If you were a bit shocked by Monday's news that Google was shelling out a cool $12.5 billion for Motorola Mobility, we don't blame you in the least. Indeed, the acquisition was unexpected considering Google has spend its life building anything other than hardware. The changes for consumers, Android's Nexus line, the supply of mobile patents, and the smartphone market as a whole will be momentous. What's more, it effectively means the end of a somewhat struggling company that not only was an early supporter of Android, but also did much to build the cell … Read more
There are a number of remote access apps that let you gain control of a PC or a Mac using your iPad. (Many of these apps also work with the iPhone, but I have found that accessing a computer on such a small device is best used only in the case of emergency. Navigating a high-resolution system from the iPad can still feel a bit cramped, but not so much that that you can't use it comfortably.) Remote access apps for the iPad range from the enterprise to the free, and I recently tried out three: LogMeIn Ignition, Splashtop Remote Desktop, … Read more
I'm going to take entirely undeserved credit for improving the laser-powered virtual-projection keyboard offered by Celluon and ThinkGeek.
In a pinch to turn my iPad into a fully functional writing tool, I tried out a variety of Bluetooth-capable, iPad-compatible keyboards on deadline. One of them was ThinkGeek's original Bluetooth Laser Virtual Keyboard, which projects a full-size keyboard onto any flat surface.
It paired. It worked. But it threw me off as a writer because--for whatever neurotic reason--I needed that ole-fashioned keyboard "click" to prevent me from hunting and pecking my way through articles.
Now, Celluon and ThinkGeek are lauding the arrival of the Cube Laser Virtual Keyboard. Not only does it use a prettier, almost liquid interface for its laser projection, but it brings the "click" as the gesture recognition software employs sounds to indicate keystrokes and control gestures. … Read more
We all have our own fair share of packages and products shipped to us, some more than others, and it can be hectic trying to keep track of all the tracking numbers. Then there is the the repetitive process of checking on the status of a package on a Web site, over and over.
If you own an iPhone, iPad or even a Mac prepare for us to show you how to streamline the process and make the tracking numbers work for you, not the other way around. We present to you--Delivery Status touch [iTunes Link].
My real-life mailbox still gets jammed full of catalogs. There's always a spark of excitement when opening up the covers, but paper catalogs are disappointingly un-interactive. No matter how hard I poke at the pretty pictures with my fingers, nothing happens.
Google is riding to the rescue with the new Google Catalogs app for tablets. It's exactly what is sounds like--a collection of catalogs from major retailers like Anthropologie, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, and Sephora.
Google Catalogs' competition is paper catalogs and retailer Web sites. It one-ups them both by throwing in the ability to search across all catalogs, touch a picture to get product details, save favorite items, and get notifications when a new catalog comes out.
A collage feature lets you pull together your favorite fashions, jewelry, or kitchen utensils in one place. It takes a lot less time and effort than attacking your real catalogs with scissors and glue. You can also share your collages with friends to show off your impeccable--or bizarre--fashion sense.… Read more
Non-iPad tablet vendors may start cutting prices in September in an attempt to reduce their overstock inventory, according to a story today from DigiTimes.
Hurt by the popularity of the iPad, rival tablet makers have witnessed sales weaker than expected amid falling demand from retailers, resulting in a lot of unsold inventory. As a result, these companies will cut tablet prices once around the end of next month and again toward the holiday season, according to the DigiTimes report, citing "sources from notebook players."
The cuts could shrink the price of the average tablet to $350 and then … Read more
Do you wash your hands before you handle your iPhone, each and every time? Chances are, whatever mobile device you carry around in your pocket could use a good cleaning. Here's how to safely clean your smartphone or tablet:
How do I safely clean the screen on my smartphone or tablet? To clean the screen on your smartphone or tablet, use a soft, lint-free cloth. We suggest you pick up a couple of microfiber cloths. Never use a paper towel or other paper-based towels as they can leave scratches on the screen. For fingerprint smudges, dust, and lint, wipe … Read more
As one of the first 7-inch Honeycomb tablets, the Acer Iconia Tab A100 attempts to make a case for the viability of 7-inchers, but does the fact that larger tablet alternatives are less than a hundred bucks away diminish its appeal?
That depends. There are quite a few of you out there who prefer 7-inch tablets over larger ones. Smaller tablets have added portability and, on the whole, are more powerful than smartphones. Essentially, they're a little like large smartphones that don't quite fit into your pocket and don't allow you to make calls.
The Acer Iconia … Read more
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE (Verizon) has the same thin, iPad 2-like design as the Wi-Fi-only version of the tablet. So the question is, are blazingly fast 4G speeds worth being stuck in a two-year commitment?
Sure, you could forgo the contract and pay extra for the tablet, but in that case you might as well plop down cash for the Wi-Fi only Tab 10.1.
No, if you're interested in the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE (Verizon), then you're obviously interested in your tablet always being connected. Well, depending on Verizon's … Read more
A Dutch publication is accusing Apple of providing incorrect evidence in a patent case against Samsung to make the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet appear closer in size and shape to the iPad 2.
Examining pictures found in a document that Apple recently submitted to a German court, Webwereld.nl found one of the photos of the Tab to be inaccurate. Photos on page 28 of the document show the Tab and iPad 2 as "practically identical" in appearance.
But according to the Dutch publication, the Tab … Read more