Archive for Jake Smith

Microsoft reportedly has white Xbox One release set for October

Microsoft reportedly has white Xbox One release set for October

By

Microsoft plans to release a white version of the Xbox One, according to a posting on the Neogaf Forums that was subsequently confirmed by The Verge. It's said to be the same white version given to the Xbox team as a gift when the Xbox One shipped in... >>

Lenovo buys Motorola: What it means for consumers

Lenovo buys Motorola: What it means for consumers

By

It was only 2011 when Google shocked the world by announcing it would buy Motorola Mobility, but now it's offloaded it to Lenovo. In a surprising move, China-based Lenovo has announced it acquired Motorola Mobility for $2.91 billion in an effort to conquer... >>

Google will keep Motorola's experimental projects like the Project Ara modular handset

Google will keep Motorola's experimental projects like the Project Ara modular handset

By

Lenovo confirmed to Pocket-lint that Google will be keeping Motorola's Advanced Technology and Projects group. Motorola's handset business will be the only part to go under the $2.91 billion deal, according to Lenovo CFO Wong Waiming.  The Motorola research... >>

It's official: Lenovo buys Motorola from Google for $2.91 billion

It's official: Lenovo buys Motorola from Google for $2.91 billion

By

Google has sold its Motorola Mobility subsidiary to Lenovo for $2.91 billion. As part of the deal, Lenovo will garner the Motorola brand, Motorola patent portfolio, and line of current and future Motorola products.  Lenovo says it plans to turn itself... >>

HTC One update to Android 4.4 KitKat will be a few weeks late, missing deadline

HTC One update to Android 4.4 KitKat will be a few weeks late, missing deadline

By

HTC announced on Wednesday that Android 4.4 KitKat would roll out to the HTC One in the US and other areas worldwide within the next couple of weeks. That means the company won't hit its goal to bring Android 4.4 KitKat to the flagship handset by the... >>

Lenovo said to buy Motorola from Google for up to $3 billion, announcement expected in hours

Lenovo said to buy Motorola from Google for up to $3 billion, announcement expected in hours

By

Lenovo has plans to buy Motorola Mobility from Google for roughly $2 billion, according to China Daily. Reuters adds to the report, saying the deal will be worth $3 billion. TechCrunch and the New York Times confirm it too.  UPDATE: It's official:... >>

BBC iPlayer app saw 3bn streaming requests in 2013, rising tablet viewership

BBC iPlayer app saw 3bn streaming requests in 2013, rising tablet viewership

By

The BBC is out with numbers on Wednesday showing its iPlayer app is gaining a lot of traction, specifically on tablets. According to the network, the BBC iPlayer app saw a record 3 billion requests in 2013, up 22 per cent from 2012. There were 2.2 billion... >>

Google releases first mini games for Google Glass

Google releases first mini games for Google Glass

By

Google is hoping to inspire Google Glass developers with a new set of mini games for the platform. The games experiment with the features and tools of Glass, and the company hopes it demonstrates the possibilities of gaming using a wearable. The games... >>

Samsung's 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro hits the UK, now available to pre-order for £649

Samsung's 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro hits the UK, now available to pre-order for £649

By

Samsung announced on Tuesday that its 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro is now available to pre-order in the UK, before it ships on 4 February. The oversized tablet is available to customers at £649 for the Wi-Fi model in black and white. Samsung is offering... >>

Google releases developer tools to port Chrome apps to iOS and Android

Google releases developer tools to port Chrome apps to iOS and Android

By

Google wants to take Chrome apps beyond the desktop and on to iOS and Android, and released new developer tools on Tuesday to make it happen. Called Apache Cordova, the open-source mobile development framework will help developers wrap their Chrome App... >>

Another look at iOS in the Car, this time in-action

Another look at iOS in the Car, this time in-action

By

A video released by developer Steven Troughton-Smith gives a closer look at Apple's unreleased iOS in the Car. He used the emulator found within the iOS 7.0.3 software to show us how the infotainment software will work, when it's presumably released... >>

Next-gen Apple TV could include built-in TV tuner, wireless router

Next-gen Apple TV could include built-in TV tuner, wireless router

By

Apple will be taking its Apple TV set-top box a step further, moving beyond being just a deliverer of iTunes content, Netflix and Hulu. 9to5mac reports Apple is testing a built-in TV tuner within the next-generation Apple TV, a feature similar to what... >>

Amazon reportedly set to release Android console in 2014, priced under $300

Amazon reportedly set to release Android console in 2014, priced under $300

By

Amazon has plans to release an Android-based games console to compete with Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, according to VG247. Not only will the console stream and download games, it will also provide music, movies and TV content to users for under $300,... >>

