As the smartphone maker clings to its dwindling market share, one of its last and most prominent strongholds – the White House – is reportedly weighing other options.
By Will Connors, The Wall Street Journal
The White House is testing smartphones from Samsung (SSNLF) and LG Electronics for internal use, a person familiar with the matter said, threatening one of the last and most high-profile strongholds of BlackBerry (BBRY).
The devices are being tested by the White House's internal technology team and the White House Communications Agency, a military unit in charge of President Barack Obama's communications, the person said. The tests are in the early stages, the person said, and any implementation of Samsung or LG phones is still "months away." There was no indication that President Obama is switching from his modified BlackBerry.
After purchasing controller company Green Throttle Games, the tech giant appears closer to entering the gaming market.
Telepresence robots are a new niche of products that hope to improve the video conferencing experience.
By Priya Ganapati, The Wall Street Journal
Want to work from home? Send a robot to the office instead. The Ava 500 is virtual collaboration gadget from iRobot (IRBT) you can use to make your presence felt at meetings or in the hallways of the office, without physically being there.
In development for years, the Ava is finally available in the U.S., Canada and some European countries through authorized resellers of Cisco (CSCO) teleconferencing gear.
The robot has an automated navigation system and a 21.5-inch LCD screen so it can move around while transmitting a video of your face. Powerful microphones and cameras pick up and transmit surrounding audio and video back to you.
Channeling oneself through the robot requires no more than an iPad Mini. Open the app, select a meeting room or a location on the map and the robot will find its way there and get started.
A number of iPhone users have noticed the setting automatically switched on after an iOS update -- an important, if sneaky, push to increase use of the company's iBeacon technology.
These smartphone cases pack a backup supply of juice, ready to recharge your device when you need it. Here's how they compare in price and performance.
By Joanna Stern, The Wall Street Journal
Battery-life panic disorder. You won't find it in any medical textbook, but I assure you, when a smartphone's battery indicator turns red, the corresponding feeling of complete powerlessness is real.
I used to suffer quite badly from it, sitting on dirty floors as my phone charged at whatever power plug that happened to be available. But I've since found relief: iPhone and Android phone cases that can double your battery life.
Often called a "Mophie," because of one of the first companies to release them, the case connects to your phone via the power port. When the battery is low, you turn it on and before you know it, you're back in the green. It'll usually double the thickness of your phone, but if these cases were a prescription drug, that would be considered a minor side effect.
Mophie is no longer alone. In fact, the competition is outrunning it, and that's good news. I tested 11 cases and discovered you can put more power in your pocket while spending less with cases made by others.
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