Blame the Phablet? Tablet Sales Predicted to Slow by 2017

Tablets may be the PC industry’s biggest threat right now, but slate sales might not always be as lucrative as they are today. The IDC lowered its estimates for this year’s tablet shipments, and also predicts that the tablet market’s growth rate will shrink to single digits by 2017.According to the research firm’s latest report, tablet shipments are expected to hit 221.3 million units by the end of 2013. This is less than the IDC’s original projection of 227.4 million shipments for the year, but is still 53.5 percent higher than slate shipments in 2012.

Google creating a tool to port Chrome apps to Android and iOS

Google's been shepherding web applications to the desktop as packaged Chrome apps (think the browser-based Google Keep) for a while now, and it turns out the search titan is building a tool to help them go mobile. The Next Web noticed that Googler Michal Mocny has been hard at work on a project dubbed Mobile Chrome Apps that's been hosted on Github since May. The repository's description reveals the code is a toolkit for porting Chrome packaged apps to ones that will run on Android and iOS by using Apache Cordova (formerly known as PhoneGap).

Moto G versus Moto X

It's time to compare apples to oranges. One of these things is not like the other. Insert your own dry, not very witty and overused nugget of colloquial wisdom here. But we're going to compare the Moto X against the new Moto G.The Moto X — even without all the cores and other numbers that send the spec-conscious all in a tizzy — is Motorola's high-end device for the high-end market. It's well-built, fast, loved by just about everyone who has used it — and is our pick as the best smartphone you can buy at the moment.

How to: Use Google Voice SMS with Hangouts

When Google finally introduced SMS into Hangouts, an immediate sadness overcame the Google Voice users in the building, as the apps aren’t officially ready to work together. In fact, Google has said that full Google Voice integration is potentially months off and going to take time, because there are some security concerns that need to be addressed first.

What’s the best Android tablet to buy as of December 2013?

Earlier this week we talked about what the best Android phone to buy this month was, and now it’s time to go over the best Android tablets your hard-earned money can buy leading up to that glorious Christmas day. This space doesn’t move quite as fast as smartphones, but we’re about ready to head into what should be an interesting holiday season with a few new tablets leading the way.The Nexus 10 is quite old, and is rumored to be supplanted by an updated offering at some point in the near future, but as it stands it’s still one of the better tablets to buy.

How To Not Look Like A Jerk With Google Glass

In an effort to protect patrons in his restaurant from being photographed or videotaped without permission, Seattle restaurant owner Dave Meinhartbanned Google Google Glass from one of his restaurants. But last week, Nick Starr, a local local early adopter of Google Glass, was kicked out of Dave’s other restaurant, Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge, starting a PR storm by demanding an apology and the firing of the waitress who kicked him out.In just a few weeks, thousands of people will become the next wave of not-so-early adopters to receive Google Glass.

NVIDIA Shield down to $249 with free case and games for Black Friday

NVIDIA is getting in on the Black Friday action, offering its own Shield handheld gaming device for $249, down from the usual price of $299. And to sweeten the deal, the manufacturer is throwing in a free carry case, valued at $39.99, as well as two free games — Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 2 and Expendable: Rearmed.Here's what our own Jerry Hildenbrand had to say about NVIDIA's Android-powered handheld in his review of the device:"The NVIDIA Shield isn't going to appeal to a wide audience, but I don't think it was designed to do so.

Tablets outdo phones when closing holiday-shopping deals

For online shopping, smartphones are good for browsing but tablets are used more when it's time to make a purchase. Also, iOS outdoes Android.iOS outdid Android for both the amount of traffic to online sales sites and for the amount of purchasing. When it's time to actually spend the money in the mobile-device era, tablets were used 55 percent more often than phones during Thanksgiving-day shopping.

Finding The Next Samsung

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Joohee An, fund manager for Korea’s Mirae Asset Global Investments, should be pleased. She’s the co-portfolio manager for Mirae’s Emerging Markets Great Consumer Fund (MICGX) with Jose Morales and the sole fund manager for the Asia Great Consumer Fund (MGCIX).