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 said to launch with curved screen, new design

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 said to launch with curved screen, new design

By

The Galaxy Gear 2 will be significantly improved over the first generation, according to ZDNet Korea, as Samsung takes a second try in the wearables market.  The publication reports the smartwatch will feature a curved display, similar to the flexible... >>

Intel is planning conversational voice recognition that works offline

Intel is planning conversational voice recognition that works offline

By

Intel's always-listening Jarvis headset unveiled at CES 2014 is similar to Apple's Siri, Google Now, and even Google Glass without the display. It's a personal assistant meant to be by your side all the time, able to have a conversation. But to differentiate... >>

Apple CEO Tim Cook intrigued by mobile payments, calls it 'big opportunity'

Apple CEO Tim Cook intrigued by mobile payments, calls it 'big opportunity'

By

Apple CEO Tim Cook has expressed interest in the mobile payments space, an area the company hasn't yet ventured into, by saying mobile payment was one of the thoughts behind the technology.  "The mobile payments area in general is one that we've been... >>

Apple says iOS 7 now found on 80 per cent of iOS devices

Apple says iOS 7 now found on 80 per cent of iOS devices

By

Apple's iOS 7 is now found on 80 per cent of iOS devices, according to Apple chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer on Monday.  iOS 7 was released alongside the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C in September, and now sits as the world's most popular mobile... >>

Apple announces Q1 2014 earnings: $57.6bn revenue, $13.1bn net profit, 51M iPhones, 26M iPads, 4.8M Macs

Apple announces Q1 2014 earnings: $57.6bn revenue, $13.1bn net profit, 51M iPhones, 26M iPads, 4.8M Macs

By

Apple has announced its fiscal Q1 2014 earnings (Q4 2013 on the calendar), breaking revenue, iPhone, and iPad sales records.  The company saw $57.6 billion in revenue and $13.1 billion in net profit during the three-month period. Christmas sales fuelled... >>

Tesla Model S owners can now drive coast-to-coast in the US

Tesla Model S owners can now drive coast-to-coast in the US

By

Tesla has expanded its "Supercharger" network in the US to allow Model S drivers to make it all the way from New York to California for the first time. The plan was first announced in May of 2013 and has now been completed. “Tesla Supercharger network... >>

Nexus 5 allegedly leaks in red colour variant, handset and box shown

Nexus 5 allegedly leaks in red colour variant, handset and box shown

By

A version of the Nexus 5 has leaked in red, if pictures from Twitter user @artyomstar are to be believed. The images show multiple boxes and the red handset itself, carrying the same look as the Nexus 5 we've come to know over the last few months, except... >>

Samsung ‘Galaxy Glass’ said to launch in September

Samsung ‘Galaxy Glass’ said to launch in September

By

Samsung plans to launch "Galaxy Glass" smart glasses at the IFA trade show in September, according to Korea Times. The functionality of Galaxy Glass sounds similar to the Google Glass project made available to members of Google's Explorer program in 2013.... >>

LG G Pro 2 phablet officially launching in February, specs still remain a mystery

LG G Pro 2 phablet officially launching in February, specs still remain a mystery

By

LG has made the LG G Pro 2 official, announcing on Monday that the phablet will launch in February, presumably at Mobile World Congress. LG didn't share any specific details about the handset,  but rumours detail the LG G Pro 2 as being the company's... >>

Samsung and Google sign big ten-year patent partnership

Samsung and Google sign big ten-year patent partnership

By

Samsung announced on Sunday that it and Google have entered a ten-year partnership to license each other's current patents and those filed in the future. It marks a significant move within the patent space, as Samsung will now have access to the patents... >>

Samsung Galaxy S5 to launch in two plastic versions with fingerprint scanner, says analyst

Samsung Galaxy S5 to launch in two plastic versions with fingerprint scanner, says analyst

By

Samsung has plans to launch two versions of the Galaxy S5 this spring, and both will be in plastic instead of one in aluminium as previously believed, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. We typically stay away from analyst reports here... >>

Foxconn considering 'advanced display' TV factory in US, perfect for Apple's iTV

Foxconn considering 'advanced display' TV factory in US, perfect for Apple's iTV

By

Foxconn, the company who assembles gadgets for Apple and other companies, is looking into launching a manufacturing plant in the US to build advanced displays. Foxconn chairman Terry Gou told reporters on Sunday a US plant would be made up of high-tech... >>