Cyanogen, which wants to break Android’s dependence on Google, has signed a partnership with Microsoft.
The big idea is to bundle Microsoft services into the Cyanogen OS including “Bing services, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Microsoft Office.”
Cyanogen started as an aftermarket Android ROM maker, but then It got an outside CEO, Kirk McMaster, who wanted to “take Android away from Google.”
Cyanogen want to supply its Android distribution to OEMs as a kind of outsourced software house, and currently Cyanogen OS powers the OnePlus One.… Read the rest
Although close to 300 million smartphones shipped in the first quarter of 2015, that’s a drop of 9.2 percent compared to the previous quarter.
And the decline is due to lack of demand in mainland China. That’s according to a report from market research company TrendForce.… Read the rest
It seems that Apple’s iWatch has failed to interest those who know what they are talking about when it comes to technology.
Early versions of the iWatch have been sent to reviewers and the verdict is not that good.
Reviewers have blasted the product for its weak battery life and slow-loading apps.… Read the rest
Samsung has told Wall Street that it expects January-March profit to be its highest in three quarters, beating expectations and suggesting that the tech giant is on track for an earnings recovery.
Samsung’s profit is expected to have reached $5.44 billion in the first quarter, the South Korean manufacturer said.… Read the rest
Fruity cargo cult Apple is not going to be allowed to launch its smartwatch in Switzerland anytime soon.
Apparently the problem is that in 1985 a bloke William Longe, patented the name Apple when it came to launching its watch in Switzerland.… Read the rest
Two major Taiwanese hardware manufacturers are backing Google and will introduce Chrome devices this quarter.
Google is determined to outwit Microsoft and Acer, along with Asustek and other major vendors are creating super lightweight laptops as well as an oversized USB like stick, the Chromebit, kitted out with an OS that uses HDMI to turn displays into computers.… Read the rest
The US Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the police need warrants to search the mobile phones of people they arrest.
The decision will offer protection to the people arrested every year, many for minor crimes who have found coppers searching through their phones looking for something more serious to arrest them on
The ruling applies to searches of tablet and laptop computers and it also might apply to searches of homes and businesses and of information held by third parties like phone companies.… Read the rest
While many expected Microsoft to use Nokia as the flagship for its Windows Phone OS, it appears that might not be the case.
Microsoft has unveiled its first phone after completing its takeover of Nokia’s handset division – and the device is powered by Android.… Read the rest
The Duke Nukem of wearable computing, the Apple watch, might actually hit the shops in time for Christmas.
Taiwan’s Quanta Computer has leaked that it will start mass production of Apple’s first smartwatch in July.
The watch, dubbed the iWatch, will be Apple’s first foray into a niche product category that many remain skeptical about, especially as to whether it can drive profits amid cooling growth in tech gadgets.… Read the rest
Google and Microsoft will follow Apple in adding an anti-theft “kill switch” to their smartphone operating systems.
The move follows the news that there had been a dramatic drop in theft of Apple iPhones and iPads after the September 2013 introduction of iOS 7, which included a kill-switch function that allows stolen devices to be remotely locked and deleted so they become useless.… Read the rest