Motorola will start upgrading existing Xoom tablet owners to 4G LTE within the next week, but the initial pilot program will target only business and government customers, says enthusiast site Droid Life.
According to an e-mail reportedly received by a Droid Life reader, Motorola is "piloting" the initial upgrade just to business and government customers before it starts rolling out 4G en masse to individual Xoom owners.
Skype has launched its own app store, offering third-party apps that can integrate with the company's online calling and messaging service.
Third-party apps have been available through Skype in the past, but its App Directory is the company's first effort to host a more official place where people can search for, browse, and download the software they want. The store officially opened Wednesday.
Google TV, which lets you run Android apps on your TV, is built on Google's Android operating system and will basically put the Chrome Web browser inside your TV. It lets you search the Web and stream video from TV providers, or watch your own videos. The service runs through a set-top box, but in the U.S. Sony sells TVs with … Read more
AOL is seemingly inching closer to putting itself up for sale, a new report from AdWeek claims.
According to the publication, which cites anonymous sources, AOL met with law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and investment bank Allen & Company this week in what could have been a discussion about putting the online company on the block.
In an e-mailed statement to AdWeek, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong confirmed that the two companies have been put on retainer with AOL but would not confirm that AOL is, in fact, looking for a possible suitor.
Verizon Wireless is once again the most reliable carrier throughout the U.S., according to a study out yesterday from J.D. Power and Associates.
Based on a customer survey, J.D. Power's "U.S. 2011 Wireless Network Quality Performance Study--Volume 2" ranked Verizon as the top carrier in the Northeast for the 14th time in a row. Compared with other carriers, Verizon saw the least number of customers complaining of dropped calls, transmission failures, initial connection issues, and delayed text messages.
Beyond the Northeast, Verizon grabbed the lead in the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Southwest, and Western regions … Read more
Google+ only roughly represents real life's full range of interactions, but Google's social network just got a little more subtle with the new ability to ignore people.
Previously, Google+ members could block others, but now you don't have to go nuclear if somebody is bugging you.
And because Google doesn't tell a person you've ignored them, Google+ now lets you be as socially dysfunctional as you were in eighth grade: ignored people still can tell if they're in one of your circles, seemingly indicating that you're following them when in practice you're … Read more
"Max has decided to leave Slide and Google to pursue other opportunities, and we wish him the best," a Google spokeswoman said via e-mail. "Most of the team from Slide will remain at Google to work on … Read more
One of the first things I looked for in the Android app for using Google+ was an option to reshare posts with others. Today, Google delivered it.
And I'm not alone. Resharing was the top-requested feature for using Google's social network on mobile devices.
"The Google+ Android app update includes our No. 1 most requested mobile feature, resharing posts," said mobile product mamager Ben Eidelson in a YouTube video. The feature is in Google+ for Android 1.0.6.
To use it, users tap on a post, then tap on the three dots in the upper … Read more
The global television market hit some tough times during the second quarter, a new study released today by research firm DisplaySearch has found.
According to DisplaySearch, worldwide TV shipments hit 55.5 million during the second quarter of 2011, representing a year-over-year decline of 1 percent. During the period, only LCD shipments were up over the prior year, jumping 6 percent to 44.5 million. Plasma shipments were down 6 percent to 4.2 million, while CRTs dropped 31 percent to land at 6.8 million worldwide.
Although things didn't look too great for the television market during the second quarter, DisplaySearch said that the market's decline was due mainly to tough comparisons against last year's figures. DisplaySearch vice president of TV research, Hisakazu Torii, said in a statement that the second quarter of 2010 was a strong growth period for the market because of "greater price erosion and more confident consumers."
"Due to weakening macro-economic conditions, similar to what happened during the global financial crisis of 2008-2009, the TV industry is becoming somewhat pessimistic and reducing inventory, especially in North America and Western Europe," Torii said in a statement.… Read more
It's an incremental addition to Google Voice Search that the Web search giant announced in June. But the newly announced feature allows users to speak their destinations into a computer's microphone.
The idea is to make it easy to, for example, find a street map for a city that's hard to spell, such as Poughkeepsie, N.Y. And voice search also lets users find routes by saying, for example, "directions from Seattle to Portland."