The majority of the products that shipped with NFC on board during the past year were smartphones, a new research claims. The latest data from ABI Research says that 4 out of every 5 NFC-enabled devices are smartphones.
Near Field Communicatio usage, or NFC as it’s more popularly known, has recently been on the rise. From making contactless payments through pairing seamlessly devices to even transferring small chunks of data, the short distance radio communication standard is being adopted in various electronic gadgets. More so in smartphones, as it seems. Read more »
Samsung has released a new ad to promote its flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note 3. The ad is Christmas-themed as appropriate for the season.
The two minute ad is titled as “Galaxy Note 3 – Holiday Reflections” and does not promote any of the features of the device for a change. Instead, the new campaign reflects the holiday images in 3D. Read more »
Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook is said to be selling some of his Facebook shares to raise about $2.31 billion. The founder of the popular social network will sell about 41.4 million ‘Class A’ shares and utilize the money to fund a tax bill.
Mark is allegedly buying 60 million ‘Class B’ shares of his company and that is when the tax bill is expected to arise. The sale of shares would mean that Zukerberg’s stake in Facebook will drop to 56.1% from 58.8%. Read more »
Jan Koum, the CEO of WhatsApp has announced that the popular messaging service now has about 400 million active users across the globe.
In a blog post, Jan also claimed that WhatsApp has added 100 million users in the last four months. Read more »
Microsoft has released its ‘Project Siena’, which allows you to create your own Windows app without any hassles. The Windows 8.1 app is designed to help also those enthusiasts who would love to build an app without any programming skills.
The new project from the Redmond giant is focused on creating relatively small applications with high visuals, images, shapes and buttons. Read more »
Recently, we have seen gold plated iPhone, HTC One and a couple of other smartphones go up on sale. Now, we have a special edition of Microsoft’s Xbox One gaming console, which is covered in 24 carat gold.
Harrods, a popular high-end retailer in the UK has showcased the gorgeous looking gaming console. The impressive handmade gadget is up for grabs for £6,000 (about $9,774). Read more »
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the team sheet. Sounds like every fan and manager’s dream, but it’s a luxury only the Samsung-assembled Galaxy 11 team can afford.
The Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was the final one signing the team who will be facing a squad of aliens in a football game where the Earth’s future is at stake. Good thing then that the coaching duties have been assigned to German legend Franz Beckenbauer, who has proven to know a thing or two about tactics. Read more »
Google has expanded the reach of Maps Navigation to 25 new countries across Africa, Europe, Central America and Asia.
Google Maps Navigation, which is still carrying the beta tag, is now available in 99 countries. The coverage in newly added countries is said to include all the major roads covered with turn-by-turn navigation. Read more »
Not content with having flying droids deliver your packages, Amazon has another service that will seemingly inch them closer to world domination: Pantry.
Think of Pantry as an online Costco. Amazon plans to carry about 2,000 of the most commonly purchased groceries and offer them online, at warehouse store discounted prices. Also, like Costco, there is a yearly fee: Amazon Prime. However, if you’re a regular shopper on Amazon, then you probably have a Prime account anyway. Read more »
Nokia’s plant in India that is located in the city of Chennai was under a dispute with tax authorities in the sub-continent. As a result, the asset, which was one of the biggest Nokia manufacturing plants was sized by the local government. The seizure could prove problematic as some speculated it might prevent the Microsoft acquisition of the Nokia mobile division.
The potential obstacle is now gone, however, as Nokia has won its appeal to lift the seizure of the plant, which allows the company to transfer the unit to Microsoft as a part of its deal. Read more »
Google’s on-demand music streaming service that was introduced at this year’s Google I/O event, is now available in Germany.
With Google Play Play Music All Access, you can stream millions of songs on any device and you can also store up to 20,000 songs for free. Read more »
Motorola’s newest offering, the Moto G has been the talk of the town for its impressive hardware specifications and very attractive price tag. Motorola is selling the 16GB version of the smartphone for $199 without a contract in the US, which made many suspect that it makes no profit of the actual hardware. According to an analyst though, it costs only $123 to build so there’s some profit to be extracted there.
Adding the other expenses to get the phone to the market and in turn in your pockets reduces the amount of course, but Mark Newman believes Motorola has an operating profit margin about 5% from the Moto G. Read more »
Amazon is offering free 50 GB of cloud storage when you buy an Android smartphone from the popular online retailer. The storage space will be at your disposal for a period of 12 months.
Amazon’s offer runs out on December 31 and covers all major devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, HTC One, LG G2 and Motorola Moto X as well as a huge number of less popular smartphones. Read more »
In the past, we have seen tech enthusiasts taking the popular gadgets for a spin in a drop test to check out the durability of the product. On the other hand, we have Richard Ryan, who blasts the devices with military weapons from his armory.
The latest victim to undergo the horror is the Samsung Galaxy Gear, which takes on the HK 417 battle rifle. Read more »
We all remember when the man behind Android stepped down to focus on other duties inside the company. His Android duties were then taken over by Sundar Pichai who is now the face of the OS.
We’re naturally talking about ex-Apple employee and current Google one – Andy Rubin. What was then disclosed by Larry Page, Google co-founder, is that Rubin will be starting “a new chapter at Google” but up until now the name of said chapter wasn’t disclosed. Read more »