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Japanese electronics firms – The Economist

FOR Sony it was a bittersweet moment. On July 1st the firm bid a final farewell to its Vaio personal computers, a global brand which won such a devoted following after its launch in 1996 that the late Steve Jobs, a fan of Sony in its glory days, once asked to equip it with his Apple Mac operating system. Cut off from its parent, Vaio is floundering. Since Sony announced its sale to a Japanese private-equity fund, in February, it has suffered a slump in its market share in Japan to just 2%, down from 10% at the start of 2014. The vertiginous drop will have dismayed Sony, which had kept a tiny stake in the business. However, investors have Read More

The Android Wear apps you should download right now – CNET

The Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch (right) Sarah Tew/CNET Google’s Android Wear smartwatches are finally upon us. So you’ve got a brand new Samsung Gear Live sitting on your wrist, or maybe you opted for the LG G Watch — now what? Time to get some apps, of course. Smartwatch apps work a bit differently than the smartphone apps we’re all used to. To start, you won’t be downloading anything to your watch at all: you’ll be pairing your smartwatch to your Android smartphone, where all the apps you’ll be using are housed. Once the devices are paired, compatible apps will populate your smartwatch automatically. And you might not be downloading many new apps at all, as developers Read More

Android Circuit: Samsung Slows Down, Xiaomi Speeds Up, ART Is Faster, And … – Forbes

Taking a look back at the week in news across the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit highlights a number of stories, including Samsung showing signs of losing momentum, Xiaomi is onto a winner with a new tablet, ART is under the microscope, what treasures lie in ‘L’ for the users, why are app permissions back in the news, what is Amazon up to with the Fire, and what apps should be on your wrist. Android Circuit is here to remind you of a few of the very many things that have happened around Android over the last seven days. Samsung Start To Lose Momentum Samsung’s second quarter results have caused a stir in the Android market, as the number one Android manufacturer starts to show signs Read More

Apple Loop: The iPhone’s Sapphire Screen and Smaller Battery, The iWatch’s … – Forbes

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop looks at a potential strategy for the iWatch, the new sapphire screens for the iPhone, rumours of the tiny battery for the new handsets, a happy sixth birthday for the App Store, a new blog for the Swift language, a smaller carbon footprint, and a European trademark for the Apple Store layout. Apple Loop is here to remind you of a few of the very many things that have happened around Apple over the last seven days. An iWatch Strategy That’s Not For The Masses? Forbes contributor Anthony Kosner has been thinking about the smartwatch world that a mythical iWatch would enter into, presuming a launch in late 2014 (which some industry analyst Read More

Android L OS update for Google Nexus 4, Nexus 7 available now? – ChristianToday

The latest Android L update is unofficially available for the Google Nexus 4 and 7. The tech giant recently announced the next version of the Android OS, also dubbed simply as L. The company is currently rolling out the source codes for the Nexus devices for the developer version of the OS. While Google published Android L source codes for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10, the developer preview firmware was only available for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 wi-fi 2013 edition devices. However, XDA developers provided an unofficial version of the Android L developers’ version for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7. However, since the firmware was not official, Read More

Despite a Pledge by Samsung, Child Labor Proves Resilient – New York Times

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Apple Patent Hints The ‘iPhone 6′ Will Be Made Of Indestructible Glass – Huffington Post

A new Apple patent gives more weight to rumors that the next iPhone will be made of a nearly indestructible type of glass. Apple won a patent this week for “fused glass device housings,” a new method of fusing together pieces of glass, which could be used to make casings for devices like the iPhone and iPad, Apple Insider reports. The patent award comes amid rumors that the front panel of Apple’s next phone, which may or may not be called the “iPhone 6,” will be built with a super-durable substance known as sapphire glass. Tech vlogger Marques Brownlee on Monday uploaded a YouTube video demonstrating just how unbreakable iPhone’s sapphire-glass front could be. Brownlee scratched it with a knife Read More

Google smartwatches review: LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live and Android Wear – The Guardian

The LG G Watch and Samsung’s Gear Live are the first Google Android Wear smartwatches and they push the boundaries of how useful a smartwatch can be. With Android Wear, Google is trying to build a uniform platform for wearable devices to create a convincing reason to buy and keep using another £170 gadget as well as a smartphone. With the G Watch and Gear Live, Google has only partially achieved that goal. Wearing them Both watches have a large footprint on the wrist, larger than most high-end watches. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian Smartwatches have always been bulky. While slimmer than some of their predecessors, the G Watch and Gear Live still fit the big watch trend – better suited Read More

Nokia Lumia 635 review – Wired.co.uk

Nokia Lumia 635 test photo Dave Oliver 7/10 Wired rating Wired Decent processor, acceptable camera, Nokia and Windows extras, expandable memory, 4G Tired Screen could be better, Windows Store still a bit lean Price Following hot on the heels of the Lumia 630 we have yet another Day-Glo coloured budget phone from Nokia. The Lumia 635 adds 4G to a decent device and range of extras from Nokia and Microsoft. Nokia’s numbering system Read More

Major iPhone 6 feature seemingly confirmed – BGR

The tests that put those alleged 4.7-inch iPhone 6 sapphire glass front panels through various tortures, revealing the display is more than able to take a serious beating, may have indeed shown a genuine sapphire glass display for the iPhone. In a new report from The Guardian reveals, professor Neil Alford of the department of materials at Imperial College in London said that the panels are indeed likely made of sapphire crystal. FROM EARLIER: Watch someone break the iPhone 6′s unbreakable sapphire screen “In my opinion the screen being shown off in the video could well be a sapphire screen,” Alford said, referring to the video showing Marques Brownlee trying to damage a leaked iPhone 6 component with keys, a knife Read More