VideoIt has long been an industry joke that the ultimate Apple design would simply be a piece of glass. Well such teasing may not be far off the mark after it was revealed Apple has been granted an exclusive patent to create ‘all-glass’ casings.
Just like the odd eBay storefront that popped up last year, a new site called Factory Outlet eBay Store is selling refurbished Apple products and, despite the lack of any official Apple branding, is almost definitely the result of a partnership...
Blackphone, the much-ballyhooed collaboration between anti-NSA encryption powerhouse Silent Circle, and Geeksphone, a company owned by a former tech prodigy, has begun shipping around the world. The initial inventory has already sold out.
Most of us already know that to a certain extent, we’re completely naked and exposed on the Internet, allowing companies like Google and Facebook to access our personal data on a daily basis. Two NYU designers, however, have created a physical manifestation of that queasy, naked-in-public feeling you get when you see a targeted ad on Facebook based on a clandestine Google search for a skin rash: a smartphone-powered dress that becomes transparent when you tweet.
Yahoo on Wednesday unveiled an updated version of one of its core properties -- Yahoo Finance -- for iOS and Android devices. The move is part of Yahoo’s ongoing effort to launch new or enhanced mobile products as it attempts to catch up with competitors, such as Facebook and Google on the mobile side. The navigation bar in the revamped app features a new “Home” tab for quick access to the stocks a user is following, along with another tab for getting relevant news about a given stock. It also offers push notifications for breaking news and upgraded interactive charts with stock quotes. “The updated app for iPhone and iPad now delivers real-time stock quotes front and center. In addition, the app creates a personalized newsfeed from all the stocks and companies you follow. Everything updates in real time, giving you a quicker, more seamless experience on the go,” stated Robby Stein, director of product management at Yahoo, in a blog post today. Yahoo Finance gets a boost in mobile traffic by powering the default “Stocks” app in iOS. That made it the ninth-ranked smartphone app in the U.S. in May, with 28.9% reach, according to comScore. Apple recently pulled Yahoo Weather as the default “Weather” app in iOS in favor of The Weather Channel, but the company for now is sticking with Yahoo for the Stocks app. If Yahoo wants to build its mobile ad business, it needs apps like Yahoo Finance to generate meaningful revenue. Like other redesigned Yahoo apps, it offers in-stream native ad units, but it’s not clear how much these ads are contributing so far. Yahoo hasn’t broken out mobile ad revenue to date, but in its latest earnings conference call said mobile display sales had doubled from a year ago. Release of the new app follows closely after the company introduced Yahoo Finance Contributors, a program allowing a “select group” of prominent investors, money managers, analysts and traders to publish content directly to Yahoo Finance via Tumblr. The roster of contributors includes activist investor Carl Icahn and Morningstar CEO Joe Mansueto.
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to approve legislation that would allow mobile phone owners to unlock their devices for the purposes of switching carriers.
The committee, with a unanimous voice vote Thursday, approved an amended version of the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act and sent the bill to the full Senate.
Consumer groups and other advocates have called on Congress to pass a mobile phone unlocking bill after a Library of Congress action in January 2013 removed legal protections for mobile phone unlocking. The library had previously allowed phone unlocking as an exception to the security circumvention provisions in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
“Consumers should be able to use their existing cell phones when they move their service to a new wireless provider,” committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, said in a statement. “I hope the full Senate can soon take up this important legislation that supports consumer rights.”
The House of Representatives passed a similar bill in February, although some advocates had withdrawn their support for that bill because of changes that they say weakened it.
Concerns over provisions in the House bill that would deny legal protections to so-called bulk unlockers, such as phone recyclers and resellers, held the bill up in the Senate, but that prohibition didn’t make it into the amended Senate bill.
The amended Senate bill allows customers to authorize vendors to unlock their phones for them. The bill also instructs the Library of Congress to consider, in a DMCA rulemaking starting later this year, to consider whether other devices, such as tablets, should be eligible for unlocking.
CTIA, a trade group representing mobile carriers, praised the Senate bill. CTIA appreciated the committee’s “effort to strike an appropriate balance by authorizing unlocking without imposing obligations on carrier,” the group said in a statement.
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Amazon wants you to buy its first smartphone, the Fire, which it unveiled Wednesday. But it also wants you to use that phone to buy more stuff ... from Amazon.
And one of the device's most distinctive features is designed to make it as easy as possible do just that.
It's called Firefly, and it contains image-, text- and audio-recognition technology to help you scan and identify books, songs, movies and other items. Amazon wants you to use Firefly so much that the feature has its own dedicated button on the side of the phone for one-stop shopping.
"The Firefly button lets you identify printed Web and email addresses, phone numbers, QR and bar codes, artwork, and over 100 million items, including songs, movies, TV shows, and products -- and take action in seconds," Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in announcing the phone, which will run Amazon's Fire operating system.
For example, you could use the phone's cameras and sensors to identify an exotic fruit or vegetable, figure out who sings a song on the radio or help send an e-mail to a new contact after scanning their business card.