Samsung Electronics will unveil a smart watch called the Galaxy Gear at a Sept. 4 event ahead of the IFA trade show in Berlin, according to a Bloomberg report.
Sony has reportedly reached a tentative deal that would let it sell Viacom's cable networks to consumers through an over-the-top pay-TV service it plans to introduce later this year.
Sit down to watch some TV, and the chances are pretty good you'll also be holding a smartphone or tablet. There's also a much lower, but growing chance that touch-screen device will be the only screen in front of you. According to a recent survey, one in 10 smartphone owners use the device to watch TV shows through apps such as Netflix and Hulu Plus.
TubeStart, which describes itself as a crowdfunding platform for YouTube content creators, is set to begin collecting funds soon. The company says it will give YouTube contributors tools to make money beyond the traditional advertising offered by Google.
Executives at Google's Motorola Mobility unit are defending their new flagship smartphone, the Moto X, from criticism that it is priced as a high-end device but uses lower-end hardware specifications. The Motorola executives argue that the criticism is misguided, and that the device's design and software features make it a unique and powerful smartphone despite what appears on the surface to be more mid-range specs.
Google has expanded field testing for its Project Loon beyond New Zealand and into California's Central Valley, which is about a two-hour drive from the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.
Showing they can still be friends despite Google's recent usurping of AT&T as Starbucks' Wi-Fi provider, Google and AT&T this week submitted a joint letter to the FCC that lays out their ideas on how the commission should go about opening up 3.5 GHz spectrum for small cells.
Research firm IDC found that Apple's share of the smartphone market decreased from 16.6 percent a year ago to 13.2 percent in the second quarter of this year, a decline the firm attributed to the fact that Apple hasn't released a new iPhone in close to a year.
If an app doesn't work, research has shown consumers will be very quick to abandon it. They aren't interested in a developer's explanations--even if the explanation is that the failure is in part the consumer's own fault. Therein lies the dilemma of a new feature added in Android 4.3. Called App Ops, it allows mobile users to selectively turn various permissions in an app on or off depending upon their privacy preferences.
A little more than a month ago I ruminated on what the impending launch of the Moto X, the flagship smartphone of Google's Motorola Mobility unit, would mean for Android. The Moto X is no w here, and while I don't think it will have the kind of far-reaching ramifications I speculated about, the device does represent the rebirth of Motorola as a brand wholly distinct from other Android device makers.