Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility is finally closed, giving Google a new hardware division. Google CEO Larry Page announced the acquisition on the Official Google Blog. As part of the acquisition Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha has stepped down. He’s replaced by long-time Google employee Dennis Woodside. The new CEO helped Google grow its business […]
In an effort to cut expenses, it appears that Sprint will be decommissioning its early upgrade program that allowed customers to cancel within 10-14 days of an expiring contract. The evidence, supplied by TechnoBuffalo, reveals Sprint’s plans to end the policy effective June 1st. If true, and it looks like it is, that only gives […]
Smartphones and tablets are great for listening to music, but the sound quality isn’t always that great. The SRS iWOW wants to help by boosting the sound that comes out of any mobile device. According to The Gadgeteer, the SRS iWOW Universal is a small device that plugs into the 3.5mm headphone jack of any […]
LG isn’t going to let Samsung and Apple have all the cloud storage fun, the South Korean company is making its own cloud storage service. LG Cloud is a new cloud service that will work with Android smartphones, Windows PCs and LG TVs. Any Android user can download the LG Cloud app from the Google […]
Despite numerous companies trying their best to own the mobile payments space, most Americans don’t want to use their phones for payments. At least according to the latest survey on smartphone payments. The New York Times reports on a survey from University of California in Berkley that says “adult internet users” in the U.S. aren’t […]
Samsung posted a record $5.2 billion profit for the first quarter of 2012, with sales pushing it above Nokia to become the world’s largest mobile phone vendor. According to Reuters, Samsung sold a total of 93.5 million phones last quarter, including both feature phones and smartphones. Almost half, 43.5 million, of the phones were smartphones. […]
HTC could be trying its hand at making a Facebook phone once again, this time with the help of Facebook itself. According to Digitimes, HTC and Facebook are working together on a Facebook phone that will launch later this year. Digitimes’ sources say the phone is the first in a line of Facebook-branded phones that […]
In the first quarter of 2012, 78 percent of all smartphones sold by AT&T were iPhones. According to AppleInsider, AT&T announced in its earning call that the carrier sold a total of 5.5 million smartphones in the first quarter of 2012. Of that 5.5 million, 4.3 million smartphones were iPhones. That’s all iPhones from the […]
According to Hotel Chatter’s Hotel Wi-Fi report, hotels pay an average of $7,500 a year to maintain their Wi-Fi networks yet make an average profit of $200,000. Is that the sound of travelers being ripped off I hear? Yeah, it is. Instead of using hotel wireless when you travel, consider these alternatives.
While smartphone manufacturers have moved past the days of neon green trim on green smartphones, environmentally friendly smartphones remain niche products that cannot stand on their own merits. We shouldn’t need to choose between a green smartphone and a great smartphone. Take the LG Optimus Elite, a new green Android smartphone with a paltry 800Mhz processor that […]
While reviewing the HTC One S, I started poking around the many personalization settings offered by HTC Sense 4. Sense offers a huge number of ways users can tweak the user interface, including the ability to change the apps that one can launch directly from the lock screen. However, when I went to do this, […]
Mobile payments aren’t new to the tech-obsessed, but using a smartphone for payments isn’t mainstream yet. According to a recent Pew Internet & American Life Project survey, a majority of Americans will be using mobile payments by 2020. Well, according to CNN, the survey actually says that 65 percent of Americans believe that a majority […]
In addition to announcing the availability of the HTC One X, it’s latest flagship Android phone, AT&T has announced new GoPhone data packages that the carrier will be rolling out starting April 22nd. GoPhone data packages are, in short, pay-as-you-go plans. They appeal to customers who don’t need the latest and greatest smartphone or better […]
Yesterday I asked you, our dear readers, whether you preferred stock Android or a skin like HTC Sense for your smartphone. So far the voting shows a distinct trend: stock Android rules. However, looking at the comparison post I did between the new HTC EVO 4G LTE and the Galaxy Nexus, readers overwhelmingly voted for the Evo.
Locking your Android smartphone with a password, PIN or unlock pattern is your first defense against those who would use it for malicious purposes like stealing your info or sending joke texts to your friends and family. Many people think that using a method like this just takes too long and makes turning on a […]
The Northwestern University office of Information Technology has a campaign going on across campus and online reminding students of basic, but often overlooked security measures they should take to protect themselves in the digital world. Colorful posters remind them to set strong passwords, look out for phishing scams, and be careful what they post on […]