My Kindle Fire can do handwriting recognition: Here’s how

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

As readers may know, I’m an avid fan of handwriting recognition for mobile devices. This may not be everyone’s favorite input method, but it works well in many situations – writing one-handed on the move, for instance. And with my new Kindle Fire 7 in hand, I naturally wanted to [...]

What to expect from Android Marshmallow

By Chris Meadows
October 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

It’s that time again. Marshmallow is starting to roll out. OS images for those Nexus devices still being supported are already available, for those who don’t mind wiping their devices to install the new operating system. Those who want to keep their setup the way it is will have to wait for the [...]

Be Google for a day – or more like a minute?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

How would you like to become a world-spanning tech giant? At the click of a button? That’s what the Internet Fairy did for one lucky browser, who found that the domain was actually available for purchase. What’s more, from Google Domains. Sanmay Ved, the very temporary king [...]

The Pixel C’s aspect ratio may be Android’s future

By Chris Meadows
October 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

You may have heard about the strange aspect ratio that Google’s new Pixel C tablet uses—1.41:1, or the square root of 2 to 1. But you may not realize just how unique that makes the tablet—or why. First of all, here’s another interesting fact you may not know about LCD panels—the picture [...]

Google Play decides size matters, ups app size limits

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

Google has announced via the Android Developers Blog that it is taking a big step up in size limits for apps on the Google Play Store. From now on, the Play Store will support APKs for Google apps up to 100MB in size. “We understand that developers are challenged with delivering a delightful [...]

Amazon eating Google’s lunch?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Following my earlier report on the way that Amazon’s business is evolving, here’s some fresh meat for the thesis in the shape of a Business Insider article quoting Morgan Stanley analysis on the proportion of mobile e-commerce traffic going through dedicated apps rather than through [...]

France demands Google censor search results everywhere

By Chris Meadows
September 22, 2015 // 2 Comments

Google has been complying with the European Union’s inane “right to be forgotten” legislation and court decisions, removing offending information from its search engines that cover the affected territories. However, there’s just one little problem: the Internet is global. All someone in [...]

Some things you should know about Amazon

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 21, 2015 // 2 Comments

A series of articles and authoritative statements about Amazon have all surfaced more or less simultaneously, giving fresh perspective on the Bezos Behemoth, and where it may go from here. And also, on what kind of services you can expect from it in future – and whether all those knockers who [...]

Why Android Lollipop on my Lenovo beats the crap out of the Nexus 7

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

As some readers may remember, I recently invested in a Lenovo A7-10 tablet. One minor reason was the frustration of dealing with Android 5.0 Lollipop on my existing Nexus 7. Eventually, this did become enough of a drag to make a change in machine worth considering, and the Lenovo came with Android [...]

An estimated cost breakdown for Google’s $50 smartphone

By Chris Meadows
August 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Google has plans for a $50 Android One smartphone for the developing world, but how would such a phone be built? How much would they spend on each component? Engadget takes some guesses at the amounts and determines it can probably be done, but it may not be a very great phone. But then, any phone [...]

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