Smartphones

Reports: Google close to manufacturing a smartwatch

Google could be a few months away from mass production of a smartwatch, a move that would put it in competition with vendors Pebble Technology, Sony and Samsung Electronics, according to media reports. Apple is widely expected to enter the fray soon as well.

Amazon working on a 'Smith' phone with 3D eye tracking

Amazon is reportedly building a smartphone with 3D eye-tracking ability. The front of the Smith phone is expected to have four cameras to track a user's head and eyes and then move the user interface accordingly to give an impression of 3D.

What's next for BlackBerry?

The group trying to buy BlackBerry for US$4.7 billion will likely break up the company, wiping out its smartphone division while preserving BlackBerry's secure network services used by large enterprises. But one analyst said he hopes that's not the case.

Social Media

Internet.org looks to 'Facebook for Every Phone'

The companies behind Internet.org, the organization formed by Facebook, Qualcomm and several others to bring the Internet to areas that still don't have it, released a document (PDF) yesterday detailing some of their plans for the initiative. One section stands out in particular, if only for its title – Facebook for Every Phone.

Apple launches two iPhones, targets wider market

For the first time since it redefined the smartphone market in 2007 with the launch of the iPhone, Apple will sell two distinctly different versions of the handset intended to attract consumers in different markets.

Digital Marketing

NFC device prompts shoppers to interact with your ads

Linkett is redefining "TV advertising". The Canadian company has created a digital signage solution that detects a shopper walking by a TV and lures them to stop and interact with ads by offering them content they can grab with their phone.

Microsoft's Nokia acquisition is 'a necessary gamble,' analysts say

Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's Devices & Services business is a necessary gamble for the software company's future growth in mobile, and for Nokia an admission that it doesn't have enough resources to successfully compete with Samsung and Apple, according to analysts.

BlackBerry's bleak options: will suitors really pay for a wedding?

As BlackBerry's board of directors formally begin exploring "strategic alternatives," they'll find their options limited, according to two IT sector analysts. All the likely alternatives call for a much diminished company, or broken up into some software assets and a brand value that's declining every day.

Social Media

Say hello to Hi, a more thoughtful social network

Social networks are becoming a dime a dozen. Most are endless variations of the same social sharing theme, and few of them are interesting. But Hi is different. In the social-startup Mad Libs game--"It's like Airbnb for boats" or "It's like Twitter for cats"--Hi is like Instagram for writers.

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