Thursday, January 29, 2015

One company may have finally solved the smartphone battery life problem

No matter how advanced our gadgets get from year to year, the fact remains that battery technology isn’t able to keep up. Just look at the Apple Watch, a smartwatch that’s going to be more powerful than the first iPad, but which will need constant charging. Similarly, many mobile devices that are already available in stores aren’t able to meet the battery needs of all consumers either, even though handset makers are constantly devising ways to improve battery life.

EXCLUSIVE: MICROSOFT AND GOOGLE.. FRESH BATTLE OVER ANDROID OWNERSHIP

Google’s Android platform has basically become to smartphones what Windows has long been for desktop computers and laptops — that is, it’s the dominant player in terms of raw market share. Microsoft is obviously not happy that it missed the boat on the smartphone revolution but it may have come up with an ingenious way to undermine Google’s control over Android.


One Of The Best Android Phones Will Be Super Cheap Next Month

f you're looking to buy a new Android phone sometime soon, you might want to hold off until next month.
Motorola is offering a decent discount that cuts $140 off any purchase of $449 or more through its website — meaning you can get the 64GB Moto X off-contract for $360 instead of $500 (via The Verge).
The 64GB model is Motorola's Pure edition of the phone, meaning it comes with a completely clean version of Android that doesn't include any carrier bloatware.
You can also get the $400 Moto X with a few accessories at a cheaper price. For example, the 32GB Moto X second-generation Moto X with a $20 case and Motorola's Turbo $35 charger would usually cost $455. But, during the discount period, you'll be able to get the phone with those accessories for $315.

WHY MICROSOFT IS WILLING TO GIVE AWAY WINDOWS 10

There's a reason developers typically make apps for Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) iOS first. The majority of the iPhone and iPad user base all use the most recent version of iOS. Android, comparatively, is highly fragmented.
The problem is just as bad for Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) and its Windows OS for desktops, laptops, and tablets. Windows 8 was a flop, with only 13.5% of PCs running the OS more than two years after its release. When Microsoft ended support for Windows XP last spring, longtime users upgraded to Windows 7 instead of Windows 8.

WHAT MAKES BILL GATES FEEL 'STUPID'

Bill Gates’ big regret in life isn’t Clippy. Or Microsoft’s failed MP3 player, the Zune. OrComic Sans.
It’s that he speaks only English.

During a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session on Wednesday, the Microsoft founder said he wants to learn another language.

“I feel pretty stupid that I don’t know any foreign languages,” Gates, who runs the philanthropic Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, wrote in the third such Q&A he has done on Reddit. “I took Latin and Greek in high school and got A’s and I guess it helps my vocabulary but I wish I knew French or Arabic or Chinese.”
He said he was impressed by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who conducted a Q&A with students in China last October completely in Mandarin, a language he began studying in recent years. Gates called the move “incredible.”

“I keep hoping to get time to study one of these -- probably French because it is the easiest,” wrote Gates, ranked by Forbes as the world’s richest man. “I did Duolingo for awhile but didn’t keep it up.”

As a billionaire endeavoring to become bilingual, Gates is in good company. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg -- now back at the helm of his eponymous media and financial data company -- has been studying Spanish for years. According to a profile published Tuesday in The New York Times, he continues his lessons in a designated conference room at Bloomberg headquarters.

A 2009 poll from employment agency Korn/Ferry International found that 31 percent of executives speak two languages, and about 20 percent speak three.

Source: huffingtonpost

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Whatever you do, don’t buy these 5 smartphones

Here at BGR, we spend a huge amount of time telling you which smartphones you should consider as you work your way to your next major handset purchase. We take great care while testing devices, and we try to cover all of the major ins and outs for each phone we review. Important areas that we dig into include aesthetics and design, build quality, performance and software, all of which weigh heavily for consumers seeking out new handsets.
What we don’t often do, however, is spend time focusing on which smartphones you should avoid at all costs.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

MEET AARON FOSS: THE GUY THAT FOUND A WAY TO BLOCK ROBOCALLS WHEN PHONE COMPANIES WOULDN'T

Aaron Foss won a $25,000 cash prize from the Federal Trade Commission for figuring out how eliminate all those annoying robocalls that dial into your phone from a world of sleazy marketers.
The year was 2013. Using a little telephone hackery, Foss found a way of blocking spammers while still allowing the emergency alert service and other legitimate entities to call in bulk. Basically, he re-routed all calls through a service that would check them against a whitelist of legitimate operations and a blacklist of spammers, and this little trick was so effective, he soon parlayed it into a modest business.

Monday, January 26, 2015

IMRESS FRIENDS WITH GOOGLE'S COOLEST QUIRKS

Many of us use Google™ on a daily basis. Perhaps you use the search engine’s other tools like Translate or Maps. But few people venture behind Google’s basic interface, where a lot of wonderfully entertaining surprises are hidden.

Next time there’s a lull in conversation, pull out your Lenovo device, fire up Google Chrome and introduce your friends to some new, neat tricks. (Google Search is optimized for Chrome, but many of these insider tips will work with other browsers as well.) These “Easter eggs”—undocumented bonus features built in by developers—will make you a hit at many a dinner party:



WAYS TO BALANCE WORK AND PLAY ON YOUR PC

The lines separating work and play are blurrier than ever. We check up on Facebook friends while at work and edit work documents at home. This increases the risk of sharing your household finances spreadsheet at a big budget meeting or—heaven forbid—inviting the wrong Scott to your beer-brewing bash.

Here are five easy ways to organize your work and personal digital lives while using the same Lenovo system for both.

Google leaves most Android users exposed to hackers

An executive confirms Google has no plans to fix a security hole in the default browser for older versions of Android, which are relied on by around 60 percent of all Android users.


People with Android smartphones and tablets running older versions of the mobile operating system -- around 60 percent of all Android users -- are going to have to live with a security flaw Google has decided not to fix.