Samsung Electronics to unveil latest Galaxy smartphone in late February

SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co will unveil a new version of its flagship Galaxy S smartphone this month, but expectations are low that features such as a bigger screen will lead to a sharp jump in sales given intensifying competition. Samsung sent out invitations on Tuesday for "Samsung unPacked…

Posted on: February 4, 2014 12:00 pm

A Tumbleweed Robot to Stop the Spread of Deserts

Desertification is a massive problem across the globe. We have a general idea of what causes it: unsustainable agricultural practices, mining, climate change, general land overuse. But much like climate change itself, desertification is a complex ecological issue that’s difficult to totally understand, not in small part due to the…

Posted on: February 4, 2014 12:00 pm

Windows XP’s death may not be enough to bail out Windows 8

The impending demise of Windows XP is seen as a great opportunity for PC and tablet vendors to boost sales unless, that is, they’re selling machines that run Windows 8. Research firm Canalys, which counts tablets along with traditional laptops and desktops in its data on PC sales, says that "Commercial…

Posted on: February 4, 2014 12:00 pm

Dell’s latest laptop combines OS X and Windows 8, creates ultimate marketing …

Some PC manufacturers choose to imitate Apple’s MacBook line with various products, but Dell has taken a slightly different approach. In a recent marketing video, the company has raised the bar above MacBook imitation and transformed its very own Dell XPS 15 into a laptop that combines OS X and While…

Posted on: February 4, 2014 7:00 am

Paper Now Available For iOS In The US, And It Could Be A Facebook …

Facebook’s new standalone app Paper is now available for download on iOS to everyone in the US, and it’s more than just a content reader. Paper has messages, notifications, search, and a completely redesigned profile. When I asked the team leaders behind Paper if they still used the old one,…

Posted on: February 3, 2014 5:00 pm

FiftyThree, makers of Paper for iPad, kindly ask Facebook Paper to change its …

When Facebook announced its new Flipboard-like iPhone app called Paper last week, its name instantly brought to mind for many the popular sketching app for iPad called Paper by FiftyThree. Facebook Paper takes design cues more aggressively from the magazine-influenced Flipboard app than anywhere else, and the company has historically…

Posted on: February 3, 2014 5:00 pm

The Quiet Upheaval of Facebook’s New iPhone App

This week, Facebook will have two big causes for celebration. On Monday, the company will release a new iPhone app. On Tuesday, it will turn 10. A new iPhone app? New software would seem to pale against a decade of existenceten years in which the company has gone from a dorm…

Posted on: February 3, 2014 5:00 pm

My year with the HTC One; still my favorite smartphone of all time

One year ago this week I was able to get my hands on the HTC One and still use it on a regular basis. It is rare for me to use a phone for more than a few months, but the HTC One remains my favorite smartphone ever and has…

Posted on: February 3, 2014 12:00 pm

Windows XP and Windows 8: The worst possible combination for Microsoft

Timing is everything, and the conjunction of the death of Windows XP and the birth of Windows 8 has created an window of opportunity for Microsoft’s rivals keen to nibble away at the company’s desktop dominance. Here’s why. Windows XP, probably Microsoft’s most popular operating system of all time, will soon…

Posted on: February 3, 2014 12:00 pm

BlackBerry’s US market share hits 0 percent

BlackBerry has become the Bluto Blutarsky of the American smartphone market because, as Dean Wormer said in the 1978 classic "Animal House," its market share is now "zero point zero." Consumer Intelligence Research Partners on Thursday came out with its latest numbers on mobile market share in the United States and…

Posted on: February 3, 2014 7:00 am