Tagged with: Smartphones

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – April 21, 2014

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – April 21, 2014

The Heartbleed bug is one of the worst threats to online security and privacy in recent memory. Worse yet, the bug isn’t limited to computers – there’s also a chance your Android device is at risk, too. Google knows about Heartbleed and is working on a software patch, but your device could be at risk. Luckily, ...

Samsung Slugs It Out With Apple For Consumers

Samsung Slugs It Out With Apple For Consumers

In the South Korean industrial town of Gumi, about a 45-minute helicopter ride southeast of here, Samsung Electronics factory workers, nearly all of them young women, are methodically applying the finishing touches on Galaxy S5s. The launch of Samsung's newest flagship smartphone on April 11 was a little over a week away, ...

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

I've been using the Samsung Galaxy S4 as my main mobile device for just about a year now (it launched in March 2013 and was made publically available in April 2013) and I like it – but to be as honest as possible, I don't love it. My main issues with the S4 have to do with the camera, battery life, ergonomics and ...

Facebook’s ‘Nearby Friends’ Encourages Unplanned Meet-Ups in Real Life

Facebook’s ‘Nearby Friends’ Encourages Unplanned Meet-Ups in Real Life

Despite what my Twitter feed may suggest, I’m a pretty private person. I enjoy moving through the world quietly, getting in touch with friends and family when I have time to do so. What I don’t do that often is broadcast where I am. Facebook thinks I’m missing out on a lot of opportunities. That’s why it’s ...

Report: Apple is Building a Shazam-Like Feature Into iOS 8

Report: Apple is Building a Shazam-Like Feature Into iOS 8

Apple wants to help you name that tune. The company is planning to unveil a song-discovery feature in an update of its iOS mobile software that will let users identify a song and its artist using an iPhone or iPad, said two people with knowledge of the product, who asked not to be identified because the feature isn’t ...

Twitter Adds Mobile App Install Ads, Integrated Ad-Buying

Twitter Adds Mobile App Install Ads, Integrated Ad-Buying

It looks like Twitter is hoping to earn more ad dollars from mobile app publishers and developers. The company is announcing several new features today that Vice President of Revenue Kevin Weil described as adding up to “an easy and scalable way to drive app installs and app engagement, both on Twitter and off Twitter.” ...

Apple Patents Geture-Based Screen Unlocking Tech, Similar to Android

Apple Patents Geture-Based Screen Unlocking Tech, Similar to Android

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday published two Apple patent applications (1, 2), both titled "Gesture entry techniques," that together form the basis of a device unlocking feature in which a user draws a pattern on screen with the help of illuminated discs. One patent filing deals with the system as a ...

Breeze by RunKeeper (iOS) Tracks Your Every Step

Breeze by RunKeeper (iOS) Tracks Your Every Step

RunKeeper is one of the most popular run-tracking apps for the iPhone, and on Thursday it's launching a new app called Breeze to take count of how much you're walking around, too. The app works only on the iPhone 5S and is based around its M7 motion processor, which is always collecting your steps in the background. Using ...

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – April 17, 2014

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – April 17, 2014

If it seems like your iPhone battery is draining more quickly than it should, it’s easy to check if there’s a problem with your phone. Head into your Settings app, tap on General, then Usage, and you’ll find two numbers. Usage is how long you’ve actually used your device for, and Standby is how long it’s been ...

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 ...