Instagram caught fire among iPhone users by making it simple to apply filters to pictures and then (more importantly) to share them across multiple social media sites. While the Android camera has some neat sharing features, its camera replacement apps haven't captured the same ease of use. Lightbox aims to do just that, and Android users will no doubt start flooding the net with their own lovely filtered shots. Here's how you can get started:Install and run the Lightbox app, then set up an account. Choose which social networks you want to share pics … Read more
Because of the high prices of solid-state drives, most tablets have limited storage. To keep the cost reasonable, manufacturers have to opt for offering low-capacity units.
And the main reason why tablets don't use hard-disk drives (HDDs) is the physical size: HDDs are generally not compact enough for the portability of a tablet computer. That is, unless, that HDD is Seagate Technology's Momentus Thin.
The company announced today that this hard drive, which is the world's first 2.5-inch hard drive with a 7mm profile, is now also the internal storage unit for the first HDD-based handheld tablets in the world, the 8- and 10-inch Archos G9 tablets. The new tablets, unveiled today, are among the first low-cost high-capacity tablets on the market.… Read more
The average iPad consumes 400 percent more data over Wi-Fi networks in a month than does the average iPhone, iPod, or Android device, according to a report released yesterday by cloud-networking provider Meraki.
Looking at data usage this year compared with 2010, Meraki also found that mobile devices are now outpacing PCs among all devices that tap into Wi-Fi networks.
Apple's iOS and Android are the most commonly used mobile platforms, accounting for 58 percent of all devices accessing Wi-Fi networks, compared with 33 percent a year ago. iOS devices make up 47 percent of all Wi-Fi devices versus … Read more
The words "Samsung Gravity phone" immediately conjure images of tall feature phones with funky-shaped keys, QWERTY sliders, and pronounced accents in flame or neon colors. Take the Samsung Gravity Smart, then, as the mature member of this fun-loving family for T-Mobile. It's brainier, running Android 2.2 Froyo instead of Samsung's own feature phone OS. It also veers away from electric blue and blow-your-eyes lime with color options that tend toward the more subdued--a lush berry is this handset's most pulse-quickening hue (don't worry, even the lunar gray color still has its bright elements.)… Read more
Hulu Plus has made its long-awaited debut on Android.
For now, the app supports just six Android phones--the Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Inspire 4G, Motorola Droid II, Motorola Droid X, and the Motorola Atrix. But Hulu is promising support for more Android phones as the year progresses.
New subscribers to Hulu Plus can try the service free for one month before deciding whether to kick in … Read more
Aww, thanks for saying I'm awesome last week, you guys! Speaking of awesome, we take a look at the Nokia N9, which despite its cool exterior is sadly saddled with MeeGo, an operating system with no future. We also go in-depth into Windows Phone Mango, talk rumors of a new Nexus and a new iPhone, and learn Bonnie's take on the HTC Evo 3D.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video)
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Question: My daughter is due for a new phone. She will be spending most of next year in London and would like to be able to text for free or cheap to the US (BBM?). Most of her key people are on BBM but many are switching to iPhones. What do you suggest is the best option for her? A new Blackberry? Unlocked GSM phone purchased in US with pay-as-you-go SIM cards? Verizon or AT&T iPhone with international plan? Purchase in UK? -- Teresa, via e-mail
It's a little bit of a difficult question because, as you say, her friends are in transition between BlackBerrys and iPhones. But if you're absolutely confident that most of her associates will be on iPhones, I would go ahead and get an iPhone for her too. Hopefully by the time she leaves for London iOS 5 will have landed, and she can start using iMessage with her friends--iMessage is essentially the iOS version of BBM. Of course, there are also third-party iPhone apps for free messaging, like Ping and TextPlus, so you could try looking into those too.… Read more
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is bullish on the growth of mobile payments in the coming year.
Speaking at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity today, Schmidt said he believes one-third of all restaurants and retail outlets will allow for mobile payments within the next year, the Financial Times reports him as saying. He reportedly told those in attendance that that number should be enough for widespread adoption of mobile payments.
"I judge that based on how long I think it takes, because the terminals are available now, the software is available now or this summer," the … Read more
Maybe you only just became security-conscious after reading the latest news about Trojans making life miserable for Android users, or maybe you're trying to help a friend who's nervous about their data. The tedium induced by checking through every installed app and confirming its security might drive some to go for a factory reset, but a free app called PermissionDog lets you scan your device for any app that might cause problems, then confirm whether you trust it or not. Here's how to use it:
If you're not familiar with Pandora, it requires you to create an account before listening to its streaming-radio content. Once you've created an account and have installed the app, you'll be able to listen to and create personalized Pandora radio stations, right from your mobile device. Just like the site, the Pandora app lets you create stations based on artists or songs, browse through its Genre stations, or fire up a Quick Mix. You can purchase any song that plays with a simple tap, or hit the info button to read interesting details about both the track … Read more