US Apple Stores now applying iPhone screen protectors with Belkin device

US Apple Stores now applying iPhone screen protectors with Belkin device

Apple Stores in Japan last week were among the first to first debut a new service for iPhone owners that correctly aligns and applies a screen protector to their device. Now Apple's retail outlets in the US doing the same, making use of a handheld Belkin device that can attach a clear plastic film to iPhone screens, protecting them from scratches and finger smudges, all while avoiding hassles like air bubbles or crooked alignments.

Continue Reading

Opera’s board recommends accepting Chinese buyout offer

Opera’s board recommends accepting Chinese buyout offer

Opera, once famed for its web browsers, is apparently struggling to make ends meet. So much so that it has hired Morgan Stanley International to search for a buyer. That buyer has just come into the picture from halfway around the world. A consortium made up of Chinese bigshots Kunlun and Qihoo 360 have signified their intention to buyout the Norwegian company for $12 billion. Backed by investment funds Golden Brick and Yonglian, Opera's board is more than convinced that this is the right way to go for the former Internet giant.

Continue Reading

Windows tablets rose 11% in 2015 at Apple’s expense

Windows tablets rose 11% in 2015 at Apple’s expense

The tablet market had it hard in 2015, with shipments having sunk even further than the previous year. Almost all analysts seem to agree to that. What some of the most popular ones don't seem to see eye to eye is who among those tablet vendors actually won in the market last year, at least relatively speaking. We've seen IDC's analysis of how the large iPad Pro helped put Apple above the crowd. Strategy Analytics, however, paints a slightly different picture. Sure, Apple has the bigger numbers, but Windows tablets are the ones that actually saw the most, in fact only, growth.

Continue Reading

RideWith becomes Waze Rider, still in mysterious limited test

RideWith becomes Waze Rider, still in mysterious limited test

A small, almost quiet, change has happened in an Android app that might have significant implications down the road. Despite the controversy that hounds ride- sharing services like Uber and Lyft, Google seems unfazed in rolling out its own counterpart idea. But it won't be called "RideWith" anymore. That name, which was revealed in the middle of 2015, has been replaced with a more familiar sounding one, "Waze Rider". The idea remains the same but its future is just as murky as it has been months ago.

Continue Reading

Opera Apps Club lets users rent paid Android apps ala Netflix

Opera Apps Club lets users rent paid Android apps ala Netflix

Although the idea isn't really original or new, Netflix is nowadays credited for having popularized an old/new business model to the point that any new subscription-based content providing service is labeled as "Netflix-like". And that's not just for the usual culprits like movies and music but even books, games, and, soon, Android apps as well. Opera, the web browser maker who also dabbles in VPNs and smart TVs, has announced the global launch of Opera Apps Club, which lets users "rent" premium Android apps. In other words, like Netflix.

Continue Reading

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 GFX benchmarked against Tegra, Apple

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 GFX benchmarked against Tegra, Apple

A lot is hinging on the Snapdragon 820 this year. After a dismal, almost embarrassing outcome for the Snapdragon 810 last year, the newest chip is the salvation that the mobile chip maker Qualcomm desperately needs. Interestingly, even rival Samsung is betting on it, because its 14 nm FinFET process was used in making the latest Snapdragon. That only means that the performance of this processor will be put under a microscope, which has already begun with this GFXBench sighting which pits the chip against the likes of NVIDIA's Tegra X1 and, of course, Apple's A9.

Continue Reading

Sparkle app updater exposes many Mac apps to hacking

Sparkle app updater exposes many Mac apps to hacking

In the age before app stores, at least on Windows PCs and Macs, people got their software directly from vendors or third party download sites. App markets, however, gave birth to the idea of a single canonical repository where people can get not only their apps but also updates for said apps. However, not every single software on the planet has jumped aboard, even on Macs. Now those developers and users maybe be given a stronger reason to do so, thanks to a gaping security hole in the Sparkle update framework recently discovered.

Continue Reading

LG G5 might also have an Always On display but with LCD

LG G5 might also have an Always On display but with LCD

Yesterday we saw Samsung trying to trademark the phrase "Always On Display" in Korea, which was a strange move considering how that phrase has been used in smartphone features already. Now we're seeing part of its motive for doing so. It's compatriot and rival LG apparently is doing something similar with its own upcoming flagship. An animated GIF now hints that the LG G5 will also have an Always On feature like that rumored for the Galaxy S7. The difference is that LG might be sticking to LCD instead of OLED for this feature.

Continue Reading

Microsoft finally spills some beans on Windows 10 updates

Microsoft finally spills some beans on Windows 10 updates

Microsoft has been traditional dreadful when it came to system-related error messages and notifications that it has become somewhat of a running joke in the tech community (Error 0x8020002b anyone?). It's no laughing matter, however, when Windows 10's continuously flowing stream of updates are concerned. Microsoft has been chided for its near secrecy of these system updates, that could, and sometimes have, make important changes without the user's knowledge. While not completely reversing course, Microsoft has now come up with a compromise, a website that lists Windows 10's update history and details.

Continue Reading

NHTSA will consider Google’s self-driving car AI as “driver”

NHTSA will consider Google’s self-driving car AI as “driver”

It seems that President Obama's declared push to make the US a haven for self-driving cars is already starting to bear fruit. In what may be a significant milestone, the National Hightway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA has just given Google the break it needs to move forward. In a letter sent to the company, the traffic agency agreed to one of Google's proposal to have its Self-Driving System (SDS) AI to be considered as the legal "driver" of the car, opening the doors for more legal opportunities for Google's self-driving car.

Continue Reading

Mad Catz: 37% staff layoff to follow exec mass exodus

Mad Catz: 37% staff layoff to follow exec mass exodus

The writing was on the wall yesterday, and so today's news isn't terribly surprising: Mad Catz will be laying off 37-percent of its workforce, an announcement that follows yesterday's CEO and other executives' mass departure. The layoff news came alongside the company's newest quarterly financial report, the numbers for which were largely profitable. The restructuring will shed some financial burden, however, and will enable the company to better improve its competitiveness in the market.

Continue Reading

North Korea’s latest satellite has stopped tumbling

North Korea’s latest satellite has stopped tumbling

North Korea's newly launched satellite, the first since 2012, is now in a stable orbit after having previously been tumbling out of control. The satellite doesn't appear to be transmitting anything, according to officials and anonymous sources, but that doesn't mean much as North Korea is likely concentrating on getting controlled orbits under its belt first.

Continue Reading

Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Next