Apple took to the stage yesterday to make a variety of announcements prior to the holiday-buying season, including the anticipated launch of their Nexus 7/Kindle Fire rival, the iPad Mini. Ever since 2010, Apple has led the tablet movement with iOS strongly posed as the dominant tablet platform. It seems that the Cupertino company is set on keeping their position by crushing any competition and covering all the markets.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the announcements Apple made at it’s special event and discuss whether they might have an impact on Android and its third-party offerings.
September has been a fairly big month for Android announcements, with a number of phone and tablet makers taking the stage to announce new products. From the unveiling of a new line of Kindle Fires to Google and Motorola’s Droids, in this article we’ll take a look at some of the new gear.
The smartphone industry is a fickle world and many users choose to swap out phones to stay up to date with the latest hardware. I, for one, never buy phones tied to any sort of contract so i’m able to easily sell or pass on old hardware to make room for the latest and greatest.
With a large market for second-hand phones and a plethora of businesses who will take your phone off your hands if you can’t find a independent buyer, it’s a practice you can easily get involved in. In this How To article, we’re going to take a look at preparing your phone for sale (both hardware-wise and software-wise).
NFC, from a hardware perspective, is yet to see mass adoption. While it’s easy enough to push the technology out to consumers over the course of a few years, support from retailers doesn’t look to be advancing very fast and could reasonably take another decade before we see significant commitment outside of the technology hubs of the world.
However, a few retailers are taking matters into their own hands and pushing out smartphone apps that encourage cashless payment outside of some sort of standardised NFC system. In this article, I’ll take a look at the current state of cashless payments in my daily life.
You may very well be one of the lucky few heading to London (or perhaps already in London) for this year’s Olympic games. Since the 2008 games, a lot has changed in the world of technology; it wasn’t until the month after the games that Android 1.0 was released. In fact, London 2012 is being called the first “social media games” and it has come with a number of official Android apps.
We’ve already take a look at how to keep up with the Olympics but you might have a more difficult job navigating your way around London. In this roundup, we’re going to take a look at a bunch of apps useful for those visiting London, even when the Olympics aren’t on.
At Google I/O, amongst new tablets, new operating systems and extreme sports demos, Google announced the Nexus Q, a new device for the living room that describes itself as a social streaming media player.
The Nexus Q is clearly out to compete with the Apple TV, a product that Apple majorly refreshed in late 2010 with AirPlay, a feature to stream media from one Apple device straight to a TV. However, while it seems like a product that only exists to let Google cover that particular base, it does signify another product joining the “pure” Google Nexus experience.
It’s no secret that I love technology. Technology surrounds me every minute of my life, and I spend a great deal of time interacting with it in a variety of contexts, whether that be working on my computer, browsing Reddit and the like on my tablet, or playing games on my console (and yes, I’m intentionally leaving out brand names because this article isn’t about any loyalties or rivalries).
Five years ago, smartphones (if you’d call them that) weren’t really common, and tablets as a popular consumer device were a thing of the future. Think about it: in just those few short years, we’ve gained two significant additions to our technological lives. Many other technology-related industries have also seen significant progress during the period, including TV offerings from Apple and Google.
This is great… except the devices are all separate. I’m looking forward to a future where I just have one core device and a range of different form factors.
In a keynote that opened with Siri telling the audience a bunch of jokes by video (including “Have any of you been working on Ice Cream Sandwich? Or Jellybean? Who comes up with these codenames, Ben and Jerry’s?”), Apple announced iOS 6, the next iteration of their mobile operating system that powers the iPhone and iPad.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at the announcements and see how they stack up to what Android has on offer. (more…)
Maps. We all use them at some point, and a lot of us do so on a device connected to Google’s own mapping service. Just a week before Apple is widely expected to unveil their own mapping service for iOS, Google held a small event to show off developments in Google Maps including some exciting news for those that like to view the world in 3D.
In addition to 3D, Google Maps is getting a bit of a UI update, as well as the ability to access maps while offline! Let’s take a look at what Google had to show off.