Cyanogen’s Android Alternative Goes Modular

, the maker of an alternative version of Android, on Tuesday announced that it was going modular. Future releases of its open source firmware product will not support a full stack of the Android OS. The new modular setup will bring a slew of benefits to phone makers and developers, according to Cyanogen. “The new…

Amazon Throws the Books at Prime Subscribers

Amazon last week launched Prime Reading — a new benefit for subscribers to its US$100-a-year Amazon Prime service that lets them access content for free. That content will come from more than 1,000 top Kindle books, Kindle Singles, magazines, comic books, children’s books, and classic works from writers such as Kurt Vonnegut, Norman Mailer and…

Snap Lines Up Bankers for Spring IPO

Snap, owner of the Snapchat app, this week hired Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs Group to manage its initial public offering, according to multiple reports citing people familiar with the matter JPMorgan Chase, Deutsche Bank, Allen & Co., Barclays and Credit Suisse Group reportedly also will play a role. The IPO, expected as early as…

HP Debuts Flashy New Computers

Watch out, Apple. HP on Wednesday introduced a new generation of premium computer products that could generate the kind of excitement in the market that’s usually the domain of the folks at One Infinite Loop. Among the new HP offerings are a new tablet-laptop convertible, a svelte laptop, an innovative all-in-one model, and a 4k…

Apple Downshifts Driverless Vehicle Plans

Apple appears to be shifting its driverless car ambitions into a lower gear. Changes in the company’s automotive strategy have resulted in hundreds of job cuts and the shelving of plans to build a car of its own, Bloomberg reported Monday. “Project Titan” — Apple’s internal name for the automotive initiative — has a new…

Samsung Bows Under Note7 Fallout

Three owners of Galaxy Note7 smartphones this week filed a complaint in a federal court in Newark, New Jersey, that could become a class action lawsuit against Samsung. “Plaintiffs and the Class have suffered injury in fact, incurred millions of dollars in fees, and have otherwise been harmed by Samsung’s conduct,” the complaint states. Samsung…

Nintendo Switches It Up

After months of speculation and buildup, Nintendo on Thursday officially unveiled its new gaming system, the Nintendo Switch. Previously known only by the codename “NX,” rumors about this latest video game console began last year with a hint from Satoru Iwata, the company’s late president. At the time Iwata suggested only that Nintendo was working…

AT&T, Time Warner Brace for Regulatory Firestorm

AT&T and Time Warner on Saturday announced they had reached a merger deal, setting off alarm bells across the industry. AT&T has agreed to buy Time Warner for US$85.4 billion. At least a year’s worth of regulatory scrutiny, public hearings and political maneuvering is expected. The deal, which followed days of speculation and tightly held…

Microsoft Event: Come for Windows, Stay for Surface

Microsoft’s Windows 10 event, scheduled for Wednesday, actually could focus more on hardware than on the operating system, given that the next Windows 10 refresh is expected in March. A new Surface device — possibly an all-in-one computer with a 21-inch or larger screen — could be in the offing. Whether Microsoft will unveil updates…

Gadget Ogling: Magnificent Mics, Intriguing E-Ink, and Compact Computers

Welcome to Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that’s emerging from the shadows of this mind-crushingly terrible election season to pore over the latest gadget announcements. On our ballot this time around are a microphone that can plug into an iPhone or iPad, a smartphone case with an E-ink display, and a flexible keyboard that…