Adobe Systems will launch a free, slimmed-down version of its Photoshop application for iOS devices at a developers conference in October. Adobe hopes the move will introduce the software to more consumers.
LG will introduce a portable full-size QWERTY keyboard for mobile devices in the U.S. in September. The rubbery "Rolly" -- made of polycarbonate and ABS plastic-- differs from similar products in that it can be rolled up into a stick. The South Korean company will also launch its 10.1-inch G Pad II Android tablet.
A wide majority of Americans find it acceptable for people to use their cellphones on mass transit and sidewalks and in other public places, a Pew Research Center survey has found. The study's authors say phones have become "a common part of the background noise" in many public situations. Exceptions include use of the devices in churches, at the movies and in restaurants.
CycleLabs has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund production of its SmartHalo device, which allows users to connect their smartphones to their bicycles for fitness tracking, GPS location and hands-free navigation. The navigation system works by illuminating lights attached to the bike's handlebars to let cyclists know when a turn is approaching or if they've gone the wrong way.
Tablet shipments will decline by 8% this year from 2014, states an IDC report, which blames tablet and PC sales slumps on the lack of substantial innovations. The research firm predicts that the glut of low-cost Android devices will make tablet prices fall, but it adds that hybrid 2-in-1 laptop-tablet models will grow substantially.
Licensed low-power broadcasters should get preference over unlicensed spectrum in repacking frequencies in the aftermath of next spring's scheduled incentive auction, an advocacy group for low-power TV stations told the Federal Communications Commission. The LPTV Spectrum Rights Coalition said its members should receive priority over unlicensed spectrum before the FCC declares a channel "vacant" after its occupant finds a new home.
Smartphones have evolved into critical survival tools, say refugees from war zones such as Syria. They point to such essential features as maps, GPS, social media and texting service WhatsApp as essential to helping them reach their intended destinations and keep in touch with friends and family. "Every time I go to a new country, I buy a SIM card and activate the Internet and download the map to locate myself," said Osama Aljasem from Deir al-Zour, Syria.
A handful of vendors will offer new Android Wear-powered smartwatches at an overseas electronics show next week, a report states, adding that Asus, Huawei Technologies, LG and Motorola Mobility will look to challenge the Apple Watch. The initial line of Android Wear failed to gain much traction in the market.
Integrated Device Technology has developed a do-it-yourself kit that allows an engineer or fairly handy person to turn certain products into wireless charging outlets. The company says small and midsize companies could use the kits to expand the capabilities of some products, such as headphone stands, to charge mobile devices, electronic accessories and medical devices.
ClockworkMod has created an application that allows Android phone owners to view and control their phone content over PCs, Macs and Chromebooks as long as they are using a current Chrome browser. Vysor's Chrome app works by attaching a USB cord between the two devices.
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