Stories by Ian Paul

  • Samsung's plans Android Wear smartwatch in Tizen-tinged 2014

    By Ian Paul | 17 April, 2014 01:52

    Samsung's latest Gear smartwatches may be running the nascent Tizen platform, but the Korea-based electronics maker is also planning an Android-based smartwatch later this year.

  • LaCie warns hackers may have customer info, credit cards after year-long breach

    By Ian Paul | 17 April, 2014 00:16

    Seagate-owned LaCie fessed up to a major security breach that put sensitive customer information at risk for nearly a year. The hard drive and peripheral storage maker isn't sure what information has been compromised; however, the company says the list may include customer names, email addresses, credit card numbers, and card expiration dates.

  • Google wants to put Glass to work for businesses

    By Ian Paul | 09 April, 2014 00:41

    Calling all Glass-using businesses, Google wants to hear from you. The search giant has announced a new program called Glass at Work that is meant to showcase Glass' more practical applications.

  • Five key things Windows XP users need to know before buying a new PC

    By Ian Paul | 05 April, 2014 02:44

    On Tuesday, April 8, Microsoft will bid adieu to Windows XP, delivering the final security updates for the twelve year-old OS. While many XP users out there plan on keeping their PC--with or without Microsoft's support--many others are looking to at long last switch to a new computer.

  • Three essential tools for solving the worst Wi-Fi headaches

    By Ian Paul | 29 March, 2014 02:56

    Thanks to improvements to routers and network management software, connecting to Wi-Fi is vastly easier than it used to be. But that doesn't mean the experience is seamless quite yet. Even now you can still run into problems like poor signal quality, dropped connections, lack of public hotspots, and slow speeds.

  • Microsoft and Google aren't happy with mutant Android-Windows hybrids

    By Ian Paul | 14 March, 2014 16:22

    Microsoft may be comfortable with Windows Phone and Android splitting time on a single phone, but when it comes to PCs, fuhgeddaboutit. Google also isn't too thrilled with the idea of Frankenstein Android-Windows computers, and at least one PC maker may have to dump the hybrid devices from their lineup as a result.

  • Neil Young's Pono music player blasts past Kickstarter goal

    By Ian Paul | 12 March, 2014 16:34

    Less than 24 hours after launching on Kickstarter, Neil Young's hi-resolution audio player Pono blew past its initial funding goal of $800,000. At this writing, Pono is up to $1.3 million dollars in funding from nearly 4,000 music fans.

  • Flappy Bird creator pulled the app for your own good

    By Ian Paul | 11 February, 2014 17:54

    We've all heard of the nanny state, but apparently there's also such a thing as the nanny developer. Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen says he decided to take down his super popular game several days ago, because it was "an addictive product."

  • Microsoft working on Kindle-like Xbox reading app for Windows 8

    By Ian Paul | 11 February, 2014 16:07

    Microsoft's getting ready to follow Amazon, Apple, and Google into the reading game with an app for Windows to peruse e-books, magazines, and comics. The new app appears be part of Microsoft's cross-platform Xbox entertainment services, which currently include Xbox Music and Video.

  • Windows XP gained market share in January (or did it?)

    By Ian Paul | 03 February, 2014 18:56

    Microsoft is almost ready to put Windows XP out to pasture, but the popular operating system refuses to die. The latest worldwide numbers from Net Applications show Windows XP market share actually grew by 0.25 percentage points in January, compared to the month previous.

  • Three-year, 27,000 drive study reveals the most reliable hard drive makers

    By Ian Paul | 21 January, 2014 21:04

    If you're looking to upgrade your PC's hard drive in the next few months, you might want to take a look at an interesting blog post from online backup provider Backblaze. After shining a general light on how long hard drives actually last late last year, the company took to its blog on Tuesday to provide a detailed look at how consumer-grade hard drives from Hitachi, Seagate, and Western Digital performed in Backblaze's storage pods.

  • Ouch: HP brings Windows 7 'back by popular demand'

    By Ian Paul | 20 January, 2014 20:13

    With Windows 8 bearing a good share of the blame for the declining PC market, HP is falling back on Windows 7 for its latest marketing push. The world's second largest computer maker recently began promoting PCs loaded with Windows 7 on its U.S. website, buoyed by an email marketing push.

  • Apple by the numbers: Mac not dead yet

    By Ian Paul | 13 November, 2013 14:38

    The rise of tablets and smartphones may be contributing to the decline of the PC market as a whole. But for years now, Apple's Mac lineup has continued to flourish. If you look at the long-term trends of Apple's quarterly numbers, unit sales of the company's desktops and laptops grew steadily year by year over the past decade--every year, that is, until the end of 2012. The most recent numbers indicate that the Mac, like other PCs, is finally feeling the impact of the so-called tablet revolution.

  • Panasonic's gigantic 4K tablet will make your wallet weep in January

    By Ian Paul | 08 November, 2013 17:31

    A full year after making its debut at CES 2013, Panasonic's jaw-dropping 20-inch, 4K-resolution Windows tablet will finally land on US store shelves in January. Panasonic has yet to release a specific debut date, but don't get too excited - you probably can't afford one anyway. With a $US6000 price tag, the Toughpad 4K UT-MB5 slate is squarely targeted at the professional market.

  • Nexus 5 rumour roundup: Everything you need to know

    By Ian Paul | 28 October, 2013 18:40

    If you need to keep a secret, don't share it with anyone at Google. Thanks to a large number of leaks, (including several from Google itself) we already know most of the basic details about the as-yet-unannounced Nexus 5 smartphone: specs, colors, operating system, and even pricing. The only question mark still lingering is when the thing will be actually be available.

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