Gadgets

Quikr Adds Support For 7 Indian Languages

Online classifieds website Quikr has announced support for seven Indian languages on its website. With this, users can now browse, search, post ads, and interact in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Gujarati, and Marathi, the company said, in addition to English. Quikr is working towards making its platform more inclusive, said Anurag Saran, Chief Product Officer, adding that the feature ... Read More »

A Deluxe Dock, a Crafty Computer, and a T-rific Tablet Stand

Welcome to another edition of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that files dispatches from the road on the week’s best, brightest and most compelling gadget announcements. On the highway this week are a smartphone alarm clock dock, a new form of personal computer, and an adjustable tablet stand. As always, these are not reviews, and the ratings relate only ... Read More »

Why Dell-EMC Won’t Follow in HP-Compaq’s Footsteps

Why do some big mergers succeed while others fail? This seems to be a common question, and some of the research I’ve read about the Dell-EMC merger tries to connect it to the HP-Compaq merger, which apparently cost Carly Fiorina her job. I covered the HP-Compaq merger at length, and I was not a fan. I actually spoke to Compaq’s ... Read More »

Apple Fans to Get Their Hands on New Apple TV This Week

Apple on Monday opened up advanced orders for the next generation of Apple TV, as promised. The set-top boxes are expected to hit homes between Oct. 30 and Nov. 3. It’s offering two versions of the Apple TV. A 32-GB version is priced at US$149 and a 64-GB model is $50 more. The features most likely to stand out are ... Read More »

Apple TV Reviews: Kinda Buggy, Kinda Great

The latest version of Apple’s streaming media set-top box, expected to hit U.S. retail stores on Friday, has gathered a bundle of mixed early reviews. Some reviewers saw great potential in the US$149 diminutive black box designed to pump movies, TV shows, games and apps from the Internet to a television set. Others found plenty to criticize. “Functionally, it’s the ... Read More »

Google Migrates Project Loon to Indonesia

Project Loon, part of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, on Wednesday announced that it has signed agreements with three mobile network operators in Indonesia — Indosat, Telkomse, and XL Axiata — to begin tests of its balloon-powered Internet service in 2016. Only about one in three of Indonesia’s 250 million residents is connected to the Internet. Project Loon will transmit signals ... Read More »

Titanic Tablets, Eminent Earphones, and Wee Win 10 PCs

Welcome to Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that looks at the best, brightest and tiredest of the week’s gadget announcements while, for this edition at least, taking things a little easy in California’s wine country. On the grapevine this week are an enormous Android tablet, a celebrity-branded headphone line, a portable Windows 10 PC, and a wearable smartphone music ... Read More »

Is Apple TV a Worthy Upgrade? Sort Of

For Apple TV fans, the new Apple TV is the long-awaited upgrade we’ve been pining for, and while it’s a welcome addition to my living room, I’m only half as impressed as I thought I would be. After spending some quality time — and some not-so-quality time — I’ll share my experience, which, it turns out, all comes down to ... Read More »

Mobile Malware’s Growth Slows, Nastiness Grows

While there hasn’t been a sharp rise in the volume of mobile malware this year, the increasingly malicious nature of the types of malware and attacks is alarming,Blue Coat Systems said last week in its 2015 Mobile Malware Report. “Ransomware is getting more evil, more robust, similar to the evolution it followed on the desktop,” said Chris Larsen, a senior ... Read More »

 An Emotional Keyboard, a Puzzling Phone, and Exquisite Headphones

Welcome to Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that ventures forth into the land of new gadget announcements to seek out the best and brightest gizmos. On the horizon this week are a modular smartphone, a highly modern keyboard, and an update to a classic set of headphones. As always, these are not reviews, and the ratings reflect only how ... Read More »