Can your lock screen act as a virtual billboard of sorts?
That's what one company is banking on with a new product it plans to unveil in the coming weeks. Web and mobile software company Conduit has over the past month experimented with a custom Android lock screen that can hop directly into different applications. The next step is to offer branded lock screens built around companies that deliver constantly updated information such as news, sports, or weather.
The result: a lock screen carrying the brand of a sports network or news channel that users would see every time … Read more
Wizards and muggles alike can now buy and download digital versions of their favorite Harry Potter books.
Starting today, the Pottermore Web site shop is conjuring up all seven Harry Potter titles in digital format, beginning with "Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone" and ending with "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." The first three titles in the series are $7.99 apiece, while the other four will run $9.99 each. Capturing the entire collection will cost you $57.54. Free samples of each book are also available so you can try before you … Read more
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse received a major increase in compensation last year, a regulatory filing has revealed.
Hesse received $11.9 million in compensation last year, thanks to $1.2 million in salary, $829,000 in bonus, $3.2 million in stock awards, $1.7 million in stock options, $4.8 million in non-equity incentive plan compensation, and $94,000 in other compensation. Although it's no surprise a public company CEO is making millions, it's worth noting that his compensation increased nearly $3 million between 2010 and 2011.
According to the Securities and Exchange Commission filing, Hesse's … Read more
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said today Apple is violating the Australian Consumer Law by misleadingly labeling its new iPad as 4G-capable, and it will try to get a court to impose fines and an injunction against sales.
The commission will apply to the Federal Court in Melbourne for orders tomorrow morning against Apple, it said in a statement:
The ACCC alleges that Apple's recent promotion of the new "iPad with WiFi + 4G" is misleading because it represents to Australian consumers that the product "iPad with WiFi + 4G" can, with a SIM card, connect … Read more
HTC announced today that after April 30, its customers' data backups stored on HTCSense.com will be deleted.
Because of service renovations, HTCSense.com will be shutting down, and information used by customers to sync their contacts, messages, and call history will be wiped clean.
Until then, the manufacturer is urging users to download ZIP files of their stored data before they lose any valuable information.
Although there's no word yet on what this overhaul means exactly, it is about time something new came to Sense.
3D phones may not have exactly caught on like wildfire here in the U.S., but that isn't going to stop engineers at LG and Samsung from innovating around it.
In fact, representatives for the rival Korean manufacturers both had something to say to me about 3D image technology for smartphones, and it doesn't stop at playing 3D golf games or watching "Avatar" on your phone without those dorky 3D glasses.
Thanks to a number of leaks, the preliminary details and images for three unannounced Motorola smartphones have arrived online. Likely to end up in international markets, the three models bear the familiar form factor that is seen in handsets like the Atrix 2 and Droid Razr.
Up first, we have a device that looks strikingly similar to the recently leaked Droid Fighter. Details are light for this model, though the display appears to be in the realm of 4.5 inches or larger with space across the bottom for soft keys. … Read more
commentary Nokia got its wish and has its best shot to break back into the U.S. market.
So here's some friendly advice to a company that likely won't get another opportunity as good as this: don't blow it.
Not to pile on with more pressure, but the fate of Nokia's future, and possibly that of Windows Phone and Microsoft's ability to remain relevant in the mobile world, rests largely on how successful the Lumia 900 performs.
There are no excuses this time. Nokia has a large U.S. carrier partner in AT&T, … Read more
Ustream for Android has officially been downloaded more than 2.5 million times, and to celebrate the major milestone, its developers have today released an updated version of the app with both new looks and new features. Most noticeably, version 2.0 brings with it a significantly improved interface sporting a darker theme that looks quite a bit sleeker than before. Also, it now supports device rotation to landscape mode, swiping navigation, and enhanced actionbar functionality. Korean language support is another addition, which makes sense in light of Ustream's partnership with Korea Telecom announced late last year.
The biggest … Read more