Tag - Smartphone
Following the recent sale of the Nokia name and feature phone business to manufacturing partner Foxconn, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has announced the layoffs of 1,850 employees -- mostly former Nokia workers in Finland -- and the "streamlining" of the company's smartphone business, which will involve "focusing our efforts where we have differentiation -- with enterprises that value security, manageability, and our Continuum capability," according to a release.
Not everyone can afford an expensive, immersive VR headset like the HTC Vive, but most of us have smartphones at this point, and there are more and more smartphone-compatible headsets being added to the market every day. If you've been curious about experimenting with VR, you can get a taste of what it's like by trying out the iPhone and Android compatible Pasonomi VR Headset, designed to work with the influx of VR apps available on the App Store.
The rate of growth of iOS usage in China seemingly slowed at the start of the year, according to an analyst group, though it is suggested this may be more from consumer shopping habits than device popularity. KantarWorldPanel claims growth in a three-month period ending in January of this year reduced down to a rate slower than observed in the market during late 2014, though it still remains the most popular brand in China, holding on to a 25 percent share of total smartphone sales in the region during the quarter.
Microsoft is working on the smartphone equivalent of its Surface tablet range, according to comments made by chief marketing officer Chris Capossela. Speaking in an interview, Capossela confirmed the company is trying to create a "breakthrough" smartphone, one that is the "spiritual equivalent" of the Surface product line, and one that could potentially increase the use of Windows on mobile devices.
While most of us have eschewed alarm clocks in favor of our smartphones, there's still a lot of reasons to keep an alarm clock in your room. For one thing, it's a lot harder to check your Facebook profile at 3:23AM on an alarm clock, which might be reason enough to leave your iPhone out of the bedroom all together. If you're in the market for an alarm clock, we found one that we think is pretty cool: the iHome iBT29, a Bluetooth color-changing alarm clock.
Samsung is offering a trial of its smartphones to owners of the iPhone, in an attempt to acquire more sales by convincing iOS users to switch. Open to only iPhone owners in the United States, the "Ultimate Test Drive" promotion provides access to the user's choice of either a Samsung Galaxy Note 5 or a Galaxy S6 Edge+ smartphone for a 30-day period, with Samsung claiming there to be "no obligation" to acquire the borrowed device after the trial.
If you're like us, you might remember the all-too-real struggles of trying to wear a Walkman or, God forbid, a Discman while working out. There was never a moment where you didn't feel the bulky weight of now-antiquated technology bouncing at your waistband, threatening to crash to the ground and put you out a cool $40, to say nothing of interrupted music with a too-heavy step. The threat in the smartphone era is that if our MP3 player or Smartphone goes crashing to the ground, you run the risk of being out somewhere far closer to a cool $400, rather than $40. That's why we're here to show you the Griffin LightRunner, an armband designed to keep both you and your electronics safe.
A smartphone running Ubuntu is being made available to potential users in Europe, on an invitation-only basis. The Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition, a repackaged version of the existing Meizu MX4 running the titular operating system, is a device with a 5.36-inch, 1920x1152-resolution, Gorilla Glass 3-protected display, backed by a customized octa-core Mediatek processor with PowerVR G6200 GPU, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.
A recently-demonstrated vulnerability in Samsung smartphones could put as many as 600 million devices at risk of being misused. Demonstrated at the Blackhat security conference by NowSecure researcher Ryan Welton, the vulnerability relates to the way the update system for the software keyboard operates, allowing a malicious user the opportunity to access data, install apps, and take control of the smartphone's microphone and camera for surveillance purposes.
Huawei has revealed a smartphone it has started shipping to the United States at Computex, accompanied by a previously-announced fitness tracker. The P8 Lite is a lower-specification version of the Ascend P8 and Ascend P8max smartphones Huawei launched in April, while the TalkBand B2 combination fitness tracker and Bluetooth earpiece is also confirmed for release in the United States this week.
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for €30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
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