Long before many had desktop PCs, HP introduced a pocket computer that kickstarted my passion for mobile gadgets.
The mobile space is exploding with smartphones in every pocket and tablets on the horizon. James Kendrick brings you the latest news from the mobile world and a breakdown of what it means to you.
James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' writing has appeared in many print publications: Smartphone and Pocket PC Magazine, Information Week and Laptop Magazine to name a few. James' coverage of the mobile technology sector has regularly appeared in the New York Times, Salon.com and CNN/ Fortune online. Not just a writer, James has filmed numerous video reviews and how-tos that have garnered well over a million viewers. He has appeared on local news segments and been interviewed by the Associated Press on mobile technology topics. Additionally, James has been podcasting about mobile technology for years.
Those who long for the phones of old with a physical keyboard that slides out of the handset should check out this case for the iPhone 6.
In iOS news this week we had reports of loaner iPads from vending machines, Apple Pay users having trouble, and you can trade in some non-Apple phones for a new iPhone.
In Android this week was news that Samsung is not yet working on the Android 5.1 update, Gmail now pulls all email into one inbox, and Asus expects to sell a lot of smartphones.
The new 2-in-1 from Asus looks nice, but with current touch support in the OS it's a Chromebook without a calling.
Amazon is continuing to add utility to the Echo with native support for Pandora music streaming, Major League Baseball, and Major League Soccer.
The latest member of Microsoft's tablet line runs full Windows, delivers all-day battery life, and is sized and priced to compete favorably with the iPad.
I recently decided to replace my aging Chromebook and wanted a powerful one to take its place. I only considered two current models, and passed on the latest from Google for several reasons.
The latest update in the Chrome OS beta channel gets some much-needed modernization. We give you the details and show how to get it on your Chromebook.
The huge third-party ecosystem for iPhone and iPad accessories means there are lots to choose from. These accessories are not the typical fare, and add value to the iDevice in innovative ways.
In a relatively quiet week in iOS, news surfaced that Android owners are switching to iOS in big numbers, Apple Watch apps are pouring into the app store, and Amazon Prime members can now stream music on iOS.
In Android this week was news that Microsoft apps will be preinstalled on Android phones, Galaxy S6 gets an availability date, and Motorola was found guilty of patent infringement.
Windows 10 is on the horizon with improved desktop and touch operation, and these 2-in-1 systems are ready to take advantage of it as both laptops and tablets.
Your desk is probably disorganized and downright messy if you're like many of us. These cool gadgets will help get it all under control.
Is Microsoft's plan -- to get its core apps on every mobile platform -- bringing former customers back into the fold? My experience suggests it is.