eWEEK 30: Google started as a search engine company in 1998 amid a sea of competitors. Today it is the leading ad revenue machine and it's determined to challenge the likes of Amazon.com in cloud computing.
NEWS ANALYSIS: Satellite network provider Dish might have a reasonable chance of acquiring a wireless network while also keeping Sprint from buying T-Mobile.
The new wink function could in the future also let users make purchases, obtain search results and much more, according to Google.
According to the Consumer Electronics Association, 74 percent of consumers who will buy gifts this holiday season intend to purchase consumer electronics, and will spend 33 percent of their overall holiday gift budgets on these devices. Overall, spending on consumer electronics will grow 2.6 percent during the holiday season, the group said. A lot of people will be getting new smartphones and tablets, with many of these devices replacing older devices and systems like laptops. In this age of growing worker mobility and bring-your-own-device (BYOD), with employees using their own systems for work and play, replacing these devices is more than simply stuffing them into drawers or closets. Many are carrying company secrets and personal information. In this eWEEK slide show, David Lingenfelter, information security officer at enterprise mobility management vendor Fiberlink, offers some tips about how to deactivate outdated devices, especially if they're being used for both business and personal use.
The market for tablet computers is getting more and more competitive, and that's good news for consumers. However, the bewildering array of choices, from premium devices like Apple's iPad Air to tablets from trusted consumer electronics titans such as Samsung or Sony, can be overwhelming to tablet buyers. Size, weight, price and the selection of available applications are all important aspects to consider, not to mention compatibility with the portable devices you already own. You don't want to find too late that your favorite apps on your smartphone aren't available on the tablet you just bought, right? For the casual tablet user who enjoys watching films or other video content, perhaps a larger screen size or easier access to content is preferred, whereas the business user might want more productivity apps, a tactile keyboard and longer battery life. Be it Apple or Android, Windows or a white-box device, or whatever you're looking for, the current crop of tablets means you'll likely find a well-suited, if not perfectly ideal, match. With that in mind, take a look at our list of the best tablets of 2013, including all the big names you know and perhaps a few that you don't.
Part of BlackBerry's plan for turning things around is letting Foxconn take on major design, manufacturing, inventory and logistics responsibilities.
Amazon is making an aggressive push to sell more Kindle Fire HDX tablets even in the face of hefty competition from the Apple iPad and Android slates. The company recently announced that customers can buy the Kindle Fire HDX on a no-interest installment plan. The move is a not-so-subtle attempt on Amazon's part to get customers to invest in its tablets at a low cost, rather than drop hundreds of dollars more on an iPad. Whether the move will actually work, however, remains to be seen. Even without the sales incentives, the Kindle Fire HDX is one of the strongest contenders in the tablet market. The tablet comes with a solid design with strong features, such as its high-resolution display; Mayday feature that provides virtual, on-device support; and serious power under the hood, thanks to its 2.2GHz quad-core processor and Andreno 330 GPU. Amazon has also come a long way in developing an operating system for the device. FireOS was visually attractive when it first launched, and the latest version that is in the HDX has better usability and enhanced productivity. All of these factors have made Amazon a force to be reckoned with in the tablet market. Look through this eWEEK slide show to find out why the Kindle Fire HDX is such a popular tablet choice this holiday season.
VIDEO: Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu Linux, talks about what he learned in 2013 from crowdfunding and the wearable computing future.
Apple recently announced its most popular apps of 2013. Each year, the company examines what applications and games attracted the most interest from buyers and puts the results in a single repository that software shoppers can check out. These findings reveal a lot about user preferences, the importance of games in Apple's lineup and, by inference, what applications are most useful or reliable. Games dominate the top apps of 2013 as they did in previous years. But there's still much more to be learned from this list. Perhaps, some of the more interesting findings will help developers determine what types of applications to create for the 2014 software market or how to improve their current app lineup to attract more buyers. This eWEEK slide show will examine what were the hottest programs in Apple's App Store in 2013 and highlight some of the trends that appear to be developing in the company's marketplace. So look through Apple's App Store 2013 Year in Review to see what interesting points you can glean from this list.
Nearly 40 percent of smartphone owners use their phones for business as much or more than for leisure, the report found.
The company is unveiling its BYOC strategy that will enable Acer customers to build their own personal clouds.
J. Gold Associates expects more devices, more apps and more systems to enter enterprises and said BES makes sense for managing them.
Microsoft cooks up a streamlined, purpose-built app to help Yammer users stay in touch using their iPhones.
The FTC's settlement with the maker of the Brightest Flashlight Free app may hint at a new direction for the mobile industry.
Dec. 18 passed without China Mobile's expected announcement that it would sell Apple's iPhones. Various parties say the deal will come, eventually.