Trevor Mogg

Trevor Mogg

Not so many moons ago, Trevor moved from one tea-loving island nation that drives on the left (Britain) to another (Japan). As far as electronics are concerned, he's in the right place, with the East Asian country continuing to produce a plethora of gadgets and gizmos for tech addicts around the world. When not writing for Digital Trends, Trevor can be found out and about taking far too many photos, or in front of his computer trying to sort them all out.

Galapagos Islands arrive on Street View with seals, baby tortoises, boobies and more

In a joint project with the Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Foundation, Google on Thursday rolled out some impressive new Street View imagery from the Galapagos Islands, a location famous for its rich and diverse ecosystems.

Web

Fed up with your iPad? Microsoft wants you to trade it in for a Surface

In its latest scheme to rid itself of unsold Surface devices before a refresh later this year, Microsoft is offering iPad owners the chance to trade in their tablet for a gift card worth at least $200, which it wants you to spend on a you-know-what.

Mobile

Halo’s Cortana set to take on Siri

Apple has Siri, Google has Google Now, and soon Microsoft should be launching Cortana, a virtual assistant – based on the popular Halo character – for the next big version of Windows Phone, Windows, and Xbox.

Mobile

Eight-foot robot from 1950s fetches more than $27,000 at auction

An eight-foot, one-ton robot built in the 1950s went under the hammer at Christie's of London recently, fetching an impressive £17,500 ($27,695). Known as Cygan, the aging aluminum bot comprises 300,000 parts though sadly no longer works.

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Sweaty types may find the iPhone 5S fingerprint sensor a challenge, Apple tells WSJ

According to a Wall Street Journal report Wednesday, testers at Apple have found that the new Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the soon-to-launch iPhone 5S “sometimes doesn’t work with moisture-laden fingers covered in sweat, lotion or other liquids.”

Mobile

Google+ introduces Snapseed-powered image editing tools for Chrome browser users

A year after acquiring the highly regarded Snapseed image editing app, Google+ is introducing a selection of editing tools powered by the software, though they can only be accessed through Google's Chrome browser.

Web

Moto X: Motorola’s Texas facility now assembling 100,000 units a week

Motorola boss Dennis Woodside said Tuesday that of the 150m smartphones in the US, its new Moto X device is the only one made in America. It's just been revealed that the Texas factory producing them is currently shipping 100,000 units a week.

Android Army

Vimeo On Demand gets update, offers filmmakers more options for selling movies

Vimeo on Demand received a significant update this week, bringing with it a number of new features, including more flexible pricing options. Launched in March, the platform offers filmmakers an easy way to sell their work online.

Web

Taxi firm to fit cabs with alarm-enabled lost property detectors

Imagine this – during a cab ride, your mobile phone slips out of your pocket onto the back seat. As you pay your fare and go to leave, an alarm sounds, alerting you to your forgotten phone, and saving you a whole load of hassle.

Cool Tech

Cell phone saves man in polar bear attack

A Manitoba man had the fright of his life on the weekend when he was chased down by a polar bear. Unable to fend off the bear, he pulled out his mobile device and waved its lit screen in its face. Incredibly, it appeared to do the trick.

Mobile

Google improves Gmail experience for feature phone users with ‘brand new look’

Google on Monday rolled out an update to help improve the Gmail experience for users of feature phones, introducing “a brand new look” designed to make its Web-based email service faster and easier to use.

Mobile

Google updates Glass software with ‘Vignettes’, sound search and more

Google is continuing to roll out monthly updates for its Glass software, with the latest one offering new features such as 'Vignettes' where users can snap an image that includes any data on the display, plus a Shazam-like music discovery feature.

Mobile

New Nexus 7 4G LTE hits US Google Play store for $349

Google has started to roll out the 32GB 4G LTE version of its new Nexus 7 slate, starting with the US market. Currently available via the Google Play store for $349, the Mountain View company said it'll also start selling at T-Mobile stores from next month.

Android Army

James Bond’s Lotus Esprit ‘submarine car’ to be auctioned Monday, could fetch $1.5m

James Bond’s Lotus Esprit ‘submarine car’ from the 1977 movie The Spy Who Loved Me goes under the hammer in London on Monday. The car, considered to be one of the most famous in movie history, could fetch as much as $1.48 million.

Cars

Instagram: Ads coming within next 12 months as app reaches 150m users

Keen to see a return on its billion dollar payout for media-sharing service Instagram, Facebook is all set to bring ads to the app in the next 12 months. The news comes on the same day that Instagram announced its user base has reached 150 million.

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