Sarah Becker

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Philips Introduces Android-Powered 4K TVs Coming Later This Year

Google TV is likely going away entirely, to be replaced by a familiar face – Android. Philips has just unveiled new Ultra HD (4K, whatever you prefer) TVs (via 9to5Google) that will be running Google’s mobile OS when they hit stores in Q2 of this year. The sets seem to be coming to Europe and …

BeHere app uses iBeacons to automatically take attendance as students enter the classroom

A new app called BeHere aimed at teachers uses Apple’s new Bluetooth LE iBeacon technology to recognize students and automatically take attendance as they enter a classroom.<p>With the BeHere app installed, the teacher’s iPad acts as an iBeacon and students entering the classroom with an iPhone, iPad, …

Mailtracker For iOS Brings Read Receipt Functionality To Apple’s Default Mail Application

Want to stalk people via email, so you’ll know the moment they read your message? Or maybe you want to know if they gave your message a <i>good</i> look, instead of only a glance? Mailtracker, a newly launched app for iPhone, allows you to do just that, and more.<p>Email stalking? Oh god, why am I telling you …

Windows XP's retirement driving PC demand in US, says Citi

The end is near for Windows XP support, which has triggered an uptick in PC demand, according to Citi Research.<p>In case you've been living under a rock, support for Windows XP is ending on April 8. Corporate America is probably aware of this more than any single entity, pushing up demand in an …

WonderVoice Now Has Pocket and Glimpse integration

Remember WonderVoice, the app that wants to be Siri for Facebook? Well, it’s recently been given a bit of a spit-shine in the App Store.<p>To recap, WonderVoice lets you ‘speak’ a command to like a post, listen to comments, save for later and more. And it’s not just Facebook it works with, you can …

BlackBerry sales tumble 64% amid weak BB10 adoption

BlackBerry continues to struggle in getting customers to adopt its newer BlackBerry 10 platform.<p>The embattled smartphone maker posted a fiscal fourth-quarter loss of $423 million, or 80 cents a share, swinging from a profit of 98 million, or 19 cents a share, from a year ago. On an adjusted basis, …

Mobile App Developer Movile Doubles Down On Kids Content

Movile, the Brazilian mobile shopping and entertainment company is doubling down on its investment in kids programming and entertainment with a new $5 million investment.<p>The move, which occurred earlier this month, is the latest in a series of investments meant to bulk up the company’s mobile …

How HTC designed the new One — its most important phone ever (interview)

There’s plenty that device maker HTC needs to prove this year — but its refined design sense is not one of them.<p>With the new HTC One (M8), its latest flagship smartphone, HTC has thrown down the gauntlet on smartphone design. Its metal case looks more like it came from a high-end car than a phone. …

Japanese phones will soon get alerts for inbound missiles and other attacks

The Japanese get phone alerts for natural disasters, but they have more than that to worry about these days with an occasionally belligerent North Korea just a stone's throw away. Accordingly, Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency says that it will soon warn phone owners when there's a …

Is this an iPhone 6 display?

Japan Display could be providing a hint of iPhone attractions to come.<p>The company announced on Thursday that it has developed a 5.5-inch-wide Quad HD, aka, WQHD, display with a resolution of 1,440x 2,560 pixels as a display format for "leading-edge smartphones."<p>JDI (Japan Display, Inc.) -- a major …

You killed me at hello: 26% of car wrecks involve phones

Despite all the warnings about the dangers of talking or texting while driving, a new study suggests that the situation is getting progressively …

Judge grants class-action status to e-book customers in Apple price-fixing lawsuit

Apple is facing a new class-action lawsuit from iBooks customers over price-fixing practices according to <i>Reuters</i>. As has been previously argued, Apple conspired with book publishers to hike the prices of ebooks, a violation of U.S. anti-trust law. The Department of Justice won its case against …

BlackBerry wins injunction against Ryan Seacrest’s iPhone keyboard in patent dispute

The Typo iPhone case has been blocked from sale by BlackBerry, according to a report from <i>Reuters</i>. The smartphone maker sued over the design of the case earlier this year, saying that it infringed on several of the company’s patents and its “iconic” keyboard design. The case is designed to add a …

What Apple products are in the pipeline?

