prod....more
BlackBerry CEO takes jab at Android
Google announced several new features for Android at last week's Google I/O conference. One of those features was Android for Work. In the new bring your own device world, it is important for companies to know their data is safe on an employee's device. Android for Work will allow "containerization" of data....more
Nest buys Dropcam for $555 million
Google bought connected thermostat company Nest earlier this year. Now Nest (Google), has agreed to acquire Dropcam $555 million. In the short term nothing will change. Dropcam intends to continue selling online and in stores as they do now. Longer term, Dropcam says they will work with Nest on connected ....more
Apple quietly protects user privacy
One key feature in iOS 8 was not discussed on stage, but is a huge win for customers. Apple is apparently taking user privacy very seriously at the expense of retailers, and companies that collect user data. When Apple unveiled iOS 8 at WWDC last week they didn't mention an important change to location trac....more
Google Play Store adds PayPal support
Google has added PayPal support to its Google Play Store today. It is a somewhat surprising move considering PayPal is a competitor to Google's own payment service, but it's great news for users. Now you can pay for your apps, and music, or other content via the payment service we all use most, PayPal. Goo....more
Rhapsody and Napster get Chromecast Support
Rhapsody and Napster are now casting to Google's Chromecast from your Android phone or tablet. The announcement was made today via Rhapsody's Blog. Rival service Pandora has been on Chromecast for awhile now so Rhapsody is a little late, but better late than never right? The latest versions of Rh....more
Facebook Messenger for Android adds Free WiFi calling
Facebook Messenger for Android has been updated with a big new feature. Now you can make free WiFi calls using Messenger for Android. Free WiFi calls hasn't even made it to Google Hangouts on Android yet, although iOS users have had the feature for awhile. Also new in the updated Messenger is a Gro....more
Yahoo encrypting internal traffic to thwart NSA
Yahoo has added extra layers of encryption to protect its users from eavesdropping by the NSA. The technology industry has been moving fast to encrypt more data after the revelations by Edward Snowden last summer. Google recently announced similar measures and now Yahoo has followed suit. Yahoo says traffi....more
iPhone users should dump Gmail
A little more than a year ago Google dropped Exchange support for iOS devices. Before Google crapped on millions of iPhone users who depended Gmail, iOS Mail and Gmail via Exchange was the best way to get push mail on any device. Apple’s Mail client on the iPhone was fantastic, and paired with Gmail it made....more
Google encrypts all Gmail after Snowden revelations
Google has made a significant change to its Gmail service today. The company announced Gmail will "always use an encrypted HTTPS connection when you check or send email." After last summer's revelations by Edward Snowden, Google was determined to stop mass surveillance by the NSA. This is a small step in t....more
QNX is turning out to be a winner after all
When BlackBerry announced its new QNX operating system a few years ago the tech world was underwhelmed. BlackBerry promised stunning performance and features on smartphones and tablets, but when QNX arrived the reception was tepid. As it turns out, BlackBerry had more to be proud of than we thought and we a....more
Microsoft Office for iPad coming soon?
According to ZDNet's Mary Joe Foley, Microsoft is working on a version of Office for iPad, and it may show up sooner than we think. Microsoft has apparently acknowledge that they are indeed working on Office for iPad, but it was believed it would show up later in 2014. Foley says her contacts say otherwise,....more
Take revenge on Flappy Birds with Flatty Birds
Are you a Flappy Bird addict upset at the developer for pulling your favorite game from the Play Store? Now you can get a glimpse of your former addiction with Flatty Birds. There will surely be a number of copy cat games, but Flappy Birds is out now. It borrows heavily from the look of Flappy Birds, but i....more
Google taking Chromecast to the UK
Google launched a nifty little gadget last year without much fan fair. Chromecast is a little $35 HDMI stick that plugs into your TV and allows you to stream content from your tablet, phone, or computer. Amazingly, Google seemed to under estimate the demand and so far Chromecast has only been available in t....more
NYPD testing Google Glass
Google Glass is widely seen as an expensive toy for Geeks, but that may not always be the case. There are many applications for Google Glass beyond geek culture. According to a report, the New York City Police Department is testing Glass with some officers as a way to fight crime.
We si....more
How will Satya Nadella change Microsoft?
Microsoft announced its new CEO pick, insider Satya Nadella the other day. The pick represents a huge change for Microsoft as Nadella is only the third CEO in Microsoft's history. Microsoft also announced Bill Gates would step down as chairman, but take a more active role in the company. How will ....more
Google sells Motorola Mobility to Lenovo
Just a few short years after Google purchase Motorola Mobility, the company is dumping the cell phone maker. Many were questioning Google's decision after finding out the sale price is $2.9 Billion. After all, Google paid $12.5 Billion for Motorola just a few years ago. It appears that Google will be keepi....more
Free Chromecast with Moto X off-contract purchase
Motorola is running a special promotion that could net you a free Chromecast. Simply purchase an off-contract Moto X and they will throw in a Chromecast for free. The Chromecast retails for $35 so if you purchase the least expensive Moto X at $399.99, you're almost reaching the holiday sales price of $350. ....more
Microsoft narrows CEO search to two people
According to Bloomberg, Microsoft has narrowed its search for a new CEO down to two people. The last we heard they were focusing on four people to replace Steve Ballmer, one of whom was former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop. It looks like Elop got the axe. Bloomberg says the company is focused on Ford CEO Alan Mul....more
Man asked to leave restaurant for not removing Google Glass
The next time you wear your Google Glass to a restaurant, make sure they don't mind. A restauranteur was kicked out of a restaurant in Seattle after he refused to remove his Google Glass. Nick Starr was dining at the Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge when he was asked to remove his Google Glass. Apparently the resta....more
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