DuoLingo Android App Updated To 2.0 With An Updated UI And A Slimmed-Down Install Size

The free DuoLingo service already has an army of aspirational bilingual supporters, but that's no reason to rest on your laurels. Today the developers have updated the Android app with a few changes to the user interface. The basics of the app have only been tweaked slightly - a digital spit and polish, if you will - but extra screens added to the end of lessons and progression screens should help users get a feel for where they are in the program. The end of lessons screens show progress and improvement on a day-to-day basis, sot of like a fitness app or an RPG.

White Motorola Droid Ultra and Mini now available

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Verizon is making it a possibility in their own with the release of the Motorola DROID Ultra and Motorola DROID Mini in white. Just in time for the holiday shopping season, the phones are available for the same price as the standard black and red editions of each.The Droid Ultra and Mini are two of the latest devices to grace the popular Android line at Verizon, dropping the RAZR name that was associated with previous models but carrying over many of the same features. This includes durable construction utilizing Kevlar in the back plate.

A Company Without APIs Is Like A Computer Without Internet

This contributed piece on the importance of APIs is from Brian Koles, Head of Business Development at ChallengePost.If I told you that I had a computer with the fastest processor and best display ever, but that it would never connect to the internet, you would likely consider it obsolete. That same label will soon be applied to companies without APIs that connect them with the rest of the digital world.As software continues its march to transform all industries, lack of connectivity increasingly equates to being broken.

Hands-on with Jolla, the Nokia that could have been

The Nokia N9 deserved better. Introduced in the middle of 2011, Nokia's one and only MeeGo phone offered a refreshing mix of original software and striking new hardware. It was, however, quickly swept aside by the Finnish company's grander Windows Phone plans, which took precedence over the promising but unsupported MeeGo platform.Jolla, a splinter group of former Nokia employees, has taken on the task of keeping the N9's legacy going.

Nexus One gets unofficial Android 4.4 KitKat build

Good ol’ XDA hackers have managed to cram the latest version of Android into the original Nexus device. Yup, despite the fact it’s released back in 2010, the Nexus One can run Android 4.4 KitKat.The AOSP-based update was made by XDA Recognized Developer “texasice” and his team. Aside from the basic Android build, it also comes with few additional features to enhance the functionality of the ROM.Alas, there are some problems: the new ART compiler is broken and should not be used because it causes bootloops.

Wonder from China: Gionee Elife E7 with 2.5Ghz Snapdragon 800 CPU, 3GB RAM and 16MP camera

A little known company (at least in the West) called Gionee announced its latest flagship device, Elife E7, which is one of the best phones ever.It rocks Qualcomm’s fast Snapdragon 800 chip, 3GB of RAM, Gorilla Glass 3-protected 5.5-inch full HD screen with super narrow 2.33mm bezel, 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, and dual cameras. The one [camera] on the front boasts an 8-megapixel sensor which Gionee says is better than the main camera found on the iPhone 5S.

Pantech to launch a 5-inch smartphone with fingerprint recognition next month

Pantech is preparing to launch a new phone in its own backyard next month. The forthcoming device will rock a 5-inch screen and a fingerprint recognition sensor, ET News is reporting. We don’t have other details but we do guess the rest of this phone’s specs will be top-notch and include things like Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip, 2GB of RAM and a powerful camera on the back.For those who haven’t heard, Pantech already offers a device with fingerprint sensor – it’s called Vega Secret Note and it rocks a massive 5.9-inch screen.

Google patents social media helper

If maintaining your presence on social media is becoming a burden, Google may be able to help.

Heads up Apple, here comes 64-bit Android on Intel

Apple's A7 chips will feel some 64-bit heat from Intel and Android next year. 

Google Offering A Slew Of Free And Discounted Magazines In Play Newsstand For A Limited Time

Two days ago, Google officially launched Newsstand, an app that combines Play Magazines and Currents to offer an all-in-one-place news source. To celebrate the launch of this new product, the company is now offering several magazines for free or at a discounted rate, presumably so potential customers can get their feet wet and see what the mag experience is all about.

Moto G review

Outside of Google's Nexus line of products, good, inexpensive Android phones have been hard to come by. Instead, the word "cheap" has frequently gone hand in hand with "nasty" when describing handsets in the £100-150 (or $160-200) price range. That's outright, with no contract signed. But with its new budget phone, the Moto G, Motorola is seeking to change this.In its recent presentation from Brazil, the new, fully Googlified Motorola took aim at both the low-cost competition and rival Android device manufacturers in general.