Those who have read my comments on smartwatches before know that I am not a fan in their current incarnation. They are more or less just very expensive accessories to smartphones. Other than fitness tracking, which can be had much cheaper using the multitude of other compatible devices out there, releases have been disappointing.
The Amazon Fire has never managed to carve out a majority market share in the tablet market. Too many people likely consider it a souped-up Kindle to take it that seriously for anything more than media.
But the Amazon Fire Phone could very well be a more stable contender within mobile devices. Not only has it managed to match many features that you see with other top brands, but in some ways it has easily surpassed them.
After a little sneak peek last week that built the hype, Facebook has officially released their new Slingshot app. The second application to come out of Facebook Creative Labs, it is directly taking on Snapchat using the same concept…with a twist.
Those who have used Snapchat knows how it works. You send a video or photo, add text and send it off to a selection of contacts. They open it when they choose, see it, and can either screencap to save, or let it pass into the ether. It offers a bit of privacy for communication from those who might check your phone.
Apple’s Jonathan Ive has been released from his box to talk about the design process at Apple, and how their focus now is the same as it was when the late Steve Jobs was at the helm.
Jony Ives is very rarely seen giving interviews. In fact, he is very rarely seen period. The head of design is private and stays out of the limelight, despite his very important position at the company.
When he does show up for a discussion it tends to get a lot of attention as a consequence. Luckily, what he has to say is always interesting and informative. This latest talk was no exception.
Samsung has announced the Galaxy Tab S, the latest in the popular line that the company hopes will take a big chunk out of Apple’s iPad market. The biggest boast? A display that is the highest definition on the market.
For the last several years Samsung has been focusing on providing better and better display options in all of their products. Even their less costly models (though still expensive) offer high definition screens that tend to bully other makers into upping their own HD.
Amazon Prime users rejoice! There is now an additional feature with your membership that will allow you to access the site’s music library for free. This adds to the list of services that includes free two-day shipping, free ebook lending, and free movies and TV shows.
Music services are becoming ever more popular. Sites like 8Tracks allow you to listen to user-created playlists. Pandora and IHeartRadio provide live streaming. Now Amazon is trying to muscle in on both, providing access to their music library to stream, as well as offering playlists for members who want to stay within a specific genre.
HP, once one of the biggest brands in computers, has been struggling for quite some time to become relevant in a world increasingly focused on mobile technology. But now they have a chance to make their comeback, thanks to what has been ambiguously named ‘The Machine’.
Essentially, The Machine is an all-in-one game changer for the computer industry. HP Labs have been researching the different components for some time, the most prominent of which is their memristor. This ultra-speedy, massive data storage is delivered in a single chip that could multiply current storage capabilities within computers many times over.