Things get more specific on Google's next Nexus, MWC plots the gadget road ahead, and even Ferris Bueller makes an appearance. BitStream is the perfect amount of tech news and rumors to start off your morning.
Tech rumors can be tricky. Sometimes, they come out of nowhere and are totally baseless. But even if that's the case, they can often provide a fun moment of "huh, well THAT would be interesting." This is one of those cases. Gizmochina reports that Google is in talks with two manufacturers for its 2015 Nexus devices. One is a returning champ, LG, responsible for the ever excellent Nexus 5. The other has been described as a "Chinese manufacturer," which would be a first for the Nexus program. The rumor also says that this company is considering whether to use its own processor or the standard Qualcomm Snapdragon chips, and the only Chinese company with its own chipset is Huawei. The Wall Street Journal said in January that Huawei would be focusing on high-end smartphones in 2015 and expecting a considerable revenue bump. Maybe, a new Nexus is part of that equation. [Weibo via Gizmochina]
As businesses continue to pick apart RadioShack's corpse, GameStop will be one of the vultures. [WSJ]
A New York high schooler tried to hack his school's computer system so he could change his grades. Maybe he asked for a car and got a computer. [Fox News]
Apps and Devices
Tim Cook says he wants Apple Watch to eventually replace your electronic car keys. The battery life on this thing better be stellar for fear of being stranded at the grocery store. [Apple Insider]
PhotoMath is the awesome snap and solve app that makes years of math classes obsolete, and now it's on Android. [PhotoMath]
The recently sold-off VAIO is releasing its own Android smartphone soon, very soon...like March 12th soon. [Vaio]
BlackBerry wants to bring its security apps to iOS and Android and remain a mainstay in the work place. [BlackBerry]
Tinder Plus, Tinder's pay-for service, launches today. No more swiping right to your heart's content. [TechCrunch]
Speaking at Mobile World Congress, Android boss Sundar Pichai confirmed rumors that Google would be starting its own wireless network, but it will be very limited. Also, Google Wallet is going to be re-branded Android Pay.
Apple may be working on GPS-enabled earbuds to help ease the Apple Watch's battery burden, but probably not for the first generation. [Cupertino Times]
Rumors come in twos. In a much more likely rumor, the Apple Watch may also have a Power Reserve mode, making me think this battery is really going to suck. [New York Times]
Could Google Be looking to lay down some big bucks on Jawbone? [Tech Times]
Microsoft's next big app acquisition could be the Prismatic news reader. [TechCrunch]