Electronista

Syndicate content Electronista | Gadgets for Geeks
Electronista is the leading source for news about Gadgets. It offers news, reviews, discussion, tips, troubleshooting, links, and reviews every day. The best place for Gadgets news Period.
Updated: 20 min ago

Advocates challenge Verizon's claims that 'fast lanes' help disabled

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 13:48
Verizon's claims that the US Federal Communications Commission's new net neutrality rules would hurt the disabled and blind have come under fire by those Verizon claims to be looking out for. In a filing with the FCC, several disability advocacy organizations clearly disagree that Verizon is looking out for the best interests of the disabled, and request that "in no case should accessibility considerations form a basis for permitting paid prioritization more broadly, and the Commission should reject any overture to the contrary."...






Categories: Technology News

PQI ships iOS-device expanding iStick with USB, Lightning connectors

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 13:15
Accessory manufacturer PQI is now shipping the Gmobi iStick, an Apple "MFi" USB flash drive. The device, with a Lightning and conventional USB head, is designed for Apple's entire series of iOS devices with a Lightning port, and is available in capacities from 8GB to 64GB....






Categories: Technology News

Kobe Bryant confirms meeting with Apple designer Jonathan Ive

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:12
In a new TV interview, LA Lakers player Kobe Bryant confirms that he did recently meet with Apple design head Jonathan Ive. Talking with Bloomberg, though, Bryant makes no mention of the iWatch or other future Apple products. Instead he says that he has been talking to leaders across industries to learn more about the product creation process, since he is moving into business as he comes to the end of his basketball career....






Categories: Technology News

Panasonic semi-rugged Toughbook 53 revealed with stylus, touchscreen

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:11
Panasonic has unveiled another semi-rugged notebook in its Toughbook computer range. The Toughbook 53 is a hard-wearing notebook capable of surviving a three-foot drop and survive in challenging environments, while still offering a 14-inch 720p touchscreen and stylus-enabled display and a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 3GHz....






Categories: Technology News

Comcast earnings, revenue up; subscriber losses slowing

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:04
Joining the chorus of quarterly earnings reports, Comcast has released its own figures. The company is reporting consolidated revenue for the second quarter increased 3.5 percent to $16.8 billion, with earnings per share at $0.76, a a 16.9 percent increase from the $0.65 reported in the second quarter of 2013....






Categories: Technology News

Nvidia launches Shield Tablet with 8-inch display, separate controller

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:42
Nvidia has finally launched a new gaming tablet in the Shield product line, following a number of leaks. The successor to the Shield controller and the Tegra Note 7, the Shield Tablet effectively separates the display and controller elements of the original Shield, with an accompanying wireless controller allowing it to be used in a similar manner as a portable console....






Categories: Technology News

Apple patents smartwatch concept with gesture, proximity features

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:05
The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a comprehensive patent titled Wrist-worn electronic device and methods therefor, which describes a number of the ideas the company has since integrated into its upcoming iWatch. The concept watch -- in diagrams referred to as the "iTime" -- would, for instance, be able to connect to devices like iPhones, iPads, and desktops. An unusual suggestion though is that it might be dependent on a special wristband, equipped with technologies such as accelerometers, GPS, haptic feedback, biometric sensors, and/or wireless receivers....






Categories: Technology News

Netflix passes 50 million subscribers in US, posts $212 million profit

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:25
Netflix is the latest company to release its quarterly financial results. Touting expansion to 50 million subscribers in the US, the company reports $1.15 billion in revenue from streaming, adding 1.7 million subscribers in a quarter. Profit came in at $212 million, nearly triple that of the second quarter of 2013....






Categories: Technology News

UE Boom adds model with skate artist Don Pendleton graphics

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 08:35
Logitech's boutique audio line, Ultimate Ears, is expanding its limited-edition lineup of UE Boom with the announcement of its collaboration with artist Don Pendleton on UE Boom Jettison Edition. This limited-edition run of UE Boom is designed with Pendleton's distinct organic cubist graphic style, and is the latest in a series of one-of-a-kind acoustic skins for UE Boom....






