The app itself is pretty straightforward, letting users name their Pill+, monitor its battery life, control who’s playing what, and link up a pair of speakers to play music in stereo. It would have been silly, of course, for Apple to only release the app on iOS, especially as the Pill+ is the best speaker Beats has ever made a refinement rather than a redesign of previous products,…
Each month for the past six months, HTC has recorded a double-digit decline in revenues relative to 2014. For a company that wasn’t making all that much money in the first place, and whose most notable achievement in recent times has been to stabilize and break even last year, 2015 has been nothing short of a disaster. It is within this dire context of deflated momentum and negative growth that HTC has now decided to stop issuing forward guidance as part of its earnings reports.
Reporting revenue of $657 million for the third quarter of this year, down from nearly $1.3 billion the previous year, HTC declined to advise investors and financial reporters about its expectations for the fourth quarter. It has noted the launch of…
Default MacOS comes with latest Python 2.7. It will be pre-installed along with some pyobjc packages as well.
If you’d like to play around with python and external packages, it’s best not to touch the original Python install from the System. Unfortunately, this Python (version 2.7) comes with neither pip nor virtualenv packages to help setup a separate environment!
The man in charge of Android and Chrome OS has said that Google remains committed to the latter, despite multiple reports that the company plans to merge the two operating systems later this year. “There’s a ton of momentum for Chromebooks and we are very committed to Chrome OS,” Android and Chrome OS SVP Hiroshi Lockheimer said on Twitter. “I just bought two for my kids for schoolwork!”
Chrome OS, the “cloud” operating system that Google introduced for laptops and Android, the operating system on phones and tablets may become one, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. The “folding” could happen as early as next year…could be introduced at next year’s I/O…or not. I’ve personally spoken to sources over the past few… Read More
Trick Decks, my e-book about making your own trick magic decks is just 99 cents today. Tomorrow the price goes to $1.99, and the day after that it goes to its regular price of $2.99. Learn more about the book on the Trick Decks website.
Google appears to be testing a new feature with its Google Now smart assistant on Android phones that displays recommendations from local discovery app Foursquare, even without the app installed. The test displays Foursquare-sourced tips for good places to buy coffee or, say, grab sushi in nearby areas as you maneuver a city, according to a report from VentureBeat today. It’s seems available for only a small subset of Android users, the report adds, and it’s also unclear whether the feature is currently restricted to the San Francisco Bay Area.
If the two companies have entered into a partnership, it would mark a positive upswing for a Silicon Valley relationship that has soured in recent years. Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley sold his…
Shots has been pigeonholed since birth. First it was dismissed as just a startup funded by Justin Bieber. Then it was laughed at for being an app just for selfies. But after 2 years, $15.2 million raised, and almost 10 million sign-ups, Shots refuses to die. In fact, it’s branching out. Today the company released the first of a series of original video content it’s produced… Read More
During CEO Jack Dorsey’s keynote at Twitter’s developer conference, Flight, the promise was made to developers that there would be more listening and more transparency from the company. Dorsey asked anyone and everyone (especially the 1,500 developers from over 39 countries in attendance) to submit feedback to the company about its product and how it can do better using the… Read More
I write this week from IBMs Insight conference in Las Vegas. A former InfoWorld editor in chief, Stewart Alsop, predicted that the last mainframe would be unplugged in 1996. This week I’ll attend a session where IBM runs Apache Spark on a mainframe, even as the mighty beast’s luster finally fades.
I’m going to the Spark-on-the-mainframe session for the lolz. IBM loves its mainframes because they sustain one of the few noncompetitive hardware businesses in existence, where IBM can make nearly a 50 percent margin.
The Java virtual machine has become a popular destination for programming languages other than Java itself. Three of those languages — Frege, Kotlin, and Mirah — squared off at the JavaOne conference this week, with each ready to reach new milestones in their development.
Frege, voted most popular language among attendees in the conference session, is a Haskell variant. The language scored a GitHub rating of 1,392 stars and is useful in cloud application development, said project committer Dierk Konig, director of engineering at Canoo Engineering. The cloud story of Frege is really, Frege takes Haskell code and compiles it to Java [source code]. Therefore, the cloud story for Frege is exactly the same as Java, he said. Frege offers functional programming, a strong static type system, and global type inference. It can use any Java library.
Google’s two operating systems will soon be one. Chrome OS is going to be combined with Android, and the combined OS could be revealed as soon as next year, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Journal reports that Chrome is essentially being folded into Android, because Android has emerged as the dominant operating system by quite a long stretch. Combining the two operating systems means setting up Android to run on laptops and desktop computers, which would require big changes, as well as supporting the Google Play Store. Chromebooks will reportedly receive a new name to reflect the new OS.
The results are in from iFixit’s Nexus 6P teardown, and Google’s 5.7-inch smartphone is far more difficult to crack open than nearly every other mainstream phone on the market. The culprit appears to be the Nexus 6P’s unibody design, which prevents you from easily removing the device’s back cover or getting at its display. That means you won’t easily be repairing this device yourself any time soon.
The Tor Project has just released the beta version of Tor Messenger, a chat client that allows for anonymous, “off-the-record” chats based on Tor’s secure browsing system. The instant messenger is a beta release more than a year in the making, and promises to create a more seamless, accessible way for people to chat securely on the web, built on the instant messaging client Instantbird but routing all traffic through Tor.
Similar instant messaging clients, like Pidgin and Adium, can be set up for encrypted chatting, but the Tor Project says Messenger takes the idea one step further, enforcing encrypted chats “out of the box” and disabling logging of information by default. The cross-platform client supports Jabber (XMPP), IRC, Google…
Getting lots of money from point A to point B is pretty easy if you have lots of money. If you want to send a little money, however, you run into a lot of problems. That’s where TransferTo comes in. The company, which was founded in 2006 but has recently hit its stride in the international remittance world, can send small amounts of money around the world and customers can receive… Read More
Paul Messing emailed me and said, “I watched the footage Boing Boing had on Facebook yesterday – the dancers from another time and place – and I added some music of mine and edited all so the clip is even more amusing, but no less bizarre.”
Microsoft launched Windows 10 earlier this year with a reservation system designed to tempt Windows 7 and Windows 8 users to upgrade for free. While it has been successful in getting Windows 10 onto more than 110 million devices, Microsoft is planning to get a lot more aggressive about upgrading existing machines.
Starting early next year, Microsoft says its planning to re-categorize Windows 10 as a “recommended update” in its Windows Update system. That means the Windows 10 upgrade process will download and start automatically on thousands of machines. “A user will be presented with a choice to install Windows 10,” explains Terry Myerson, Microsofts head of Windows and devices, in an interview with The Verge. “Theyll come back to…
Fans have been waiting a long time for a follow up to parkour action game Mirror’s Edge, and they’re going to have to wait just a bit longer: today EA announced that Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, which was originally due to launch in February, is now expected to release on May 24th. “We will use these few extra months to make sure that when you step into the massive City of Glass and experience the rise of Faith, it’s as entertaining, impressive, and memorable as it can be,” says senior producer Sara Jansson.
LinkedIn handily beat analyst expectations today with revenue of $780 million and earnings of 78 cents per share. Analysts were expecting earnings of 45 cents per share on about $756 million in revenue. LinkedIn shares promptly spiked as much as 8% in extended trading. In total, the company’s revenue grew 37% year-over-year, up from around $568 million in the third quarter last year.… Read More