BlackBerry could stop making smartphones to stem further losses

Nobody tell the President

Posted by Rhuaridh Marr
April 10, 2014 11:58 AM |
BlackBerry has been on a steep, slippery slope for the past few years. The struggling phonemaker, formerly known as Research In Motion, has fallen from grace as the smartphone of choice for business professionials, politicians and texting youth. In a world of iPhones, Androids and Angry Birds, BlackBerry's core tenants of physical keyboards, secure email and robust handsets haven't ... [Read]

As Apple and Samsung head back into the courtroom, some rather interesting documents are being released that give further insight into the inner-machinations of both organizations. This time it's Apple's turn, with a series of slides from an internal meeting at Cupertino dated April last year, courtesy of the folks at Recode. (Embedded below.) The documents, which pertain to ... [Read]

Brendan Eich, newly-appointed CEO of Mozilla, has stepped down, the company stated in a blog post. Eich has been facing a barrage of criticism and scrutiny following his appointment as CEO, due to donations he made in 2008 supporting California's Proposition 8, which aimed to ban same-sex marriage in the state. Despite assurances from both Eich and Mozilla, who ... [Read]

Okay, confession time: I really like Windows Phone. I know, I know, we're not supposed to, we're supposed to be sheep and like iPhones and Galaxy devices, but there's something about Microsoft's smooth, fluid, blocky OS that has always appealed to me. What it hasn't been able to do, however, is hold my gaze. Every time I jump in ... [Read]

They've conquered online shopping, revolutionized digital reading, rivalled iTunes, taken on Netflix and have even thrown their hat into the tablet ring, and now Amazon is prepared to attack another lucrative market -- streaming devices. It's a crowded place already, with Roku, Google's Chromecast and Apple TV some notable standouts, but Amazon clearly feels they have enough to offer ... [Read]

It's been a long, long time coming but Microsoft's Office suite of apps are finally available on Apple's iPad. At a private event in San Francisco, newly-appointed CEO Satya Nadella made his first public appearance to announce the release of iPad-specific versions of Office stalwarts Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Available in the app store now, the trio of apps ... [Read]

The National Security Administration has come under intense scrutiny and criticism for the depth and breadth of its data collection procedures. The ongoing scandal surrounding the NSA's sophisticated and far-reaching collection methods has been repeatedly addressed by the Obama Administration as they attempt to calm a public that has grown increasingly intolerant of the government invading their privacy. This ... [Read]

Developers are abandoning their support of Firefox, the world's second-most popular internet browser, from the Mozilla Foundation, following the appointment of co-founder Brendan Eich as the company's new CEO. Eich was Mozilla's CTO and helped co-found the company in 1998. However, gay rights groups uncovered personal donations from Eich, totaling $1,000, in support of California's Proposition 8 ballot initiative, which ... [Read]

HTC debuts new One smartphone

Posted by Rhuaridh Marr
March 25, 2014 5:15 PM |
If there's one thing Android smartphones need, it's a device that can be held alongside the iPhone as a thoroughly premium, beautifully crafted handset. A device that silences the naysayers who see Samsung's Galaxy devices and think all Android phones are cheap and plasticky. It just so happens that, last year, HTC launched such a device: the One. A ... [Read]

Oh Twitter. You're a wondrous time capsule of social fads and cultural norms, where average folks can shout at their favorite celebrities, journalists can directly connect with their readers and hashtags can replace whole sentences. However, it's also a great timeline of just how far each of us has come since we joined the social network. Twitter clearly agrees, ... [Read]

Up until now, smartwatches have fallen into two camps: there's the aesthetic group, which Pebble's e-ink sits in. It places an emphasis on design but limits overall functionality. Then there's the practical group, which cram as many features as possible into something that just doesn't sit well on a wrist. Hello, Samsung Galaxy Gear! However, with today's announcement of ... [Read]

Apple had one of the most generous returns policies of any manufacturer, with those buying an iPhone from the company treated to a 30-day window in which to decide whether they loved or hated the device. Note that I said "had." Most major carriers offer just two weeks in which to make up your mind with regards your shiny ... [Read]

It's no secret that the National Security Administration loves collecting data from computers. As German paper Spiegel reported last year, the NSA can track a user's data from the moment they start using a piece of equipment by intercepting equipment and installing tracking software or hardware before it reaches a buyer's door. The NSA can intercept and hack network systems ... [Read]

Galaxy Quest

For its just-announced Galaxy S5, Samsung is boosting some useful features while ridding the phone of flotsam and bloat

By Rhuaridh Marr
March 6, 2014 9:26 AM |
At Barcelona's Mobile World Congress (MWC), the largest exhibition of its kind, technology companies from all over the world convene to showcase the best and the brightest in the mobile industry. Brand new smartphones, crammed with the freshest tech available; new tablets, aiming to fill every gap in the market; concepts, designed to look into the future of technology; ... [Read]

Minecraft, one of the world's most popular video games, is apparently headed to the big screen. No surprise there, given the success of The Lego Movie and Minecraft's own Lego-like blocky yet remarkably elegant approach to graphics. The news was leaked by the game's creator, Swedish programmer Marcus "Notch" Persson, who tweeted, "Someone is trying [to] leak the fact ... [Read]

WhatsApp, the smartphone-based messaging system that boasts over 450 million active users per month, has been purchased by Facebook for an incredible $19 billion. Facebook's bid for WhatsApp was $4 billion in cash, $12 billion in shares and an additional $3 billion in restricted stocks. To put that in perspective, the hard cash Facebook paid is the same as ... [Read]

Review: Seagate's Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive

Seagate's Slim Portable Drive offers peace of mind for all your digital data, while fitting comfortably in your pocket

By Rhuaridh Marr
February 20, 2014 9:51 AM |
I had never really cared for portable storage. Hard drives and thumb drives were just things that people used if they had ridiculously large music catalogs or needed to securely transfer files from place to place. With modern cloud services such as those available from Google, Microsoft, Apple and others, which sync your music, files and photos across multiple devices, ... [Read]

Facebook today announced it's dropping the binary restrictions it previously placed on gender selection. Now, Facebook's 1.23 billion users can select either male, female, or a third customizable option which includes 50 new terms that the social network hopes will satisfy every member of the LGBTQI community. Terms include "Agender," "Trans," "Pangender" and "Androgynous," with users also able to select ... [Read]

Capitalizing on the nostalgia surrounding the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to America, Apple has quietly launched a dedicated channel for the group on its Apple TV streaming platform. It will air the entirety of the band's appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show way back in 1964, over-excited high-pitched fans and all. Of course, this is Apple, so the ... [Read]

Apple's Tech Tease

An "iWatch" is becoming more of a certainty, but shrouded in the same secrecy as every product launched by Apple

By Rhuaridh Marr
February 6, 2014 8:00 AM |
There are those who won't take notice of a product category until Apple wades into it. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company is famous for closely studying market trends and competitors before baking its own fruity offerings, which consumers either didn't know they wanted or hadn't realized could work in the way Apple thinks they should. Tablets existed long before the iPad, ... [Read]