JD Power has released their smartphone satisfaction survey, and the overall results are as you might expect. Among customers on the four major US carriers, Apple’s iPhone reigns supreme for overall customer satisfaction while Samsung is a close second. That mantle may cede in the coming years, as another finding from the survey undermines Apple’s current business model altogether.
Toshiba has announced a new storage product called the Canvio Aeromobile Wireless SSD. The new storage solution has a SSD inside for improved data read and write speeds when on the go. In addition to being used for storing files and backing up data from smartphones or other devices, it also supports the ability to stream and share files without having to use cables. Toshiba aims the drive at people who want to offload files from their smartphone, camera, or tablet.
The power of the tilt will be utilized in the first-ever Amazon smartphone if this weeks’ anonymous reports are to be believed. While most smartphones have a gyroscope sensor inside, their uses are relatively few - depending on the apps they choose to use, that is. Amazon’s smartphone is said to use the gyroscope to massive effect.
The BMW Vision Future Luxury made its debut at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show. It's a car high on innovative technology, banking on pioneering lightweight engineering concepts and premium materials always valued in a flagship BMW. Going by the styling and the length of the rear doors, this is a very large car that sports efficient design as well as an advanced user interface.
Audi presented a four-door concept car at the Beijing International Automobile Exhibition, showcasing the brilliance of combining the efficacy of a compact SUV with the sportiness of a coupe. While Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development, would like us to believe that this concept is a glimpse of how future TT models would be, we would still like to focus on details such as the plug-in hybrid drive with two electric motors and consumption of 1.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers.
Zynga may best be known for its Facebook games, but the company is bringing a new mobile FarmVille to iPhone, iPad and Android in an attempt to turn around its underwhelmed players. FarmVille 2: Country Escape can be played in both single-player and multi-player modes, with gameplay on the phone or tablet synchronized with what's happening online on Facebook.
Apple, Google, HTC, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, and the main US carriers have committed to implementing a cellphone "kill switch" on every new device made after July 2015, allowing owners to remotely wipe, lock, or brick their smartphone if lost or stolen. The agreement, dubbed the "Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment", will mean every participating vendor and carrier will offer an app for managing remote device security, and is intended to challenge the market for stolen phones.
While Microsoft isn’t quite ready to release Cortana to the desktop world, they’re letting it be known that they’re more than happy to spread the personalization love. With Cortana you get a collection of features aimed directly at you, grown from your recorded interests, contacts, and so forth. With Bing’s new homepage, you’re getting a series of cards with similar information being tapped.
Self-driving cars may need to show some self-restraint when it comes to their “better than human” reflexes and abilities, the Nokia HERE team working on autonomous vehicle technologies suggests, if their flesh and blood passengers are to accept an AI taking the wheel. HERE calls it Humanized Driving, giving computer-controlled cars similar characteristics to the people they’re replacing so as to preserve a feeling of normality, even potentially becoming a virtual twin with the same style as the car’s owner.