The BlackBerry PlayBook will not be moving to BlackBerry 10 after all.
CEO Thorsten Heins confirmed that he had canceled BlackBerry's plans to bring its next-generation operating system to its tablet, which continues to ship and has developed a small cult following.
Heins said he wasn't satisfied with the level of the experience, and made the "difficult decision" to stop the company's efforts on that front and shift its resources back to its core smartphone products.
The PlayBook runs on a rudimentary version of the BB10 operating system. Both BB10 and the PlayBook OS are … Read more
Amazon is facing a few demands from the Chinese government following charges of counterfeit book sales.
China's National Copyright Administration said it recently discovered 36 third-party Amazon sellers hawking books found to have violated copyright laws, according to Sina Tech, as reported by The Next Web.
To remedy the problem, the group wants the retail giant to make four changes: First, Amazon must shut down the 36 sellers in question. Second, it must tighten the criteria through which third-party sellers are approved. Third, it must improve communications between itself, publishers, and the National Copyright Administration and respond to customer … Read more
Your MacBook could one day save space by combining two ports into one.
"Combined Input Port," an Apple patent application published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, describes a way to unite a USB port and a memory card slot into a single unit.
Combining two ports with two different connectors poses a challenge. But the invention envisioned by Apple would vary the depth and position of the respective connectors, allowing for both a USB device and a memory card to be inserted.
As the patent application describes it in technical jargon:The input port … Read more
Barnes & Noble is trying to lure more Windows 8 users to its Nook app with new features and a half-off promotion.
Updated Wednesday, Nook for Windows 8 and RT adds a new interface along with speedier performance, according to B&N. Users can also now highlight and annotate text, search for words via a dictionary, and find specific text within a book.
Book and magazine buyers will find a redesigned shopping experience. And users can now sideload both ePub and PDF files from their computers. The app also takes advantage of Windows 8 search. People can simply start … Read more
Your MacBook of the future could offer a dual-sided trackpad panel that features a touch screen on both sides.
Awarded to Apple on Tuesday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, a patent appropriatedly dubbed "Dual-sided track pad," describes a transparent and foldable trackpad panel with both a top and bottom display. The panel itself would take up the entire bottom of the notebook. Each side of the panel would recognize touch input and react accordingly based on whether the notebook is open or closed.
On an open notebook, one side of the trackpad would be accessible. … Read more
Apple is reportedly investigating complaints about Wi-Fi connectivity issues plaguing new 11- and 13-inch MacBook Airs released earlier this month.
The new models come equipped with the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which supports up to three times faster data transfer rates in comparison with 802.11n. However, buyers of the new models have flocked to Apple's Support Communities pages to complain of lost connections and frequent reboots to remedy the situation.
"It won't stay connected to Wi-Fi" is a common theme among postings. Some posts in the Apple thread suggest the router may be to blame, … Read more
With so many features and extras packed into the Galaxy S4, where do you begin? With CNET's e-book guide, of course. Starting today, "Mastering the available in Amazon's Kindle store for $3.99." is
New to Android? We've got you. Google maven? You'll find plenty of hidden tips here, too. We've tapped through every last feature, button, sensor, shortcut, and blaster (seriously) to bring you the tips and tricks that remind us why we called the S4 "the everything phone."
The e-book features hundreds of guides, from setting up … Read more
This is an update of a deal I wrote about back in February.
With tablet prices dipping below $150 and even $100, it's no surprise to see e-reader prices in free-fall. So why not scoop one up and enjoy the benefits of an eye-friendly screen, ultra-light design, amazing battery life, and distraction-free reading?
And here's one of the best deals I've seen yet: For a limited time, you can get the Kobo Mini e-reader for $39.99, plus $8 for shipping. That's $20 less than the last time I wrote about it and $30 less than … Read more
New Apple products and Wi-Fi issues go together like, well, Apple pie and ice cream.
It usually goes like this. Apple announces a new iPad, iPhone, or MacBook, and within days users spawn long threads about Wi-Fi issues.
It's no different this time with Apple's new Haswell-based MacBook Air.
The thread on Apple's Support Communities page isn't actually that long compared with past product releases. But it's long enough to indicate that many new MBA owners aren't happy with their Wi-Fi connectivity.
"It won't [stay] connected to wifi" is a common … Read more