Israeli start-up StoreDot is expecting to release within a year a functional prototype that can fit inside a smartphone. The target release date is for late 2016, at an estimated price of $30. The charger would require special batteries, such as the ones StoreDot is developing that are said to be able to handle thousands of charge/discharge cycles.
New features for Samsung smartphones include the "Find My Mobile" and "Reactivation Lock" anti-theft features to protect the soon-to-be-released Galaxy 5S. The features that will lock the phone if there's an unauthorized attempt to reset it will be on models sold by wireless carriers Verizon and U.S. Cellular. Apple has a similar "activation lock" feature.
The question is: Can the HTC One M8 reverse the company's loses? The HTC One M8 may just improve the handset maker's fortunes. It’s a gorgeous, gorgeous device and it's very fast. Not only that but HTC has much better distribution this time around than last year when it launched its HTC One, said Avi Greengart, analyst at Current Analysis.
Chip manufacturer Qualcomm has unveiled its next-generation 64-bit Snapdragon 810 and 808 mobile processors -- the fastest to date. Qualcomm expects mobile device makers to begin testing the Snapdragon 810 and 808 processors in the second half of this year. Both processors should be available in commercial devices by the first half of 2015.
For now, Android phones and iPhones with the FireChat app won't be able to engage in off-the-grid conversation. Open Garden, though, believes it will eventually be able to make mesh networking work on phones running on different operating systems.
These days, the digital bride is planning the wedding on the go, which means planning from a phone or tablet -- and a proliferation of wedding apps. One, Appy Couple aims to provide all wedding-related services on one platform. It helps manage RSVPs, send e-mail invites and create a schedule of events. Guests can use it to book travel and more.
Stingray, a suitcase-size device that pretends it's a cell tower, is useful for catching criminals, but that's about all police will say publicly about the technology. The secrecy -- at times imposed by nondisclosure agreements signed by police -- is pitting obligations under private contracts against government transparency laws.