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Do you hear that noise? It's the sound of the big three console makers makers -- Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo -- shaking in their boots over the impending march of micro-sized Android-based gaming boxes into the mainstream. Or, more likely, it's an earthquake or alien invasion and you should probably take cover... Read more...
Just over 10 years ago, Android was born into this world out of the minds of Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears, and Chris White, who collective envisioned building an advanced operating system for digital cameras. Google had different plans for Android after acquiring the OS in 2005, and on October 22, 2008, the HTC Dream (T-Mobile G1) launched... Read more...
Google is one of those companies that pretty much has a license to print money. To wit, the search giant reported consolidated revenues of $16.86 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2013, which is 17 percent higher than the same quarter a year prior. The company's operating income climbed to $4.84 billion, up... Read more...
Glass is for games, too. Google has “hacked together” (their words, not ours) five mini games in an effort to inspire developers to build games for Google Glass using Glassware. “With tons of tiny sensors and a screen that fits neatly above the eye, Glass is an exciting new place to play,” reads a Google blog post.... Read more...
Although it cuts against the app’s actual name, NVIDIA’s TegraZone is now available on all Android devices whether or not they’re running a Tegra chip. This, courtesy of TegraZone v.2.9, which is now available in the Google Play Store. With the update, users can track their game collection across any... Read more...
Talk about a banner year for smartphone sales. According to the newest data published by International Data Corporation (IDC), smartphone shipments around the globe topped 1 billion units for the first time ever in 2013, representing a significant 38.4 percent jump from the 725.3 million units tallied in 2012. That... Read more...
In a world where browsing is increasingly moving to mobile, the desktop browser is in a strange state. It's still far too popular globally to ignore, but how is a company to make browsing on the desktop anything more than a mere utility? Leave it to Google. Google has just announced a tie-in with LEGO that'll allow... Read more...
Motorola has been offering a number of great deals on its Moto X since its launch last summer (be sure to check out our review), and it appears that the company has no intention of slowing things down. Earlier this week, the company cut $100 off of the smartphone's going price for one hour. Understandably slow, many... Read more...
Smartphone shoppers generally have four mobile platforms to choose from -- Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry. The majority choose Android or iOS, though believe it or not, the mobile landscape is expanding. Mozilla is making a move with its Firefox OS, and just around the corner is Samsung's first Tizen smartphone, the ZEQ9000. Tizen,... Read more...
Now that "unlimited data" is a relic of history for most U.S. carriers, users have to think about every move they make as it pertains to mobile data usage. Plus, it's becoming easier and easier to blast through that basic data tier, with apps such as Pinterest and Instagram requiring plenty of bytes to load all of... Read more...
Google has accumulated a fair amount of street cred with its Nexus line of mobile devices, some of which are best-in-class gadgets. Take for example the Nexus 7, still one of our favorite 7-inch Android tablets and arguably the best choice among a growing field of competitors. The Nexus brand certainly carriers a... Read more...
Samsung has never been shy about following marketing trends, whether it's building smartphones, serving up smart watches (Galaxy Gear), or in this case, filing a patent for eye-wear to compete with Google Glass. The version Samsung has in mind is called Galaxy Glass (no surprise there), and it will look and function... Read more...
Finally! That's an oft overused term in the technology space, but this time, we mean it. With patent wars thwarting innovation left and right over the past few years, it's a huge relief to see two major companies shaking hands and agreeing to move ahead and look beyond the legal aspects. Apple and Samsung probably... Read more...
Apple may have once dominated the mobile landscape with its iOS platform, but that was before Android came in like a wrecking ball (apologizes for putting that song in your head). This is true in the U.S. and abroad, and particularly in Europe where Android closed out 2013 with a 68.6 percent share of the smartphone... Read more...
Smartphone makers have taken a page from bulk OEMs in the PC industry by pre-loading their handsets with tons of software. The difference is you can spend a few minutes (or more) uninstalling bloatware on your computer, whereas it's not uncommon for apps to be permanently implanted on a smartphone, leaving you with... Read more...
Google has received a patent that essentially takes the incentive for a consumer to visit a business up a notch--or several notches. Traditionally, the tactics brick-and-mortar businesses have had to use to get people through the door have involved advertising sales, coupons, and offers for validated parking, not to... Read more...
Google is putting up a ton of cash for the taking as part of this year's Pwnium hacking competition at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver in March. More than $2.7 million is up for grabs, which will be doled out in chunks to hackers who discover security vulnerabilities in Google's Chrome operating... Read more...
Google missed its mark of the end of 2013, but the company got close: Residents of the second city to get access to Google Fiber--Provo, Utah--can now sign up for the service. Google says the gigabit Internet service will come online in waves, starting next month in the North Park neighborhood (er, fiberhood that is)... Read more...
It's been said that it takes money to make money, though that's not the only thing piles of green paper are good for. Toss enough dollars at the U.S. government and you can enact change, among other things, because let's face it, money talks. If it didn't, the top technology firms wouldn't have spent a combined $61.15... Read more...
Not all ISPs are built alike, a fact that's been proven time and time again ever since the broadband era began. But today, that matters more than ever. We're streaming video, music, and in some cases, even games. We need reliable Internet, and we need an ISP that's willing to deliver that. Finding a good ISP isn't... Read more...
It's not easy competing in the increasingly crowded 7-inch Android tablet category, even for Google, which arguably offers the best solution with its Nexus 7 (see our review). Google entered the market at a time when there weren't many viable, low-cost alternatives, and with the situation having now changed, there's... Read more...
You know what really grinds our gears? Bad ads. Online advertising makes most of the free content on the Internet (such as the words you’re reading right now) possible, but there are plenty of bad actors that abuse advertising tools to spam, trick, or deliver malicious content to users. Fortunately, Google has an ongoing full frontal... Read more...
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