Amazon Smartphone To Launch Tomorrow Through AT&T

Amazon Logo On the eve of Amazon's anticipated release of its first smartphone, the company said that apps available through its app store had "tripled" to reach 240,000. By comparison the iTunes App Store has more than a million apps and Google Play has a comparable number. While the Amazon announcement would ordinarily be "headlines" it merits attention because a perceived lack of apps would be a barrier for many to considering an Amazon smartphone (vs. other Android devices). A lack of apps has held back sales of Windows Phones until very recently. To further encourage developers to consider s [...]

CBS Comedy #2BrokeGirls Features Google Glass; Google Says Not Product Placement

2 Broke Girls CBS Show Features Character in Google Glass In a new 30-second promotional spot for the season's final episode of the popular CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls (S3, And The First Degree, air date: 5/5/2014) character actress Jennifer Coolidge who plays the over-the-top Sophie Kachinsky, is seen wearing Google Glass: Update: Google Glass Gets 2+ Minutes of Fame Last night's season finale of 2 Broke Girls featured one scene (2:15 total time) of Sophie showing off her new Google Glass,  in which she claims to do two things that aren't currently possible on Google Glass via official Glassware: Order "tapioca" on Amazon. Watch porn. [...]

Facebook Steps Into Fitness Tracking With Moves App Acquisition

Moves_-_Activity_Diary_for_iPhone_and_Android Facebook is set to purchase ProtoGeo Oy, the Helsinki, Finland-based company behind Moves fitness app, announced the start-up in a blog post. The latest app to join the Facebook portfolio, Moves tracks user's daily activity on iPhone and Android phones. According to the company, the Moves app has been downloaded more than 4 million times since launching in January 2013. The acquisition gets Facebook into the booming fitness tracking market and allows it to bypass the need for development of a separate wearable. Research firm Canalys says 16 million smart bands shipped in 2013 and esti [...]

Samsung Introduces Galaxy S4 With Nary A Mention Of Android Or Google

samsung-galaxy-s4-featured At a Broadway-style premiere this evening at New York's Radio City Musical Hall, Samsung unveiled its heavily anticipated Galaxy S4 handset. The event had the hype and production values of an Apple product launch. But, what barely seemed in attendance was any idea that the S4 is an Android phone or contains Google services. Samsung obviously spent a great deal of money on the show. Parts of it were awkward and many of the scripted jokes fell flat. But, the phone is sure to be a hit. The new S4 looks very much like the Galaxy S III (I watched the live stream and haven't held it in my hand [...]

Samsung Launches The Galaxy S4

Galaxy S4 Samsung formally unveiled the latest in its Galaxy S line-up of smartphones, the Galaxy S4 (or officially, the Galaxy S 4). The phone features a 5" screen without getting larger than the Galaxy S3 plus an array of features that seemingly put Samsung's own brand ahead of Google and Android. For more about the lack of Google in today's announcement, see our separate story: Samsung Introduces Galaxy S4 With Nary A Mention Of Android Or Google. As for the phone itself, you'll find the formal rundown below. Even further below, you'll find our live blogging coverage. The Specs Samsung said [...]

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