Over the past five winters, we’ve tested 47 pairs of touchscreen gloves while moving half ton of stumps, climbing on ice, and just walking and biking around town. For the third year in a row, Moshi’s Digits are our favorite touchscreen gloves for most people, offering the right combination of warmth, dexterity, and grip. They aren’t the absolute warmest touchscreen gloves you can buy, but they’re warmer than anything that’s better for using on touchscreens, and better for using on touchscreens than anything that’s warmer.
I thought this was a joke when I first saw the report, but it’s legitimate. Microsoft’s strategy to offer Windows 10 for free means it will come with some side bloatware, including free games. The company said recently that it was “excited” to offer King’s Candy Crush Saga for free with Windows 10.
The company said in a blog post that it’s happy to include a new Solitaire Collection and other games that Windows fans have loved for years, such as Hearts and Minesweeper.
Good news for Windows Phone fans that are anxiously waiting for Microsoft to release the next version of Windows 10 for Phones Technical Preview, as the company confirmed the next build will be upgradable from all Windows Phone 8.1 build.
Beside the fact that Windows 10 for Phones Technical Preview is not compatible with all Lumia smartphones, some users can’t simply upgrade to this version of the operating system unless they use a third-party application.
In a curious turn of events, Google is now in talks with LG for the development of its next Nexus smartphone. Although previous rumors indicated Huawei as the next make of a Nexus smartphone, the Korean media not claims otherwise.
Apple of China, Xiaomi is now working with Microsoft to bring Windows 10 for Phones to Mi4 power users, while Lenovo has already confirmed it will launch its first Windows Phones in mid-year 2015. But these are not the only Chinese companies to take interest in Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. It turns out that ZTE might be interesting taking the Windows Phone route with some of its devices.
ZTE is well-known in China, but the company did manage to get into the US market with too many of its cheap smartphones. The company’s next flagship smartphone, ZTE Nubia Z9 is expected to be unveiled on March 29.
The moment Microsoft announced it will buy Nokia’s mobile division, the hopes and dream of millions of fans have crumbled into dust. Since the Finnish company has been back on the market with a new product, the N1 tablet rumors about Nokia’s comeback in the smartphone business have been popping up online like mushrooms.
However, Nokia’s fans may have a long time of waiting ahead if they want to grab the next smartphone entirely made by the Finnish company. The agreement with Microsoft forbids Nokia from entering the smartphone market until Q4 2016, so there’s more than a year until we’ll be talking about a real Nokia handset.
Apple’s latest new MacBook made headlines earlier this week and, once again, the Cupertino-based company managed to confuse people with its products. The new 2015 MacBook comes with only one port, which is supposed to substitute all others that should have been added if not for the USB Type-C.
This is the same port that Google introduced in its new Chromebook Pixel and plans to add to future Android smartphones. The USB Type-C on the MacBook replaces five connectors, such as Power, USB, HDMI, VGA and Display ports. The problem is that you can’t use the port for all these five functions simultaneously, on the contrary.
After announcing the release of iOS 8.2 immediately after the “Spring Forward” event that took place on March 9 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, USA, Apple has now released iOS Beta 3, build 12F5047f, which is available for anyone who wants to test the upcoming version of Apple’s mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices.
iOS 8.3 Public Beta 3 brings a wide variety of improvements in stability and performance. To test the iOS 8.3 Public Beta 3 software update on your device (see below the entire list of supported devices), which we don’t recommend because it’s an unstable operating system, you will have to sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program. After logging in, make sure to select the “Enroll your iOS device to receive beta updates” option.
Fake Apple Watches have gone on sale in China. Devices that look much like Apple’s new luxury product, but cost a lot less, are all over the Chinese online marketplace Taobao, the Financial Times reports.
Some of the watches on sale look nearly identical to the Apple Watch. Have a look on the Alibaba-owned e-commerce site. The real knock-off goods start at around 259 Yuan, which is the equivalent of about £27. The best copy, however, would set you back around 3,000 Yuan. That’s about £300 — pretty much the price of a real Apple Watch.
See the prices here:
Alibaba.com ; TaoBao.com ; AliExpress.com
Funnily enough, the makers produce rip-offs of the Apple Sport (entry level) and the more expensive gold version, the Edition, but don’t distinguish between them in terms of price.
The smartphone business is notorious for eating companies alive. Even giants of industry have fallen: Sony is on the cusp of throwing in the towel on its phone division, Nokia is now out of the game entirely after having been the largest manufacturer of phones in the world as recently as 2011, and even smartphone-centric companies like HTC are struggling. Yet somehow, there are a few upstarts that are navigating these treacherous, Samsung- and Apple-infested waters — sometimes with enormous success.
Somewhere in this technological New Wave lies Xiaomi, a Chinese firm founded in 2010 that has become impossible to ignore. That’s driven partly by its unapologetic Apple mimicry: its marketing, product strategy, and design aesthetic all borrow elements from Cupertino’s playbook. It’s also driven partly by the high-profile hiring of former Android boss Hugo Barra from Google. But increasingly, it’s driven simply by the fact that Xiaomi is making genuinely interesting products. And at a valuation north of $40 billion, it’s apparently doing something right.