The Samsung Galaxy Gear will be with you all the time

12 minutes of Samsung Galaxy Gear love. Check out this video of the launch presentation at IFA 2013 in Berlin. It's pretty comprehensive, and pretty cool. Like, augmented reality gets a mention at the end. A hint at the future of wearable devices and their integration in to our lives. Wish we could have been there for this in person.

Lenovo S5000 versus Nexus 7 on the IFA showfloor

This video from the showfloor of IFA 2013 in Berlin shows the sleek Lenovo S5000 tablet. It looks pretty cool. The reviewer prefers the Nexus, but despite not matching the Nexus in terms of specifications, the Lenovo is cheaper, more stylish, and still something to behold.

HP puts Beats Audio in monitors and NFC in a line of new PCs

At IFA today, Hewlett Packard did a couple of interesting things that caught our eye. 

1-in-5 tweets divulge user location

#doyouknowwhoswatchingyou? A new study from USC researchers sampled more than 15 million tweets, showing that some Twitter users may be inadvertently revealing their location through updates on the social media channel.

New CuBox-i mini PCs run Android & Linux

SolidRun has debuted a new lineup of tiny PCs that are capable of running both Linux and Android. Powered by Freescale's i.MX6 single, dual and quad-core processors, the CuBox-i systems start at $45 and scale up to $120.

Towards a world of flexible touchscreens

Electronic devices with touchscreens are ubiquitous, and one key piece of technology makes them possible: transparent conductors. However, the cost and the physical limitations of the material these conductors are usually made of are hampering progress toward flexible touchscreen devices.

Does third place matter in the mobile OS race?

‚ÄčABI Research’s recent smartphone research shows Android accounted for 80% of all smartphones shipped worldwide in Q2 2013.

Samsung Gear smartwatch is a shot across Android's bow

Nautically, a shot across the bow is a signal to do battle, often leading to surrender. It's unlikely that Google will be cowed by Samsung, and it is not even certain that the smartwatch market will be anything other than one device too many for consumers who are facing a barrage of wearable device choices.

Bang with Friends does the same thing but calls it Down

The App Store for iOS is very prudish, or not. Bang with Friends is not prudish at all. It's stated aim is to get its users a one night stand (that's a euphemism for sex at no cost) with Facebook friends. Get it? Bang with Friends. But Apple doesn't like the name. Can live with the intention, but not the name. Go figure.

Over 50% of all mobile apps are dead in the water

Stardust, a French company that tracks and validates apps through the supply chain in mobile app stores, has released an infographic overview of its recent findings. According to the research, over 700,000 of apps have less than 10 reviews, or have never been updated, effectively making them useless as products in the marketplace.

Android mobile app revenue to reach $6.8 billion in 2013

Android’s smartphone mobile app revenues are projected to reach almost $6.8 billion by the end of 2013, nearly doubling its revenues from the previous year.

Smart set-top boxes and dongles are taking the market by storm

The smart set-top box and dongle market is expected to pass 18 million units in 2013 - higher than originally forecasted due to the arrival of Google’s Chromecast device. Overall the market is expected to grow with a 10.8% CAGR (2013 to 2018) with less saturated and developing (from connected and OTT perspective) markets like Asia-Pacific and Latin America helping drive this growth.

Australian site at center of hacking attack: takes down New York Times and Twitter

Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) hackers "broke into" Melbourne IT, an Australian Internet services company that claims Twitter and the New York Times as its customers.

Android-powered MK908 II set-top box has an adjustable WiFi antenna

The TronSmart MK908 II, priced at $69-$75, is powered by a Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor and features 2GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth and a microSD card slot.

Mobile security management market to hit billion dollar mark by 2015

‚ÄčThe Mobile Security Management (MSM) market is emerging as a strong, fledgling submarket of Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM). As Mobile Device Management (MDM) evolves into application and content management, the core driver for this evolution is the demand for greater security around corporate assets, wherever they may reside and regardless of format.

Sky Drone FPV navigates with 3G or 4G/LTE

The Sky Drone FPV (First Person View) can best be described as an HD video system controlled via 3G or 4G/LTE networks.

The Apple 5S rumor round-up: gold, biometrics, better camera, better ARM processor, and more storage

Let's recap the rumors, sort out the likely from the maybe and the  you must be on something, dude. 

Google adds dictionary function to search AND Ngram Views

Type in a word and a dictionary definition on top of the search results or adjacent to it. I love this feature because it kills all those spammy dictionary websites like, Mirriam-Webster (that's right you two. I said it. You are spammy).   Why don't we all just give up and let Google do everything for us:   Google, bring me the head of Alfred Garcia Google, explain women to me

Steve Ballmer push-retiring from Microsoft within 12 months

Still worth $15 billion and unlikely to need the support of AARP in his dotage, nevertheless, Steve Ballmer leaving is worth billions in stock price uptick to Microsoft. That's got to hurt. Why? Only a billionaire could tell you why he would care, but clearly, it ain't something that Ballmer was chomping at the bit to do.  

Video: KDE Connect Android (mobile) with Linux (desktop)

KDE Connect can best be described as a utility that allows your Linux desktop to receive Android phone notifications, while transforming your smarpthone into a remote control for music and video players.