Bloomberg's Adam Satariano discusses Microsoft unveiling Office software for the iPad and what to expect from Apple's WWDC event<p><i>Source: Bloomberg</i>

A 3D-printed house is being built right now in Amsterdam

Architects in Amsterdam have begun construction on what they're calling the first full-sized 3D-printed house. Using what's essentially a large-scale version of a desktop 3D printer, Dus Architects is building what will eventually be a 13-room Dutch canal house made of interlocking plastic parts. …

European Amazon listing prices LG's G2 mini at 350 euros ahead of launch

So far we know most of the things we need to know about LG's G2 mini. Like, we know there will be two processor variants (Tegra 4i for Latin America and Middle East, Snapdragon 400 elsewhere), there's also a 4.7-inch (qHD) display, 1GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel camera. That's all fine and dandy, …

There’s Just No Getting Around Apple Buying Yahoo

Apple should buy Yahoo.<p>This is neither a new idea, nor one acceptable to the Apple fan base. But since people briefly talked about it last year, it’s become an increasingly good idea — maybe a necessary one for Apple’s continued growth and success — and I’m going to tell you why.<p><b>Apple’s Missing</b> …

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IRL: A closer look at the Moto G

<i>Welcome to</i> IRL<i>, an ongoing feature where we talk about the gadgets, apps and toys we're using in real life and take a second look at products that already got the formal review treatment.</i><p>I love low-cost smartphones that punch above their weight, like the Lumia 620. They're proof you don't need …

Microsoft loses longtime Windows and Office leader Antoine Leblond

Antoine Leblond, a longtime Windows and Office executive at Microsoft, is leaving the company, according to Re/Code.<p>Leblond worked at Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft for nearly 25 years. But he was moved aside in a reorganization last year. He is leaving the company on Monday.<p>“After almost 25 years, …

Apple’s New Patent Wants To Make Texting And Walking A Little Safer

Sick of colliding with lampposts and the elderly whilst walking and texting? A new Apple patent for ‘Transparent Texting’ might be right up your alley, using your iPhone’s video camera to pipe through a live feed of what’s happening in the real world behind your Messages window.<p>Here is the abstract …

San Francisco Giants (and most of MLB) adopt Apple's iBeacon for an enhanced ballpark experience

"It's kind of a no-brainer." That's what the San Francisco Giants' Chief Information Officer, Bill Schlough, said when asked why the team is implementing Apple's iBeacon technology this season.<p>For the uninitiated, iBeacon is a small Apple device that communicates with iPhones through Bluetooth to …

Coursera Launches Android App

Online learning company Coursera has finally come to Android after launching an app for the Google-owned mobile platform. The launch comes just over three months after Coursera debuted its iOS app, its first native mobile app, and will help the company towards its goal of providing access to free …

A Lot To Like About The New HTC One

Now that I’ve had a few days to play with the new HTC One, I can see what all the fuss is about. It’s probably the most stylish phone I’ve used. Its brushed metal unibody case is a delight to hold. Sure, with its 5-inch screen and case dimensions of 5.74 by 2.75 by .37 inches , it’s a bit big as …

Apple sues Samsung for $2bn as tech rivals head back to court

The smartphone world's fiercest rivalry is heading back to court again this week in the heart of the Silicon Valley, as Apple and Samsung begin a new trial - accusing each other, once again, of ripping off designs and features.<p>The trial will mark the latest round in a long-running series of …

The Fourth Screen: How Smartwatches Could Be Used for Ads

Will your wrist be the next billboard?<p>With new entries from Sony, Samsung and Motorola hitting the market, plus rumored interest from Apple, …

Apple reportedly discussing the possibility of a TV streaming service with Comcast

The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reports that Apple is now in talks with Comcast about the possibility of a collaborative television streaming service. The plan, according to the report, is for Comcast to provide preferential streaming treatment to an Apple-built set-top box like the existing Apple TV.<p>The …

The Spectrum of Color 3D Printers

3D printing brings revolution in knee surgeries

Feb.2, 2014<p>3D printing has been used for architecture, industrial design, automotive and aerospace engineering. In medicine, 3D printing has had most …

3-D Printing's Next Frontier: Mass Customization

What can you do with a 3-D printer? Make something uniquely your own.<p>The 3-D printing space is more exciting than it has ever been. Prices are getting more affordable, there’s an increasing diversity of printing materials and more competition is resulting in better and faster machines.<p>Now that the …

Pinterest + Shapeways = Pinshape? A New 3D Printing Model Library in Beta

The 3D printables marketplace is getting a wee bit crowded, as start-ups take advantage of global interest in 3D printing by pushing their own …