Francis Smith

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The team behind the Android watch phone, the Pine, plans a line of wearables

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>The startup behind the world’s first Android(s goog) watch phone, the Neptune Pine, is partnering up with the designers of …

Wearable Tech

Samsung Galaxy Gear

Are you too busy to pull your increasingly enormous phone out of your pocket every time you get a call or text? Then you're the person Samsung had in …

The Week in Review: Typhoon Haiyan Takes Its Toll

Inside Flipboard / November 15, 2013<p>Nearly a week after Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines, the local government is still struggling to …

Budget iPhone - Apple's best or worst idea?

Techradar asks: is a "budget" device the right move for Apple, or will it taint its premium image?<p>Rumours have been circulating about the 'budget iPhone', or mid-market smartphone Apple is planning to launch. Some have suggested it will have a more colourful design than its higher-end equivalent, …

iPhone

Apple’s free 20GB iCloud deal with former MobileMe users officially set to expire

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Former paying MobileMe customers: your time of using 20 GB of iCloud storage for free is coming to an end very soon. You knew …

App Developer: No, Making Android Apps Isn't Harder Than iPhone Apps

According to Russell Ivanovic at app developer Shifty Jelly, that's just a story that is continuously repeated by the tech press without much grounding in reality.<p>Russell was prompted to write on the company's blog by a post on Daring Fireball by John Gruber, a noted Apple blogger and iOS app …

Apps

Motorola's New Smartphone: Made in the U.S.A., but Not for Much Pay

Factory workers assembling the Moto X will make as little as $9-an-hour, if the help wanted ads are to be believed.<p>Today, Google-owned Motorola is officially announcing the new Moto X, an Android-powered device that, as its ads remind us, will be the first smartphone actually manufactured in the …

Facebook adds Cover Feed to standard Android app, no Home required

Facebook has announced that a new update of its regular app will include Cover Feed, the company's replacement for Android's lock screen. Explaining the move, Facebook says it's noticed many Facebook Home users have already opted to use Cover Feed while sticking with Android's default app launcher, …

Android 4.3 update causing problems with Nexus 4 handsets, rendering some unusable

While Android 4.3 is a relatively minor upgrade in the grand scheme of things -- bringing restricted profiles and some added graphical grunt to the platform -- it seems that the new OS version is wreaking havoc on some Nexus 4 devices. On Google's Product Forums, most people having problems report …

iOS 7 Will Immunize iPhones From Bogus Charger Attacks

Ars Technica<p>Apple has patched an obscure vulnerability in its iOS operating system that could have allowed a malicious hacker to install malware on …

Information Security

BlackBerry opens up private beta for BBM on Android

BlackBerry has started testing out versions of its BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) client for Android and iOS with a select group of people, suggesting that the full release for each platform is just around the corner.<p>The company has promised repeatedly to deliver the cross-platform versions of the …

A 'Google Play' version of the Moto X is coming soon

Five major US carriers will sell the new Moto X when it comes out later this year, but those who want a truly pure and unlocked version of Motorola's latest will be glad to hear that Google will be selling the device as well. Yes, there will be a Google Play edition of the Moto X. Like the Google …

Apple Acquires Low-Energy Chipmaker Passif, Could Boost Passive Communication Efforts

Apple has recently bought Passif, a Silicon Valley-based low-energy chipmaker, according to a new report from Jessica Lessin and confirmed by Apple. The company works on communication chips that practically sip power, and offer up radio communication using tech like Bluetooth Low Energy, which is …

What Google was thinking when redesigning the new Google+

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>When I am feeling kind, I think of Google+ (s goog) as a social network by dictat — err, Larry Page’s mandate. And when I am …

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