• 5 things Samsung’s Bixby A.I. service will do

    Could artificial intelligence make devices easier to use? According to Samsung, it sure can, and that’s what it the company out to prove with its Bixby AI service. Bixby is being loaded on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones, which were announced on Wednesday. Bixby is an agent that can help the smartphones talk, recommend […]

  • Copying Snapchat shows Facebook’s lack of innovation

    Facebook’s latest moves take yet another page from Snapchat, and the company may need to figure out how to become innovative again. Playing catch-up with competitors is a good thing but it doesn’t replace Facebook building new features that users can’t get anywhere else. “Facebook needs to understand what their second act is going to […]

  • Scammers scare iPhone users into paying to unlock not-really-locked Safari

    Apple yesterday patched a bug in the iOS version of Safari that had been used by criminals to spook users into paying $125 or more because they assumed the browser was broken. The flaw, fixed in Monday’s iOS 10.3 update, had been reported to Apple a month ago by researchers at San Francisco-based mobile security […]

  • Microsoft’s Surface Book and Surface Studio will ship in more markets

    Microsoft has been cautious about making its Surface product line available worldwide. It tests devices in specific markets, sees how they do, and if the response is good, ships them to those areas. The company appears to have have received a strong response, in particular, to its Surface Studio, Surface Book devices and Surface Dial, […]

  • Samsung may retake momentum with the S8 smartphone

    Samsung has a lot riding on its next smartphone, the Galaxy S8, which debuts on Wednesday at an event in New York City. Reports on new features of the S8 have been unusually abundant. Many of the reports were confirmed by Computerworld with seven industry insiders who spoke on the condition they not be named. […]

  • Sleek new Galaxy S8 phones feature facial recognition, Bixby intelligent agent

    Samsung launched sleek new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones Wednesday with features including facial recognition, an intelligent agent called Bixby and Samsung Pass for secure e-commerce mobile payments. The phones have significantly larger displays than the previous S7 models as well as rounded edges and corners. They both have an edge-to-edge, near-bezel-less screen enclosure called […]

  • Netgear announces two new Orbi routers

    I’m a huge fan of Netgear’s Orbi routers. They offer some of the easiest setup, highest speeds, and best coverage of any of the so-called mesh wireless systems including Eero and Luma. Now Netgear’s original monstrous routers are being joined by a few cousins. The original kit, called the RBK50, came with a AC3000 Wi-Fi […]

  • Windows has a heart of trash

    I did a bad thing. I opened a bad file and it borked my PC. So now, in concordance with the grand tradition of frustrated tech bloggers calling on enormous companies to conform to their wishes, here is my rant on how terrible computers are — Windows ones, this time anyway — and how they […]

  • Apple sues Qualcomm for $1 billion in unpaid rebates, alleges attempted perjury, extortion

    Apple sued Qualcomm today, alleging that the mobile chip giant owes it at least a billion dollars in unpaid rebates and agreements. Apple further states that Qualcomm “attempted to extort Apple into changing its responses and providing false information to the KFTC [Korean FTC] in exchange for Qualcomm’s release of those payments to Apple.” That’s […]

  • All Chromebooks released in 2017 and later will support Android apps

    Google began adding support for the Play Store to Chromebooks last spring, but the rollout has been very, very slow. At first, only a few ARM-powered Chromebooks had support, then Google’s own Pixel 2 was added. Now, many recent Chromebooks have gotten the Play Store, at least in the developer channel. Google is going a […]

  • CyanogenMod successor Lineage OS is now available for download

    The ability to install a custom ROM on your Android device has been a key benefit for tinkerers and developers since the early days of the platform. The selection of ROMs has changed over the years, but through it all there’s been CyanogenMod. This ROM has supported the most devices and introduced the most features […]