Like most of the social network's innovations, Facebook Home is sure to divide opinion. But having considered the logic and functionality behind the new UI for Android that was revealed last night, Sascha Segan is in the optimistic camp. He believes Mark Zuckerberg and his cohorts got it right by making sure Facebook Home works across the best Android devices: the Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2 and HTC One. Is he right? Is Facebook on the way to achieving omnipresence on these handsets by taking over the all-important home screen – a gateway often left open by the user? Read on for his full analysis to help make up your mind.
Having opened its doors to punters on 3 April, the Gadget Show Live 2013 will draw to a close this weekend, and what a week it has been at the NEC in Birmingham. ITProPortal hopped on up to the West Midlands to attend an exclusive preview day ahead of the exhibition's public opening, and we've now duly rounded up the five best products of the Gadget Show Live 2013 for your reading pleasure. Because we're largely "emergent service workers" down here in London Bridge, according to the sociology gurus at the BBC at least, the overriding theme is value for money. Will you be splashing out on any of these top affordable tech toys in the near future?
The past few months have seen no end to the chatter about which product category Apple will try to reconceptualise as it tries to step up its position in the global consumer electronics market. Though we've heard a lot about a possible television or smart watch, a patent filed by the Cupertino, California-based firm suggests a convertible Apple laptop-tablet, à la the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga, could be on the way. It describes a computer with a base and a display that allows for users to remove the display from that base. Read on for more details about the patent and an illustration of what the prospective device could look like.
The Great British 4G switch-on could go ahead with a minimal disruptive impact this summer, after apocalyptic predictions of large-scale TV signal interference have been contradicted by initial testing. Early-stage trials conducted in March by the at800 group in the West Midlands revealed only limited disruption to Freeview services – out of the 22,000 homes tested in and around Cradley Heath and Rowley Regis, only 15 reported signal problems related to the activation of a 4G mast in the area. It's cause for cautious optimism as the UK's mobile network operators ready themselves to roll out LTE services later this year - follow the link for the latest on the 4G/Freeview TV interference situation.