Mobile & Wireless

Better (iOS) Gives You 24/7 Access to a Personal Health Assistant

Better (iOS) Gives You 24/7 Access to a Personal Health Assistant

The latest take on telemedicine in the age of apps will launch Wednesday morning, as Better premiers in Apple’s App Store. The Palo Alto, Calif., startup of the same name has partnered with the Mayo Clinic to offer users 24/7 access to a personal health assistant, nurse line, automated symptom checker, personalized health ...

Facebook Wants to Know Where You’re “Traveling To”

Facebook Wants to Know Where You’re “Traveling To”

Serendipitous meetups with friends while traveling make us happy and Facebook wants to be the portal to that joy. So this week it quietly rolled out a new feature that lets you share where you’re “traveling to”. Facebook’s Page mentioned it on Wednesday, so I asked the company which said that after some testing, ...

Google Launches Standalone Camera App in Google Play

Google Launches Standalone Camera App in Google Play

Google has just launched its own Camera app in the Play Store. Simply called Google Camera, the app looks a bit different from the camera software currently shipping in Android 4.4 KitKat. Google has made a number of improvements and refinements here, introducing a much cleaner interface "that gets out of your way" with a ...

Chrome Remote Desktop (Android) Lets You Access PCs and Macs from Anywhere

Chrome Remote Desktop (Android) Lets You Access PCs and Macs from Anywhere

Google on Wednesday launched a Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android, which lets you remotely control your computer using your smartphone or tablet. You can download the new app now directly from Google Play. The app’s description says you can “securely access your computers from your Android device” but doesn’t ...

Instagram Deletes a Bunch of Spam Accounts

Instagram Deletes a Bunch of Spam Accounts

Instagram is dealing with a minor headache right now — cleaning up the junk you don’t want to see. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing service is purging old, inactive and spammy accounts, the first time it has done so across its entire user base. I was tipped off late last night after opening the app, when I noticed a ...

Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung to Include Smartphone Anti-Theft Measures

Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung to Include Smartphone Anti-Theft Measures

With several states and municipalities considering various mandatory “kill-switch” laws for mobile devices, the wireless industry announced a voluntary commitment to include new anti-theft technology on phones starting next year. The commitment, announced Tuesday, has the backing of the five largest U.S. cellular ...

Google Sells Out of Google Glass During Promotion, Doesn’t Disclose Sales Figures

Google Sells Out of Google Glass During Promotion, Doesn’t Disclose Sales Figures

Google ditched its invite-only approach to Google Glass for a single day when it made its wearable device available to the general public in the US on Tuesday, and the company has revealed that its allocation of devices is now sold out. Google isn’t saying exactly how many devices and spots on the Google Explorer program ...

Google’s Modular ‘Project Ara’ Phone Kit May Launch in January for $50

Google’s Modular ‘Project Ara’ Phone Kit May Launch in January for $50

Google’s ambitious modular smartphone concept, an attempt to disrupt the market dominated by Apple and Samsung, could be available in January 2015 for as little as $50. Paul Eremenko, Google’s Project Ara head, told attendees of its developer conference that the modular device is scheduled to go on sale in January next ...

Facebook Plans to ‘Unbundle’ Its Mobile App

Facebook Plans to ‘Unbundle’ Its Mobile App

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg sat down with The New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo to discuss Facebook and its future, and much of the discussion centered on Creative Labs, the new internal initiative at Facebook that’s playing more with products outside the core social networking site, or spun out from that experience. ...

How to Get Windows Phone 8.1 (and Cortana) Now

How to Get Windows Phone 8.1 (and Cortana) Now

If you use Windows Phone 8 and want to get the new Windows Phone 8.1 hotness and give Cortana a spin before it rolls out officially—and you do, it's really great—then don't despair. Although the early access is a "developer preview," you don't actually have to write any code to get your hands on it. You just need a ...