Mar 26, 2015 - 10:12 AM - by dgstorm
In what will undoubtedly be disappointing news to some, Motorola Mobility's President, Rick Osterloh, recently shared on Twitter that Motorola has no plans to build any Android tablets. He did take a moment to steer us toward Lenovo's offerings, which is unsurprising since that is now Motorola's parent company.
Still, for many who were hoping Motorola would get back in the game to try and do a better job than they did with the XOOM or DROID Xyboard, this is unwelcome news. On the bright side, at least this will allow them to focus on making the best Droid smartphone they can every year!
Mar 26, 2015 - 9:46 AM - by dgstorm
Tomorrow is a big day for Samsung. They just announced that pre-orders for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be available at all major US carriers & Best Buy starting tomorrow (March 27th). On top of this, you will also be able to see a preview of the device at most Best Buy locations around the country.
The pricing details for the 32GB, 64GB and 128GB versions was not revealed yet, but Best Buy should have that info tomorrow. T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular and Best Buy will be the first to offer the pre-orders, while Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless and MetroPCS will eventually get in on the act. You can also expect Amazon.com, Costco Wholesale, Inc., Sam’s Club, Target and Walmart to showcase the device sometime within the coming weeks.
We will share more details tomorrow so stay tuned!
Mar 25, 2015 - 3:19 PM - by dgstorm
Earlier today Facebook held their F8 Developer Conference. There were quite a few things shared during the event, but we broke down the three largest changes which Facebook is making/adding to their service. Here's the summary:
- "On This Day" Feature - This is a new way to look at old stuff. It basically gives you a page every day to bring up photos which were on that same day in your past. In order to get to this "special page," you will need to "click on the On This Day bookmark, and search for “On This Day.” Alternatively, you can just head to facebook.com/onthisday.”
- Third-party developers support in FB Messenger - This was the biggest change/upgrade that Facebook shared today. The company will be opening up FB Messenger to third-party developers so that they can make their own custom apps for the service. They claim they wanted to offer “even more ways for the 600 million people who use Messenger every month to express themselves.”
- Embeddable video functionality - If you are a fan of posting videos on your website(s), then you will want to pay attention to this. Facebook will soon offer HTML code for videos uploaded to their network which is meant to make embedding them much easier.
Sound off if you think any of these changes/additions will be worthwhile to you.
Mar 24, 2015 - 9:58 AM - by dgstorm
And the wheel of time circles back around again... Google I/O 2015 invites have already started rolling out to email inboxes across the globe, at least for folks who signed up for Google’s big IO raffle. The first wave of invites need to be accepted and paid for by Thursday, March 26th.
The entry fee is a stout $900, but students can get in for $300. If you haven't been accepted, then you probably won't receive an email at all, although it's possible the emails will be sent out in batches, so it could come a bit later. Sound off and let us know if you scored an invite and will be attending this year.
Mar 20, 2015 - 10:31 AM - by dgstorm
Google's latest video ad for their Android Wear products is making the rounds across the interwebs. This latest one ups the ante on the fancy dance moves, but it actually makes sense in a strange and abstract way. It actually becomes apparent from watching it that Google wants the ad to focus on customers getting more choices out of Android Wear.
They basically want to play up the personalization and individual expression angle. Sound off and let us know what you think of Google's latest Android Wear ad.
Mar 20, 2015 - 9:58 AM - by dgstorm
What an interesting industry shakeup to find in my inbox this morning. Apparently, the very top of HTC has been rearranged. Peter Chou stepped down as CEO of HTC, and Cher Wang has taken over the position. If you remember the HTC One M9 event, Cher Wang shared some of the demo time with Peter Chou. Maybe this was meant as a "soft-intro."
Before today, Cher Wang was simply known as the Chairperson for HTC’s board of directors and the co-founder of the company. Reports from within the industry indicate this transition was actually about two years in the making. Apparently, Wang was already heavily involved in everyday management behind the scenes.
Ironically, HTC's stock didn't even register a blip (positive or negative) after the news. It seems that investors were neither unhappy, nor enthusiastic about the change. Either way, Chou isn't being fired. He instead will transition to a new product-oriented position as Head of HTC Future Development Lab.
Reading between the lines, it sounds like they have been happy with Chou's design decisions for the HTC One line, but not too happy with his organizational and leadership skills. Here's a quote from the new CEO of HTC, Cher Wang,
What do you think of HTC's new leadership?
“I know the company, I know the people, and I have the vision,” Wang, 56, told Bloomberg News
in an interview. “I think I am the best candidate. I suggested it.”
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