Categories: Technology News

Verizon posts $7.7 billion income, first wired profit in seven years

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 08:27
Verizon Communications has released its second quarter 2014 financial results. The company reports its sixth consecutive quarter of double-digit percentage growth in operating income and earnings per share, with $31.5 billion in revenue, a 5.7 percent increase from a year ago, with income of $7.7 billion, a 17.2 percent increase from the year-ago quarter....






Categories: Technology News

Aereo subscriber rates horrible, less than 80,000 total subscribers

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 08:11
Nascent television streamer Aereo appears to be in rough shape, above and beyond just the Supreme Court ruling, and US Copyright Office declarations. The company's subscriber numbers are dismal, with a total of 77,596 subscribers at the end of 2013, making it unclear what traction the service may have if it continues operation, or has to raise its rates in the wake of defeats it has been dealt recently....






Categories: Technology News

Briefly: Twitch for Android update, Comments added to Photo Spheres

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 08:06
Game streaming service Twitch has updated its Android app to version 3.0. The app has received a visual upgrade with an updated user interface, while the addition of user profiles provides more details about individual channels and the option to chat on channels which are not broadcasting yet. The app also allows viewers to access offline channels, an improved search, and the option to swipe between channels and users....






Categories: Technology News

Seoul seeks ban of Uber, develops own taxi-booking mobile app

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:09
South Korean capital Seoul could potentially ban Uber in the city, in favor of its own still-in-development app. The city government advised that it would try to ban the car-hailing app, as current South Korean law makes it illegal to provide any sort of fee-based transportation service via privately-owned vehicles not registered to do so with local authorities....






Categories: Technology News

Xiaomi launches Mi 4 smartphone, low-cost Mi Band fitness tracker

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 06:06
Chinese mobile device manufacturer Xiaomi has unveiled two new items for the Chinese market. The Xizomi Mi 4 continues the Mi device line with a 5-inch display and a hint of iPhone styling, while the Mi Band is a low-cost fitness band which can be used as a proximity security system for the smartphone, allowing the Mi 4 to automatically unlock when it is held in the same hand that is also wearing the band....






Categories: Technology News

Several backdoors included on every iOS device, researcher says [U]

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 00:26
[Updated with rebuttal from Apple] Apple's iOS platform contains several backdoors that may allow for Apple and/or governments to collect private data, according to a forensic scientist, Jonathan Zdziarski. Presenting at the recent Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE/X) conference, Zdziarski said that that there are several conspicuous design gaps -- and some deliberately-included forensic services -- that make it possible to extract data using forensic tools. The services have names such as "lockdownd," "pcapd," and "mobile.file_relay."...






Categories: Technology News

Intel boosts speed in latest Core i5, i7 high-end processors

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 23:49
Intel has goosed the speed in its latest Haswell Core i5 and Core i7 processors, first unveiled yesterday. The new chips are destined for notebooks such as the MacBook Pro, which is expected to get a speed bump sometime this summer. The new clock speeds range from 2.2GHz to 3.0GHz across three new Core i5 models and four new Core i7 offerings. In addition, four budget "Bay Trail" Celeron and Pentium processors were released as well, rated between 1.58GHz and 2.16Hz....






Categories: Technology News

WSJ claims Apple preparing 70-80M 'iPhone 6' units for fall launch

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 21:40
A new report citing unnamed sources "familiar with the matter" claims that Apple has put in orders for its largest-ever initial iPhone run, asking suppliers Foxconn and Pegatron to produce between 70 million and 80 million units for the devices' debut in the fall through the end of the year. Claiming that the order includes both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models (though the latter has yet to reveal solid evidence of actually existing), the new upcoming production run compares to the 50-60 million units ordered for the iPhone 5s and 5c last year....






Categories: Technology News

Apple issues EFI update for mid-2011 MacBook Air running Mavericks

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 19:42
On Monday, Apple posted an EFI update specifically aimed at the mid-2011 model MacBook Airs that are running OS X 10.9.2 (Mavericks) or later. The update addresses two wake-from-sleep issues: one in which the computer would take longer than expected to wake from sleep, and the other (more rare) issue of cooling fans ramping up to full speed on waking from sleep. Owners must meet both conditions (mid-2011 MBA, and running Mavericks 10.9.2 or later) for the update to apply....






Categories: Technology News