ATLANTA -- Diminutive wireless speakers are filling the shelves at electronics stores. They're proving to be the ideal accessory for people who listen to the bulk of their music on mobile phones.
Because the smartphone is now such a ubiquitous entertainment device, there's no reason it can't also be a solid stereo around the house and on the road when paired with the right speakers.
All of the speakers I tested connect to your device wirelessly through Bluetooth. They also have a traditional stereo input jack, so you can plug in iPods and other music players without Bluetooth capability.
I looked at some of the latest wireless offerings that provide the most boom for your buck. I used a Motorola Droid X2, running Google's Android operating software. These options work with Apple's iPhone and iPad, too.
They did it again: In yet another change that upset users, Facebook Inc. has replaced the email addresses that users display on their profile pages with @facebook.com addresses.Users who are bothered by the change can reset their profiles. Facebook didn't delete the previously displayed addresses, it just changed which one users can see.Debra Aho Williamson, an analyst at research firm eMarketer, says the move is "emblematic of Facebook's mode of operation. Take action and apologize later." By The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — Google will sell a small tablet computer bearing its brand in a challenge to Amazon's Kindle Fire.
The Nexus 7 is designed specifically for Google Play, the online store that sells movies, music, books, apps and other content — the things Amazon.com Inc. also sells for its tablet computer.
Both tablets have screens that measure 7 inches diagonally, smaller than the nearly 10 inches on Apple Inc.'s popular iPad. The Nexus 7 will also be light — at about 0.75 pound, compared with the Kindle Fire's 0.9 pound. The iPad weighs 1.44 pounds.
The Nexus 7 will ship in mid-July starting at $199 — the same price as the Kindle Fire. By contrast, iPads start at $499. Customers can start ordering it through Google, initially in the U.S., Canada and Australia.
The Nexus 7 has more features than the Kindle, including a front-facing camera. The Kindle is believed to be roughly break even at that price. Samsung Electronics Co. sells a tablet similar to Google's for $250.
The Nexus 7 will run the next version of Google Inc.'s Android operating system, called Jelly Bean. …
Microsoft recently announced the new Windows Phone 8, its new operating system for mobile phones, and reviewers are out in full force dissecting and analyzing it. Here's a glimpse of what they're saying:
One drawback, however, is that there's no upgrade path, meaning those who have a Windows Phone 7 is stuck. Microsoft has promised a Windows Phone 7.8 to try to satisfy those who can't upgrade. MSN offers a look at some of the features.
So who's going to be making WP8 handsets?Microsoft named four makers who will have WP 8 phones ready for launch later this year: Nokia, HTC, Huawei, and Samsung. And Qualcomm will supply the Snapdragon S4 Plus processors.
Human-powered: British scientists have developed a way to convert body movement into electricity capable of powering small gadgets, called energy harvesters.
App for foodies: If you travel frequently and want to find some of the best restaurants to visit, check out the Chef's Feed app. Browse through profiles of award-winning chefs, their dishes, map the restaurant and more.
Avoiding the app chaos: Sam Grobart of the New York Times has developed a method to the madness of managing apps. If you're inundated with pages and pages of icons, check out his organization tips.
Verizon Wireless has announced it's new Share Everything Plans that includes unlimited talking minutes, unlimited messaging, and A data allowance for up to Verizon 10 devices. The Mobile Hotspot service is also included at not extra charge. The new plan will launch on June 28 and is available to new and existing users.
To get started on a Share Everything Plan, customers first select the devices they want on their accounts. The next step is to choose a plan that includes unlimited minutes, unlimited messages and a shared data allowance that begins at 1 GB for $50.
If you want to keep your current plan, no problem. But if you want to switch to a Share Everything plan, you don't have to pay any fees or get a contract extension.
Meanwhile, Verizon Wireless says the unlimited data plan won't be eliminated immediately. Instead, that plan will no longer be available to those getting a new discounted phone. If you're set on keeping the unlimited data plan, you can buy a new phone at full, unsubsidized price. …
Apple announced a few new products and upgrades at the Worldwide Developers Conference Monday in San Francisco, including the new MacBook Pro with high- definition screens, as well as features for the software that powers its iPhone and iPad. Here's a look at some highlights:
Facebook integration: Apple is building the social network into its iPhone and iPad software. Users will be able to update their Facebook status by talking to their phones and "like" movies and apps in the iTunes store.
Siri:Apple's voice-command application will add new languages. It will be able to launch applications and movies, and will run on the new iPads. You can Tweet by talking with "Eyes Free" while you're driving. Some car manufacturers will place a button on the steering wheel to bring up Siri.
iOS6: Apple says the new software, iOS 6, will launch this fall. It updates the software annually, usually coinciding with the release of a new iPhone.
Maps: No more Google Maps. IOS 6 will use Apple's own Maps applications, which will include real-time traffic reports, turn-by-turn navigation, and "Flyover" aerial images. …
From Hitchcock to John Wayne westerns, if you like classic movies, you're lin luck. Gizmodo says you can enjoy them for free by streaming these full-length features on sites including YouTube, the Internet Archive, Crackle, and Veoh.
Father’s Day is next Sunday, and graduating students are collecting their diplomas. How to celebrate? Here are some gift ideas.
No more excuses
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LONDON (AP) — Business social network LinkedIn said Wednesday that some of its users' passwords have been stolen and leaked onto the Internet.
LinkedIn Corp. did not say how many of the more than six million passwords that were distributed online corresponded to LinkedIn accounts. In a blog post Wednesday, the company said it was continuing to investigate.
Graham Cluley, a consultant with U.K. Web security company Sophos, recommended that LinkedIn users change their passwords immediately.
LinkedIn has a lot of information on its more than 160 million members, including potentially confidential information related to jobs being sought. Companies, recruiting services and others have accounts alongside individuals who post resumes and other professional information.
There's added concern that many people use the same password on multiple websites, so whoever stole the data could use the information to access Gmail, Amazon, PayPal and other accounts, Cluley said.
Before confirming the breach, LinkedIn issued security tips as a precautionary measure. The company said users should change passwords at least every few months and avoid using the same ones on multiple sites. …
Living in a convenient and connected world means keeping up to date on the latest technology and gadgets. To help you sort out what's worth exploring for your own tech needs, we'll give you a one-stop guide to some of the newest products on the market — smartphones, cameras, video games, automotive products, household gadgets and more. In other words, the cool stuff.