There’s more to breaking down the barriers between desktop and mobile than making the UIs on an iPhone and a MacBook look alike, and Apple used its WWDC 2014 opening keynote to hint at how. Continuity came up several times during the presentation, on both the OS X and the iOS sides, explaining how later this year our Macs and iPhones will work together to transfer tasks as you move between them. Yet the potential for Continuity goes far further than just giving you a bigger keyboard to finish your email on.
Apple has announced Continuity in OS X Yosemite, blurring the lines between Macs, iPhones, and iPads. Some of the elements are straightforward, like AirDrop now allowing for sharing between OS X and iOS. However, there's also some smart tech to switch what you're working on between platforms, as well as to handle calls and messages on your phone from your Mac.
HTC makes a great flagship smartphone but overlooked its midrange, and it has the dreary sales figures over the past couple of quarters to prove how shortsighted that was. Swinging in to save 2014, then, is the HTC One mini 2, a 4.5-inch version of the One M8 which promises to distill down the best of its bigger brother, but with a more palatable price tag. We’ve been burned by lackluster “Mini Me” phones before, though, so does the One mini 2 keep enough of the charm? Read on for our full review.
Back in February, Bem Wireless introduced a unique wearable, the Speaker Band. As its name suggests, the Speaker Band is a wrist band that, at first glance, appears to be a boxy smartwatch. Over the face is positioned a grille, however, and beneath it sits a little portable speaker.
Samsung cannot be ignored, and the importance of the Galaxy S5 cannot be overlooked. New bearer of the crown of “best-known Android smartphone” it’s a chance not only for Samsung to make money, but to demonstrate what cleverness it can bake into a flagship device. Samsung’s approach to innovation has been more scattershot than focused, however, and with each generation of Galaxy there’s been equally as many needless bells & whistles as there have been legitimately useful additions. The Galaxy S5, Samsung insists, has been built with deliberation, but has the company spent its time on the right enhancements? Read on for the SlashGear review.
It's not just the Lumia 930 and Lumia 630/635 that Nokia has for Build 2014 this week, but a cute new speaker, the MD12, which reverberates sound through any surface it's placed on. Announced by Nokia CEO Stephen Elop - who promptly mocked its name - the MD-12 hooks up via Bluetooth. Update: Live photos after the cut!
Fitness wearable and Bluetooth speaker and headset firm Jawbone quietly bought up Playground.fm last year, a personalized internet radio app that uses social networking and Spotify activity to craft a custom station. Playground.fm uses Facebook Likes of existing music to figure out the listener's tastes, potentially opening the door to a Jawbone-branded music service, or even shaping playlists by physical activity.
Samsung has revealed two new smartwatches, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, refining its original Galaxy Gear wearable and ditching Android for Tizen in the process. Revealed at MWC 2014, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo each have a 1.63-inch 320 x 320 Super AMOLED display and run Samsung-led Tizen on a 1GHz dualcore processor. Differentiating the two is that the Neo lacks a camera, a 2-megapixel shooter which the Gear 2 integrates into its main body, not the strap as before.