There was much rejoicing when the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration announced last month that we'd soon be able to use devices likes iPhones and iPads during all segments of flight (as long as they're in Airplane Mode), but today's announcement from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) faced a much more lukewarm reception. According to The Wall Street Journal (via MacRumors), airline passengers may soon be able to make voice calls and use cellular data above 10,000 feet. Talk about Pandora's Box.
Internet analytics company comScore released their smartphone market share report for Q1 2013 this morning, revealing that Apple (as a manufacturer) now commands almost 40 percent of the U.S. smartphone market. The only other competitor to report an increase was Samsung, whose numbers inched up by a mere 0.7 percent from the last quarter to 21.7 percent. Competitors HTC, Motorola, and LG all saw their numbers go down for the same quarter.
If you want good, cogent analysis of current trends with accurate predictions of the future, go to any analyst, then take whatever they've said, completely reverse the prediction, and you might -- just might -- have something worth standing behind.
Back when it was nothing but a small, tiny speck of the internet, Google launched its over-the-air voice calling service called Grand Central. The service was supposed to provide tools and features that you might otherwise have to pay for, like unlimited voicemail, unlimited nationwide calling, unlimited texting and voicemail transcription, but for absolutely free. The service took off, and now Google's VoIP service is a hit. Everyone and their grandmother has the feature enabled on their mobile phones because of its easy set up, whether they're using a smartphone or dumb phone, iPhone or Android phone.
But what if there was more from Google Voice than its advertised features? We've got 14 awesome tips and tricks to get Google Voice working like a boss, and more than just another free phone-over-the-internet service. Read on for tips on how to do things like send free text messages, block calls, and set up different voice messages for different people.
Skype updated its iPhone application today to enable push notifications for incoming calls, notifications for incoming chat messages, and multitasking for iOS 4. With multitasking, you can keep your VoIP call going while you close the application to navigate through your device--even over 3G. There's also an announcement that may shock some Skype users.
No it's not a frankenmoster, but the walking iPad and iPhone in this video does look like something straight out of a mad scientist's laboratory. We don't have much information about this invention, but the iPad and iPhone appears to be strapped to a mechanical device that controls the walking. Even so, this is the coolest thing we've seen in a while.
A recent survey of new iPad owners sounding off on Twitter revealed that a whopping 26 percent were unhappy about the fact that the device couldn’t replace their iPhone. That got us thinking: What would it be like to spend a day with only the iPad?