If looked at it the right light, smartphones are magical little devices. They're small enough to fit in your pocket, many come with battery life that will take you through a full day (or longer), and the hardware inside probably trumps the laptop you were using a decade ago.
Coffee shops -- cafes, if you prefer -- are a staple for many, serving as the perfect destination to stop for a mid-day meal or that necessary cup of coffee. As the proliferation of mobile technology increased over the years, these shops came up with a simple idea to draw in more customers: free Wi-Fi. There was a time when such an offering was a novelty, but over the years it has become so expected that cafes without it are seen as odd relics.
Starbucks has introduced a new way for its customers to charge up their devices: wireless charging stations. The new offering is rolling out now, having kicked off with the company's San Francisco stores. If you're not in that area and want to take advantage of the feature, you might have to wait a while: the roll out is planned over the next three years.
The 2014 World Cup is upon us, and for those forced to watch from a distance, the options for doing so can be tricky if you don't have the right cable channels (particularly for the cable-cutters among us). The games, which kick off tomorrow, will be broadcast on ESPN and ABC, but options remain for those who prefer to watch from their Android smartphone or tablet, iPad, or iPhone.
Nokia's giant Lumia 1320 phablet has arrived as a prepaid offering at Cricket Wireless in the United States, giving Windows Phone enthusiasts a giant (but no less colorful) handset option. The phone will arrive both online and on store shelves (Cricket store shelves, that is) this coming Friday.
Smartphones come in all varieties, and while some focus on dominating one sort of functionality more so than the rest, photography is a fairly solid feature that gets attention from makers across the board. Improvements are continually made in the realms of both software and hardware, and several smartphones have cropped up in recent times that take photography to the next level (the Lumia 1020, for example). If you don't have one of the latest and greatest handsets, however, that doesn't mean you can't boost your smartphone's photography ability to the next level.
One of the best password managers around is now available for Android. 1Password, long an iOS mainstay, has a brand new Android app. Full featured and comparable to the iOS version, 1Password for Android is free to use until August.